Monday, 21 December 2015

HERITAGE TOUR - COOUM A CULTURAL MAPPING - SHIVA AND VISHNU TEMPLES ON THE BANKS OF HOLY RIVER COOUM

21st , December 2015.
It was a pleasant journey  to the temples Thiruverkadu, Voyalanallur, Sitharkadu, Aranvoyal, Tirur and the Korattur barrage which diverts the Cooum water to Chembrambakkam  on the banks of holy river Cooum with a likeminded peoples who believes in history on the Saturday  19th December 2015. The tour was originally planned on December 6th, 2015,  but the same was postponed  for want of access through road after the rain and flood in the river Cooum.  The  flooded river  Cooum had done an extensive damage to the buildings  constructed  on the banks and the roads which connects to the Villages.

We,  about 24 persons in two vans, started our journey from  opposite to TTD Perumal Temple ( had the Dharshan of Sri Balaji but missed the pongal, since we are little late )  after loading the breakfast and the lunch.   The usual road to Thiruverkadu was closed to traffic and we had to detour in many place and finally reached Sri Vedhapureeswarar Temple at Thiruverkadu.

THIRUVERKADU – SRI BALAMBIGAI SAMEDHA SRI VEDHAPUREESWARAR TEMPLE.
This is my third visit to this temple. My previous visits are made in connection with the Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalangal ( for details CLICK HERE ). Every time I visits to these temples I used to learn new things. The temple was constructed  by Sri Rajendra Chozha’s second son Kulothunga  during 1050 to 1063 AD. The temple also has  the contributions of Telegu  Chozha and Nayak rulers.  This place was also called as Mummudi Chozha Nallur. The sanctum is of  Gajabirustam type. There are about 11 inscriptions which are not legible to read due improper maintenance on walls. The special feature in this temple is Sri Subramaniyar sannadhi in the inner prakaram with out his usual weapons, vahanam  and concerts. The Sivalingam installed and worshiped by Lord Muruga is in his front.  There are two sandikeswarars of which one is without mandapam.  Lord Shiva gave kalyana Kola dharshan to sage Agasthiyar, who could not attend wedding at Kailash.  Lord Shiva and Parvathi’s moorthams are on the back of moolavar in sitting posture.
The 5 tier Rajagopuram 
The meta colour sheet mandapam obstructing the front view of the temple 
The meta colour sheet mandapam obstructing the front view of the temple 
Ambal sannadhi entrance arch on the south 
Gajabirusta Vimanam 
Padmapriya explains the details of the temple 
Vimanam ( Mr. Venkatesh saying Ravakesari is very good ) 

Our next stop was at Voyalanallur and had the dharshan of Sri Kandha swamy  and Sakthimutreeswarar.  On the way we intimated the Gurukkal Sri Hari ( mobile 9003154640), who does poojas in many temples.

VOYALANALLUR – SRI KANDASWAMY TEMPLE.
Sri Kandaswamy’s  ( Brahma sastha ) moortham is more than 6 ½ feet, an original Adhitya Chozha’s period under a recently constructed  house like shrine.  The moortham is in excellent condition and very cute with simple alangaram. The arathi by gurukkal enhanced the beauty of Sri Kandaswamy.  There is an inscription pillar of about 3 feet height standing in front of the shrine. There two stone slab inscriptions, belongs to Sri Sakthimutreeswarar temple also was lying in front of the temple.  These inscriptions belongs of 895 AD, of Adithya – I,  recorded during 1952-53.
Sri Kandaswamy – Bramha sastha  a life size moortham  with out alangaran looks very cute 
Sri Kandaswamy – Bramha sastha  a life size moortham  with simple alangaran looks very cute 
The inscription pillar in front of sannathi 
The inscription stone slab belongs to Sri Sakthimutreeswarar temple 

VOYALANALLUR – SRI SAKTHIMUTREESWARAR TEMPLE.
From Sri Kandaswamy temple we walked on the banks of Lotus tank to Sakthimutreeswarar temple.  Moolavar Sri Sakthimutreeswarar is little big in size and belongs to Adithya Chozha’s period and Ambal and nandhi are of latter period. The temple structure is of recent one, facing east. The inscriptions are available at Sri Kandaswamy temple.
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. Since there is no fixed time, Gurukkal Hari may be contacted through his mobile 9003154640 for dharshan
HOW TO REACH :
  1. The place Voyalanallur is about 2 Km from Kolappanchery.
  2. Town bus 54c from Poonamalle passes through this village.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE/ VILLAGE :CLICK HERE




Temple lotus pond 

We continued our journey to Sitharkadu to get the blessings of Sri Sundararajaperumal and Sri Thaathreeswarar.  This is my second trip to this Village. ( details of my first visit please CLICK HERE)  During my first visit  after knowing from Alalayam Kanden’s blog by Padmapriya, ( Since My son’s birth star also Swathi and this made me to visit this temple ) and  I could not visit Sri Sundararajaperumal temple.  We had our first dharshan of Sri Sundarajaperumal, since the pattar was waiting for us.   

