Wednesday, 22 April 2015

SRI KASI VISWANATHAR TEMPLE - THIRUPRANKUNDRAM, MADURAI

22nd April, 2015
Continuation to the earlier post ( CLICK HERE to see the details )
SRI KASI VISWANATHAR TEMPLE THIRUPRANKUNDRAM
This temple is 1050 feet above the sea level on the top of Thiruprankundram Hill. Lord Sri Kasi Viswanathar is facing west and Ambal is facing south. It is believed that one of the 18 Siddhar Sri Macha muni lives in the form of jeeva jothi. But at the temple a white fish is called as Sri Macha Muni in the pond. Devotees in large numbers circumambulate the hill on full moon day to get the blessings of Lord Shiva. It is believed that  this temple is the cause for writing the ‘Thirumurukatrupadai’ a Tamil literature by Nakkeerar. The story goes like this….
Once up on a time a booth called Karki Muni got a varam from Lord Shiva to live without death, after killing 1000 Munivars. Karki muni managed to kept 999 munivars in the cave of a relief. When Nakkerar came that side and was doing pooja to Shiva under a banyan tree. The karki muni  diverted his attention through a banyan leaf on the shore of the saravana poikai. – one half as bird and other half as fish. Since the attention was diverted his pooja to lord Shiva was not completed. So Nakkeerarar was also put in the cave. Before killing all, Nakkeerar sung the hymn of ‘Thirumurukatrupadai’. Lord murugan appeared and saved all munivars. To get rid of the sin caused  due to this incident Nakkeerar want to take bath in Ganges. Lord Muruga created a pond on the ( Panchacharam parai ) hill through his ‘Vel’ and the Ganges water flowed in it. In remembrance of this incident local villagers worship the ‘Vel’, on Puratasi, Friday every year.
MY EXPERIENCE IN TREKKING THE HILL.
After visiting the Pandya Period Rock cut temple on the south side of the Thiruparankundram hill, happened to see the direction board of Sri Kasi Viswananthar temple on the top of the hill. The steps were neatly paved. Considering the height, sun heat and hunger ( Morning I had taken only prasadham as breakfast at Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple – a small quantity )  skipped and landed at Railway gate bus stop through Mini Bus. From there I walked towards  Sri Murugan temple bus stop to get a bus to Madurai ( Latter understand that bus to Madurai town is available at the Railway gate itself ). On the way again I had seen the direction sign board of Sri Kailasanathar temple ( North side ). The Kailasanathar Temple can be reached from south and North side.

Assuming that the ’OHM’ sign board with a temple like structure is the Sri Kailasanathar temple, started climbing up the hill. The steps are not uniform. In some places steps are not there. On reaching the structure understand that, that is not the temple and it is a Karthikai Deepam pillar structure. Devotees visits this place too, to light lamps during normal days. Again started trekking up the hill asking the way to Kasi Viswanathar Temple from down coming people. After that the path was steep without steps. Steps are  cut on the rock on many places ( Vazhukkuparai ). Found very difficult to cross the 2 Km stretch, trekking alone in the hot sun. The muslims also trek up to Dhargah. There is a Muslim cemetery near Dhargah, from there the route diverts to Shiva Temple.

After ½ Km from the cemetery the route joins with the south side steps. Here the steps also very steep. A group of 10 people joined from there. Monkeys too followed us on seeing their bags.  After dharshan of Sri Kailasanathar, had the dharshan of Sri Macha muni in the form of white fish and offered  curd in the Panchacharam Parai pond. Annadhanam was served by some devotees. Had the annadhanam also since I was too hungry and tired.


