Sunday, 15 January 2017

SRI PALLIKONDEESWARAR, SURUTAPALLI - THIRUPATHI PATHA YATHRA 2017.

5th January 2017.
This is the 31st Patha Yathra to Thirupathi from Shiva Vishnu Temple, T Nagar Chennai. The total distance will be 150 KM. Usually the Patha Yathra will start on early hours of 1st January 2017 ie around  2.30 Hrs and it will end on 4th evening.  This time also due to official work I could not join on 1st Jan 2017, instead  joined on 2nd day  at Uthukottai. After dharshan of Sri Pallikondeeswarar, at Surutapalli.

Iraivan : Sri Malmikeeswarar, Sri Pallikondeeswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Maragathambigai

Some of the important features of this temple are...
The temple is facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram. Sri Valmikeeswarar temple has the Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi Mandapam. A small linga called Sri Ramalingeeswararar is in front of moolavar sannadhi  and  on his left Ramar, Laksmamanar and Seetha.  In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy and Ambal on his lap, Brahma  and Durgai.

In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Ijavarakeswarar, Vishnu, Bairavar, Valmiki, Ekapatha thirumurthy, Poornapuskala Sastha Sri Sastha and Subramaniyar.
Ambal Sri Maragathambigai is in a separate sannadhi on the right facing east. Ambal is in standing Posture.

Sri Pallikondeeswarar is on the left of Main sanctum. Shiva is in reclining posture on the laps of Sri Parvathay ( After he swallowed the alakala poison) Around him are Ifrugu, Brahma, Mahavishnu, Markandeyar, Narathar, Chandran, Kuberan, Suryan, Agathiyar, Pulathiyar, Gowthamar, Thumburar, Vasistar, Viswamithirarar, Valmiki, Deventhiran, Vinayagar and  Sri Vallidevasena Murugar.

The Prathosam is conducted in a grand manner in this temple.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept open between 07.00 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 16.30 Hrs to 21.00 Hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
The land line numbers are 08576-274971 and 278599

HOW TO REACH:
This temple is on the main road from Chennai to Thirupathi after Uthukottai.
Town buses are available from Uthukottai to Nagalapuram.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE   








..... to be continued ( Nagalapuram Sri Vedha Narayana Perumal)

--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

SRI CHOKKANATHAR TEMPLE, AT RAMANATHAPURAM

... a continuation post to Devipattinam Sri Thilakeswarar Temple )
10th January 2016.
After Dharshan of Sri Maragatha natarajar at Uthirakosamangai, we returned to Ramanathapuram, fearing crowd for Abhishekam. So Thought of attending Parathosham and Aruthra abhishekam in any of the Shiva temple at Ramanathapuram. The above temple is near the palace and under the control of Ramanathapuram samasthanam.

Iraivan : Sri Chokkanathar
Iraivi    : Sri Meenakshi

Some of the important details are as follows.....
The temple is facing east with an entrance arch. Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and nandhi are in the mandapam.

In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Ganapathy, Subramaniyar and navagrahas.
In the inner prakaram sannadhi for Sekizhar, Namasivaya yatheskar, Adhikaranandhi, Suryan, Ganapathi, Urchavars, Gajalakshmi, Saraswathy, Sri Meenakshi, Bairavar and  Chandran. Setupathy kings sirpams are there in the mandapam pillars and above entrance too facing Lord Shiva.

The temple was built by Sethupathy Kings about 30 Years ago.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:

CONTACT DETAILS:

HOW TO REACH:
The temple is about 3 Km diatsnce from ramanathapuram bus stand.
Town buses are available at Ranmanai / Palace.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE





---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

SRI THILAKESWARAR TEMPLE AND NAVAPASHANA NAVAGRAHAS AT DEVIPATTINAM,

.... a Continuation post Thirupullani.
11th January, 2017
The shiva temple on the west side of the Devi Pattinam Bus Stand.  
Iraivan : Sri Thilakeswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Soundaryanayaki

Some of the important features of this temple are....
The temple is facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram and Palipedam, Dwajasthambam and Nandhi are immediately after the Rajagopuram.
The sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Arthamandapam and a Mahamandapam.

Ambal is in the Mahamandapam facing south in standing posture and Bairavar.
In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Nagars, Dhakshinamurthy, Vinayagar Sandikeswarar and Murugan without Valli Devasena.

