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


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Koil Katharikuppam near Ranipet-Adhishtanam of Sri Sri Satchidghanendra Saraswati Swamiji the 13th Pontiff of the Kanchi peetam

The new calendar for 2016 from the Kanchi madam  talks of many newly found adhishtanams of the previous pontiffs. I ventured out to visit the one near Ranipet –the Adhishtanam of Sri Sri Satchidghanendra Saraswati Swamiji the 13th Pontiff of the Kanchi peetam. The place mentioned was Katharikuppam .A Google search led me on an adventure which is memorable. I ended up near Sholinghur  at Katharikuppam which was a wrong call. There was no Shiva temple.I proceeded to the nearby Shiva temple near pulivalam and spoke to the priest of the Kameshwarar koil who was very helpful though he did not know of this temple he told me there is another Kattari kuppam near Chittoor road So away I went going around Sholinghur reserving that visit for another day. I ended up near Pudur medu Kattari kuppam this was also a wrong call. There was no Shiva temple here also.So crest fallen I proceeded towards Lalapet bus stop and lo Google maps picked up another Katharikuppam I turned in and after travelling about 8-10 kms I found the correct place!!. His holiness had decided to give me a small blessing and showed me the way.

How To Reach:

The shortest way from Chennai is to take the Bangalore highway and turn into Ranipet and Old Bangalore road.Near the MGM resorts take a right turn towards Ponnai and in about 10 kms you will reach the road to Katharikuppam. On the right turn after the bus stand of Katharikuppam All sign boards are in Tamil. Proceed for about 6 kms and you will reach the Meenakshi Sundareshwarar  temple on your left where the Pontiff is said to have merged with the Shivalingam.DSC05504

Legends and Stories:

The Legend:

Sri Satchidghanendra Saraswati : Known as Seshaya in his poorvasrama, he belonged to a village on the bank of the Gadilam river. He was the son of Sridhar Pandita. Like his predecessor, he relinquished his pontificate to his successor and wandered about the environs of Kanchi as an "Avadhuta". After wandering for over thirty-two years, he disappeared into a. temple near Kanchi and it is said that his mortal frame got transformed into a Linga, now identified with Meenakshi Sundareshwarar temple at Katharikuppam on Shukla Prathama in the month of Margashirsha of the cyclic the cyclic year Khara (272 AD).

History of thekamakoti peetam(web link to theKamakoti peetam's website history of the mutt).

The temple priest Sridhar a very honest and simple soul narrated that actually there was another Brindavanam inside a snake pit nearby( near the temple pond), after Deiva prashnam the jeeva Samadhi of a  sanyasi was found there and that Brindavanam which has  since been re built revealed that the pujya  guru of that Swamiji was infact the Kanchi pontiff who had merged with the Linga inside the templeDSC05505


The name and Identity of this Swamiji is not known yet.

The pond in front had very little water earlier and once many years ago  after Mahaperiyava bathed here it started raining heavily and the pond was filled up in no time. There is also a Murugann temple built nearby by Sri.Rajappa (see below to know about this great soul)on the other side of the pondDSC05510

The temple itself is very small but the vibrations you receive are something you have to experience to believe

As you enter the main gate you see the banner on the door and  a plaque on the wall about the AdhishtanamDSC05480


The inner Chamber is a small room with the Ambal facing South and the Shivalingam facing East in their enclosuresDSC05485DSC05484

Both the Shivalingam and the Meenakshi Ambal are small in size but the ambience is  electrifying. In front of the Shivalingam a pair of Padukas have been installed recently.There was also a sculpture of a Saint?, A siddhar? and hanumanDSC05486DSC05487DSC05488

Inside the sanctum next to the Meenakshi sannidhi there is an Anjeneya whos has been installed by Shri Vyasathirtha of the Vijayanagara fame this Anjeneya is unique in that it is usually in profile with right hand raised in benediction with a bell on the tail encircling the head and a dagger on the waist.

