Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gandharveshwarar Temple, Suthamalli, Thirunelveli

Gandharveshwarar Temple, Suthamalli, Thirunelveli
Gandharveshwarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Suthamalli in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. Suthamalli is a village in the Manoor Revenue Block of Thirunelveli district in Tamilnadu. It is located on the bank of Thamirabarani River. It is situated on State highway 41A (Thirunelveli - Pottalpudur). It is located at about 17 Kms towards North from District headquarters Thirunelveli, 4 Kms from Manur, 155 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 168 Kms from Madurai. The nearby Railway station is Pettai Railway station located at about 4 Kms from Suthamalli. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Chokkanathar Temple, Suthamalli, Thirunelveli

Chokkanathar Temple, Suthamalli, Thirunelveli
Chokkanathar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Suthamalli in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. Suthamalli is a village in the Manoor Revenue Block of Thirunelveli district in Tamilnadu. It is located on the bank of Thamirabarani River. It is situated on State highway 41A (Thirunelveli - Pottalpudur). It is located at about 17 Kms towards North from District headquarters Thirunelveli, 4 Kms from Manur, 155 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 168 Kms from Madurai. The nearby Railway station is Pettai Railway station located at about 4 Kms from Suthamalli. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Bagavathiswarar Temple, Suthamalli, Thirunelveli

Bagavathiswarar Temple, Suthamalli, Thirunelveli
Bagavathiswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Suthamalli in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. Suthamalli is a village in the Manoor Revenue Block of Thirunelveli district in Tamilnadu. It is located on the bank of Thamirabarani River. It is situated on State highway 41A (Thirunelveli - Pottalpudur). It is located at about 17 Kms towards North from District headquarters Thirunelveli, 4 Kms from Manur, 155 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 168 Kms from Madurai. The nearby Railway station is Pettai Railway station located at about 4 Kms from Suthamalli. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Nitya Kalyani Temple (Vilva Vananatha Swamy Temple), Kadayam, Thirunelveli

Nitya Kalyani Temple (Vilva Vananatha Swamy Temple), Kadayam, Thirunelveli
Nitya Kalyani Temple is also called as Vilva Vananatha Swamy Temple) located in Kadayam in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. It is a Devara Vaippu Sthalam temple. The famous Tamil poet and patriot Subramanya Bharathiyar lived in this village and used to visit this temple; he wrote many of his popular poems from this village. Presiding Deity is called as Vilva Vananatha Swamy / Vilvaranyeswarar. Mother is called as Nitya Kalyani. Theertham of this Temple is Chakra Theertham and Sthala Vriksham is Vilva tree.



Legends
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History
Historically, as per the stone inscriptions, the Madurai Nayaka kings have developed the current structure of this temple. As per an inscription, Vikrama Pandyan has built the temple around 800 years ago. One of the inscriptions state that the Parivara deities were installed in 1216 CE. The sage Sundarar had referred this temple and hence it is much older and is also considered as Devara Vaippu Sthalam temple.




Association with Bharathi:
The eminent poet and freedom fighter Subramanya Bharathi once lived in Kadayam. Subramanya Bharati's wife was a native of Kadayam and it is believed that Bharathiyar often sang patriotic songs from the rooftop of his in-laws. Sri Subramanya Bharathi stayed in Pazhaya Gramam of Kadayam, with his family. People who lived in Kadayam during the 1930s & 1940s recollect the days when Sri Subramanya Bharathi used to walk up to Nithya Kalyani Amman Temple and sit on the flat squarish big stone and sung his several songs including the famous Kali songs, and the Panchali Sabhadam, etc. They also recollect his affection towards all living beings, including donkeys.
At that time the village had several donkeys, and many a time, Sri Bharathiyar used to hug the donkeys straying into the Pazhaya Gramam. He sang his famous "Chinnanchiru Kiliye", "Odi Vilayadu Pappa", "Kaani Nilam Vendum", songs in the village when his second daughter used to play around in the road outside his house. After his death in Chennai in 1921, his family came down to Kadayam and stayed for about 10 years where after they shifted residence to Chennai. His descendants are now in Chennai and Mumbai. One of his great grandsons Sri Rajkumar Bharathi shined as a noted Carnatic singer.
The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Vilva Vananatha Swamy / Vilvaranyeswarar. Mother is called as Nitya Kalyani. Theertham of this Temple is Chakra Theertham and Sthala Vriksham is Vilva tree. The north facing temple does not have tower. It is located in a calm and secluded area in the outskirts of Kadayam village. The temple is surrounded by paddy fields. Presiding Deity is found in an east facing shrine. Adjacent to his shrine, the beautiful and attractive Nitya Kalyani Amman is found in a separate south facing shrine.




