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Somangalam, a village close to Chennai is the seat of Kamakshi Amman Sametha Somanatheswarar Koil. This temple is one of the nine temples dedicated to navagrahas around Porur. This is a Chandran Sthalam. The village itself gets its name from Chandran or Soman as he prayed to The Lord at this temple to get rid of his sin.

SOMANGALAM, CHANDRAN STHALAM

SOMANGALAM, CHANDRAN STHALAM

King Dakshan gave all his 27 daughters in marriage to Chandran. Those 27 wives of  Chandran are the 27 stars in Tamil Calendar. As Chandran’s favourite was Rohini and he spent most of his time with her, the others complained about this to their father. King Dakshan asked Chandran to treat all of them equally, which Chandran refused.  An angry Dakshan, cursed Chandran that all his beauty and brightness will disappear slowly everyday. A worried Chandran, on the advice of Lord Brahma, then performed penance on Lord ShivaLord Shiva appeared before him and adorned his forehead with the crescent-shaped Chandran. Shiva then came to be known as Chandrasekaran also.  He blessed Chandran to regain his beauty and brightness slowly day by day.  This waxing period of the moon is called Sukla Paksham or Valarpirai.  Chandran gets back all his beauty and attains full brightness on Full moon day or pournami.  From Pournami to the full moon day he again starts loosing his beauty and brightness till the New moon day or Ammavasai.  This waning period of the moon is called Krishna Paksham or Theipirai.

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There is also another interesting story pertaining to the waxing and waning periods of Chandran, which goes thus.  When Lord Vishnu was distributing the Amrutham amongst the devas, at the behest of Sukracharya, one of the asuras in the guise of a deva consumed the nectar. Suryan and Chandran noticed this and complained to Lord Vishnu.  An angry Vishnu used his chakrayudham (discus) to cut the asura into two and threw them away. The head joined with a snake’s body to become Rahu Bhagavan. The body portion kept growing because the asura had consumed Amrutham.  This later joined with the head of a snake and became Kethu Bhagavan.  Now, Rahu and Kethu did not forgive Suryan and Chandran.  Rahu went after Chandran and started consuming him.  This is one of the temples that Chandran prayed to Lord Siva and got his blessings. Shiva blessed Chandran with the power to grow back to full size in 15 days after being consumed by Rahu.  That is why we have the waxing and waning moon.  Shiva also blessed Chandran by adorning Chandran on his forehead so that anyone who prays Shiva will have to pray Chandran.

Chandran. SOMANGALAM, CHANDRAN STHALAM

Chandran. SOMANGALAM, CHANDRAN STHALAM

Inscriptions in the temple have brought to light the fact that this temple was built by Kulothunga Cholan. There are also details about various repair works and donations made to the temple by various rulers and the affluent from time to time. These include mention of donation of cows for meeting apart of the daily pooja expenses at the temple. This temple has been reconstructed several times over the years. Somaskanthan the local king, was one of those who constructed this temple. The King had channelled all his resources to the temple construction. While in the midst of the temple construction, an enemy King saw the opportunity and mounted an attack. The king was totally taken aback and was absolutely not expecting or prepared for this. He prayed to The Lord here to save him and his kingdom. The Lord immediately obliged by directing His vehicle Nandhi to fight the advancing army of the enemy. Nandhi is supposed to have blown away the enemy with one big snort. Lord Shiva then directed Nandhi to face East permanently and guard the kingdom against future attacks. The Nandhi is seen with his back to Lord Shiva and facing East. This is a rare feature in any Shiva temple.

SOMANGALAM, CHANDRAN STHALAM

The main shrine is a Gajaprushta vimanam, which resembles the back of an elephant in sleeping posture. There is a separate shrine for Kamakshi Amman facing South. Vinayakar, Dakshinamurty, Mahavishnu, brahma, Durga and Sandigeswarar are all present as Koshta murthys like in all Shiva temples. There is a separate shrine for Lord Murugan present with His wives Valli and Deivayanai. There are separate shrines for Bhairavar, Suryan and of course Chandran.

Gajaprushta Vimanam. SOMANGALAM, CHANDRAN STHALAM

Gajaprushta Vimanam. SOMANGALAM, CHANDRAN STHALAM

People pray here for getting rid of marriage obstacles, progeny, mental illness etc. There are two theerthams associated with this temple – Chandra theertham is located a bit away from the temple and Chandeeswara theertham is located adjacent to the temple.

Nagar under the Sthala Vruksham. SOMANGALAM, CHANDRAN STHALAM

Nagar under the Sthala Vruksham. SOMANGALAM, CHANDRAN STHALAM

 

 

Location: There are frequent buses from Kunrathur to Somangalam. The temple is about a kilometre from the Somangalam bus stop.

Bus Routes: 578 A Vadapalani to Sriperumbudur

88M Broadway to Somangalam

M18S Broadway to Somangalam

M88R Broadway to Amarambedu

M89 Porur to Somangalam

Temple Timing: 8 AM to 10 AM & 5 PM to 7 PM

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Kamakshi Amman Sametha Somanatheswarar Temple,

Somangalam

Kancheepuram District

PIN 602 109

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கோனேரிராஜபுரத்தில் உள்ள் உமா மஹேஷ்வரர் கோவிலை பற்றி முதல் முதலாக உஷா சூர்யமணி அவர்களின் ப்லாக்கை கண்டு அறிந்துகொண்டேன். கொன்னேரிராஜபுரம் திருவிடைமருதூரிலிருந்து தெற்க்கு திசையில் சுமார் 10 கி.மீ தொலைவில் உள்ளது. இந்த கோவில் வளாகம் திருனல்லம் என்று அழைக்கபடுகிறது. காவிரி நதியின் தெற்கில் உள்ள சோழ நாட்டின் தேவார ஸ்தலங்களில் முப்பத்தினாங்காவதாக கருதப்படுகிறது. செவ்வாய் மற்றும் வெள்ளி கிழமைகளில் இங்கு ஈசனை தரிசித்தால் சகல நன்மைகளும் கிட்டும் என கருதப்படுகிறது. இங்குள்ள மூலவரரின் பெயர் உமா மஹேஷ்வரர், அம்மன்னின் பெயர் மங்களநாயகி. இங்குள்ள ஸ்தல வ்ருக்ஷம் பத்ராக்ஷம். இந்த கோவிலின் தீர்த்தத்தின் பெயர் ப்ரம்ஹ தீர்த்தம்.

கோவில் குருக்கள் புகைபடம் எதுவும் எடுக்க வேண்டாம் என்று கேட்டுக்கொண்டதால் ஃப்லிக்காரில் உள்ள சில புகைபடங்களை எம்பெட் செய்துள்ளேன்.

இந்த திருக்கோவில் கன்டராத்தித்த சோழனின் மனைவி செம்பியன் மஹாதேவியால் புதுப்பிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இதனை குறித்து இக்கோவிலில் ஏராளமான கல்வெட்டுக்கள் காணபடுகின்றன. கன்டராத்தித்த சோழன் மற்றும் செம்பியன் மஹாதேவியின் சிலைகளும் இங்கு காணபடுகின்றன. இக்கோவிலின் அன்றாட செலவுகளுக்காக ஏராளமான சொத்தை கோவிலுக்கு நன்கொடையாக செம்பியன் மஹாதேவி தந்துள்ளார்.