After taking rest for a while, trekked down the hill. Carefully climbed down and no one joined with me except Sri Kasi Viswanathar. At last around 15.30 Hrs reached the base safely.   
THE TEMPLE TIMINGS
The temple is kept open between 08.30 Hrs to 17.30 Hrs 
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE
Sri Palani Andavar Temple. The trek starts from here. There is Jain monument inside the temple which I could not see, since the temple was closed at that time
An abanded mandapam 
Trekking up the hill 
View of the Thiruparankundram Shiva/ Murugan Temple Rajagopuram from Karthikai deepam pillar structure.
Karthikai deepam pillar structure.
Vazhukkuparai with no steps for about a KM stretch
Muslim cemetery  
Dhargah on the top of this hill 
The North side path joins with south side steps
Steps  starts steeper 
Last leg of steps cut on parai 
From top Mandapam decending, here too there is no steps.
East side entrance to the temple 
West side view of the temple 
Reliefs of Shiva Ganapathy, Macha muni on the Panchacharam Parai
 ---OM SHIVAYA NAMA:---

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

PANDYA PERIOD ROCK CUT CAVE TEMPLE - A HERITAGE TOUR TO THIRUPARANKUNDRAM

22nd April, 2015

Continuation to the earlier post ( CLICK HERE to see the details )
The Cave temple is just back side of the Thiruparankundram  Sri Murugan/ Shiva Temple. After dharshan of Lord Shiva  tried to get an auto near the temple. Since there was no vehicle or  mini bus available at that time, started walking up to the cave. I was shocked to see the damages done to the sculptures during Jain – Brahmical conflict. Now the site is under the control of ASI.
The rock cut temple is an early Pandya period and is seen used medieval times. It also suffered damages during this stage. This cave temple is datable back to 8th century AD. The temple comprises of a Sanctum for Arthanareeswarar and a Hall. In the Hall A Natarajar in standing Posture.( below the chest was completely damaged ). On the right Sri Valli Devasena Sri Subramaniyar. On the right side wall inscriptions are found.
In the front Ganesha on the left and Bairavar on the right. Jain monks reliefs are also chiseled during Jain period. 
LOCATION OF THE CAVE:   CLICK HERE
 The view of the Thiruparankundram Hill 
 Entrance steps to cave temple
 Pandya Period Cave temple 
 Ganapathy on the left and 2 Jain monks on the right
 Epigraph 
 Epigraph 
 Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar 
Natarajar – Murgan on the peacock and Ganapathy on the top – The maximum extend of vandalism – below the chest of Natarajar was chopped off. 
 Arthanareeswarar in side the sanctum 
 Thiruganasambandar, Sundarar and Appar Swamikal
 Bairavar
 Jain monks – one umbrella
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA:---

