Friday, May 22, 2015

Thirumangalakudi Prananatheshwara Mangalambikai temple–A padalpetra sthalam

This is an ancient temple where the the Lord on the ambals wishes granted back life to a dead devotee.Lord Vishnu, Brahma,  Kali,Ambica, Akashavani, Bhooma Devi, Sage Agasthya and Sun God had worshipped in this temple.
The temple is praised as Pancha Mangala Kshetra. 
1) The name of the place is Thiru Mangala Kudi,
2) name of the Mother is Mangalambica,
3) the sacred spring is Mangala Theertham,
4) The Vimana –Mangala Vimana and
5) Lord Vinayaka is praised as Mangala Vinayaka, all auspicious. 
People visiting Suriyanar koil seldom visit this temple which is actually a sub temple of this main temple .
How to reach:
The temple is about 1 km from Suriyanar koil  off Aduthurai om the Kumbakonam mayiladuthurai road close to Kanjanur,Govindapuram
Legends of the temple:
The Navagrahas prevented leprosy to befall on Kalama Muni.  Angry Brahma cursed planets with that disease.  They came to this place, performed penance on the Swayambu Linga Shiva and got relieved of the curse.  So there is no Navagraha statues in this temple but are housed at Suriyanar koil.
A prime minister of the kingdom diverted funds to build this temple  when the king found out he ordered the person to be beheaded.When the body reached this place for cremation due to the fervent prayers of the deceased’s wife, goddess Mangalambikai restored the husband to life and gave mangalyam to the wife.
I visited at night hence the pics are not too clearIMG_20150520_184802_HDR
As you enter the first praharam Nandi is seen in the fore court

The main praharam houses the Shivalingam who is tall, taller than the Avudiar(Pedestal). it is called a Baana lingam.The entrance is flanked by Lakshmi and saraswathi on either side . both are in Padmasana and Saraswathy is with out her veena.IMG_20150520_190446_HDR
The Outer courtyard has the Koshta vigrahas and various sannidhis as belowIMG_20150520_185942_HDRIMG_20150520_185737_HDRIMG_20150520_185915_HDRIMG_20150520_185925_HDRIMG_20150520_190057
There are both Vishnu durga as well as Shiva durga both in this temple
The Sthalavruksham is the silk cotton tree. The Erukka tree is also held in reverence here
The theerthams are Surya theertham in the well and the semi-circular Chandra theertham on the left
There are peculiarVahanams here like the purushamrugamIMG_20150520_190549_HDRIMG_20150520_190542_HDR
The boodha and Boodhini vahanamIMG_20150520_190600
There is a statue for the Prime  minister and his wife

The temple sells mangalasutras for 3 Rs.each which is much sought after with the mothers blessings

Thirukurukkai Veeretteshwarar temple-A padal petra sthalam–A Veerattanam

This is the most elusive and neglected temples of the 8 veerattanam temples of Shiva, Here Lord Shiva annihilated Manmatha the God of Love and bowing to Rathi’s wishes he resurrected him in Devaloka in physical form.
This temple is unique that even when you plan and visit seldom can you have a darshan of the lord as Shiva is in Yoga nidra (Deep meditation) and only if you are blessed you will be able to see the lord. The day I finally visitedf after many many obstacles that too after planning for more than 6months I was not fortunate to see the lord as the priest's mother had died and the main sannidhi was closed.The substitute priest visiting hours were not known. It is a huge temple but in dire need of attention.
How to reach:
This in itself was an obstacle race.There are two ways to reach and I would recommend that you travel from Mayavaram to Nidur to Korukkai. The road is narrow but buses ply on this trail and it can be navigated.This is the route I came back in. It is easier .
I made the first mistake of travelling from Kumbakonam via the Kallanai,to Poompuhar road going via Suriyanar koil. The ride of 37 kms in my Mobilio was surely an endurance drive on narrow roads where we encountered Sugarcane laden lorries and Buses too in essentially 5 feet good asphalted/cemented roads most drive at breakneck speeds and do not respect rules and are unwilling to give way there were many off road experiences scary and also tension filed but made it with adrenal pumping and shaken legs.
Kumbakonam  Tamil Nadu to Unnamed Rd  Korukkai  Tamil Nadu 609203   Google Maps

