Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Aala Mara Iyarkkai Vinayagar Temple, Triplicane, Chennai

Aala Mara Iyarkkai Vinayagar Temple, Triplicane, Chennai
Aala Mara Iyarkkai Vinayagar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha located at Triplicane in Chennai City of Tamilnadu. The Temple is located inside Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Specialty Hospital. Presiding Deity Iyarkkai Vinayagar is the Jeeva Samadhi of Ganapathy Siddhar.







Connectivity
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Location

Aala Mara Iyarkkai Vinayagar Temple, Triplicane – Connectivity

Aala Mara Iyarkkai Vinayagar Temple, Triplicane – Connectivity
Triplicane (Tiruvallikeni) is an important division in Chennai city. Triplicane is located at about 1.5 Kms from Marina Beach, 6 Kms from Nungambakkam, 6 Kms from T Nagar, 10 Kms from Anna Nagar and 8.5 Kms from Vadapalani.
By Road:
Town buses are available from every corner of the city to reach the temple comfortably. The Temple is located at about 300 meters from Mount Road Government Hospital Bus Stop and 11 Kms from Koyambedu Bus Terminus.
Bus No
Route
22
Ayanavaram B.S to Anna Square
27B
C.M.B.T. to Triplicane
29A
Perambur B.S to Anna Square
L27L
Anna Square to Mogapair West
L40A
Anna Square to Avadi
S40A
Anna Square to Avadi
X22A
Ambathur Estate to Thiruvanmiyur
X40A
Anna Square to Avadi
27BCT
M.M.D.A. Colony to Anna Square
L06A
Tollgate to Besant Nagar
M27R
Anna Square to Oragadam
M40ET
Anna Square to Menambedu
S27BCT
M.M.D.A. Colony to Anna Square
45B
Anna Square to Guindy Industrial Estate
32
Vallalar Nagar to V. Illam.
25G
Anna Square to Poonamallee
24A
V.Illam to Anna Nagar West.
29D
V.Illam to Mathur.
By Train:
The Temple is situated at about 3.5 Kms form the Chennai Central Railway Station, 3 Kms from Tiruvallikeni Railway Station and 2.5 Kms from Chennai Egmore Railway Station. Nearest Metro Station is Nehru Park Metro Station located at about 4 Kms from the Temple.
By Air:
Chennai International Airport is located at about 18 Kms from this Temple.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

St. Paul of Thebes Church, Dharmanathapuram, Trichy

St. Paul of Thebes Church, Dharmanathapuram, Trichy
St. Paul of Thebes Church is a Roman Catholic shrine in the village of Dharmanathapuram in Lalgudi Taluk of Trichy District of Tamil Nadu. The old shrine was built during the end of 19 century. Its roof was made of tile, and it had a tower of about 30 ft height from ground level. Due to the building becoming weak and old it was demolished during 1983. The first stone was laid in 1983 for the construction of a new shrine.

After completion in 1987, the shrine was blessed and opened by Paul Arulsamy, the then Bishop of Kumbakonam. The church had completed 29 years without any alteration. So, that the people of Dharmanathapuram planned to alter the shine and rise the tower height from 19 to 37 ft from ground level. The work was started on 15 October 2015 and the work was completed and inaugurated by the then primary priest of Kumbakonam diocese.

The Church is located at about 8 Kms from Lalgudi, 8 Kms from Lalgudi Bus Station, 9 Kms from Lalgudi Railway Station, 9 Kms from Samayapuram, 23 Kms from Trichy and 28 Kms from Trichy Airport.

Sapthamadha Temple, Manakkal, Trichy

Sapthamadha Temple, Manakkal, Trichy
Sapthamadha Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Saptha Madhas (Brahmi, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Rudrani, Gaumari and Chamundi) located at Manakkal Village near Lalgudi Town in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. The temple is about 800 years old.


Legends
Chettiappar was a tantric from Kerala who never used his powers against any one. Trading, especially in turmeric was his main profession. He once came to Manakkal. He saw the Saptha Madhas bathing in a tank before him. They were Brahmi, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Rudrani, Gaumari and Chamundi. He offered them his turmeric stock which they did not need. Chettiappar was not sad that he could not sell his stock but was sad that it was not needed by such divine angels. He wanted to sell his turmeric even by threatening them. He began to take the ornaments they have left on the steps of the tank.

