Sunday, April 24, 2011

Thiruneermalai,Kunrathur,Mangadu trip

whenever I travel by the Tambaram bypass from Maduravoyal I see this temple and always wanted to visit was the oppurtunity and i combined it with a trip to kunrathur and Mangadu.which was a bonus!!
I started at about 7 am from kilpauk and reached pallavaram in about 40 mins  .just before the flyover there is a road to the right with a sign indicating Thiruneermalai.( there is an earlier road which leads to anakaputhur, pammal and thiruneer malai but on the map it looked very circuitous so I chose the more straighter road which was the second road) About 4 kms on this road leads us to the Base of the hill and the base temple. These are both Divya desam temples sung by Thirumangaialwar and Boothalwar  
The temple is built on a hill. There are two temples one at the foot of the hill, the other at the top. The Lord appears in four poses representing three of his incarnations in these temples. Rama below and Narasimha,Vamana above .24042011270
(View of the temple from pallavaram approach road)
Temple at the foothill

The moolavar is Neervannan, Neelamugilvannan seen in standing posture facing east.Thaayaar - Animaamalar Mangai..Thirumangai Azhwar also sang on Mother Animamalarmangai This temple is famous for quick marriages and there was one being arranged when I visited.This is usually held at the Ramar sanidhi .
Legend of the temple
Sage Valmiki appealed for Vishnu’s Darshan saying that he had completed the Epic Ramayana on him and the Lord complied.Thirumangai Azhwar, one of the 12 Azhwars of the Vaishnava School singing hymns only on the Lord, once camped here on a hilock awaiting darshan of Rama. The whole area was covered in water and it took 6 months for the floods to recede and hence Neervanna Perumal

View as you enter the main gate.
Anjeneyar statue in front of the main sannidhi
The thayar sannidhi and Ramar sannidhi is in front of you
and The perumal sannidhi is to your right.
The perumal here is in the standing Posture hence he is described as “Nindran” standing.Next to the lord on his right is a figure of Valmiki praying.
There is a seperate andal sannidhi behind
The temple legend as painted here
The temple is very neat. (there are neat toilets built outside and the flowerseller at the stall has the keys)
Next is
The Sri  Ranganatha temple on top of the hill. There are 220 steps which are quite small all the way to the top and can be climbed easily by the elderly too
There is a hanuman temple in the mid way

(View of the temple steps)

The samprokshanam of the temple  had taken place just a week before hence the temple was very bright. There are about 100 steps to climb quite easy and we can reach the hilltop temple.
After a winding climb you can see the glorious entrance gopuram called the Kalki mandapam


Below is a view of the Tambaram Maduravoyal byepass
This temple is supposed to be in existance from the tretayugam and was one of the two perumal abodes the other was Ahobilam This temple is a divyadesam and also a swayambhu kshetram like Srimushnam.
As you enter the Main gate you see the dwajastanbham and Garudar sannidhi facing the lord
Moolavar (Kidandhaan) - Ranganathan seen in reclining maanicka sayana posture facing south.. The Thousand tongued Adisesha is seen spreading himself as a mattress and covering the top with his head as an umbrella, the Lord is seen in this temple in a lying pose with his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi both at his feet with Brahma in his Nabhi kamalam.The vigraham is swayambhu and there is a lotus at the feet of the lord. the lord manifested here to fulfill Bhrigu maharishi’s prayer for darshan. It is also called as Nadu Naatu Srirangam
In the  inner praharam we see the other  sannidhis
Thaayaar - Ranganayagi facing east is seen in the foreground of main sannidhi.
Behind  the Sriranganatha sannidhis we find the other two sannidhis
Moolavar (Nadandhaan) – Thrivikraman ( Vamana) seen in standing posture facing east.Reminding the Vamanavathara (Dwarf incarnation), the Lord is in the walking order asking where to place his third step after measuring all the worlds in two steps . The left leg is lifted up to shoulder level unlike in Kanchipuram and Tirukoilur where it is the right leg lifted to 90 degrees (

Moolavar (Irundhaan) - Saantha Narasimhan seen in seated posture facing east.Considering the appeal of boy Prahlada who was afraid of his fury, the Lord appears in a calm and pleasant mood as Shantanarasimha and also as Balanarasimha. (There is a small moolavar with prahaladha kept in front of the main lord about 1 foot tall) The lord is welcoming bhaktas with the left hand and the right hand shows abayam DSCN3171 
Theertham - Manikarniga Thdaakam - Sheera Pushkarini, Kaarunya Pushkarini, Siddha Pushkarini, Swarna Pushkarini.
Thirumangaialwar - 1078-87, 1115, 1521, 1554, 1660, 1765, 1848, 2069, 2673 (73), 2674 (130)
Boothalwar - 2227.
Total of 20 Paasurams.
.There is a huge pond here common to both temples called pushkarini which is considered very holy. The tank in the temple measuring 3 acres, very beautiful, is called Suddha Pushkarani, Ksheera Pushkarani, Swarna Pushkarani and Karunya Pushkarani. Devotees bathe in the tank for cure from illness. They also get clarity of thoughts and prosperity. People use to tie cradles in the trees in the temple seeking child boon. Ladies come round the hill for removal of obstacles in marriage matters.
View from behind the entrance mandapam
The Rama temple as seen from above with the pushkarini
General information:
The Pujas in the temple are performed in accordance with the Vaikanasa Agama rules. The daily puja time is 8.a.m. to 12.00 in the day and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.