பஞ்சலோகத்தால் செய்யப்பட்ட, இங்குள்ள் மிக உயரமான நடராஜரின் சிலை, உலக ப்ரசித்தி பெற்றது. இந்த சிலை உருவாகியதற்கு பின்னால் ஒரு ஸுவாரஸ்யமான கதை உண்டு. இந்த கோவிலில் ஒரு அழகான நடராஜர் சிலையை ஸ்தாபிக்கவேண்டும் என்று செம்பியன் மஹாதேவியின் விருப்பம். தன் விருப்பத்தின்படி ஸ்தபதியிடம் ஒரு பஞ்சலோக சிலையை செய்ய ஆணையிட்டார். ராணியின் ஆணையின்படி ஸ்தபதியும் ஒரிரு சிலைகளை செய்ய அதை ராணி நிராகரித்தார். அவர்களுக்கு சிலை உயரமாகவும் உயிருள்ளதுபோல் தோற்றம் அளிக்கவேண்டும் என்று கூறிவிட்டார்கள். இத்தகையான சிலையை குறிப்பிட்டுள்ள நாட்களுக்குள் செய்து முடிக்கவேண்டும், அப்படி செய்யவிட்டால் ஸ்தபதியின் தலை துண்டிக்கபடும் என்றும் கூறிவிட்டார்கள். கால அவகாஸம் நெருங்க ஸ்தபதிக்கு கவலையும் ஆதங்கமும் ஏற்பட்டது. ராணியின் ஆசையின்படி ஒரு சிலையை செய்ய தனக்கு உதவுமாறு கடவுளை வேண்டிக்கொண்டார்.

அவர் கொதித்துகொண்டிருக்கும் பஞ்சலோகத்தை, தான் செய்துள்ள அச்சில்

ஊற்றுவதற்காக  தயாராக இருந்தார். இந்த சமயத்தில் அங்கு ஒரு வயதான தம்பதிகள் வந்தார்கள். அவர்கள் ஸ்தபதியிடம் குடிப்பதற்கு ஏதவது வேண்டும் என்று கேட்டுக்கொண்டார்கள். சிலையை சரியாக செய்ய முடியவில்லை என்று மன விரக்தியும் கோபமும் கொண்ட ஸ்தபதி இந்த தம்பதிகளை சரியாக கவனிக்கவில்லை.  “வேண்டும் என்றால் இந்த பஞ்சலோகத்தை பருகுங்கள்” என்று கூற, சற்றும் யோஸிக்காமல் அவர்கள் அதை பருகிவிட்டார்கள். இதை கண்ட ஸ்தபதி ஆச்சரியம் அடைந்தார். கண் மூடி கண் திறப்பதற்க்குள் அந்த முதிய தம்பதி  நின்றுகொண்டிருந்த இடத்திலேயே நடராஜரின் சிலையாகவும் பார்வதியின் சிலையாகவும் தோன்றினர். அப்பொழுது வேலை சரியாக நடக்கிறதா என்று காண ராஜாவும் ராணியும் அங்கு வந்தார்கள். சிலையை கண்டதுடன் அவர்களுக்கு ஆச்சிர்யமும் சந்தோஷமும் ஏற்பட்டது. சிலைகளில் நகங்களும் உடம்பில் உள்ள ரோமத்தையும் கண்டு அவர்கள் வியந்தன. இப்படி ஒரு அற்புதமான  சிலையை எப்படி செய்ய முடிந்தது என்று ஸ்தபதியிடம் கேட்டார்கள். ஸதபதியும் நடந்ததை கூறினார். கதையை கேட்ட ராஜா அது அவரது கற்பனை என்று கோபம் அடைந்து தன் வாளை ஓங்கினார். சிலையின் வலது காலில் வாள் பட, வெட்டுப்பட்ட சிலையிலிருந்து ரத்தம் பீச்சியடித்தது. ராஜாவிற்கு குஷ்டரோகம் ஏர்பட்டது. தன் குற்றத்தை உணற்ந்த ராஜா ஈசனிடம் மன்னிப்பு கேட்டார். ஈசனும் ராஜாவிடம் இந்த நோயிலிருந்து குணமடைய இங்குள்ள வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமிக்கு 42 நாட்கள் அபிஷேகமும் ப்ரார்தனையும் செய்யுமாரு கூறினார். அதன்படி செய்த ராஜாவும் குணம் அடைந்தார். இங்குள்ள வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமி சகல நோய்களையும் தீர்த்துவைப்பார் என்று பக்தர்களின் அசைக்கமுடியாத நம்பிக்கை. தன் குடும்பதில் ஒருவர் இங்குள்ள வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமியை வழிபட்டதால் கேன்சர் போன்ற கொடிய நோயிலிருந்து பூரண குணம் அடைந்ததாக உஷா சூர்யமணி தன் பிலாக்கிள் கூறியுள்ளார்.

பக்தர்கள் இந்த அற்புதமான சிலையை வெகு அருகிலிருந்து காணலாம். நடராஜரின் வலது பாதத்தில் சோழ மன்னனின் வாளால் ஏற்பட்ட காயத்தின் வடுவை காணலாம். இடது கையின் கீழ் பகுதியில் ஒரு மச்சத்தையும் காணலாம். குருக்கள், கையால் நடராஜர் சிலையை தடவினால் ரோமங்களையும் உணர முடியும் என்றார். நான் சிலையை தொட்டு பார்கலாமா என்று கேட்டபொழுது அனுமதிக்கவில்லை.

வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமியின் சன்னதி வெளி ப்ரஹாரத்தில் உள்ளது. வைதீஸ்வரன் கோவிலில் உள்ளதுபோல் இங்கும் முத்துகுமாரஸ்வாமியின் சன்னதி வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமியின் சன்னதிக்கு நேர் எதிரே உள்ளது.

தினம்தோறும் ஆறுகால பூஜை நடைபெருகிறது. வைகாசி மாதத்தில் ப்ரஹ்மோத்சவம், கார்திகை தீபம், ஆருத்ரா தரிசனம், சிவராத்திரீ, ஆடி பூரம், நவராத்திரீ மற்றும் கந்த ஷஷ்டி வெகு சிறப்பாக கொண்டாடபடுகிறது.

இந்த கோவிலில் நந்தி இல்லை. இத்தலத்தில் பூஜை செய்தால ஒன்றுக்கு பல மடங்காக பூஜா பலன் பெறுவர் என கூறபடுகின்றது. படிப்பில் மந்தமானவர்கள் மற்றும் ஞாபக சக்தி குறைவாக உள்ளவர்கள் இக்கொவிலில் உள்ள ஞான கூபம் என்ற கிணற்றுலிருந்து நீரை பருகினால் சிறந்த பலன் ஏற்படுவதாக ஒரு நம்பிக்கை உண்டு.

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கும்பகோணம் திருனாகேஸ்வரம் கொள்ளுமாங்குடி பேரளம் திருனள்ளார் பாதையில் உள்ள எஸ். புதூர் என்ற இடத்திலிருந்து சுமார் 3.5 கி.மீ தொலைவில் உள்ளது கோனேரிராஜபுரம். திருனாகேஸ்வரத்திலிருந்து 16 கி.மீ மற்றும் கும்பகோணத்திலிருந்து 23 கி.மீ தூரத்தில் உள்ளது. கும்பகோணத்திலிருந்து ஏராளமான பேருந்துக்கள் எஸ். புதூர் வழியாக செல்கின்றன. எஸ். புதூரில்லிருந்து ஆட்டோக்கள் மூலம் கோனேரிராஜபுரம் வந்தடையலாம். ஆடுதுறை ரயில் நிலையத்தில் இருந்து 8 கி.மீ தொலைவில் இத்தலம் உள்ளது.