Goumari noticed it and called him. She offered to buy his turmeric. The trader asked for how much value, one coin or two coins. Goumari picked up a flower from her hair and asked him to give an equal weight. His turmeric could not stand before the weight of the flower. He placed all his stock – many bags – the flower side did not raise at all. He realized that the seven virgins were not simply ordinary humans but divines. He fell at their feet and sought their pardon. He built a temple there for the Saptha Madhas.
The Temple
Though Saptha Madha temples are generally facing north, this is facing east. Presiding Deity is Gowmari and Sapthamadhas. Saptha Madhas grace from the sanctum sanctorum. The prakara of the temple is home to shrines of Madurai Veeran, Chettiappar, Dwara Palakis, Karuppannan and Ayyanar. Elephant and Horse Vahans are also in the prakara. Madurai Veeran shrine is on the left of the main shrine. Chettiappar statue is in the right side of Maha Mandapam. On the entrance of the Maha Mandapam are Dwarapalakis (security deities) on both sides.


Horses and elephants are carved on the pillars. Ayyanar is on the elephant while Karuppannasami is on the horse. Devotees use to offer garlands to this horse vahana also to recover loans advanced by them to others. Sthala Vriksham is Naruvali Tree. Devotees use to circumambulate the tall and broad Naruvali tree in the prakara for child boon. The deities of the temple are the Kula Devatha of thousands of families in the area.


Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Festivals
Karagam festival following the Masi new moon day (Amavasya) is very famous in this temple. This is an art of dancing fast and round by men and women holding a pot on their head with such balance without holding them by hand. Thousands participate in the festival. Laksharchana (chanting the names of Shakti one lakh times) is dedicated to Mother during the 10 days of Navarathri. The Thayir Pavadai festival on the 10th day is very famous. The floor of Artha Mandapa would be covered with curd rice. After offering the same as Nivedhana to Goumari, it is distributed as Prasad to devotees.
Prayers
Women pray to Saptha Madhas for the longevity of their Mangal Sutras. Devotees pray to Karuppannasami for recovery of loans advanced and for happy wedding. Devotees perform abishek to Mother Goumari and offer vastras.
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 250 meters Manakkal Mandapam Bus Stop, 1 Km from Lalgudi Bus Station, 1.5 Kms form Lalgudi, 2 Kms from Lalgudi Railway Station, 7 Kms from Anbil, 24 Kms from Trichy and 29 Kms from Trichy Airport.

Saptharisheeswarar Temple, Thiruthalaiyur, Trichy

Saptharisheeswarar Temple, Thiruthalaiyur, Trichy
Saptharisheeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thiruthalaiyur in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Saptharisheeswarar and Mother is called as Kumkumavalli. This Temple is considered as one of the Thevara Vaippu sthalam as Shaivite Nayanmar Appar has made a passing reference to this Temple in one of his hymns.



This is the 157th Thevara Vaippu Sthalam. There is an old Tamil phrase say "தில்லையில் ஆயிரம் திருத்தலையூரில் ஆயிரத்தி ஐநூறு" which means there were 1500 Shaivite and Vaishnava families who were doing Seva to Lord Shiva but in Thillai (Chidambaram) there were only thousand but now Thiruthalaiyur has lost its grandeur.



The Temple is located at about 1 Km from Thiruthalaiyur, 6 Kms from Kannanur, 17 Kms from Musiri, 23 Kms from Kulithalai Railway Station, 15 Kms from Thuraiyur, 19 Kms from Thiruvellarai, 42 Kms from Trichy and 47 Kms from Trichy Airport.



Pachai Amman Temple, Pullambadi, Trichy

Pachai Amman Temple, Pullambadi, Trichy
Pachai Amman Temple is a Hindu Temple located at Pullambadi in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is located at about 1 Km from Pullambadi Bus Stand, 2 Kms from Pullambadi Railway Station, 10 Kms from Puvalur, 14 Kms from Lalgudi, 36 Kms from Trichy and 41 Kms from Trichy Airport.








Oothaai Amman Temple, Pullambadi, Trichy

Oothaai Amman Temple, Pullambadi, Trichy
Oothaai Amman Temple is a Hindu Temple located at Pullambadi in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is located at about 600 meters from Pullambadi Bus Stand, 2 Kms from Pullambadi Railway Station, 10 Kms from Puvalur, 14 Kms from Lalgudi, 36 Kms from Trichy and 41 Kms from Trichy Airport.