Monday, 19 March 2012

MY YATHRA TO PAADAL PETRA SHIVA STALANGAL – IN AND AROUND THIRUVARUR. - CAUVERY THENKARAI - CHOZHA NAADU

19, March 2012
On 17th March 2012, I had been to Thiruvarur for attending my friend Mr Madhavan’s daughter marriage. Utilizing this opportunity  went to  9 Paadal Petra Shiva stalangal. My yathra started from Thiruvarur ‘Paravyunmandali’ ( Thurvasar Temple ), near the Thiruvarur thiru Thear at about 07.00 hrs. During that time one or two devotees were came for dharshan. The temple is under the control of  Thiruvarur Thiyagarajar temple and needs maintenance. The temple  rajagopuram and compound walls crying for attention. Then went  to Thiyagarajar temple, which is about 300 meters away from Thurvasar temple. It is a very big complex. The temple complex  consists of two Paadal petra Shiva sthanagal ( Thiruvarur ( Theyagesar ) and Thiruvarur Aranery ), in addition to this there are many small temples/ sannadhis, mandapams, Pillars to erect kottagai during festivals. It took me around 2 hours to get some idea. ( again 1 hour  on 18th march 2012 went again  to get more information and Sunday’s dharshan ). It was belief that  After worshiping Shiva’s face at Thiruvarur one has to worship the feet of Shiva  at ‘Vilamal‘ ( a small village ) about 4 km away from the city. The archakar explained all the details. To worship feet of shiva one ( Males ) has to remove shirt and banian.

Then I had been to ‘Peruvelur’ on the way to Kumbakonam from Thiruvarur. One has to get down at Iyampettai ( Manakkal ) and walk to a distance of  1 Km, off main road,  on the dusty road. It is mada Koil about 17 steps to climb  to worship Lord Shiva. “Karaveeram” was my next target, got down at ‘Vadakamdam’, (Vettartruppalam ) and the temple is about 50 meters from the main road and the entrance is 500 meters from main road. It was about 11.00 hours ( Moolavar and Ambal are little bigger than the other temples ) when I  had the dharshan and decided to go back to Thiruvarur for the evening dharshan. After feeling the heat of the sun decided to proceed to “Thalayalangaadu” which is about 5 km from Kraveeram, instead of going back to Thiruvarur.

My journey started once again. Landed at ‘Thalayalangaadu’  at about 13.00 Hrs and Gurukal’s son ( a small boy ) helped me for the dharshan. It was understood  that  Gurukal is making effort for the kumbhavishekam. On seeing tiredness on my face Gurukal offered me idly with milakaipodi ( ate the same at Srivanchiyam ) and water to quench my hunger and thirst. At the start of my yathra, decided to cover up to ‘Thalayalangau’ Shiva temple ( 7 temple ) in this trip and also I was not prepared, the routes and locations of the other Paadal Petra Shiva Stlalangal. At Gurukal’s residence they advised me to see ‘Srivanchiyam’. This gives me a boost to proceeded  my yathra.

Reached ‘Kudavasal’ ( Without knowing this is also a Paadal Petra Shiva sthalam ). Boarded in a bus to Nannilam and got down at “Srivanchiyam“ at about 14.30 Hrs. Had a chat with the retired temple Gurukal up to 15.30 Hrs. The temple opened around 15.30 Hrs and to my surprise there are a few peoples waiting for the dharshan ( reason is, there is small temple for Yemadharmaraja. Fear of Yeman will be removed on worshiping Yemadharmaraja ). After dharshan, I had my breakfast & lunch at 16.00 hrs ( Idly with Milakaipodi, given by “Thalayalangadu” temple Gurukal. May Lord Shiva shower his blessings on them).  I have  to wait up to 17.30 Hrs to get a bus to Kudavasal. During my waiting period, happened to go through my map and found that there is a Paadal Petra Shiva Shalam at Kudavasal also.

Reached Kudavasal at 18.00 Hrs and went to the Shiva Temple about 500 meters from bus-stand. The temple is on the main road with a big tank in front of the temple and facing west. The temple is of maada koil type and same was built by ‘Ko - Chenkat - Chozhalan’, who built no of temples, like ThiruAAnaika, at Trichy. There are 24 steps to reach the sanctum and worshiped Shiva. At temple  had a chat with a Shiva devotee about shaivam and astrology. As usual lights went off at 19.00 Hrs and  walked to bus-stand and returned to Thiruvarur.   

