Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sri Vamanapureswarar Temple Thirumanikuzhi–a Padal petra sthalam

The road from Panrutti to Cuddalore has many temples famous in their own right. After visiting Padaleeswarar temple at Cuddalore  and the Thiruvandhipuram temple this is the next temple I had the chance to visit last sunday.

How to reach:

The temple is roughly about 5 kms away rom thiruvahindipuram  and 20 kms away from Panrutti on the Panrutti Cuddalore road SH 68.The temple is on the banks of the Kedilam riverIMG_20161120_095454


The temple is unique in that there is always a screen(Bheema Rudra) who keeps the lord covered except during aarathi. The Lord is with Parvathy in the garba gruha and hence the privacy

Mahavishnu  was born as  Vamana the12th child of sage  Kashyapa and

Adithi;He vanquished the ego of Bali Chakravarthy since he used a bit of trickery to do that he came here and did penance to redeem himself  as depicted in the carvings below found in the templeIMG_20161120_095706

As you enter the main gopuram you see the dwaja sthambam and bali peetam.The entrance to the temple is through the left and a passage leads to the main Shiva complexIMG_20161120_095510

The Inner praharam has various koshta vigrahas as below on the walls along with separate sannidhi for murugan ,Ganapathy, Gajalakshmi etc.IMG_20161120_095730IMG_20161120_095736IMG_20161120_095857

The Durga is unique in that she is a Raja Durga not standing on the mahisha (BULL)


In the sanctum itself the main lord Shiva is covered by a screen with the Bheema Rudra  and puja is also done for the Bheema Rudra.The Shivalingam itself is quite small but very attractive.

Below is a picture from of the sanctum

The Goddess  Ambujakshi is holding two flowers in Her hands, lotus and Neelotpala. The woes of devotees would become softer as flowers, it is said. She graces from her own temple complex on the north side she also faces east


All around the temple in many places I found statues of Bala Vinayaka and Bala Murugan  scattered around It is a place where many people come for begetting progenyIMG_20161120_100303IMG_20161120_100309

A photo of the Goddess from


Sri Padaleeshwarar temple Thiruppathiripuliyur in Cuddalore-A Padal petra sthalam

Last Sunday my wife and myself had an opportunity to pray at this temple. Though I had driven via Cuddalore umpteen times the lord permitted me and gave me a darshan only  a week ago


When you are driving down from pondy on the east coast road you will enter into cuddalore and cross the bridge on the kedilam river the ECR turns left proceed straihjy into cuddalore town and after driving a couple of KMS on the right you can see the road to the temple turn in and take a left you will see the temple.

Alternatively youcan reach the main road from Thiruvanthipuram /panrutti from the west .Also  Kedilam bridge.from Mayavaram and kmbakonam you can come via the east coast road and turn left at the kedilam bridge.

The temple is walkin distance from the Thiruppathiripuliyur  railway station and Cuddalore bus standIMG_20161120_090303_HDRIMG_20161120_090315_HDR


The temple is very ancient I was first fascinated bythe story that affter visiting 1008 temples Thirunavukkarasar and Thirugnanasambambar met up at this temple and continued their journey singing about the  Shiva temples  in the Cauvery delta.

Saint arunagirinathar has composed exquisite thirupugazh on  Murugan in this temple

Parvathi was once banished from Kailasa for closing the eyes of Shiva playfully she did penance here under the Padiri tree here and was again re united with Shiva

Saint Thirunavukkarasar (@ Appar) was tied to a rock and cast into the sea by Mahendra pallava (600-630 A.D) a staunch vaishnavite. He miraculously floated on the rock in the sea under divine blessings and landed nearby at “Karaiyeravittakuppam” a place nearby

upamanyu son of Vyagrapada rishi while offering worship to Parvati  inaduartenty  kicked Devi who cursed him to become a hare. He repented his action and devi ordained him to pray the lord Padaleeswarar to get rid of the curse. The hare after wandering many years was one day hunted by the legendary king Adirajan. The hare after getting wounted  and came in contact with the brances of this padiri tree. The touch of the tree resulted in  upamanyu regaining his human form.

As you enter the main gate you see the dwaja sthambam and Nandi IMG_20161120_091456

Thenext praharam has the Koshta vigrahas Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodhbhavar, Brahma and Durga.There are also  the 63 nayanmars, a bala vinayaka in stone relief work, another selva vinayaka, Gajalakshmi,Shanmukaa having their own sannidhis.

The Main Sanctum of Shiva is huge and the Shivalinga itself is najestic and well decked up producing an divine spectacle for the bhaktas

The outer praharam has the Sthala vruksha the padiri treeIMG_20161120_091653

The Godess Periyanayaki is a 6 footer standing in her own temple complex, bali peetam and Dwajasthambam on the northern side facing east



The temple houses a Go shala and I made a few friendsIMG_20161120_091731IMG_20161120_091735IMG_20161120_092240

Veludayanpattu Murugan temple- Neyveli Township

Among the old temples of Neyveli township this murugan temple is one of the most vibrant. The uniqueness of the temple is that Murugan is seen here with a Bow and arrow Villudayan which has been corrupted over years to Veludayan he is also known as Sri Sivasubramania swami here. The temple is about 800 years old and is managed by the NLC.

