06th May 2018.
We had been to this temple during our Thiruvaiyaru Heritage Walk. Utilizing the opportunity of the lunch break, we are able to spend about 2 hours in this temple. This temple was built between Kollidam and Cauvery river in the midst of Plantain/ banana grove.
Presiding Deity: Sri Thirukadaimudi Mahadevar or Thiruchadaimudi Mahadevar
Some of the important details are as follows..
The temple is facing east with a nandhi on base of a platform of the old mandapam. The pillars of this muka mandapam is dumped on the north side of the temple. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antarala and arthamandapam. Only the base of the Muka mandapa is exists now. Sandikeswarar is on the north side near komuka.
The temple is somewhat similar to SrinivasaNallur, near Trichy Shiva temple. Athistanam is Kabothabandha athistanam with miniature reliefs on the Kandapatham and vedhikandam. Yazhi vari is just above the kabotham. The pilasters are with 8 face Vishnu patha pillars, hanging mala, kumbam, kalasam and podhikai. The vimana above the sanctum exists up to the first level.
As per the inscriptions this temple’s lord is called as Thiruchadaimudi Mahadevar or Thirukadaimudi Mahadevar
The temple has 21 inscriptions of Thellatrerintha Nandhivarman-III ( 846 - 869AD) and Nirupathunga Varman ( 865 - 906 AD) of Pallava Kings, Chozha King Paranthaka – I (907 - 950 AD) and Ko Ilango Mutharayar.
One of the inscription speaks about the Village Court, Arukai merchants, Boat men, Velalar gave donations in terms of gold for burning perpetual lamp. Gold was also donated to this temple for conducting 7 days Masimaha festival by Nandhivarmans’ wife & Queen Maadevi Adikal Kandan Maran Paavai. Pazhuvettayar’s daughter Paranthakan Devi Arulmozhi Nangai also donated gift to this temple. This temple is also one of the Thevara vaippu sthalam, hymn sung by ThiruganaSambandar. Once this temple was in a dilapidated condition and refurbished to some extend by the state archaeological department and regular poojas are conducted.
HOW TO REACH:
There is no public transport up to this temple and transport facility is available to Poondi Madha Basilica and Thirukattupalli.
6.4 KM from Poondi Madha Basilica and autos are available from Basilica.
pilaster Kumbam, Kalasam, Palakai, Pali, Pthiyal
Hanging mala on the pillaster
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