…. A Continuation post to Sri Palani Andavar Temple, Thiruparankundram
05th May 2018
On the first day of our Ahimsa Walk on 05th May 2018, our first visit was to see the Mahavir and Tirthangaras on the Samanar Malai at Keelakuilkudi, Nagamalai Puthukottai. Sri Karuppanasamy Temple is at the base of the hill. It was told that a Tirthangarar statue is inside a shrine and worshiped as Hindu God. The Temple Complex has the shrines for the Poorna and Puskala samedha Iyyanar, Perumal and small Village deities. In front of the Iyyanar shrine is his vahana elephant, Palipedam and a Deepa Sthambam. The deepa sthambam has the 12th to 13th century inscriptions.
It was interesting to note that there are three hero stones, a sati stone and a heroine stone for a lady who holds a pot in her left hand. Although the temples or the shrines seems to be of recent period, the inscription says that these hero stones are erected for the heros who fought & died during 1311 AD, Malik-ka-fur invasion. The shrines for the heros are Pottukazhuvathevar alias Peyandithevar ( a Sati stone with his wife and belongs to Kuttipichan thevar’s son Pottukazhuvathevar’s sect ) , AndakkaL, Kazhuvanathan, Virumandi- Kuttipichan ( belongs to Keelakuilkudi Muthuveeran sect ).
12th to 13th century inscriptions.
Pottukazhuvathevar alias Peyandithevar - a Sati stone with his wife
AndakkaL, Virumandi- Kuttipichan
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