In koshtam Dhakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar and Durgai in place of Brahma.
In the arthamandapam, sannadhi for Adhi Durgai, Vinayagar and Murugan.
It was believed that Ramar on the way to Ayothya  Worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple with ‘el” a variety of millet.

The temple also comes under Ramanthapuram Samasthanam. The temple is estimated to be of more than 1000 years old and Chozha period inscriptions are there in the athistanam.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept open between 07.30 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 17.00 Hrs to 20.00 Hrs

CONTACT DETAILS:

HOW TO REACH:
The temple is about 15 KM from Ramanthapuram.
The Buses from Ramanthapuram Bus stand to Devakottai Passes through this place.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE








NAVAPAHANA NAVAGRAHAS AT DEVIPATTINAM
Since there is no Navagraha Sannadhi in the Shiva Temple, The Navapashana Navagrahas, like square concrete poles are considered as Navagrahas in the sea.  It was believed that Sri Rama Worshiped Lord Shiva Thilakeswarar at Devipattinam and came to this place and done parikaram. Lot of people throngs this place for Navagraha Parikaram.  
LOCATION:CLICK HERE


... to Be continued ( Sri Chokkanathar Shiva Temple )

--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

THIRUPULLANI, NEAR RAMANATHAPURAM - ONE OF THE 108 MANGALASASANA VAISHNAVA STHALAM.

..... A Continuation post ( Sri Uthirakosamangai Temple)
11th January 2017.
On the second day also had been to Uthirakosamangai, to have the dharshan of Maragatha natarajar in Sandalwood paste decoration. Also I had the opportunity of  worshiping lord Shiva from arthamandapam. Then tried to get a bus to Thirupullai. People said buses are available only from Ramanathapuram. There were very few people turned up for the dharshan.

Moolavar : Sri Adhi Jaganatha Perumal.
Thayar    : Sri Padmasanithayar.

Some of the important features of this temple are....
Palipedam, Dwajasthambam and Garudalwar are at the front. In sanctum Yoga Narasimhar with Sridevi and Bhoodevi are in sitting posture with lower hands in abhaya abd vara hastham. In one of the koshtam Lakshmi narasimhar. On his right Thayar sannadhi and Thayar is in sitting posture.

On his left, Ramar is reclining posture on adhisheshan and tharbai grass, which is connected to the epic of Ramayan. In sanctum moolavar Ramar is with Seetha and Lakshmanar. In the front mandapam sannadhi for Santhana Gopalakrishnar.

In front of Tharbasayana Ramar Sannadhi, sannadhi for Pattabhisheka Ramar with Lakshmanar and Seetha. There is no separate sannadhi for Anjaneyar except urchavar. This is like a separate temple with Palipedam and Dwajasthambam.
The temple is under the control of Ramanthapuram samasthanam.

TEMPLE TIMININGS:
The temple will kept opened between 07.30 Hrs to 12.30 Hrs and 15.00 Hrs to 20.00 Hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
The temple office may be contacted on the land line number for further details. 254527

HOW TO REACH:
Busses are available from Ramanathapuram bus stand.
The route buses to Kilakarai passes through this temple and is about 10 KM from Ramanthapuram New bus stand.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE












... to be continued ( Devipattinam )
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

SRI MANGALANATHAR, MARAGATHA NATARAJAR TEMPLE AT UTHIRAKOSAMANGAI,

... a continuation post ( Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswararm )
10th January 2017.
After dharshan of Sri Ramanathaswamy at Rameswararm, boarded a bus to Ramanathapuram from there  went to Uthirakosamangai. 2 of my office friends family also joined with me to Uthirakosamangai.  It was learnt that the sandal wood paste will be removed throughout the day on 10th January 2017  and abhishekam will be done during early hours of 11th January 2017. Sandalwood paste will be applied immediately after the abhishekam. .

The temple towers of moolavar and Ambal welcomed us from a long distance.  After dharshan of Sri Mangalanayaki samedha Sri Mangaleswarar, joined in the Rs 10, ‘Q’ for the dharshan. There were three Qs and collected @ Rs 10 & 100 and a separate ‘Q’ for the free dharshan. The crowd was little less in the free dharshan Q. So, second time had the dharshan through the free dharshan Q also. Police pushed every one not to stand before the sanctum more than a second. 

