Wednesday, 16 March 2016

PAZHAVERKADU ( PULICAT ) – A TRAVEL TO CHOZHA PERIOD SHIVA TEMPLES AND DUTCH HERITAGE SITES - THIRUPALAIVANAM SRI PALEESWARAR

16th March, 2016.
We proceeded towards our next destination of  Thirupalaivanam, which is about 15 KM from Pazhaverkadu  on the way to Minjur.  I was very happy  on seeing the temple tank with Rajagopuram & Rajara Chozha period inscription  around the sanctum wall and at last realized the worth of my Visit. During our visit the temple was preparing for the annual 10 days  Panguni Tamil month’s  festival  scheduled  between 12-03-2016 to 24-03-2016. On 22nd Theppa urchavam will be held in a grand manner and the temple authorities invited all the Shiva Devotees.

SRI LOGAMBIGAI SAMEDHA SRI PALEESWARAR TEMPLE
Iraivan  : Sri Paleeswarar, Sri Palliswarar, Sri Amrutheswarar
Iraivi     : Sri Logambigadevi
Some of the  important features of this temple are….
  1. The temple is facing east with a big tank with full of water ( No frogs can be found in the tank there is a story behind this. After drinking the amirtham the devars washed their hands in the tanks and  the asuras took the form of frog and drank the amirtham mixed in the water. On seeing this the Devars  cursed that   no frog should grow in the temple tank ), a 16 pillar mandapam and the 5 tier Rajagopuram.
  2. Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi are  after the Rajagopuram in the outer prakaram.
  3. In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Sthalaviruksham Palai tree with Nagar, sri Arunachaleswarar siva sannadhi, Sandikeswarar,  Bairavar, Suryan.
  4. Ambal sannadhi is like a temple facing east on the left side of main sanctum with an inner prakaram.  The Simha vahanam is  in the outer prakaram. Chozha period inscriptions are found in the athistanam.
  5. The entrance to the main shrine is from south side and Nataraja saba, Nandhi and palipedam are in the mandapam.
  6. In the inner prakaram sannadhi for Vinayagar, Naalvar, Viswanathar, Markandeyar Shiva Lingam, Veerabathirar, Naagas, Pichadanar  Valli Devasena Subramaniyar and Sandikeswarar.
  7. In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Vishnu in place of Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgai.
  8. The sanction is of semi circular shape to match the Gajabirusta vimanam.  The wall are full of Chozha period inscriptions. 
  9. Moolavar is swayambu with a scar on his head. The story behind this was, Rajendra Chozha I, stayed in this Palai vanam with his warriors after a war. The elephant tied to a palaitree got fainted.  On seeing this Rajendra ordered to cut the tree.  Blood oozed out from the axe hitting point.  So stopped cutting the tree and excavated that place and found Shiva lingam with a scar on it’s head.  So he built this temple.
  10. The sanctum walls has 71 inscriptions of which  65 are in Tamil,  3 are in Telegu, 2 are in Sanskrit and 1 is in Kannada.  These are published in the 1929 epigrapic list via  ( sl no 307 to 377). The inscriptions are from 11th century to 18th century.  Some the Kings who had done thirupani and mentioned in the inscriptions are Veera Rajendra  ( AD 1064 – 1069), Kulothunga Chozha I ( 1070-1122 AD), Vikarama Chozha ( 1122-1135 AD), Kulothunga Chozha II ( 1135-1150AD), Rajaraja Chozha  II ( 1146-1173 AD), Rajathi Raja II ( 1163 – 1179 AD), Kulothunga Chozha III ( 1178-1218 AD), Rajara Chozha III ( 1216 – 1246 AD), Sadyavarman Sundara Pandiyan ( 1251 – 1271 AD),  Small chozha Kings rulled Nellur, Rajanarayana Sambuvarayar, Vijayanagara Kings Sayana Udayar, Kumara pukarayar and Kakathiya King Pirathaba purithira thevar.
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple is kept open between 07.00 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs  and 16.30 Hrs to 20.00 Hrs.
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. The temple can be contacted on the landline 044-27978667 and mobiles 93802 12536 and 94451 76390 for further details.
HOW TO REACH:
  1. City buses from Ponneri to Pazhaverkadu passes through this place.
  2. Buses also available from Moolakadai (558B), Thiruvotriyur ( 595A), and Tollgate ( 595)
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE
 16 pillar mandapam with 5 tier Rajagopuram

 Urchavar is readying for 10 day Panguni bramorchavam  





2nd day of Bramorsavam


 Gajabirusta Vumanam 






 Sthala viruksham Palai tree 

 An old mandapam
 Vahanam used for the Bramorchavam 
 Urchavar is readying for 10 day Panguni bramorchavam  

 The temple tank where there is no frog  and preparing for the theppa urchavam 


 Rajaraja Chozha  inscription 
 Rajaraja Chozha  inscription 
 Rajaraja Chozha  inscription 
 Sudhai sirpangal ready for installation
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMAHA:---


…… to be continued with Shiva & Vishnu Temples at Thathaimanji and Kattur.

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