Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thiru Anbil Soundar Raja Perumal Or Vadivazhagiya Nambi temple- Tamil nadu

 Thiru Anbil, is the fourth Divyadesam of Vishnu.( one of the 108 Vishnu desams) The temple was built by the Cholas.

 This temple is situated on the banks of river Kaveri at Kollidam ( Coleroon) and has Ranganathar as the presiding deity known here as Thiru Vadivazhagiya Nambi in a reclining posture   and Soundaraja Perumal as the Utsavar. The idol, as the name mentions is of  exquisite beauty and  His consort is Azhagiya valli Nachiyar. Aandal is in the outside prakaram and Garudalwar is facing the sannidhi of the Lord. This temple  is believed to be  6000 years old and is considered to be the birth place of the poet saint Valmiki.

There are many inscriptions in this temple describing the history of those times.

 How to reach: Well connected. Airport is at Trichy . This temple is at a distance of 20 Kms from the town on the Tiruchi- Kumbakonam route.
The temple is just 5 kms.from the Lalgudi railway station.
Accommodation- Good hotels are available in Trichy .


39 comments:

  1. Another great post from you Chitra.
    Though I have nothing much to say, I must tell you that i really enjoy reading your posts.

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  2. I like the trees that I could see in the pictures and the lovely color combination as well.

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  3. The temple is quite an ancient one and fascinating too, nice to see it amid all the greenary around!

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  4. Thanks for this post, Chitra.

    You are right, this is an early Chola (9th-10th century) temple. The inscriptions belong to that period and some may have been added during the period of the Great Cholas in the 11th centuries.

    The early Cholas renovated many pre-existing temples in Kaveri Valley. These were made of mud, bricks and wood and were therefore perishable. The Cholas transformed them in stone to make them more permanent and also expanded the temple architecture and iconography.

    Many of these brrick-wood and mud shrines may go back to the early centuries of the Common Era or to a few hundred years earlier, but their antiquity beyond that is questioned by the scholars. But popular belief attributes these temples to many thousand of years of antiquity and that's how people look at these shrines.

    The existing temples all belong to the reigns of Pallavas (6th-9th centuries), Cholas or later. The earlier structures have all disappeared by now or have been rebuilt over.

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  5. Havent been to much temples near Trichy except Srirangam..there are so many around..thanks for sharing

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  6. I missed this during my visit to Trichy and Kumbakonam.Thanks for the nice post.The pictures give a feel of the place.

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  7. Kiran, thanks . I do understand.:)

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  8. Mridula, thanks a lot. The temple is in a remote village and the ambiance was fantastic.

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  9. Archana, the temple would have been rebuilt. I think ,when they say 6000 years, they would be meaning about the deity and start of worship. Thanks for the add on.

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  10. EC,
    There many around Kumbkonam all belonging to the divya deshams. a few more are on the list.

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  11. KP, thanks a lot.

    @?,
    thanks a lot

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  12. Nice Chitra. Good description of the temple. Nice photographs too.

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  13. Birth place of Valmiki...! Must be a very special place indeed. Have added to my list. Nice post chitra..!

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  14. Fantastic workmanship and even more impressive when you consider how ancient the temple is.

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  15. Sridharan,
    it seems Valmiki was born here and later he moved to North.

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  16. PW, very true PW, it is as if getting transported to an ancient era.

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  17. I wish I could take the time to visit each n every one of these beautiful temples ! Thanks for the beautiful pics Chitra..
    US Masala

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  18. Very nice and ancient temple. I will definitely visit this place during my next India visit. Good description with lovely pictures.

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  19. It seems an ancient temple. Like the way you diligently capture pictures and share with us :)

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  20. aipi, thanks.

    Babli, you would enjoythe trip as there are many near by
    Insignia,
    thanks a lot. I want to get as many as possible so that I can share with all.

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  21. beautiful post
    always enjoy the pics

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  22. ah! chitra, it was very difficult to spell the name of the temple ;)

    lovely pictures.

    What is andaal. is it a god?

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  23. chitra ji temple templa kalakaringo pongo

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  24. Abhilash,
    thanks a lot. Aandal is one of the Vaishanavite saints, only woman saint , she is believed to be the avatar of Bhoodevi and she merged with Lord Ranganatha at Sri Rangam.

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  25. Beautiful place, so full of artwork! Would like to draw there - your pix are so pretty!

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  26. Chitra,

    Is not amazing to have 6000 years old temples? But I thought Valmiki was born somewhere in North India...but may be I am wrong.

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  27. nice post
    birthplace of Valmiki
    great

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  28. Hotels in Trichy

    Wonderful blog & good post.Its really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post. Keep Blogging!

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  29. A,
    It is believed that Valmiki was born in South and later he moved to North.
    Sm, thanks alot.

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  30. @Chitra,

    Thanks for clarification on Valmiki.

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  31. beautiful discription and photos..... best wishes....

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  32. How come Madhya ranga is not a part of Pancha ranga. Makes me wonder.

    lovely photos and info.

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  33. Jayraj, thanks
    Asha, Madhya Ranga??? I do not know what it is?
    There are many more Ranganatha kshetras in Kumbakonam but 5 are considered to be special.

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