Mangadu – Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Ambal:  kamakshi

Sthala Virksham: Mango

Sthalapuranam:

As per the legend, one day in Kailash, Parvathi Devi playfully closed the eyes of Lord Shiva from behind, with her palms. As a result of this, the whole universe was surrounded with darkness and all the living beings suffered. Lord Shiva became angry and the Goddess craved for his pardon. Lord Shiva guided her to the earth and asked her to perform a severe penance to join him again. As per the God’s instructions she came down to earth and reached this place of dense Mango grove called Maangaadu. (means ‘Mango forest’ in Thamizh)

She started her rigorous penance here in the standing posture on the Panchagni (Fire). She stood one legged on Panchagni with right leg folded. She was holding her right hand raised above her head holding the Japamala (Rudraksha). Even today we can see this Moorthi of Sri Tapas Kamakshi at Maangaadu. This Panchagni Sadhana is not an easy task. This Panchagni penance is performed to kill five evils which dominate people and lead to misery. The five evils are Kama (Desire), Krodha (Anger), Lobha (Greed), Madha (Ego) & Maacharya (Attachment). If one wins over all these five they can attain the supreme bliss.

Lord Shiva, who was happy with her penance, came down to earth to marry her. He gave dharshan to her in Maangaadu and married her at Kanchipuram, where even today they both bless the devotees at Ekambareswarar Temple. There is a temple for Lord Shiva where he came down to meet her. This temple is Velleeswarar Temple located nearby Kamakshi Amman Temple.

Also there is another temple for Lord Vishnu (Vaikunda Perumal temple) in Mangadu. It is said that Lord Vishnu, being the brother of Goddess Parvati came for the wedding with Kanayazhi (gem stone ring) for Parvati as his gift. The gift is still waiting here, as the wedding didn’t happen at Mangadu.

Even after Goddess left the place, the power of the Agni didn’t subside, out of which the whole place in and around Maangaadu suffered with unbearable heat and the Ugram of the Goddess. Sri Aadhi Sankaracharya, during his visit here, installed an Ardhameru Sri Chakra and brought down the heat and ugram of the place. This Sri Chakra is a rare of its kind in the country and not seen anywhere else.

Even today, no abhishekams are performed to the Sri Chakra as it contains rare herbs. Only Kumkuma Archana is performed that too only to the Sri Chakra and not the idol, as the powers of Sri Kamakshi Amman has been instilled in the Chakra by Sri Aadhi Sankaracharya. The idol Sri Aadhi Kamakshiamman made of Panchaloha (5 metals) was installed by Sri Kanchi Paramacharya Swami in the later years.

Six weeks worships are very popular here. The devotee who has some prarthana or wish can choose any one day of the week and to visit the temple along with 2 lemons, of which one will be retained at the temple and the other one has to be taken back home.

Again the following week, on the same day, he or she has to carry the old lemon from home along with 2 other fresh lemons. Like wise, if one visits on the same day for six weeks continuously, the Ambaal grants the wishes of the devotee.

The temple celebrates many festivals as 10 day Chithirai festival in April-May with a sea of devotees seeking the grace of Mother Kamakshi. Other festivals include Tamil and English New Year days, Pongal falling almost on January 14, Navarathri in September-October, Masi Magam and Shivrathri in February-March. Devotee crowd is ever huge on every festival day.

Route:

Maangaadu is just 24 kms from Chennai city and is located off the Chennai Bangalore highway on the way from Poonamallee to Kunrathur.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, the temple is open from morning till night continuously.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 44 – 2627 2053, 2649 5883.

Temple Address:

Sri Kamakshi Amman Devasthanam,

Mangadu,

Chennai – 602101.

Vellore – Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple

Name of deity

Moolavar: Lakshmi Narayani

Sthalapuranam:

Sripuram Lakshmi Narayani temple covering 5000 square feet is full of gold everywhere, all weighing 1500 kilograms at a cost of Rs. 350 crore.Almost all presiding deities in temples of Tamilnadu are swayambumurthis.  That means every particle of the state is divine.  Tirukaruhavur Vinayaka and Nandhi, Lord Shiva in almost all temples, Karamadai Ranganathar in Coimbatore district, Mari Amman in places as Tiruverkadu near Chennai, Lord Muruga in Vruddhachalam Kolanchiappar temple are a few to mention.  Mother Lakshmi Narayani in this Vellore Golden Temple is also a swayambumurthi.  As a temple for Mother Lakshmi Narayani is rare, a swayambu of Mother is also equally rare.

