Thursday, 31 August 2017

PALLAVA PERIOD ROCK CUT SHIVA AND VISHNU CAVE TEMPLES AT VALLAM, CHENGALPATTU.

27th August 2017.
The last stop before meals was at the Pallava Period rock cut cave temple, Vallam, Chengalpattu.  These three,  6th to 7th century cave temples excavated by the Pallava King  Mahendravarman –I on a small hillock facing east. The steps to the cave temple was constructed in 2002. Some of the important features of this rock cut cave temples are...

The lower level  single cell cave shrine dedicated to Vishnu  as Karivaradharaja Perumal with Sridevi and Bhoodevi.  The cell has the Dwarabalakas reliefs with identical postures. On the right side of the entrance is the Vishnu Durgai.

The upper level cave  has the three cells with two square Pillars and two pillasters of which centre cell has been dedicated to Shiva and Nandhi is in front. The capital of the pillars are very simple. This cell  is excavated  deeply to accommodate Shiva linga, Sri Vethantheeswarar. Dwarabalakas are on the both sides of the  cave entrance with snakes  tied on their hip. The dwarabalakas has horns is an unique feature. On the right cell is Ambal Ganambigai in standing posture. And the left cell is dedicated to Subramaniyar with Valli devasena.  In the front mandapam, Muthukumaraswamy, Thavvai with manthan & Agnimatha, Nagars, Dhakshinamurthy and Sandikeswarar.

On the out side of the cave Vinayagar relief  is on the left and Thavvai relief in the right. Un like Mahabalipuram, the cave has the 7nos of Pallava Period Tamil inscriptions. The front concrete mandapam was built at a latter date.

There is an intermediate cave in which stucco images of Shiva, Parvathy worshiping shiva, etc. Materials are dumped in this cave with front concrete structure was built at a latter date.

It was told that Chozha King Koperumsingan donated for the burning of perpetual lamp and Rajathirajan donated gold to this temple to conduct regular poojas. Prathosham is conducted regularly.

INSCRIPTIONS:
The 13th century Chozha King Koperunsingan’s inscription says about the donation made to burning of a perpetual lamp.
1 sakalapu[va]nacha[k*]ka
2 vithikkal [sri]k[o*]
3 perunsinga
4 devarkuyandu
5 [aavadhu] ka[la]
6 ko[t]athu vallanattu valla
7 [t]thu yudaiy[a*]r thiruvayanthisuramu[dai]
8 [ya] nayanarkku


Inscription of Mahendravarman in early Tamil Grantha script on the cubical of the pillar.Kandasenan (Skandasena), the son of Vayandappiriaresaru (Vasantapriyaraja), the servant of Pakappidugu Lalitanguran (Lalitankura) Chatturummallan (Satrumalla) Kunaparan (Gunabhara) Mayentirappottaresaru (Mahendrapotaraja), caused (this) temple (devakula) to be made.)
1 Pakappiduku Lalitankuran
2 Chatturummallan Kunaparan
3 Mayentirap-Pottaresaru adiyan
4 Vaysntappiri aresaru makam Kantasena-
5 n sayivitta tevakulam [||]

(more details may be obtained from the web site Puratattva ).

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple gurukkal opens only in the evening hours and hence it is advised to contact the gurukal before going to this temple. But can be viewed through grill gates.

CONTACT DETAILS:
M Chellappa Gurukkal may be contacted futher details and the mobile number is +9944372894.

HOW TO REACH:
This cave temple is about 3 KM distance from Chengalpattu Bus stand and Railway station.
Share autos are available from Bus stand.
Buses from Stand to Thirukazhukundram passes through the place called Chinna Melayur and about a KM off the main road.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE


Vishnu Karivaradharaja Perumal at Lower cave

Vishnu Durgai    


Ambal Ganambaigai



Thavvai – Jyeshta Devi

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---    

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

SRI ASTHRAPUREESWARAR TEMPLE AT ANOOR, CHENGALPATTU.