DEVARAM PADAL PETRA SHIVA STHALANGAL & DIVYA DESAMS & MURUGAN TEMPLES IN AND AROUND MADURAI

22nd April, 2015

Continuation to the earlier post ( CLICK HERE to see the details )
KOODAL ALAGAR TEMPLE AT MADURAI
This is one of the 108 Diva Desams and It has the mangalasasanam by Thirumalisai Alwar and hymns by Thirumangai Alwar and  Perialwar
Moolavar : Sri Koodalagar
Thayar    : Sri Amirthavalli Thayar.
Some of the important features of this temple are :
  1. The temple facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram.
  2. Dwajasthambam is at the entrance of the Moolavar sanctum. There are two 4 pillar mandapam on both sides of Dwajasthambam.
  3. In sanctum moolavar Koodalagar is with Sri Devi and Boodevi.
  4. Thayar is in a separate temple and both are facing east.
  5. The moolavar sanctum is of magnificent in construction. The Vimanam shadow will not fall on the ground like Tanjore Periya Koil. The Sudhai sirpangal on the vimanam  are beautiful.  Sakkarathalwar sanndhi is at the centre. Moolavar shrine is with artha mandapam and mahamandapam.  Poojas for Urchavar are performed in the maha mandapam.
  6. In prakaram Vahana mandapam, Lakshmi Narasimhar ( a relief in a stone slab ),  Navagrahas.
  7. In the temple nandhavanam Krishnan and sthala viruksham is Plantain tree.
  8. In the Outer prakaram sannadhi for Andal and manavala muni.
THE TEMPLE TIMINGS:
  1. The temple is kept open between 05.30 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 16.00 Hrs to 21.00 Hrs.
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. The telephone number is 0452 – 2338542
  2. E-mail address is : arulmiguperumal@yahoo.co.in
  3. The temple web site is : http://www.koodalalagarthirukkoil.org/structure.php
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLECLICK HERE
The 5 tier Rajagopuram
Moolavar Vimanam 
SRI ALAGAR KOVIL
This is one of the 108 Divya Desam of Sri Vishnu in Pandya Nadu. 6 Alwars has sung   one hundred twenty three  hymns  in praise of Thirumal of this temple.
Moolavar : Sri Kallalagar  Sundararaja Perumal
Thayar    : Sri Kalyana Sundaravalli
Some of the important features of this temple are…
  1. The temple vimanam was gold plated by King Sundara Pandiyan during 13th century AD and latter Thirumalai Naikar added features to this temple.
  2. Once the Hill was controlled by the Jains. Brami scripts are available in the caves of the hill. A story of Shiva’s Nandhi  and cow sent by Jain monks relates to this Alagar hill and Nandhi Hill.
  3. There  are many mandapams in frontof Rajagopuram and inside the temple complex. All are made of stone.
  4. The Rajagopuram is at front  with Anjaneyar and 18m padi Karuppanna swamy. There is no  entrance through the Rajagopuram.
  5. In front of shrine There is a big mandapam and Udyavar Sannadhi is on the left.
  6. In the outer prakaram Sannadhi for Chakkarathalwar, Palliyarai, Yoga Narasimhar, Sri Boomi urchavar, Lakshmi Narasimhar, Lakshmi Narayanar, Andal, Garudalvar, Ranga mannaar, Parthasarathy, Naga Devathai, Andal, Viswaroopa Krishnan, Thirumalai Andaar, Rukmani, Venugopalan, Sathya Bama, Yaga salai, Thirumal’s 7 avatharangal from Macha to Kalki and Krishnan Sannadhi.
  7. Dwajasthambam with Pali Pedam is on the way to main sanctum.  Big size Dwarabalakars at the entrance of Maha mandapam.
  8. The main sanctum consists of Sanctum, Artha mandapam and Maha mandapam.  Sri Devi, Boodevi, Srinivasa Perumal and Yoga Narasimhar are in the inner prakaram. Cheppu Dwarabalakar are at the entrance of sanctum.
  9. In Sanctum Sri Sundaraja Perumal with Sridevi and Boodevi.
  10. The sanctum is of round type with sudhai sirpangal at the bottom level. In the prakaram wall  there are sudhai sirpangal also. The vimanam is covered with gold plate.
HOW TO REACH :
  1. Town Bus Route No 44 is available from Madurai Periyar Bus stand. There are buses from other bus stands also.
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple is kept open between 06.00 Hrs to 12.30 Hrs and 15.30 Hrs to 20.00 Hrs
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. Telephone number : 0452 – 2470375
  2. e-mail address : alagarkovilmadurai@gmail.com  and kalalagar@tnhrce.org
  3. Official web site : http://www.alagarkovil.org/menu_pg.php?id=72&s_id=nil&vt=2
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE CLICK HERE
Mandapam with Rajagopuram 
Front Mandapam with 2nd Level Rajagopram 
Udayavar sannadhi 
Front Mandapam with 2nd Level Rajagopram 
Moolavar Vimanam  with Gold Plating 
Moolavar Vimanam with sudhai sirpangal 
Moolavar Vimanam with sudhai sirpangal 
Mottai Gopuram 
 Sudhai sirpangal of Vishnu with Thayar and Krishna – at Surya Nagar on the main road to Alagar Kovil to Madurai city 
Sudhai sirpangal of Vishnu with Thayar and Krishna – at Surya Nagar on the main road to Alagar Kovil to Madurai city 
PAZHAMUDIR CHOLAI
This is one of the 6 abodes of Lord Murugan. The original temple was  at Alagar Kovil and the same was shifted to the present place during Thirumalai Nayakar‘s rule.  Large number of people visits the temple by trekking. Van facility is available from the base and they charges Rs 10/- for one way as a donation. During my visit I had seen Children and youngsters climbed the by jogging and roller skating.
Iraivan :  Sri Murugan
Some of the important features of this temple are….
  1. The 3 tier Rajagopuram is at front and the same was constructed during recent years.
  2. The shrine consists of Arthamandapam and maha mandapam.
  3. There are three sanctums, they are  Vinayagar, Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar  and Ganavel.
  4. In the mandapam Gold plated Dwajasthaambam, Palipedam and Palliyarai.
  5. Vahana mandapam and rest halls are in the outer prakaram.
  6. The story of Avvayar, the tamil poet with Sri Murugan  for the ‘sutta pazham’ and ‘sudatha pazham’ was happened  in this place.
HOW TO REACH:
  1. Town bus route No 44 is available from Periyar bus stand and buses also available from Anna Bus Stand up to Base of the hill ie up to Alagar Kovil.
  2. From base of the  Hill, van facility is  provided  ( Donation Rs 10/- for one way) by Devasthanam.
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple is kept open between 06.00 Hrs to 18.00 Hrs with out break.
CONTACT DETAILS:
  1. Telephone number is : 0452 2094720.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE
The three tier Rajagopuram 
 The mandapam view on the right of Rajagopuram 
The mandapam view on the left of Rajagopuram 
Mandapam with Dwajasthambam inside view 
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA:---

