Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Kadambanatha Swamy Temple, Kadambar Koil – The Temple

Kadambanatha Swamy Temple, Kadambar Koil – The Temple

This temple is facing towards east with three tiered rajagopuram. There is another three tiered gopuram at the western entrance. Dhwaja Sthambam, Balipeedam and Nandi can be found immediately after the rajagopuram, facing towards the sanctum. The temple consists of sanctum, antrala, ardha mandapam and maha mandapam. Presiding deity is called as Kadambanatha Swamy and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Shiva Linga on a circular avudaiyar.



Lord is a Swayambhu Moorthy (self-manifested). Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodbhava, Brahma and Durga are the koshta idols located around the sanctum walls. There are several inscriptions on the walls of the sanctum. Chandikeswarar shrine can be seen in his usual location. Mother is called as Avudai Nayagi. She is housed in a separate south facing shrine. Her shrine is situated on the right side in the maha mandapam.



She is four armed and is in standing posture. She holds angusam & pasam in her upper hands and shows abhaya & varada hastha in her lower hands. There are shrines for Santhana Ganapathy, Shanmuga with his consorts Valli & Devasena, Navagrahas, Adhikara Nandi, 63 Nayanmars, Kala Bhairavar, Dwara Ganapathy and Surya in the temple premises. There is a mandapam immediately after the rajagopuram inside the temple. Sthala Vriksham is Kadamba  tree.



Chidambareswarar Temple, Kavanthandalam, Kanchipuram

Chidambareswarar Temple, Kavanthandalam, Kanchipuram

Chidambareswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kavanthandalam Village in Walajabad Taluk in Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding deity is called as Chidambareswarar and Mother is called as Maruvar Kuzhali Ammai. The temple is situated on the northern banks of Cheyyar River.


History

The temple is believed to be built in 12th century CE by the Cholas. The place was called as Jayamkonda Chozhamandalathu Utrukattu Kottaththu Thammanur Nattu Kavanthandalamana Chathurvethi Mangalam during the Chola period.

The Temple

This temple is facing towards west. Balipeedam and Nandi can be found facing towards the sanctum. The temple consists of sanctum and ardha mandapam. Idols of Vinayaga and Murugan can be found at the entrance of the ardha mandapam. Presiding deity is called as Chidambareswarar and is facing west. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Shiva Lingam.

There are no koshta idols located around the sanctum walls. Chandikeswarar shrine can be seen in his usual location. This shrine enshrines a bas relief image of Chandikeswarar. Mother is called as Maruvar Kuzhali Ammai. She is housed in a separate south facing shrine. There is an image of Durga in the temple premises. This image can be dated to 12th century CE.

Connectivity

The temple is located at about 2.5 Kms from Thirumagaral Bus Stand, 14 Kms from Walajabad, 14 Kms from Walajabad Railway Station, 18 Kms from Kanchipuram, 19 Kms from Kanchipuram Railway Station, 19 Kms from Uthiramerur, 61 Kms from Chennai Airport and 79 Kms from Chennai. The temple is situated at about 2.5 Kms from Thirumagaral on the Kanchipuram to Uthiramerur route. Government Bus No D 34 plying between Kanchipuram and Uthiramerur passes through Kavanthandalam village.

Location

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Sathyapureeswarar Temple, Ponmar – The Temple

Sathyapureeswarar Temple, Ponmar – The Temple

This temple is facing towards east. The temple consists of sanctum, ardha mandapam and maha mandapam. The maha mandapam can be accessed from the southern side. Nandi can be found in the maha mandapam facing towards the sanctum. Presiding deity is called as Sathyapureeswarar / Sakthipureeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam.

There are no images on the niches around the sanctum walls, but idols of later period are kept under the niches. The vimana over the sanctum is of vesara type. Utsava idols and Nataraja are kept in the ardha mandapam. Mother is called as Sathyapureeswari / Sakthipureeswari. She is housed in a separate south facing shrine. Her shrine is situated in maha mandapam to the left side of the sanctum.

She is four armed. Her upper hands hold angusa & pasa and lower hands shows varada & abhaya hastha. The head of the goddess is tilted little towards the left as if she is willing to listen to your prayers. There is a shrine for Kasi Viswanathar at the back side of the Sakthipureeswari shrine. Idols of Valampuri Vinayaga, Subramanya with his consorts Valli & Devasena and Kala Bhairava can be seen in the maha mandapam.