Some of the Photographs taken through my  mobile will be up loaded with the details of the temples in this post.


204/87. THIRUVARUR

This is the 204th Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 87th Stalam on south side of river cauvery in Chozha Naadu. Moovar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.
  
Iraivan : Sri Purtritangondaar,  Sri Vanmika Nathar.
Iraivi    : Sri Kamalmbigai, Sri Alliagothai,  Sri Neelothbaalambal.

Some of the important features of this temple are.....
  1. Important deity is Thiyagarajar and the dance is Ajaba dance.
  2. The temple has 5 prakarams and seven Rajagopurams of which east gopuram is 118 feet.
  3. 5 Nayanmars has done service in this temple.
  4. Thiruvarur taer is very famous, but now in dismantled condition to attend repairs and reconstruction ?.
  5. The place Thiruvarur has 11 other names. Evening pooja is special.
  6. It is worth to see the maragatha lingam abishekam.
  7. It is one of the sabtha vidanga sthalam.
  8. There are three important mandapams,Chitra saba mandapam, Maha mandapam and 1000 pillar mandapam.
  9. “Kal thaer”  Stone chariot- made of stone ( entry ticket is Rs 1.00)
  10. The temple has two Ambal sannadhis and no of small sanndhis.
  11. There are many pillars erected to put kottagai during functions.
  12. The moolavar is of PUTRU and abhishekam is not performed.
  13. Gopurams architecture is amazing with single stone pillars at the entrance of Rajagopurams.
  14. The Navagrahas are in single line.
  15. Lot of murals are painted around and roof  of the outside moolasthanam, which worth to see. ( It will take at least a day to see all the important features.)
  16. The temple tank area is equal to  the  area ( 5 veli) of the temple and has a temple at the center.
HOW TO REACH
  1. There are lot of buses available from cities like Chennai, Trichy, Madurai, Tanjore etc.
  2. The temple is at the center of the city.
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. The land line number is +91 4366 - 242 343. 
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE

( East side Rajagopuram 118 feet high )



( Sudhai sirpangal on the entrance gopuram )


( Mural / paintings out of karuvarai ceiling )
                                              ( Mural / paintings out of karuvarai ceiling )
 ( Mural / paintings out of karuvarai ceiling )
(Pillars to erect pandhal for the important functions) 
( The Yali statue  not a regular one )
( Paintings on the roof of the 1000 pillar mandapam )
                                          ( Paintings on the roof of the 1000 pillar mandapam )
                                          ( Paintings on the roof of the 1000 pillar mandapam )
( 1000 Pillar mandapam )
                                                     (Temple Tank Kamalaya Kulam)
( kal their / chariot)
  
205/88. THIRUVARUR ARANERY

This is the 205th Devaram Padal petra Shiva sthalam and 88th sthalam on the south side of Cauvery in Chozha Naadu. Moovar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. This temple is within the Thiruvarur Thiyagaser temple complex,  on left side when we enter from east Rajagopuram. There are murals painted on the walls of the inner side prakaram.

Iraivan : Sri Akileswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Vandaar kuzhali, Sri Bhuvaneswari

CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. The land line number is : +91 4366 - 242 343. 
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE CLICK HERE
( Moolavar vimanam )
( Old paintings in the artha mandapam )
                                                               ( Moolavar vimanam )
                                                              ( Moolavar vimanam )
( Moolavar vimanam )

206/89. THIRUVARUR PARAVAIYUNMANDALI

This is the 206th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 89th Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery. Sundarar has sung hymns in praise of lord Shiva of this temple. 

