Sunday, 24 September 2017

A PERUMAL TEMPLE AT SERAPANACHERI, NEAR PADAPPAI, CHENNAI

17th September 2017.
After dharshan of Sri Valeeswarar at Athanacherry, searched for some old temples  in and around  Serapanacheri area, which is adjacent to Athanacherry, before leaving to Manimangalam, today’s target place. The Local people guided me to this Perumal temple. When I went, the temple the gate was kept open and no one was there inside the temple. Looked around and found the temple was built during recent years.

The temple was built like a mada koil completely with Concrete. Sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum and muka mandapam. Garudalwar and palipedam are in the mandapam.  In Koshtam Vinayagar (Thumbikai alwar), Narasimhar, Mahavishnu, varahar and Vishnu Durgai.  The vimana is of 2 tiers. Perumal's avathara stucco images are above front mandapam.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE




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Saturday, 23 September 2017

SRI KAYILAYA NATHAR TEMPLE AT MANIMANGALAM, NEAR PADAPPAI, CHENNAI

17th September 2017.
After visiting Sri Vishnu Durgai Amman  and Shiva Linga, both unearthed in the recent years, visited this Shiva Temple in Manimangalam. It was once in dilapidated condition and reconstructed. When I went, Gurukkal was preparing for the pradhosham pooja.

Iraivan : Sri Kayilayanathar
Iraivi    : Sri Ganambigai
Some of the important features of this temple are....

The temple is facing east with palipedam and nandhi. The entrance to the temple is from west.

Selva Vinayagar, Sri Vallai devasena Subramaniyar, sandikeswarar, Navagrahas and Bairavar sannadhis were built recently with concrete.

The main sanctum up to ceiling level was maintained with old stones. But some of the stones are interchanged and some of the stones were replaced by new.  In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgai.

Ambal is in a separate sannadhi facing south. Nagars are under the Bhodhi tree.

From the inscriptions the temple belongs to Chozha period and Kumbhabhishekam was performed recently.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 Hrs to 09.00 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Gurukkal may be contacted through his mobile number 9944614957 for further details.

HOW TO REACH:
Manimangalam is on the way to Thiruvallur to Padappai and Tambaram to Oragadam and industrial area.
MTC Buses are available from Tambaram, Pozhichalur,
MTC Buses 52H, 80 amd 583C & 583D are passing through this place.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE









 The inscription on Kumudham

 dismantled but not used pillar pieces
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Friday, 22 September 2017

SRI VISHNU DURAGAI AND SHIVA LINGA TEMPLES AT MANIMANGALAM, NEAR PADAPPAI, CHENNAI.

17th September 2017.
One of my face book friend Mr Sivaramakrishnan mentioned about this Vishnu Durgai and the Shiva Linga are unearthed and installed in Manimangalam. It was told that they belongs to Chozha period.

SRI VISHNU DURGAI TEMPLE.
This Vishnu Durgai was un earthed during Vardha cyclone last year. The statue was under a  uprooted Bhodhi tree. Mr Logu, who found out this Vishnu Durgai narrated the incidents and how it was  installed in a separate temple. After installation they also made an urchavar and kept near the main statue. Archaeologists of the opinion that this Durgai belongs to Chozha Period.

This Vishnu durgai with 8 hands is standing on Mahisan head holding conch and disc in the upper hands and weapons on the other hands. Under her feet there are two persons sitting, of which one person is  in worshipping posture. In addition to this there is parrot and a deer reliefs.
People throngs to this temple in large numbers on Tuesday’s Raghu kala pooja. It was also learnt that Tamil new years day is being celebrated in a grand manner and urchavar  will be take out for procession through all the streets of Manimangalam. 
  
CONTACT PERSON:
Mr Logu : 9042246021 may be contacted for further details.



Mr Logu

SHIVA LINGAM:
This Shiva lingam is also unearthed in the recent years and kept under worship in a private land. The Shiva linga is in good shape and nandhi’s face was damaged. As per the archaeologists the Shiva Linga belongs to Chozha period.

New nandhi


Old nandhi 
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Thursday, 21 September 2017

SRI MALLEESWARAR TEMPLE AT KARASANGAL. NEAR PADAPPAI, CHENNAI.

 17th September 2017.
On the way to manimangalam happened to see this village Karasangal. Enquired the local people about any old temple. They guided me to this Shiva Temple. When I went to the temple the Sivachariyar was preparing for the orukala morning pooja and some devotees preparing for the mutrum othuthal ( Reciting the complete Thiruvasakam sung by Manikkavasakar ). I was fortunate to worship lord Shiva on the pradhosham day.

Iraivan: Sri Malleeswarar
Iraivi   : Maragathambigai
Some of the important features of this temple are....

The temple is facing east with and entrance arch on the south side.. nandhi, palipedam and Deepa sthambam with Nandhi playing miruthangam relief  are in front of the mandapam.

