Anaimalai – Sri Masani Amman Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Masani Amman Temple

Period of origin

Before 1000 years

Name of deity

Ambal: Masaniamman

Sthala Theertham: Aliyaru River

Sthala Virksham: Mango Tree

Sthalapuranam:

The idol of Masaniamman is very powerful one and offer blessing to all devotees who have a stunt belief in her. Goddess is seen in the lying position that too in the burial ground. Burial ground in Tamil is called “Mayanam”   and possibly she might have been initially called “Mayana Sayani”. She is seen with four hands, two of them are seen as raised up and two are kept close to the earth.  Her devotees believe that   she can solve all their problems. They write their problem in a paper in a slip of paper and give it to her priest. They believe that within three weeks their problem would be completely solved.

If her devotees are   trouble by evil spirits or if they suffer heavy losses in business they approach the Goddess, appeal to the justice stone in front of her and grind chillies in the pestle and mortar and apply it on her “Justice Stone.” They believe that by doing this their problems   would be solved quickly. There are two entirely different stories about her   origin.

As per legends The region was under the rule of king Nannan in days of yore.  He grew a mango tree on the banks of Aliyaru River and ordered that the fruit of the tree was meant for his own use and none should take or use them.  A woman while bathing in the river saw a mango floating in the river and ate it not knowing the order of the king.  The angry and cruel king rewarded capital punishment to the woman and executed despite opposition of the public.  The aggrieved public built a tomb for her and prayed for her salvation and also made an idol of her in a reclining for.  In the days that followed, the woman became the guardian deity of the place and a regular temple was built then.

Another story says It is that Lord Sri Rama on His way to Lanka to rescue Mother Sita came to know that Sri Masaniamman representing Parasakti was here.  He made an idol of the mother with the sand available in the crematorium and worshipped.  He made it in the reclining form. As Ambica is in a crematorium (Mayanam) in a reclining form (Sayana), She was named Mayana Sayani.  As there were huge numbers of elephants here, the place is called Anaimalai – Anai-Elephant.  Pathitrupathu, Sangam literature mentions the place as Umbarkadu.

The Prasad offered in the temple is called Pachilam Marundu.  Women consume this and tie a black thread in the hand for child boon and for relief from the effects of spells and witchcrafts.  The Prasad is a medicine for girls facing stomach problems while attaining puberty.  For recovery of stolen articles, devotees place ground chillies on the ‘Justice Stone’ in the temple.  Devotees also place their grievances in writing and tie it in the hands of Ambica.  It is strongly believed that solution would knock the doors of the applicant within 90 days.  Devotees also offer Pongal (pudding) to Mother.  Now the name of the deity is Masaniamman.

An 18 day festival is grandly celebrated in the temple in the month of Thai (January-February. Also New Moon days, Tuesdays and Fridays are festival days in the temple.

Route:

This temple   is situated 14 km from Pollachi and 60 km from Coimbatore.

Temple Timings:

6 am to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04253 282337

Temple Address:

Sri Masani Amman Temple,

Anaimalai – 642104,

Pollachi Taluk,

Coimbatore District.

 

Srivaikundam (Nava Kailasam) – Sri Kailasanathar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kailasanathar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Kailasanathar

Ambal: Sivakami

Sthala Theertham: Thamirabarani

Sthala Virksham: Jack fruit tree

Sthalapuranam:

Spinning off the flower flowers Thamiraparani uromacar sixth spot is washed. The installation of a Linga. He is known Kailasantha. The feature will display Sani, who has been seeking Sivakami. Around 108 Nandi shrine of Lord Shiva is the opposite. Those lights are lit the Lord is the faith of the growing prosperity of the family.

The beautiful sculptures around the temple, which was responsible for the formation of neo Kailash destinations uromaca sage, and Nataraja, aknipattirar, Lord of the pillars of the sculptures were designed. And Kashi Vishwanath, also are on Mother. Bhagavathi Amman temple in the city brought the flag-post. The temple is known as Nataraja Sabapathi sandalwood.