Side view of the temple as you approach the temple


The main entrance of the temple


The main entrance leads to the outer praharam housing the Dwajasthambam and




the wedding hall on the right



The main sanctum houses Murugan as a hunter with a bow and arrow and both Valli and Devasena as consorts on either side


The temple is a very popular tonsuring centre for young kids in Neyveli and nearbyIMG_20160925_102728_HDR

Sri Nataraja Temple Neyveli Township

A couple of months ago I had an occasion to have darshan of this temple. It is situated inside the township and is easily found. The Nataraja here is  mammoth 10.1 feet tall and 8.4 feet base. An ancient temple of 500 years was apparently present here before the township was built and has been rebuilt.

The main attraction is the hall housing the Nataraja facing the main entrance.IMG_20160925_103334_HDR

pic below  from the web courtesy @ Dinamalar .com

To your left you see a shiva temple complex the sempon Jothinathar IMG_20160925_103525_HDR

on either sides are Ashtabhuja Durga , Suryan,  dasa bhuja Bhairava, Shanishwarar. The Navagrahas are uniquely represented as in the Gangaikonda cholapuram temple

These pics of the idols are also from

Dasa bhuja Bhairava

Ashta bhuja Durga

The navagraha

There is a meditation hall with all the 63 nayanmars housed inside IMG_20160925_103530_HDR

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Vizhupuram Kanchi mutt Avatara sthalam of Sri.Chandrashekarendra saraswathi the Paramacharya of Kanchi

Trip to  Vizhupuram sankara Mutt
I had the occasion to travel to Kumbakonam by road from Chennai.  I heard that the birthplace of Paramacharya and the Adhishtanam of Shri Atmabodhendra were in Vizhupuram district and hence visited them
The Kanchi mutt Vizhupuram functions from the premises of the birth place of Mahaperiyava and a Veda patashala is functioning here. The place can be reached easily from the bypass and is identifiable with a tall Puri Jagannath type gopuram . As you enter Vizhupuram  from NH 45 from Chennai look for the Anjeneya swami temple proceed straight on the right you will see a Amman temple take the left in front of this temple you will cross the mosque and another major road from the railway station  and the road will stop in a blind end with the Kanchi mutt on the rightDSCN1765
The locals are very friendly and easily direct us there. There is a wax statue as In Kanchi mutt of the great saint which is very life like . periyava
There is a marble Shivalingam which marks the place of birth of Mahaperiyava .The patashala boys delight in taking you around the campus and do arathy to the  Shivalingam. It was a very refreshing experience.lingam

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sri Kalyanasundareswarar temple–a padal petra sthalam at Nallur near Kumbakonam

Also known as Panchavarneshwarar koil the ancient Shiva temple where the main Shivalingam changes hues 5 times in a day and appears in different colours at different times of the day.


The temple is situated on the outskirts of Kumbakonam on theTanjore road and can be reached from Thirukarugavur it is about 6 kms from this temple and about 10 kms from Kumbakonam. Nallur village is across the railway line and can easily be found



The sapthasagara theertha in front of the temple



Agasthya worshipped here and saw the divine wedding of Shiva and Parvathi here during his sojourn south of the Vindhyas.

It has been sung about by Appar,Sundarar and also Amara needhi nayanar

The Shivalingam changes colours as the day progresses From 6:00-8:24 a.m, it takes the colour of copper, light red from 8:25-10:48, molten gold from 10:49-15:12, unknown colour from 13:13-15:36 and emerald green from 15:37-18:00.

Kunti was directed by  Sri Narada to have a bath in the tank here and was relieved of her sins.

The Ashtabhuja Durga found in the lower prahara is very powerful and is the kuladeivam for many families.

The temple is under the control of the thiruvavadudurai adheenam

The temple has 3 praharams and the main  praharam is  on an artificial hill

View from the Raja Gopuram


The second praharam has multiple Koshta vigrahasDSC05201DSC05202DSC05203DSC05205

After seeing this Ganapathy we will climb to the main praharam in the I floor where there is a resplendent Shiva lingam with sculptures of Shiva and Parvathi in kalyana kolam behind. There is also a sundaralingar a lingam anointed by sage Agasthya behind the main lingam . The sannidhi for Ambal Giriraja Sundari (Tripurasundari) is also seen above facing west


There are also various statues of Siva in various episodes of SivapuranamDSC05214DSC05216DSC05217


Next praharam is the one housing the ashta bhuja DurgaDSC05229

Plaque above the sannidhi depicting the Durga


The Sthala vriksham is the vilwam and it is called the adhi vilvam supposedly the first vilvam tree on earth and worshipping with this leaf is very specialDSC05233

A peaceful temple worth visiting especially for the changing hues of Shiva. In true Vaishnava fashion the priest blesses everybody with a sadari another speciality of this temple

Another view of the  Saptha sagara kulam