Sunday, January 18, 2015

Odhavaneshwarar temple at Thiruchotruthurai a sapthastanam-a Padal petra sthalam

Sri Odhavaneshwarar temple at Thiruchotruthurai is also a part of the seven temples around Thiruvaiyaru associated with Nandi’s marriage. It was from here Rice was supplied to the wedding.

How to reach:

The temple is very close to thirukandiyur about 5 kms towards Kumbakonam to the south of Kaveri on the road adjoining the Kandiyur templeGoogle मानचित्र

Legends of the temple:

Shiva was worshipped by Gautama, Indra & Surya in this temple  Shiva is said to have blessed a devotee with an inexhaustible supply of food, while Ambal provided a number of devotees with cooked  food, It is said that polished rice grew in paddy fields. (Annam Padaitta Vayal).Shiva is referred to as Sorudaiyan, and this shrine is also Annavatarastalam.Chotruthurai=food area



As you enter the Rajagopuram you see the main temple for Shiva in front and the ambal sannidhi on the left



The main praharam has a  Long corridor at the end of which is the garba gruhaDSC05142

There are two idols of a pious couple here who were very generous and who were blessed by Shiva here.Due to their bhakti the local stream was supposedly overflowing with polished riceDSC05138

The inner praharam has various sculptures is very vastDSC05119DSC05120DSC05127



The ambal annapoorani  Sannidhi is a seperate complex with the goddess Standing and facing eastDSC05145DSC05146

Aapath sahayeshwarar Temple Tirupazhanam near Thiruvaiyaru A Sapthastanam temple-Padal Petra Sthalam

How to reach:

This temple is situated to the North east of Thiruvaiyaru on the Kumbakonam road about 3.5 kms from Thiruvaiyaru. From the Aiyarappan temple cross the Thyagaraja aradhana grounds and the music college and you will see the temple on the left

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The temple has been sung by Appar,Sambanthar,Sundarar. Appar saw many watering stands built in his name here by a Saint called Appodi adigal who was living nearby in Thingalur( Chandran Navagraha Kshetram). Appar bought back to life the son of appodi adigal who was bitten by a snake here.

The Banana fruit is supposed to have originated here

Nandi,s wedding received fruits as presents from Shiva from here Hence Thiru=Lord Pazhanam = fruits in Tamil

A five tiered Rajagopuram is on the eastern Gate, the entrance to this temple seen above.There are two praharams. The Main Rajagopuram leads us to the outer praharam there are shrines to Venugopala and MahalakshmiDSC05154DSC05157


The outer praharam has 7 Sapthasthana lingams of Tiruvaiyaru DSC05128DSC05129DSC05130DSC05131

In the inner Praharam there are the koshta vigrahas and shrines for Gajalakshmi Venugopala The vimanam is made entirely of granite.; there is also an image of Varaha-Vishnu in this temple. Inscriptions from the period of Parantaka I are seen in this temple.DSC05170DSC05161DSC05162DSC05164

The main Sanctum has a Shivalingam resplendent in all its glory.

The Ambal Periya nayaki Sannidhi is a seperate enclosure outside in the first praharam with its own Nandi


A peaceful experience in all with cute legends

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sri Ambikapatheeshwarar temple Keezhambi-Kanchipuram

Though I visited this temple in 2011 I have somehow not blogged about it. A recent discussion about the adhishtanam of Sri Advaithatma Prakashendra 

(Sishya of Sri Bodhendral of Govindapuram) of the Kanchi peetam reminded me of this temple.(click here to see the blog )

This is the only temple in Kanchipuram with a seperate ambal sannidhi

How to reach:

Keezhambi is a small village west of Kanchipuram on the Bangalore highway. The place is about 10 kms from the present Sri madam. Take the road towards Ekambranathaswamy temple and proceed straight for 8 kms.till you reach the Krishna engineering college and just after this take left turn. You will see lush green Verdant fields amidst which rests the temple. The road stops at a huge banyan tree and you will have to go by a small mud road.20120114_101336


Legends of the temple:

Parvathy did penance in Kanchi to attain the lord. This place where the temple is situated was a huge garden and during her tapas an attendant would daily bring flowers from here to the place where Parvathy was lost in dhyana. Kanchi is the Nabhi sthalam shakthi peetam. Kamakshi is all pervading here and no other shiva temple in all 0f Kanchi except this temple has a ambal sannidhi. This is referenced in the Shivapuranam.20120114_095408

Sri Kamban the great poet lived with his benefactor  in Kanchi. He did poojas here to beget progeny and in gratitude named his son after the Lord in this temple

The temple itself is very small and is east facing with entrance to the sannidhi from the south. with the ambal sannidhi seen on the right20120114_095125


The main sanidhi has an ante chamber with murugan, Ganesha and a nandi plus the temple legend board20120114_095159


The Shivalingam is medium sized and is blessing us . The temple is clean and well maintained and very peaceful.