This Mahalakshmi Temple-Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple is built to have the direct aspect of Lord Venkatachalapathi in Tirupathi.  Hence, it was named Tirumalaikodi, in early days.  After the completion of the construction of the temple, the name of the place is changed as Sri Puram.  It would be doubly beneficial for the devotees to complete their pilgrimage to Tirupathi at Sripuram Sri Lakshmi Narayani-Mahalakshmi temple.

Mahalakshmi is the authority-deity for prosperity.  She graces the devotees dressed with precious jewels and a crown of diamond, pearls and other precious gems.  She pours boons of 16 kinds of prosperity.  There is tank around the temple filled with water for 10 feet width.

This is a temple covering 100 acres, every inch of land reminding the beauty of nature and the grace of Almighty and a spiritual environment.  Indeed, it is a different world altogether.  The mandap and the artificial fountains opposite welcome the devotee.  Besides the two pathways to go in and come out, there are 18 entrances behind the mandap representing the 18 characters of the human mind.  The temple is designed according to Sri Chakra star lines.  The temple is in round shape.  It looks as if a Sri Chakra when viewed from the upper side.

Due to security and maintenance concerns, the devotee has to deposit his/her cell phone, camera and other articles including eatables at the entrance office.  Every corner and part of the temple speaks but beauty and serenity.  Modern lights along with traditional stone lights make even night a day in the temple.  There are more than 3,000 trees around.  The wind blows soft.  Loose talks are prohibited within the temple till the devotee comes out after worship.

Devotees are advised to maintain silence.  The temple by itself built with gold, even the paintings in other parts as decorative arches and madaps are of golden colour making the temple glitter for ever.  There is a 27 feet tall, 10 tier traditional lamp opposite to Mother’s shrine made of Panchaloka, an alloy of five metals.  This has space for lighting thousand lamps.  There are statues of Mothers Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi in the meadows of the temple with artificial hills and falls.

Here, the security measures are more stringent as alike Sri Balaji Temple of Tirupathi. Long queue makes one exhaust soon, more so during the summer days. It is recommended to take drinking water bottles & towels to fight the thirst and sweat!

Please do not carry your Mobile phones and cameras which are strictly prohibited inside the temple premises. Separate counters are there to deposit your cell phones, cameras as also your foot-wear. It is highly recommended not to take it with you to the temple at the first place, as it is not going to help you in any way as you have to deposit the same at the counters before entering the complex.

As is in Tirupathi, here too the queue control system exist. A special structures erected to control and regularize the moving crowd is put up that extends up to 3 kms stretch from the temple! From here, you are allowed to move inside the star shaped ( Sri Chakra) corridor of the temple, only after proper security check by the security personnel both men & women; there you will have to undergo strict security checks viz. scanning, frisking and all the sort of personal/belongings etc. Senior citizens are accompanied by the escorts from the temple are allowed to join in the main queue directly, but no family members are allowed to accompany them. Free wheel chair for physically challenged persons and elderly persons are also available and they are directly taken to the temple by the volunteers of Sri Narayani Peedam. No family members allowed to escort or accompany them, as the Golden Temple authorities arange to give a very good care for them.

Route:

This temple is located at Thirumalaikodi; Katpadi is the nearest Railway station in the Chennai-Bangalore route of Southern Railway. How to reach Sripuram? It takes about 3 and half hours drive from Chennai, in the Chennai – Bangalore road. It is in the National Highways NH46 that connects Chennai – Bangalore (Bangaluru) and in NH4 from Ranipet to Bangalore.  From Katpadi, one can reach by state owned bus to Sripuram which takes about 15 minutes drive or less. Or, one can reach Thirumalaikodi  by bus from Vellore to Anicut / Odugathur route. The State run buses ply via Thirumalaikodi in this route.  From Tirupati (Tirupathi) to Katpadi, there are shuttle train services available upto Katpadi or Jolarpettai (Jolarpet Passenger) or one can travel by train from Tirupathi (Tirupati)  by Kanyakumari Express from Tirupati to Katpadi which takes less than 3 hours journey. Direct bus services available from all major points to Vellore from Chennai, Chittoor, Bangalore, Kanchipuram, Kanyakumari, Tirupathi & Thiruvannamalai – all being major Temple towns and picnic spots. Vellore is well connected by road with all the southern states viz. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala & Pondicherry.