DEVARAM PADAL PETRA SHIVA STHALANGAL & DIVYA DESAMS YATHRA IN AND AROUND MADURAI

21st April, 2015 
While I was gazing through the South Indian Railways official web site for the seat availability, found that  there were no seats available on Friday to Sunday to distant places. So planned this month’s tour well in advance and booked the Trains after registering the Web site.  During this April 2015 all the Saturday and Sunday  I was away from home either on official visit or Personal visit to temples. In this month’s temples visits Madurai on 18th April 2015  and Velliangiri 2nd May 2015 are planned. ( Last year I could not do the same due to leg injury. This time hope Velliangiri Andavar will help me to do this yathra ).

During 18th and 19th April 2015, I had the dharshan of Madurai Aalavai ( Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple ), ThiruparanKundram and Thiruvedagam. All the three temples are Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalangal. In addition to this I had the dharshan of Sri Kasi Viswanathar on the Thiruparankundram Hill top, Koodal Alagar, Sri Kallalagar Sundararaja Perumal and Lord Muruga of Pazhamudircholai.  I also Travelled to the 13th century Rock Cut cave temple  of Pandaya Period on the back side of Thiruparankundram temple.
18th April 2015.
Reached Madurai through Nagerkoil express on 18th moring 07.00 Hrs. After taking bath had the dharshan of Sri Aalavai Peruman with Sri Meenakshi Amman. Since the camera was not allowed to take inside the temple, I had taken some of the pictures through my Samsung Mobile camera. Noted important details for this post and left for Thiruparankundram.  From Periyar Bus stand I could get a bus up to the temple. Had the dharshan of Lord Shiva and Thiruparankundram Murugan.

My next plan was to go to Thiruvedagam. From the web site I had seen the Rock cut temple is at the back of the hill, so I had been there also by walk. ( Autos reluctant to came there  and mini bus was also not available at that time) ( Details are written in a separate post - For Details CLICK HERE ).   After the visit  of Rock cut temple I had seen a sign board of Sri Kailasanathar Temple at the top of the hill with neatly paved steps to climb. Seeing the height skipped and returned to the front side ( North ) of the hill through Mini bus, which dropped me  near the railway gate.

When I walked towards Thiruparankundram Murugan’s temple from Railway gate  happened to see once again the direction & sign board   of Sri Kasi Viswanathar temple. ( Kasi Viswanathar Temple can be reached  from North and South side ). Details of the temple’s visit is written in a separate post.  After Dharshan of Sri Kashi Viswanathar and Macha Muni  proceeded to Thiruvedagam through Periyar Bus Stand. Thiruvedagam is on the way to Chozhavandhan. This time  the temple was kept open  ( This is the second visit to this temple ) and had the dharshan of Sri Edaga Nathar.  There is separate temple / shrine for Thiruganasambandar. After dharshan returned to Madurai.

On landing Periyar Bus stand, Sri Koodal Alagar called me to the temple by showing his glittering vimanam.  Since the temple is very near to the Periyar Bus stand reached the temple by walk.  First time I had seen the temple of magnificent construction  and it is unique in nature. For Details CLICK HERE . Being a Saturday lot of devotees came for the dharshan. After dharshan returned to Lodge.

19th April 2015.