The kosta vigrahas around are Ganapathy, Dakshinamurthy, Mahavishnu , Brahma and Durga 20120114_100517 20120114_100526 20120114_100545

There are shrines for Vinayaka and Murugan behind the temple and the sthalavruksham is the Vilvam20120114_100708


View from behind of ambal sannidhi and Vilva tree


The Ganapathy sannidhi behind


The Navagrahas and the temple well 20120114_101024 20120114_101018

The entrance walls have murugan and vinayaka20120114_095114 20120114_095107

Since there are very few visitors the priest who stays in Kanchi comes twice a day and closes the temple after pooja. He is available from 7 am to 9 AM and evenings from 4 PM. Both the temple and the adhishtanam nearby are places worth seeing . Please include them in your trips to Kanchipuram The farm hand at the adhishtanam will guide you around

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sri, Sivakozhundeshwarar temple Thirthanagari near Cuddalore- A padal petra sthalam

This temple has been in existence over 4 yugams and has been re built many times over, The last time by a local chieftain VeeramanMaharaja. There are many legends associated with this temple. It is on the banks of a huge water body called Perumal lake
Hoe to Reach:
Theerthanagiri is 18 km far from Cuddalore on the east coast road towards chidambaram. After crossing alapakkam on the left in 5 kms will see a board to thirthanagari it is about 4 kms on this road. IMG_0049
Legends of the temple:
Perumal worshipped shiva here and killed a demon called Murasuran and he hence came to be known as Murari
Siva rahasyam which was told by shiva to parvathy was overheard by Murugan who instructed Agasthiyar the same and the same are documented in palm leaf writings in the Connemara library
Durvasa cursed Bhringi rishi and he received salvation after worshipping shiva here
Perumal lake or Garuda theertham was  dug out by Garuda.
There were an aged couple who cultivated Thinai (hence thinai oor ). They used to eat only after feeding a guest. One day an aged man came and said he would work in the fields and then eat. He started sowing seeds and when the aged couple came to feed him they fount a bountiful harvest of thinai here and when the couple asked how this was possible Shiva revealed his real form to them, Thinai cultivation was the main agriculture here and even today the local farmers start cultivation after prayers to Dakshinamurthy here who is sitting in Padmasana without his sishyas and in the posture he had food . He is called Yoga Dakshinamurthy
Suryan prayed to Shiva here and in March April (Panguni month) the sun rays fall directly on the swayumbu lingam
The ambal sannidhi is in the first praharam on the right of the Nandi and the Dwajasthambam seen above
Below is the second praharam with entrance from the south
The  saints Appar, Sambandar Navukkarasar and the builder Veeraman Maharaja are housed in the enclosure on the left
The main enclosure has a shivalingam  and also houses a rare Nataraja. Shiva is east facing and has a majestic avudiar.
The nataraja is ardhanari with ganga on the head and anklets on one leg. There are figures of Brahma playing drums and Vishnu blowing the Conch. The earrings are different on both sides. Agni is held in one hand and the damaru in anotherIMG_0076
This place is considered as holy for the performing arts and many vidwans come here to exhibit their artistry and pray for success
The Kosta vigrahas are unique. The story of the aged farmer is depicted around t ganesaIMG_0057 IMG_0056

The yoga dakshinamurthy in padmasana on a lotus with no maram or sishyasIMG_0058 IMG_0062
Lingothbhavar shiva with Brahma and Vishnu on either side. Sadly the epigraphy has been whitewashed
Rare Chandikeshwara with consortIMG_0066
Murugan sannidhiIMG_0065
The sthala vruksham KonraiIMG_0068
The ambal sannidhi is in the outer courtyard facing South. Goddess Oppilla nayaki one who has no comparision (Karunthadankanni)is about 5 feet tall and majesticIMG_0086
A few paintings inside of the nayanmarsIMG_0085 IMG_0084
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