Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sri Kolanji Appar Temple

Sri Kolanji Appar Temple

This temple is located in Virudhachalam & located at a distance of 5 Kms from Virudakiriswarar Temple. Presiding deity Kolanjiappar is a swayambumurthy having no form as such.  It is said that he has a form too.  The 3 feet tall Bali Peeta in the sanctum sanctorum is revered as the presiding deity.  Below this installation, is a chakra carved in stone with the Satakshara Mantra (Mantra of six lettrs) of Lord Muruga.  All pujas and abisheks are dedicated to Lord Muruga in the form of Bali Peeta. 


Devotees take Neem Oil to the priest, who in turn place it at the feet of Lord and return it to the devotee mixed with sacred ash.  This he does in an orthodox manner.  The devotee has to use it after a bath wearing washed clothes and without being in sad conditions caused by some incidents – called Theettu in Tamil.  The application of this oil on wounds boils etc. cure the diseases.  This is used on cattle too to heal any wound on them.  Many are experiencing the healing effects of this oil.  It is noteworthy that this oil is taken by many for their people in foreign countries.
People of this place do not dress the new born children with shirts etc. for 90 days.  They do not put even tilak.  After 90 days they bring the children, place them at the feet of Lord, then dress them and put ornaments and tilak




The Birth Place of Kolanjiappar
The benevolent Lord Siva so as to liberate the entire living being has incarnated himself in many holy Shrines in the so called Middle Country. (Nadu Naadu). Vriddhachalam (means age old holy hill) is the best among such holy shrines. Two Mile west of this, there is a small village namely Manavalanallur. Where there is abundance of flowery trees bristling with humming of birds and insects.  It is known as Manavalanallur because Lord Skantha, the Manavalan (Eternal Bridegroom) has embodied himself here. In the words of Arunagirinathar.  “He is the Manavalan residing in the monkeys inhabited hill”.
Mythology
In such a famous village the place of present temple consisted of only thick bushes nearly 200 years ago.  Among bushes there was a small stone altar on which Lord Skantha resolved to embody himself for the benefit of people.  So as to reveal his presence, he arranged a cow to shower Himself with its milk.  The people understood that there is a holy God and began worshipping.
But the question arose which God is residing in that holy stone.  On research it was learnt that once the divine propagant Sundaramoorthy Nayanar started from Chidambaram reciting humans and on reaching Vriddhachalam he came to learn that the name of that of both deities denotes agedness, he decided to bypass that place and that of both deities denotes agedness, he decided to bypass that holy abode thinking that there would be no benefit in eulogizing them.  Also it was learnt that then God Easwar ordered his son Lord Muruga to stand as sentry on the four directions of Vriddhachalam to block the propagant Sundaramoorthy.  So then it was confirmed that it is none other than Lord Muruga (Skantha) who revealed himself on the altar pedestal in the West of Vriddhachalam.  Then he was solemnly named as Shree Kolanjiappar, since he revealed himself among Kolanchi shrubs and through the paws of a cow.
It is also a historical fact that divinely benevolences would be rich in a land where saints and Siddhas wandered.  Agappai Siddhar the teacher of Pambatti Siddhar has eternal Samadhi in this holy place.  Also it is one of the 12 places where Korakka Siddhar has his eternal Samadhi.  A shrine becomes famous because of its connection with some holy saints.  Hence this holy place had become a prayer place where prayers of prayees will be fulfilled.  In this temple together with Shree Vinayaga and   Shree Kolanjiappar resides as a prayer God and sentry God, and a judge and as a holy Doctor who heals Chronic Diseases.
Temple Structure
Shree Kolanjiappar’s Sanctum which began as a small tiled building 100 years ago in course of time developed much and now it is one of the best holy shrines of Lord Muruga.   As the fame of Shree Kolanajiappar extended, so also the temple developed and now it has a structure of ancient temples. 
At present this temple is situated in six  acres of land with a compound wall.  The sanctum Santorium and the inner halls are made of stones.  Facing east the Sanctum Sanctorum has windows on other three directions which can't be seen in any other Temple.  Above this a beautiful architectural roofing (Vimana) is provided and inside Shree Kolanjiappar bestows his goodwill upon the human beings in the shape of an altar.  
At right side, within a similar structure Shree Sidhivinayaga with a huge body has embodied himself.  In front of the around Sanctum Sanctorum the Maha Mandapam and Prahara Mandapam (the great hall and court yard) are erected with huge pillars.  In the Maha Mandapam the sculptures of two big horses ready for  hunting and  four soldiers are constructed with lime  mortar  in a  pompous attractive  manner.  In the south west corner Idumban and Kadamban have been installed in a separate sanctum.
Shree Muniappa has embodied himself in a separate roofed sanctum in the northern side of Maha Mandapam in front of the Main.  In front of Lord Muniappa in an enclosed area there are many spears fixed on the ground where the written complaints are to be tied.  The Urchave ldols that are being taken in procession are placed in a roofed Sanctum in a big hall, adjacent to Lord Muniyappa.  In front of main Sanctum Sanctorium a five storied stone Rajagopura of 64 feet with beautiful architectural embellishments had been erected.  Shree Veeranar has been installed in separate roofed sanctum facing north.  This is the structure of the temple with ancient looks.
Apart from these, In front of Gopura a big office building and two marriage halls with all facilities of 21 rooms lodging house and guest house having 6 rooms are also built.  A big hall had been built for the holy submission of hairs and modern bath rooms and modern lavatories are also there and water is available in plenty.   Shree Kolanjiappar temple is the Vanguard in religious and social service in the Cuddalore District.
Prathu and Specialties of Temple
What is Prathu Prarthana?
Prathu means compliant. Like one who filed their compliant  through a Affidavit  in the  Court,  the  people with  grievances  can submit  their   accusation  in a piece of paper and submit it to Lord Sri Kolanchiappar  and pray for their fulfillment of their grievances. Within three days, three weeks, three months or three years depending upon their grievances, accusation and indictment their prayers will be getting fulfilled and rewarded with the holy power of Lord Sri Kolanchiappar. This is the unique supremacy power of the Lord. 
So far several wonders were turnout with the result of this Prathu & lakhs of people were benefited due to this unique, exclusive and holy power of Lord Sri Kolanchiappar.
How to offer the Prathu Prarthana?
The devotees can submit their compliant and pleadings in writing ceremoniously to the holy foots of main.  Afterwards it is tied to the spear before Shree Muniyappar Sanctum. Everyday various people submit their compliant here, and after fulfillment of their demands, people who lodged their compliant returns to this temple to solemnly withdraw their compliant. Shree Kolanjiappar bestows the people here as a great judge. Even a devotee visiting the temple for the 1st time will be so impressed by the supremacy power of Lord Sri Kolanchiappar to alleviate his / her grievances and he / she will realize the divine power of Lord.
 Tariff for Prathu?
The tariff of offering Prathu is Rs.20/- which includes Administration charges, Dhamukku Charges and Writing Charges. And apart from this Ps.25 per KM will be charged between the places of origin of the devotee to the Place of Kolanchiappar Temple.

