Thirubuvanam – Sri Kambahareswara Swamy Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kambahareswara Swamy Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Kambahareswarar

Ambal: Sri Dharmasamvardhani

Sthala Theertham: Sarabar Theertham

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Sthalapuranam:

Kambaharesvarar Temple was built by the king Kulothunga III (1179 AD – 1216 AD) and is a good example of the Chola style of architecture. Hiranyan, the Demon (asura) who had obtained boon from Brahma, tormented the devas continuously. The devas who were perturbed appealed to Lord Maha Vishnu. Lord Vishnu told to devas that he will make a Narashimma Avatar and kill Hiranyan. However Hiranyan’s son Pragalathan is an avid devotee of Lord Vishnu. So Hiranyan tried killing Pragalathan in many ways despite the fact that he is his son, but he was not successful. Every time he attempted to kill Pragalathan Lord Vishnu saved Pragalathan. Pragalathan kept on preaching to his father and his fellow demons that Lord Vishnu is supreme of all gods. One day Hiranyan asked Pragalathan where is Vishnu? Show me and I will kill him and prove that I am superior to Vishnu. Pragalathan replied saying that he is there everywhere in this universe. He continue saying, Lord Vishnu is there in every small object in this world and he is there even in this pillar while he was standing next to one of the pillars in the palace. Hiranyan got angry on his son’s words and he kicked the pillar to check whether Lord Vishnu is there. Lord Vishnu came out of it in the form of Narashimma Avatar (Narashimma avatar means, he has a lions face and human body). Narashimma avatar is the most ferocious forms of Vishnu avatars. Vishnu killed the demon king and he drank the Hiranyan’s blood. Hiranyan’s blood was so evil even Narashimma Murthy (lord Vishnu) got disturbed and he started destroying the world due to uncontrollable anger. All Rishis and Devas got frightened on the situation and pleaded to Lord Shiva to save the world from Narashimma Murthies anger. Lord Shiva took a Sarabeswarar form and started chasing the Narashimma Avatar of Vishnu. Sarabeswarar is a form of as half animal and half bird with 8 legs, 4 hands, 2 feathers and sharp tooth, nails that was looking ferocious. Narashimma got frightened by looking at Sarabeswarar and started running away. At one point of time, Sarabeswarar touched Narashimma then Narashimma’s anger went away and he got calm. In this temple the Urchavar (Urchavar is small idol of god which is taken to procession around the temple during festivals)is the “Sarabeswarar”. The main deity is called as Kambahareswarar as he helped overcoming the fear of all.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple enshrines Kambasarbeswarar as the presiding deity, worshipped in the form of a Shiva linga. The Utsava Murti of the temple is Sarabamoorthy –in the form of a half animal – half bird.The 160 ft high tower(Gopuram) of the sanctum sanctorum boasts several exquisitely carved sculptures. There are two gopurams and two praharas; the karpagraha, artha mandapam, maha mandapam and muha mandapam and Somaskandar mandapam.The Karpagraha is square-shaped. The Vimana has six bases and sculptures of the scenes of Puranas on its walla. Some of other shrines in the temple are – Murugan, Dharmasamvardhini amman, Sarabar and many more shrinesAn exclusive Sarabeswarar shrine is very special here unlike in other temples where he will be seen only on pillars.

Route:

8 km from Kumbakonam on Thiruvidimarathur road.

Temple Timings:

6.00 am to 12.30 noon – 4.00 pm to 8.50 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0435-2460760

Temple Address:

Sri Kambahareswara Swamy Temple,

Thirubuvanam (Po.),

Thiruvidaimarudur(Tk.),

Thanjavur (Dt). PIN : 612 103.

