Wednesday, 10 August 2016

108 - DIVYA DESAM VISHNU TEMPLES, KANCHIPURAM – A HERITAGE TEMPLES VISIT UNDER RATHAM – PART 6.

Continuation to the previous post……
NADAI VAAVI – IYYANGARKULAM, NEAR KANCHIPURAM.
07th August 2016.
This structure was built during vijayanagara period. This has an entrance arch with steps to  mandapam below the ground level. There is an arrangement to drain out the rain water accumulated  from the underground floor. The mandapam Pillars has  beautiful reliefs.

Sri Varadharajaswamy  is fond of travelling in and around Kanchipuram to bless his devotees. Every year during Chitra pournami day ( Full moon day ) Perumal used to visit here. The urchavar will be kept in the under ground mandapam for about 5 minutes for pooja. After this Sri Varadharajaswamy will return back to  Kanchipuram.
LOCATION OF THI NADAI VAVI: CLICK HERE








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108 - DIVYA DESAM VISHNU TEMPLES, KANCHIPURAM – A HERITAGE TEMPLES VISIT UNDER RATHAM – PART 5.

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SRI VARADHRAJASWAMY TEMPLE, VISHNU KANCHI – KANCHIPURAM
07th August 2016.
The place is called as Thiru Katchi, Aththigiri, Kovil, Vezhamalai. One of the 108 Divyadesams in Kanchipuram.

Moolavar : Sri Varadharajaswamy, Attivaradhar, Dewarajaswamy
Thayar    : Sri Perundevi Thayar.

Some of the important features of this temple are …
  1. As per legend when Brahma performed yagna or the ashwametha yagam Saraswathy in the form of Vegavathy river tried  to destroy the yagna. Sri Devarajaswamy emerged  as thousands of suns and destroyed the demons, Sarabam etc., and saved the Yagna and permanently stayed here.
  2. The Temple was built during 1503 CE by Kulothunga Chozha I and Vikarama Chozha. During 14th century  another wall with Gopuram was built by Chozhas.
  3. During muslims invasion the moolavar was sent to Uadayarplayam, near Trichy and latter brought back with great difficulty.
  4. The main sanctum  is called as hill, Hasthagiri, since Moolavar is on an elevated level of 10 meters with 24 steps.
  5. Above moolavar sanctum there is an another floor. The ceiling of this floor has the Silver & Golden Lizards, Sun and Moon reliefs. It was believed that Indra installed after he was relieved from the curse of Goddess Saraswathi.  The walls has the  Nayak period paintings.
  6. The moolavar is in the first level with a beautiful smiling face.
  7. The urchavar is in  the glass mandapam with fire wound scars on his face. It was told that the scars are due to, Perumal came from the fire of Yagna performed by Brahma.
  8. There is another Devarajaswamy’s idol made of Atti wood kept in a silver box in the temple tank mandapam. Pooja will be performed once in a year.
  9. The temple has three prakaras, 32 sannadhis, 19 vimanas and a 389 pillared mandapam. There is also a 100 lion faced pillared mandapam with sculptures associated with Mahabratha and Ramayana epic.  This was constructed during Vijayanagara period. The hanging chains sculptured out of single rock stone is worth to watch.
  10. The main sanctum faces west with a 130 feet 7 tier Rajagopuram.  The Vimana under the moolavar is called as punniyakodi Vimana, since if you do a punyam it will grow kodi ( crore ) times.
  11. Thayar is in a separate temple and the vimana is called as  Kalyana kotti vimanam.
  12. There is a Malayala Nachiyar sannadhi  presumably built during 14th century by Chera Kings.
TEMPLE TIMINGS:
  1. The temple is kept open for dharshan during 06.30 hrs to 12.00 hrs and 16.00 hrs to 21.00 hrs.
CONTACT DETAILS :
HOW TO REACH :
  1. The temple is very near to Bus stand and autos are available from there .
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE. CLICK HERE      




 Hanging chain carved out of single stone 




 The beauty of the kodungai 

 Glass mandapam where Urchavar is being kept

 Thayar Sannadhi Vimanam 




  
 Nayak Period paintings  
  Nayak Period paintings  
Sri Varadharajaswamy on Garudalwar
…. To be continued.
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

108 - DIVYA DESAM VISHNU TEMPLES, KANCHIPURAM – A HERITAGE TEMPLES VISIT UNDER RATHAM – PART 4.

