Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Nemam temple, Jeyam Kondeswararar Temple, Tamilnadu

I have already blogged about some of the 'Temples in and  around Karaikudi', and 'Soumya Narayana temple', in Sivaganga district of Tamilnadu. This is yet another temple I visited recently which is just 6 kms from the Pillyarpatti koil.( click the first link )

The deity of Nemam temple is Siva, known as Jayamkondeswarar and His consort is  Soundaryanayaki. Just outside the main shrine, we find a disfigured idol of the same Goddess which is  supposed to be the original idol. Usually disfigured , damaged idols are not worshipped  in any temples but here it is  worshipped as per the wishes of the Goddess.  The temple is a treasure trove of  art work and has richly ornamental pillars and life size statutes from mythology. There are shrines for  Vinayagar and Muruga on either side of the main shrine.

The temple has a beautiful pond with lot of lillies . Water tanks in front of the temple is a common sight in most of the Karaikudi temples. There is also a shrine for Vinayaka near the tank. The ceiling of the temple has a Rasi chakra representing all the Zodiac signs and also has paintings related to Siva Puranam. This temple is situated in serene and calm village and the trees around the temple is a safe haven for parrots. Bees also have made the ceiling their homes. Could find 2 beehives at the entrance itself.  
How to reach Karaikudi
Can be reached from Madurai and Trichy which are at 70 Kms and 82 Kms respectively. Both the cities have airports and railway stations. Karaikudi also has a railway station.
Buses ply from all the towns in Tamil Nadu to Karaikudi and all the above temples are on regular bus routes and are easily reachable.

Karaikudi town has good number of hotels for boarding as well as lodging.


32 comments:

  1. Looks like the best of your lot that I have seen.

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  2. Thanks Mridula. Waiting for your posts:)

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  3. Fascinating to read of an idol that is worshipped despite being disfigured. The pictures on the ceiling are beautiful, so intricate and bright.

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  4. Thanks PW,
    The priest narrated something related to that.Years ago, when it got disfigured the idol was about to be discarded, the Goddess appeared and asked the priest whether they will throw out their children if they are disabled, that made them to keep the idol for worship.

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  5. Well described and nice shots.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

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  6. Informative with great pictures
    Thanks

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  7. wowo, look at the colors and all that work done .. beautiful

    Bikram's

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  8. i ve seen this temple...there was not a soul around when i went there one hot afternoon!

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  9. Niranjan, thanks for the visit.

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  10. Rahul Bhatia,
    thanks for the visit and the comment

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  11. ashok,
    When we visited also no one was around except the priest.

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  12. Been a while, I visited blog posts..Glad I could do it today.. Superb post Chitra..!

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  13. Roopa Pavan
    Thanks a lot for the visit.

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  14. Just came here from your post:)Sridharan. Yes, it is quite sometime..

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  15. I love this temple and it's art works. I also love what the goddess said to the priest. How wonderful he listened. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Frances, thank you so much.

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  17. beautiful and rashi chakra
    nice post

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  18. Loved the Rashi chakra chitra. Thankyou for giving us a glimpse.

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  19. Shri, thank you Have you seen this temple?

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  20. PW,
    missed you comment .V.V.happy about your visit.

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  21. Thank you. I love your post. Just stopped by from BPOTW and glad I did. Maybe you cant visit my post on picking blueberries.

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  22. Thanks you Charlotte...Shall be there. I would like to know what you blog about. thanks.

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  24. What a beautiful stone art , i thank the priest who explained the different frequencies and its significance on each stone pillars.

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