The maha mandapam is supported by four pillars. These pillars are intricately carved with sculptures of Nardana Ganapathy, Bikshadana, Mahishasura Mardhini, Ashta Bhuja Durga, Simha Vahini, Agastya, Bhima, Kamadenu performing milk abhisheka to Lingam, Rama, Hanuman, Narasimha, Krishna with Gopis, Nandi, Swan, Ganda Berunda (Emblem of Vijayanagara Kingdom), lotus etc.

The ceiling of the mandapa has a sculpture of fish. There is also another sculpture in the ceiling depicting a snake engulfing the moon in three progressive steps representing the lunar eclipse. Theerthams associated with this temple are Kubera Theertham and Chandra Theertham. These temple tanks are situated in the front and the back of the temple. Sthala Vriksham is Vilva Tree and Vellerukku (Sodom Apple).

Sathyapureeswarar Temple, Ponmar, Chengalpattu

Sathyapureeswarar Temple, Ponmar, Chengalpattu

Sathyapureeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Ponmar Village in Vandalur Taluk in Chengalpattu District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding deity is called as Sathyapureeswarar / Sakthipureeswarar and Mother is called as Sathyapureeswari / Sakthipureeswari. The temple is situated on Ponmar to Navalur route.



Legends

As per legend, Lord Chandran excavated a tank, took a holy dip and worshipped Lord Shiva of this temple to get relief from his sins.



History

The temple was built in 1520 CE during the reign of Sadasivaraya of Vijayanagara Kingdom. There is an inscription dating back to 1520 CE during the reign of Sadasivaraya of Vijayanagara Kingdom can be found in the jagati and kumuda of the plinth. This inscription records the endowment of Poyilicheri village for the pooja and worship of Poyileesvaramudaiya Nayanar and Veerabhadra Nayanar. The village was mentioned as Jayamkonda Chozha Mandalathu Puliyur Kottathu Kaalvai Naatu Thyaga Vinodha Nallurana Ponmaaru. The ruined shrine on the northern side of the temple is the Veerabhadra temple mentioned in the inscription. There are several inscriptions dating back to reign of Vijayanagara Kingdom can be found in the temple premises.



The Temple

For brief details, please refer below link;

https://tamilnadu-favtourism.blogspot.com/2022/09/sathyapureeswarar-temple-ponmar-temple.html

Temple Opening Time

There is no fixed timing for this temple, but the temple is kept open for certain time during the morning and evening hours. The priest need to be contacted for darshan.

Prayers

Devotees pray Sathyapureeswarar for relief from stomach pains. Devotees believe performing abhishekam to goddess Sathyapureeswari with turmeric will provide cure to thyroid problems in ladies.

Contact

Sathyapureeswarar Temple,

Ponmar, Vandalur Taluk,

Chengalpattu District – 600 130

Mobile: +91 91760 67723 / 99402 62654 / 94444 13193

Mobile: +91 98845 81931 / 9884381927

Mobile: +91 99625 94861 / 99627 32427

Connectivity

The temple is located at about 750 metres from Ponmar Bus Stop, 3 Kms from Mambakkam, 6 Kms from Navalur, 9 Kms from Medavakkam, 15 Kms from Tambaram Railway Station, 16 Kms from Tambaram, 19 Kms from Vandalur, 20 Kms from Chennai Airport, 33 Kms from Chennai and 38 Kms from Chengalpattu. Devotees need to travel in Medavakkam to Mambakkam route and then take a turn at Ponmar towards Navalur for about 750 metres to reach this temple. Buses (51T & 551A) are available from Tambaram to Ponmar. Bus (51J) from Koyambedu to Mambakkam and Buses (51J, J51 & 51T) from T Nagar via Medavakkam passes through the Ponmar village. Autos are available from Mambakkam to reach this temple.

Location

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Agastheeswarar Temple, Alathur, Chengalpattu

Agastheeswarar Temple, Alathur, Chengalpattu

Agastheeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Alathur Village near Thiruporur Town in Thiruporur Taluk in Chengalpattu District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding deity is called as Agastheeswarar and Mother is called as Akhilandeshwari. This temple is believed to be built in 17th century CE.