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SRI VILAKOLI PERUMAL. THIRUTHANKAA STHALAM, THOOPUL, VISHNU KANCHI. KANCHIPURAM
07th August 2016.
Moolavar : Sri Vilakoli Perumal, Deepa Prakasar
Thayar    :  Sri Maragathavalli
Some of the important features of this temple are …
  1. The  sthalapurana is associated with Brahma’s ashwametha yagam. Saraswathi try to hide the light and send darkness through asuras. Perumal came in the form of Light, hence Perumal is called as Vilakoli Perumal or Deepa Prakasar.  
  2. Thayar is in a separate temple under Sikara Vimanam.
  3. This Thoopul  is otherwise called as tharbai was cultivated here used for Homam and Yagam. Thoopul means pure grass.
  4. In sanctum moolavar is with Sridevi and Boothevi are in standing posture.
  5. This is the birth place of Sri Vedantha Desikar one of the ardent devotee of Perumal, whose sannadhi is at the side of the Vilakoli Perumal temple. Also this is the birth place of Appaya theekshithar one of Shiva devotee.
  6. The sanctum was constructed during Chozha period and front mandapam was constructed by Vijayanagara kings at a latter date.
  7. Sannadhi for Alwars, Thayar Sri Maragathavalli and Andal.
  8. The 5 tier Rajagopuram is at front and palipedam, Dwajasthambam are after the Rajagopuram.
TEMPLE TIMINGS:
  1. The temple kept open for dharshan from 07.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs and 18.00 hrs to 21.00 hrs.
CONTACT DETAILS :
HOW TO REACH :
  1. The temple is in Vishnu Kanchi and about 3/4th KM from Ashtabuyagaram temple.
  2. Autos are available from Main bus stand.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE: CLICK HERE 
















……. To be continued

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108 - DIVYA DESAM VISHNU TEMPLES, KANCHIPURAM – A HERITAGE TEMPLES VISIT UNDER RATHAM _ PART 3.

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SRI AZHAGIYA SINGAR PERUMAL TEMPLE – THIRUVELIKKAI, KANCHIPURAM.
07th August 2016.
Moolavar : Sri Azhagiya singa Perumal, Sri Narasimhar.
Thayar    : Sri Amirthavalli, Sri Velikkaivalli

Some of the important features of this temple are …
  1. The name of the sthalam says that Perumal is there to help his devotees. “Vel” means wish and “Irukkai” staying there. Since Perumal wishes to stay here to help devotees in sitting posture called as “Vellikkai”
  2. Narasimhar is in sitting – iruntha – posture facing west direction in Yoga stage.
  3. Lord Perumal manifested as Narasimhar and proceeded westwards to banish the asura demons from the vicinity, where he stood in the posture of Yoga.
  4. Bhaktha Prakalathan story is associated with Yoga Narasimhar.
  5. Sannadhi for Andal, Alwars and Prakalathan are in the outer prakaram.
  6. The annual festival is celebrated during the month of Margazhi.
  7. Palipedam, Dwajasthambam are at front after  4 tier Rajagopuram.
  8. Moolavar Narsimhar in Yoga sitting posture under Kanaka Vimanam.
  9. The temple has the mangalasasanam by Thirumangai Alawar and Peyalwar.
  10. Sri Vedanta Desikar has sung “Kamaasi Ashtakam“  explains about Sri Narasimhar and wish to stay in this temple. ( Kamaasi = Kama+ Aasika – standing on his own wish ).
  11. Birhu muni worshiped Lord Narasimhar of this temple.
  12. The temple is believed to be constructed by Pallavas in late 8th century and Chozhas ( Rajathiraja and Kulothunga Chozha ), Vijayanagara Kings also contributed to the temple.
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple kept open for dharshan from 07.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs and 18.00 hrs to 21.00 hrs.
CONTACT DETAILS :
HOW TO REACH :
  1. The temple is in Vishnu Kanchi and about 3/4th KM from Ashtabuyagaram temple.
  2. Autos are available from Main bus stand.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE 















……. To be continued

--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---