 


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திருவீழினாதர் கோவில், திருவீழிமிழலை

மங்கலேஸ்வரர் கோவில், சிருகுடி

ஸேஷபுரீஸ்வரர் கோவில், திருபாம்புரம்

ஸ்ரீ ஸர்குனேஸ்வரஸ்வாமி கோவில், கருவேலி

ஸ்ரீ நீலகண்டேஸ்வரர் கோவில், திருனீலகுடி

ஆலய முகவரி

அருள்மிகு உமா மஹேஷ்வரர் கோவில்

கோனேரிராஜபுரம்

கோனேரிராஜபுரம் அஞ்சல்

தஞ்சாவூர் மாவட்டம்

பின் கோட் 612201

ஞானஸ்கந்த் குருக்களின் தொலைபேசி எண்: 0435-2463096

 

ஆலய தரிசன நேரம்: 

காலை 6 மணி முதல் பகல் 12 மணி வரையிலும், மாலை 4 மணி முதல் இரவு 8-30 மணி வரையிலும் திறந்திருக்கும்.

Uma Maheshwarar Koil, Konerirajapuram

Posted: October 16, 2011 in Temples around Kumbakonam
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(Click here to read about this temple in tamil)

I first came to know about the temple at Konerirajapuram through Ms Usha Suryamani’s blog. I visited this temple recently. Konerirajapuram is situated 10 km South of Tiruvidaimarudur – on the road connecting Kumbhakonam and Karaikkal. Tirunallam – as the complex housing the Uma Maheshwarar temple is known – is regarded as the 34th temple situated in the South of Cauvery in the series of Devara Temples of the Chola Empire. People throng this temple on Tuesdays and Fridays as Worshiping at this temple on these days is said to be exceptionally beneficial. The main deity here is Uma Maheshwarar and His consort is Mangala Nayaki. The Sthala Vriksham is Bhadraksha and the holy water or theertham is Bhrama Theertham.

Since the Priest there requested me not take any photographs, I am embeding a few snaps available in flickr.

Niche carved Nataraja at Konerirajapuram temple

Bas relief and inscriptions at Konerirajapuram temple

King Pururavas was supposed to have been healed of leprosy here, and as a mark of gratitude covered the temple vimanam with gold.

This temple was reconstructed by Sembian Mahadevi, the Chola queen (of Gandaraditya). Icons of Gandaraditya Chola and Sembian Mahadevi as well as several inscriptions are seen here in this temple. These are about a thousand years old. Sembiyan Mahadevi is supposed to have made available for the maintenance of the temple and for the routine of the daily rites.

This temple is famous for the tall panchaloha (five metals) statue of Nataraja. The legend goes thus. Sembian Mahadevi wanted a tall and beautiful statue of Nataraja to be installed at the temple. Accordingly she instructed the Sthapathi to make a tall panchaloha statue of Nataraja.  (Sthapathis are the long-established Hindu temple designers, who fashion the attractive Hindu temples based on the magnificent foundation of Shilpa and Vasthu.)

The Sthapathi makes a couple of Statues which are rejected by the Royal Couple. They want a statue that is tall, appealing and full of life. The Sthapathi was given and ultimatum to come up with the Statue within a stipulated time or have his head chopped off. As the deadline set by the Royal couple neared the Sthapathi got anxious and depressed. He was worried and prayed to the Lord for Divine guidance on creating a statue that would be appealing to the Royal Couple. He had the molten panchaloha (five metals) ready to be poured into the mould that he had created. At this juncture, an old couple came by and requested for some water to quench their thirst. The Sthapathi was in a state of frustration and anxiety. He was indifferent to the old couple and told them to drink up the molten metal if they were really thirsty. To his astonishment the old man really drank the molten metal and offered some to his wife too. The Sthapathi was taken aback by this and could not react. He was dumbfounded. Before he could realise what was happening, two statues of Nataraja & Parvathi stood at the spot where the old couple stood moments ago. Soon the King and the Queen arrived to check the progress of work. They were exceedingly pleased to see the statues. They were in awe of the idols; the statues looked so full of life that the nails and body hair were also visible. He asked the sthapathi how he could create such a marvel. The Sthapathi who was trembling with devotion at the Lord’s magnanimity narrated his experience to the Royal Couple. The King was livid and labeled it a lie and a figment of his imagination. He lifted up his sword, which hit the raised right foot of the Deity. Blood gushed out and sprayed on the King who developed leprosy. The Lord subsequently told the King that He will be present at this temple as Vaithyanathaswamy and instructed him to offer prayers and perform abhisheka to Vaithyanathaswamy at this temple for a period of 42 days upon which he would be cured. The King did accordingly and was cured. Praying to Vaithyanathaswamy is said to cure all diseases. Ms Usha Suryamani has cited a few instances of people known to her being cured of their illness including cancer. You can read it here.

 

The devotees are allowed to have a close view of this marvelous statue. The wound on the right foot where the king’s sword struck is noticeable. There is also a mole beneath the left arm. The priest explained that body hair is also there in the statue as he ran his hands over the arms of Nataraja. He however, refused permission when I asked if may be allowed to touch & feel it.

Big Bronze Nataraja and Mangalanayagi at Konerirajapuram

The shrine of Vaithyanathaswany is in the outer Praharam and just like in Vaitheeswaran Koil, there is a shrine for Muthukumaraswamy right opposite to Vaithyanathaswamy’s shrine.

Pooja is offered here six times (aarukala pooja) each day. The annual Bhrammotsavam in Vaikasi, Karthikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Shivaratri, Aadi Pooram, Navaratri and Skanda Sashti are the important festivals celebrated at this temple with great pomp.

Location:

 

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Konerirajapuram is located at about 3.5 Km from S. Pudur on the Kumbakonam-Thirunageswaram-Kollumangudi-Peralam-Thirunallar route. It is about 16 Kms from Thirunageswaram and 23 Kms from Kumbakonam. Aduturai is the nearest railway station. There are several buses plying between Kumbakonam and Thirunallar. You can take any of these buses and alight at S. Pudur. Autos are available from here to reach Konerirajapuram.

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Travel Base: Kumbakonam

Other Temples nearby 

Thiruveezhinathar Koil, Thiruveezhimizhalai

MangaleswararTemple, Sirukudi

Seshapureeswarar Temple at Thirupamburam

Sri Sarguneswaraswamy temple, Karuveli

SriNeelakandeswararTemple– Thiruneelakudi

 

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Uma Maheshwarar Koil

Konerirajapuram

Konerirajapuram Post

Tanjore District

Pin 612201

Priest S. Gnanaskandan’s Residence number : 0435-2463096

Temple Timings: 6 AM to 12 Noon&4 PM to 8.30 PM

Thiruvelliangudi near Kumbakonam is one of the 108 Divya Desams. This place is very important for the vaishnavites and visiting Thiruvelliangudi Divya Desam is equivalent to visiting all the 108 Divya Desams. The Moolavar, Kolavilli Raman is present in a reclined posture and facing east. His Consort is Maragathavalli Thayar. The holy waters here are Sukra theertham, Brahma theertham, Parasurama theertham and Indra Theertham. This temple is believed to be four Eras (Yugas) old. In the Krita Yuga this place was known as Brahma Puthiram, Prasuram in the Treta Yuga, Chandra Nagara in the Dwapara Yuga and Bhargava Puram in the Kali Yuga. This temple is one of the Vaishnavite Navagraha Parihara sthalams around Kumbakonam. This is the Parahira sthalam for Sukran or Venus. Bhargava is another name of Sukran and hence the name Bhargavapuram. Sukran is known as Velli in Tamil and hence the name Velliangudi. But how is Sukran connected to this temple. The story goes thus.