The Goddess of the temple is much more popular than the presiding deity of the temple. The flag staff, Bali peetha and Nandi are all found facing the Shiva Linga shrine. At the entrance of the shrine of Shiva Linga, a small Ganesha idol is found. Near the flag staff, the idols of Ganesha and Subramanya-Valli-Devasena are located. It is said that the Peetam is a Dharani Peetam. The temple has three prakaras. The wall around the main shrine has the niche images of Dhakshinamoorthi, Annamalaiyar, Shanti Durga with eight hands and Chandikeswara.




There is an important shrine dedicated to Bharani Peetha, a form (similar to Linga representing Shiva) which represents the Goddess. In Maha mandapa, the Utsava idols of Nataraja and Sivakami are located. In outer prakara, Navagraha, Sankara Nayinar (Shiva Linga) and few Nagas under the tree are located. This temple is also called as Sri Kailasam, Kaliyuga Rameesvaramudaiyaar and Dasaratha Rameesvaramudaiyaar.




There is a pushkar on the small hillock known as Sarabanga Mamuni Sunai Theertham. There is a Mani mandapam where we see Natarajar with Sivakami Ammai, and also other deities like Sri Chandrasekharar and Sri Soundra Nayaki, Sri Dakshina Moorthy, Somaskanda Murthy. The following idols are located in the inner prakara:
·        63 Nayanmars
·        Sapta Matas
·        Sura Deva
·        Ganesha
·        Annapoorani-Saraswathi-Gaja Lakshmi
·        Bhairava
·        Saneeswara
·        Viswanathar in the form of Shiva Linga
·        Another Shiva Linga
Temple Opening Time
·        Morning - 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 Noon.
·        Evening - 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Pooja Timings
Pooja Details
Timings
Thiruvanathal
7.00 A.m.
Vila pooja
8.00 A.m.
Kalasanthi
9.00 A.m.
Uchi Kaalam
11.00 Noon
Sayaratchai
6.00 P.m.
Arthasama
8.00 P.m.
Festivals
·        Maha Sivarathiri
·        Margali Thiruvathirai - 10 days
·        Chithirai Chariot Festival - 10 days
·        Thai Chariot Festival - 15 days
·        Theppam Festival - 1 day
·        Navarathri
·        Thiru Karthigai
·        Thai Ammavasai
·        Aadi Ammavasai
·        Sivarathiri
·        Kantha Sasti
Contact
Arulmigu Vilva Vananatha Swamy Temple,
Kadayam - 627 415,
Ambasamudram Taluk,
Thirunelveli District
Phone: +91 4634 241 484.
Mobile: +91 90430 51678 / 94873 32842.
Connectivity
Kadayam is located at about 55 Kms from Thirunelveli, 18 Kms from Tenkasi, 19 Kms from Ambasamudram, 180 Kms from Madurai and 126 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Tenkasi. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Nitya Kalyani Temple, Kadayam – Legends