Legends

As per legend, Sage Agastya installed Shiva Lingas and worshipped Lord Shiva at several places. This temple is considered one among them. Hence, Lord Shiva of this temple came to be called as Agastheeswarar.


The Temple

This temple is facing towards east. The temple was once enclosed within a granite compound. The remains of the ancient compound wall can be seen around the temple. Balipeedam and Nandi can be found facing towards the sanctum. The temple consists of sanctum, ardha mandapam and maha mandapam. Presiding deity is called as Agastheeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Shiva Lingam. There are no niche idols located around the sanctum walls.


The vimana over the sanctum follows vesara style of architecture and is of two tiers. Mother is called as Akhilandeshwari. She is housed in a separate south facing shrine. Her shrine is situated on the right side. Shrines of Vinayaga, Bhairavar, Murugan with his consorts Valli & Devasena and Chandikeswarar can be seen in the temple premises. Sthala Vriksham is Vilvam Tree. There is a large temple tank situated in front of the temple.


Festivals

Masi Soora Samharam (Feb-Mar) is the most famous festival celebrated here. It is celebrated on the same day of Soora Samharam celebrations of Thiruporur Kandaswamy Temple. Utsava idol, Muthukumara Swamy of Thiruporur Kandaswamy Temple visit this temple during the Samharam day. Masi Shivarathri (Feb-Mar), Panguni Uthiram (Mar-Apr) and Karthigai Somavaram (Nov-Dec) are the other festivals celebrated here.

Contact

Agastheeswarar Temple,

Alathur – 603 105

Thiruporur Taluk,

Chengalpattu District

Mobile: +91 81240 04808 / 86808 95761 / 94447 99023

Connectivity

The temple is located at about 500 metres from Alathur Bus Stop, 4 Kms from Thiruporur Bus Stand, 5 Kms from Thiruporur, 12 Kms from Mamallapuram, 28 Kms from Chengalpattu, 30 Kms from Chengalpattu Junction Railway Station, 45 Kms from Chennai Airport and 49 Kms from Chennai. The temple is situated on Thiruporur to Mamallapuram (OMR) route. All buses going to Mamallapuram in OMR passes through this village.

Location

Madhava Perumal Temple, Alathur, Chengalpattu

Madhava Perumal Temple, Alathur, Chengalpattu

Madhava Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Alathur Village near Thiruporur Town in Thiruporur Taluk in Chengalpattu District of Tamil Nadu. The temple is situated on Thiruporur to Mamallapuram route (OMR).

The Temple

This temple is facing towards east. Deepa Sthambam, Balipeedam and Garuda can be found facing towards the sanctum. The temple consists of sanctum and ardha mandapam. The sanctum enshrines an image of the presiding deity, Madhava Perumal along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi.

Connectivity

The temple is located at about 4 Kms from Thiruporur Bus Stand, 5 Kms from Thiruporur, 12 Kms from Mamallapuram, 28 Kms from Chengalpattu, 30 Kms from Chengalpattu Junction Railway Station, 45 Kms from Chennai Airport and 49 Kms from Chennai. The temple is situated very close to Alathur Bus Stop on Thiruporur to Mamallapuram (OMR) route. All buses going to Mamallapuram in OMR passes through this village.

Location

Friday, July 8, 2022

Sundara Choleeswarar Temple, Kulathur, Pudukottai

Sundara Choleeswarar Temple, Kulathur, Pudukottai

Sundara Choleeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Kulathur Village near Keeranur Town in Kulathur Taluk in Pudukottai District of Tamil Nadu, India. The Temple is one of the protected monuments in Tamil Nadu declared by Archaeological Survey of India.

History

The temple is believed to be built by Cholas. Inscription dating back to the 30th regnal year of Kulotunga Chola III is the oldest inscription found in this temple. It records the reconstruction of the vimana of this temple.

The Temple

This temple is facing towards east. Nandi can be found in front of the mukha mandapam facing towards the sanctum. The temple consists of sanctum, ardha mandapam, maha mandapam and mukha mandapam.  Presiding deity is called as Sundara Choleeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Shiva Lingam. Only the lower portion of the vimana remains. Chandikeswarar shrine can be seen in his usual location. There is south facing shrine for goddess Parvathy in the mukha mandapam.