 

Thiruvelliangudi Ramar Temple

Thiruvelliangudi Ramar Temple

Mahabali, the grandson of Prahalada was a righteous and generous demon king. He was respected by his subjects who were all happy under his rule, as there was no crime, poverty or diseases. He is believed to have ruled the present day Kerala. He became ambitious and was on a mission to conquer the whole world. He defeated Indra and captured the Deva Lokam. Indran approached Lord Vishnu and sought His help. Lord Vishnu took the Vaman Avatar and came down to the Earth. Now, Mahabali was a staunch devotee of Vishnu and was very generous. Like Karna of Mahabharatha, if someone asked him for something, he would always give. Mahabali had the habit of fulfilling the needs of a few Brahmins after his morning prayers. That fateful day, Vishnu as Vamana was amongst the Brahmins present. He asked Mahabali for 3 steps of land. Sukracharya, the Asura Guru, tried to dissuade Mahabali from granting the boon. Sukracharya did his best to stop the boon being granted. He took the form of a bee and blocked the mouth of the Kamandalam (a type of Jug, usually carried by rishis) from which Mahabali would pour water to signify the grant of the boon.  Vishnu used a dharba to clear the blockage in the Kamandalam and in the process blinded Sukracharya in one eye.  Vamana then took the Vishwaroopam and covered the whole universe in two steps.  The 3rd step was placed on Mahabali. Thus Mahabali was vanquished. Vishnu was please with Mahabali’s righteousness and granted him the boon of visitng his people once every year. This is the day that is celebrated as Onam by the people of Kerala.

Meanwhile, Sukracharya who had lost his vision in one eye prayed at a lot of Vishnu temples and asked for forgiveness. It is believed that it was here that he was given back his sight. Sukracharya also wished to the Lord that He should make this place as His permanent abode and bless all devotees who visit this temple with good eyesight and cure all eye ailments. Visiting this temple is equivalent to visiting all the 108 Divya Desams as per Vishnu’s boon to Sukracharya. Vishnu also married Sukracharya’s daughter Maragathavalli as per his wishes.

This temple was then built by the Asura architect, Mayan. He decided to build the most beautiful temple ever. He wanted it to be better than the Vaikunta built by the Deva architect Vishvakarma.  Vishnu was pleased with Mayan and gave him a darshan as a bow and arrow wielding Rama with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi. Interestingly, at that point in time, Ramavatar was yet to happen. As per the request of Mayan, the Lord is present in the same form. A unique feature of this temple is the sight of Garudazhwar with Sangu and Chakram. Vishnu is believed to have given them to him, while giving the darshan to Mayan. This is the only Divya Desam where Garudazhvar is seen with four hands. Garudazhavar with four hands is seen as though he is awaiting instructions from the Lord and is ready to hand over the Sangu and Chakram to Him. Prayer at this temple will result in career growth and employment for the unemployed. There is an oil lamp in the garba graham called Netra Deepam which burns eternally.

Location of the Temple:

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Thiruvelliayangudi is located at a distance of about 16 Kms from Kumbakonam. It is very close to Thirupanandal. Direct bus service to the village is not frequent. Route No. 2 from Kumbakonam via Anaikudi goes to this village. Hiring an auto from Thirupanandal or Suryanar Koil is the preferred option.


Other Temples Nearby:

Suryanar Koil

Thirumangalakudi

Thirupanandal

Kanjanoor

Boarding & Lodging:

Have your travel base at Kumbakonam. There is nothing much available at this village except a petty shop.

Temple Timings:

8 AM to 12.30 PM & 5 PM to 7 PM

Temple address:

Sri Kolavilli Ramar Alayam,

Palakudi Post

Via Thirumangalakudi

Tanjore District

Thiruvelliangudi 612 102

Phone: 0435-2943152

Temple Priest: Sri. S Ramamurthy Battacharyar

Mobile: +91-9443396212, +91-9843470120

Adhi Vaidhyanatha Swamy Temple

Posted: October 23, 2010 in Temples around Kumbakonam
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Vaitheeswaran Koil is my family’s “kula deivam”. A few months back my uncle told me about Adhi Vaidhyanatha Swamy Temple near Vaitheeswaran Koil and mentioned that we should first pray at that temple before we offer prayers at Vaitheeswaran Koil. I visited this temple at Mannipallam village, in August 2010 and it was partially built. The main deity is Vaithyanatha Swamy and His consort here is Thayyalnayaki. Mannipallam village is about 6 Kms from Vaitheeswaran Koil. This village is about 2 to 3 kms from Thirupungur. Enquiries with the locals to know more about the temple drew a blank. I had an opportunity to visit this temple again in early October 2010. I enquired at Vaitheeswaran Koil and one of the priests told me that there were in fact five Vaithyanatha Swamy temples around Vaitheeswaran Koil and that they had featured in the latest edition of Sakthi Vikatan. Someone overheard my conversation with the priest and directed me to the temple office and meet Mr. Ramani, who is an electrician there. Mr. Ramani hails from Mannipallam and what he told me was very painful. He said that the village people could not rebuild the temple due to lack of funds and the temple was in ruins for a long time.

 

Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy, Mannipallam

Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy, Mannipallam

 

Shivalingam found below the main Shivalaingam

Shivalingam found below the main Shivalaingam

He was not sure if there were any tablets/inscriptions available to authenticate that this was the original site of Vaitheeswaran Koil. “Most of  the granite slabs with the inscriptions have been used by the villagers in their paddy fields to build bunds. Some others have been taken away to be used in washing the clothes”. Some of the idols from here had been removed and used in some nearby temples. He said that anti social elements started using the temple premises for their nefarious activities. According to Mr. Ramani, on one occasion when a village elder questioned these people’s behaviour, one of those hooligans smashed the idol of Ambal with a heavy object and Ambal’s hand was broken in the process. Within a fortnight or so of this incident, the person whose broke Ambal’s idol was involved in an accident and lost one of his hands. This, according to Mr. Ramani, made the villagers believe very strongly in the temple Deity. The villagers then decided that the temple has to be re-built. Efforts towards this was initiated around 2002.

 

Ambal at Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy temple Mannipallam

Ambal at Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy temple Mannipallam

When they started to re-build this temple and the Shiva Lingam was removed, they found a second Shiva Lingam below this. Both the Shiva Lingams are now present in this temple. Mr. Ramani gave me the contact details of one Mr. Paramanathan, also a native of this village and a TN State Govt official. Mr. Paramanathan has been the champion for building the temple. Over the last eight years or so there has not been much progress made, mainly due to lack of funds.

 

Main Gopuram Seen from Vaithyanatha Swamy's shrine

Main Gopuram Seen from Vaithyanatha Swamy's shrine

 

View of the Gopuram

They have not actively sought the help of others and have been managing only within their own resources.

 

Adhi Vaidhyanatha Swamy, Vimanam

Adhi Vaidhyanatha Swamy, Vimanam

Nandi at Adhi Vaithyanatha swamy temple, Mannipallam

Nandi at Adhi Vaithyanatha swamy temple, Mannipallam

Mr. Paramanathan can be contacted on +91-9444526253.