Legends and stories of the temple:
There was a sage called Deerga bahu (Long Arms) who used to invoke aakashaganga and do puja to Lord shiva, Here his arms got shortened and the sage was shocked. He prayed to Vinayaga here and not getting a reply started banging his head soon Vinayaka’s arm shot out and blessed the sage here Hence there is a sannidhi here for him Kurunkai vinayakar.Shortened arms- Kurukai in Tamil=Korkai now.
Lord Shiva was in deep meditation here which caused heavy heat troubling all the jeeva rashis. The devas initially asked murugan to intercede but he refused to oblige as he was scared of his father’s anger. The devas then asked Manmatha who readily agreed to cut short the meditation through love arrows. He  visited many areas nearby in preparation like Kanganam Puthur  the place where he decided to disturb the penance of Lord Shiva and tied the vow thread in his hand.  He drank the milk at Palakudi.  Took his bow at Villinur.  Aimed at the Lord at Kavalamedu.   Those who followed him at Ivanallur suggested action from here.  As the place was not suitable, Manmatha came to Mettu Korkai and tried directions.  Finally, he applied the arrow on Lord from a corner. The instant it hit Shiva he opened his third eye and Burnt Manmatha. At Metu korkai there is a pit filled with ashes .Rathi Manmathas wife at once fell at the Lord’s feet and cried the Lord mercifully restored both to devaloka in Physical form
The huge lake in front of the temple
There is only one praharam now the nandi in front of the praharaam
The main sannidhi of Shiva which was closed during my visitIMG_0007
The Kosta vigrahas were all reversed as the lord is west facing
Nandi in front of the Lord
There was a Gaja prushti vimanam with Lingodhbhavar at the eastern side
I found a Snake in the precincts of the deserted temple
Exquisite Dakshinamurthy

Narthana ganapathy with the Figure of Deerga Bahu on the left
Korukkai vinayakar sannidhi
Ambal Gnambikai sannidhi
The ambience  is very peacefulIMG_0004IMG_0005IMG_0033IMG_0034
I did not get to see the Shivalingam itself .it is supposed to be  self manifested based on a Lotus shaped pedestal .
I also did not see the Yogeshwara who is in deep meditation with abhaya hastha, left foot hanging and right foot folded .
The ambal was also not seen by me this time
hopefully I shall be blessed enough in future to have a darshan and shall update this post

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sri Thiruvudaiamman temple- Minjur Chennai

Today I had the chance to visit this temple which is considered a part of the three shakthi temples in Chennai. They were apparently sculpted by the same sculptor and it is considered auspicious  to visit these three temples  in a day viz.,
Icchashakthi           Thiruvudai amman   Minjur                    Morning
Gnana shakthi        Vadivudaiamman     Thiruvotriyur           Afternoon
Kriya shakthi           Idaiudaiamman         Thirumullaivoyal      Evening
How to Reach:
The temple is in Melur just before Minjur on the Ennore road. I travelled from Padi on the 100 feet road and continued till the road ended at Manali.A left turn here and about 10  kms later we came to Melur where the 4 lane road ended .On the left the temple arch welcomed us.20150419_092414
This small village road is narrow and about 500 metres you will se the board to the temple near a petty shop20150419_092602
Follow the road and the temple is seen on the leftIMG_20150419_092715_HDRIMG_20150419_092834_HDR
The peaceful surroundings of the temple enchanted us
As you  enter the temple you find the temple complex in two parts the ambal sannidhi is in front and the Shivan sannidhi is behindIMG_20150419_095951_HDR
The  Thiruvudaiamman sannidhi facing south welcomes us in the foreground It has been recently re built with cement. The ambal is about 5 feet and standing there to bless us
The three Shakti's are represented above
There is a snake pit in front of the ambal sannidhi below the portrait of Iccha shakthi shown belowIMG_20150419_095600_HDR
Behind the ambal temple and facing East is the SriThirumaneshwarar shiva sannidhi. The temple is small but enchantingIMG_20150419_093903_HDR
The shiva lingam is a swayumbhu murthy quite small and is covered by a Silver Kaapu. The inner praharam has the usual Koshta vigrahasIMG_20150419_093956_HDRIMG_20150419_094005_HDRIMG_20150419_094021_HDRIMG_20150419_094041_HDRIMG_20150419_094053_HDR
The outer praharam is also quite serene IMG_20150419_095259_HDRIMG_20150419_095319_HDR
The sthala vruksham sara Kondrai below

The temple pond at some distance
The priest was an elderly gentleman who very patiently explained and took us around. He said on Pournami days the devotees rush is considerable but the rest of the days it is quite free,
Temple opens by 8 AM  closes by 11:30 AM , re opens by 4 PM to 7 PM