Nitya Kalyani Temple, Kadayam – Legends
Kadayan Patti:
The name Kadayam came from "Kadayan Patti". Hundreds of years ago this place was known as “Kadayan Patti". Kadayan is the caste name of group people was living in this area. The other community peoples are migrated later. But nowadays there are other stories are spreads about the name Kadayam.
Dasaratha prayed for getting his progeny:
The King Dasaratha, the father of Lord Rama, was passing through the Bilva forest in today’s Kadayam area. He found a Swayambu Shiva Linga and prayed for getting his progeny (as per another legend, he worshiped to get rid of his sin of killing Shravana Kumar). This Shiva Linga was hence called as Bilva Vana Nathar, meaning the Lord of Bilva forest. Later, his name got changed to Vilvaranyeswarar.
Lord Rama worshipped Shiva here:
As per Kapila Purana, Lord Rama took bath in the river and worshiped Shiva in this site to get rid of his sin of killing Sambukasura.
Nitya Kalyani:
As per a popular legend, Brahma performed penance towards Lord Shiva and got a divine Bilva fruit. He broke the fruit into three pieces and installed it in three different places, Himalayas, Meru Mountain and in Dwada Shanta Van (Kadayam). Devas maintained this Bilva forest. Lord Shiva Linga appeared on his own (Swayambu Linga) and Parvati worshiped him in this forest. As she appeared as Kausi to kill the demons named Sumba and Nisumba, her complexion became darker. She started severe penance in this forest; Brahma made her complexion as golden color and named her as 'Nitya Kalyani'.
A Brahmin from Sringeri pacified the Goddess:
It is said that there were many unfortunate incidents happened in those days which made people to believe that the Goddess Nitya Kalyani was angry; they moved away from the temple and started staying in remote places. Later, a Brahmin from Sringeri was believed to have performed some religious rituals to pacify the Goddess.
Nitya Kalyani angry at Villagers for pursuing material values:
As per another legend, the Goddess Nitya Kalyani was unhappy and angry as the villagers were pursuing material values at the cost of performing their religious rites. Seven priests died on seven successive days. The Goddess threw her “kedayam”, the war shield, to a place which was 4 miles away from the temple. The villagers migrated to the place where the weapon fell. That place was called as “Kedayam” which later became “Kadayam”.
Goddess threw her Kadagam:
There is also another legend which states that the Goddess was unable to bear the noise created by the inhabitants of the village; hence, she threw her “kadagam” (bracelet) to a faraway place and asked the villagers to migrate there. Thus the place was called as “Kadagam” which later became “Kadayam”.
Dasaratha got relieved of his sin on killing Sravana Maha Rishi:
Purana says King Dasaratha was cursed by parents of Sravana maha rishi who died when he went to fetch water for his parents, by king’s arrow. The King asked for a remedy from their curse. Once the curse is given it cannot be withdrawn and he can try a remedy for the sin. He was asked to clean the Vilva Vanam in this place and erect a temple for the Swayambu Lingam and worship. The King Dasaratha did as he was guided and he was relieved of his sin. Sravana maharishi sculpture can be seen in the temple attesting this story.
People worshipped here:
Maha Kavi Bharathi was blessed by Sri Nithya Kalyani Amman. King Dasaratha, Sri Harichandra, Sri Ramachandra moorthy, Sravana Maharishi, Agasthiyar with Lopamudra, worshipped Lord Siva of this place.

Thalamalayan Temple, Kadayam, Thirunelveli

Thalamalayan Temple, Kadayam, Thirunelveli
Thalamalayan Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Sastha located at Kadayam Village in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. It is present amidst the forest on mountains. The Ramanathi (one of the tributaries of Thamirabarani River) flows past this temple. The temple has two statues - of an elephant and a leopard. Kadayam is one of the best places to produce lemons. According to the information provided by the villagers, when a gurukkal was performing pooja to the God, the leopard was chasing the elephant which resorted to the gurukkal for help.
The gurukkal who was disturbed from his trance was enraged and raised his hand in admonition. The elephant was converted to a statue. And so was the leopard that was in close proximity to the elephant. The history about Arulmigu Thalaimalai Ayyan temple is that whenever the village faced water famine, days without rain, Vedic scholars used to do "Varuna Japam" sitting inside a big vessel filled with water within the temple precincts. The rain God used to bestow his blessings by pouring rain abundantly.
This temple being open-to-sky from time immemorial and situated in the forest (about 7 kms outside village limits) several wild animals used to come inside the temple. On one such occasion, a wild-boar entered when the Vedic scholars were chanting "Varuna Japam". All of them called upon the God by loudly uttering "Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa", at which time the wild-boar became a stone thing. This stone animal can even now be seen inside the temple.
Kadayam is located at about 55 Kms from Thirunelveli, 18 Kms from Tenkasi, 19 Kms from Ambasamudram, 180 Kms from Madurai and 126 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Tenkasi. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Pathrakaliamman Temple, Kadayam, Thirunelveli

Pathrakaliamman Temple, Kadayam, Thirunelveli
Pathrakaliamman Temple is located at Kila Kadayam in Kadayam Village in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. It is dedicated for 18 Patti (Village) Nadar people. Villagers are celebrating 8 days festival annually. On the 8th day Sri Pathrakaliamman and her elder sister Sri Muppudathiamman will meet, which is a spiritual movement. Villagers believe that they are protecting the village. All the 18 village people will participate and they will bring Pathrakaliamman on their shoulders. They bring Patharakali Amman to Mela Pathrakaliamman Koil in nearby Arunachalam patty by a spiritual walk.
In case of Sri Muppudathiamman temple several peoples belonging to several caste get united and celebrating 10 days festival. 1st day of celebration starts with yadav community people and final day ends with cops in Kadayam. Kadayam is located at about 55 Kms from Thirunelveli, 18 Kms from Tenkasi, 19 Kms from Ambasamudram, 180 Kms from Madurai and 126 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Tenkasi. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.