 

Tiruverkadu – Sri Devi Karumariamman temple

Sri Devi Karumariamman temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Devi Karumariamman

Sthala Theertham: Velayudha theertham

Sthala Virksham:Karuvela tree

Sthalapuranam:

As per legends, One day Devikarumari took the image of old nomadic lady and went to Sun to forecast his future. Without realising her as Devikarumari, He simply neglected her. Devikarumari immediately vanished. Sun has lost it’s brightness and its glory started declining. Realising his mistake He begged Devikarumari to forgive and excuse him. Sun also requested Devikarumari to celebrate Sunday as the day of Devikarumari. Devikarumari also accepted it.He also got permission from Her to pour on her sun rays twice in a year in the month of Panguni and Purattasi. So Sunday is celebrated as the day of Karumari . We can happily witness the scene of sun rays falling on the head of Devikarumari twice in a year. Devikarumari made Narayanan Seat there.Once upon a time Lord Thirumal came to Thiruverkadu to witness the grace rule of Umadevi. When Thirumal personally met his sister Karumari, she requested him “to seat there as Srinivasan of Thirumurai and assist Her and bless the devotees who worship Navagraham and stand towards southern direction”. He was happy and promised Her, that He would sit by her side and protect the position of Nine planets. Veda Viyasar was extremely happy to see Annai Parasakthi and Lord Venkatesan together.

An another legends goes this way,There was an ant-hill in this place long ago.  People were worshipping this as Mother Ambica.  Mother appeared in the dream of a devotee and asked him to build a temple for Her in that spot.  When people demolished the ant-hill, they found Ambica as a swayambu and built the temple here.  As She was not in the womb of a Mother, she is praised as one not from the womb (Karuvil Illadha Karumari).  There is also an Ambica idol behind the presiding deity as Mahakali with fire, sword, skull, trident and a drum called Damarukam.  Kumkum archana is performed to Ambica in the evening between 4.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. called Pradosha time.

There are also peacock, serpent, and lion vehicles of the Gods.  This lamp is ever burning.  It is believed that worshipping Ambica and this lamp would keep their families wealthy.  The flag post-kodimaram is in front of Ambica shrine.  Festivals begin in Ambica temples with Kappu Kattu (announcing the beginning of festival) ceremony.  Here, festivals begin by hoisting the flag.  Ash of cow dung is offered as Prasad in the temple.  We have seen Lord Vinayaka in temple with His tusk in the right hand and Modhaga-the sweet pudding ball- in the left.  Here, He blesses the devotees with the right hand and keeps the left assuring them – Abhaya hastha.  This is a different style.  It is said those worshipping Mother Devi Karumariamman should worship in this shrine too.

The sage had to come to south to balance the earth as went down due to the heavy weight of a huge gathering of Sages when the wedding of Shiva-Parvathi took place there.  Lord Shiva granted the wedding darshan to the Sage here.  Also, the shrine of Mother Verkanni who granted darshan to the sage is here.

Procession Ambica graces from the corridor-prakara sitting on a moving plank called Unjal.  In front of the temple, Lord Vinayaka graces sitting under the Peepal tree called Arasamaram in Tamil.  Mother Ambica looks young on Her Lion vehicle.  On the new moon day, a yaga is performed with red chillies.  There are shrines for Navagrahas the nine planets, Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Srinivasa-Padmavathi and Sri Anjaneya.  On Vaikasi Visakam festival in May-June, Lord Srinivasa graces darshan on Garuda with Mother Padmavathi.  There are also shrines of Lord Dakshinamurthy, Angala Parameswari, Uchishta Ganapathi, Gayatri, Mahalakshmi, Rajarajeswari, Savithri, and Mother Durga.

Aipasi Annabishek is performed to Mother Devi Karumariamman in October-November. Aadi Festival in July-August is very famous. Maximum duration of festivals goes up to 15 days. Rarely in some Shakti temples, festivals run upto 48 days also. In this temple, the festival that begins in the month of Aadi (July-August) continues for 12 weeks ending with Purattasi month-September-October. On Sundays, abishek is performed with 108 pots of milk followed by procession. On the 9th Sunday, Mother Devi Karumariamman is taken in procession in a palanquin decorated with flowers. On Masi Magam day in February-March, Amman is taken to Bay of Bengal for sea bath. Other festivals include Thai Brahmmotsavam in January-February, Chitra Poornima in April-May, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, big festivals in Aadi (July-August) Navarathri in September-October, Skanda Sashti in October-November and Panguni Uthiram in March-April.

Route:

Tiruverkadu is 12 km from Chennai Koyambedu on the Poonamallee Road. Bus facilities are available from all points in the city.

