Thursday, 15 January 2015

IN SEARCH OF HISTORY – PART -1. KUNNATHUR, ERODE IN KONGU NADU.

15, January.2015.
My Tiny Village Pappavalasu is about 4 KM from Kunnathur in Erode district. Whenever I used to cross Kunnathur to Gopichttipalayam or Coimbatore thought of visiting the Kunnathur Shiva Temple. Some how it could not happened. But during my recent Visit to my native Place Visited this temple. I had done my school education in NRKN ( NR Karuppana Nadar Kalvi Nilayam ) High school and then I did my Engineering Diploma at Government Polytechnic, Coimbatore. During my school days I was not an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.

Arunachala Pasupathi Dharshan, Irattai Pillayar and Sri Bootha Narayan Temple is on  the way to East Rajagopuram, which  is the end point of our Girivalam. Bootha Narayan Perumal and Irattai Pillayar temples are very near. 

The present Shiva temple is a reconstructed one, without  any remembrance of the past glory and structure. There was no  epigraph, which might have been destroyed during renovation. I still remember, about the reconstruction of this temple  during my school days through one of my relative. But after reconstruction the old beauty has gone.

HISTORY OF KUNNATHUR.
The present Shiva temple is a reconstructed one, without  any remembrance of the past glory and structure. There was no  epigraph, which might have been destroyed during renovation. I still remember, about the reconstruction of this temple  during my school days through one of my relative. But after reconstruction the old beauty has gone.

The old name of this Kunnathur was “Kundrathur”, in Kongu Nadu. Kongu nadu was called after name nectar. Kongu nadu was divided in to four parts via North Kongu Nadu, South Kongu Nadu, Mel Kongu Nadu and Keel Kongu Nadu.  The present Erode district lies in South and North Kongu Nadu. This was divided in to 24 sub sections called as Nadus once again.  Kunnathur is in one of the Sub sect Nadu called “Kuruppu Nadu”, which comes under Perundurai. It was believed that  large number of Kurumpu section (குறும்ப இன மக்கள் ) people lived in this area. The name Kurumpu latter turned to Kuruppu. ( I used to wonder why this Name “Kuruppu Nadu” is mentioned in the marriage betrothal ceremonies  ( Nadu Vilambuthal - நாடு விளம்புதல்  ). Now I under stood  how I belongs to “Kupruppa Nadu” – we belongs to “Kuruppa nadu Kammalars” ).

After reading the book about Kongu Nadu published by the ASI ( Archaeological Survey Of India ),  I feel very proud  of being born in a historical place which had links to Hindu and Jain religion and ruled by Chera,Chozha, Pandya,  Hoysala, Vijaya Nagara  Kings and Mysore Udayars,  ( The Vijayamangalam was once a capital to Kogu Nadu,  is very near to my Native Place. The Vijaya mangalam still has a jain temple which I have to explore yet ).  


I had made up my mind that I will cover one or two places of History during my future visits to my native place. Hence I mentioned this post as PART-1.

KUNNATHUR SHIVA  TEMPLE.
As per ASI this temple was built during 14th century with Hoysala’s architecture. But this was completely changed to the present structure ignoring the past. There is no trace of the old structure now. It is a shame of the history.

Iraivan : Sri Kundrapureeswarar
Iraivi: 

Some of the important features of this temple are..
  1. The temple is facing west. There is no Rajagopram instead there is an arch.
  2. There are Sannadhis for Vinayagar, Navagrahas, Chandran, Suryan.
  3. There is a Vilakku Thoon or Garuda thoon in front of the temple.
  4. The temple is under renovation for Kumbhabhishekam.
HOW TO REACH : 
  1. Kunnathur is on the state high way between Gopichettipalayam to Thirupur and Erode, Perundurai to Coimbatore.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE : CLICK HERE 
 Moolavar Vimanam with Sandikeswarar Sannadhi 
 Ambal sannadhi Vimanam 
 Ambal sannadhi vimanam 
Villakku thoon or Garuda thoon 

SRI LAKSHMI NARAYANA PERUMAL TEMPLE

Some of the important features of this temple are ....
  1. This temple just opposite to Sri Kundrapureeswarar Shiva Temple on the straight line facing east.
  2. There is no Thayar Sannadhi, since Sri Lakshmi is sitting on the left Lap of Sri Narayana perumal.
  3. The temple has lot of Epigraphs which proves that the temple was constructed during 12th century. Now the temple is under renovation. There is no change in the old base structure.  
  4. Here also there is a Vilakku thoon or Garuda thoon in front of the temple.
HOW TO REACH :
  1. Kunnathur is on the state high way between Gopichettipalayam to Thirupur and Erode, Perundurai to Coimbatore.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE CLICK HERE
 Front view of the temple
Moolavar vimanam under renovation for Samprokshanam
Dwara balakar  
Villakku thoon or garuda Thoon 
Epigraph on the karuvarai wall
At least we have to appreciate that this epigraph is kept standing near a washing area
Front view of the temple entrance 
GOOGLE MAP FOR THE LOCATION:CLICK HERE
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