Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Tiru Kudalloor- Jegath Rakshaga Perumal, Near Kumbakonam

This is one of the 108 Tirupatis of Lord Vishnu and the Lord here is glorified in Divya Prabhanda.

Jegath Rakshaga Perumal in Tirukoodalloor is in Ayyam Pettai.  The idol of Vishnu here is in a standing positon.The Utsavar  also has the same name. The thayar here is known as Pushpavalli. All the Devas gathered here to worship the Lord hence the name Tiru Koodalur.
This temple is known as Aduthurai Perumal in Vadakurangaduthurai,a village in the outskirts of   Kumbakonam.
The God is  believed to have appeared to sage Nandaka and  Ambarisha.

A jack fruit tree with a natural shape of a conch on the stem of the tree is unique to this temple. 
The legend associated and other details of the temple is given in the link here 

                                                 Naturual conch shape on tree

Monday, December 30, 2019

Grishaneshwar-Ellora caves road, Aurangabad

Grishneshwar means Lord of compassion and  there is reference of this temple  in  Shiva Purana.

This  is one of the 12 Jyothirlingams and is highly revered by Hindus all over the world.

This  temple was destroyed in 14th century and was rebuilt in the present form by Ahilyabai Holkar in 18th century. The temple is built with reddish stone and the 5 tier spire is very beautiful .
The temple allows devotees to offer worship directly to the Lord Shiva here.
Check this link for details

This temple is situated 30 Kilometers  from the town of Aurangabad and just a Killometer from the famous Ellora caves.

Mobile /camera and all electronic gadgets banned inside the temple.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Tiruvenkatamudayan temple-Ariyakudi,Sivagangai district.

Ariyakudi is 5 Kms. from the town of Karaikudi and is famous for the Venkatchalapathi temple known here as Thiruvenkadamudayian Koil. This temple is  believed to be 500 years old.  

The legend is that a great devotee of  Lord Tirupati Balaji when he was unable to visit Tirumala due to old age  was blessed by the  Lord with a swaymbhoo idol which was found under a Tulsi plant in his native place of Ariyakudi. Hence this  temple is  considered to be an important abode of Lord Balaji. It is also believed, a worship here is equivalent to a worship  at Tirumala and hence it is called Then Tirupathi meaning Dakishna  Tirupathi. 

Apart from the main Vishnu idol other deities are Alarmelmangai Thayar, Andal and Moolai Garudan. 

This temple is just 15 Kms from Karapgavinayagar temple Pillayarpatti.


Saturday, December 28, 2019

Madhava Perumal temple- Mylapore, Chennai, Tamilnadu

Madhava Perumal temple at Mylapore is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is said to be at least 800 years old.

Legend- The great sage Bhrigu was yearning for a child and Lord Vishnu instructed Lakshmi to be born as the sage's daughter. Later Vishnu as Madhava Perumal married Lakshmi , known here as Amrithavalli . The Lord here is also known as Kalyana Madhavan as he married Goddess here.
Devotees offer worship for getting good match in life and also for getting off springs.

The main sanctum has Lord Madhava and on either side of the main temple are shrines of Amritavalli  and Andal.
Sub shrines inside the temple are  for Boo Varahar , Peyazhwar, Ramanuja and Manavala Mamunigal.

It is also believed that sage Vysa also performed his penance here as this was a Holy place.

The temple is easy to locate as it is just a few meters from the Mundakanniamman temple and about a  kilometer walk from Kapaleeshwar temple.
The serene divine atmosphere of this temple is captivating as one can have darshan of  Lord peacefully



Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Arunachaleshwar temple-Tiruvannamalai

I am sharing a few pictures of my recent visit to the Annamalaiyar temple. All pictures were captured on my mobile

I have already made a post about this temple. refer here for details.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Ulagalanda Perumal Koil - Tirukoilur, near Tiruvannamalai

Ulagalanda Perumal Koil  (Lord  who measured the universe) is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is situated 35 Kms from Tiruvannamalai; is one among the 108 divyadesams of Vishnu.

The temple is very ancient and the idol of the Moolavar known as Trivikrama is huge and made of Tharu wood.( deodhar). The idol is brightly painted decked up well with right leg  lifted up as if measuring the sky.

Inside sanctum we also find idols of King Mahabali  sitting near the Holy feet and there are other idols of Brahma, Mahalakshmi and Vamana. There is also a huge idol of Garuda , Lord Vishnu's mount outside the sanctum facing the main deity. A 40 feet Garuda pillar facing the temple  is also a speciality of this temple. Thayar, Lord's consort  has a separate shrine.

There are shrines around the temple for Lord Narasimha , Andal and Lakshmi Hayagrivar.
There is Lord Venugopala swamy shrine in the first prakaram and the idol here is made of saligrama. Many offer prayers here  before proceeding to worship the main deity.This is one of the Pancha Krishna temples and Utsavar here is Gopalaswamy, a beautiful idol with a whip in hand and cows around.
There is also a swayambhu Durga near to Lord's shrine and she is worshipped here during Rahukalam.

Details and legend related to temple can be found here