The outside prahara has small koshta vigrahas like Ganapathy, Dakshinamurthy, Durga and Brahma. There is also a Bhairava, and a navagraha sannidhi. There is also a nagar and a statue of Shiva sittingDSC05496DSC05497DSC05498DSC05499DSC05500DSC05501

For further help Contact the priest Sri Sridharan Cell:8489637744

I had the opportunity to re visit this beautiful place on 3/8/16 where I happened to meet Shri .Rajappa, who retired from a very senior position in L&T who has taken upon himself singlehandedly to renovate this  temple and others too.He is following strict simple  Vedic principles and will be  conducting aradhanai on 25 DEC this year. In his company more electrifying facts were revealed about this place. it seems places where Yatis and Siddhars are present there will be a huge population of athi trees and Parasa trees with white erukkai I literally saw these in profusion all around. He also revealed how many people meditating here have had profound positive experiences  and positive things have happened. It was endearing to note the utmost humility he was narrating these details and all the trials and tribulations he underwent and how all this was with divine direction he was successful so far especially with the whole village behind him.. He has now taken the lead to re build a Kamakshi Ekambranathar temple nearby and start a Veda patashala there. both he and his wife have built a house there and spend a lot of time getting the work done and enjoying bliss, We were fortunate to have met him and shared a superb time getting to know of the importance of this place and also the wonderful lavish meal his wife served us with in a jiffy. It was all very satisfying both to the soul as well as the palate!! doubly blessed

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha swami temple Singrikudi nearThavalakuppam Pondicherry

I had visited this temple last month during the south zone Urology conference and thought I had blogged about it today anyway I got another opportunity while attending a medical camp at Pondicherry I found time to re visit the same .
The temple is located in Abhishekapakkam village on the Pondy Cuddalore road. About 6 kms from Pondy you will reach Thavalakuppam take the right here and you will reach  Abhishekapakkam village in 2 kms and further take a right at the village’s electricity power transformer a board will guide you you will reach the temple main road on the rightIMG_20160731_092327_HDR
Alternatively you can reach this place on the villupurum Pondy road at about 20 kms form Vizhupuram on the siruvanthandu road
The temples of Narasimha at  Parikkal(,

Poovarasankuppam( and Singrikudi are in a straight line and can be visited in one morning .Shri Lakshmi Narasimhar Singrigudi PoovarasanKuppam Parikkal Route Map

Map courtesy

you can add Anthill ( as well as

Singaperumal koil( and finish off 5 Narasimha temples in one day

Once Nimi Chakravarthy wanted to do a Indra yagna and invited Vashishta who declined to conduct it but promised to visit the yagna, when he came the king was asleep and hence he cursed the king to roam around like a spirit the king also cursed the sage. To atone for this Vashishta sought help from his father Brahma who advised him to pray here and attend salvation
The temple is ancient with peaceful ambience. The Rajagopuram leads us to an outer prahara where there is a temple for Vishwaksenar and two temples for grama devathasIMG_20160731_085402_HDR

Vishwaksenar(Ganapathy) in the front and behind you can see one of the Durga Amman Grama devathas temple in the pic below)


The other Durga Amman sannidhi is seen below right next to the Rajagopuram


The Next prahara has the Kodimaram and sannidhis for Kanakavalli Thayar and Andal.There is also a small Brindavanam


The above pic is showing all the below mentioned aspects from one spotIMG_20160731_091810_HDR


Andal sannidhi in the far side


Thayar Kanakavalli sannidhi on the Southern side facing east



The main prahara has Narasimha swami Sannidhi facing west.Here Narasimha in his ugra roopa is seen  killing hiranyakashyappu he has 16 arms you can see In the main sanctum along with Ugra Narasimha, we see Yoga Narasimha and Bala Narasimha.

To the left side within the sanctum, we see Neelavathi (Wife of Hiranyakashyappu) and to right we see  Prahladha, Sukra and Vashishta

(Pic courtesy Google)

Each limb of the lord shows either a mudra, a weapon or is dismembering Hiranyakashyappu

There are special entry darshan with Rs.10 and cut the queue.

The whole temple has a peaceful unhurried ambience and is well worth the visit