27th August, 2017.
After Kumbhabhishekam of  Sri Munkumeeswarar Temple at P.V. Kalathur, Chengalpattu,  we continued our journey to Anoor on the banks of River Palar. The temple is about 12 KM from Chengalpattu.
Iraivan : Sri Asthrapureeswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Soundara Valli Ambal

The temple is facing East with a Deepasthambam and an entrance arch. Nandhi, Palipedam and platform for dwajasthambam are immediately after the entrance arch. The Sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Antarala,  Arthamandapam and a muka mandapam. Now only the pillars are standing in the muka mandapam. The pillars are simple without ornamental capital. 

In koshtam Dhashinamurthy and Durgai moorthams are there. Came to know that some of the statues were stolen. It was interesting to note that Dwarabalakars, Vinayagar, and Murugan are as reliefs chiseled at the entrance of the sanctum. Pallava and early Chozha period Thavvai with manthan and manthi / Agni matha  and a Vinayagar are found on the south side prakaram wall. Construction of  Vinayagar and Subramaniyar sannadhis are in progress.

The temple was built with stone and Vimana with brick. The Temple and the prakaram  walls are in dilapidated condition and renovation is in progress. ( Understood R.E.A.C.H Foundation under the leadership of Mr Sathyamurthy involved in renovation of the this temple ). Renovation is being carried out in traditional way of using lime mortar.

Kootruva Nayanar and Pugazzhendi lived here. The original temple was built by Pallava King Vijaya Kamba Varman during 7th century. His son Aparajitha Varman was defeated by the Chozha King Adhithya Chozha-I, this paved the way for the Chozha's regime. After the Pallavas, the temple had the contributions of Chozha kings Pranthaka, Rajaraja, Kulothunga and Nayakars during Vijayanagara period. 

The inscriptions on the sanctum wall belongs to 6th to 7th century Pallavas, 9th century Chozhas and 16th century Vijayanagara period  The Rajendra Chozha period inscription speaks about the musical instruments like Padagam, Thimilai, Karadigai, Kalam and Sekandi.

As per the legend Arjunan has got the Pasupatha asthram from Lord Shiva of this temple. Hence iraivan is called as Asthrapureeswarar and the hill nearby is called as Asthra hill.


It is also believed that court cases and encumbrances will get relieved after worshiping Lord Shiva and Ambal of this temple. 

LOCATION:CLICK HERE




 a Lotus panel on the ceiling









 Inscriptions
 Inscriptions
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

SRI MUNKUDUMEESWARAR TEMPLE AT PON VILAINTHA KALATHUR ( P.V. KALATHUR ), CHENGALPATTU.

 27th August 2017.
It was a long due to visit  Chozha and Pallava Period Temples and heritage sites around Chengalpattu. Utilizing the opportunity of attending the Kumbhabhishekam of Sri Munkudumeeswarar temple at Pon Vilaintha Kalathur, visited Anur, Ozhalur and Pulipakkam. When Mrs Radha Kumar invited us to the visit to Chengalpattu,  I readily accepted the invitation.

On 27th August started around 06.00 hrs from Tambaram after picking up Mr Raja through my scooter. It almost took us about an hour to reach Chengapattu at a steady speed of 40 KMPH. When we reached Chengalpattu Court, Mrs Radha Kumar was waiting for us. Pon Vilaintha Kalathur ( P.V. Kalathur ) is about 10 KM from Chengalpattu. 

It was a wonderful experience to attend Kumbhabhishekam and watching Gurukals pouring the holy  water on the kalasams sitting on the temple roof.  We went inside the temple little earlier to see the Chozha period inscriptions, koshta murthys and moolavar.

Iraivan: Sri Munkudumeeswarar
Iraivi   : Sri Meenakshi Amman
Some of the important details are…

The temple is facing east with a  damaged Nandhi out side the temple prakaram  wall. Once it was sitting under a mandapam and now only the 4 pillars are standing. The temple has entrances from east and south.
Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi are immediately after the east side entrance. In the prakaram sannadhi for Anukai Vinayagar, Subramaniyar with Valli Devasena and Sandikeswarar.

The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antrala, arthamandapam and Muka mandapam. Sannadhi for Navagrahas, Bairavar, Suryan are in the front mandapam. Sri Meenakshi Amman is facing south in a separate sannadhi. Though the Vimanam is of Gajabirushtam, the sanctum is of square in construction. In koshtam, Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurty, Vishnu ( in place of Lingothbavar ), Brahma and Durgai.

