Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lavapureeswarar Temple, Vilangadupakkam, Thiruvallur

Lavapureeswarar Temple, Vilangadupakkam, Thiruvallur
Lavapureeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Vilangadupakkam Village near Red Hills in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Lavapureeswarar and Mother is called as Thiripurasundari. The Temple is believed to be more than 1000 years old.

Legends
It was believed that Lava (Lava – Kusa) had worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple.
The Temple
There is an unfinished Rajagopuram in a dilapidated condition in the Temple. Presiding Deity is called as Lavapureeswarar. Nardana Ganapathi, Dhakshina Moorthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma and Siva Durgai – not standing on bull are the niche idols around the sanctum walls. Nandhi mandapam (Sevi Saitha Nandhi) with Palipeedam is found in the prakaram facing the sanctum. There is a Peepal Tree with a neem tree on a platform in the Temple premises.

Mother is called as Thiripurasundari. Mother shrine is in parallel with moolavar Sannadhi facing east on the Moolavar’s left side.  Vaishnavi, Sankari, Narayani, Brahmini, and Vishnu Durgai are the niche idols around the sanctum walls. The Moolavar and Ambal Vimanams were constructed in recent years but the Maha Kumbabhishekam was not performed. There is mandapam / temple in front of the main temple in a dilapidated condition.

There is a shrine for Vinayagar in the outer prakaram and there are lot of Shiva Lingam reliefs on the walls. There are shrines for Suryan, 63 Nayanmars, Naalvar, Nagalingam, Maha Ganapathy, Bala Ganapathy, Saraswathy, Lakshmi, Paathala Lingam, Bootha Lingam, Kashi Viswanathar Lingam Valli Devasena Sri Subramaniyar, Navagrahas (Suryan is little higher), Kaala Bairavar, Chandran and Sandikeswarar in the inner prakaram.

Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 100 meters from Vilangadupakkam Bus Stop, 4 Kms from Redhills, 6 Kms from Redhills Bus Terminus, 7 Kms from Puzhal, 10 Kms from Cholavaram, 12 Kms from Minjur, 13 Kms from Minjur Railway Station, 18 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 19 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 30 Kms from Chennai Airport, 17 Kms from Chennai and 44 Kms from Thiruvallur. Town bus route no 56K is passing through the village from Red hills to Tollgate. Frequency is limited. Town bus route No 38G passing through the village from Broad way to Vzhuthugaimedu.


Location

Adhi Kesava Perumal Temple, Vilangadupakkam, Thiruvallur

Adhi Kesava Perumal Temple, Vilangadupakkam, Thiruvallur
Adhi Kesava Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Vilangadupakkam Village near Red Hills in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is located at about 1.5 Kms from Vilangadupakkam Bus Stop, 1 Km from Sirugavur Bus Stop, 2.5 Kms from Redhills, 4 Kms from Redhills Bus Terminus, 7 Kms from Puzhal, 10 Kms from Cholavaram, 12 Kms from Minjur, 13 Kms from Minjur Railway Station, 19 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 20 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 31 Kms from Chennai Airport, 19 Kms from Chennai and 40 Kms from Thiruvallur. Town bus route no 56 K is passing through the village from Red hills to Tollgate. Frequency is limited. Town bus route No 38 G passing through the village from Broad way to Vzhuthugaimedu.

Location

Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Veppampattu, Thiruvallur

Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Veppampattu, Thiruvallur
Srinivasa Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Veppampattu near Thiruninravur in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is located at about 600 meters Veppampattu Bus Stop, 2 Kms from Veppampattu Railway Station, 5 Kms from Thiruninravur, 12 Kms from Avadi, 14 Kms from Thiruvallur, 15 Kms from Thiruvallur Railway Station, 16 Kms from Thirumullaivoyal, 37 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 36 Kms from Chennai Airport and 36 Kms from Chennai.

Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Vayalanallur, Thiruvallur

Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Vayalanallur, Thiruvallur
Vaikunda Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Vayalanallur in Thiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu. The Temple is located at about 200 meters from Vayalanallur Bus Stop, 500 meters from Vayalanallur Koil Bus Stop, 2 Kms from Kolappancheri, 7 Kms from Thirumazhisai, 7 Kms from Pattabiram, 7 Kms from Poonamallee, 25 Kms from Thiruvallur, 6 Kms from Pattabiram Railway Station, 35 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 30 Kms from Chennai Airport and 26 Kms from Chennai. This temple is on the road connecting the Bangalore highway and Pattabiram and connected by MTC buses. The temple is about 2 Kms from Kolappancheri. From Kolappancheri head North. Pass Chokkanallur bus stand and turn right. The temple is on the left. Bus route 54C from Poonamallee to Thandarai is available once an hour.



Location

Sakthimutreeswarar Temple, Vayalanallur, Thiruvallur

Sakthimutreeswarar Temple, Vayalanallur, Thiruvallur
Sakthimutreeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Vayalanallur in Thiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu. The Temple is located at a walkable distance from Vayalanallur Murugan Temple. Presiding Deity is called as Sakthimutreeswarar and he is represented by big Shiva Linga. This idol belongs to Chola period. The idols of Nandi and Goddess are new and the temple structure is also modern-day structure. An old idol of Surya, which was discovered in an excavation, is also found in this temple.

Several deities have been found while excavating around the original site of the Sakthimutreeswarar temple out of which a Bhairavar has been installed in the Vishnu temple and the Surya placed next to the Sakthimutreeswarar. The three inscriptions of this temple, two from the time of Parthivendravarman and one from Rajaraja I have disappeared along with the original temple and several deities that stood there. The Sakthimutreeswarar temple has since been rebuilt in a small way, and the deity has found a secure place inside the sanctum.

The Temple is located at about 200 meters from Vayalanallur Bus Stop, 100 meters from Vayalanallur Koil Bus Stop, 2 Kms from Kolappancheri, 7 Kms from Thirumazhisai, 7 Kms from Pattabiram, 7 Kms from Poonamallee, 25 Kms from Thiruvallur, 6 Kms from Pattabiram Railway Station, 35 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 30 Kms from Chennai Airport and 26 Kms from Chennai. This temple is on the road connecting the Bangalore highway and Pattabiram and connected by MTC buses. The temple is about 2 Kms from Kolappancheri. From Kolappancheri head North. Pass Chokkanallur bus stand and turn right. The temple is on the left. Bus route 54C from Poonamallee to Thandarai is available once an hour.
Location

Kandhaswamy Temple, Vayalanallur, Thiruvallur

Kandhaswamy Temple, Vayalanallur, Thiruvallur
Kandhaswamy Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan located in Vayalanallur in Thiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu. Lord Murugan in this Temple is in the form of Brahma Shasta.


Legends
As Brahma did not perform his duty properly, Subramanya punished Brahma and took over his job for a brief period. This form of Subramanya is called as Brahma Shasta.


History
This Temple is believed be built during Aditya Chola but completely destroyed. Now the Idol is housed in house like shrine.


The Temple
Lord Murugan called as Kandhaswamy in this Temple is in the form of Brahma Shasta / Gnana Skandha. The Idol is more than 7 feet tall. He is in the standing posture and holds Akshara Mala and Kamandalu (sacred water pot) in his two upper arms. He does not hold his usual weapon and none of his two consorts is found along with him. This is a rare form of Subramanya and it is not found in many temples.


Another important temple where he is found in the form of Brahma Shasta is Kumara Kottam temple in Kanchipuram. This Idol is of 9th Century origin and belongs to Aadhithya Chola I period. It must have been a part of very big temple once but now it is housed in 10 x 6 feet room only.


There is an inscription pillar and few scattered inscription slabs found outside the temple. The inscriptions belong to Aditya Chola I period (9th century CE). These inscriptions talk about a gift of land made to the temple by Gunakirti Nambadugan, the Kilan of Ayandampakkam for Sribali and other services at the temple which is still found on the footsteps of the temple.


