Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Sekkizhar Mani Mandapam, Kundrathur, Chennai

Sekkizhar Mani Mandapam, Kundrathur, Chennai
Sekkizhar Mani Mandapam is a memorial dedicated to famous Tamil Scholar and Poet Sekkizhar located at Kundrathur, a suburb of Chennai in the Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu.  He lived in the 12th century CE during the period of Kulothunga Chola II. He was the author of Periya Puranam, which talks about the lives and greatness of 63 Nayanmars. The temple of Nageswarar in Kundrathur was built by Sekkizhar.



In memory of this great poet, a big mandapam (hall) was constructed near Nageswarar Temple in the recent past. This mandapam is called as Sekkizhar Mani Mandapam. This big hall has a statue of Sekkizhar in the middle. There is a Dyana mandapam situated inside the Mani Mandapam. This hall is very well maintained and looks clean and neat. The open space outside the hall has beautiful gardens and the villagers visit this site during the evening time to enjoy the pleasant weather and breeze.



Connectivity
For brief details, please refer below link;
Location

Sekkizhar Mani Mandapam, Kundrathur – Connectivity

Sekkizhar Mani Mandapam, Kundrathur – Connectivity
The Mani Mandapam is located at about 4 Kms from Mangadu, 7 Kms from Thiruneermalai, 8 Kms from Iyappanthangal, 10 Kms from Pallavaram, 8 Kms from Poonamallee, 10 Kms from Porur, 9 Kms from Thirumazhisai, 14 Kms from Tambaram and 25 Kms from Chennai.
By Bus:
The Mani Mandapam is located at about 350 meters from Kundrathur Bus Depot and 18 Kms from Koyambedu Mofussil Bus Terminus. Those travelling towards Chennai from southern districts have to get down at Pallavaram and can reach the Mani Mandapam easily. Bus facility is available to Kundrathur from Parrys Corner in Chennai. This place is well connected to other parts of Chennai by Bus.
Bus No
Route
88C Ext,88D, M88,88 Dlx
Kundrathur B.S to Kundrathur Murugan Mani Mandapam
66, M66
Tambaram To Poonamallee (via Kundrathur)
266 Dlx
Tambaram To Avadi (via Kundrathur)
566A Dlx
Tambaram To Thiruvallur (via Kundrathur)
M66A
Hasthinapuram To Kundrathur
566 Dlx
Thiruporur To Kundrathur
60E
Broadway To Kundrathur
88C Ext, 60A
High Court to Kundrathur Murugan Mani Mandapam
66j
Poonamallee To Tambaram (via Kundrathur)
166
Tambaram To Iyappanthangal (via Kundrathur)
By Train:
The Mani Mandapam is located at about 10 Kms from Chromepet Railway Station, 10 Kms from Pallavaram Railway Station, 13 Kms from Tambaram Railway Station, 12 Kms from Meenambakkam Metro Station, 24 Kms from Egmore Railway Station and 27 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station.
By Air:
Nearest Airport is Chennai International Airport, located at about 12 Kms from this Mani Mandapam.

Sadayandeeswarar Temple, Kundrathur, Chennai

Sadayandeeswarar Temple, Kundrathur, Chennai
Sadayandeeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Kundrathur, a suburb of Chennai in the Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Sadayandeeswarar and Mother is called as Balambikai. The Temple is situated very close to Kundrathur Murugan Temple.


Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 4 Kms from Mangadu, 7 Kms from Thiruneermalai, 8 Kms from Iyappanthangal, 11 Kms from Pallavaram, 8 Kms from Poonamallee, 10 Kms from Porur, 9 Kms from Thirumazhisai, 13 Kms from Tambaram and 30 Kms from Chennai.
By Bus:
The Temple is located at about 350 meters from Kundrathur Sivan Koil Bus Stop, 650 meters from Kundrathur Bus Depot, 2 Kms from Kundrathur Murugan Temple Bus Stop and 19 Kms from Koyambedu Mofussil Bus Terminus. Those travelling towards Chennai from southern districts have to get down at Pallavaram and can reach the temple easily. Bus facility is available to Kundrathur from Parrys Corner in Chennai. This place is well connected to other parts of Chennai by Bus.
Bus No
Route
88C Ext,88D, M88,88 Dlx
Kundrathur B.S to Kundrathur Murugan Temple
66, M66
Tambaram To Poonamallee (via Kundrathur)
266 Dlx
Tambaram To Avadi (via Kundrathur)
566A Dlx
Tambaram To Thiruvallur (via Kundrathur)
M66A
Hasthinapuram To Kundrathur
566 Dlx
Thiruporur To Kundrathur
60E
Broadway To Kundrathur
88C Ext, 60A
High Court to Kundrathur Murugan Temple
66j
Poonamallee To Tambaram (via Kundrathur)
166
Tambaram To Iyappanthangal (via Kundrathur)
By Train:
The Temple is located at about 10 Kms from Chromepet Railway Station, 11 Kms from Pallavaram Railway Station, 13 Kms from Tambaram Railway Station, 12 Kms from Meenambakkam Metro Station, 25 Kms from Egmore Railway Station and 29 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station.
By Air:
Nearest Airport is Chennai International Airport, located at about 13 Kms from this Temple.
Location