Miracle Based: navakailayankal place in the sixth spot. It is a Saturday. Bhagavathi Amman temple in the city, brought the flag-post. Navakailayamum in the same city, located navatiruppatiyum special. Putanatar idol of the temple is very special. It is made ​​of wood. Umaiyakap born, speaking with the power and grace of Tiruchendur Murugan, born ivvuriltan kumarakurupara Swamiji.

Saturday attractions: the temple is a shrine to Saneeswara. Kailasanathar tosat victims in Saturday, Sunday and pray a special ritual. Remedy has been affected by the cramped muscle Saturday weddings happen here. It is believed that it can regain lost assets. The temple is the temple of the Lord Thirunallar itanat say. Racikkararkal at Science Stars to make amends, to reduce the intensity of the faith pray Saturday. Mr. tirumakalum temple is believed to be located. So this place “Alwarthirunagiri” called. “Vaikutal” means “stay” the object.

Ivvurileye 108 Tirupati one Kallapiran Temple located. This navatiruppatikal the Sun on the spot. The only place navakailayamum, navatiruppatiyum is special. Umaiyakap born, Tiruchendur Murugan grace speaking with the power, kumarakurupara Swami ivvuriltan born. putanatar Special: at this temple putanatar the police whose statue is very special. It is made ​​of wood. Chithirai festival, during the first ivarukke first is paid.

He Shasta is believed to be. 3rd day festival, on whom the Lord eluntarulukirar. He pudding, sugar, being made ​​in the naivettiyam Puliyogare. He has anointed. cantanati only tatavukinranar balm. He shut vataimalai Worshipping special. Earlier, the temple, the priests locked the keys, went to surrender before putanatar up. Despite not being able to log in on the belief that no one did.

In April and October 10 days Brahmmotsavam, arattuvizha and October wedding, kandhasasthi, Shivaratri are the festivals celebrated here.

Route:

The temple is situated 30 kms from Thirunelveli on Thirunelveli-Thiruchendur Route

Temple Timings:

6:00 am to 10:30 am and 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 98437 96544

Temple Address:

Sri Kailasanathar Temple,

Srivaikundam,

Tirunelveli District – 628 601.

 

Ahobilam  – Sri Karanja Narasimha Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Karanja Narasimha Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Karanja Narasimha

Pushkarani: Bavanashini River

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai alwar

Sthalapuranam:

Sri Karanja Narasimha kshetra is seen as the fifth kshetra and is unique in many ways. As you travel from lower Ahobilam towards Upper Ahobilam one would come to the place where Sri Kaaranja Narasimha is. The shrine is situated at a distance of one kilometer from the Upper Ahobilam, six kilometres from lower Abhobilam and one furlong from the road leading to Lower Ahobilam. The place gets its name ‘Kaaranja’, as it is in the midst of forest of Punga (Honge) tree and ‘kaaranja’ in Telugu means ‘punga’ in Tamil. The image of the deity is installed under this tree, called ‘Kaaranja Vruksham’. Sri Narasimha of this place thus came to be known as one who resides under the Kaaranja tree – Sri Karanja Narasimha. The temple set on a picturesque backdrop with Garudathri Mountain and is very pleasing to the eyes. It is located on the banks of Bavanashini River that presents an added beauty to the atmosphere and calms one’s mind.

Mythologically Karanja Sri Narasimha was worshipped by Sri Kapila Rishi to ward off the curse given by Sri Durvasa Rishi. Sri Narasimha has taken a unique form in this kshetra. The Lord is in Padmasana under a tree called Punga (Honge) tree with ‘chadur bhuja’ [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][four armed]. The Lord is seen with a bow and arrows [which are normally seen with Sri Rama] in His left upper hand, the right upper hand holds ‘Sri Sudershanam’, lower hands are showing ‘abhaya’ mudra. Lord has ‘tri_nethra’ and Sri Adi Shesha with one head covering the Lord as ‘Shatri’. It is interesting to note that Lord had taken this form in this Kshetra to appear as Sri Rama, to give dharshan to Sri Anjaneya.