To day I have to leave for Chennai through Madras Link Express from Guruvayur  around 11.15 Hrs.  So planned for  visiting Alagar Koil and Pazhamudircholai. Through town bus no 44 from Periyar bus stand reached Alagar Koil. Considering the time to take for trekking to Pazhamudircholai, utilized the van service of Devasthanam. The crowd was not much. Had the peaceful dharshan of Lord Murugan returned to Base of the hill for Sri Kallalagar’s dharshan. After dharshan  reached Madurai Railway station  to catch the Train. Around 21.00 Hrs reached home safely with the blessings of Lord Shiva, Murgan and his uncle Sri Vishnu. For Details CLICK HERE

245/ 1. THIRU AALAVAI (This pace is now called as Madurai )
This is the 245th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 1st Sthalam in Pandya nadu on the banks of river Vaigai. Thiruganasambandar, Thirunavukkarasar and Manikkavasakar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.
Iraivan : Sri Somasundarar, Sri Chokkalinganathar, Sri Chokkesar, Sri Aalavai Annal, Sri Chokkanathar.
Iraivi : Sri Meenakshi, Sri Angayarkanni
Some of the important features of this temple are…
  1. This is one of 5 Pancha sabai ie Silver sabai.
  2. For Varaguna Pandiyan Iraivan has danced changing his leg.
  3. Sri Meenakshi as Thadathakai ruled this place.
  4. When we enter through East Rajagopuram in front of Amman sannadhi, the mandapma is called as Ashta sakthi  mandapam. Meeakshi Sundareswarar kalyanam in sudhai sirpam,  eight sakthi moorthangal on eight pillars. Thiruvilayadal  purana themes are in this.
  5. The next is Nayakkar mandapam. Lights are very beautiful. Thiruvasi is glittering through the lights.
  6. Next is the Potramarai Kulam. Indiaran pluged golden Lotus flower in this pond. Thirukkural was proved as one of the sanga nool from this Pond. On the north bank of the pond Eight sanga Pulavars moortham on the pillars. On the south bank wall thirukkural are written in kalvettu.
  7. Unchal mandapam  with mirrors is on the west side of  Potramari Pond.   On Fridays swamy and Ambal Ponoosal is performed.
  8. Next one is the Kilikootu mandapam. Sculptures to be watched. Sirpams of Pandavas, Vaali, Sukreevan, Thirowpathy, Purushamirugam  are in this mandapam.  On the ceiling Gods different postures and Meenakshi kalayanam are painted.
  9. In the prakaram of Ambal sannadhi  Sudhai Sirpams of Thirumalai naikar with his two wives, Koodal Kumaraswamy with Valli Devasena, Vinayagar. There is a six pillar peedam  and it was believed that Kumaragurupara swamay’s Sri Meenakshi Pillai Tamil was introduced on this peedam.
  10. In the maha Mandapam, sannadhi for Iravatha Vinayagar and Muruga Peruman. On the outer side wall top Meenakshi Amman’s history reliefs
  11. In sanctum Ambal in standing posture with a parrot in her hand. On Fridays alangaram is done with Golden kavas am with Vira crown.
  12. After crossing Kilikoottu Mandapam and  gopuram – Mukkuruni Vinayagar is on the way to Swamy sannadhi. Vinayagar is little big of 8 feet high. There is painting of circulating Lingam on the ceiling. The lingam avudai circulates when you circulate.
  13. Kambathadi mandapam is in front of Swamy sannadhi.  Golden Flag, Palipedam and Nandhi are at the centre. Beautiful sculptures on the 8 Pillars. Some of them are Sankaranarayanar, Somaskandar, Artha nareeswarar, Thirumal’s 10 avathara sirpangal and the Meenakshi Sundareswarar marriage are worth to see. Near the kambathadi Mandapam Sri Agni Veerapathirar,  Agoraveerapathirar, Oorthuva Thandavar, Kali’s sila roopams on the pillars.
  14. Dwarabalakars are at the entrance of the sanctum. Next is the 6 pillar peedam, ( in which the Thiruvilayadal Puranam was introduced.),
  15. In the outer prakaram of Swamy  Sannadhi, Kambathadi Mandapam, Naalvar, Paramasivam, Lingas, Sanga Pulavar’s sannadhi , Kalatheswarar, Kalyana Sundareswarar, Dhiyana mandapam, Kariya Manikka Perumal mandapam, Navagrahas.
