Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thiruporur Kandhaswamy Temple – History

Thiruporur Kandhaswamy Temple – History
The temple is believed to have been built during the Pallava era during the 10th century. Chidambara Swamigal, believed to be a descendant of the Sangam age poets, rebuilt the temple during the 17th century. An effort was made to dig up a room in the temple by archaeologists during 2013, which yielded only items used during rituals and not any archaeological artifact. During 2013, as many as 36 acres (15 ha) belonging to the temple located at Thandalam that was leased earlier, was recovered from the land grabbers. The recovered land was valued at ₹100 crores.
Thiruporur Devasthanam preserves Pallava inscriptions from as early as the 10th century as well as from the period of Vikrama Chola of the 12th century CE. As evidenced from an inscription found on a stone pillar in this temple, one is inclined to infer that the temple must have been originally built in the reign of Pallavas because of the two birudus of atyantakama and Atiranachanda ascribable to Rajasimha (Narasimha Varma II). Thiruporur flourished in that age but slipped into oblivion for some time.
During the middle of the seventeenth century, however, Thiruporur was rediscovered and renovated by Chidambara Swamigal, who is said to be a descendant of one of the poets of the Tamil Sangam of Madurai. This place was then a forest of Palmyra trees. Lord Murugan as Swayambhu Murti lay covered up by an anthill. Chidambara Swamigal is said to have discovered the image of Skanda in the anthill and then rebuilt the temple and reinstalled the deity.
When the Muslim ruler's daughter was afflicted with a form of vertigo, his minister "the dubash" suggested that the ruler seek the blessings of the nearby Chidambara Swamy as all other efforts to cure his young daughter had proved unfruitful. The Muslim ruler accepted the suggestion and prostrated, along with his daughter before Sri Chidambara Swamy. When Sri Chidambara Swamy applied the sacred ash to his daughter's body, she was cured instantly. In modern times, the temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu

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