Saturday, 16 December 2017

SRI GAURISVARA TEMPLE, YELANDUR, KARNATAKA – THALAVADI, A HERITAGE VISIT.

07th December 2017.
Apart from Hero stones at Thalavadi, this time we planned to visit some of the old temples of Karnataka. on 7th December 2017, Morning session we had spent by visiting the temples at Yelandur, Muguru and Somanathapura. Yelandur and Somanathapura temples has excellent & elegantly carved  Sculptures, Pillars and Vimanas.

YELANDUR Sri Gaurisvara, 16th century Vijanagara Dynasty temple is still in worship and maintained by the Karnataka state Archeological Department. The Sanctum Sanctorum Consists of Sanctum, Arthamandapa  and a open muka mandapam. In the prakara, sannadhi for Ambal, Pancha lingas, small mandapa with a inscription tablet over which a Stucco Nandhi is sitting and the front Entrance mandapam.  

Moolavar is about 6 feet below the outside ground level, facing east. In the arthamandapam images of Vishnu, Shanmuka or the Arumugar sitting on a peacock, Parvathi, Mahishamardini, Bairava, Durga, Virabhadra, Hero stones and Ganapathi.

This 1590 AD  temple was built by Singedeva Devabhupala, a ruler of Handinadu, a feudatory of Vijayanagara Dynasty. The front entrance mahadwara is called Bale Mandapa with Vijayanagara Period Sculptures. The adhishthana is simple  and walls  around are embellished  with beautiful  groups of reliefs Andhakasuramardana, Bhikshatanamurti, Bairava, Kalimardana, Dhakshinamurthy, Siva, Narasimha, Krishna leela, Mahishamardini panel, Vishnu’s various forms,  animals, monkeys, etc,. This mandapa is decorated with chains of 1 feet diameter stone rings at the four corners. The Pillars has the reliefs of various avatharas of Vishnu.

HOW TO REACH :
This Yelandur may be reached via Thalavadi ( 40 KM )  from Tamil Nadu and Samrajnagar ( 44 KM ) from Karnataka.
Buses are available from Thalavadi and Chamrajnagar.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE
 Mandapam corner Stone Chain rings 
 Bikshadanar Panel 


 Mandapam ceiling 

 Lord Shiva Panel 
 Vishnu Panel  



Natarajar  

 Mahisamardini 

 Vishnu 
 Arumugar 
Hero Stone 
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Friday, 15 December 2017

SRI POORNAMBIGAI & SRI PUSHKALAMBIGAI SAMEDHA SRI AYYANARAPPA SWAMY TEMPLE, ERODE.

11th December 2017.
It was a long pending visit to this temple, since the opening time of the temple and my visit to Erode was not matched. The temple opens only two days in a week. Last week Friday ie 08th December 2017, afternoon visited this temple.

Iraivan : Sri Ayyanarappan
Iraivi    : Sri Poornambigai and Pushkalambigai.
Some of the important features of this temple are....

The temple is facing north with a mandapam at the entrance on the banks of Erodai ( Kalingarayan Channel ). Stucco horses Neelaveni and Sri Panchavarnam immediately after the entrance. Swing and Thulasimadam are in front of Mandapam.  The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antarala, arthamandapam and a muka mandapam. Guru Parasuramar is in the mandapam. 4 pillars with hanuman reliefs are in the mandaam.  Ayyanar is with Poornambigai and Pushkalambigai on both sides. Hanuman is in worshipping posture at the base of Ayyanar.

In the prakaram sannadhi for Sri Vellaiamman & Sri Bommi Amman samedha Sri Mudurai Veeran ( Stucco images ), Muthu Karuppana Swamy, Irulappan, Pechi Amman, Sangili Karuppan, Mamundi Periya Swamy, Ayyanar Kutti Poojari, Raja Ganapathy, Sri Palla karuppa Swamy, Sri Natrayan, Sri Santhana Karuppu, Sri Uthandi karuppu, Sri Akasa Karuppu, Vandiyur Karuppu, Muniyappan, Sri Pampatti Muni, Sri Vaalmuni, Sri Pormuni, Sri Kongalamman, Nagars, Kannimar and palipedam.

It was told that the temple belongs to 11th to 12th century and constructed with bricks. To prove it's antiquity  of the temple there is a “Kazu maram” and worshiped as  Kathavarayan. With this the temple must exists much before 11th Century. It was told that during Saiva and Jains ( Samanars ) religions conflict this kazhu maram was used to kill the persons who lost in the debate or defeat (கழுவேற்றம்) as a punishment. It is also believed that the dead man's athma lives in the kazhumaram.  This kazhu maram was made of Palm tree. This kazhuvetra punishment is available as sculpture in many temples. But experts of the opinion that there is no evidence to prove this Kazhuvetra punishment was given after defeat, especially to the Jains or Samanars during Saiva and Jains conflict. 

