Tuesday, 18 August 2015

THE TEMPLE, THAT LOSTS ITS IDENTITY - VILLIVAKKAM - SRI SORNAMBIGAI SAMEDHA SRI AGASTHEESWARAR TEMPLE

18th August 2015
VILLIVAKKAM - SRI SORNAMBIGAI SAMEDHA SRI AGASTHEESWARAR TEMPLE
On 16th August I had been to Purasawalkam Sri Gangadheeswarar Temple  and had the dharshan of Sri Gangadheeswarar and Sri Oontreeswarar (Sri Oontreeswarar of Thiruvenbakkam, where Lord Shiva gave Oontrukol to Sundarar when he lost his eyes. The original moorthams were brought to this temple while constructing the Poondi reservoir.  Lord Shiva wishes  to stay  here itself  even after constructing a new temple at Thiruvenbakkam, the present Poondi. ( For details of my Thiruvenpakkam Visit -CLICK HERE )  

After dharshan of Sri Gangatheeswarar and Sri Oontreeswarar, thought of worshiping  Sri Agastheeswarar  at Villivakkam. I had been to this temple once and we used to cross the temple  around 05.00 Hrs on the way to Thirupathi Patha yathra every year on 1st January.  The temple looks new and lot of renovations has been carried out.  Since the temple was old searched for epigraph around sanctum wall. But I could not find any.

To my surprise  a stone with inscription ( only a portion of the epigraph) on the wall in the inner prakaram. Could not identify, in which language it was written.  With little light I found that the stone was kept up side down.  Some of inscription blocks  are used for the out side wall. We cannot trace under whose period the temple was constructed. Totally it was a mesh. There are some inscription on the base of Ambal sanctum also in a un readable condition.  


Tried to get the sthalapuranam, (  for knowing epigraph details ) but the book  shop was not open.  Epigraph details are not mentioned in the temple web site also.  In the name of renovation, with out knowing the importance of the epigraphic details the identity  and authenticity of the  temple was destroyed and the future generations  will be kept in dark. Here are some of the epigraphs...
This epigraphic stone is kept up side down. 
The epigraph on the base of Ambal sanctum base
The epigraph on the base of Ambal sanctum base
This epigraph is on the outside wall 
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA ---

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