Monday, April 23, 2018

Thirukazhippalai Sri Palvannanathar Siva temple- a padal petra sthalam

Chidambaram is a very sacred town which houses many temples. The Natarajar temple is world famous and it is the first among the temples sung about by the nayanmars on the northern bank of the cauvery. There are 3 more padal petra sthalams in Chidambaram which are equally ancient but rarely visited as the Nataraja temple dwarfs the other temples by its uniqueness.

All four temples are within 2-3 kms radius in the southern direction from the Nataraja temple .

This is the fourth Padal petra sthalam on the northern bank of the cauvery

HOW TO REACH:

Head towards the bus stand and ask for the Annamalai university . The road crosses the Coleroon river and at the far end of  the bridge here you take a right turn and in a KM you will see the Annamalai university .

Proceed straight for about 2 kms in the same road you will cross mariappan nagar on the right the road will curve right , you enter the present day Sivapuram.You can see the pond of the Thirunelvayil temple with the majestic temple behind on your right. A half KM away is the Sri Palvanna nathar Siva temple in the same road on the right.DSCN0132

LEGENDS AND STORIES ;

The temple was originally further away but during a floods in the Kollidam about 500 years ago was washed away the idols were retrieved and a new temple was built here.

Saint Agastya received the vision of Shiva Parvathi wedding here and they are enshrined in figures being the lingam

Saint Kapila built the shivalingam for his pooja but a king rode on this lingam and it received a hoof mark on the top. When Kapila rishi wanted to re build the lingam he received divine vision of both Siva and Parvathi who poured milk of Kamadhenu on this idol and fortified it and made it white. Till today only milk abhishekam is done to this lingam and all other offerings are placed below.

The Bhairavar sannidhi here is very famous. in fact the locals call it Bhairava koil only. Every new moon day and ashtami and during Rahukalam special poojas are done to this Bhairava. Unlike in other places Bhairava is not accompanied by his vahanam . he has a loin cloth, a sacred thread of 27 strung skulls, a tuft and lions fangs and smiles here. The lord Shani is supposed to worship Bhairava here. Shani  underwent training in sastras under Bhairava and both Guru and Sishya are very peaceful here.

The Bhairava here is supposed to be as famous as in Kasi and the place is called Dakshina Bhairava ksethram and the lord as Swarna Bhairava 

Thirugnana sambandar and Thirunavukkarasar have sung many padigams about this lord

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As you enter the Rajagopuram you see the main temple complex. It is quite small with a single praharamDSCN0134

The east facing temple hall has a east facing Shivalingam which is quite small jus,t the size of an ordinary brick but sparkling white with a wedge on top  The back wall has

 the figures of Shiva and Parvathi as seen by Agastya and Kapila maharishis

(Pic from the net thanks to Dinamalar.com)

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The south facing Vedanayaki  ambal sannidhi can be seen on the right

The Koshta vigrahas are as seen below

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Dakshinamurthy

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Vinayaka sannidhi

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Lingodhbhavar

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Brahma

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Durga

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The Bhairava sannidhi  is next and is remodeled with modern construction and I was asked not to click that

The Sthalavriksham is Vilwam

Its a very famous destination as Bhairavar koil

Sri Uchinatheswarar Temple at Thirunelvayil (Sivapuri), Chidambaram- A padal petra sthalam

Chidambaram is a very sacred town which houses many temples. The Natarajar temple is world famous and it is the first among the temples sung about by the nayanmars on the northern bank of the cauvery. There are 3 more padal petra sthalams in Chidambaram which are equally ancient but rarely visited as the Nataraja temple dwarfs the other temples by its uniqueness.

All four temples are within 2-3 kms radius in the southern direction from the Nataraja temple .


How to reach:

All four temples are within 2-3 kms radius in the southern direction from the Nataraja temple . Head towards the bus stand and ask for the Annamalai university . The road crosses the Coleroon river and here you take a right turn at the end of the bridge and in a KM you will see the Annamalai university .

Proceed straight for about 2 kms in the same road you will cross mariappan nagar on the right the road will curve right and  you enter Sivapuram there you can see the pond of the Thirunelvayil temple with the majestic temple behind. A half KM away is the Sri Palvanna nathar Siva temple on the same roadDSCN0118

LEGENDS AND STORIES;

The temple has been visited by Gnana sambandar who has sung about the temple. the wedding party of this saint came from Sirkali and was proceeding towards Achalapuram near cuddalore . it was peak afternoon and the party rested here in this temple in the hot sun and were served food by the Lord himself in the afternoon in the guise of an old priest, hence he is called Sri Uchinatheswarar or also Madhyaneshwarar.