Connectivity

The temple is located at about 3 Kms from Keeranur Bus Stand, 3 Kms from Kulathur Railway Station, 3 Kms from Keeranur Railway Station, 8 Kms from Narthamalai, 22 Kms from Pudukkottai, 26 Kms from Trichy Airport and 36 Kms from Trichy. The temple is situated on Trichy to Pudukottai route.

Location

Margapurisvarar Temple, Visalur – The Temple

Margapurisvarar Temple, Visalur – The Temple

This Temple is facing towards east with an entrance arch. The entrance arch has stucco images of Lord Shiva Parvathy flanked by Murugan & Vinayaga. An idol of Nayaka King and Vinayaga can be seen on the right side of the entrance arch on the inner side. A Mandapam can be seen immediately after the entrance arch. There is a second level two tiered gopuram can be seen at the entrance of the inner prakaram.


Nandi, Balipeedam and Dhwaja Sthambam can be seen in front of the second level gopuram, facing towards the sanctum. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, ardha mandapam, maha mandapam and mukha mandapam. Nandi can be found in the maha mandapam facing towards the sanctum. Presiding Deity is called as Margasahayesvarar / Margapurisvarar / Vasukisvaramudaiya Mahadevar / Varadukasuramudaiya Nayanar.


There are no niches on external walls of the sanctum except the southern niche enshrining an image Dakshinamoorthy. This niche seems to be of later addition. The vimana over the sanctum is of single tier and is square in plan. The shikhara has big arches in middle on all four sides. Niches are carved below these arches on the only tier of the vimana. These niches enshrines Dakshinamurti on south, Vishnu on west and Brahma on north.


An image of Nandi is placed on all the four corners on this tier. Chandikeswarar shrine can be seen in his usual location. A cloistered mandapa runs around the external walls of the inner prakaram. Shrines & Idols of Vinayaga, Lakshmi, Murugan, Vishnu, Durga, Lingams, Jyestha Devi, Goddess Parvathy, Surya, Sapta Matrikas, Chandran and Bhairava can be seen in the temple premises. Navagrahas Shrine can be seen in the mukha mandapam.


Margapurisvarar Temple, Visalur, Pudukottai

Margapurisvarar Temple, Visalur, Pudukottai

Margapurisvarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Visalur Village in Kulathur Taluk in Pudukottai District of Tamil Nadu, India. Presiding Deity is called as Margasahayesvarar / Margapurisvarar / Vasukisvaramudaiya Mahadevar / Varadukasuramudaiya Nayanar. The Temple is one of the protected monuments in Tamil Nadu declared by Archaeological Survey of India.





History

The Temple is believed to be built by Vijayalaya Chola (848-871 CE) but the earliest inscription is dated to the reign of Parantaka Chola I (907 – 954 CE). Lord Shiva of this temple was called as Vasukisvaramudaiya Mahadevar and Varadukasuramudaiya Nayanar in the inscriptions. The place was called as Visalur, even in ancient times as evidenced from inscriptions of the Cholas and Pandyas found in the temple. Visalur would have held a strategic position during Cholas and Pandyas rule.





Inscriptions of Parantaka Chola I, Rajaraja Chola I, Rajendra Chola II, Kulothunga Chola I, Kulothunga Chola III, Jadavarman Veera Pandya and few local chieftains can be seen in the temple. These inscriptions record mostly the grant of lands and gifts made to this temple. The inscription of Kulothunga III, dated in 1222 CE, mentions installation of idols of the king and his queen in the temple by a local chief, Adhitan Thenkarai Nadalvan.





The Temple

For brief details, please refer below link;

https://tamilnadu-favtourism.blogspot.com/2022/07/margapurisvarar-temple-visalur-temple.html

Connectivity

The Temple is located at about 4 Kms from Malayadipatti, 7 Kms from Killukkottai, 11 Kms from Kunnandarkoil, 14 Kms from Keeranur Railway Station, 15 Kms from Keeranur, 16 Kms from Kulathur, 27 Kms from Narthamalai, 28 Kms from Trichy Airport and 40 Kms from Pudukottai. The Temple is situated on Keeranur to Killukkottai route.

Location