Saturday, March 24, 2018

Chandrasekhara Swamy Temple, Tiruchendurai, Trichy

Chandrasekhara Swamy Temple, Tiruchendurai, Trichy
Chandrasekhara Swamy Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Tiruchendurai in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Chandrasekhara Swamy and Mother is called as Maanendiya Valli / Mrigadharambika. This Temple is considered as one of the Thevara Vaippu Sthalams. Tiruchendurai is known as Jeeyapuram nowadays.



Legends
Parantaka Chola wanted to destroy the bandits who were residing in this region, which was a forest full of jack trees in those days. He camped along with his army here. However, he could not find any bandit here. But, he found a lot deer in the forest. The King desired to hunt the deer. When he was chasing a deer, it went inside a deep pit. The king released arrow towards the pit and blood oozed out of the pit. He also heard an Asareeri voice which informed him that there was a Shiva Linga idol inside the pit. The King wanted to lift Linga out of that land and construct a temple. However, he could not do this in his lifetime. He had mentioned about this incident in a copper inscription. In the future, his daughter in law, Kunthavai, excavated the Shiva Linga and constructed this temple.


History
The temple is a Chola period temple. There are about 50 stone inscriptions found in this temple. The inscriptions belong to the period of various Kings which include Parantaka Chola, Rajendra Chola, Kulothunga Chola I, Rajadhiraja Chola, Vikrama Chola, Rajaraja Chola II, Koneri Devaraya and Sri Ranga Deva Maharaya of Vijayanagara. The temple must have been built using mortar or brick by Aditya Chola I in the 9th century CE. It was later rebuilt as the stone temple by Kunthavai in the beginning of the 10th century CE.


Parantaka Chola I was aided in his battles against the Pandyas by the Velir Chiefs of Kodumbalur. His son Arikulakesari (Arinjaya Chola) married to Pudi Adicha Pidariyar, the daughter of Tennavan Ilangovelar of Kodumbalur Velir lineage. Tennavan was also called as Bhuti Vikramakesari or Maravan Pudi. Pudi Adicha Pidari was also called as Kundavai. She constructed this temple in Tiruchendurai. Later, the temple was renovated by Kings of various dynasties, which include Vijaya Nagaras and Nayakas.
The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 06:00 am to 12:00 noon and 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm.
Festivals
Special festival called “Mahasivarathri” will be held every year in the month of “Masi” (feb-15 to mar-15).  During this festival poojas will be scheduled in 4 terms from evening 4:00 pm to early morning 4:00 am. Lord Shiva and Nandi will be specially decorated and anointed with 16 fragrances.  Finally, Deeparadhana (torch) will be shown. It is believed that if we worship Shiva on Mahasivarathri, we will be rewarded of worshipping Shiva for the whole year. Devotees believe that if we involve in 4 term pooja during this festival, we will be blessed with peace and good health.
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 200 meters from Jeeyapuram Pillayar Kovil Bus Stop, 600 meters from Jeeyapuram Railway Station, 14 Kms from Srirangam, 18 Kms from Trichy and 23 Kms from Trichy Airport. It is situated in Trichy – Karur route. Nearest Railway Station is located at Jeeyapuram and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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