Sage Kanva and Agastya have prayed here to the lord Shiva 

Sri Arunagirinathar has sung songs on Murugan here As you enter you see Nandi and his consort on the left side he is called Adikara NandiDSCN0119

The temple by itself is small but has many exquisite carvings and is patronised by the nagarthar Chettiars . It is well maintained.

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The Nandi and Ambal sannidhi is seen below

DSCN0121 There is a single praharam with the majestic Shivalingam which is a Swayambu one who manifested himself facing east. Behind the linga are sculptures of Siva and Parvathi seen in Kalyana kolam as seen by Agastya.

 The Ambal Kanakambikai graces us from the north side from her sannidhi facing south

The kosta vigrahas are Ganapathy,DSCN0124

Dakshinamurthy

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Lingodhbhavar

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Brahma

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There are separate sannidhis for Vinayaka, Murugan

Shrine for Vinayaka

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Shrine for Subrahmanya

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Durga

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The sthala vriksham is Vilvam

Thiruvetkalam - Sri Pashupatheshwarar temple Chidambaram- A Padal Petra sthalam

This temple is the second famous temple on the northern banks of the cauvery.

Chidambaram is a very sacred town which houses many temples. The Natarajar temple is world famous and it is the first among the temples sung about by the nayanmars on the northern bank of the cauvery. There are 3 more padal petra sthalams in Chidambaram which are equally ancient but rarely visited as the Nataraja temple dwarfs the other temples by its uniqueness.

HOW TO REACH:

Head towards the bus stand and ask for the Annamalai university . A crowded s,mall one way leads to the bridge The road crosses the Coleroon river and here you take a right turn and in a KM you will see the Annamalai university .

Take a  left to enter the campus  and proceed straight you will land by the temple. on sundays a shanty is held around the temple

View of the temple from inside the Rajagopuram

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LEGENDS AND STORIES OF THE TEMPLE:

Arjuna was instructed y Krishna to do penance and obtain the divine bow Pasupatham from Shiva.

He sat in meditation and Shiva and Parvathi appeared dressed as hunters. A wild boar ran across and both Arjuna and Shiva shot arrows and each claimed the kill. A fight ensued between these two  as to who killed the boar and Arjuna landed a blow on Shiva , and the Shivalingam bears the evidence of the same! Parvati took a step forward to intervene but Shiva placated her .

Shiva thrashed Arjuna with his bow string and Arjuna realised it was no ordinary soul and he prayed for mercy and Shiva blessed him and handed over the divine Pasupatha asthra to Arjuna

View of the Nandi

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The main prahara houses the sannidhi of Shiva facing east.

The ambal is called Satgunambal or Nalla nayaki and faces south in the sanctum inside

The Koshta vigrahas are as follows

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Dakshinamurthy

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Lingodhbhavar

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Brahma

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Durga

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Sthala vriksham Bamboo


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View of the Dwaja sthamba

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Suryan and Chandra both in one enclosure

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Adhishtanam of Shri.Jayendra Saraswathi the 69th Pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt

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It was with profound sadness we woke up on the 28th February 2018 to learn that his holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi swamiji had attained siddhi. Like many other devotees we too have been the recipients of his  bountiful advice,grace and blessings with regular  interactions for the past many decades. It was a sad day for the devotees  when he was interned next to his poojya guru

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The 69th Pontiff His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal

(from Kamakoti.org the official website of the Kanchi Mutt)
Sri Subramaniyam, born on July 18, 1935 at Irulneekki in Thanjavur District had Veda Adyayanam at Tiruvidaimarudur under the direction of Mahaswamigal and was initiated into Sanyasa on March 22, 1954 and was declared as successor Acharya and given the Sanyasa name Sri Jayendra Saraswathi . In the footsteps of the Mahaswamigal, He too undertook yatra throughout the country. He attracted people from every nook and corner. He intensified the activities of the Matam to cover new social objectives -education, health, employment, temple renovation etc. It is due to His untiring efforts, Kamakoti Peetam established religious and social institutions in many parts of the country. Kamakoti Peetam has now become a beehive of socio- religious renaissance. The King of Nepal has erected an arch "Welcome to the only Hindu Kingdom in the world" at the instance of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, in 1988. The only Sankaracharya after the Adi Sankara to visit Manasarovar and Kailash is Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, in 1998; there He installed the idol of Adi Sankara. He had the unique distinction in being honoured by both Nepal and Chinese Governments. In known recent history, He is the only Sankaracharya to visit Dhaka in Bangladesh in June 2000. In honouring His visit, Sri Dhakeswari Temple named the entrance to the temple as "Sankaracharya Gate". His most notable contribution yet is the founding of the Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya, a Deemed University in the name of His Guru.

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