Tuesday, 26 April 2016

A PERUMAL TEMPLE EXPECTING HIS DEVOTEE FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE

26th April 2016.
இன்று  24, ஏப்ரல், 2016, பொன்மார் சென்று இருந்தேன்..மலை வீதியிலுள்ள ஸ்ரீ சக்தி புரீஸ்வரர் கோவில் செல்வதற்கு முன்பு கண்டது மனதை என்னவோ செய்தது....ஒரு பெருமாள் கோயில்.. கீழே விழும் நிலையில்.. பல்லவர்கள் காலத்தில் வெளிப்புறம் கற்றளியாகவும் உள்ளே செங்கற்களாலும் கட்டப்பட்டது...அதே காலகட்டத்தில் கட்டப்பட்டது தான் சிவன் கோவிலும்.. பெருமாள் யாருக்காக காத்துக்கொண்டு இருக்கின்றார் என்று தெரியவில்லை.
பெருமாள் பக்த்தர்கள் யாராவது முன் வருவார்களா.. பெருமாள் பக்தர்கள் மிகவும் நல்ல மனம் படைத்தவர்கள்.. கண்டிப்பாக கூடிய விரைவில் ஒரு புதிய விடியலை எதிர்பார்போம்...
வலைத்தள அன்பர்களுக்கு ஒரு வேண்டுகோள்..இதை அதிகமாக பகிர்ந்தால் ஒரு நல்ல பெருமாள் பக்த்தரை சென்று அடையாதா....


I happened to visit this Ponmar, Chennai Perumal Temple on 24th April 2016. Really I felt very sorry to see the condition of this temple. May collapse at any time. A tamarind tree was grown from top to bottom. Some of the outer side carved stones had fallen down. By seeing the structure the temple might have constructed during Pallava period, out side with stone and inside with bricks.

I do not know why the Perumal is waiting so long to ask any one of his devotee to reconstruct the temple. Hope we will expect a change. Request Perumal devotees to spread this message and help for reconstruction of this temple.  

HOW TO REACH :

  1. All the buses from T Nagar, ( 51J, J51 and 51T )  via Medavakkam passes through the Village Ponmar
  2. The temple is about a KM off main road on Malai Street 


LOCATION : CLICK HERE









--- OM SHIVAYA NAMAHA:---

SRI SAKTHIPUREESWARI SAMEDHA SRI SAKTHIPUREESWARAR TEMPLE, PONMAR, CHENNAI

26th April 2016.
After dharshan of Sri Dhandeeswarar on Sunday 24th April 2016, thought  of Visiting Ponmar, which is on the way to Medavakkam to Mambakkam bus route.  When ever I used to cross the Ponmar Sri Sakthipureeswarar temple, I could see the doors of the temple are in closed condition.  To day The Gurukal was opening the door while crossing the temple.  Finally Lord Shiva gave me darshan on this Sunday.  Even-though I had seen outside many  times, this is the first time I could see the inside sanctum.
Iraivan  : Sri Sakthipureeswarar
Iraivi     : Sri Sakthipureeswari.
Some of the important details are ....
  1. The temple is facing east without Rajagopuram or dwajasthambam.
  2. In the mandapam Vinayagar, Sri Subramaniyar  and Kala Bairavar and nandhi.
  3. In the artha mandapam Urchavars and Natarajar.
  4. Ambal is  in a separate sannadhi  in front mandapam facing south.
  5. In koshtam no moorthams and letter period moorthams are kept below the niches.
  6. Kasi Viswanathar sannadhi is back side of Ambal sannadhi.
  7. As per the details of the keerthimukam and pillars the  temple must belongs to Pallava period.
  8. Inscriptions are there on the athistanam, which are legible to read.
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple will be kept open for dharshan  during morning and evening and there is no fixed time. Gurukal may be contacted for darshan
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. Gurukal Ramanujam may be contacted on his mobile 9176067723
HOW TO REACH :
  1. All the buses from T Nagar, ( 51J, J51 and 51T )  via Medavakkam passes through the Village Ponmar
  2. The temple is about a KM off main road on Malai Street 
LOCATION :CLICK HERE







Inscriptions 
After Ponmar been to Ottiambakkam and had the darshan of Sri Otteeswarar  ( my previous visit details click ) and returned home

--- OM SHIVAYA NAMAHA:---      

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

SRI VELLIANGIRI ANDAVAR TEMPLE / HILLS – THEN KAILAYAM - MY TREKKING EXPERIENCE

20th April, 2016.
Do you want to check your health along with ayurvedic medicinal herbs, but without spending money?. If the answer is yes, here is Dr Lord Shiva from Villiangiri, on the western Ghats near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. To reach Lord Shiva’s natural cave temple, you can reach after crossing 7 hills  at an altitude of  2240 meters / 7349 feet above sea level and climbing height of 1200 meters / 3937 feet, only by trekking. After reaching the top of the 7th hill Lord Shiva bless us  and certifies our healthiness.  