I appeal to my readers to send in their contributions for rebuilding this ancient temple.  Please do tell your like minded friends and relatives about this temple. I am posting some snaps that I took at this temple and also some printed material in Tamil that was sent to me by Mr. Paramanathan.

Below are the printed materials that I have received from Mr. Paramanathan. I request my blogger friends to post this information on their blogs to help reach out to more people. Thank you all in anticipation.

Contributions may be sent to:

Adhi Vaitheeswarar Seva Sangam (Regn No: 6/2003)

Via Thirupungur

Mannipallam

Mayiladuthurai Taluk

609 112

 

 

About Adhi Vaidhyanatha Swamy Temple in Tamil

About Adhi Vaidhyanatha Swamy Temple in Tamil

 

About Adhi Vaidhyanatha Swamy Temple in Tamil Page 2

About Adhi Vaidhyanatha Swamy Temple in Tamil Page 2

About the temple with appeal for contributions

About the temple with appeal for contributions

Temple Location

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This temple is located at a distance of about 6 Kms from Vaitheeswaran Koil and about 2 Kms from Thirupungur.

Other Nearby Temples:

Thirupungur

Vaitheeswaran Koil

Thiruninriyur

Boarding & Lodging:

Have your travel base at Mayiladuthurai or Vaitheeswaran Koil.

Valvil Ramar Kovil at Thiru Pullaboothangudi is one of the 108 Divya desams and one of the Vaishnava Navagraha Parihara kshetrams around Kumbakonam. The Moolavar is Valvilraman and the Utsavar is Raman at this temple. The thayar or the Lord’s consort at this temple is Hemambujavalli. The holy water is Jatayu theertham. The vimanam is Shobana Vimanam. He is facing East and present in Kidantha kolam or a lying posture.

Valvil Ramar Koil Thirupullaboothankudi

Valvil Ramar Koil Thirupullaboothankudi

The story of Jatayu Moksham is associated with this temple. When Rama was serving his time in the forest, Sita was abducted by Ravana. Jatayu, the King of Birds, saw this and immediately came to the rescue of Sita Devi. He fought a valiant but vain battle and sacrificed his life in the process. Rama and Lakshmana who came in search of Sita Devi saw Jatayu. Jatayu narrated the abduction of Sita Devi. A dying Jatayu requested Rama to perform his last rites. Normally, while performing such ceremonies the wife must be present with the husband. Since Sita Devi had been abducted, Boo Devi, another form of Sita Devi took her place and Rama performed the last rites of Jatayu. The same story is associated with another Divay Desam also, Thiru Putkuzhi which is 7 Kms from Kanchipuram on the Chennai Vellore route. As Jatayu belonged to Pul(tamil) family of birds and Rama rested (meaning kudi in Tamil) here after performing the last rites of Jatayu this place is known as Thiru Pullaboothankudi. Rama who could not perform the last rites of His father Dasaratha took solace from performing the last rites of Jatayu. The punnai tree inside the temple premises is believed to be the tree under which Rama rested.

Usually Rama is seen in a standing posture (Ninra Kolam) at all the temples. In this temple he is seen in a lying posture (Kidantha Kolam). Is this because he is believed to have rested here? Another interesting feature is that Rama is seen hold Sangu (Conch) and Chakram (discus), whereas He is usually seen holding bow and arrow.

This is the Budhan Parihara sthalam. This temple is considered to be a Pitru Kadan Nivarthi sthalam. Devotees believe that praying here will also remove marriage obstacle. Those looking for improvement in career or seeking employment can pray to Udyoga Narasimhar and Yoga Narasimhar at this temple for manifestation of their desires.

Location:


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Thirupullamboothangudi is located at a distance of about 5.5 Kms from Swamimalai.

Other Temples Nearby:

Swaminatha Swamy Temple, Swamimalai

Andalakkum Aiyyan Temple, Thiru Adhanur

Vilvaneswarar Temple, Thiruvaikavur

Vellai Pillayar Temple, Thiruvalanchuzhi

Gajendra Varadhar Kovil, Kapisthalam

Vaiyam Kaththa Perumal Temple, Thirukoodalur

Boarding & Lodging:

Have your Travel Base at Kumbakonam which is around 12 Kms from here.

Temple Timings: 7.30 am to 12.00 pm & 4.30 pm to 07.30 pm

Temple Address :

Arulmigu Valvil Raman Thirukkovil
Thiruppullaboothangudi – 612301
Thanjavur District
Tamilnadu.
Priest: Shri Gopal Bhattar

Mobile: +91-94435 25365

Gajendra Varadhar Temple at Kapisthalam is one of the 108 Divya Desams. This ancient temple is believed to be more than 2000 years old. Lord Vishnu is present in Bujanga Sayana posture here. The holy water or theertham at this temple are Gajendra Pushkarni and Kapila theertham. There are separate shrines for Yoga Narasimhar, Sudharshana, Azhwars and Garudan. The moolavar, Gajendra Varadar is in bujanga sayana under the Kadhanakkruthi Vimanam. His Consort at this temple is Ramamani Thayar. She is also known as Shenbagavalli or Pottramarayal. She has a separate shrine to the right of the Lord’s shrine. Kapisthalam is one of the Pancha Krishna Kshethrams. The other four are, Thirukkannamangai, Thirukannapuram, Thirukovilur and Thirukannangudi.

 

Gajendra Varadhar Temple, Kapisthalam

Dwajasthambam

The legend of Gajendra Moksham from the Bhagawad Gita, is associated with this temple. Gajendra Moksham is believed to have happened at Kapisthalam. A Pandya King by name Indradyumnan was a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu. Once, the Great Sage Agastya and his disciples came to visit this King. The King was in his prayers and hence could not attend to his guests immediately. Agastya felt insulted and was very angry. He cursed the King to become an elephant. After Indrayumnan apologized, Sage Agastya also pronounced that he will be absolved of his sins by the Divine Grace of Mahavishnu. Accordingly, the King was born as an elephant.

Around the same time, Huhu, a Gandharva, playfully pulled the leg of Sage Devala while he was bathing. The angry Sage cursed him to be born as a crocodile. The Gandharva apologized and as in the case with Indrayumna, the Sage said that he would attain Moksha by Lord Vishnu’s discus.

Indrayumnan who was reborn as the elephant was very strong and ruled over the forest. As in his previous birth, he continued to be a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu. He used to go to a pond daily to pluck lotus and offer to the Lord. On the eventful day, Gajendra as usual went into the pond to fetch the flowers to offer to Mahavishnu. A short while after he got into the pond, Gajendra felt his leg being dragged from under the water. Gajendra tried to free himself but in vain. To his horror he found that a really huge crocodile had caught hold of his leg and was pulling him under water. However much he tried, Gajendra could not free himself from the vice-like grip of the crocodile. After a prolonged struggle and battle, Gajendra realized that it will be a futile effort. He then prayed to Lord Vishnu and surrendered to the Lord to save him. Lord Vishnu used His discus to cut off the head of the crocodile. Immediately, the crocodile turned into Huhu and Gajendra also attained Moksham. It is believed that those who fully surrender to the Lord just like Gajendra had done will be saved and protected by Him. He is known as Papa Vimochakan as He absolves His devotees of all their Sins.

The festival commemorating Gajendra Moksham is celebrated during the Tamil month of Panguni. Vaikunta Ekadesi, Rama Navami and Akshaya Tritiya are other festivals that are celebrated on a grand scale at this temple.

