Thursday, 28 December 2017

SRI VAZHAKARUTHEESWARAR TEMPLE ( ஸ்ரீ வழக்கறுத்தீவரர் கோவில் ) , KANCHIPURAM.

25th December 2017.
On 24th December 2017, had been to Kanchipuram in connection with a personal work and my Cousin brother’s son took me to three Shiva temples. These lesser known temples may not be popular & Heritage temples  of Kanchipuram.

Iraivan : Sri Vazhakarutheeswarar (வழக்கறுத்தீஸ்வரர்  )
Some of the important features of this temple are....

This temple is facing east with a Thirukulam in-front. The 3 tier rajagopuram is on the north side. Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi are immediately after the Rajagopuram.

In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Vinayagar, Valli devasena Subramaniyar, Thirumurai, Sandikeswarar, Kala bairavar, Suryan, Chandran and navagrahas.

In koshtam Dhakshinamurthy, Thirumal, Brahma and Durgai. The sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum and Arthamandapam. Moolavar is of 16 surfaces Linga and  about 4 feet below the ground level. Moolavar, Somaskandar and Parasareswarar are in a line.
It was told that the temple is about 1000 years old and there is no evidence to prove the same.

As per the legend, there was a dispute between Devas and Sages on Vedha. Both went to Lord Shiva and worshiped him to get the solution. Lord Shiva Shiva solved the dispute. Hence, It is believed that  Lord Shiva of this temple  will relieve us from any Court cases and legal disputes. In recent years, the politicians who faced criminal and civil cases came to this temple and worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will kept opened between  07.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs and 17.oo hrs to 20.00 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Office in-charge Mr Vai. Murugesan may be contacted on the mobiles 9629434501 and land line number 27222253 may be contacted for further details.

HOW TO REACH:
The temple is about 1.5 KM from Kanchipuram Bus terminus on Gandhi Road, Kanchipuram to Chengalpattur bus route
Share Autos are available from bus terminus.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE
Maha Sadhasiva moorhy with 25 heads and 50 hands - a stucco image on the Rajagopuram - For further reading please CLICK HERE




---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---  

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

SRI MUKTHEESWARAR TEMPLE, KANCHIPURAM.

25th December 2017.
On 24th December 2017, had been to Kanchipuram in connection with a personal work and my Cousin brother’s son took me to three Shiva temples. These lesser known temples may not be popular & Heritage temples  of Kanchipuram.

Iraivan : Sri Muktheeswarar
Some of the important features of this temple are....

This temple is facing east with a pond in front. The 3 tier Rajagopuram is on the west side. The anctum sanctorum is about 3 feet below the ground leve. Nandhi and palipedam are in front of the mandapam. The sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Arthamandapam and a mukamandapam. Stucco images of Lord Shiva with Parvathi and the story of this temple at the entrance of the mandapam top. There is no moorthams in the koshtam.

In the prakaram sannadhi for Vinayagar, Garudeeswarar, Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Kala Bairavar, Navagrahas, Suryan, Naalvar, Saneeswarar, Thirukurippu Thonda nayanar.

As per the legend, Thirukurippu thonda Nayanar one of the 63 Nayanmars,  used to wash  the clothes of a Sivanadiyar every day and has the power of knowing the wishes and needs  of sivanadiyars. Lord Shiva wants to show his Bhakthi to this world,  he came to Thirukurippu Thonda Nayanar’s Village as a Sivanadiyar. Gave his cloths to wash and said he does not have any other cloth to wear. Thirukurippu Thonda Nayanar promised to return back on the same day after washing.  After washing he  hung  the cloths for drying. Iraivan made to rain and the clothes become more wet till evening. Since he could not fulfil his promise, Thirukurippu Thonda nayanar tried to kill himself by hitting his head on the rock. Iraivan holds his head with his hand and appeared as Rishabaroodar and   blessed him. To prove this, the temple is being maintained by the ‘Ekaliyar” ( washermen) Community.

There is a Separate sannadhi for Garudeesar. As per the legend, there was a debate between the two wives of Kasiba Maharishi about  who is beautiful among themselves. When asked Kasiba maharishi,  told that Kathru was more beautiful than Subarunai. So Kathru put Subarunai in jail and said will be released if she give  the Amairtha to be brought from Indra loka. The Garuda, born to Kathru went to Indraloka and defeated Indra and brought the Amirtha. On the way he met Thirumal and had a fight for 21 days. To appreciate the braveness of Garuda, Thirumal asked him to get a boon. Instead, Garuda asked Thirumal to get a boon. So Thirumal asked Garuda to become  one of his Vahana.  After releasing his mother Kathru, Installed a Shiva Linga in this Garudeswaram and worshiped. After worship Lord Shiva, Garuda became the Vahana for Thirumal. Worshiping Lord Shiva Garudeeswarar, one will conquer their enemies and will be relieved from the troubles during this birth.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs to 17.30 hrs to 21.00 hrs.

