Thursday, August 2, 2018

Bheemeshwarar Temple, Mudichur – History

Bheemeshwarar Temple, Mudichur – History
The temple had been badly damaged during the Manimangalam War fought between Narasimha Varma Pallava (popularly known as Mamalla) and Pulikesi II in 642 AD after which for many years it lay in a state of neglect. No worship happened. The temple was covered with thick bushes and there were many snakes so people were afraid to go in and pray.
The only activity in the temple used to happen on Karthigai Deepam day when a huge lamp was lit on the 1300-year-old lamp post opposite to the Damodhara Perumal Shrine. The lamp post stands even today tall and beautiful. It is only in the 1980s that the local youth got together to clear all the bushes, and repair and reconstruct the shrines. Today the small temples of both Perumal and Shiva and well maintained with a number of flowering plants all around the shrines.
This was a sought after Vaishnavite Shrine of Yore. It is believed that Saint Ramanuja had given a Pravachanam here on his way to Sriperumbudur. In the 1800s, Sri Appariyaar Swamy is said to have collected the Nalayira Divya Prabhandham through manuscripts, and helped collating them for print. Some also say that since the Divya Prabhandham work was completed here, the place came to be known as Mudichur.

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