Saturday, December 17, 2016

Marundeeswarar Temple, Vada Iluppai, Kanchipuram

Marundeeswarar Temple, Vada Iluppai, Kanchipuram
Marundeeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Vada Iluppai, 16 kms to the west of Kancheepuram on the banks of River Palar (on the road connecting Kanchi and Arcot).  Vada Iluppai is also celebrated as "Madhuga Shethram", "Dindima Kavi Shethram" and “Brahma Vidhyapuram". Lord Maruntheeswarar faces west, which is itself an exceptional factor. The name of the Lord denotes “a doctor who can rescue mankind from all diseases". The ancient temple is getting spruced up and preparations are under way for consecrating Swarna Akarshana Bhairavar and other deities. This is one of the rare places where Swarna Akarshana Bhairavar is seen with his consort.

In this temple, the image of Anjaneya directly faces Dakshinamurti, a rare feature. The Brindavanam of the great Veda Vidwan, Bramasri Kumaraswami Deekshithar is found in this place. Work on the Ishwarya, Anjaneya and Dharma Sastha shrines is on as also the construction of the compound wall. Devotees perform puja on Sundays to Hanuman, and he appears in their dreams and offers them solution from all difficulties. Lord Anjaneya and Guru Dakshinamurthy face each other, which is a good remedy for all problems created by Lord Saneeswara. This exceptional arrangement is a good cure for delayed marriages, doshas in baby birth etc. The combined blessings of Guru Bhagwan and Lord Hanuman are a strong defence for human kind to come out of all adversities.

Arunagirinathar has sung in praise of Vada Iluppai as "Anybody who wishes freedom from rebirth should eternally worship Vada Iluppai".  This sanctified temple has been visited by many Gnanis, Gurus, Saints, and Vidhwans etc. Maha Periyava of Kanchi had stayed at this sacred place many times, including in 1984, before Vasantha Panchami on his way to Kanchipuram.  As per the words of Shri Chandrasekara Saraswathi Swamigal, Goddess Kamakshi lives perpetually here and offers her Omnipotent blessings to mankind. Eminent saints like Tapovanam Gnanaananda Swamigal, Sheshadri Mahan, Poondi Mahan, and Sri Arunagirinadha Swamigal have offered their pujas here. The ancient temple is getting spruced up and it is planned to install Sri Chakra for Kamakshi Amman as per the Sri Vidya Mantra Sastra.

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