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:

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

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

Mridula said...

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

Arti said...

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

Archana said...

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.

EC said...

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

KParthasarathi said...

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

chitra said...

Kiran, thanks . I do understand.:)

chitra said...

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

chitra said...

Arti, thanks

? said...

Chitra, beautiful!

chitra said...

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.

chitra said...

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

chitra said...

KP, thanks a lot.

@?,
thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

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

chitra said...

Anonymous,
Thanks a lot.

Sridharan said...

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

....Petty Witter said...

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

chitra said...

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

chitra said...

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

aipi said...

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

Babli said...

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

Insignia said...

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

chitra said...

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.

sm said...

beautiful post
always enjoy the pics

Abhilash Pillai said...

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

lovely pictures.

What is andaal. is it a god?

R. Ramesh said...

chitra ji temple templa kalakaringo pongo

chitra said...

sm,
thanks .

chitra said...

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.

chitra said...

Ramesh
thanks a lot.

Martina said...

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

A said...

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.

sm said...

nice post
birthplace of Valmiki
great

viji said...

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

chitra said...

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

A said...

@Chitra,

Thanks for clarification on Valmiki.

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

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

Asha said...

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

lovely photos and info.

chitra said...

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.

....Petty Witter said...

Stopping by to say hello.