This is the 4th hill trekking after Othimalai, ,  Chennimalai and  Parvatha malai during this season. The trek to this hill was scheduled on 16th April 2016, Night, planned much earlier self with a friend from Ooty. 2 weeks before 3 more people from my old office expressed their willingness to join with us. On 16th April,  I couldn’t join from Chennai, instead,  joined at Coimbatore Railway station, due to personal reasons. From Coimbatore Railway we took a Taxi ( Rs 1000 taxi fare ) and reached to Poondi the base temple of Velliangiri.  

To avoid Chitra Pournami crowd we planned trek 5 days before.   But to our surprise, there was lot of crowd to trek the hill. After clearing all the formalities by the forest department ( removing all plastic bags, polythene bags, even the water bottle labels are removed ) we 5 friends started our trekking around mid night. Before reaching the  first hill we 5 people got separated in to two groups and couldn’t meet till we returned back to the base temple. The path has become very tough compared to the last year due to last year’s rain which washed away the path in many places. We are forced to wait in many places to give way to the devotees coming from the opposite direction.

Finally we reached to top of the Shiva cave temple around 05.45 hours and had the darshan of Sri Manomani Ambal Samedha Sri Velliangiri Andavar. It took almost 5.30 Hrs to trek the hill top from the base. We are very lucky to see the sunrise also  from the top of the hill. After spending about 30 minutes, we had started our return trek. On return also we could not meet our lost friends.

We are able to reach the 3rd hill within 3 hours and escaped from the direct sun heat. It was too hot and made the trekking further difficult.  On the way we had the “kamba kool” ( millet )( there are more than 50 shops on the en-route)  and what we carried to eat could not do so due to tired and sleepy. It took almost same time to reach the base of the hill. During returning I got the neck pain ( always looking down the steps) also the right dislocated leg started paining. With the blessings of Lord Shiva we reached to the Poondi base temple around 11.30 Hrs, without much problem.

We had taken rest up to 18.00 hrs at our Guest house and proceeded to Coimbatore Railway station to catch our train to Chennai. Reached Chennai safely around 07.00 Hrs on 18th April 2016. While travelling on the suburban train, it touched my heart that one of the passenger touched the bamboo stick and worshiped it and inquired a lot about our trekking. Thanks to Lord Shiva for the wonderful Darshan and safe trekking to the Velliangiri Hills.

HOW TO REACH :
  1. The base Poondi is about 40 KM from Coimbatore City  on the way to Siruvani Dam.
  2. Almost 2 KM from Isha Yoga centre.
  3. Buses are available up to Isha and very few busses  are plying to Poondi on normal days and special buses will run during Chitra Pournami day.
LOCATION: CLICK HERE

Details of my previous Velliangiri Trekking / Yathra please click the links: 20112012201320152017

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For Vedio on YOUTUBE            : CLICK HERE
 Poondi Sri Velliangiri Adavar temple ( Base of Velliangiri ) 

 Vellai Pillayar – at the top of first hill 

 Vazhukku parai ( slippery rock )

 A Devotee carries the trisool 

 Beema’s Kali urundai  

 The spring at the base of 7th Hill – devotees used to take a holy dip 

 The 7th Hill view from 5th hill top 

 The beautiful sun rise 

 The beautiful sun rise 

Facebook friend, Podhikai Paramasivam Mr Ashok Kumar – self – Mr Vijayan 
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Sunday, 10 April 2016

SRI KURUNGALEESWARAR TEMPLE AND SRI VAIKUNDAVASA PERUMAL TEMPLE – KOYAMBEDU, CHENNAI.

10th April,  2016.
It was long back visited Koyambedu Shiva temple and also  forgotten the details of the temple. Thought of  recollecting the  memories after a visit to this temple. Of the three days holiday first day went off, for the Buckingham Canal Trip and  after a day rest, visited Koyambedu and had the dharshan of Sri Kurungaleeswarar and Sri Vaikundavasa Perumal. Both temples are unique in nature and the details are..