Temple Timings:

05.30 am To 12.00 pm   04.30 pm To 09.00 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-44-2680 0430, 2680 0487, 2680 1686.

Temple Address:

Sri Devi Karumariamman Temple,

Tiruverkadu,

Tiruvallur Dist.

 

Thirunallar – Sri Dharbaranyeswara Temple

Name of the Temple 

Sri Dharbaranyeswara Temple

Period of Origin

Before 7th Century

Name of Deity

Moolavar: Dharbaranyeswara

Ambal: Pranambika

SthalaTheertham: Nala Theertham

Sthalavriksham: Kusa Grass (Dharbai)

Dhevaram: Gnanasambandhar, Appar, Sundarar.

Sthalapuranam:

Though Saneeswaran here is very famous, the presiding deity is Dharbaranyeswarar. His Consort is Bogamartha Poon Mulayal or Praanaambikai. The lingam here is a self manifested Lingam or Swayambhu. The Sthala vruksham is Dharba or grass. This place was a forest of Dharba.  Dharba is a type of grass and aranyam means forest and hence the name Dharbaranyeswaraswamy or Dharbaranyeswarar for the Lord. Even today you can see the impression of grass on the lingam here. Thirunallar is one of the “Saptha Vidanga Sthalam”. The idols in these temples depict Lord Shiva performing one of His seven dance forms. It is believed that Lord Shiva imparted the knowledge of the Vedas & Shastras to Brahma here.  People pray to Swarna Ganapathy here to overcome financial problems.

Lord Surya was married to Usha or Light. Usha Devi was unable to bear the heat radiated from Surya and left her shadow or Chaya with Suryan while she herself stayed away. Saneeswaran is the son of Chaya Devi and Suryan. The very sigh tof Saneeswaran is dreaded and believed to be destructive. Suryan’s chariot is believed to have been destroyed when Saneeswaran as a baby first opened his eyes and looked at Suryan. Saneeswaran after intense penance on Lord Shiva attained the status of a celestial planet.

It is believed that Saneeswaran became lame when he was kicked by Lord Yama (Sani’s step brother – son of Surya & Usha) in a fit of anger. It is because of this that he is a slow moving planet, taking approximately two and a half years to move from one Zodiac Sign to another. Such a transit known as Sani peyarchi is very important and devotees from all over throng the temple to offer their prayers. Saneeswaran is believed to have a major influence on the course of ones life and also the most feared planet. The unique aspect here is that Saneeswaran is in standing posture with abhayahastha ie hand bestowing blessing.

Everyone experiences sade sati or ezharai sani in their life time. It occurs 2 to 3 three times in a life span as it recurs after approximately 30 years. Even the Lord himself is not exempt from the effect of ezharai sani. Once, Shiva hid himself in a remote cave to meditate and escape the effect of Sani. On his return he was informed by Sani that the Lord had went into hiding in the first place because of the influence of ezharai Sani. An astonished but pleased Shiva, declared to him to be Saneeswaran.  No other planet has the tag eswaran to the name.

There is a saying in Tamil “Saniyaipol Koduppavanum illai, saniyaipol keduppavanum illai” which translates to “There is none like Saneeswaran who can give a good life or ruin a life”. Actually, even at the worst of times Saneeswaran only delays but never denies.  The experience of going through the ezharai sani makes one mentally very strong.   He does not test us more than we can handle.  He affects a person based on his past deeds.  He is supposed to be Just. Interestingly, the two sons of Suryan, judge us and give us the palan or results based on our karma or deeds.  Saneeswaran does this during our lifetime and Yama does that after ones death.

According to a Legend, King Nala had not washed his feet properly while doing puja. Saneeswaran who was waiting for such an opportunity for about 12 years, immediately caught hold of him. This has probably prompted the tradition to wash our feet before entering the house. Getting back to the story of King Nala, under the influence of ezharai sani, he lost his kingdom, separated from his wife and children, had health problems and wandered around like a beggar. As per the advice of Bharadwaja muni he worshipped Dharbaranyeswarar at Thirunallar, after a dip in the holy tank here. It was then he was relieved of the effects of Sani. After this, Shiva asked Saneeswaran to be here and bless all his devotees.