SITHARKADU ( THIRUMANAM VILLAGE ) SRI SUNDARAVALLI THAYAR SAMEDHA SRI SUNDARARAJAPERUMAL TEMPLE.
The temple is facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram . In the outer parakaram  sannadhi for Thayar Sri  Sundaravallai and Sri Andal both are facing east. In the main shrine Moolavar Sri Sundarajaperumal is with Sridevi and boodevi. In the front mandapam moorthams of Senaimudalvar, Namalwar, Thirumangai alwar and Thirumizhisai alwar.  Garudakodi sithar’s relief is on, one of the sri Andal sannadhi’s pillar.  By worshiping this sithar one can get rid of eye related ailments. There are 17 relief’s Narasimha perumal who was born on Swathi nakshathiram day, available on the pillars of this temple
The temple was constructed during Sundara Pandiyan’s period and presently managed by the Thuluva Velala Sri Nallathambi’s decenders through the income from 100 acres of land.  Searched for the any inscription and finally we are able to locate the inscription tablet on the southeast corner of the outside compound wall.
Front view with Vilakkuthoon, Pali pedam, Dwajasthambam and Garudalvar sannadhi 
The mandapam on the north side of entrance 
Moolavar Vimanam 
Sundaravalli Thayar sannadhi 
Andal sannadhi 
Front view with Dwajasthambam, Garudalvar sannadhi 

Thirumizhisai Alwar 
Garudakodi Sithar

 Sri Krishna Leela relief on the pillar of the mandapam 
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The Temple viruksham amla tree with Thulasi 
The inscription installed out side ( south east corner of the compound wall )

SRI PRASUNAKUNDHALAMBIGAI SAMEDHA SRI THAATHREESWARAR TEMPLE ( SRI NELLEESWARAR)
During my first visit to this temple, renovation was in full swing and the temple was under palalayam and could not get the inside details.  ( for the details of my earlier visit CLICK HERE).  After kumbhabhishekam the temple looks cute.
It was believed that there are three sithars worshiped Lord Shiva under the Amla ( Nelli ) tree. They are Prana Theerthika Sithar ( for breathing / lungs related ailments ), Jadamudi Sithar ( Heart related ailments) and Garudakodi Sithar ( eye related ailments – whose relief is at Andal sannadhi of Sundarajaperumal Temple  pillar ).
Ambal was found in Nandhavanam and is called as Poongkuzhali.
The temple was built during Sundaravarman’s period with Nayak’s period thirupani at a latter stage.  The temple is a Swathi star temple and also a Marriage parikara sthalam.
Some of the important festivals are, On thiruvathirai Shiva & Parvathy marriage will be celebrated. In that parivettai is a special attraction, in that Ambal and Swamy will run toward each other from opposite directions.
There is an interesting detail that Devadasis donated land to this temple.
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. Kumar Gurukkal may be contacted through his mobile 9444793942 for further details.
TEMPLE TIMINGS
  1. The temple is kept open between 08.00 Hrs to 10.00 Hrs and 17.30 Hrs to 19.30 Hrs
HOW TO REACH :
  1. Town bus route No M153 from CMBT to Pattabiram and M45C from Poonamallee  to Pattabiram passes through this village.
  2. Also from Pattabiram railway station it is about 4 KM, Share autos are available up to bridge and from there can be reached through a small walk.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE
The newly built 5 tier Rajagopuram - with old base 
Artistically carved panel on the ceiling of Rajagopuram 
Front arch after Rajagopuram 
Main sannadhi view with Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and nandhi mandapam 
Main sannadhi view with Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and nandhi mandapam 

Moolavar sannadhi 
Artistically carved panel on the ceiling of moolavar sannadhi  
Dhakshinamurthy  
Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar 
Natarajar with Sivakami and Manikkavasakar 
Urchavars
Pranatheertha Sithar - To worship for brathing related ailments  
A Vinayagar sannadhi in front of Main temple

Our next destinations are to Aranvoyal  and Tirur off the main road from Poonamallee to Thiruvallur Road.  These two Villages are opposite to each other little away from the River Cooum. Visited both the temples during  our  heritage tour with R.E.A.C.H  foundation ( for details please CLICK HERE ).

ARANVOYAL – SRI MARAKATHAMBIGAI SAMEDHA SRI THIRUTHAALEESWARAR TEMPLE.
During our earlier visit to this temple renovations are in progress and this time lot of improvements were done and Rajagopuram construction is in progress.  It was sad to see the old pillars of nandhi mandapam was  dumped in one place with Adhitya Chozha Period inscriptions. Pallava period thriupani can also be seen.
 Vinayagar at the entrance of the main shrine – why do he uses snake as belt?