Mahavishnu is also believed to have given darshan to Gajendra as Kannan. Hence He is also known as Aatrankarai Kidakkum Kannan. Hanuman the monkey God is also believed to have worshiped the Lord here and was given darshan by the Lord in the form of Rama. Kapi means monkey and hence the name Kapisthalam. This is one of the nine vaishnava navagraha sthalam around Kumbakonam and is the Parihara Sthalam for Rahu.

Location:

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Kapisthalam is located 3 Kms across Cauvery from Papanasam in Tanjore District. It is located on Kumbakonam Tiruvaiyaru road and is about 16 Kms from Kumbakonam.

 

Other Temples Nearby:

Thirukoodalur (Aduthurai Perumal Kovil) 6 .5 Kms
Papanasam 108 Sivalingam 3 Kms
Swamimalai 8 Kms
Thirunallur Panchavarneswarar Temple – 7 Kms
Thiruvalanchuzhi – 9 Kms

Boarding & Lodging:

Have your Travel base at Kumbakonam which is 16 kms from here or at Tanjore which is at a distance of 28 kms.

Temple Timings: 7 AM to 12 Noon & 5 PM to 7.30 PM

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Gajendra Varadhar Koil
Kapisthalam 614 203
Tanjavur Dist
Phone: 04734-223434
Priest: Shri Seshadri Bhattacharya

Vaiyam Kaththa Perumal Temple at Thirukoodalur is one of the 108 Divya Desams. The name Thirukoodalur or Koodalur is not well known now.  If you want to ask for directions, ask for Aduthurai Perumal Koil.  this Aduthurai is not to be confused with the Aduthurai near Thiruvidaimarudhur.  There are a group of Vaishnava temples around Kumbakonam which are considered navagraha Parihara sthalams.  This did come as a surprise to me because the Vaishnavites do not believe in navagraha worship.  This is the Kethu parihara sthalam. There is a prominent board in this temple that authenticates this.  The Moolavar (Main Deity) is known as Vaiyam Kaththa Perumal and the Utsavar (Deity taken out in procession during festivals) is Jagatrakshakan.  His consort here is Padmasanavalli.  The sacred tree (Sthala Vruksham) is the Jackfruit tree.  The Palamaran (Jack fruit tree) at this temple is very unique as you can see a huge formation on the tree that resembles a sangu (conch).   This tree is known as sangu pathintha palamaram.

Sangu pathintha Palamaram

Sangu pathintha Palamaram

Sangu pathintha Palamaram

Sangu pathintha Palamaram

The Lord at Aduthurai Perumal Koil is seen with his discus ready to leave His hand.  He is known as Prayoga Chakradari.  A king by name Ambarishan was a devout Vaishnavite.  In his devotion to Lord Vishnu he neglected his kingdom.  As a result he lost his kingdom to the neighbouring king.  Undeterred, the king continued his service to Vishnu.  Once when he was in a deep state of meditation, Durvasa Maharishi came to meet him.  The king who was immersed in his prayers to Lord Vishnu did not notice the sage.  Durvasa Maharishi felt insulted by this act of King Ambarishan and cursed him.  A shaken Ambarishan prayed to Lord Vishnu seeking his help.  Mahavishnu was angry with Durvasa Maharrishi for punishing His devotee for no fault of his.  Mahavishnu used the discus intending to cut off the Sage’s head.  Before any damage could be done, the Sage realised his folly and apologised to the Lord.  As a mark of gratitude, Ambarishan built a temple at the same spot where the current Aduthurai Perumal Koil is located.  The Lord is also known as Ambarisha Varadar after King Ambarishan.  Devotees who pray at Aduthurai Perumal Koil are believed to be protected by the discus of Vishnu.

Bathing in the holy rivers, according to Hindu scriptures, washes away one’s sins.  These holy rivers that accumulate the sins washed away by the people purify themselves by having a dip in the Cauvery.   Cauvery who accumulated all the sins approached Brahma for a solution to the problem.  Brahma directed Cauvery to pray to Lord Vishnu at this sacred place and accordingly Cauvery was purified.  Praying at Aduthurai Perumal Koil is believed to absolve the devotees of all their sins and enable to attain Moksham or Salvation.

Offerings of Kalkandu (Rock Sugar – wonder if that is the correct translation) and butter are made to the Lord.  The benefits of making these offerings are abundant wealth and marital bliss.

Nandhaga Munivar came to this holy place accompanied by all the Devas.  Koodal in tamil means together.  Since they all came together this place came to be known as Thirukoodalur.

About the temple in Tamil

About the temple in Tamil

It is believed that this is the place where Mahavishnu incarnated as the Boar (Varaha Avatharam) and prevents the Earth from sinking into the ocean. Hiranyaksha, a demon was granted a  boon by that he shall neither be killed by a man nor beast nor God. Emboldened by this boon, Hiranyaksha embarks on a destruction spree and pushes the Earth into the sea. He does not spare even Brahma, his benefactor.  While Brahma is fast asleep he steals the Vedas from Him. The Devas plead to Mahavishnu to put an end to the cruelty.  Mahavishnu takes the Varaha Avtaram and lifts the Earth from the ocean with the help of his tusks. He then kills Hiranyaksha and salvages the Veda from him.  Since He saved the world from extinction, He is known as Vaiyam Kattha Perumal or Jagatrakshakan.

The original temple built by Ambarishan was washed away by floods.  Mahavishnu appeared in the dream of Rani Mangammal of Madurai and asked her to build a new temple for Him.  The present temple is the one built by her.  In one of the Pillars of the temple you can see the image of Rani Mangammal.

Rani Mangammal

Image of Rani Mangammal on a pillar

Temple Location:

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Aduthurai  Perumal Koil is located on Kallanai-Kumbakonam Road at a distance about 10 Kms from Thingalur and 12 Kms from Thiruvaiyaru.  Tanjore is at a distance of 25 Kms from here.

Boarding & Lodging

Have your travel base at either Tanjore which is at 25 Kms from here or Kumbakonam which is at 23 Kms from Aduthurai Perumal Koil.

Other Temples Nearby:

Kailasanathar Temple, Thingalur

Gajendra Varadha Perumal Koil, Kapisthalam

Ganapathy Agraham – Mahaganapathy Alayam

Kailasanathar kovil, Ayyampettai

Pashupathinathar Temple – Pashupathi Koil

Chakravageswarar Temple – Thiru Chakkarappalli

Hara Saba Vimochanar, Thirukandiyur

Brahmasira Kandeeswarar,  Thirukandiyur

Thyagarajaswamy Temple, Tiruvaiyaru

Pancha Nadheeswarar temple, Tiruvaiyaru

Temple Timings: 7.30 AM to 12.30 PM & 4 PM to 7.30 PM

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Vaiyam Kaththa Perumal Thirukoil

Thirukoodalur 614 202.

Tanjore District

Phone: +91-93452-67501, +91-93443-03803,

Birth stars are as important as the celestial planets in Astrology.  Like it is important to visit the temples dedicated to the Navagrahas or celestial planets, it is also important to visit temples dedicated to ones Birth star or Janma Nakshatram.  It is said that visiting the temple corresponding to your Birth star at least once a year removes obstacles and ensures happy life. The full list is as follows.

1. Ashwini or Aswathi or Ashwathi or Asvini

Piravi Marundeeswarar Koil Situated in Thiruthuraipoondi which is about 30 Kms from Tiruvarur.  04369-222392, 94438 85316

Dharbaranyeswarar  temple Situated at Thirunallar about 6 Kms from Karaikal

2. Bharani or Apa Bharani

Agneeswarar Koil. This temple is at Nallaadai, situated  20 Kms from Mayavaram on Nagapattinam  Route.  It is about 3 Kms from Poraiyar.   04364-285341, 97159 60413, 94866 31196

Vadaranyeswarar Temple This temple is at Thiruvalangadu, 45 Kms from Chennai on the route to Arakkonam.