The sannadhi of the Lord Sri Narashima is facing the Bhavanashini River with Garudathri Maountain in the background. Sri Garudalwar is facing the Lord. After offering prayers to Sri Garudalwar one can see another sannadhi on the left side. This sannadhi houses Sri Anjaneya. Sri Anjaneya of this kshetra is known by the name Karanja Anjaneya. Sri Anjaneya had penanced here to have dharshan of Sri Narasimha as he had not seen the Lord in this form. Since Sri Anjaneya would like to see Sri Rama in every form of Lord Vishnu, Lord Sri Narasimha gave dharshan to Sri Anjaneya as Sri Narasimha as well as Sri Rama in this unique form here in this kshetra.

Sri Anjaneya of this kshetra is seen turned facing Lord Karanji Sri Narasimha with folded hands. He has a tuft and this long hair is tied up very neatly. On his two sides one could see the Chanku [conch] and the Chakra [wheel -Sudershana]. This imprint had come to Sri Anjaneya when Sri Rama had embrassed him. His eyes are glowing with brilliance at the sight of the unique Sri Rama in Sri Narashima. His lotus feet are wearing Thandai and are seen walking towards Karanja Sri Narasimha.

Route:

Those going from Tamilnadu should go by bus from Tirupati and get down at Alagatta (200 kms) and change the bus to Ahopilam (23 kms). Those going from Chennai may take the Chennai – Mumbai train and alight at Cuddappah and take a bus from there. The temple is 73 kms from here.

Temple Timings:

Hill top temple from 7.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m and 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., Foot hill temple from 6.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 8519 – 252 025

Temple Address:

Sri Lakshmi Narasimhan temple

Singavelkundram (Ahobilam)

Krunool dist.

Andhra Pradesh.

 

 

 

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Thanjavur – Sri Kodi Amman Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kodi Amman Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Ambal: Kodi Amman Temple

Sthalapuranam:

As per the legend, the demon Thanjan got boon from Lord Shiva and became very powerful. He was troubling the Devas who had inhabited the site where the temple is currently located. The Devas sought Shiva’s help. Lord Shiva sent his consort to help them. The Goddess took the form of Pachai Kali (her complexion in green color) and started fighting the demon. However, the demon started taking different forms and was reappeared crore (kodi) times. Kali became very ferocious and turned red in color and was called as Pavala Kali. As she ultimately killed the demon who took kodi forms, she was named as Kodi Amman. The blood of demon flew as river and as it was reflecting in the body of Goddess, her body turned into red, as per another version. As per the request by Thanjan to the Goddess, the place was named as Thanjavur.

There is slightly a different version which states that the Goddess fought with two demons Thanjan and Tharagan in order to protect Parasara rishi and his disciples. As per another version, as the temple is located at the corner of the city, the deity was named as Kodi Amman. Kodi means corner in Tamil language.

There is another legend associated with this temple. There was a Chola king ruling this region once. As his country was affected by drought, he sought advice from the sage Vashisht. As per his advice, he expelled a Brahmin who was associated with an unchaste woman from his country. The Brahmin aligned himself with a king named Chatargopan, the enemy of the Chola kingdom. The king attacked the Chola Kingdom, Kali took score of figures carrying burning woods and protected the boundary of the Chola King. Thus the Goddess was named as Kodi Amman. The Chola king built this temple.

This is a village temple located in the outskirts of Tanjore city enroute to Kumbakonam. It is close to a place called Sungan Tidal.The temple is very small and has no tower. The sanctum santorum has the five feet tall large stucco red colored idol of Kodi Amman. She looks very ferocious. She has eight arms and bears Lord Shiva on her head.