HOW TO REACH:
The temple is about 1.5 KM from Kanchipuram Bus terminus on Kanchipuram to Chengalpattur bus route.
Autos are available from Bus stand.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE




---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---  

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

SRI NAGAREESWARAR TEMPLE, KANCHIPURAM

25th December 2017
On 24th December 2017, had been to Kanchipuram in connection with a personal works and my Cousin brother’s son took me to three Shiva temples. These temples may not be popular & Heritage temples  of Kanchipuram. This temple is on the way to Bus stand from Collectorate office.

Iraivn : Sri Nagareeswarar
Some of the important features of this temple are....

The temple is facing east with an entrance arch on the east side. Palipedam and Nandhi are immediately after the entrance in a metacolour sheet shed. The sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Antarala and mandapam. In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshnamurthy, Thirumal, Brahma and Durgai.

In the prakaram sannadhi for Anjaneyar, Vallaba Ganapathy, Valli Devasena Arumugar, Sandikeswarar, Kalabairavar, Mahavishnu and Suryan.

The Gurukkal claims that this  temple belongs to Chozha period and  to prove the same. there is no evidence/ inscription available at the temple. The temple was built with brick and seems to be latter period construction. As per the legend Moolavar was installed by Indran and this is a pava ( sin ) vimochana sthalam. Lord Shiva is responsible for the creation of this City / Nagar Kanchiuram and hence called as Nagreeswarar.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.30 hrs to 20.30 Hrs

HOW TO REACH:
Just 2 KM from Kanchipuram bus terminus and on the way to Bus Terminus to Collectorate office.
Share autos are available from Bus terminus.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE


---OM SHIVAYA NAMA--- 

Saturday, 23 December 2017

HERO STONES, GOD & GODDESS STATUES – DHOTTAMUDUKARA, CHIMITTAHALLI – KONGU NADU / MANDALAM – THALAVADI- A HERITAGE VISIT.

07th December 2017.
After visiting Yelandur, Somanathapura heritage temples of Karnataka in the morning session, we returned back to Thalavadi. In the afternoon session had seen  group of hero stones and God & Goddess statues in worship at Dhottamudukara and  Chimittahalli.

DHOTTAMUDUKARA.
Very near to a tree temple, had seen a three tier Hero stone for three persons. In the lower tier the heros are shown with bow and arrow. In the middle tier the heros are taken to the heaven by the two angels. In the top tier all the three heros are in worshiping posture with hands folded. Nandhi with a Shiva Linga are also on the top tier. It was told this hero stone might be for the heros who died in the process of fight to save their cattle.






In this Village 17 statues of both Hero stones and God & Goddess statues are kept under a tree. The locals calls this as Mariamman Temple. The hero stones are for some Royal persons and common men. In some of the hero stones the heros are sitting on a horse. It was told that these  hero stones belongs to 16th century. It was observed that a 10 headed statues is also kept.. this may be Ravana, If it is Ravana, what is the legend behind this is not known.

 Hero stone
 Hero stone
 Is it Brahmi ?
 Is it Brahmi ?


 Hero stone
 Who might be.. Ravanan?
Worshiped as Mariamman 
CHIMITTAHALLI
In the middle of this village some  hero stones are kept in one place which are under worship. Some of the gods statues are for Vishnu and Royaleswarar ( What is the legend behind this is not known ). There are about 20 statues kept in  one place in this group.




 Rayaleeswarar – as per Kanataka Museum

Vishnu?
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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

MAHISHAMARDINI – YELANDUR & SOMANATHAPURA – THALAVADI, A HERITAGE VISIT.

07th December 2017.
The story of Mahishamardini is very famous in in Hindu mythology. The tenth day of Durga pooja is being celebrated as Vijaya dhasami in grand manner through out India. The legend of Mahishamardini goes like this..
Mahisha, a demon,  human body with buffalo head,  was born to the asura king Rambha and a female buffalo called Syamala. Mahisha has the magical power of taking the form of buffalo or a human according to his wish. After 1000 years of penance he got a boon from Brahma that, he cannot  be killed by a man.