3. Karthigai or Krithika

Gaathra Sundareswarar Koil This is at Kanjanagaram, at a distance of 8 Kms from Mayavaram on Poompuhar road.   04364-282853, 94874 43351

Naganathar Temple Nagapattinam

4. Rohini

Pandava Dhootha Perumal Koil Situated in the lane opposite to Ekambareswarar Koil at Kanchipuram   044-27231899

Sivayoginathar Temple Thiruvisanallur

5. Mirugaseerisham or Mrigashiras or Mrigasira or Mrigashirsha

Adi Narayana Koil at Enkan.  Enkan is very famour for the Murugan temple. Enkan is near Tiruvarur on the road to Thanjavur via Koradacheri.   04366-269965, 94433 51528

Vana Durga Devi Temple situated at Kathiramangalam at a distance of 5 Kms from Kuthalam & 16 Kms from Mayavaram.

6. Thiruvadharai or Arudhra

Abhaya Varadeeswarar Koil located at Adhiramapattinam at a distance of 12 Kms from   Pattukottai in Tanjore District.   99440 82313, 94435 86451

Agneeswarar Temple Thirukollikkadu near Tiruvarur

7. Punarpoosam or Punarvasu

Athitheeswarar Koil Vaniyambadi in North Arcot District.   04174-22652, 99941 07395

Abathsahayeswarar Temple Alangudi

8. Poosam or Pushyami or Pushya

Akshayapureeswarar Koil. This temple is at Vilangulam.  Vilangulam is situated at 20 Kms from Peravurani,  in Tanjore District.  From Pattukottai on the ECR towards Rameswaram this is at a distance of 30 Kms.   97507 84944, 96266 85051

Karkadeswarar Temple Thirunandudevankudi is about 2 Kms from Thiruvisanallur and 8 Kms from Thiruvidaimarudhur

9. Aayilyam or Ashlesha

Karkadeswarar Koil Thirunandudevankudi is about 2 Kms from Thiruvisanallur and 8 Kms from Thiruvidaimarudhur.   0435-2000240, 99940 15871.

Subramanya Swamy Temple Thirupurankundram

10. Magham or Magha

Mahalingeswarar Koil This temple is at Thavasimadai 25 kms from Dindugal on the road to Nattam.   95782 11659, 93624 05382

Thillai Kali Temple Chidambaram

11. Pooram or Poorva Phalguni or Purva or Purva Phalguni or Poorvaphalguni or Pubba

Hari Theertheswarar Koil Situated at Thiruvarangulam, which is 10 Kms from Pudukottai on the road to Pattukottai.   98651 56430, 99652 11768.

Sri Kalyanasundara Swamy Temple Thirumanacheri about 6 Kms from Kuthalam which is on Mayavaram-Kumbakonam route

12. Uttiram or Uttara Phalguni

Mangalyeswarar Koil Edaiyathumangalam is on Trichy-Lalgudi route.  Just after Valadi you will find an arch to your right, take a right turn there and the road will lead you to this village.   0431-2544070, 98439 51363

Kucchiamman Temple At Poovalur situated at a distance of 20 kms from Trichy and 3 Kms North of Lalgudi on Trichy Ariyalur road.

13. Hastham or Hastha or Hast or Hasta

Kripakupareswarar Koil This temple is at Komal, which is about 6 Kms from Kuttalam, which is on Kumbakonam Mayavaram Route.   95002 84866

Thyagarajaswamy Temple Tiruvarur

14. Chitirai or Chitra

Chittirairatha Vallabha Perumal Koil Situated at Kuruvithurai about 23 Kms from Madurai and 8 Kms from Cholavandan.   94439 61948, 97902 95795

Thyagarajaswamy Temple Tiruvarur

15. Swaathi

Prasanna Kundhalambika and Tantreeswarar Koil Sittukadu about 10 Kms from Poonamallee on Pattabiram route.   93643 48700, 93826 84485

Jambukeshwarar temple Thiruvanaikaval is on the outskirts of Trichy near Srirangam

16. Vishaka or Vishaakha or Vishakam

Kumaraswamy Koil Thirumalai about 7 Kms from Shenkottai and 15 Kms from Thenkasi.   04633-237131, 237343

Pralayanathar Temple Cholavandhan, 26 Kms from Madurai

17. Anusham or Anuradha

Lakhmsipureeswarar Koil. This temple is at Thiruninriyur about 6 Kms from Vaitheeswaran Koil on the road to Mayavaram.   04364-320 520

Mahalingaswamy temple Thiruvidaimarudhur

18. Kettai or Jyeshtha

Varadaraja Koil Varadaraja Koil is at Pasupati Koil, 12 Kms from Tanjore on Kumbakonam route.   97903 42581, 94436 50920

Angalaparameswari Amman Temple Situated at Palladam, 35 Kms from Coimbatore

19. Moolam or Moola

Singeeswarar Koil At Mappedu about 40 Kms from Chennai   044-27608065, 94447 70579, 94432 25093

Meenakshi Amman Temple Madurai

20. Pooradam or Purva Ashadha or Poorva Shada or Poorvashaada

Akasapureeswarar Koil Kaduveli near Thiruvaiyar.   94434 47826, 96267 65472

Bhakthajaneswarar Temple Thirunavalur is on Ulundurpet – Panruti route at a distance of 16 Kms from Panruti.

21. Uttiradam or Uttara Ashadha or Uttara Shada or Uthrashaada

Brahma Pureeswarar Koil Situated at Keezhapungudi in Madurai district on the on the Melur – Sivaganga Road.   99436 59071, 99466 59072

Dharmapuram Durga Temple Mayavaram

22. Thiruvonam or Shravana

Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Koil This temple at Thiruparkadal is 4 kms from Kaveripakkam on the Chennai – Vellore route.   04177-254929, 94868 77896

Rajakaliamman Temple Chetpet in Chennai

23. Avittam or Shravishtha or Dhanista or Dhanishta

Brahma Gnana Pureeswarar Koil This temple at Korukkai is 5 Kms from   Kumbakonam on the Patteeswaram – Muzhaiyur road.   98658 04862, 94436 78579

Magudeshwarar Temple Kodumudi is situated on Erode Trichy Highway, it is 26 Kms from Karur and 38 Kms from Erode.

24. Sadayam or Shatabhisha or Shatataraka

Agnipureeswarar Koil Thirupugalur about 10 Kms from Nannilam towards Nagapattinam.   04366-236 970

Ardhanareeswarar Temple Thiruchengode

25. Pooratadhi or Purva Bhadrapada or Poorva Bhadra

Thiruvaneswarar Koil Ranganathapuram about 3 Kms from Thirukattupalli in Tanjore District.   94439 70397, 97150 37810

Adishesha Perumal Temple Kanchipuram

26. Uttiratadhi or Uttara Bhadrapada or Uttara Bhadra or Uthrabhadra

Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar Koil Theeyathur about 15 Kms from Avudayar Kovil in Pudukkottai District on Thirupunavasal route.   04371-239212 99652 11768

Panchanatheswarar Temple Thiruvaiyaru

27. Revathi

Kailasanathar Koil Karukudi about 2 Kms from Tattayangarpettai and 1.5 Kms from Mettuppalayam in Musiri Taluka of  Trichy District.   97518 94339, 94423 58146

Pranavavyaghrapureeswarar Temple Omampuliyur, 32 Kms from Chidhambaram.