Temple Timings:

8 am to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 9942993009 ,+91 9942993010,+9104162271202, +9104162271 844

Temple Address:

Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple,

Sripuram,

Tirumalaikodi,

Vellore district

Palani – Sri Palani Dandayuthapani Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Palani Dandayuthapani Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Dandayuthapani

Sthala Theertham: Shanmugha theertham

Sthala Virksham: Gooseberry

Sthalapuranam:

As per legends, story goes with a mango fruit brought by Maharshi Narada.  Child Muruga left His parents and came to this place as He could not get the mango for not fulfilling the condition to get the fruit.  Lord Shiva followed Him.  Lord Muruga halted at this place.  Mother Parvathi did Her best for a compromise.  But the Son was unrelenting and expressed His desire to stay here itself.  A temple came into being for Kuzhandai Velayuthar as He was a child (kuzhandhai) then.  Pazham in Tamil means fruit and also ripe knowledge.

Shivagiri has Lord Shiva attributes and Shaktigiri has that of Mother Parvathi.  Idumban placed these mounts down here as he could not bear the weight.  Lord Muruga stood on Shaktigiri and refused to come down despite Idumban’s repated demands.  When Idumban decided to fight against the Lord, He showered His grace on him and kept with Him.  As Muruga was holding a Danda-staff, the Lord came to be known as Dandayuthapani.  Siddha Bogar who was here, made an idol of Navapashana (nine herbals) and installed in the temple.  He became the presiding deity of the hill temple and became popular among the devotees.  Lord Muruga graces here as a teacher explaining the uncertainties of life.  As a teacher, He holds the Danda to correct erring pupils.  In His ascetic form, Lord Muruga also teach people to shed the natural evils of greed, lust etc. in their mind and be free from passions leading to misery.  He was assisted by his disciple Pulipani.  All devotees are indebted to Bogar for gifting us Lord Himself.  His monument is within the temple.

All of us know there is parrot in the hands of Mother Meenakshi.  There was a wicket poet Sambandandan jealous of saint poet Arunagiriar and thought of a revenge plan to eliminate him.  He used his influence on King Prapuda Deva Raya requesting him to ask the saint poet to get the Parijatha flower from heaven to prove his supremacy.  Arunagiriar flew into the sky in a parrot form leaving his human form in the Tiruvannamalai tower.  This is an exercise called Koodu Vittu Koodu Paithal – leaving the original body form in a safe place and enter into the body of another – for noble purposes.  After completing the mission, the performer leaves the adopted body and re-enter into his own.

When Arunagiriar was shocked to see his body burnt, Lord Muruga blessed him by having his parrot form in His staff. Yet, He had a doubt.  Vinayaka won the Mango race which hurt Muruga and may still harbour that anger against him.  So Lord Vinayaka took the form of a serpent and began to fight with Idumban.  This Vinayaka is on the hill path near Idumban shrine with His leg on a serpent.   He is praised as Pada Vinayaka.  Padam means foot.  Before proceeding on the hill, the devotee should worship Vinayaka here.  The footprints of Lord Muruga also are behind Vinayaka.

As He was a child then, Valli and Deivanai are not with Him here.  As Muruga has all Shiva attributes, there are shrines for Lord Dakshinamurthy, Chandikeswara and Bhairava on the prakara walls of the sanctum sanctorum.  Their idols are in the inner corridor of the temple.  The saint has mentioned this in his songs.

On its bank, Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi, Lord Vishnu on His Garuda vehicle and Lord Brahmma on His Swan vehicle appear and grace the devotees.  All three Lords are facing west which has its special significance religiously.  Worshipping them together ensures total relief from sins, it is believed.

Women devotees pray here with the yellow thread (mangal Sutra).  Mother Valli also graces sitting alone under the Vilwa tree nearby.  Abishek is performed to Nagar (serpent deity) in the Valli Chunai.  1) The Lord grants darshan in a wedding form with Valli and Deivanai without the peacock vehicle in Periyanayaki temple, 2) as a child on the peacock in Tiru Aavinan Kudi temple and 3) with His Danda-staff in the hill temple.  It is indeed a very rare fortune for the devotees to worship the Lord in three forms in a single place.  This is done on the Jeshta star day in the month of Aani at the midday pujas in the hill temple and on the Moola star day in the same month at the Tiru Aavinankudi Kuzhanthai Velayuthar temple during the evening pujas.  The Annabishekam is performed to Lord Shiva on the Uthrada star day in the Periyavudayar temple.

