Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dhenupureeshwar and Durga temple, Pateeshwaram,Tamil Nadu

Navarathri Greetings to all my friends. 

 This time, I am taking you to Patteswaram temple which is  close to Swami Malai , One of the Aarupadai Veedugal of Lord Muruga,  The presiding deity is Dhenu Pureeshwarar ( Siva) and His consort is Gnanambigai. The Nandi here, is found on the left side of the main entrance unlike other temples where we find it  facing the Lord. It was as per Lord's wish that Nandi moved to one side as  Siva  wanted to have a look at  Tirugnanasambandar, the child poet saint  as he was approaching the temple.  The legend has it that, this Sivalingam was consecrated by Lord Rama.  There is a small shrine for Anjaneyar  and there are separate shrines for  Vinayagar and Subramaya.  The Madapam in front of the Amman sannidhi has pillars embellished with intricate designs. The  idols of of Kala Bhairavar and Vinayagar inside the temple are  huge in size. The gates of the main temple are  guarded by gigantic statues, Dwarapalakas of the Lord.


The Goddess Durga's idol situated on the Northern side is considered to be  very powerful who showers her divine blessings like a mother, on all her devotees.  Durga here is Santha swaroopi, has 8 hands and is sitting on Her mount Lion.  The temple gets crowded on Tuesdays and Fridays and many perform Rahu puja here to ward off the ill effects of the planet. The Cholas were worshippers of Durga and the deity was installed here after the fall of Chola dynasty.
How to reach- This temple is very near to the Kumbhakonam town ( 5 km ) and is well connected by road. Many buses ply from the town and this temple is very close to Swamimalai temple.Nearest airport is Trichy and rail station is at Kumbhakonam. One would find good hotels in the town itself.



Navarathri celebration in Madurai Meenakshi temple is quite famous and just made a trip to catch a glimpse of that. I could gather only a few pics from outside.
 

21 comments:

  1. Thanks TGS. But there are 2 more inside , they almost touch the ceiling.

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  2. Beautifully narrated... Especially loved the story about the Nandi bull.
    Loved the pics, amazing as usual Chitra.
    Have a nice day:)

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  3. Thanks Chitra! One more place to visit on our next trip; this vacation was very hectic and we barely did the rounds of our native temples..there is a small Shiva temple, also known as Patheeshwaram near our village.

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  4. Nice pics Chitra. It brings back the memories of my visit to this temple. I liked the Madhurai pictures too.

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  5. Shri,
    :). Happy I can use your name now. Yes, this temple is really beautiful , especially the decorative pillars inside , photography is banned inside.

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  6. Lovely pics and lovely info chitra. thanks for the madurai navarathri pics, I 'm just back from Tirupati. It is futher beautified by the brahmotsavam lights, but we were not allowed cellphones and cameras and so could not click the pics.

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  7. Beautifully written post and I love the pictures!Happy Navaratri to you your family dear!
    USMasala

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  8. Asha, thanks. You are lucky you could make a trip to Tirupati during Brahmotsavam.Happy Navarathri wishes.

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  9. aipi, thanks. Wish you the same.

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  10. I love the thought of The Goddess Durga showering her divine blessings on all her devotees.

    As always Chitra fascinating reading.

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  12. Dusshera Greetings to you Chitra!

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  13. Hope you had a good trip Chitra; had visited Rshm decades ago.

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  14. Stunning, as always. I am glad to find your pilgrimage again. For a while there, my links told me that the blog was gone. i am glad to know better.

    :-)
    Traci

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  15. Hey its really very nice thing. thanks for posting... Tirupati is really an amazing place, Each and every Hindu should visit tirupathi, at least once in his or her life.In tirupati visit “Grand World” for accommodation with all the facilities; it is a 3 star hotel in tirupati…!! Tirupati Hotel

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