  16. In the inner prakaram Suryan with his concerts, Sekizhar, 63var, Sankara Lingam, Ekadhasa lingam, Sodalingam, Saraswathy, Sabtha mathakkal, Meenakshi, Somasundarar, Subramaniyar, Panchamuga Lingam, Muthuskandar, Ijwara Linga, Pickshadanar, Kasi Viswanathar, Vishalakshi, Ellam Valla Siddhar, ( separate Sannadhi), Akshara Lingam, Mahalakshmi, Rathna Saba, Bairavar, Pancha Bootha Lingas, Chandran with his concerts.
  17. In Koshatam Narthana Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingothbavar, Durgai.
  18. After dharshan of silver ambala Natarajar ( Danced after changing his leg ie left foot on the ground )  we have to enter Sri Somasundara Peruman sannadhi.   The vimanam of the sanctum is supported by eight elephants on eight direction, 32 Lions, 64 Bootha ganas. Moolavar  is Shiva Lingam.
  19. There is a 1000 Pillar mandapam, Chakra which denotes the Tamil 60 years,  Kuravan Kurathi, Nirutha ganapathy, Saraswathy, Arjunan, Rathi, Mohini, manmathan, Kalipurudan are worth to see.
  20. Mangayarkarasi mandapam is near to 1000 Pillar mandapam In this Koon Pandiyan,  Mangayarkarasiyar, Thiruganasambandar, Kulachirayar and a Shiva Lingam.
  21. Servaikara mandapam built by maruthu Pandiyar  and kalyana mandapam are next to that.
  22. The 22 Musical Pillar is on the north side Rajagopuram. 
  23. On the opposite side of east Rajagopuram there are Vasantha mandapam ( Pudhu mandapam ), Built by Thirumalai Naikar. In this sirpams of Thadathakai Pirati, Meenakshi kalyanam, Thirumalai Naikar, Stone elephant ate sugar cane, Ravanan lifting the Kailash. On the opposite Rajagopuram is in incomplete state.
HOW TO REACH :
  1. Madurai is on the railway route and all the trains to Rameswararm, Nagarkoil, Kanyakumari passes through Madurai.
  2. Bus Facility is available from all the district head quarters.
TEMPLE TIMINGS:
  1. The temple opens for dharshan between Morning 5:00am to 12:30pm and Evening4:00pm to 10:00pm
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. Temple Telephone Numbers: 0452-2344360(office) and 0452-2341777(fax)
  2. e-mail ID: info@maduarimeenakshi.org
  3. Temple Official Website: www.maduraimeenakshi.org
  4. http://www.maduraimeenakshi.org/do.php
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLECLICK HERE
  South side Rajagopuram 
The east side Rajagopuram 
East side Rajagopuram Preparing for the chithrai thiruvizha
 North side Rajagopuram 
  South side Rajagopuram view from inside with porthamarai kulam 
 Temple complex view from inside with porthamarai kulam 
          Temple complex view from inside with porthamarai kulam
  Oonjal Madapam with mirrors.
Oonjal Mandapam ceiling mural painting.
 Oonjal Mandapam ceiling mural painting.
Oonjal Mandapam ceiling mural painting.
 Mural Painting on the North wall of Potramarai Kulam 
 Mural Painting on the North wall of Potramarai Kulam 
 Mural Painting on the North wall of Potramarai Kulam 
Oonjal Mandapam ceiling mural painting.
 Statues on the Ashta Sakthi mandapam Pillars
 Statues on the Ashta Sakthi mandapam Pillars 
Statues on the Ashta Sakthi mandapam Pillars ( Dwarabalakars- the shop peoples )
 Statues on the Kambathadi Mandapam Pillars. – Sri Kalasamkara Moorthy 
 Statues on the Kambathadi Mandapam Pillars. – Sri Chandrasekarar 
 Statues on the Kambathadi Mandapam – Sri Nandhi mandapam  
 Statues on the Kambathadi Mandapam Pillars. – Sri Somaskandar glittering  in the sodium vapour lamp  
 Statues on the Kambathadi Mandapam Pillars. – Sri Rishaparoodar 
 View of Prakaram ( looks like mini Rameswaram temple prakaram )
Musical Pillars
 Natarajar in the 1000 Pillar mandapam museum
1. Sri Sundareswarar Sannadhi, 2. Sri Meenakshi Amman sannadhi, 3. Ashta Sakthi Mandapam, 4. Nayakar Mandapam, 5. Chithirai Gopuram, 6. Porthamarai Kulam, 7. Oonjal mandapam, 8. Kambathadi Mandapam, 9. 1000 Pillar Mandapam, 10. Kalyana Mandapam