Abishek to Idumban is performed at 3.00 a.m. followed by Puja at 5.00 p.m.  Pujas to Muruga follows in the hill temple only afterwards.  There is a shrine to Idumba on the hill path, appearing with the two hills on his shoulders.  There is also a Nandhi before the shrine with his foot prints and of Kadamban.  As the sage also is in the shrine, water Prasad is offered to the devotees from his kamandala, a bowl with a handle used by the Rishis.  It is believed that Agasthya himself is offering the Prasad himself that contains rich medicinal properties.

Of the three parts of Sangam literature edited as 1) Pathu Pattu, 2) Ettu Thogai and 3) Pathinen Keezh Kanakku, the first part begins with Tirumurugu Attrupadai authored by gifted poet Nakkeerar singing the glory of Lord Muruga.  Muruga is the Lord of the Tamil language.  This is a place where ancient Chera and Pandya kings had the Lord in their very hearts.  Those who think of the Lord are blessed with eternal bliss.  Every literature in Tamil has a place of reverence to Lord Muruga.The preparation cell is completely modernized with advanced machines.  The temple has a golden peacock, the vehicle of Lord Muruga and also a golden car-rath.

The land has the reputation of having great and divine Siddhas as its inhabitants whose heirs are believed to be still living in the places around the temple region.  It is also noteworthy, that this is the first temple in Tamilnadu, bringing heaps of revenue to the Government.  Now a winch facility is also made available for the convenience of the aged. Renovations were carried out during the period of Tirumalai Naicker.  The temple is lavishly praised in ancient scriptures and Tamil epics.

Thai Poosam:   Lord Nataraja performed His Ananda Thandava on the Margazhi (December-January) Tiruvadhirai day which Mother Uma enjoyed sitting close to the stage.  She desired that She too perform one similar to Lord’s.  Sages Vyakrapada, Patanjali and others came to see Mother’s dance which took place on the Poosa star day in Thai month –January-February.  This is Thai Poosam festival.  The day thus belongs to Mother Uma.  But it is celebrated in Palani greatly, the place of Lord Muruga importance.   Lord Muruga temple is in between the shrines.  The main tower and the flag post Kodimaram are before the Muruga shrine.  Those who enter the temple began worshipping Muruga first.  The flag hoisting ceremony begins from here only and thus came to be associated with Muruga tradition.  Thai Poosam festival is even now celebrated at the Ambica shrine only.  Procession deity Muthukumaraswami is taken through the streets each day.  The car festival takes place on the seventh day.

Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Thaipoosam in January-February and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Route:

Palani is 56 km far from Dindigul, 120 km from Madurai and 115 km from Coimbatore. Bus facilities are available from all parts of Tamilnadu.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-4545 – 242 293, 242 236, 242 493.

Temple Address:

Sri Palani Dandayuthapani Temple,

Palani- 624 601,

Dindigul Dist

Kumbakonam – Sri Ramaswamy Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Ramaswamy Temple

Period of origin

Before 1000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Rama

Thayar: Sita

Pushkarani: Maha maga tank

Sthalapuranam:

Dasaratha King of Ayodhya was sad as he had no issues to look after the kingdom after him. As advised by Guru Vasishta, he conducted a yajna called Puthrakameshti Yajna seeking child boon.  To establish Dharma on Earth Lord Vishnu was born to him as Rama from his first queen Kausalya.  Vishnu’s Adisesha and conch were born as Lakshmana and Satrugna to his their queen Sumitra.  Bharatha representing Vishnu’s discus was born to the second queen Kaikeyi and was a symbol of Dharma himself.  Rama, Lakshmana, Bharatha and Satrugna were born on very auspicious days with Punarvasu, Pushya, Aslesha as their birth stars respectively.  All the four brothers were a living and practical example in human forms of the rule of Vedas.  Rama and Lakshmana were close to each other while Satrugna was close to Bharatha.

Bharatha, an outstanding example of the political dharma of the days, ruled Ayodhya as its acting Governor of Rama from the Nandhi Grama placing Rama’s sandals on the throne.  He ruled till the return of Rama from his exile after 14 years.