The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antrala and muka mandapam. The temple was built with brick and plastered with lime. In KoshtamNarthana Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma and Durgai. A relief of squatting lion ( similar to Pallava period ) is installed on the wall of the sanctum below Brahma.

In the prakaram sanndhi for Karpaga Vinayagar ( in front there are 4 half pillars standing seems to be of very old ), Valli devasena subramaniyar with elephant vahana and Navagrahas. Ambala is in a separate sannadhi  facing south.

Gurukal claims that the temple is of 400 to 500 years old. ( may be much more older too ). It was told that 10,008 Lamps will be lit during maha shiva rathiri day and celebrated in grand manner. 

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 09.00 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Gurukkal Suresh & Gunasekar may be contacted for further details on the mobile number 9443288870.

HOW TO REACH:
This Village Karasangal is on the bus route Padappai to Thiruvallur about 5 KM from Padappai and the temple is about 2 KM from Main road bus stop.
Autos are available from Padappai, which is nearest known place nearest to Karasangal.
Town bus 52 H  from Pozhichalur to Manimangalam passes through the Village. All the buses  from Thambaram to Oragadam passes through Padappai.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE



 Old Pillars Standing front of Sri Vinayagar sannadhi



 Elephant vahana in front of Valli devasena subramaniyar sannadhi 

 Deepa sthambam 

 Nandhi is playing miruthangam

Squatting Lion ( Is it similar to Pallava period Lion?)
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

SRI VALEESWARAR TEMPLE, ATHANACHERRY NEAR PADAPPAI, CHENNAI.

17th September 2017.
During my last visit to Padappai,  I came to know there is  also an old Shiva Temple at Athanacherry, about  2 KMs from Padappai. But  could not go to this temple for want of time. So This time coupled with Manimangalam visited this temple at Athanacherry, on 17th September 2017. Started through my scooter around 06.15 hrs from Home at West Velachery,  reached this temple  around 07.30 Hrs and the temple was kept opened.  Had the dharshan of Lord Shiva.

Iraivan : Sri Valeeswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Kamatchi Amman

Some of the important features of this temple are...
The temple is facing east with a 3 tier Rajagopuram. Sri Dharmasastha ( Iyappan ) Sannadhi is on the right side of the Rajagopuram ). Palipedam and Nandhi are immediately after the Rajagopuram.

Sannadhi for Naalvar, Karpaka Vinayagar, Valli Devasena Samedha Sri Subramaniyar, Sandikeswarar, Natarajar sabha with urchavars, Kamatchi Amman, Saneeswarar, Navagrahas, Bairavar, Suryan and Chandran are in the outer prakaram.

The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antarala and muka mandapam/ arthamandapam. Ambal sannadhi is built abutting the mukamandapam. Ambal is facing South. In koshtam  Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma  and Durgai. Hope the Koshta murthys are belongs to latter period since they were not fit in the niches.

The temple was built during Chozha period and renovated recently keeping the sanctum alone up to yazhi line, Mukamandapam, Sub sannadhis, and Rajagopuram were built recently with concrete. The inscriptions do not have continuity  and not legible to read also.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 08.00 Hrs to 10.30 Hrs and 17.30 hrs to 20.00 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS
HOW TO REACH:
All the buses from Tambaram to Oragadam  via Vandalur  stops at Padappai and Athanacherry is about 2 KM from Padappai.
Autos are available from Padappai bus stop.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE







Front mandapam was built with concrete

Front mandapam was built with concrete

original sanctum

The temple photograph before renovation

The temple photograph before renovation
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

PREHISTORIC PERIOD ROCK ART IN A SMALL WESTERN GHATS HILL, AT MATHAKADIPUTHUR, NEAR UDUMALPET.

10th September 2017.
While planning for this Udumalpet Heritage Visit,  we had decided to cover different interest heritage sites like, temples, Nadukarkal, Jain’s monuments and rock art. Normally rock art depicts the animals, human beings and their culture, important rituals, their habits, relation between them with the animals, etc,. We could find such rock arts in caves of various parts of the world. The rock paintings normally in white and red ochre colours. As per the research and the red ochre paintings are more than 10 thousand years old, while the white colour is about 2000 to 3000 years old.  

This small hill at Mathakadiputhur  is a part of western Ghats. This small hill has 3 to 4  caves or the rock shelters with such rock art paintings. This rock art is in a open natural cave or the rock shelter measuring approximately 150 feet in length with an opening of about 25 to 30 feet height.  This rock shelter has the group of white colour ( Combination of minerals like lime and vegetable colours )  rock arts depicting men, women and elephants. In one group people are gathered for a rituals. In another group people with children going with a goat for a ritual function. Some of  the hand paintings also there to show the strength of the group. In one group of art shows the capturing of elephant and taming for domestic purposes. We could see some of the paintings are  less skilled, which means they are little older than the others. As per the archaeologists these paintings are 2000 to 3000 years old and the shelter was continuously uses for more than 1000 years.













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