Kodi Amman is flanked by Pachai Kali and Pavala Kali. Both are stone idols are they are present in the main shrine too. The entrance of the temple has the idols of Ganesha, Subramanya and Shasta- Poorna-Pushkala.

The temple has just one prakara. The idols mostly of village deities are located in the prakara. Some of the idols present here include Madurai Veeran, Karuppanna Swami, Shiva Durga, Vishnu Durga, Shakti Linga, Raja Vishnu Durga, Swarna Bhairava, Karuppannan, Dakshinamurti and Kala Bhairava.

A Kaliattam festival is observed in the temple either in the last week of Masi (February-March) or in the first week of Panguni (March-April) by painting the idols of Pachaikali and Pavalakali taking them to each house. This is called Kaliatta Vizha. A puja will also be performed by a representative of the king. People carry milk pots during this festival. There are shrines for Pachaikali, Pavalakali and Shoolakali in the West Street of Thanjavur.

Route:

The temple is located at karanthai,Thanjavur at a distance of 3 km on Thanjavur-Kumbakonam road.

Temple Timings:

7am  to 11 am and 4pm to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-93671 82045

Temple Address:

Sri Kodiamman Temple,

Karanthai

Via,Palliagraharam

Thanjavur.

Thanjavur – Nisumba soodhini (Vadapathrakalli) Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Vadapathrakalli Temple

Period of origin

Before:  1160 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Nisambasoothani,Vadapathrakalli

Sthalapuranam:

Thanjavur is also popular for the cult of ‘Kali'(the mother goddess – specific Sakthi cult). In Thanjavur there are eight Kali temples as guardian deities with different names:
1. Nandhi Makali; 2. Selliamman; 3. Ugra Kali (Nisumba soodhanai); 4. Kodiamman (Karanthai); 5. Vanchiamman; 6. Samavarthiniyamman; 7. Vada Bhadra Kali (Nisumba soodhani); and Kunthalamman. Kali is an incarnation of Parvati ‘Kali’ means black or kala (Hindi). Kali is a warrior goddess, who protects humanity and the gods from horrible demons, but she is also a deity of feminine energy, creativity, fertility, guardian, protector, ruler of eternal time, goddess of death and doomsday.

Hindu iconography depicts Kali all the more gruesome and she appears in absolute rage, with lolling tongue and protruding fangs  as well as with her ornaments of necklace of snakes, skulls and heads of her sons and a belt from, which hangs demon’s hands. The deity often appear with the number of arms being four (Kali, Ruthra Kali), eight (Chamundi), ten (Bhadra Kali), twelve, fourteen (Mahakali), eighteen (Bhadra Kali)  or even one hundred (Bhadra Kali) and each of hand holding weapon or other objects including a sword, dagger, trident dripping with blood, cup, drum, chakra, lotus bud, whip, noose, bell, and shield. She is the destroyer of demons such as Mahisasura, Chanda, Munda, Shumbha, Nishumbha as well as Madhu and Kaitabha.

It is also interesting to witness the cult of Nisumba soodhini, a form of Kali in mythology and the war deity of Imperial Cholas associated with war, combat or bloodshed. The cult of Korravai was present during Sangam period and the Tamil kings of Sangam period worshiped Korravai,  a local presiding deity of war and victory in the Tamil region. Perumpidugu Mutharaiyar II (c. 705 – 745 A.D.) ruled over Cauvery Delta Region Mutharaiyar Nadu before the Cholas. The cult of Pidari (a form of Kali and the protecting deity as well as war deity) probably evolved in the sixth and seventh centuries AD and is generally restricted to southern India. The feudatory king was a formidable Warrior and was engaged in 12 battles with Pandya and Chera and was victorious in all the battles i.e., Kodumbaalur, Manalur, Thingalur, Kaandhalur, Azhindhiur, Kaarai, Maangur, Annavoil, Semponmari, Thanjaisembulanattu Venkodal, Pugazhi and Kannanur. He built the temple devoted to Pidari at Niamam. The four pillars erected by the king bears the inscriptions (27 stanzas) reciting the wars, victories and other accomplishments.