Methaleeswarar Temple, Kundrathur, Chennai

Methaleeswarar Temple, Kundrathur, Chennai
Methaleeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Kundrathur, a suburb of Chennai in the Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Methaleeswarar and Mother is called as Abhayambikai. The Temple is situated very close to Kundrathur Murugan Temple.






Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 6 Kms from Mangadu, 6 Kms from Thiruneermalai, 8 Kms from Iyappanthangal, 10 Kms from Pallavaram, 11 Kms from Poonamallee, 11 Kms from Porur, 12 Kms from Thirumazhisai, 13 Kms from Tambaram and 27 Kms from Chennai.
By Bus:
The Temple is located at about 2 Kms from Ramachandra Mahal Bus Stop, 2.5 Kms from Kundrathur Murugan Temple Bus Stop, 2.5 Kms from Kundrathur Bus Depot and 20 Kms from Koyambedu Mofussil Bus Terminus. Those travelling towards Chennai from southern districts have to get down at Pallavaram and can reach the temple easily. Bus facility is available to Kundrathur from Parrys Corner in Chennai. This place is well connected to other parts of Chennai by Bus.
Bus No
Route
88C Ext,88D, M88,88 Dlx
Kundrathur B.S to Kundrathur Murugan Temple
66, M66
Tambaram To Poonamallee (via Kundrathur)
266 Dlx
Tambaram To Avadi (via Kundrathur)
566A Dlx
Tambaram To Thiruvallur (via Kundrathur)
M66A
Hasthinapuram To Kundrathur
566 Dlx
Thiruporur To Kundrathur
60E
Broadway To Kundrathur
88C Ext, 60A
High Court to Kundrathur Murugan Temple
66j
Poonamallee To Tambaram (via Kundrathur)
166
Tambaram To Iyappanthangal (via Kundrathur)
By Train:
The Temple is located at about 9 Kms from Chromepet Railway Station, 9 Kms from Pallavaram Railway Station, 11 Kms from Tambaram Railway Station, 11 Kms from Meenambakkam Metro Station, 26 Kms from Egmore Railway Station and 27 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station.
By Air:
Nearest Airport is Chennai International Airport, located at about 12 Kms from this Temple.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Subramanya Swamy Temple, Kundrathur, Chennai

Subramanya Swamy Temple, Kundrathur, Chennai
Subramanya Swamy Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan located at Kundrathur, a suburb of Chennai in the Kanchipuram District of Tamil NaduThe Temple is famously called as Kundrathur Murugan Temple. This is the only Lord Murugan temple in Tamil Nadu where lord faces north direction facing Thanigai. The temple also has mention in the Thirupugazh hymns of saint Arunagiri Nathar.





Legends
After conquering the demons in Thiruporur, Lord Muruga proceeded to Thiruthani in a happy mood. Lord Subramaniar stayed in this hill on an auspicious day during his travel. He installed a Shiva Linga and performed Shiva Puja here with deep meditation.  This temple was later built by Kulothunga Chozha.  Lord Shiva, worshipped by Muruga graces in the name of Kandaleeswarar in a separate shrine. This place is also known as ‘South Thanigai’ since Lord Subramaniar is sitting in the direction of north facing Thanigai.





History
The temple was built by Kulothunga Chola II. Tamil Poet Sekkizhar was born here and his birthplace was made into a Temple. He was the chief minister of Kulothunga Chozha II alias Anabaya. He withdrew from the ministry and wrote Periyapuranam. His young brother Palaravayar dug a water tank near his residence, which is now called Palaravayar Kulam.