A 7 days festival, from MahaShiva Rathiri in Tamil Masi Months will be celebrated in grand manner.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 16.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs on Manday and Friday. And on No moon day  06.30 hrs to 13.00 hrs and 16.00 to 20.30 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Poojaris K Mari muthu 9788973849 and V Mariappan 9842646368 and general numbers 9345408873 and 9488336639 may be contacted for further details.

HOW TO REACH:
The temple is on the banks of Erodai at Marapalam, Erode.
About 3 KM distance from Erode Bus Terminus.
Autos are available from Erode Bus Terminus.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE
 View of the temple through the entrance mandapam arch



 Sri Pampatti Muni, Sri Vaalmuni, Sri Pormuni

 Is this Lion Pillar belongs to Pallava Period?

Kazhu maram (கழு மரம் )
Kzhuvetram ( கழுவேற்றம்) – reliefs from Chidambaram Sri Natarajar Temple 
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Thursday, 14 December 2017

SRI KUNDATHU KALIAMMAN TEMPLE, VAIRAMANGALAN, NEAR ERODE - KONGU MANDALAM, KANCHI KOIL NADU

11th December 2017.
Had been to my native in connection with a personal work and during spare time went to this Sri Kundathu Kali Amman temple near Erode on the banks of river Bhavani. This Amman is a Kula Theivam to my in laws. An old custom is being followed in marriages of our Community. We belongs to Kuruppa Nadu ( During Chozha period  Kongu mandalam was divided in to 24 nadus and one such nadu is the Kuruppa nadu ). The near by nadu is the Kanchi Koil Nadu.  Mainly marriages will be held between these two nadus and occasionally with other Nadus also,  But not within the same Nadu.  Within the same nadu the boys and girls will become brothers and sisters.

Iraivi : Sri Kaliyamman
Some of the important details are as follows...

The temple is small facing east with a palipedam, deepa sthambam and about 40 feet length kundam  ( used for  fire walk  during annual festival) are in front. The temple’s arch is on the road side.

The sanctum sanctorum consists of a sanctum and a mandapam. Amman is in sitting posture with damaru and soolam in the upper hands and lower hands are in abhaya and vara hastham.  In the prakaram sannadhi for   Vinayagar and on a common platform Valli deivanai Samedha Subramaniyar, Two ammans and Manikavasakar ( What is the connection of Manikkavasakar, one of the 63 nayanmars is not known?).

Annanmar Periyannan, Chinnanan, Nalla Thangal, Saptha mathas,  Karuppanna Swamy are on the left side of the main sanctum with a separate entrance. It Seemas the regular Nallathangal story is not applicable here and Periayyanan hols a parrot in his hand and the real story is not known. ( During annual festival goats are sacrificed for Karuppanna Swamy ).

Annual festival is conducted during the months of March-April. The temple control  was handed over to Tamil Nadu HR&CE Department, due to conflicts between two sections of the Community.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
Regular poojas are conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays. Pooja will be conducted throughout the day on No moon day.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Poojari ( An engineer turned poojari )Kannan may be contacted for further details on his mobile 8903274051.

HOW TO REACH:
About 2 KM from Thalvaipet and about 5 KM from Bhavani, near Erode.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE





 Nail cheppal used during the festival     
 Kali relief on the Deepa Sthambam


 Periannan and Chinnanan 
  
Painting on the wall (If any body knows this story may please explain) 
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---     

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

NAVASAKATHI PIDARI SRI KALIYAMMAN TEMPLE- ONE OF THE 8 MAMBALAM VILLAGE GAURDING DEITIES, WEST MAMBALAM, CHENNAI.

10th December 2017.
During conversation with the Gurukkal C Subramaniyam of Sri Muthalamman Temple, at West Mambalam, he told that this Pidari Sri Kaliyamman Temple is also one of the 8 Village Guarding deities  of Mambalam and more than 300 years old. This temple is at Ashok Nagar, once a part of Mambalam Village. After dharshan of Sri Muthalamman, went to this temple. Morning abhishekam was in progress during my visit  and had the dharshan of Pidari Sri Kaliyamman.

Iraivi : Navasakthi Pidari Sri Kaliyamman  
Some of the important details are as follows....

This temple is facing north with an entrance arch. Naagars under a peepal tree is at the entrance of the temple.

The Sanctum sanctorum consists of  sanctum, antarala, arthamandapam and a muka mandapam.  Simha vahanam, pali peedam and soolam are in the muka mandapam. Suthai dwarabalakis Sandi and samundi are at the entrance of the sanctum. Vinayagar and Subramaniyar drawings are above Dwarabalakis.  In koshtam two amman moorthams. Amman is in sitting posture on pedestal with damaru, soolam are in hands.

In the prakaram sannadhi for Kumara Vinayagar facing east, Panels of Annamar & Kannimar and Navagrahas.