The temple was built by Vijayalaya Chola (848-891) aka. Parakesarivarman, once a feudatory of the Pallavas. The temple has the sanctum sanctorum, ardhamandapa and the mahamandapa.

Temple popularly known among the local people as “Ragukaala Kali Temple”.

Route:

The temple is 2 km away from Old Bus stand of Thanjavur and there are number city buses and auto rickshaws available from here.

Temple Timings:

07.00 am – 11.00 pm and 05.00 pm – 08.00 pm.

Temple Address:

Sri Vadapathrakalli Temple

Ravuthan Koil Street ,

Tanjavur District.

Thanjavur – Sri Thanjaipureeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Thanjaipureeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Thanjaipureeswara, Kuberapureeswarar

Ambal: Anandhavalli amman.

Sthala Theertham:  Vennar river, Sivaganagai theetham

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Sthalapuranam:

A son named Pulasthya was born from the mind power of Creator Brahmma – Manasa Puthra.  Vishwaras was then born to Pulasthya.  Though belonging to the Rishi tradition, Vishwaras married a demon lady Kekasi whose heritage is noted for cruel qualities.  She delivered two sons Ravana and Kumbakarna and a daughter Surpanaka representing cruelty.  She also delivered Vibhishana and Kubera then. Ravana and Kubera were Shiva devotees.  Vibishana was Vishnu devotee. Kumbakarna was devotee of his great-grandfather Brahmma.  Surpanaka was the most wicket one without any soft quality only searching for men to quench her physical lust.

Ravana, through a Shiva devotee, was a womanizer.  Kumbakarna was a glutton. Kubera and Vibishana were exceptional cases noted for their character of highest standards.  They had no trace of any demon qualities in them.  Ravana had the boon from Lord Shiva that he would not be killed by anyone except by a human.

Kubera, by virtue of his devotion to Lord Shiva, became the ruler of North.  Lord Shiva placed all the wealth of the world in Kubera’s charge with instructions that it be distributed among those working hard honestly and according to their fates.

Mother Mahalakshmi acquired eight powers as wealth, food crops, progeny etc. She entrusted her powers to two youths Sanganidhi and Padmanidhi whom Kubera appointed as his accountants.  These two had their seats on either side of Kubera. Divine sculptor Mayan constructed a special city for them named Alagapuri.  Also a palace was built for them with a court hall of exceptional aesthetic beauty where Kubera is seated in all royal paraphernalia.  If the devotee suffering from poverty is free of any sin, he would be elevated to high wealthy status instantly.

Sanganidhi is on the left of Kubera holding a conch and Padmanidhi on the right with a lotus on hand both symbols of prosperity.  They are the two recommending boons to people based on their fate.

The story goes that Kubera travelled to Thanjavur to worship Lord Shiva.  There was a Shiva temple, small in size, at the border of Thanjavur before the Pragadeeswarar temple (known as Peria Koil – big temple) came into being.  The Lord Thanjapureeswarar meaning the Lord offers asylum to those surrender to Him. When Kubera lost all his wealth and position to Ravana, he was visiting all Shiva temples to get back his due.  Thanjavur was the last representing the name of the Lord.  In the days following, the name changed as Thanjaavur.  The Lord is also known by the name Kuberapureeswarar.