About a month back I visited a couple of temples on the outskirts of Chennai, Gnayiru Gramam and an hitherto unknown temple near Poondi.  Pushparatheswarar Temple at Gnayiru Gramam is one of the Navagraha temples around Chennai dedicated to Suryan.  The village itself gets its name from Suryan or Sun God, Gnayiru in Tamil means Sun.

Temple Gopuram

Temple Gopuram

I had first visited this temple about 8 years back and it was a balalayam.  It was unknown too. During that visit I had waited for an hour for the temple priest to come after finishing the rituals at another temple in a neighbouring village.  Today, the temple is getting popular.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the temple has been renovated thanks to the efforts of the local villagers and few other devotees.  It is very well maintained too.  I would say that it is one of the better maintained temples that I have visited.  Work on the temple pond is still on and hopefully it should be ready in about 6 months.  I also found a rare tree here, in fact, the first time I have seen this tree.  Thiruvodu (begging bowl of the sanyasis) is a half of the outer shell of the fruit of these trees.  It is also used by them to drink or eat food from and is believed to prevent viral infections.

Thiruvodu Tree

Thiruvodu Tree

Thiruvodu Tree

Thiruvodu Tree

Thee are a few interesting legends behind this temple.  A Chola King was returning after successfully waging a war on a kingdom in Andhra Pradesh.  He camped at Cholavaram.  He was a staunch Shiva devotee and went in search of lotus to perform his daily pooja.  During his search he saw a pond full of lotuses.  One of the flowers was taller, bigger and more beautiful than the rest.  The King wanted this flower for the pooja and tried to reach the flower.  As the King neared the flower it moved away and was elusive.  After several futile attempts, the King was very angry and threw his sword at the flower.  The sword broke into pieces.  One of the pieces fell on a Lingam which was in the pond.  The pond turned red in no time because of the blood that was oozing from the Lingam.  This scar can still be seen on this Shiva Lingam.  The King fainted there. His horse fled from the scene before fainting.  Lord Shiva then appeared before the King and blessed him.  The King apologized to the Lord.  Lord Shiva asked the King to build a temple for the Lingam that was found in the pond.  The Shiva Lingam is a Swayambhu (self-manifested).  Here, Lord Shiva is known as Pushparatheswarar.  His consort here is Swarnabigai.  The God is also known as Poothereeswarar.  Both the names convey the same meaning; Poo or Pushpam means flower and ratham or ther means chariot.  Since the Lingam was found in Lotus, He got this name. Lotus is the flower that is offered to the God here.

Gnayiru Gramam, Praharam

Gnayiru Gramam, Praharam

Landscaped Praharam

Beautifully Landscaped Praharam

Here is the story on why this place got the name Gnayiru Gramam.  A Chola King was on a Pilgrimage to Kasi and was passing through this village.  He saw the beautiful lotus in the pond and as he tried to pluck the same he was blinded.  He prayed to the Lord that he would build a temple here on his way back from Kasi.  Immediately, his eyesight was restored in one eye. As promised he came to the village on his way back.  Lord Shiva appeared to the King and shone brightly on the lotus as Suryan.  The King then built a temple as instructed by the Lord and got back his eyesight in the other eye as well.  Since then, this place is known as Gnayiru Gramam and came to be known as a Surya Sthalam.  People come here to get themselves cured of eye related ailments.

Temple Tank

Temple Tank

The ancient temple here had shrines for Pushparatheswarar and His Consort Swarnambigai apart from shrines for Karaneeswarar, Kapaleeswarar, Jambukeswarar and Hiranyeswarar.  Inscriptions here suggest that some additions were also made by the Pandyas and Vijayanagar Kings.

In my earlier post on Suryanar Koil near Aduthurai, I had narrated the story behind the Navagrahas being cursed by Lord Brahma, as a result of which Suryan was afflicted with leprosy.  Suryan, during his pilgrimage to get absolved of the curse also visited this village.  He saw a pond filled with lotuses and was enamoured by its beauty.  Some of the lotuses even had a thousand petals.  Surya decided to stay here and offer His prayers to Lord Shiva.  As time passed, one fine day Lord Shiva was pleased with Suryan’s devotion and appeared as a Lingam in one of the lotuses and blessed Suryan.  A grateful Suryan built a temple for Him here.  Since Lord Shiva appeared from a lotus or a flower, He is known as Pushparatheswarar. Lord Shiva also gave Suryan an Akshaya pathram (a bowl which is always full).  Suryan blesses His devotees who pray to Him here with prosperity, good health and happiness.

Dhwaja Sthambam

Dhwaja Sthambam

Sage Agasthiyar, the author of Ādityahṛdayam is believed to have stayed here and worshipped Lord Shiva. Ādityahṛdayam is a sloka recited by Agasthiyar to Lord Rama in the battlefield before the fight with Ravana. The sage teaches Lord Rama the procedure of worshipping Suryan for strength and to gain victory over the enemy. Recting this sloka of about 30 verses everyday is said to be highly beneficial.  Here is a nice link explaining everything about Ādityahṛdayam.

Surya Moola Mantram: Aum hram hrim hraum sah suryaya namah.

Surya Gayathri: om ashwadhwajaaya vidmahae padma hasthaaya dheemahi tanno surya: prachodayaath

The navagraha temples around Chennai are as follows.

  1. Suryan Sthalam – Gnayiru Gramam, Surya Sthalam & Agastheeswarar Kovil, Kolapakkam
  2. Chandran Sthalam – Somanatheswarar Temple, Somangalam
  3. Chevvai Sthalam or Angakaran Sthalam – Vaitheeswaran Kovil, Poonamalee
  4. Budhan Sthalam – Sundareswarar Kovil, Kovur & Karaneeswarar Koil, Saidapet
  5. Guru Sthalam – Ramanatheeswarar Koil, Porur & Thiruvaleeswarar Koil, Padi
  6. Sukran Sthalam – Valleeswarar Kovil, Mylapore, Valleeswarar Kovil, Mangadu
  7. Saneeswaran Sthalam – Agastheeswarar Kovil, Pozhichalur
  8. Rahu Sthalam –  Nageswarar Temple, Kunrathur
  9. Kethu Sthalam – Neelakanteswarar Kovil, Gerugambakkam

Location:


Gnayiru Gramam is located at a distance of about 10 Kms from Red Hills (Chenkundram).  There are buses available from Red Hills to Gnayiru Gramam.  Route numbers T 57, 58 A and 58 G ply from High Court to Gnayiru Gramam.

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Travel Base: Chennai.

Temple Timings: 7 AM to 12 Noon & 4 PM to 8 PM (3 PM to 8 PM on Sundays)

Temple Address:

Pushparatheswarar Temple

Gnayiru Gramam

Via Cholavaram

Chennai 600 067

Phone: 044- 29021016, Mobile: +91- 99620-34729.

PS:  After worshipping at this temple, we proceeded towards Poondi to visit Shree Agneeswarar Temple at Neyveli (near Thiruvallur).  The story behind its discovery and the subsequent events are quite interesting.  I came to know about this temple through Raju’s blog.

Here are a couple of photos of this temple from that visit.

Location of this temple – view Map

Shiva Lingam covered by Cement bags

Shiva Lingam covered by Cement bags

Temple under Construction

Temple under Construction