Friday, March 3, 2017

Vanniyappar Temple, Alwarkurichi, Thirunelveli

Vanniyappar Temple, Alwarkurichi, Thirunelveli
Vanniyappar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located in Alwarkurichi Village in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. This temple is nearly 1000 years old. The environment of the temple is too peaceful and pleasant for Siddhas and to those performing meditation. The Temple was believed to be built by Pandya King Maravarman Sundarapandyan at the banks of Rama Nadhi. This temple was the third largest after Papanasam (Thirunelveli) and Tenkasi Kasi Vishwanathar temple and spread out in nearly one acre. Presiding Deity is called as Vanniyappar (Agneeswarar) and Mother is called as Sivakama Sundari. Theertham is Agni Theertham and Sthala Vriksham is Vanni Tree.



Legends
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History
Agni Theertham is the original place where Agneeswara (Vanniyappar) had existed. The idol of Sri Agneeswara was worshipped by several saints and Siddhars over time. The water of the Patha River flowed around Agneeswara bathing and worshipping him. Over time, Agneeswara was removed from there by Sri Vijayendra Bhupathy Mudaliar who placed it in a grove of Vanni Trees (Shami) and built a small temple around it. Once he was placed in a Vanni grove, he came to be known as Vanneeswara.


The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Festivals
Maha Shivaratri in February-March; Margazhi Thiruvadirai in December-January; Panguni Uthiram in March-April and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Religious Practices
Devotees worship Goddess Kalyanambal to have prayers of good marriage proposal answered. The procedure is very simple but effective. The person seeking to be married or a blood relative (preferably mother) has to perform abishekam with their own hands to Goddess Kalyanambal in the first week. Archanai is performed in the following three weeks by the Bhattar on behalf of the prospective groom or bride. Once the wedding takes place, the couple come back and offer garlands and new clothes to Kalyanambal. He said that several people come to do this pooja. Abishekam can be performed at any time of the day other than Rahu Kaalam.
For those who seek childbirth, the same procedure is done but with Garbarakshambigai. The opportunity to perform abishekam with their hands is something unique at this temple. After childbirth, the couple comes back with the infant to offer prayers to Goddess Garbarakshambigai.
Those who suffer from Rahu Dosham, perform abishekam (again with their own hands) to the Krishna standing on a five headed snake and those suffering from Kethu Dosham can perform abishekam to the Shiva lingam under a one-headed snake and those suffering from Kalasarpa Dosham or Kalasarpa Yogam perform abishekam to Rahu and Kethu in a single icon to be rid of these Dosham.
Prayers
An Ambica, in a pregnant posture appears in a pillar in the mandapam opposite the Lord’s shrine. Women perform abishek to her praying for safe delivery of the child. Women seeking child boon also worship here. Virgins expecting to be married soon pray to Lord Vanniyappar and Mother Sivakama Sundari. Devotees perform abishek and archanas to Lord and Mother.
Contact
Sri Vanniyappar Temple,
Alwarkurichi, Thirunelveli District
Phone: +91 – 4634 – 283 058
Mobile: +91 97904 01895 / 96599 66003 / 96981 76089
Connectivity
Alwarkurichi is located at about 14 Kms from Ambasamudram, 24 Kms from Tenkasi, 11 Kms from Papanasam, 24 Kms from Veeravanallur, 60 Kms from Thirunelveli, 130 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 200 Kms from Madurai. Buses plying from Thirunelveli to Tenkasi stop at Alwarkurichi. Nearest Railway stations are located at Tenkasi, Veeravanallur and Ambasamudram. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.  

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