Maha Shivarathri in February-March, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January,Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Tirukarthikai in November-December and Deepavali in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Route:

The temple is present on the bank of Vennar river just opposite the Maamani koil Divya desam border of road connecting Thanjavur and Kumbakonam.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+9196778 18114

Temple Address:

Sri Thanjaipureeswarar Temple

Venathakarai

Palliagraharam P.O

Thanjavur

 

Pulivalam – Sri Venkatachalapathy Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri  Venkatachalapathy Temple

Period of origin

Before 15000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Srinivasa Perumal, Appan Perumal

Thayar: Bhoodevi and Sridevi

Pushkarani: Baalamrutha tirtha

Sthalapuranam:

Once in Mount Kailash, Vyagra padha A Sivabaktha who derives his name from his getting the feet of a tiger to climb trees to pluck the flowers for Siva. He was given darsan of Nataraja along with patanjali at Chidamabaram. He once made some insulting remarks about Vishnu. Siva was angry with him and ordered Vyagrapadha to go to the earth and circumambulate this spot. Hence it is called pulivalam or vyagrapradhakshinam. puli/ vyagra – tiger Valam/ Pradakshinam – Circumambulation.

This is also called Krishnaaranya .There is a Krishna Shrine facing to East on this temple. Puja is first performed in this shrine (bath morning of evening) and only then is puja performed at the Venkatachalapathy shrine.

Baalamrutha tirtha:Once sage Agastya after a holy bath in the thritha was sitting before the Krishna Shrine beneath the jack fruit tree and was offering his prayers to the Saalagramans from the basket. When he tried lifting it he could not. Then Srinivasa with Bhoodevi & Sridevi gave darsan as Venkatachalapathy (on the southern side, siva with consort anandavalli gave darsan as Dakshina Gokarneswara. This is the only place where siva and Vishnu temples are west facing and near to one another.

In the Southern bank of Balamrutha thirtha, there is a temple of Vedavalli and Vedadhrishwara.This is now known as Kaatteeshwaran koil. It is said that Sage Mrukandu was cured of his curse and got puthra santhana.

Route:

This temple is situated to the south of Thiruvarur enroute to Muthupettai.

Temple Timings:

7.30 am to 12 pm and 5.30 pm to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 94439 61467,81482 65469

Temple Address:

Sri  Venkatachalapathy Temple

Kudavasal

Thiruvarua Dts.

Renganathapuram – Sri Tiruvaneshwar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Tiruvaneshwar temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Gaja Aaraohanaeswarar

Ambal: Kamatchi

Sthala Theertham: Vajra theertham and Indrakoobam

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Sthalapuranam:

The great spiritual leader of the 20th century, His Holiness Kanchi Sri Maha Periaval chose this temple for meditation and stayed here for a week. Poorattadhi starrers are advised to visit this temple and worship as often as they could or at least on their annual birth star day.  Worshipping the Lord on these days would help developing mental stability and wisdom.  They are also advised to donate clothes of different colours to the poor which would protect them even in their subsequent births washing off all their doings committed knowingly or unknowingly.

We may recall that Sahadeva, last of the Pandava brothers was a man of letters.  He had a wonderful knowledge in astrology.  Duryodhana, the arch rival of Pandavas came to Sahadeva seeking an auspicious day to commence the war against them. He knows the integrity and honesty of Sahadeva who would not, even for high gains, would not betray even his enemy.  Sahadeva gave him the best and true prediction asking him to declare the war against them on new moon – Amavasya-day.  Worshipping in this temple would ensure such knowledge and noble mind to the devotee.  Yet, Lord Krishna played his own trick and advanced Amavasya to defeat the Duryodhanas.

Kala Bhairava, the authority of Time, created seven days under the Poorattadhi star, took them on an elephant in procession.  According to the land history (Sthala Purana) this took place in this temple land. Vimana of the presiding deity (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) is called Gaja Kataksha Vimana.  It is believed that Iravadham elephant (white elephant) and Indira worship in this temple on Poorattadhi star days.

