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.
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.
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.
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
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