Friday, 3 August 2018

SRI SARVESWARAR TEMPLE ( A NON EXIST ) & SAPTHA MATHAR PANEL AT MEL / KIZHL SIRUPAKKAM – A HERITAGE VISIT IN THIRUVANNAMALAI REGION

03st August 2018.
This Saptha Mathar Panel at Mel Sirupaakkam was the last stop of our heritage visit on Chengam Nadukarkal. Since the arrangements were made through Dr Arunkumar Pankaj, we do not want to miss to see that, even though it was very late for our lunch. The sapthamathar individual panels are kept in a row  ( but not in regular order ) in the sanctum of a Sri Kaliamman Temple of Mel Sirupakkam along with Veerabhathirar on the left and Vinayagar on the right. It was told that these panels belongs to 9th Century, Chozha Period. The saptha mathars are still under worship.

On the back of Kaliamman temple we had seen a Vinayagar and a Shiva temple ( the Shiva linga belongs to Chozha period, but the temple was built in the recent years ). It was told that an inscription stone is available at, about 50 meters  from the Shiva temple at Kizhl Sirupakkam. A road divides both Villages. The inscription stone was a Soolakkal, on one side Soolam and other side Kulothunga Chozha period’s inscriptions. The inscriptions speaks about the donation of three lands measuring 1000 kuzhi, to the Sri Sarveswarar Shiva Temple, till the Sun and Moon exists. It is very sad to see the inscription stone, the only evidence to the Shiva temple exists in this  Kizhl Sirupakkam Village is dumped on the side of street.

The Inscription stone details are…
ஸ்வஸ்தி ஸ்ரீ குலொத்துங்க சோழ தேவர்க்கு யாண்டு ஆவது கீழைச் சிறுபாக்கத்து நாயனார் உடையார் சர்வேச்வரமுடைய நாயனார்க்குத் தேவதானமாக மலைய நரசிங்க பன்மனான இராச கெம்பீர ஆடையூர் நாடாழ்வானேன் கீழைச் சிறுபாக்கத்து நிலத்திலண்ணானுந் திருவாய்பாடியும் புளியஞ் செறுவுங் கரிக்குண்டிலும் புளிய்ந்தனையுமா(ங்...குண்டில் மூன்றும் ஆக ஆயி…(ரம்) குழியுஞ் சந்திராதித்தர் வரை செல்வதாக விட்டேன்.

The remains of Shiva Linga, Sapthamathar panel and the inscription stone, reminds a 9th century Shiva Temple might have existed in this Kizhl Sirupakkam village.
Thanks to Dr Arunkumar Pankaj for providing the details.

The present Vinayagar and Shiva temple 
The  Kulothunga Chozha period inscription Stone 
Veerabhathirar
Brahmi
Maheswari
Indrani
Vaishnavi
Vaarahi
Kaumari
Samundi
 Vinayagar
Children's hand work on clay
 ---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting pieces of information. Thanks for Sharing.

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