Those born in Poorattadhi star are capable of understanding others and have a steadfast mind and all physical fitness.  They like to lead a comfortable life.  They love their wives.  Also friendly in nature and move freely with others.  They also concentrate on their jobs. The presiding deity Lord Tiruvaneshwar graces facing east and Mother Goddess grace facing south in a standing form.  There are also shrines for Valampuri Vinayaka and Chandikeswara.  Lord Subramania with Valli and Deivanai, Gajalakshmi, Mother Durga,Brahmma, Navagrahas the nine planets and Nandhi have shrines in the prakara-corridor.

His Holiness Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal (Kanchi Periavar), Pontiff of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, spent a week in this temple in meditation.This is one of the 70 Mada temples built by Kochengat Chola. Special abisheks and pujas are performed in the temple on all Poorattadhi star days in the year.

Route:

The devotee should reach Tirukattupalli 17 km from Tiruvaiyaru. Ranganathapuram is 2 km south of Agarapettai from Tirukattupalli.

Temple Timings:

7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 94439 70397, 97150 37810 ,97866 40927

Temple Address:

Sri Tiruvaneshwar Temple,

Ranganahapuram Post – 613 104,

Via Tirukattupalli,

Tiruvaiyaru Taluk,

Thanjavur district.

Revathi – Sri Kailasanathar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kailasanathar temple

Period of origin

Before 1000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Kailasanathar

Ambal: Karunakaravalli

Star: Revathi

Male:

You are a sincere, straightforward and open-minded individual. Thought quick to anger, you do not conceal your true self from others. Since you have confidence in your abilities, you should be encouraged to stick by your convictions. You are fully competent to judge yourself and others. Your decisions are normally slow and deliberate. You may be a little cold toward other since you are basically an extremely independent individual. Your love relationships will be decidedly turbulent. You may have to endure a separation or a divorce before learn finally learn to accept your mate. Take ample care of your heart and stomach.

Female:

Your childhood is comfortable and generally devoid of problems. Even in adult-hood you will not face many difficulties. You will not suffer from want as others do. Problem may appear and disappear without any real intervention on your part. You will be admired by many men. You have a nice figure and a good constitution. You love romance, and you enjoy affection. Once you find the man you love, you will expend all your romantic energies on him. You are gentle, sincere and pleasant. You do have a very independent streak in your nature. You do not like anyone to question your motives or your integrity. You will move away from the place where you were born. Your husband and children will love you and need you. Go to the doctor regularly and take good care of your health.

Sthalapuranam:

According to some history, the temple was rebuilt by a chieftain named Valvil Ori ruling Kollimalai noted for his charitable character.  In the year 1266, Karnataka king Veera Ramanathan donated adequate lands for the maintenance of Pujas in the temple.  Another king Rama Chakravarthi donated more lands to the temple in the year 1541 and 1619. Noted temples of Gunaseelam, Thottiyam, Tiru Engoimalai, Uthamarkoil and Tirunarayanapuram are near this temple. It is believed that Karukudi is next only to Kasi and that Asoka star is circling under the land here.  As the temple is a little away from the place, visitors are advised to inform the priest in advance.

Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi had granted darshan to all the 27 star deities in this temple.  Yet Star Revathi continued to worship here imagining the great mercy of the divine parents, according to some stories.  Those named Revathi or belonging to Revathi star are advised to avail all possible times to worship in this temple for betterment or at least on their annual star day and offer to Lord and Mother 27 numbers of any auspicious article as 27 Mangal Sutras,  27 blouse bits or 27 food packets and distribute them to the devotees visiting the temple to realize their wishes in life.  They are also advised to perform milk abishek to Lord before 12 minutes of the beginning of Aswini star following the end of Revathi star.

Planet Moon married the deity of the last star Revathi.  (Of the 27 stars Aswini is the first and Revathi is the last).  They wanted to have the darshan of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi.  Mother was so merciful and granted darshan to them with Lord.  Lord is called Kailasanathar and Mother Karunakaravalli.  Kar in Tamil means rain clouds.  They are 7 in numbers.  It is said that these clouds worship in the temple on Revathi star days.  It is believed that any special puja performed to Varuna the God of Rains on a Sunday combined with Tiruvadhirai star or on Revathi star would bring sufficient rains both for general consumption and for irrigation needs without scarcity.  This is a special temple for farmers.