Their wives excelled their husbands in upholding Dharmas. No power on earth could separate the brothers.  They were united by soul and mind. Lord Sri Rama in the temple appears as on the Coronation Day in Ayodhya with His consort Mother Sita who suffered untold suffering during their exile, Lakshmana who was only happy to share the hardships of jungle life along with his brother, Bharatha and Satrugna whose sacrifice deserves all praise and Sri Anjaneya who was the soul of Rama in deciding His final victory over Ravana.

Here Lord Rama has been consecrated in His coronation robes. Both Sri Rama and Sita are seated on the same peeta and Hanuman is depicted as singing in praise of the Lord with the help of a veena.

This temple, known as the southern Ayodhya, has beautiful idols of Rama and Seethadepicted in coronation posture. Lakshmana stands next to Rama, holding a bow and arrows; they are flanked by Bharatha holding an Umbrella and Shatrughna holding a fan. This is the only temple where we can see idols of Rama, Seetha and Lakshmana along with Bharatha and Shatrughna.

The 62 pillars in the front mandapam are great works of art. Scenes from Ramayana are painted on the walls of the prakaram.

The walls of the temple are decorated with beautiful paintings depicting the Ramayana. Every scene is painted, right from the birth of Rama to his coronation. I wish I had time to study each and every painting in detail, but failing that, I succumbed to temptation, and clicked a couple of photographs of the paintings. They will remind me to make another trip to this beautiful temple, at leisure.

The temple town of Kumbakonam is the abode of several deities each unique and distinct. The temple of Lord Rama situated in the centre of the town is a connoisseurs’ delight. The temple is replete with puranic lore.

King Raghunayak ruled Tanjore from 1614-1640. He was an ardent devotee of Rama . His lieutenant Govinda Dikshitar called Govinda Ayyan was also devout and looked after the temple works.

King Raghunayak dug a holy tank in Darasuram near Kumbakonam . while the work was in progress they found icons of Rama and Sita in the tank. The King’s joy knew no bounds. Thus he built a temple for Rama and called it Ramaswamy temple.

This temple is unique as Rama and Sita are in a Pattabishekam posture-Coronation scene . Rama and Sita are surrounded by lakshmana, shatrugna, Bharatha and the ever obedient Hanuman with Veena in one hand and the holy book of Ramayana in the other hand in a sitting posture. This coronation scene attracts people from far off places who are awe struck at the divine sight of the celestial confluence.

A separate sanctum sanctorum is dedicated to Srinivasa with Sreedevi and Bhoodevi .

There are separate shrines for Azhwars and acharyas. The temple looks majestic with a mammoth Gopuram which seem to beckon the devotees to propitiate the lord inside.

Route:

The temple is at the southern end of the Big Bazaar Street in Kumbakonam linked by road and rail from all corners of the state.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 435 2401788

Temple Address:

Ramasamy Temple,

kumbakonam-612001,

Thanjavur

Chinna Tirupati – Sri Prasanna Venkatesaperumal temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Prasanna Venkatesaperumal temple

Period of origin

Before 500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Prasanna Venkatesaperumal

Thayar:Alamelu Mangai

Pushkarani: Chandra Pushkarini

Sthalapuranam:

As per legends Lord Venkatesa once went for a bath. He wanted Arappu (soapnut powder) to wash his hair. Even Mother Lakshmi was not there to help Him. While he was searching for the powder, he came to this place and was enticed by the beauty of the hill and chose to stay here itself after a bath with Arappu, according to one story. Of the many cows grazing in the area, one was pouring its milk on an ant-hill. When people checked the ant-hill, they found Perumal as a swayambumurthy and built the temple.

According to one story, this hill is a part of the Anandha Parvatha (parvatha-hill) that fell here by the blowing strength of Vayu during his fight with snake king Adisesha. This is also a replica of Tirupathi temple and Lord graces here as in Tirupathi., hence the place is known as Chinna Tirupati. The Swayambu is in front of the Lord in the sanctum sanctorum. Mother Alamelu Mangai graces from Her shrine in the Artha Mandapam.

There is a small idol of Lord Venkataraman in front of the temple. Devotees place Tulsi leaves on the shoulders of the Lord and speak to Him as a friend about their plan of activities and seek his permission. If the Tulsi leaf falls, it means that the Lord had approved their plan. All people around this place follow this tradition generation after generation and begin any function in their homes only after the approval-permission of the Lord.