The Temple

Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Pooja Timings
·        Kalasanthi Pooja (07.00 AM to 07.30 AM)
·        Sayaratchai Pooja (07.00 PM to 07.15 PM)
Festivals
Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Padi Utsavam in Vaikasi, Skanda Sashti in October-November, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Thai Poosam in January-February, Tamil New Year, Chithirai Sasti, Aadi Krthigai, English new year, Thai Pongal, Thai kiruthigai and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple. During the eight-day Skanda Sashti festival, the event of destroying demon Surapadma takes place on the sixth day while Valli wedding festival takes place on the seventh day and that with Deivanai is celebrated on the eighth day. The temple celebrates karthigai deepam in a grand manner and deepam will be lit on the hill temple. Karthikai asterism each month is considered sacred here.
Singers
The temple has mention in the Thirupugazh hymns of saint Arunagiriar.
Prayers
Majority of the devotees pray for removal of obstacles in marriage proposals. Devotees perform abishekams and wedding festival for Lord Muruga, offer vastras. There is huge sacred fig tree at this temple.  Devotees who do not have children will visit here and tie a cradle at this tree. Once their wish comes true (once they have children) they will again come back to the temple and give offerings of fruits or sugar to the equal weight of baby. Even if the children are not with good health devotees worship here for better health. The abishek Vibhuthi (holy ash) is offered as Prasad to the devotees. 
Contact
Subramanyaswamy Temple,
Kundrathur,
Chennai – 600 069
Phone: +91 44 2478 0436
Mobile: +91 93828 89430
Connectivity
For brief details, please refer below link;

Subramanya Swamy Temple, Kundrathur – Connectivity

Subramanya Swamy Temple, Kundrathur – Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 5 Kms from Mangadu, 6 Kms from Thiruneermalai, 9 Kms from Iyappanthangal, 10 Kms from Pallavaram, 10 Kms from Poonamallee, 11 Kms from Porur, 11 Kms from Thirumazhisai, 12 Kms from Tambaram and 27 Kms from Chennai.
By Bus:
The Temple is located at about 400 meters from Kundrathur Murugan Temple Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Kundrathur Bus Depot and 19 Kms from Koyambedu Mofussil Bus Terminus. Those travelling towards Chennai from southern districts have to get down at Pallavaram and can reach the temple easily. Bus facility is available to Kundrathur from Parrys Corner in Chennai. This place is well connected to other parts of Chennai by Bus.
Bus No
Route
88C Ext,88D, M88,88 Dlx
Kundrathur B.S to Kundrathur Murugan Temple
66, M66
Tambaram To Poonamallee (via Kundrathur)
266 Dlx
Tambaram To Avadi (via Kundrathur)
566A Dlx
Tambaram To Thiruvallur (via Kundrathur)
M66A
Hasthinapuram To Kundrathur
566 Dlx
Thiruporur To Kundrathur
60E
Broadway To Kundrathur
88C Ext, 60A
High Court to Kundrathur Murugan Temple
66j
Poonamallee To Tambaram (via Kundrathur)
166
Tambaram To Iyappanthangal (via Kundrathur)
By Train:
The Temple is located at about 9 Kms from Chromepet Railway Station, 10 Kms from Pallavaram Railway Station, 13 Kms from Tambaram Railway Station, 13 Kms from Meenambakkam Metro Station, 25 Kms from Egmore Railway Station and 29 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station.
By Air:
Nearest Airport is Chennai International Airport, located at about 10 Kms from this Temple.

Subramanya Swamy Temple, Kundrathur – The Temple

Subramanya Swamy Temple, Kundrathur – The Temple
This is a small hill temple for Lord Subramaniar with his two consorts built by King Kulothunga Chola – II. There are 84 steps to reach this hill temple. As the place has a hill (Kundru in Tamil), it is named Kundrathur.  Lord Valanchuzhi Vinayaka graces in a shrine on the hill route. The temple has a three-tiered Rajagopuram. The flag staff, Balipeedam and Peacock Vehicle can be found in front of the sanctum.




This place is also known as South Thanigai since Lord Subramaniar is sitting in the direction of north facing Thanigai and this is the only Murugan temple in Tamilnadu where the God is facing north. The design of the sanctum sanctorum is noteworthy.  The devotee can see Lord alone if he/she is just in front of the shrine.  If the devotee looks at the shrine either from the left or right of the shrine, he/she can have darshan of the Lord either with Mother Valli or Mother Deivanai.  




The Dwarapalakas (securities) at the entrance hold the weapons Vajram and trident. Lord Vishnu, Lord Dakshinamurthy and Mother Durga grace on the sanctum walls of Lord Muruga shrine. There is an east facing shrine of Utsava idols of Subramanya and his two consorts in Ardha Mandapam. There is a shrine for Shiva Linga and Ganesha in Maha Mandapam. Lord Kasi Viswanatha, Mother Visalakshi, Lord Vilva Vinayaka, Bhairava, Navagrahas and Nagar (serpent deities) shrines are in the prakara.




Lord Shiva, worshipped by Subramanya graces in the name of Kandaleeswarar in a separate shrine. Theertham associated with this Temple is Saravana Poigai. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa. This is also the birth place of Sekkizhar, the author of Peria Puranam. There is a temple for the saint at the foot hills. During Sekkizhar Guru Puja, Lord comes down from the hill temple to grace darshan to Sekkizhar in the foothill temple.