Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sri Vaideeswarar koil Chintamani near Vizhupuram Also known as Raja Raja Cholan kovil

I glanced upon this exquisite temple by chance on the maps and proceeded here on 17 Dec 2017’

The temple is quite ancient and is known as Raja raja chozan koil locally.this refers to a descendent of the great Raja raja Chola  who assumed his ancestors’ name as a title and was the son of Kulathunga chola I .He is credited with ascending the throne before he was 10 years old,ruling alongside his father for many years and finally re annexing Vengi nadu after defeating the chalukyas.Edicts about him are found in Sidlaghatta near Tumkur  and he was a great devotee of Shiva ,lived in Chidambaram in a palace near the temple and was alsoknown as Parakesari

HOW TO REACH:

The temple is just off the NH45  while travelling on the GST road after crossing the Vikravandi toll and the Mundiyambakkam  exit leading to the Vizhupuram Medical college, a small tiny road leads to this temple in a place called Chintamani. You will need to travel 2 kms on this village road withamazing scenery20171217_084944

The temple is in peaceful surroundings with many rare Koshta vigrahas as seen below.The small temple has two east facing sannidhis for Vaideeswaran and Thayalnayagi

As you enter there is a huge idol of hanuman on the left facing west it was Hanuman Jayanthi when I visited and a gala pooja was planned for the evening

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Next was the main sannidhis closer to us is the Amman sannidhi on the right


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The Thayal nayagi amman Sannidhi

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A nice view of the main Goddess who is blessing her devotees with a smling face

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Next was the Nandi and the Sivan sannidhi

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The unique Koshta vigrahas around the Garba graha


Ganapathy


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Bhikshandar and Urchista Ganapathy


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Oordhuva Thandavar –Nataraja with left leg raised


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Dakshinamurhy

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Lingodhbhavar

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Brahma

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Durga and Bhairavar

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Pradhosha moorthy Siva and Parvathi together standing

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suryan sannidhi


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I came away pleased at visiing this gem of a temple with such unique idols  and so pristine .