Musukunda chakravarthi brought Emarald Linga from Indra and kept in this place as a Last linga among the Seven called as NAGAVIDANGAR.

Temple Timings:

6 am and 1 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm.

Temple telephone Number:

04368-236530 or 236504

Temple Address:
Sri Dharbaranyeswara Temple
Thirunallar
TamilNadu
India

Route
(1) 39 kms from Myladuthurai via Peralam
(2) 6 kms from Karaikal

Economical hotels and lodges:

1.Thirunallar Devasthanam Tourist Home,Thirunallar,
Karaikal.
PH:+ 91 4368 236530

2.Hotel City Plaza,Bharathiar Road,Karaikal.
PH:+ 91 – 4368 -220361

3.Paris International Bharathiyar Road,Karaikal.
PH: +91 – 4368 – 220306

Luxury Hotels:

1.Hotel Nanda, Kamaraj Salai,Karaikal.
PH: + 91 – 4368 -220533

2.Holiday Farms & Resorts(3 star)Main Road, Akkaraivattam, Karaikal.
PH: +91 4368 228330(4 Lines)

Akkur – Sri Thanthondreeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Thanthondreeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar:   Sri Thanthondreeswarar, Sri Swayambhu Nathar

Ambal:  Sri Vaalnedungkannammai, Sri Katka Nethri Ambal

Sthala Theertham:  Kumudha Theertham

Sthala Virksham:  Sarakondrai, Vilva and Paakku trees

Devaram:  Thirugnanasambanthar, Thirunavukarasar

Sthalapuranam:

There are six stone inscriptions in this temple dating back to the periods of Chola kings Rajathirajan and Rajarajan, Pandiya king Kopperunsingan, and Vijayanagara king Veera Krishna Devar.

The historical name of this place is Shankharanyam.

There are two temples called “Maadam” in the Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams. “Maadam” refers to the fact that the temples are situated on top of a man-made hill. These are “Thoonganai Maadam” at Pennakadam and the “Thanthontri Maadam” at Aakkur (this temple).

According to legend, it is believed that during the construction of this temple, King Kochengat Cholan had developed some ailments. He prayed to Lord Shiva for a cure. It is believed that at this point the lord’s divine voice was heard saying that the king should feed 1000 people for 48 days (“Annadhanam”). Following the lord’s instructions, the king started feeding 1000 people every day. However, for 47 days, he noticed that only 999 people were participated in the banquet. He once again prayed to Lord Shiva to tell him about the shortfall of one person. To satisfy the king, it is believed that on the last day, the lord himself came in the form of an old man holding a stick in his hand to complete the count of one thousand people. For this reason, the lord here is known as “Aayirathil Oruvar” (one among one thousand in Tamil).

Since the king had never seen the old man before in his life, he enquired about his whereabouts. Instead of giving a direct answer to the king, the old man countered with a question “Place? Whose place?” (“Yarukku Oor?” in Tamil) and disappeared in an anthill. The king realised that the man is none other than Lord Shiva himself.

When they removed the anthill, they found a Shivalingam there. During its extraction, a cut was formed on top of the lingam which can still be seen.  A beautiful sculpture depicting this event can also be seen in the temple.

This temple is also believed to be one of the places where Lord Shiva gave his wedding dharisanam to Sage Agasthiyar. For this reason, Goddess Parvathy’s shrine is located on the right side of Lord Shiva’s shrine (similar to their wedding posture).

Other than the shrines of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy, shrines and idols of lords Vinayakar, Murugan, Saraswathi, Viswanathar with Visalakshi, Sirappuli Nayanar, Moovar, Sundarar with his wives Sangili Nachiyar and Paravai Nachiyar, Mahalingam, Balamurugan, Arunagirinathar, Gajalakshmi, Kailayanathar, Parvathavarthini, Vayu Lingam, Theyu Lingam, Kochengat Cholan, Appu Lingam, Navagraham, Chandikeswarar, Kalabairavar, Bairavar and Suryan can be seen in the corridors.

In the “koshtam” (place surrounding the sanctum sanctorum), idols of Agasthiyar, Narthana Vinayakar, Dakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgai can be seen.