247/3. THIRUPARANKUNDRAM
This is the 217th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 3rd Sthalam of Pandya nadu. Thiruganasambandar and Sundarar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.
Iraivan : Sri Parangiri nadhar
Iraivi    : Sri Avudai nayaki
Some of the important features of this temple are .
  1. Even though this is a Shiva Temple, this is the Lord Murugan’s first abode of the  six abodes ( Arupadai Veedukal). Murugan married Deivayanai in this place.  Abhishekam to Gana vel is a special here.
  2. Nakkeran, Parasaran’s  son,Sibi King and Brahma worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple.
  3. At the entrance ( first Level ) mandapam Karuppanaswamy Sannadhi and on the pillars reliefs of Natana Ganapathy, Parvathy, Shiva, and Parvathy with Perumal ( in Kalyana Kolam ), Rani amngammal, Mahavishnu, Viyakrabathar, Pathanjali Muni, Vishnu Durgai, Natarajar, Sivakami, Kala Bairavar, Maha kali, Vetri Vinayagar, 
  4. Vasantha mandapam is on the way to Thirukula.
  5. In the 2nd level mandapam Vallaba Ganapathy, Vahana mandapam, Subramaniyar, Deivanai, Golden Chariot mandapam, on the ceiling 12 Rasis. On Pillar Relief of Thadathagai Piratiyar, Valli Deivanai Murugar, Aalavai Annal; & Dwarabalakars.
  6. In the 3rd level mandapam 4 Pillar mandapam, Dwajasthambam, Palipedam, Nandhi & on both side Peacock and moonjuru, Andaparanar, Anikai Vinayagar, Parasarar Maharishi, Ukiramoorthy, Sivachariyar, ( Meikandar, Arulnandhi, Umapathy, Marai Ganasambadar) and Urchavar Sannadhi.
  7. In the 4th Level mandapam Panchabootha Lingas, Sneeswaran, Senthil Andavar, Karudalvar, Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Ijuradevar, 63var, Arumugar Urchava mandapam,Nayakars relief, ( On the pillars).
  8. In the 5th level Urchavars, Natarajar, Veera Surar, Veerakesari, Veeramarthandar, Veerabahu, Veeraputhirar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Chandran and Suryan with their concerts. Kovarthanambigai in a separate sannadhi.
  9. In 6th level is the sanctum. In Arumugam’s sannadhi, moolavar is in marriage posture with Deivanai along with Narathar.
  10. A Vishnu Sannadhi in line with the other two, Suryan and Chandran.
  11. Parangirinathar  sannadhi is of Kudaivarai temple – Rock cut temple facing east. On the back of Moolavar Kalyana Sundareswarar relief.
  12. The temple was built during 8th century by Pandyas as rock cut – temple ie Kudavarai Koil. Later during Nayaks ( 1559 to 1736 AD) gopurams were constructed. The front mandapam with 48 sculptured pillars were installed during Pandya and Nayak Period.
  13. There are 11 epigraphs found in this temple. One of the epigraph gives the detail about Muthu Karuppan Kumaran Chetty who fought with  Europeon  and died after he fall down from Rajagopuram. For which land was gifted to his family.
HOW TO REACH :
  1. It is one of the Railway route.
  2. Town Buses are available from bus stand. Since few buses are going near the temple, we can reach the temple through the Thirumangalm buses. Get down at  Railway gat and it is walk-able distance to the temple.
  3. Buses are available from state capitals of Tamil Nadu up to Madurai.
THE TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple is kept open between 05.00 Hrs to 13.00 Hrs and 16.00 Hrs to 21.00 Hrs
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. The telephone number is 0452 2484359.
  2. http://www.thiruparankundrammurugantemple.tnhrce.in/pooja-time.html
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE
 Front mandapam 
Rajagopuram
Gold plated Dwajasthambam and Nandhi, Peacock and Moonchuru 
Vasantha mandapam
Thirukulam 
Chariot 
