Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sri Veera Varanadhar (Nethrapureeshwarar) Temple Kinar near Madurantakam–A vaipu sthalam

During a recent trip on NH 45 near Maduranthakam I was lucky to stumble upon this ancient temple built by Pallavas.It has been referred to by Sri Gnanasambandar in his poem Kannar Thingal.
How to reach:
On NH 45 after chengalpet before Madurantakam look for Karunguzhi on the left. Follow the road to Kinar about 5 kms across the railway gate and you will come to this serene temple.DSC04887
Legends and Stories connected with the temple:Lord Indra was cursed for lusting after Ahalya a rishi pathni. He was  cursed to develop 1000,”eyes” (Kannu ayiram) .To redeem himself of the curse he prayed here to the lord and was blessed here. The place came to be called Kannayiram  corrupted to Kannur which later became kinar. The lord is also known as Nethra pureeshwarar and also as Veera Varanathar ( one who gave boon to veeran @Indra) Inside the sanctum there is a statue of Indra on  Airavatham between Nandhi and the Shiva.
As you enter the main gate you can see the South facing entrance of the main praharam with the Nandi and kodimaram to the right with ambal sannidhi on the right DSC04871
The main entrance leads to the inner praharam with the statue of Indra on Airavatham  in front of the Sivan. There is also a Varadaraja perumal in this chamber alone without his consorts.DSC04872
Behind the majestic Lingam is large sculpture of Shiva and Parvathy with Karthikeya the Somaskandar in addition to Brahma and Maha Vishnu. Hence this temple has all the trinity at one place.
outside the temple there is the usual kosta vigrahas as shown belowDSC04876DSC04877DSC04878DSC04879
The ambal Amba nayaki is about 5 feet tall in her own sannidhiDSC04886DSC04883DSC04884
The Ambal sannidhi has the attached Navagraha sannidhi

The priest here is of the 20th generation
Kinar gramam
Kanchi dist
He is an Mcom in his 50’s and works as a teacher in school.Please call before going.