There is a separate shrine for the procession idol of “Sri Aayirathil oruvar”. This lord is very famous but, due to security reasons, this idol has been transferred to some other place for safekeeping. A photograph of the lord is kept in its place.

In this temple, the shrines of both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy are facing east.

It is believed that King Kochengat Chola built about 70 “Madakkoils”. The distinguishing feature of a Madakkoil is that it is not easily approachable by an elephant. He built these temples at an elevation and there are a few steps that need to be climbed before seeing the lord. Also, the sanctum sanctorum’s (Karpagragam) entrance is narrow such that no elephant can enter it.

There is a separate shrine for Goddess Saraswathy here.

The shrine of Lord Murugan is in the form of a chariot and it looks very beautiful.

In his hymn of this temple, Saint Thirugnanasambanthar praised the learned brahmins and the devout devotees of Aakkur village.

This is the birth place of Sirappuli Nayanar, one of the revered 63 Nayanmars. It is believed that he always served food to devotees without saying “no” to anyone and at any time. It is believed that he attained salvation here.

Saint Arunagirinadhar has sang songs in praise of Lord Murugan of this temple in his revered Thirupugazh.

It is believed that those seeking “santhana prapthi” (child boon) can pray to the lord here.

Devotees also believe that by worshiping the lord here,  obstacles from their marriage proposals will be removed.

Some of the important festivals celebrated in the temple are –

Vinayakar Chaturthi in the Tamil month of Aavani (Aug-Sept),

Thiru Karthikai in the Tamil month of Karthikai (Nov-Dec),

Thiruvadhirai in the Tamil month of Markazhi (Dec-Jan),

Makara Sankranthi in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan-Feb) and

Shivrathri in the Tamil month of Masi (Feb-Mar).

108-conchs abhishekam is performed to the lord in the Tamil month of Karthikai on all Mondays (Somavaaram).

Sirappuli Nayanar’s “guru poojai” on the Pooradam star day in the Tamil month of Karthikai (Nov-Dec) is also celebrated in a grand manner.

Pradosham and Pournami are also observed regularly.

This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 46th Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauveri in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).

Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).

This is the birth place of Sirappuli Nayanar, one of the revered 63 Nayanmars.

This temple is counted as one of the 70 Maadak Koils built by King Kochengat Cholan.

This east facing temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 3-tiers.

There is no flag post (“Dhwajasthambam”) in this temple.

The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 10.05.2010 and prior to that on 06.04.2001 and 15.09.1960.

Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this temple are –Thalaichangadu, Valampuram, Thiruppallavaneecharam (Poompuhar), Chayavanam, Thiruvenkadu, Kezhai Thirukkattuppalli, Thirukkalikkamur (Annappan Pettai), Pariyal Veerattam, Thiruchempon Palli, Nani Palli, Thirukkadaiyur and Thirukkadaiyur Mayanam.

Route:

Aakkur is situated at a distance of about 17 kms from Mayiladuthurai on the Mayiladuthurai to Tharangambadi route. The temple is behind the Aakkur bus stand.  It is about 5 kms from Semponar Koil.

Temple Timings:

From 08.00 AM to 11.00 AM and 05.00 PM to 08.00 PM.

Temple Telephone Number:

098658 09768 and 097877 09742. 075022 22850.

Temple Address:

Sri Thanthondreeswarar Temple,
Akkur Post,
Tharangambadi Taluk,
Nagapattinam District,
Tamil Nadu – 609301.

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.

Tiruverkadu – Sri Devi Karumariamman temple

Sri Devi Karumariamman temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Devi Karumariamman

Sthala Theertham: Velayudha theertham

Sthala Virksham:Karuvela tree

Sthalapuranam:

As per legends, One day Devikarumari took the image of old nomadic lady and went to Sun to forecast his future. Without realising her as Devikarumari, He simply neglected her. Devikarumari immediately vanished. Sun has lost it’s brightness and its glory started declining. Realising his mistake He begged Devikarumari to forgive and excuse him. Sun also requested Devikarumari to celebrate Sunday as the day of Devikarumari. Devikarumari also accepted it.He also got permission from Her to pour on her sun rays twice in a year in the month of Panguni and Purattasi. So Sunday is celebrated as the day of Karumari . We can happily witness the scene of sun rays falling on the head of Devikarumari twice in a year. Devikarumari made Narayanan Seat there.Once upon a time Lord Thirumal came to Thiruverkadu to witness the grace rule of Umadevi. When Thirumal personally met his sister Karumari, she requested him “to seat there as Srinivasan of Thirumurai and assist Her and bless the devotees who worship Navagraham and stand towards southern direction”. He was happy and promised Her, that He would sit by her side and protect the position of Nine planets. Veda Viyasar was extremely happy to see Annai Parasakthi and Lord Venkatesan together.