Those unable to visit Tirupati can come and worship the Lord here gaining the same benefits as in Tirupati. The temple is noted for marriages as people believe that marital life would be happier if they marry in the presence of the Lord.

Chitra Poornima in April-May, Vaikasi Vasantha Utsav in May-June, Aani Tirumanjanam in July-August, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January, Navarathri in September-October and Sri Rama Navami are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Route:

Omalur is 29 km from Salem. Town buses are available from Omalur to the temple place.

Temple Timings:

5.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m

Temple Telephone Number:

04290 – 246 344.

Temple Address:

Sri Prasanna Venkatesaperumal Temple,

Chinna Tirupati,

Karuvalli – 636 305,

Salem district

Thanjavur – Sri Ae Gowri Amman temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Ae Gowri Amman temple

Period of origin

10 th Century

Name of deity

Ambal : Ae Gowri Amman

Sthalapuranam:

Demon Thanjakasura had the boon that he could be killed only by a woman.  He began to harass the Devas and captured their kingdom.  They went to Lord Shiva for protection.  Lord Shiva sent Ambica to destroy the demon.  He took many forms to face Ambica’s challenge and that of a buffalo in the end but was killed by Mother’s trident.  As the fury of Ambica did not quench even after killing the demon, the Devas again appealed to Lord Shiva to protect them from the fury of Ambica.  As commanded by the Lord, Gowri, as she was addressed by the Lord, shed Her fury and became calm and merciful. King Karikal Chola built this temple and named the deity as Hey Gowri – Ekavuriamman as addressed by Lord Shiva.  Later King Vallan came to power and the place came to be known as Vallan and the Mother as Vallathukali.

Against the tradition of giving full lime fruit to devotees after nivedhana to Goddess, only lime juice is offered to women seeking child boon as Prasad.  They have to consume it in the temple itself.  It is believed that their boon will be surely granted. The serpent planets Rahu and Ketu are on both side of Ambica believed to be under the control of the Goddess.  Women afflicted by Kalathra dosha or Naga dosha (Kalathra dosha is a planetary affliction adverse to the longevity of wife. Kalasarpa dosha occurs in cases where planets in a horoscope are captured in between the two serpent plants occupying the ends).  The temple assumes importance as a remedial place for those undergoing such difficulties. Women offer turmeric to Goddess for relief which is given back as Prasad to them.  They use it in baths in the faith that they will be married early.

Women offer buffalo calf to Ambica for their husbands who are ill.  It is to be noted that buffalo is the vehicle of Yama the Lord of death.  This worship will prevent Yama from entering these houses, it is believed. Ambica was worshipped by the Chola Kings who had Thanjavur as their capital. She was their family and protection deity.  Before going to a war, they would pray to this Ambica.  Ambicas is also known as Makali, Kaithalapoosal Nangai, Vallathu Pattikai, Kalapidari and Ekaveeri.  Special pujas are performed on new moon, full moon days with Homas.  Special pujas are performed on Chitra Poornima day in April-May.  On the last Friday in Aadi month (July-August), devotees walk on fire pit, carry kavadis and milk pots.  They offer their prayer commitment by boring their cheeks on both sides called Alagu Kuthu. There are shrines for Varahi, Prathyangara, Lord Muruga, guardian deities as Sangiliathan, Ladasannasi, Vellayammal, Madurai Veeran with Bommi, Karuppusamy, Ekambaram, Pattavaraya and Shiva Linga and Sapthamathas.

Mother Ambica graces in the temple with two heads sitting on a lotus shaped Peeta.  One face is ferocious, with long and sharp teeth showing her destructive side against the demons.  The other above is calm, smiling and all graceful protecting the devotees and righteous from evils.  The Mother has different weapons in Her eight hands and also a parrot representing Mother Parvathi.  Sri Chakra, being an important form of Shakti worship, is installed under the feet of Mother. Last Friday of Aadi month and Aadi Perukku (July-August), New Moon and Full Moon days are celebrated in the temple.

Route:

It is at about 3 Kms north of Vallam Village, near Thanjavur, parallel to Medical College Road opposite to Vallam BusStand.

Temple Timings:

7 am to 6 pm.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 94435 86453, 98437 36037

Temple Address:

Sri Ae Gowri Amman temple

Vallam,

Thanjavur district.

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.