Friday, February 14, 2020

Sowrirajan Neelamegha perumal Thirukannapuram, Divaydesam, Nagapattinam district

This divyadesam of Lord Vishnu is situated in Tirukannapuram, a tiny village which is 35 Kms from the town of Mayiladuthurai in Nagapattinam district.
This is  a Krishnaranya kshetram.
This temple is known as Bhooloka Vaikuntam as it is mentioned by Tirumangai Alwar and there is no traditional Swarga vasal here.

Pongal is the  daily night offering to the  Lord here. As per  the legend,  a chieftain used  to partake food only after worshipping and offering same to the God . Once he lost all his wealth and as he did not pay taxes to the king he was arrested. Lord appeared to king in dream and asked to release his devotee. When he reached home his wife offered him Pongal. The chieftain known as Munayadharian worshipped God and offered the Pongal to Lord.

Next day the priest found some Pongal sticking to the mouth of the deity here. From that day Lord here is offered Pongal and the neivedhya is known as Munyadhariyan Pongal.

The Nithya Pushkarni in front of  the temple is holy Tirtha and pitru poojas are conducted here on new moon day.

Moolavar here is known as Neelamegha Perumal and  the Utsavar as Sowrirajan as He has long hair. There's an interesting story regarding this.You may check details here. Devotees can view this during procession on new moon days.

It is also said there is continuous vibration felt in the sanctum.  You may find details in the same link I shared above.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Tirumanacheri Udhvaganathar temple- Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam district

Thirumanacheri is a beautiful temple of Shiva and Parvati. This is a  padal petra sthalam
Lord Shiva married( Tirumanam) Parvati in this village ( cheri) which is situated 11 Kms from the  town of Mayiladuthurai.
There is a separate shrine for Shiva known here as Kalyanasundareshwar and Parvati as Kokilambal. They are in  Kalyanakolam. This temple has become famous for the marriage related poojas conducted here. Youngsters of marriageable age worship the God here for getting good match and is also visited by couples who have issues in their married life.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Thiruvazhthanoor( Therazhandur) Devadiraja Perumal- Divya desam, Nagapattinam district

This divya desam is in a serene and peaceful village.

 Devadiraja Perumal is the Moolavar of this temple and Amaruviappan is the Utsavar.
This is a Krishnaranya kshteram.
As it was month of Margazhi we could see the presiding deity decked up in  stone studded crown, kavacham   with Sankha, chakra, mace, sword and the spear. we felt as if we are in the  sannidhi of  emperor of the universe. Blessed to see the Lord in this alankara as it was festival time of Markazhi.
Here we see God flanked by Garuda  and Prahlada,
Garuda is given a special status and a place inside the sanctum instead of his usual  seat facing the God outside the sanctum.
Amaruviappan or Rajagopala swamy  gives a beautiful darshan with a cow and and a calf with a staff in his hand.
As per the legend Brahma took all cows from Gokulam and hid them at this place.
When Krishna came to know he created same number of cows in Gokulam.
Realising his folly Brahma requests Krishna to give darshan at Triuvazhanthanoor .
Krishna appears as Amaruviappan ( one who is flanked by cattle)with a calf and a cow. A beautiful sight, a speciality of  this temple.

More details about this temple , check how this place came to be known as Therazhandoor
 This is the birth place of Kambar , the great Tamil poet.

The other Krishnaranya kshetrams are Thiru Kannangudi ,Kapisthalam,Thirukannapuram, Thirikannamangai. Shall post soon.


Monday, January 27, 2020

Tiruvaheendrapuram-Devanatha Swamy temple- Cuddalore - Divya desam

This  divyadesam of Lord Mahavishnu is situated in Cuddalore near Chidambaram.
Aheendiran  ( Ananda Azhvaan Adiseshan) worshipped Perumal here and the place came to be known as Thiru Aheendrapuram.

The serpent God Adisesha made a well in this sacred place by digging it with his  tail as per the instruction of Lord Vishnu as He was thirsty. This well, known as Sesha theertham can be seen in the outer prakaram of the temple. There is an idol of Adisesha on this well .  Read that devotees make offerings of milk, turmeric ,salt in the well akin to that is offered for serpents on anthill. But presently I saw this covered and locked. The water from this well is used for making Prasadam for the Lord here

 There is also a theertham brought here by Garuda which is a  free flowing river at the backside of the temple known as  garuda Nadi. Water from garuda nadi is used for Tirumanjanam.

 The Utsvar is known as Deivanatha Swamy.  Lord's consort is Hemambujavalli. There are shrines for Ranganatha Swamy ,Andal, Ganesha, Rama and  Rajagopala Swamy.

 Opposite side of the main temple there is a shrine for   Lord Hayagreevar which is situated on a small hill known as Oushadagiri. It is full of medicinal plants. It is believed that  when Hanuman carried the Sanjivini hill a small portion fell here, The  temple here is frequented by students as Hayagreevar is  embodiment of knowledge and learning.

It is believed Desikacharya stayed here for about 40 years doing penance in the  Oushadagiri hills . There are special niches here for the great Acharya and Manvala mamunigal .

More details here and here

Opening time 6 Am-11 Am
4.30 pm -8 pm.

                                                                      Garuda nadi

                                                        Hayagreeva shrine

Monday, January 6, 2020

Kodungallur Bhagavathi temple- Kodungallur, Kerala

Kodungallur Bhagavathi temple  is a very famous temple in Kerala and is situated on the Kochi- Guruvayur route in Kodungallur . A 2 hours ride from Kochi via Paravoor would take one  to this temple. 

The Goddess here is endearingly known as Kodungallur Amma. She is in a fierce form here and  this is a Shakthipeetam.

 Kannagi , the heroine of  Silpadikkaram, after burning down Madurai city in her anger when her innocent  husband was killed by the king  proceeded to Kodungallur and merged with the Goddess here.

 Other than the Goddess there is a shrine for  Shiva in the inner prakaram itself. There are shrines for Ganapathy , and Kurumba Bahgavathy. Turmeric is the main offering for this Goddess. There is also a Tavittu Bhagavathy. Thavittu meaning husk and devotees offer husk to the small deity here.

The temple is very big , attractive with its  sprawling  grounds fully   dotted with banyan and peepul trees . Architecture is also very simple , and has some beautiful paintings of various Goddesses and of furious Kaanagi  expressing her anger to the king.

The Meena Bharani festival is very famous here which is a colourful and a highly spiritual exercise . It draws huge crowd from far and near.

                                                            Thavittu Bhagavathy