Thursday, 21 April 2022
Arulmigu Ranganatha Perumal Temple /அருள்மிகு ரங்கநாதா பெருமாள் டெம்பிள்/ ஸ்ரீ ரங்கநாதர் பெருமாள் கோவில் "கீழரெங்கம்", கீழையூர் / Keelaiyur, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.
The Heritage visit to this Sri Ranganatha Perumal Temple at Keelaiyur in Nagapattinam District was a part of “Mada Temples Heritage Walk in Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai Districts”, organised by “Chozha Mandala Varalatru Thedal Kuzhu – GCHRG, on 05th and 6th March 2022. Thanks to V Ramachandran, Tahasildar of Nagapattinam, who took us to all these Temples. Apart from Shiva temples, Ko Chengat Chozha built mada temple to Maha Vishnu also and this is one of them.
Moolavar : Sri Ranganatha Perumal
Thayar : Sri Ranga Nayaki / Athiroopavalli
Some of the salient features of this temple are….
The temple is facing South with a three tier Rajagopuram. Balipeedam and Kodimaram are after the Rajagopuram on a platform and mukha mandapam is with 3 steps from front platform. Thiruman, Sangu and Chakra are on the top of the entrance to mukha mandapam. At the lower level Alwars Thirumangai Alwar, Vedanta desika, alwars are in the vavval nethi mandapam / vandi koodu mandapam. Hauman, Chakkarathalwar & Narasimhar, Thumbikai Alwar and Vishwaksenar are in Praharam.
On the upper level, Arulmigu Sri Sesha Sayana Perumal, Thayar Ranganayagi and Andal. Moolavar Ranganatha Perumal is in sayana kolam on Adhiseshan. Dwarapalakas are at the entrance of ardha mandapam. Thayar Ranganayagi is in standing posture facing east.
The temple is of mada style with an empty floor/ வெற்று தளம் raised to a height of 2.64 meters supported by Brahmakantha pilasters & vettu tharanga pothyals, prastaram and a parapet wall. The main temple consists of sanctum sanctorum, antarala, ardha mandapam, maha mandapam and mukha mandapam. The maha mandapam and mukha mandapam are of Vavval nethi mandapams / vandi koodu may be built during Maratha period. Garudan is at the centre of the 3 entrances of mukha mandapam.
The sanctum sanctorum is in rectangular shape measuring 5.83 meters on South – North direction and 7.38 meters on east – west direction. This is to accommodate Sri Ranganatha Perumal in sayana kolam keeping head on west side. Moolavar is wearing silk dress, Mahara kundalas. Bhudevi is in sitting posture near Perumal’s feet. On the floor are Markandeyar in ardha padmasana. Adhiseshan’s head and and tail are shown on east side. Utsava murti is with Sridevi and Bhudevi. Andal is holding a flower in the right hand.
The Koshtas are empty now. A 3 tier salakara Vimanam with 5 kalasams is on the sanctum sanctorum. From base to prastram was built with stone and the super structure Vimanam was built the bricks. The Vimanam do not have stucco images except on the koshtas.
HISTORY AND INSCRIPTIONS
It is believed that the original temple was constructed by the Chozha King Ko Chenkat Chozha. Since Chozha’s capital Kavipoompattinam was destroyed due to Tsunami – azhi peralai-to save from the tsunami the temples along the sea shore are built as a mada Temple. Latter received contributions from Pallavas, Chozhas and Vijayanagaras. No old inscriptions are found in this temple.
Jeernodhara Maha kumbhabhishekam was conducted on 14th July 1968.
Thirupani to Moolavar and other sannidhi Vimanams, mandapams, madapalli and inner compound wall were carried out and maha samprokshanam was carried out on 14th June 1971.
Again maha samprokshanam was carried out on 27th August 2015 after forming KSRP Trust. During that time, renovation and reconstruction of Yagasalai and mandapam was done by Sri K S Srinivasan his Son, Rama Sreenivasan daughter in-law, S Kumar Srivatsan grand son Sri kumar Srikanthan grand son in loving memory of Late Sri Paravasthu K R Sowrirajan Iyengar and late Smt Rajalakshmi Sowrirajan. Thirupani to Vishwaksenar Vimanam was done by Dr Sa. Parthasarathy from Raja annamalaipuram, Chennai. Electrification of the Complete temple was done by Sankaran Ramamurthy from Nagapattinam, Thayar Sannidhi Vimanam thirupani was done by Smt Manjula and Sri Nagarajan family of ( Abu Dhabi ), Chennai, Thirupani to Ranganayagi Thayar Vimanam was done by Smt Poongavanam ( Singapore ), and Kodimaram thirupani was done by G Kumaradevan Nagapattinam.
நள வருசம் சித்திரை (புலைசு) படைவீடு அம்பாசய்ய(ன்) இரங்கப்பராசா வேங்கடாத்திரி 106 உத்திராபதி ராசா ரெங்கப்பராசா தன்மம் (வா)வரதயா சதா சேர்வை
ஸ்வஸ்திஸ்ரீ சகர வருசம் (1540) மேல் ஸ்ரீ சித்திரை புலை (6...) (அச்சம்?) மயிலவேங்கப்பைய.. வேங்கடாத்திரி ராசா அய்யாவு ராசா (2) லிங்கராசா தன்மம் க்ருஷ்ணந் சதாசேர்வை
POOJAS AND CELEBRATIONS
Apart from oru kala pooja, special poojas are conducted on Tamil and English new years, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Rama navami, Hanuman jayanthi, and all important function related to Maha Vishnu.
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs.
The Mobile no of Bhattar +91 9786962538 may be contacted for darshan.
HOW TO REACH
This place Keelaiyur is on the Nagapattinam – Velankanni- Thiruthuraipoondi bus route.
This temple is about 22.7 KM from Nagapattinam Railway station, 41 KM from Karaikal, 30 KM from Thiruvarur, 41 KM from Mannargudi and 324 KM from Chennai.
Nearest railway station is Nagapattinam.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE : CLICK HERE
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