LEGEND
Moolavar is little tall and swayambu. There is a tuft on the Shiva Linga’s head. The story behind this goes like this… When the Chozha King came for worship of Lord Shiva for a child boon, the Gurukkal gave a garland to the king and in turn he gave it to his Queen. When a hair was found in the garland, Gurukkal told that it belongs to Lord, and he will show tomorrow, how it has come in the garland. In the night the Gurukkal prayed Lord Shiva to save him from Chozha King’s punishment. Next day when the Gurukkal showed arathi, the Chozha king had seen a tuft on the head of Lord Shiva. Hence Lord Shiva is called as Sri Munkudumeeswarar.

The place is called as Pon Vilaintha Kalathur. As per the legend a Brahmin had given a piece of land to a Shiva devotee to look after his land which sowed paddy. When the Brahmin happened to see the gold was yielding  from the Shiva Devotee’s land, he became greedy and asked the Devotee to take all the paddy of his land and give the paddy yielded in Devotee’s land. When asked by the villagers he refused to  share with the Devotee. When this case went to Chozha King’s court, the King took all the gold to the Government treasury. The Brahmin lost both shares and the Devotee has got more paddy yield through God’s grace. Hence the place is called as Pon Vilaintha Kalatur in short P.V. Kalathur.  

HISTORY
This is  the birth place of Kootruva Nayanar, one of the 63 nayanmars, and the Poet Pukazhenthi who had written Nalavenba. This temple was built with mud during Pallava King Nandhi Varman-III, and the same was rebuilt with stone during Chozha king Virama Chozha. Simha Varman’s inscription speaks about the income from the reservoir to be given to this temple. During second  Kulothunga Chozha’s 12th year rule one of his official & chieftain called Anabaya Mooventhavelan  merged some of the villages near this place, called as “Kulothunga Chozhar Chiruthonda Thokai  Nallur” and gifted to this temple.

Rajaraja Chozha and Kulothunga Chozha’s inscriptions are there on the patti  and walls of the sanctum. The temple is under the control of ASI, but managed by a Trust.

THE TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be  kept opened between 06.00 hrs to 07.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
The following mobile numbers may be contacted for further details +919789049704 and +919962467355

HOW TO REACH:
The temple is about 10 KM from Chengalpattu.
Share autos are available from Bus stand
Nearest Railway station is Chengalpattu.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE







---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---       

Monday, 28 August 2017

SRI JAGANATHA VINAYAGAR AND JAGANATHA PERUMAL TEMPLE AT THARAMANI, CHENNAI 600113

26th August 2017.
Daily morning I used to cross this temple while going to the office and think of visiting one day. That one day happened to day, though this Vinayagar temple visit was planned in the  yesterday’s Vinayagar Chathurthi special visit list.

Moolavar   : Sri Jaganatha Vinayagar  and
                : Sri Jaganatha Perumal.  
Some of the important features of this temple are…

This temple is facing east without any entrance arch and Dwajasthambam. Vinayagar Sannadhi  ( in koshtam Dhakshinamurthy, Vishnu and Durgai ) is on the right and Perumal Sannadhi  ( In koshtam Narasimhar, Varaakar and Venugopalar ) is on the left side.

In the front prakaram sannadhi for Dharma sastha ( Iyappan ), Mayuranathar ( Murugan ), Bhuvaneswari, Shiva, Anjaneyar, Bairavar and Navagrahas.All these sannadhis are facing west. Nagars are under the Bhodhi tree.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 Hrs to 10.30 Hrs and 17.00 hrs to 20.30 Hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
HOW TO REACH:
The temple is very near to the Tharamani bus stand where the town bus route number 5c starts.
Just opposite to the IIT Tharamani Gate.
On the bye pass road the temple is about a KM.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE
Urchavar after Chuthurthi procession


 Bhuvaneswari amman sannadhi 

 Mayuranathar Sannadhi ( Murugan )

 Shiva and Anjaneyar Sannadhi 

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

SRI VENKATESA ANANDA VINAYAGAR TEMPLE AT MADHYA KAILASH, ADYAR, CHENNAI.