Iraivan: Sri Thoovainathar
Iraivi   : Sri Alliangothai

Some of the important features of this temple are....
  1. This temple is on the Keezha veethi, near Thiru Thaers - Chariots.  on the main road facing east. 
  2. The temple is called as Thurvasar temple. 
  3. This is under the control of Thiruvarur main temple. 
  4. It seems that kumbhavishekam has been performed long back and both rajagopuram and the outer walls crying for attention.
HOW TO REACH :
  1. The temple is very near to Thiyagesar temple east Raja gopuram on the Raja Street or the Keela Ratha Veethi on the Tanjore Road.  
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. Mobile and land line numbers are : +91 99425 40479, +91 4366 - 240 646. 
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLECLICK HERE
( Moolavar vimanam )
( Dhashinamoorthy )

( Front Maha mandapam )
( Nandhi mandapam and back side Ambal sannadhi )
( Rajagopuram )

207/90.  THIRUVILAMAR
(This is in a small village and now called as Vilamal.)
This is the 207th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 90th Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. 

Iraivan: Sri Pathanjali Manohar
Iraivi   : Sri Mathurabhasini.

Some of the important features of this temple are.….

  1. Pathanchali and  Viyakrabathar statues are in maha mandapam.
  2. To have the dharshan of Shiva’s feet we have to remove shirt and banian.
  3. Moolavar is facing east and ambal is facing south.
  4. There is no Rajagopuram.
  5. Temple tank is in front of the temple.
  6. Moolavar is of sand.
  7. There is no Rajagopuram.
  8. There is an unwritten statement that one has to visit this temple for Shiva’s feet dharshan after the  face dharshan of Thiyagesar at Thiruvarur. 
HOW TO REACH
  1. The temple is village Vilamal is on the Thiruvarur to Tanjore Road, 4 KM from Thiruvarur.
  2. Long route buses will not stop, we have to depend one town bus which goes to medical college.
  3. Better to take an auto from Thiruvarur bus-stand.
CONTACT DETAILS
  1. The mobile numbers are : +91 98947 81778 and +91 94894 79896.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLECLICK HERE
( Rajagopuram with Sandikeswarar sannadhi )


( Entrance arch )

209/92. PERUVELUR
( Now this place is called as Manakkal Ayyampet )
This is the 209th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 92nd Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Moovar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.  


Iraivan: Sri Abimuktheeswarar, Sri Priya Eeswarar, Sri Seshapureeswarar.
Iraivi   : Sri Abinaambigai, Sri Alavaar Kuzhali.

Some of the important features are…
  1. Lord Muruga worshiped Shiva, hence this place is called as Peruvelur.
  2. It is believed that this temple place is a part of hill, which had fallen down during the war between Vaayu and Adhisheshan.
  3. Thirumal got back his male appearance after mohinis appearance to destroy asura by worshipping Shiva of this temple.
  4. The temple was built by Ko-chengat-Chozhan of Maada Koil type. There are 17 steps.
  5. Separate Sannadhi for Ambal in sitting posture – Veerasanam with four hands.
  6. Mandapam is of vavaal nethi mandapam.
  7. Mirukandu Maharishi’s statue is one of the koshta moortham.
HOW TO REACH
  1. This temple is in Ayyampet ( Manakkal) on Thiruvarur to Kumbakonam road. 
  2. All the buses  from Thiruvarur to Kumbakonam passes through this village called Manakkal Ayyampet.
  3. From main road one has to walk  to a distance of 1 Km.
CONTACT DETAILS :

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE
( 3 Tier Rajagopuram )
( Moolavar vimanam )

( Moolavar and Ambal Sannadhi vimanams )
( Perumal sannadhi in the ground level prakaram )

( Kodimaram, Pali pedam and nandhi at ground level )

208/91. KARAVEERAM
(Now the place is called as Karayapuram ( Vadakandam).)
This is the 208th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 91st sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.   

Iraivan: Sri Karaveereswarar
Iraivi   : Sri Prathyakshaminnammai.

Some of the important features of this temple are….
  1. The temple is facing east without Rajagopuram
  2. Moolavar and Ambal are little big, both facing east
  3. Moolavar vimanam is  little taller like rajagopuram.
  4. Alari is the sthala viruksham.
HOW TO REACH
  1. This temple is on the Thiruvarur to Kumbakonam main road.
  2. The Village name is called as Vadakandam on the Thiruvarur to Kumbakonam road. The place where to get down at Vadakandam Vettartrupaalam.
CONTACT DETAILS
  1. The land line number is +91 4366 21978
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE CLICK HERE
( Moolavar vimanam )
( Ambal sannadi vimanam )

( Nandhi mandapam, Mahamandapam ( Vavval nethi mandapam with Rajagopuram )
( View through entrance arch )
( Entrance arch )

210/93. THALAIYALANGADU.