SRI KURUNGALEEWARAR TEMPLE – KOYAMBEDU.
This temple is on the banks of river Cooum at Koyambedu. As per the history Sri Rama with his sons Lavan and Kusan meditated  on the banks of river and worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple.

Iraivan : Sri Kurungaleeswarar aka Sri Kusalavapureeswarar and other names are  Sri Kusalaveswarar, Sri Ganaprakasar and Ganapureeswarar.
Iraivi   : Sri Aram valartha Nayaki
Some of the Important features of this temple are…
  1. The temple is facing North with a  16 pillar mandapam is in front of Rajagopuram  and four sides of each pillar has the reliefs of  Shiva Parvathi, Hanuman, Sarabeswarar, Ravanan,, Shiva dances, etc.. There is no other Shiva temple facing north side. ( I was little confused after seeing the Location of  sannadhis ).
  2. As we enter through the 5 tier Rajagopuram Adhikara nandhi on the left and kala bairavar on the left.
  3. Palippedam, Nandhi and Dwajasthambam are  immediately after the Rajagopuram.
  4. In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Vinayagar, Somaskandhar, Sri Valli Devasena samedhs Sri Subramaniyar, Sri Kasi Viswanathar & Visalakshi,  Yaha salai, 4 Pillar mandapam.
  5. In the inner prakaram sannadhi for Chandran, Sabamandapam, Suryan ( a Big size moortham ), 63var, Santhana Kuravarkal ( Meikandar, Arunandhi sivam, Mariganasambandar, and Umapathy Sivam ), Vinayagar, Suraheswarar, Sandikeswarar, Agastheeswarar, Sastha,  Subramaniyar, Kurukiya Lingam, Lakshmi, Naalvar, Gana Saraswathy,  Naagars.
  6. In koshtam Vinayagar and Brahma are on the east side, Dhakshinamoorthy is on the back of Moolavar ( in place of Lingothbavar), Mahavishnu and Vishnu Durgai  are on the west side of sanctum.
  7. Moolavar is short to give dharshan for the children and it was believed that Sri Ramar’s sons Lavan and Kusan worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple.
  8. Ambal Sri Aramvalartha Nayaki is also facing North in a separate temple. There is no moortham in koshtam and prakaram.
  9. As per the inscriptions the temple was built during Kulothunga Chozha’s period with square Vimanam. . Even though the temple belongs to Chozha’s period, the sanctum is of square and  Gajabirushta Vimanam is missing 
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple is kept open between 05.30 Hrs to 12.00 hrs to 17.00 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs.
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. The office telephone number is  044- 24796237.
  2. Temple web site http://www.kurungaleeswarartemple.tnhrce.in/
HOW TO REACH :
  1. The temple is about 1 KM    from  CMBT bus terminus, Metro Railway Station and Omni Bus stand.
LOCATION :CLICK HERE





63var 
Dhakshinamurthy os on the back side of Moolacar facing south 



Kulothunga Chozha period inscriptions  
Kulothunga Chozha period inscriptions  

SRI VAIKUNDAVASA PERUMAL TEMPLE.
This temple is  on the left side of Sri Kurungaleeswarar temple ie in front of 16 pillar mandapam.
Iraivan : Sri Vaikundavasa Perumal
Iraivi    : Sri Kanaka valli Thayar.
Some of the important details of this temple are….
  1. Sri Anjaneyar sannadhi is in front of the temple and by the side of 16 Pillar mandapam of Shiva Temple.
  2. The mottai gopuram with out Vimanam on the top.
  3. Dwajasthambam, Garudalvar and Palipedam are at front on the outer prakaram.
  4. Sannadhi for Sri Kanaka valli Thayar on the left and Andal sannadhi on the right in the outer prakaram.
  5. In the mahamandapam, moorthams for Valmiki, Lavan & Kusan, Seetha in maravuri and Alwars.
  6. In sanctum Moolavar Sri Vaikundavasa Perumal with  his consorts Sridevi and Boodevi.  Peruma’s left had postures is  not as usual and it seems Perumal is calling the devotees. and blessing on the right hand. This a unique in posture of Peruml.
  7. On the muka mandapam sudhai sirpam of Sri Ramar fighting with his sons Lavan and Kusan. It was believed that Ramar fights with his sons to get back his aswametha Yaga Horse.
  8. Also one of the special features of the temple is Sri Ramar with Seetha with out Lakshmanan and Hanuman.
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
  1. The temple is kept open between 05.30 Hrs to 12.00 hrs to 17.00 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs.
CONTACT DETAILS :
  1. The office telephone number is
HOW TO REACH :
  1. The temple is about 1 KM    from  CMBT bus terminus, Metro Railway Station and Omni Bus stand.
LOCATION :CLICK HERE