 The south side entrance arch to the main shrine 


 The east side view with Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi mandapam ( Nandhi waiting to install ) 
 Boothagana with nandhi and moolavar Gajabirusta Vimanam 
 Nandhi mandapam ( Nandhi waiting to install ) 
 Wooden nandhi used for urchavam- வாலாட்டும் நந்தி  
Adhitya Chozha Period inscription on the pillar  
 Adhitya Chozha Period inscription- pillars of old nandhi Mandapam - removed and kept out side
TIRUR – UTHPALAMBAL SAMEDHA SRI SINGATTEESWARAR
It was believed that  Lord Shiva was installed and worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple.  This an akarshna shetharam and child prathnai stghalam.  Puliyur Sri Shivaraja swamikal  calls ambal as “anuthinamum vazhum ammaye” and shiva as ” amar sivame”.  Sundarapandiyan’s period inscriptions are available. The inscription stones are separately installed in front of the temple of which one  belongs to Vijayanagara period with their symbol / embalm.  

It was believed that  muni Rishya singeeswarar installed and worshiped Lord Shiva of  this temple. Hence Iraivan is named after him and moortham and relief on the pillar are available.

Some of the festivals are  Pradhosham, Maha Sivarathiri.  During maha shivarathiri day  for artha jamapooja local people are encouraged to involve to bring the holy water from their homes.  On Panguni punarpoosam day marriage function will be celebrated for Nandhikeswarar.
It is worthy to note that the temple is maintained by some devotees of Vallalar through their own fund, there is a Vallalar sanndhi  in the outer prakaram.  
CONTACT DETAILS :
Mr Jayaraman may be contacted   through his mobile 9445693460.

 Vijayanagara period inscription with symbol and other Chozha period inscription installed out side the temple 
 The 3 tier Rajagopuram  
 Nandhiyam peruman’s sudhai moorthams in front of Rajagopuram 


 Narthana Vinayagar relief on the front mandapm pillar 

 Ambal sannadhi view
 Moolavar sannadhi view 
 Rishya singeeswarar with Shiva Lingam 



 Rishya singeeswarar worshiping Shiva 
 Rishya singeeswarar Relief on the mandapam pillar and the moortham ( on the right ) 
 Sudhai Sirpams of Nandhi with his concert and Natarajar with Sivakami 
 Dhakshinamurthy with Sanakatha Munivars 
 Inscriptions on the moolavar sanctum athistanam 
 Damaged moorthams of Brahma, Bairavar, Ambal , etc.
 Damaged moorthams of Brahma, Bairavar, Ambal , etc.
Anthi mantharai flower ?

KORATTUR BARRAGE ON THE HOLY RIVER COOUM
We had our lunch at  Tirur temple itself and continued our journey to Korattur Barrage or Anaikattu. We are very happy to see the Cooum river with clear running water. We felt become children and played  in the knee deep water.  We could feel the sand under our feet was washed by the current of water and could imagine the force it could generate a huge pressure to washout the check dam on Cooum.

Mr Shaswath explained the korattur barrage on river Cooum from start point at Kesavaram anailattu. The brief details are, the Kosasthalai river splits at Kesavaram as Cooum and Kosasthalai which  continued its journey to Poondi and Puzhal to quench the thirst of Chennai people.  The Cooum river water diverted to Chembarampakkam at Korattur barrage. The reason for the recent  flood in Cooum during this year  rain was due to,  washout of the Korattur  check dam, since the barrage feeding to Chembarampakkam eri  was shut. The excess water had  build a great pressure and washed away the check dam of Korattur and flooded in Cooum.
 Teleugu Ganga crosses under the Cooum river
 Cooum river from Tirur bridge 
 Cooum river from Tirur bridge 
 Cooum river from Tirur bridge - King fisher distillery on the right  
 Cooum river from Tirur bridge 
 Korattur Barrage 
 Cooum river view from Korattur Barrage 
 The shutters of Korattur Barrage which lets water to Chembarampakkam lake 
 The remains of Korattur Check dam – after washed away during December 2015 Coovam river flood  
 The crystal clear water of Holy river Cooum with my image 
 The remains of Korattur Check dam – after washed away during December 2015 Coovam river flood  

 The remains of Korattur Check dam – after washed away during December 2015 Coovam river flood  
 The shutters of Korattur Barrage which lets water to Chembarampakkam lake 
 The shutters of Korattur Barrage which lets water to Chembarampakkam lake 

The remains of Korattur Check dam – after washed away during December 2015 Coovam river flood  - A panoramic view 
Our Group in  middle of Holy River Cooum: CLICK HERE  
It was a memorable tour to visit the temples on the banks of Holy river Cooum.  Hope it is a lifetime opportunity to see the Clear water flowing in the river Cooum.I extend my sincere thanks  to Mr Vaidyanathan, Mrs Padmapriya, Mr Venkatesh for organizing  such a wonderful tour with breakfast ( tasty ravakesari ) and lunch in an economical way. I also appreciate Mrs Padmapriya for organizing this tour in the midst of her routine family work &  new assignment and the improvement made in the registration system. Thanks Priya ma. 
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA:---

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