Sunday, 1 October 2017

SRI RAJAGOPALASWAMY TEMPLE, MANNARKUDI – A HERITAGE VISIT – PONNIYIN SELVAN 2017 MEET AT THANJAVUR.

25th September 2017.
This Perumal temple was covered in the morning session before starting to the Ponniyin Selvan Meet at Thanjavur on 24th September 2017, from Mannarkudi, There is a proverb that the mannarkudi mathi azhahu.. ie the temple wall is beautiful. This temple is not comes under divya desam, but comes under abimana sthalam. This visit was curetted by Miss Abirami.

Moolavar : Sri Rajagopalaswamy,  
Thayar    : Sri Chengamala Thayar
Some of the important features of this temple are...

The temple is facing east with a 11 tier rajagopuram of 152 feet high. Stucco images are from 9th tier. There are 16 gopuras and Vimanas in this temple. The west side entrance Rajagopuram has the stucco images from level 1, since the old Mannarkudi was on the west side. There are 16 pillar  mandapam and a garuda thoon in front of the Rajagopuram.

Moolavar is in the 7th prakaram, where as Thayar is in the 5th prakaram. Moolavar is called as  Vasudeva Perumal and Urchavar is called as Sri Rajagopalaswamy. The temple is called in the name of urchavar. The urchavar was unearthed from the temple pond and his leg will have a kink and this was due to hitting of the spade while digging the temple pond.  Urchavar is along with Sridevi and boodevi, Santhana Krishnan. People used to hold Santhana Krishnan and pray for their well being and child birth.

The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antarala, Arthamandapam and a muka mandapam. There are 4 pillar, Vasantha mandapam  and 1000 pillar mandapam.  In the prakarams sannadhi for Yoga narasimhar, Thulasi madam, Kosalai, Manavala mamunikal, Hanuman, Venugopalaswamy, Anandha Padmanaban and Lakshmi Narasimhar. Paintings of Dhasavathara and  Mahabharatha  are fitted on the 6th and 7th prakaram wall.

Thayar is in a separate temple like sannadhi with Dwajasthambam and Palipedam. Thayar is Chengamala Thayar and urchavar  is Lakshmi Thayar. Thayar is called as “Padi Thanda Pathini”. Ie Thayar will not move out of the temple along with Perumal in any function.

The temple exists before Chozha period. From the inscriptions the place Mannarkudi was called as Rajathi Raja Chathurvedhi mangalam and the temple was called as Kulothunga Chozha Vinnagaram.

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

CONTACT DETAILS:
The following numbers may be contacted for further details. +914367 222276, +9194433 43363.

HOW TO REACH:
The temple is almost at the centre of the Mannarkudi town.
The temple is about a KM from Bus Terminus.
Autos are available from Bus stand.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE





 Thulasi madam on Koormam  

 Dhasavathara reliefs on a pillar  

 The contributors of this temple Sri Achuthappa Nayakkar, Vijayaraghava Nayakkar & Mrs Shenbaga  Lakshmi 

Paintings on the ceiling  

 Pavai vilakku 

 Paintings on 6th and 7th Corridors 

 Paintings on 6th and 7th Corridors 

 Vahana  


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