With his magical powers he conquered the earth and Deva loka. Could not bear the torture of Mahisha, Devas prayed Lord Vishnu for a solution. The trimurthis Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva created Goddess Durga  with ten arms. With the weapons like Chakra, Trisul, arrows, scepter, axe, sword, Kamandal, etc, given by Gods and Devas along with her Vahana Lion, Durga killed Mahisha after 10 days fierce fighting. Hence the tenth of Durga pooja is being celebrated as Vijaya dhasami. Dussehra celebration is famous in Mysuru region of Karnataka.

YELANDUR ( SRI GAURISVARA TEMPLE )
The tenth day battle of Durga is chiseled as reliefs and statues. Durga is shown with 4, 8 and 10 arms holding various weapons. During our visit to Yelandur Sri Gaurisvara temple, had seen a Durga Statue along with Shiva, Vishnu, Veerabhathirar in side the sanctum.

There is also a Mahishamardini panel beautifully chiseled on the Mahadwara mandapa of 16th Century Vijayanagar Period. The face expression of Durga, the fear on the faces of Mahisha and the asuras are clearly shown. Though it may not be like Mamallapuram panel, but this is very unique.

  The trisul piercing through the head of Mahisha

 The trisul piercing through the head of Mahisha and the sword on the another asura

 The arrow that pierced through the bodies of two asuras and their face expressions with fear and pain.

Mahishamardini statue with 4 hands

SOMANATHAPURA ( SRI CHENNAKESAVA TEMPLE )
This 13th Century Hoysala period  soap stone Mahishamardini statue is a part of 16 faced Janarthana shrine of Sri Chennakesava Temple at Somanathapura, Karnataka. In this Mahishamardini is shown with 8 hands and kills Mahisha with trisul. Mahisha’s intestine came out of his stomach is also clearly shown. The Vahana lion is also doing it’s share by killing an asura. The face expressions of Durga and asuras are beautifully shown.
 Mahishamardini with 8 hands

 The Trisul pierced through the stomach and the intestine of Mahisha, which came out. 
 Durga’s Sword pierces  through the body of a demon  

The Lion also kills an aura

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Monday, 18 December 2017

SRI KESHAVA TEMPLE ( CHENNAKESAVA TEMPLE ), SOMANATHPUR, KARNATAKA – THALAVADI – HERITAGE VISIT.

07th December 2017.
After Yelandur, Sri Gauriswara Temple’s visit, Mr John, archaeologist took us to this 13th Century Hoysala period, temple. On the way from Yelandur, he explained us the beauty and its architecture. It increased my curiosity further to visit this temple. This temple is not in worship and maintained Karnataka State Archaeological Department.

This place Somanathapura was ruled by the Chozhas and the same was conquered by Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana in AD 1117. Latter it was ruled by the Vijayanagara Kings and wadayars of Mysore. It was a foremost agrahara township during Narasimha III ( 1254AD to 1291 AD). As per the inscription dated 1268 AD, Somanatha Dhandanayaka, an illustrious  general of Hoysala King Narasimha III, established this agrahara and named as “Vidyanidhi Prasanna Somanathapura”.  Also he consecrated this Kesava Temple.  

This temple is the most ornate  and perfect model  of the Hoysala style of architecture. The inscription slab installed at the mahadwara supported by the lathe turned pillars dated 1269 AD – 1550 AD  speaks about the construction of the temple and the grants to up keep the temple.

The temple is facing east with  3 sanctums or the garbhagrahas for  Kesava, Venugopala & Janarthana, on South, West and North directions. The three sanctums are connected with a Maha mandapam or the navaranga mandapa with individual antarala. The temple stands on a stellate platform and surrounded by a pillared corridor with sub shrines. 

This temple is known of its elaborately carved doorways, beautiful ceiling. The base of the sanctums contains with friezes  of Vishnus’s various forms.  The inch reliefs explains us the story of Krishna, Ramayana. Below the main sculptures the sculptors name is engraved.  One of the sculptor Mallitamma has the maximum share of the sculptures. It is also observed that The northern vimana was sculptured by Mallitamma.  This Keshava temple is the best and perfect model for the trikutachala order.
   
TIMINGS:
This temple will be kept opened for the visits between 08.30 Hrs to 17.30 Hrs.

HOW TO REACH:
Somanathapura may be reached from Thalavadi, Mysuru, Chamrajnagar.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE


















Ceiling of Navaranga mandapa
Ceiling of Navaranga mandapa
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