Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Kanaga Sabapathy Temple, Karisulndamangalam, Thirunelveli

Kanaga Sabapathy Temple, Karisulndamangalam, Thirunelveli
Kanaga Sabapathy Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Karisulndamangalam Village near Cheranmahadevi in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. This is one of the Pancha Natarajar Sthalams in Thirunelveli District. The sthapathy who created the Chidambaram Natarajar idol created five idols including this. The others are: Kattarimangalam, Mela Karuvelankulam and Chepparai.








Legends
Pancha Nataraja Sthalams:
In Chola Nadu lived a sthapathy by name Namasivaya Muthu. He made five Nataraja idols and had them installed in 5 temples. Thus Lord Sri Nataraja’s ‘Ananda Dance’ has been represented through these five Pancha loka idols installed in Chidambaram, Chepparai, Kattarimangalam, Karisulndamangalam and Karuvelankulam. 
Nataraja Abode in Karisulndamangalam:
There is a story to the making of five Nataraja idols by one sthapathy. During that period, Kattarimangalam was ruled by Veera Pandiyan who was related to ‘Muzhuthum Kanda Rama Pandiyan’. When Veera Pandiyan visited Chepparai he saw the idol of Lord Nataraja. Extremely impressed, he requested Rama Pandiyan for a similar idol. Rama Pandiyan called for the sthapathy, gave him enough copper and asked him to prepare two identical vigrahas. He wanted to give one to Kattarimangalam and the other to Swamy Nellaiyappar temple.
The two idols were ready. King Veera Pandiyan was highly pleased and impressed by the beauty of the vigrahas. He decided that such beautiful idols should not be available to anyone else. So he chopped off the right hand of the sthapathy; then the two vigrahas were taken by the king’s army. One group went to Kattarimangalam. The other group proceeded to Nellai , but could not proceed because of floods in the river; so they threw away the Vigraha into the river and returned when the floods receded. However the villagers of Karisulndamangalam took the idol and installed it in their village. It has been worshipped since. 
In the meanwhile Rama Pandiyan came to know of his poor stapathy’s loss, the chopping of the right hand. An enraged Rama Pandiyan waged war against Veera Pandiyan, defeated him—and had both his hands chopped off. Rama Pandiyan worshiped the Sri Nataraja Vigraha and wanted to take it to his own place. But none could move the idol. That night the Lord appeared in the King’s dream and said that he wanted to dwell in that fertile village which was full of black clouds ; he asked the king to build a temple there. Then the Lord disappeared. The king built a temple there and installed the Vigraha in Karisulndamangalam. 
The Temple
The Siva temple is situated at the eastern corner of Agraharam. The chief deity here is called Sundareswarar. The Devi here is known as Sundarambikai. This Amman is the new Amman. The nose of the old Amman was slightly damaged. When arrangements were being made to perform Kumbabishekam in 1957, the Amman appeared in the dream of Archakar and showed him a place in the temple where an idol was hidden in the earth. When that place was dug subsequently the new Amman idol and a Vinayagar idol were found. 








In ancient inscriptions it was referred to as ‘Kanaviniya Pandeswaramudaiya Nayanar’. There are ten inscriptions. Of these six belongs to the times of Pandyas. This temple is believed to be built by Maravarman Sundara Pandiyan in 1216 AD. The kings of that period usually name the Lord after their name. In 1623 AD the village Sabha agreed to donate certain paddy fields to the Siva Temple. In 1687 AD functions like Karsana Kumbabishekam were celebrated. Inscription belonging to 1814 AD, 1844 AD etc., give information about the temple’s properties—such as land and other items. Last Kumbabishekam was performed in Uthiradam Nakshathra on 27.06.2002.








Festivals
1
Sri Nataraja Abishekam
Chithirai
Thiruvonam
2
Sri Nataraja Abishekam
Aani
Uthiram
3
Varudabhishekam
Aani
Uthiradam
4
Amman Valaikappu
Aadi
Pooram
5
Sri Nataraja Abishekam
Avani
Chathurthasi
6
Sri Nataraja Abishekam
Purattasi
Chathurthasi
7
10 days Sri Swamy, Ambal Abishekam
Purattasi
During Navarathri
8
7 days Aaradhana & Soora Samharam & Thirukalyanam
Aippasi
Kandha Shasti
9
1008 Deepa Vazhibadu
Karthikai
Karthikai Natchatram
10
Sri Natarajar Abishekam & Thiru Veethi Ula
Margazhi
Thiruvathirai
11
Sri Natarajar Abishekam
Masi
Chathurthasi
12
Annabishekam
Masi
Pournami
13
Shiva Raathiri
Masi
4 Kaala Abishekam during night
14
Dharma Sastha Abishekam & Aaradhana
Panguni
Uthiram
Contact
Kanaga Sabapathy Temple,
Karisulndamangalam, Thirunelveli District
Mobile: +91 99435 55866
Connectivity
Karisulndamangalam is located at about 3 Kms from Pattamadai, 5 Kms from Cheranmahadevi, 12 Kms from Veeravanallur, 30 Kms from Thirunelveli, 191 Kms from Madurai, 75 Kms from Thoothukudi and 150 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. From Tirunelveli, buses every 15minutes to Pathamadai (Ambai / Papanasam) bound buses. Take an auto from Pathamadai to reach Karisulntha Mangalam( 2kms). Auto will cost Rs. 80 (to and fro). Bus 36D runs between Tirunelveli and Karisulntha Mangalam. Nearest Railway Station is located at Cheranmahadevi and Veeravanallur. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai, Thoothukudi and Thiruvananthapuram.

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