Apart from daily poojas, Annual festival is being celebrated during Tamil month Adi.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs to 20.30 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
HOW TO REACH:

The temple is at the left side entrance of Police training institute in Ashok Nagar on Natesan Street and back side of Hot chips.

About 50 meters from Chennai metro Railway Station.
About 100 meters from Ashok Pillar bus stop, Fire station and Post Office of Ashok Nagar.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE



 Nagars under Peepal / Bhodhi tree

 Kumara Vinayagar 


 Annanmar 

 Sapthakanniyars

Navagrahas
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA--- 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

SRI RAMA ANJANEYAR TEMPLE, WEST MAMBALAM, CHENNAI.

10th December 2017
During my search of Mambalam Village guarding deities.. came across this small temple  on Lake View Road, West mambalam.

Moolavar : Sri Ramar with Sri Anjaneyar.
Some of the important feature of this temple are...

The temple entrance with an arch is facing north. Dwarabalakars are at the entrance of the temple. Vinayagar sannadhi is on the left side. Sri Ramar with Seetha and Lakshmanar sannadhi is facing east and Anjaneyar is facing Sri Ramar.  In between Ramar and Anjaneyar sannadhi Sri krishnar sannadhi facing north. There is a namaskara mandapam, a small in size, devotees used to do namaskaram. Stucco images are on the three sides of parapet walls of the temple. 

The temple is  more than 55 years old, as per Mr Nagaraj Sridhar one of the resident of the same street. Devotees gather in large numbers on Saturdays, Hanuman jayanthi and Ramanavami days.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 10.00 hrs and 17.30 hrs to 20.30 hrs.

HOW TO REACH:
The temple is on the lake view Road and about 1 KM from Sub-Urban Railway station.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE

 The Vishnu avatharas



Sri Krishnar sannadhi

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Monday, 11 December 2017

SRI MUTHALAMMAN TEMPLE – ONE OF THE MAMBALAM VILLAGE GUARDING DEITY, WEST MAMBALAM, CHENNAI.

10th December 2017.
During my  search for the Mambalam Village Guarding 8 deities, came across this  300 years old Sri Muthalaman Temple on the south end of Lake view Road. The Gurukkal was preparing the pooja when I visited. Went along with him and told that he is doing pooja for the past 30 years in this temple. He told me that this is one of the 8 Mambalam Village boundary ( ellai ) guarding deities. He also claimed that this temple was once  a Pallipadai Temple similar to Pamban Swamikal temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Pondy Bazar Sri Agastheeswarar Temple, Appar Swamikal Temple and Pamban Swamikal Temple. For the proof he showed me the Hero Stone and a Muthalaman Stone installed at the back side of the sanctum.  In the course of time the old temple was ruined and this new temple was built on the same place with Amman as a presiding deity.

Iraivi : Sri Muthalaman
Some of the important details are as follows…

The temple is facing east with out any entrance arch or Rajagopuram. The Sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Antarala and Arthamandapam. Amman is seated on a 4 feet pedestal under Cobra snake hood. Amman is  holding Damaru, soolam, Sword and Kapala in four hands. Under the base Amman’s head statue, which was  found out from the near by lake. Simha vahana and Palipedam are in the mandapam. In koshtam Gowmari, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Brahmi and Durgai. At the entrance of the sanctum Ganapathy and Valli Devasena Subramaniyar on both sides
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There is an interesting story that the Amman statue was made  for a Singapore temple and some how stayed at harbor. Latter installed at this temple. It was also learnt that some devotees from Singapore visits this temple even now.  

In the prakaram Sannadhi for Kathavarayan, Veerapathirar are  at the entrance Gate, Bala Ganapathy & Balamurugan, Anjaneyar, Hero stone and Navagrahas.  Nagars are under the peepal tree. Two  panels consists of Amman face and Hero stone are installed at the back side of the sanctum. Gurukkal claimed that originally this temple might have been built for a person, who  died in a war and temple was built with a small Amman’s head as a presiding deity. In the hero stone the hero is riding on a horse with a sword on his hand.   

Interestingly happened to see a Kanthu ( believed to be the male  consort of  Amman ) and a stone  at the entrance of the Temple.

It is a temple for Poosa nakshathira. Special poojas are conducted on Kiruthukai, Shashti, Navarathiri. Annual kool vaarthal festival is also conducted on 4th Sunday of Adi month.
  
TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.30 hrs to 20.30 hrs. Timings may change during festival and Fridays.

CONTACT DETAILS:
C Balasubramaniya Gurukkal may be contacted on his mobile 9444462116 and his address is 5/1B, Kavarai street, West Mambalam.

HOW TO REACH :
This temple is on the south end of Lake view street, in West Mambalam,  
The nearest bus stop is MettuPalayam, Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Temple and Postal Colony.
The nearest Sub-Urban Railway station is Mambalam and the temple is about 3 KM.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE




 The Sthala Viruksham with nagars

 The reliefs of Muthalamman and Hero Stone

 Navagraha Sannadhi 

Kanthu 

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---