Route:

The visitor has to reach Musiri 40 km from Tiruchi and proceed to Thatha Iyengarpet through other buses, (21 km). Karukudi is 5 km from here. Autos are available.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 97518 94339, 80568 84282

Temple Address:

Sri Kailasanathar Temple,

Karukudi – 621 210.

Near, Thatha Iyengarpettai,

Musiri Taluk,

Trichy district.

 

Uthiratadhi – Sri Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 1000 yeras

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar

Ambal: Brihannayaki

Star: Uthiratadhi

Male:

You believe in the value of your word and the sanctity of your values. Your standing in society is dependant more on your personality than on your monetary position. People will like and respect you. You are sometimes impractical, but always honest and most often level-headed. You are aware of the world around you but you may refuse to be swayed by the action of others. Ironically, you can be extremely quick-tempered as well as extremely practical and calm, depending on what the situation warrants. You take encouragement well and your performance improves markedly when you are noticed and appreciated. You are willing to do any number of things for others, but you require commendation. Lack of praise should not upset you unduly. An unbending ego will work counter to your desired goals. A second-half of your life will be more rewarding than the first. Once you find the person who fulfils all your emotional needs, you will remain a faithful and dedicated husband.

Female:

You are a charming conversationalist and a good friend. You are also keenly interested in science and technology. Your nature is a captivating mixture of tradition and modernity. You cherish the grandeur of traditional, while enjoying the wonders of the modern age. You care about your family, your society and your world. You are diplomatic in your dealing with all types of people. You respect your parents. You are kind-hearted often will not ask for assistance for fear that it will inconvenience other. You will be well informed about a variety of subjects. You are deeply aware of your duty to those less fortunate than yourself. You can be sensitive about matter that you care about deeply. You husband will be an efficient and careful man.

Sthalapuranam:

Lord Vishnu was performing Shiva Puja each day with 1000 lotus flowers.  When the number was short by one, Lord Vishnu to make up the shortage tried to pluck one of his eyes to offer it Lord Shiva but was prevented by Lord Shiva and granted darshan.  Sri Mahalakshmi followed Lord Vishnu with the puja and realized Her wish of Shiva darshan.  As Lord Shiva granted Darshan to Mahalakshmi who worshipped Him with 1000 flowers, He is named Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar.  Sahasram means 1000.

The temple has special significance attached to Uthiratadhi star.  Sages Agir Budhan, Angirasa, Agni Purandhaka and divine sculptor Viswakarama are born in this star.  They come here on all monthly star days to worship Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar to perform pujas in their invisible form, according to belief.  Hence the starrers are advised to visit the temple as often as they can or at least on their annual star day, perform Homas with a nivedhana of sweet pudding made with cashews, ghee, badam, grapes and honey for relief from problems as debt burden and progress in efforts stalled due to reasons known or unknown.

As Fire God and Sun also known as Ayan worshipped here, the place is named Theeyathur.  Thee in Tamil means fire.  As hot Agni worshipped here, those suffering from heat related diseases worship here.  All pray to Lord and Mother with abishek and archanas for a smooth life without monetary, health and other problems.

Route:

The devotee has to reach Avudayarkoil 40 km from Pudukkottai. Proceeding from Avudayarkoil towards Tirupuvanavasal, Theeyathur is 21 km far. Those going from Madurai can take the Tirupuvanavasal buses running via Aranthangi. The distance is 120 km.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

04371239 212, 99652 11768, 97861 57348

Temple Address:

Sri Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar Temple,

Theeyathur – 614 629,

Avudayar Koil Taluk,

Pudukkottai district.