Festivals
Kiruthigai, Thai Poosam and Kanda Sashti are the festivals celebrated in this Temple with much fanfare.
Contact
Kandhaswamy Temple,
Vayalanallur – 600 072
Thiruvallur District
Mobile: +91 90031 54640
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 200 meters from Vayalanallur Bus Stop, 100 meters from Vayalanallur Koil Bus Stop, 2 Kms from Kolappancheri, 7 Kms from Thirumazhisai, 7 Kms from Pattabiram, 7 Kms from Poonamallee, 25 Kms from Thiruvallur, 6 Kms from Pattabiram Railway Station, 35 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 30 Kms from Chennai Airport and 26 Kms from Chennai. This temple is on the road connecting the Bangalore highway and Pattabiram and connected by MTC buses. The temple is about 2 Kms from Kolappancheri. From Kolappancheri head North. Pass Chokkanallur bus stand and turn right. The temple is on the left. Bus route 54C from Poonamallee to Thandarai is available once an hour.
Location

Soundara Narayana Perumal Temple, Pattarai Perumbudur, Thiruvallur

Soundara Narayana Perumal Temple, Pattarai Perumbudur, Thiruvallur
Soundara Narayana Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Pattarai Perumbudur Village near Thiruvallur Town in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is believed to be 1000 years old and built during Chola Period.


The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Soundara Narayana Perumal. He is facing east holding the Sankha and Chakra in his upper hands. The lower right hand is in abhaya hasta (blessing devotees), while the left hand is in Kati hasta (resting on his waist). His consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi are on either side. Numerous old paintings are visible on the inner walls of the garbha-griha, depicting various forms for Vishnu. These murals, which belong to the time of the late Vijayanagara or Nayak dynasties, can only be faintly seen.

The original deity of this temple was Azhagiya Perumal, a majestic stone image of Vishnu situated in front of the central sanctum. He is in Sitting Posture. This deity, also flanked by Sri Devi and Bhu Devi. A special feature at this temple is that Lord Narasimha is seen in a Padmasana Posture with his left hand in Aadhvaanam and his right hand in Vaikunta Hastham. There is an idol of Thirukachi Nambi (of Poonamallee) leading one to believe that he may have visited this temple.

The other deities in worship are the processional images of Kodandarama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman, Bhakta Anjaneya, Garuda, Dhanavanthri and Hayagriva. Many Tamil inscriptions, mostly belonging to the Chola and Vijayanagara dynasties, can still be seen in this temple. An epigraph of the reign of Kulottunga Chola II of the 12th Century AD, registers a sale of land by the Mahasbhai (administrative organization of villages in the Chola times).

Another Chola epigraph mentions a gift of tax-free lands for conducting the procession and for the sacred bath on holy occasions of the deity. There are two Vijayanagara inscriptions dated 1430 AD and 1457 AD. Originally, this is believed to have been a temple for Azhagiya Perumal and this moolavar idol along with Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi are still found inside the temple. However, inscriptions refer to the temple as Soundarya Narayana Perumal temple. A 1044AD inscription indicates that there were gifts of lands to the temple.

An inscription in the South Wall refers to a gift of tax free land by payment of a lump sum amount. Another inscription on the South wall of the temple refers to gift of land for conducting processions and to organize sacred bath for the Lord on holy occasions in the year.  There are several inscriptions on the base of the South, West and North walls of the temple. These inscriptions give us an indication that the temple was well funded to celebrate festivals. This ancient Chola period temple is now in a not so good shape. This temple follows the codes of the Vaikhanasa Agama.

Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 06.00 am to 10.00 am and 06.00 pm to 07.30 pm.
Festivals
Vaikunta Ekadesi, Vaikunta Dwadasi, Thirumanjanam on Shravanam, Swathi, Moolam and Punarvasu are the festivals celebrated here.
Contact
Soundarya Narayana Perumal Temple
Pattarai Perumbudur,
Kadambathur Via,
Thiruvallur – 631 203
Phone: +91 44 2765 0436
Mobile: +91 97900 86480
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 200 meters from Pattarai Perumbudur Bus Stop, 10 Kms from Thiruvallur, 11 Kms from Thiruvallur Bus Stand, 13 Kms from Thiruvallur Railway Station, 8 Kms from Thiruvalangadu, 57 Kms from Chennai and 56 Kms from Chennai Airport. Buses ply every half hour between Chennai Koyambedu and Thiruthani. Get down at Pattarai Perumbudur, about 10 Kms after Tiruvallur on the Thiruthani Highway. The temple is walking distance from the bus stop. By Train, one can take Sapthagiri or Tirupathi Express from Chennai Central and get down at Tiruvallur. From Tiruvallur, take the bus towards Thiruthani/Tirupathi and get down at Pattarai Perumbudur (10 Kms)- One can reach the temple in 15 minutes from Tiruvallur.

Pattarai Perumbudur Shiva Temple, Thiruvallur

Pattarai Perumbudur Shiva Temple, Thiruvallur
Pattarai Perumbudur Shiva Temple is a Hindu Temple located at Pattarai Perumbudur Village near Thiruvallur Town in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is located at about 350 meters from Pattarai Perumbudur Bus Stop, 10 Kms from Thiruvallur, 11 Kms from Thiruvallur Bus Stand, 13 Kms from Thiruvallur Railway Station, 8 Kms from Thiruvalangadu, 57 Kms from Chennai and 56 Kms from Chennai Airport.




Buses ply every half hour between Chennai Koyambedu and Thiruthani. Get down at Pattarai Perumbudur, about 10 Kms after Tiruvallur on the Thiruthani Highway. The temple is walking distance from the bus stop. By Train, one can take Sapthagiri or Tirupathi Express from Chennai Central and get down at Tiruvallur. From Tiruvallur, take the bus towards Thiruthani/Tirupathi and get down at Pattarai Perumbudur (10 Kms)- One can reach the temple in 15 minutes from Tiruvallur.

Pattarai Perumbudur Murugan Temple, Thiruvallur

Pattarai Perumbudur Murugan Temple, Thiruvallur
Pattarai Perumbudur Murugan Temple is a Hindu Temple located at Pattarai Perumbudur Village near Thiruvallur Town in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is located at about 500 meters from Pattarai Perumbudur Bus Stop, 10 Kms from Thiruvallur, 11 Kms from Thiruvallur Bus Stand, 13 Kms from Thiruvallur Railway Station, 8 Kms from Thiruvalangadu, 57 Kms from Chennai and 56 Kms from Chennai Airport.




Buses ply every half hour between Chennai Koyambedu and Thiruthani. Get down at Pattarai Perumbudur, about 10 Kms after Tiruvallur on the Thiruthani Highway. The temple is walking distance from the bus stop. By Train, one can take Sapthagiri or Tirupathi Express from Chennai Central and get down at Tiruvallur. From Tiruvallur, take the bus towards Thiruthani/Tirupathi and get down at Pattarai Perumbudur (10 Kms)- One can reach the temple in 15 minutes from Tiruvallur.
Location

Pichaaleeswarar Temple, Panpakkam, Thiruvallur

Pichaaleeswarar Temple, Panpakkam, Thiruvallur
Pichaaleeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Panpakkam Village near Gummidipoondi in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Pichaaleeswarar and Mother is called as Soundaravalli. The Temple is located at about 1.5 Kms from Panpakkam Bus Stop, 4 Kms from Gummidipoondi Bus Stand, 4 Kms from Kavaraippettai Railway Station, 5 Kms from Gummidipoondi Railway Station, 24 Kms from Pulicat, 47 Kms from Thiruvallur, 39 Kms from Chennai and 52 Kms from Chennai Airport.









