Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple, Pazhaya Seevaram – The Temple

Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple, Pazhaya Seevaram – The Temple
Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple is located amidst picturesque location in Pazhaya Seevaram Village. This temple is located on a small hill on the banks of the river Palar. It is said that 3 rivers namely, Palar (Ksheera Nadhi), Cheyyar (Bahu Nadhi) and Vegavathi (Saraswathi) merge here to become one and it is called Triveni Sangamam. It is considered equally sacred as Ganges here. The hill on which the temple is located is called Padmagiri. There is a Motorable road to ascend the hill.

The temple is not located on the hill top. While ascending the hill, one can find the temple in a few hundred metres itself on the midway. From the temple one can see the scenic view of the river Palar and the surroundings. The temple is so good amidst wonderful natural setting and is maintained very well. The temple is facing towards the east with a grand Rajagopuram. A tall and beautiful Dhwajasthambham (flag staff) on the outer prakaram adds beauty to the temple.

The idol of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha in the Pazhaiya Seevaram Temple with the Goddess sitting on his left lap is full of grace. Unlike in many temples where he is worshipped as Ugra Narasimha, he is Santha Swaroopi here, full of charming beauty. Though the temple is facing east, the Lord in the sanctum is facing west towards Kanchipuram. The Moolavar's image is gigantic, rising to a height of over six feet and he is adorned with a five yards by three yards (pathaaru) dhoti and angavastram.

The Goddess here has a separate shrine on the southern side of the sanctum and is called Sri Ahobilavalli Thaayaar. The Goddess is adorned with the traditional nine yards sari. There is a beautiful and ancient stone mandapam on the northern side. Sri Aandal shrine is located on the north western side facing east. There is a beautiful 4 pillared stone mandapam at the eastern side of the prakaram which is probably used for Urchavams.

The holy temple tank (pond) is located at the feet of the hillock and can be viewed while climbing up through steps. Also separate east facing  sanctum exists for Andal, consort of Lord Vishnu at the north western corner. At the south eastern side corridor there are shrines for Nammaazhvaar, Thirumangai Aazhwar and Vishnu Chithar (Vaishnavite saints). The hill temple complex is considerably big.

The `Madapalli`(place for preparing Prasadam)is believed to be `Suyambu`(appeared on its own).  The temple must have had been in existence long before the Chola rule as inscriptions belonging to the 9th century are found here. They speak about grants offered by the kings and the public. Some consider that this shrine might be still older.

The inscriptions of the Pallava King Vijaya Nripatunga found at Thiru Mukkoodal mention this village as 'Siyapuram' ('Siyam' means lion and 'puram' means place or shrine). It is difficult to make out the significance for the word 'Pazhaiya' or old. Another temple at the village called Thiru Mukkoodal for Sri Appan Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal  on the other side of river Palar is again a wonderful temple not to be missed.

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