This is the 210th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 93rd sthalam on the south side of river cauvery. Appar has sung hynms in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.   
Iraivan: Sri Nadneswarar
Iraivi   : Sri Umadevi

Some of the important features of this temple are …
  1. Small village with small temple facing east with entrance from  south side.
  2. Moolavar facing east and Ambal is facing sannadhi is facing south.
  3. Nandhi is in a small mandapam.
  4. All mandapams are of vavvalnethi type.
  5. Kabila Muni worshiped this temple Iraivan.
  6. In this temple Lord Shiva crushed the back bone of Asuran Muyalagan and danced.
  7. There is no rajagopuram.
HOW TO REACH :
  1. Thalaiaalangadu is 18 km from Thiruvarur on the way to  Kumbakonam.
  2. 5 KM from Peruvelur one of the Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam.
  3. From bus-stand and cross a small bridge of two canals to reach this temple. 
CONTACT DETAILS
  1. Gurukal residence is in front of the temple and can be reached over mobile 9443500235
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLECLICK HERE

Moolavar vimanam - Recently the Kumbhabhishekam was conducted with full effort of gurukkal)


(Bairavar Sani Bhagavan in a small sannadhi )

( Nandhi Mandapam and ambal sannadhi is at the back)

187/70. SRIVANJIYAM

This is the 187th Devaram Padla petra Shiva Sthalam and 70th sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha nadu. Moovar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.   

Iraivan: Sri Vanchinaatheswarar, Sri Vaanji Lingeswarar.
Iraivi   : Sri Mangala Nayagi, Sri Vaazhavantha Nayagi.

Some of the important features of this temple are….
  1. This temple is considered to be equal to Kashi.
  2. Brahma, Indiran, Parasarar, Athiri worshiped in this temple.
  3. A separate sannadhi  for Yemadharman in the outer prakaram agni moolai. It is believed that “Yema fear “ will be relieved when worshiped Yemadharmaraja of this temple. 
  4. Both Ambal and moolavaer little large.
  5. rom the tamil inscriptions Chozha kings had done thirupani to this temple. Temple is big with big corridors and  temple tank is in the outer prakaram on the northern side.
HOW TO REACH

  1. The temple is midway between Kudavasal to Nannilam and buses are available  from Kudavasal, which is also Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam on Thiruvarur to Kumbakonam bus route.
CONTACT DETAILS:
  1. Mobile and land line numbers are : +91 94424 03926, +91 4366 - 228 305
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLECLICK HERE
( Moolavar vimanam )

( Moolavar vimanam )


( Rajagopuram is of 5 tiers  )

211/94. KUDAVAYIL
(Now the place is called as Kudavasal.)
This is the 211th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 94th sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.     


Iraivan: Sri Koneswarar
Iraivi   : Sri Periyanayagi.

Some of the important features of this temple are…
  1. Biruku Muni, Thiruna bindu muni worshiped lord of this temple.
  2. There are  24 steps to reach sanctum.
  3. Separate sannadhi for sandeswar.
  4. Moolavar is little big.
  5. This is one of the maada Koil built by Ko-chengot- Chozhan. 
  6. The temple is facing west with a  temple tank in front.
  7. Chozha kings had done thiruppani to this temple.
  8. Ambal is facing west in separate sannadhi.
  9. Banana tree is the sthala viruksham of this temple.
  10. Moolavar vimanam suthai sirpankal are very nice.
  11. There is no No Rajagopram 
HOW TO REACH
  1. The temple is in Kudavasal city on the road side about 500 metre from bus-stand.
  2. Kudavasal is almost half way between Thiruvarur to Kumbakonam.
CONTACT DETAILS:
  1. The mobile number is : +91 94439 59839.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLECLICK HERE
( Front side Thirukkulam with entrance gopuram )
  ( Moolavar vimanam and sthala viruksham - banana tree )
( Moolavar vimanam )
                                                               ( Moolavar vimanam )
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