Sunday, May 20, 2018

Aadhi Kesava Perumal Temple, Vada Madurai, Thiruvallur

Aadhi Kesava Perumal Temple, Vada Madurai, Thiruvallur
Aadhi Kesava Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Vada Madurai Village near Periyapalayam in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. This Temple is believed to be built by Rajendra Chola. This temple has inscriptions dating back to the period of the Great Chozha King- Rajendra I and Rajendra Chozha II as well as several sculptures relating to the Ramayana and Narasimha Avathars.


History
The temple was built by King Rajendra Chozhan in commemoration of his victory over the kingdom of Kosala, near Punjab, Delhi. Kosala Desa belonged to Lord Rama. It is believed that the Chozha King installed Vadivazhagiya Rama as the presiding deity of this temple constructed during his regime. The beauty of the Rama idol is discernible even though rulers after Rajendra Chozhan did not pay much attention to the image developing the temple as the abode of Adhikesava Perumal. The renovation of the temple was done in 2001.


The Temple
The entrance does not have the typical temple tower and it is unfinished and called as Mottai Gopuram. The 3 Tier Garuda Sannidhi found at the Vada Madurai is a special feature. Presiding Deity is called as Adi Kesava Perumal and is facing east. Lord is in Standing Posture with Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. Lord upper hands hold chakra and sankam and lower ones are in Abhayahastha and Varadahasta. Besides there is the idol of Krishna in the main shrine, either side of which are the Dwarapalakas.


The Vimanam above the shrine is attractive with colourful images of Dasavatharam. Utsavar is ancient Idol of Rama alongside Baratha. This Utsava Idol is placed for worship in the sannidhi mandapam. The song "Antharama Sowndaryam" composed by Arunachala Kavi in Tamil perfectly suits the idol. While the image of Bharatha seems to be as old as that of Sri Rama the idols of Sita, Lakshmana and Anjaneya could have been later additions. Vishwaksenar and Lord Srinivasa have also shrines next to Rama.


Shrine of Bhakta Anjaneyar can be seen near the entrance makes it apparent that the temple was dedicated to Sri Rama. Mother is called as Adi Lakshmi Thaayar and she is housed in a separate shrine. She is in sitting posture. The Thayar Shrine mandapam has images of the lion on the roof signifying the temple's association with the Pallava Kings. The Utsava Thayar is known as Vedavalli.


There is a Pallava connection to this temple. There are 5 Rajasimha Stone Sculptures at the entrance. welcoming the devotees. There are many artistic sculptures in the Temple. Most interesting ones are the fight between Rama/Lakshmana and Lava-Kucha, Rama and the 10 headed Ravana depicting the very end of the battle in Lanka. 


The entire story of Ramayana is depicted in beautiful little artistic sculptures inside the Mandapam. Inscriptions indicate that Rajendra I (Gangai Konda Chozhan) donated 50 acres of land for betel leaves & nuts cultivation to be dedicated to Lord Rama as a wedding gift to the Lord. Agastheeswarar Temple is located just opposite the Perumal Temple.


Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 06.30 AM to 12.00 Noon and 05.00 PM to 08.00 PM.
Festivals
Rama Navami, Kalyana Utsavam, Sri Jayanthi, Vaikunda Ekadesi, Puratasi Saturday and Karthigai Deepam are the festivals celebrated here with pomp and glory.
Contact
Adi Kesava Perumal Temple,
Vada Madurai,
Othukottai Taluk,
Thiruvallur District – 601 102
Mobile: +91 97887 81862
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 300 meters from Vada Madurai Bus Stop, 3.5 Kms from Periyapalayam, 6 Kms from Vengal, 21 Kms from Uthukottai, 10 Kms from Thamaraipakkam, 25 Kms from Redhills, 28 Kms from Tiruvallur, 41 Kms from Chennai and 54 Kms from Chennai Airport. Take Chennai to Thiruvallur Route via Thamaraipakkam. At Thamaraipakkam Junction, take right towards Periyapalayam. Vada Madurai is situated 3.5 Kms before Periyapalayam.