Lavan & Kusan fighting with Ramar 
See the left hand posture of Sri Vaikundavasaperumal
--- OM SIVAYA NAMAHA:---

Saturday, 9 April 2016

BUCKINGHAM CANAL HERITAGE TRIP TO PALLAVA & CHOZHA PERIOD TEMPLES AND DUTCH FORTS ON EAST COAST ROAD ( COROMANDEL COAST) – ON 08th APRIL 2016.

09th April 2016.
SALUVAN KUPPAM, ECLIPSE MANDAPAM, SADRAS FORT, ALAMPARAI FORT, VEDAL, VOYALUR, MAMALLAPURAM QUARRY AND THIRUPORUR CAIRN CIRCLE OF IRON AGE BURRIAL SITE.

Even-though it was very hot out side, enjoyed the Buckingham canal trip  led by Mr Venkatesh, the Historian & the writer, Mr Vaidyanathan Ramamurthy and the curators Mr Shasvat and our young curator Nandan. The arrangement   of the program & Co-ordination  was excellent, which makes the trip more enjoyable with out feel of the scorching sun.  The tour was planned in such a manner that, we had our breakfast and Lunch at A2B of Mamallapuram. When most of us could not see the cairn circles ( megalithic )  of iron age burial site, we are fortunate to see more than 30 such sites. My sincere thanks to all the participants.

SALUVAN KUPPAM – SRI SUBRAMANIYAR TEMPLE
This archaeological site is very near to Tiger caves and is 6 KM north of mamallapuram. This site was estimated to 4th/5th to 12th/13th century and dedicated to God Sri Subramanya. The exposed structure consists of Palipeadam, vel, Arthamandapam, sanctum. The Sanctum was built like a well. The of the temple was built with laterite stones, over which stone slabs are provided like plinth beams over which the walls are constructed with brick stones of various sizes. Some of the bricks are more than 10 inches. The mandapam pillars are removed from the site kept out and has the inscriptions. The tsunami exposed rock has the inscription of Rajaraja Chozha  and Pallava Period. The plinth surface was covered up to 10 feet by the sand.
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ECLIPSE MANDAPAM
It is after Mamallapuram on ECR on the road side.. What for it used, do not know We had seen two Dutch persons relief on the pillar. The pillar has reliefs of Gods, Munivars, Dutch, Romance etc., The Ceiling has the relief of The Kannappar Story, Purusha mirugam, monkey with it’s baby and Croc.
The mandapam pillar pothiyals are of different types right from rectangular to kumudam and vaazhaipu ( short).  Most probably the mandapam might have been constructed by Dutch and Nayak’s period.
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SADRAS FORT
Sadras was known as Rajanarayan Pattinam  name after the Sambuvaraya Chieftain. During 1818 it was with Dutch and 1848 Britishers took over the control of the fort.  Latter it turned as Sadiravasagan  Pattinam again this was changed to Sathuranga Pattinam by Britishers. Kalpakkam Atomic Energy quarters was built adjacent to the fort.  
The Sadras fort was established by Dutch during 17th century, on this Coromandal Coast for trading the Muslin Cloths, Horses, edible oil, Pearl, Cotton, spices, salt, etc,. The forth with about 1 metre thickness wall was constructed with brick. The fort house, a cemetery, Church, gallows, office rooms, quarters for staff, Kitchen with a well inside, storage for the grains, stable for the horses, etc,. The cemetery has 16 graves and one is for a mother and her baby died during delivery. This is in the form of load bearing structure ( sumai thangi -  சுமை தாங்கி). On one of the grave the Sadras is mentioned as “SADRESPATNAMVOOR”. The fort was  constructed with Bastions on the west side and watch round towers on the east side. The bastions are used to corner the enemy from the three corner of the fort and attack.
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ALAMPARAI FORT.
Alamparai lies on the east coast called the Coromandal coast served as Fort as well as sea origin ancient Tamil Nadu. The Tamil Sangam Literary work, Sirpupanatruppadai mentions that this region  called as Idaikazhi Nadu ( one of the regions of ancient Tamil Nadu ) and also describes the region and the activities of the people. The existing ruined fort and dockyard at Alamparai was built by the muslim rulers during 18th century AD, from 1736 to 1740 AD. The fort  was under the control of the Nawab of Carnatic Dost. Alikhan. Nawab Alikhan donated this fort and Dock yard to thakkana’s Subedhar Musafarjung a French Captain in the year 1750 AD for the benefit / favor  he got from the French Captain Duple. Later in the year 1760 the fort was destroyed by the Britishers, when the French diminishes their power.

