Sunday, January 25, 2009

Thalaichanga Naanmathiyam Divya Desam

Chandran was liberated from his curse here
Lured by the beauty of the Naan Mathiyam Perumal of Thalaichangadu, Thirumangai Azhwar, sitting in Thiru Kannapuram, a Divya Desam about 50kms South West of here, indicated his instant desire to see the handsome Lord residing at this cool lotus filled Thalaichanga Nanmathiyam with his Periya Thirumozhi Verse 

கன்னார் கண்ணபுரம் ……. தன்ஆர்  தாமரை சூழ்
 தலை சங்கம் ..நான் மதியை விற்கின்ற வேன்சுடரை
  கன்னரகண்டு களிகின்ரண்டு
 இங்கு என்றுகொலோ ’.
In the Periya Thiru Madal, Thirumangai refers to the special sacred water at Thalaichanga Naan Mathiyam Perumal temple: “Nal Neer Thalai Changa Naan Madiyai”. The sacred water (Theertham) tastes special here at this temple.

Inscriptions

Several inscriptions dating back over a 1000years to the rule of Para Kesari Varma, Raja Raja Chola and Rajendra Chola period are seen on the outer walls of the Prakara that indicate significant contribution made by these rules to this temple and the .

In ancient times, Thalaichangadu was a commercial hub renowned for Conches, with the Eastern coast of Kaveripattanam just around 7kms from here.

Thalaichanga Naan Mathiyam Perumal temple’s legend has close connections with at least two other Divya Desams – Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam and Parimala Rangan Temple at Thiru Indhalur (Mayiladuthurai).

Chandran liberated from curse
Chandran, who was learning under the tutelage of Guru Brihaspathi, fell for the beauty of his Guru’s wife and cast an evil eye on her. Brihaspathi, who came to know about this, uttered a severe curse turning Chandran into a disease prone being. A shocked Chandran pleaded with the Guru to pardon him but Brihaspathi pronounced that the biggest sin of life is to caste one’s eyes on another’s spouse and that Chandran would have to undergo the curse for having cast his eyes wrongfully on his Guru’s wife.

Another story goes that Dakshan offered the hand of his many daughters to Chandran after being impressed with his handsome looks. However, Chandran fell in love only with Rohini and disregarded the others. Dakshan viewed that Chandran had become arrogant as a result of his good looks and cursed Chandran to lose his youth and his ‘striking personality’.

Three Phased Parikara to cleanse sins
To cleanse himself from his sins, Chandran requested Brihaspati to suggest parikara and was directed by his Guru to invoke the blessings of Lord Vishnu for atonement from his sins.

As the first step in his three phased parikara, Chandran undertook bath at the Chandra Pushkarani and performed service at the Ranganatha temple in Srirangam for 15 years. This helped him liberate himself from his ‘physical disease’.

Subsequently, he moved to Thiru Indhalur (in Mayiladuthurai) and offered prayers to Lord Parimala Rangan. Answering his prayers, the Lord reduced the severity of his curse and brought back a few of his handsome features. As per Chandran’s request, this place in Mayiladuthurai came to be called Indhunna (a name denoting Chandran) - later Indhalur- and this region was referred to as Chandran Kshetram.

Finally as the culmination phase of his parikara process, he came here to Thalaichangadu Kshetram
(Aruna Vana Kshetram) had bath at the Theertham and undertook severe penance invoking the blessings of Lord Vishnu who appeared here in a Chandra Vimana along with Shengamalavalli Thaayar and liberated him fully from all his curses. Hence the Lord here is also referred to as Chandra Saabha Haran.

A pleased Chandran requested that the Lord fulfil the wishes of devotees who pray sincerely to him at this temple, just as he did and to relieve them from curses and doshams.

Priest’s long trip every day
Despite this temple now being in a remote location with very little facilities, a redeeming feature is the commitment and devotion of Varadarajan Bhattar, who travels close to 20kms every morning from Mayiladuthurai to perform service to the Lord here at this temple.

Quick Facts
Moolavar         : Naan Mathiyam Perumal East Facing Standing Posture
Thaayar           : Thalaichanga Naachiyar
Utsava Deity    : Vensudar Perumal (Yoma Jothi Piraan)
Utsava Thaayar: Shengamalavalli Thaayar
Temple Time     :  10am-530pm
Contact            : Varadarajan Bhattar @ 99652 73712

Festivals
3day Pavitrotsavam in Puratasi
Navarathri Utsavam was started in 2008 after a gap of several decades.
Vensudar Perumal goes on a procession to the Thiruchangadu Village on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadesi (the only outside procession of the year)

How to reach
Thalaichangadu is 15kms East of Mayiladuthurai (the same distance from Sirkazhi) on the Karaikal Highway and 2kms from Karuvi/Poompuhar Entrance Arch.

From Mayavaram, buses every hour to Karuvi/Thalaichangadu. From Sirkazhi, one can board the Karaikal bound bus to reach the temple in 45minutes.

From Mayiladuthurai, auto will cost Rs. 250 to Thalaichangadu.

3 comments:

Sudha said...

Hi Prabhu,
Awesome website. Hats off to you...very detailed and thorough in your writings and it helps a great deal to know lot of history behind the temples too. I am glad I bumped into your website on doing a google search...I have shared your website with few other friends who have similar interests too...Keep up the good work!!!

Prabhu.S said...

Sudha,

Hi! Good to know that you liked the stories.

Thanks much for the comments.

Thanks too for passing on the message to others.

Prabhu

Conceptual Persistence said...

I am told that this priest has been gifted a moped by two devotees to make his commute a lot easier from Mayiladuthurai.