Specialties of Temple
Neem Oil
Those with Chronic diseases visit and spend 48 days here at the temple by taking the holy Neem Oil internally and externally which is sanctified in Shree Kolanjiappar’s Sanctum Sanctorum and they returns perfectly cured.
 Erazhunchi Tree
The fresh air coming through a powerful medicinal tree namely “Erazhanchi” can also cure many skin   diseases. 
This  tree is  typically a Mooligai  Tree    (Medicinal Tree)  it  is  one among  the   unusual  tree  found in the  World.  And it is usually   grows in hot places. 
The seeds of this unique “Erazhanchi Tree” after fell down on the ground within a short span of time again it will stick within the tree itself.   In Tamil language Erzhunchi is alternatively known as “Ankolam",   "Azhinzhal",   "Chemmaram", and”Sey". In Sanskrit it is called as   "Amkolam". 
In English it is called as   "Sage Leaved", and botanically it is termed as”ALANGIUM ECAPETALUM".  
Usually  the  seeds,  epidermis  or  bark  are  used  as  medicines to cure  skin diseases  even  in  to  cure  leprosy.  It is generally anthelmintic, diuretic   and emetic in features.  
Also it cures some poisonous attack by acting as   anti poison medicine.   And  Even  some  Alchemist  used  this  tree  and  its  leaves  for  alchemy purposes. 
Many Siddha Doctors, Ayurvedic and Unani Practitioners uses its features for medicinal purposes to cure chronic diseases.
Annual Poojas
During every new year day of both English Calander and Tamil Calendar the temple is open from 3.00 AM itself and special yagas done and at 5 AM  special Abishegam  is done too and special offerings are given to the Main.  Afterwards at 10’O Clock, 108 Liters of all sorts of  Abishega’s are done to the Urchava idols.  Every year in the full moon day of Chitra month   (April-May) a procession of 1008  Milk pots starts from the Siddhi Vinayaga Temple  which  is  situated  near  Manimutharu  River at  Vriddhachalam and passes 2 Kms and reaches  Shree  Kolanjiappar temple and the milk abishegam is offered to Shree Kolanjiappar.
10 days Vasantha Ursavam festival takes place every year.  At Visaka Star day in the month of Vaikasi single day “Laksharchanai” (i.e. recital of slogams with holy offerings for lakh time) and flower offering poojas are done.
On the first Friday of every Adi month of Tamil Colander each year 100 kavadies are taken in procession and special abishekam and offerings are performed and on that day a full feast is arranged to nearly 5000 people.  Moreover a music fete of 50 Nathaswarams is performed. 