248/4. THIRUEDAGAM
This is the 248th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 4th Sthalam of Pandya nadu.. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.
Iraivan : Sri Edaka Nathar
Iraivi    : Sri Elavarkuzhali, Sukuntha Kunthalambigai
Some of the important features of this temple are…
  1. Brahma, Thirumal, Garudan, Viyasar, Parasarar worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple.
  2. The temple is facing east with 5 tier Rajagopuram separately for  Iraivan and iraivi.
  3. In Kambathadi mandapam, Palipedam and Dwajasthambam ( Is not in line at an elevated level to match the sanctum level of 9 steps).
  4. Vinayagar and Murugan are at the entrance of the shrine.
  5. Moolavar Edakanathar is of Shiva Lingam in a Karuvarai with beautiful architecture. The Dwarabalars are big and beautiful and installed in front of the wall.
  6. In koshtamGanapathy, Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingothbavar and Durgai.
  7. In Prakaram sannadhi for 63var, Urchavars ( Edaka nathar, Elavar Kuzhali amman, Vinayagar, Arumuga Swamy, Somas kandar, Thiruganasambandar ), Irattai Vinayagar, Subramaniyar, Nagalakshmi, Durgai, Sakthi Vinayagar, Sandikeswarar,  Pancha Lingams, Sabtha mathakkal, Navagrahas, Vallaba Ganapathy, Sastha, Chandran & Suryan with their concerts, Karthikai, Bairavar,  Natarajar Saba ( Natarajar in stone and Cheppu ).
  8. Ambal  is in a separate Temple and the bell in front was brought from Malaysia ( is not now ). Thiruganasambandar’s relief with out thalam on the mandapam pillar.
  9. In Koshtam Sakthis, icha, Kiriya etc.
  10. In prakaram Vinayagar and Palliyarai. Nandhi is in and elevated level to match Ambal sanctum of 7 steps.
  11. Samanars challenged Sambandhar to 'anall vaadham' (hot dispute)  at Thirnallaru where he wrote  pachai pathikam. The Samanars were defeated by Sambandhar in the anall vaadham, they got down to punall vaadham near this temple. The Samanars wrote ' Athi Naathi' on a palmyra leaf and floated it down the river Vaigai, while Sambandhar wrote in Tamil:'வாழ்க அந்தணர் வானவர் ஆனினம்...வீழ்க தண்புனல் வேந்தனும் ஓங்குக....ஆழ்க தீயதெல்லாம் அரன் நாமமே.....சூழ்க வையக முந்துயர் தீர்கவே'  and floated it down the Vaigai. The palmyra leaf that Sambandhar floated reached the bank on the other side where there lies an idol of Lord Ganesha who is known as " vaathu venra vinayakar " ..
  12. Sambandhar feeling happy called the place as 'Edu Senranai Tharum Edagam' which came to be known as Thiruvedagam. The palmyra leaf which the Samanars left was swept away by the river and reached 'Thirupasethi'( thiru + pa + serthal) later to be known as thirupachetty.
  13. There is a shrine of Thiruganasambandar on the main road facing east/ Temple.
HOW TO REACH :
  1. Thiruedakam is on the way to Chozhavanthamn from Madurai.
  2. Town buses  numbers are 68A, 54R and 29A from Periyar Bus stand, 93 A from Mattuthavani, 28 A & 93 from Anna Bus stand,
THE TEMPLE TIMINGS:
  1. The temple is kept open between 06.30 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 16.30 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. Mobile No : 99432 61487
  2. E-Mail:edaganaathaswami@gmail.com
  3. Web site : http://thiruvedagamedaganaathar.tinfo.in/
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE CLICK HERE
The temple arch on the Main Road 
Shrine mottai gopuram
Rajagopuram.- 5 tiers  
Ambal Temple Rajagopuram  
Dwajasthambam Palipedam Nandhi 
Ambal Temple second level Rajagopuram  
Durgai Silamoortham in the prakaram ( not in the koshtam )
Thiruganasambandar Sannadhi on the main road 
Thiruganasambandar 
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA:---