An another legends goes this way,There was an ant-hill in this place long ago.  People were worshipping this as Mother Ambica.  Mother appeared in the dream of a devotee and asked him to build a temple for Her in that spot.  When people demolished the ant-hill, they found Ambica as a swayambu and built the temple here.  As She was not in the womb of a Mother, she is praised as one not from the womb (Karuvil Illadha Karumari).  There is also an Ambica idol behind the presiding deity as Mahakali with fire, sword, skull, trident and a drum called Damarukam.  Kumkum archana is performed to Ambica in the evening between 4.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. called Pradosha time.

There are also peacock, serpent, and lion vehicles of the Gods.  This lamp is ever burning.  It is believed that worshipping Ambica and this lamp would keep their families wealthy.  The flag post-kodimaram is in front of Ambica shrine.  Festivals begin in Ambica temples with Kappu Kattu (announcing the beginning of festival) ceremony.  Here, festivals begin by hoisting the flag.  Ash of cow dung is offered as Prasad in the temple.  We have seen Lord Vinayaka in temple with His tusk in the right hand and Modhaga-the sweet pudding ball- in the left.  Here, He blesses the devotees with the right hand and keeps the left assuring them – Abhaya hastha.  This is a different style.  It is said those worshipping Mother Devi Karumariamman should worship in this shrine too.

The sage had to come to south to balance the earth as went down due to the heavy weight of a huge gathering of Sages when the wedding of Shiva-Parvathi took place there.  Lord Shiva granted the wedding darshan to the Sage here.  Also, the shrine of Mother Verkanni who granted darshan to the sage is here.

Procession Ambica graces from the corridor-prakara sitting on a moving plank called Unjal.  In front of the temple, Lord Vinayaka graces sitting under the Peepal tree called Arasamaram in Tamil.  Mother Ambica looks young on Her Lion vehicle.  On the new moon day, a yaga is performed with red chillies.  There are shrines for Navagrahas the nine planets, Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Srinivasa-Padmavathi and Sri Anjaneya.  On Vaikasi Visakam festival in May-June, Lord Srinivasa graces darshan on Garuda with Mother Padmavathi.  There are also shrines of Lord Dakshinamurthy, Angala Parameswari, Uchishta Ganapathi, Gayatri, Mahalakshmi, Rajarajeswari, Savithri, and Mother Durga.

Aipasi Annabishek is performed to Mother Devi Karumariamman in October-November. Aadi Festival in July-August is very famous. Maximum duration of festivals goes up to 15 days. Rarely in some Shakti temples, festivals run upto 48 days also. In this temple, the festival that begins in the month of Aadi (July-August) continues for 12 weeks ending with Purattasi month-September-October. On Sundays, abishek is performed with 108 pots of milk followed by procession. On the 9th Sunday, Mother Devi Karumariamman is taken in procession in a palanquin decorated with flowers. On Masi Magam day in February-March, Amman is taken to Bay of Bengal for sea bath. Other festivals include Thai Brahmmotsavam in January-February, Chitra Poornima in April-May, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, big festivals in Aadi (July-August) Navarathri in September-October, Skanda Sashti in October-November and Panguni Uthiram in March-April.

Route:

Tiruverkadu is 12 km from Chennai Koyambedu on the Poonamallee Road. Bus facilities are available from all points in the city.

Temple Timings:

05.30 am To 12.00 pm   04.30 pm To 09.00 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-44-2680 0430, 2680 0487, 2680 1686.

Temple Address:

Sri Devi Karumariamman Temple,

Tiruverkadu,

Tiruvallur Dist.