During 6 days Sri Kantha Shasti every year adornation with Sandalwood paste and Laksharchanai  are done.  Thaipusa festival is also conducted every year.

Bramhorchavam
Pankuni Uthiram is celebrated for 10 days as the Bramotsavam or Great Festival in this Temple .Starting from  flag hoisting ceremony on kritiga at Panguni (March - April) it is celebrated pompously upto uthiram.The Ninth day Car (Chariot) Festival takes place in the 10th day on Panguni Uthiram nearly 2 Lakhs of  Devotees  worship Shree Kolanjiappar during these, the deity is taken in procession with special adornations and Poojas in various vahanas daily.  Also during these 10 days devoteful music orchestras of famous musicians and spiritual oratories and debating forums will occur.  
On panguni Uthiram it is a sight worthy scene to see more than 1000 devotees piercing their bodies with sharp needles and lifting Kavadies coming to worship Shree Kolanjiappar. 
The Devotees can on their willingness call for the holy recital of 108  slogams and 1008  slogams Sakasranamam Archana  any  time from   6.00 amto 8.30 pm daily. 
Kattalai Schemes
Daily Pooja Kattalai Rs. 5000/-
The Interests accruing from this amount is utilized for four routine Poojas in a particular day in every year according to the wishes of the donor and the holy prasadams sent to the Donor with all reverence.
 Orphanage Students Food Kattalai Rs. 5000/-
The Interests accruing from this amount is utilized for one time meals to inmates of karunai illam maintained by the temple on a particular day according to the wishes of Donor and holy prasadams sent to the particulars donor.
 Krithiga Prasadam Kattalai Rs. 1000/-
From the Interests occurred from this amount the holy offerings and recital of humans is done on the name of the particular donor on Krithigai on each and every month and holy prasadams sent by post.
Services
Amount (Rs.)
Archanai (Ashtothram)
2.00
Deepa Arathanai
0.25
Kavadi Abishegam
1.00
Milk Kanikkai
2.00
Cocks Kanikkai
1.00
Sakasra Namam
5.00
Ear Boring
5.00
Bi-cycle Pooja
3.00
Motor Cycle Pooja (Two Wheeler)
3.00
Entrance Ticket
2.00
Abishegam
25.00
Tonsure (Mudi Kanikkai)
10.00
Bus, Car, Lorry Pooja
10.00
Pradhu (Pettition Fees)
10.00
Guest House one room rent
50.00
Pilgrims Cottage one room rent (Ground Floor)
20.00
Pilgrims cottage one room rent (First floor)
40.00
Marriage Ticket
200.00
Anbu Thirumanakoodam
2000.00
Kolanjiappar Marriage Hall
3000.00
Connectivity
Large numbers of Transport facilities are available to Kolanchiappar Temple which is situated at Manavallanallur Village near by Virudhachalam Town.
Buses are available in large scale to Vriddhachalam from Chennai, Villupuram, Thiruvannamalai, Salem, Attur, Kallakurichi, Cuddalore, Neyveli, Chidambaram, Kumbakonam, Jayankondam, Trichy and Perampalur etc. 
There are two Railway Stations at Vriddhachalam. One is Main Junction and another one Virudhachalam Town Station. All the Express and Super Fast Express Trains from Chennai to Madurai, Trichy, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Kanyakumari and Quilon pass through Vriddhachalam and stop at Vriddhachalam Junction. Reservation facilities are also available at Vriddhachalam for all trains. Apart from this trains shuttering along Salem - Cuddalore Meter gauge track also stop here.
Lodging facilities have been arranged for devotees visiting this temple with 21 rooms in cheaper rent. And there is a Temple Guest House with six rooms. Guest houses are maintained by PWD and Highways in Temple site and also  in Vriddhachalam Town.  Apart from these there are many Private lodges and Hotels are available in Vriddhachalam Town.

2 comments:

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Narayanan P R said...

Visited the Temple, Had a great Dharsan, Blessed with the solution within 2 months.