Iraivan: Sri Mangalanathar
Iraivi   : Sri Mangala Nayaki
Some of the important features of this temple are...

The temple is facing east with a 7 tier Rajagopuram. At the entrance of Rajagopuram Murugan and Vinayagar sannadhis are interchanged. After the main rajagopuram there is another Rajagopuram of 5 tiers on the second stage. Between the two,  Nagars with Vinayagar under a Bodhi tree.

In the front mandapam Palipedam, Dwajasthambam and Nandhi.

In one of the pillar of the front mandapam Ramanatha Sethupathi’s statue. Dwarabalakas are in front of the sanctum.  In the  front mandapam of Sri Mangalanathar, there are 12 palipedams on a single stone ( What for? the reason is not known) and on the right Sandikeswarar Not on out side ).

In koshtam Dhakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar and Durgai. There is no Brahma Statue. Interestingly it was noted that Thalamboo is offered to Shiva of this temple.
In the outer prakaram sannadhi for 63var, Saptha mathakkal, Rishabaruder, Kannimoola Ganapathy, Lingas with their concerts (  Paramasivan, Kasthuri Lingam, Kaviraja Lingam, Chandrakantha lingam, Somanatha Lingam, Rajagopala Lingam, Sankara Lingam ), Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Gajalakshmi, Shethrabalar Bairavar, Chandran, Nandhiyam Peruman and Suryan.

Amman is in s separate temple with a 5 tier Rajagopuram at the first stage and a mini Rajagopuram at the second stage facing east.

Sahasra Lingam with sthalaviruksham – Jujibi tree-  are in a separate Temple. Maragatha Natarajar and a shiva shrine are in the same premises.

As per the legend, Mandothari married  Ravanan with the blessings of Lord Shiva of this temple. In the process, Manikavasakar saved the Vedhas from the fire of Lord Shiva and hence Manikavasakar is in the form of Lingam in this temple.

The temple is under the control of Ramanathapuram samasthanam and first preference is given to them.

THE TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be opened between 07.00 Hrs to 11.30 Hrs and 16.30 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS

HOW TO REACH:
The Uthirakosamangai is a  small Village about 17 KM from Ramanathapuram.
Town buses are available from new bus stand up to Uthirakosamangai and special buses are operated during important functions.

LOCATION:  CLICK HERE
 







SRI VARAAKI AMMAN & MAAKALI AMMAN, UTHIRAKOSAMANGAI
 These two temples are on the banks of temple pond. As per the local Sri Varaaki Amman is very powerful and Makali Amman is a Village deity. Both are in the same complex. The Poojas are conducted by the non Brahmins and turmeric paste is being offered as prasadham. At the entrance of the Rajagopuram on the left there are two statues may be Iyyanar and Kali in a tiled shed.  
LOCATION:





... to be Continued ( Thirupullani )
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

SRI RAMANATHASWAMY TEMPLE, RAMESWARAM.

10th January 2017.
This is one of the wish to see the aruthra dharshan of Sri Natarajar at Uthirakosamangai, made out of precious green emerald stone “maragatham”.  Also many times Manikkavasakar praised Lord Shiva of Uthirakosamangai in Thiruvasakam. The Abhishekam will be done once in a year and the rest of the period the Natarajar will be coated with sandalwood paste. It  came to true on 10th and 11th January 2017.  Usually the Aruthra dharshan  will happen during December month and I was forced to stay at Chennai for attending official duty. This year I was so happy, since it happened in the  second week of January and planned my travel 3 months in advance.

When I spelt out my plan to Uthirakosamangai visit, my friends suggested  go to Thirupullani, one of the 108 mangalasasana Vaishnava temple and Devipattinam associated with epic Ramayan. Utilizing the opportunity booked the onward ticket to Rameswaram to have the dharshan of Lord Sri Ramanathaswamy. While travelling in the train it was observed that many people are planning to attend aruthra dharshan at Uthirakosamangai. 

Landed Rameswaram on 10th morning through Rameswaram express and had the dharshan  of Sri Parvathavardhini samedha Sri Ramanathaswamy. During my previous visit the temple was preparing for the kumbhabhishekam. The details and some of the photos taken are uploaded in one of my previous post ( Click here ).





... to be continued ( Uthirakosamangai )
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---