 

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

Thiruchirappalli – Sri Thayumanavar Swamy Temple, Sri Ucchi Pillaiyar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Thayumanavar Swamy Temple

Period of origin

Before 7th Century

Name of deity

Moolavar: Thayumanavar

Ambal: Mattuvarkuzhali

Sthala Theertham: Brahma Theertham

Stalavriksham: Vilvam

Dhevaram: Appar, Gnanasampanthar, Sundarar& Manikavasakar

Sthalapuranam:

Tiruchirappalli, was earlier known as Thirisirapuram, as a demon called Thirisiran worshipped Lord Shiva here. It is said that as there are three peaks on Rock Fort, occupied by three Gods Shiva, Parvathi and Vinayakar the place was called Thiri sikarapuram and later called Tirisirapuram.

Once there was a woman living on the other side of river Cauvery, who used to visit this temple every day. She had been visiting the temple for many years, which she continued to do even during her pregnancy. One day when she developed the labor pain and sought her mother’s help who was staying on the other side of the river and sent word through her husband. As the river was flooded due to the continuous rain he could not bring her mother and had to be there for three days. Meanwhile the woman was unable to bare the pain, worshiped Lord Shiva. As she was an ardent devotee of the Lord he came for her help in disguise of her mother and helped her in delivering the baby safely and stayed with her until her husband returned. As Lord Shiva himself served his devotee as mother, he is called asThayumanavar. (Thai = mother anavar = became) A celebration of festival Chettipenn Maruthuvam denotes it as a proof.

The temple is said to have built during 7th Century. Later Mahendravarman reconstructed.

Rama wins the war against Ravana with the help of Vibishana and as a token of love, he gifts an Idol of Lord Ranganatha to him. Though he supported Rama, he was basically an Asura, hence the Devas wanted to stop this idea of an Asura taking Lord’s supreme form to his Kingdom. They request Lord Vinayaka to help. Vibhishana on the way to his Kingdom at Lanka, was passing through Trichy. He decided to take a bath in the river Cauvery as his daily rituals. However, he was perplexed as the idol once kept in land, can never be removed. He looked around for some help to keep the Ranga Vimana till he finishes his bath. There was a small boy playing around in the banks of Cauvery. He handed over the Ranga Vimana to him and told him strictly not to place it on the ground till he comes back. The boy agreed and told him that he will call him and if he doesn’t come back, he will keep it on the ground and go away.

Vibhishana went into the waters and was enjoying the bath in the river. The boy called him many time but he did not respond. The boy kept the idol on the ground and it started growing big. On seeing this Vibhishana ran towards it and tried to lift it, but failed. He got furious with the boy and went chasing him. The boy ran up the hill top and sat on the peak and he was smiling at him. Vibhishana knocked the boy on his head with anger. The boy revealed himself as Lord Vinayaka to him. He prayed the lord for the sin he has made and surrendered in his feet.Then he went to Lanka leaving behind the Ranga on the banks of Cauvery. It was Vinayaka’s trick to retain Lord Ranga in Trichy, which is today’sSrirangam, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and the Lord Vinayaka who played tricks with Vibhishana, is worshipped as Uchi Pillaiyar at the hill top. Even today one can see a wound on his head caused by the knock of Vibhishana.

Pregnant women and their husbands pray Lord Thayumanavar for a safe labor and offer Plantains to the God after delivering healthy baby.

Chitirai Brahmostavam, Panguni Thepa Urchavam, Adipooram, Annabishekam, Thirukarthikai, Maharasankaranthi, Panchamoorthy Purapadu and Shivarathiri are the major festivals celebrated here.

Parihar:

Mother’s Health, for normal delivery, obstacles during pregnancy, delayed child birth rectified by offering milk anointing,Vasthram and Vazhai thar(banana)to the Lord.

Route:

Walkable distance from chathiram Bus stand, Thiruchirappalli.

Temple Timings:

6 am to 12 noon and 4.30 pm to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0431 2704621, 2710484, 2700971.

Temple Address:

Sri Thayumanavar Swamy Temple
Malaikottai
Thiruchirappalli
Thiruchirappalli (Dist)
Tamil Nadu
India.