The square shaped fort with Towers at angles ( 4 corners), were built of bricks and lime mortar. It occupies an area of nearly 15 acres and the length of the Dockyard is about 100 meters. Alamparai was also known as Alambarva, and Alampuravi. Zari, Clothes, salt and Ghee were exported  from the Alamparai port. Alamparai Kasu & Varahan ( Coins ) were minted at the Alamparai Mint. Pottipattan who was incharge of the mint construction and a Shiva temple, a Big pond and a Choultry on the highway for the benefit of the pilgrims who travelled on the east coast from Kasi to Rameswaram. This highway lies at a distance of two miles on the western side of Alamparai Fort. This Fort is maintained ( No maintenance ?) and protected by the state Department of archaeology.
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VEDAL - SRI VASANTHA NAYAGI SAMEDHA SRI VADAVAMUKA AGNEESWARAR TEMPLE.
This is the last Pallava and early Chozha period brick temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple facing east. There are two Ambal in a separate sanctum facing south. There are many changes between our last visit to this visit. Fence has been erected. A new Vinayagar sannadi was constructed and Ambal sannadhi renovation is in progress. Still the Gajabirushta vimanam of the main sanctum is vertically cracked from top to bottom. It was learnt that local people are doing thirupani with their own fund.   For the details of our last visit through R.E.C.H Foundation :   Click Here

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VOYALUR – SRI THIRUPULEESWARAR – A CHOZHA PERIOD GAJABIRUSHTA VIMANA STONE TEMPLE.
The temple comples has the sannadhi for Thirupuleeswarar, Vinayagar, Sri Vaikundavasa Perumal, Angayarkanni Thayar. In Shiva’s sanctum koshtam Vinayagar, Guru Bhagavan ( Dhashinamurthy ), Vishnu ( in Lingothbavar place ) Brahma and Durgai. All the sanndhis including Rajagopuram are up to ceiling level with out vimanam. Inscriptions are there at the athistanam of Sri Thirupaleeswarar sanctum.
This temple is under the control of ASI ( Archeological Survey of India )
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MAMALLAPURAM – QUARRY, NEAR VALIYAN KUTTAI RATHAM AND PIDARI RATHAM.
This is on the entrance to Mamallapuram  from Pondy to Mamallapuram. A beautiful Pillayar pasa angusam, relief greets us  at the entrance. Both Valiyan Kuttai Ratham and Pidari ratham are unfinished. We could see not only the chisel marks, but also the chisel scrapping in length wise. Behind both of the Ratham we could see, the abandoned quarry, where the granite hill is split in to blocks or slabs. First the required area is marked and square holes to a depth of 4 to 5 inches depth are formed. Bamboo was tightly hammered in the holes. Then water is poured on the bamboo, which expands and split the granite in to blogs or slabs. 
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THIRUPORUR IRON AGE BURIAL GROUND SITES
These are the megalithic burial sites belongs to the end of Stone age to Iron age. These are dated between 1000 to 300 BCE. The term Megalithic gets the name from the fact that the people of this culture built structure using large boulders, stones. These structures are available in plenty on the west side of Thiruporur town and south side of Shiva temple on the hill. Since the boulders are available plenty on the hill the same was utilized to build these structures. Some of the structures are intact and many of the structures were incomplete due to removal of the boulders for construction by the present people. We could also see some samples of iron slag, Yes, and not the laterites stones.  

The site belongs to the archeological survey of India and warning board was also erected. But the total place is not protected by fence arrangement. Lot of glass bottles are scattered around the whole area. We could explore a small area in which we could see more than 30 circles. There are more such circles are available on the hill up to lake bed. We understood that inspite of warning signs houses were built and encroached by the building developers.  

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The piece of iron slag 
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMAHA:---