 25th August 2017
This was one of the Vinayagar Chathurthi special dharshan of Sri Venkatesa Ananda Vinayagar Temple in the midst of the Traffic island at Madhya Kailash, Adyar. Chennai.

Moolavar : Sri Venkatesa Ananda Vinayagar
Some of the important features of this are…

The temple is facing east with a three tier Rajagopuram. The temple floor is 9 steps below the Ground level. Previously the vinayagar was on the middle of road and during formation of the IT express highway ( Rajiv Gandhi Salai ) the Vinayagar was shifted to the present place and temple was constructed.  

Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Vahana moonchuru are immediately after the Rajagopuram. In the prakaram on the left sannadhi for Sri Swetha murthy ( Shiva Temple ), under the rudhraksha mandapam. In koshtam Brahma, Mahavishnu and Dhakshinamurthy.

Sri Athithyan on a seven horse chariot sannadhi is on the opposite side of Shiva’s sannadhi. The sannadhi is built like chariot.

Sri Aathiyantha Prabhu – Sri Vinayagar is in standing posture, a cheppu thirumeni. The devotes can do pooja to this murthy on their own hands.

On the right of the moolavar, sannadhi for Abirami ( In koshtam ambal ), Sri Vishnu as Sri Venugopalaswamy with Sengamala Thayar. ( In koshtam, Vishnu and Suka munivar with Markandeyan ) In between is the Anjaneyar Sannadhi. A Bell tower is on the left side of Sri Rajagopalaswamy Sannadhi. Amman moorthams are installed on the 4 sides of the Bell tower.

Swarna Bairavar and Navagrahas are on the north east corner of the temple complex.

The last Kumbhabhishekam was conducted on 15th July 1984. The Nattukottai Arasar Dr MAM Ramasawamy had contributed for construction of this temple. The temple is being managed by the Ananda Vinayagar Charitable trust.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will get opened between 05.00 hrs to 0.30 Hrs and 6.00 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
The temple can be contacted on the following land lines number. +91 44 22350859 and  +91 44 22300936.

HOW TO REACH:
Madhya Kailash is at the starting of Rajiv Gandhi Salai  ( I Express High way).
Town buses are available from various parts of the city and the name of the bus stop is Madhya Kailash before Adyar & Thiruvanmiyur.
Just opposite to Kasturbai MRTS railway station.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE

 Athithyan ( Suryan ) sannadhi 

 Aathiyantha Parabhu ( Vinayagar Cheppu thirumeni )


 Abirami sannadhi 

 bell tower 

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Saturday, 26 August 2017

SRI SELVA VINAYAGAR TEMPLE, VELACHERY ON THE 100 FEET BYE PASS ROAD, CHENNAI.

25th August 2017.
This is the third Vinyagar Temple visit on the Vinayagar Chathurthi day. This Sri Selva Vinayagar Temple is on the 100 feet bye pass road at Velachery. Since the alangaram and pooja was delayed, returned back after attending office around 12.30 Hrs

Moolavar : Sri Selva Vinayagar.
Some of the important features of this temple are..

The temple is facing east  with two sannadhis left side for Sri Selva Vinayagar and right side for Sri Chidambaram Periya Swamikal.

In the prakaram sannadhi for Dhakshinamurthy, Palani Andavar, Bairavar, Durgai and Nava Siddhars belonging to the respective Navagrahas installed in a row.

There is a basement below the moolavar and could not go inside for want of permission.  The temple functions under the control of Velachery Sri Chidambaram Periya Swamikal jeeva Samadhi temple. His disciples are doing pooja to this temple.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be opened   between: 07.00 Hrs to 10.30 Hrs and 17.30 hrs to 20.00 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Chidambaram Periya Swamikal Jeeva Samadhi Temple may be contacted for further details.

HOW TO REACH:
All buses to Velachery passes through this temple. ( D70, M70,) and the temple is between Gurunanak College and Erikarai stops.
Share autos are available from Guindy.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE


 Dhakshinamurthy 

Palani Andavar

 Chidambaram Periya swamikal 
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---