Sunday, 20 September 2015

UZHAVARAM- BY THE CHENNAI SEVAS AT SRI NAGECHARA SWAMY TEMPLE, KUNRATHUR

20, Sep 2015.
The 158th UZHAVARAM of SEVAS was  held at Sri Nagecharaswamy Temple, Kunrathur on 20th September 2015. I also participated in the Uzhavaram - Cleaning of temple, removing cobwebs  and cleaning of Temple tank – Suryapushkarani. Since I reached Kunrathur early around 07.30 Hrs than the scheduled time of 08.30 Hrs,  had the dharshan of Sri Valli Devanai Samedha Subrmaniya Swamy on the hill and Sri Kanthzheeswarar and Sri Nagecharar. The details of the temples are given below.

SRI VALLI DEVASENA SUBRAMANIYAR TEMPLE - KUNRATHUR 
Moolavar : Sri Valli devasena samedha Sri subramaniya swamy 
It was believed that on the way to Thiruthani Murugan stayed here for a while by seeing the beauty of this place. The sanctum  door is kept, such that only Valli with Murugan or Devanai with Murugan can be seen.  There was no rush around 07.30 Hrs and I was fortunate to circumambulate around the sanctum.  
 The temple from a distance 
 16 pillar mandapam at the start of steps. 
 The Steps with Rajagopuram

On the way to Sri Nageswarar temple tried to worship Sri Uragaperumal.  The temple was not opened as per the scheduled time of 07.00 Hrs. Don’t want wait to open since I have to report for Uzhavaram at Sri Nageswarar temple.  On seeing the board  of the Shiva temple opposite to Sekizhar temple arch, thought of Worshiping Sr Kanthazheeswarar. On the board it was written as Sekizhar worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple.
SRI NAKAIMUGAVALLI SAMEDHA SRI KANTHAZHEESWARAR TEMPLE, KUNDRATHUR
Iraivan : Sri Kanthazheewarar
Iraivi    : Sri Nakaimugavalli
Some of the important features of this temple are…
  1. The temple is facing east with an entrance arch on the south side.
  2. Dwajasthambam, palipedam and Nandhi are at the east.
  3. In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Nalvar, Karpaka Vinayagar, Sri Balambigai Samedha Sri Vaaleeswarar, 63var, Navagrahas,  nagars under bodhi and neem tree and Suryan.
  4. In koshtam vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brhma and Durgai. Ambal is facing south inside the artha mandapam.
  5. The vimanam is of Gajabirustam type.
  6. Tamil inscriptions are found under the base of the sanctum but could not judge the age of the inscriptions.
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple is kept open between 08.11 Hrs and 17.00 Hrs to 20.00 hrs. 
 Temple complex view with Gajabirusta Vimanam 
 Temple complex view with Gajabirusta Vimanam with sandikeswarar sannadhi  
 Temple complex view with Gajabirusta Vimanam with Karpaka Vinayagar sannadhi and Balambigai samedha Valeeswarar sannadhi  
 The relief of kannappar 
 The inscription on the base of sanctum not much legible
 These two reliefs found on the compound wall out side. Do not know who are they….?
Sri Ooraka Perumal temple 

SRI NAGECHARAR TEMPLE AT KUNRATHUR.
Since Sri Sekizhar established this temple similar to Thi Nageswaram, at Kumbakonam and called this temple as vada Nagecharam. The Lord has all the powers similar to Kumbakonam temple. This is very near to Bus stand and about 200 meters off main road.
Iraivan : Sri Nageswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Kamakshi Amman.
Some of the important features of this temple are…
  1. This is Raghu dhosha nivarthi sthalam and one of the Navagraha sthalam around Chennai.
  2. Moolavar was installed and worshiped by Sekizhar.
  3. The temple is facing east with a mandapam at front. On the top of the mandapam sudhai sirpam of Shiva and Parvathy marriage. The Rajagopuram is of 5 tiers. 
  4. Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi mandapam are at front of sanctum sanctorum.
  5. In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Suryan, Sekizhar,  Navagrahas, Saneeswarar.
  6. In the inner prakaram, sannadhi for Sekizhar, Suryan, Sri Sundarar ( In sitting posture – a rare moortham ) with Paravai Nachiyar, Nalvar, Nagars, Somaskandhar, Kasi Viswanathar, Arunachaleswarar ( there is a hear say that moolavar head was broken a little. Hence people decided and replaced with the present Arunachaleswarar moortham and thrown the old moortham in the Suryapuskarani, the temple tank. The tank water becomes red. In one of the sivanadiyar’s dream Iraivan appeared and told the old moortham to be installed back. So the old moortham was installed again and the new moortham was kept in the prakaram behind Moolavar ), Sri Lakshmi, saraswathy, Veerabhu, Valli Devasena Subramaniyar ( Urchavar and moorthams), Palliyarai, Sandikeswarar and Sabamandapam.
  7. In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Vishnu ( in place of Lingothbavar ), Brahma and Durgai.
  8. There are about 45 Inscriptions around the sanctum wall. The sanctum is with artha and maha mandapam. As per the inscriptions the temple was built during Kulothunga Chozhan Period ie 1070 CE. The inscriptions also speaks about donations made for Burning lamp, Iraivans Amuthu, Three kala Pooja. The Kings and persons mentioned in the inscriptions are Kulothunga Chozhan I, Veeraminth, Veera Rajendran, Rajarajan III, Veerakanda Gopalan, Koperumsingam, Sundara Pandiyan, Kulasekara Deva Pandiyan, Ekambaranatha Sampuvarayan kambannan and  Ariharan,
  9. Ambal is facing south in a separate sannadhi in maha mandapam before the main sanctum.
  10. The temple is maintained by the trustees of Senguntha Mudaliyar appointed by Sekizhar Peruman.
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple is kept open between 06.00 Hrs to 13.00 Hrs and 15.30 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. Office phone number is 044 24780436
HOW TO REACH :
  1. Town buses are available from Vadapalani, Thambraram, Broad Way.
  2. Town bus nos are 88 series, M 89, M60, 60A and 66.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE:
 Sekizhar Manimandapam arch
 Thirukurai & Thirumurai parayana koodam
 The 5 tier Rajagopuram


 Nandhi mandapam
 Sri Sekizhar sannadhi
 Moolavar vimanam
 Moolavar vimanam
 Amman Sannadhi Vimanam
 Sudhai dwarabalakar at the entrance of the mandapam
 Dwarabalakar at the entrance of sanctum
 Sri Sundarar with Paravai Nachiyar – sitting posture – a rare moortham to see 
 Somaskandhar
Sri Arunachaleswarar - There is a hear say that moolavar head was broked a little. Hence people decided and replaced with the present Arunachaleswarar moortham and thown the old moortham in the Suryapuskarani, the temple tank. The tank water becomes red. In one of the sivanadiyar’s dream I raivan appeared and told the old moortham to be installed back. So the old moortham was installed again and the new moortham was kept in the prakaram behind Moolavar. 
 Sri Valli Devasean Subramaniyar 
 Sri Valli Devasean Subramaniyar 
 Naagar
 Sekizhar
 The inscription – almost all are very difficult to read due to painting - Kulothunga Chozhan period
 Suryapuskarani – The Temple Tank with Neerazhi mandapam 
 Ducks are kept in a pool of water
  SEVAS IN ACTION




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