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

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sri Madhuvaneshwarar temple–Nannilam–a Padal petra sthalam

From Srivanjiyam temple I proceeded to this nearby temple which is a Padal petra sthalam sung by Sundarar
It is a small temple built by Kochenganan Chola as a Mada temple. There were no people on Sunday morning when I visited and it was very peaceful
How to Reach:
The temple is in the town of Nannilam which is between Mayavaram and Tiruvarur.It is about 38 kms from Nachiyar koil
Legends and stories;
The devas are all supposed to visit the lord even today as bees hence madhuvaneeshwarar
The temple is built on a small elevation IMG_0023
As you enter you see the kodimaram and the balipeetam The ambal sannidhi is on the right and the main Shivalingam is on the elevated hillock/rock
As you climb up the main shiva is in an enclosure majestic.(from

The outer area has sannidhis for Narthana Ganapathy, Somaskanda, Dakshinamurthy, Annamalayar, Brahma and Mother Durga. In the prahara down the hill are  Siddhi Vinayaka, Subramanya, Chandikeswara, Agastheeswarar, Brahmmapureeswarar, Bhairava and Saturn (Shani bhagavan), Sun God and Navagrahas the nine planets and Mother Mahalakshmi.IMG_0028IMG_0029IMG_0030IMG_0031IMG_0032IMG_0033IMG_0034IMG_0035IMG_0036IMG_0037IMG_0040

Srivanjiyam Vanchinathar Koil-A padal petra sthalam

This place is more ancient than the great pralayam itself. The Swayumbhu Shivalingam is the oldest in this region.It is also famous for the Yama sannidhi. I was told by people that if someone is sick and tottering  in the ICU and is still suffering prayers here will facilitate their easy passage into the next realm without suffering .
How to Reach:
Srivanjiyam is about 35 kms south east away from Kumbakonam after Nachiyar koil on the road to Tiruvarur. It is about 5 kms before Nannilam.It can also be reached from Tiruvarur the road to Mayavaram.
Legends Of the Temple:
Lord Yama was tired that he was being cursed by all for taking lives he wanted a break and to be regarded with love not hate he complained to Shiva at Tiruvarur and was directed here to pray to Lord Shiva who being pleased with him absolved him of curses and built a temple here for him. The honour of first seeing him before seeing the lord is also afforded to him here.
Ganga was feeling very dirty after washing all the sins of people hence she sought refuge in the lord who  directed here to the pond where she was rejuvenated the pond is called Guptha Ganga as she is still believed to be in hiding here.
Lord Surya lost his lustre after attending Daksha’s yagna he prayed to Shiva here to regain his lustre
There is a seperate Shani sannidhi and sannidhi for Rahu and ketu.There is no seperate Navagraha sannidhi here
Mahavishnu (Sri) did payers to Shiva here wanting to please him to get help to marry Mahalakshmi here hence the name Sri Vanjiyam
Those born of Magam, Pooram, Sadayam and Bharani Stars and belonging to Aries (Mesha), Aquarius (Kumba) and Leo (Simha) Rashis or Lagna pray here for any adverse planetary problems faced by them. Also those who had lost jobs, aspiring promotions and transfers, separated couples for re-union pray here on Karthika Sundays after a bath in Gupta Ganga in November-December.
During the eclipse times  the doors of the temple are open though as a tradition in other Shiva temples they are closed. Special abishekam is performed to Lord of Sri Vanchiam during this time.
The sthala vriksham is sandal wood and instead of Bhilva leaves sandal leaves are used for archana here
The present temple was built by Rajendra Chola in the year AD 850.
There is a 11 tiered Rajagopuram ( Picture from the net[Image1]
Once you enter this you have to first wash at the Guptha Ganga on the rightIMG_0002
Then you proceed to the Yaman sannidhi which is seen on the far right sideIMG_0003IMG_0005
Lord Yama is standing in the sannidhi with his assistant Chitraguptha.
After this you proceed to the main templeIMG_0006IMG_0007

At this point on the right side is the Ambal Mangala Nayaki's Sannidhi facing South.The devi is about a 5 feet tall smiling statue .
( Picture fro the net
The main Shivan praharam is seen further down
Inside the garbagruha the Shivalinga is majestic with the square avudiar facing west and The shiva facing east( Picture fro the net[Gal1]
The praharam here has the Koshta vigrahas and sannidhi for Murugan.IMG_0010IMG_0012IMG_0011IMG_0015IMG_0014IMG_0016 The unique feature here is the sannidhi for ShaniIMG_0017
  Rahu and Ketu. IMG_0022
There is a seperate sannidhi for Mahishasura mardhini