Monday, September 23, 2013

Thiru Kannapuram Tiruvoimozhi paasuram

God will not be true to those who worship him outwardly but are false within, and live without good intent
மெய்யன் ஆகும் விரும்பித் தொழுவார்க்கு எல்லாம்
பொய்யன்  ஆகும் புறமே போழுவாற்கு எல்லாம்
செய்யில் வாளை உகளும் திருகன்னபுரத்து
ஐயன் ஆகத்து அனைபார்கட்கு  அணியனே - NamAzhvaar Tiruvoimozhi - 9-10-7

The Lord of Thiru Kannapuram will bless and take care of those offering prayers to him with sincerity
However,  those offering prayers only outwardly without good intent will be punished by him and he will make
them realise their faults.

The Lord is special to those devotees who always keep him close to their heart.

Nam Azhvaar also refers to the lush fields of Kannapuram and the huge number of fishes found here.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Paruthiyur Kothandarama Temple


Pancha Rama Kshetram – One of the five Rama Temples in this region
The Stunning Bronze idol of Lord Rama dates back to the 10th Century AD
Located 25kms South of Kumbakonam and 6kms East of Kudavasal on the Northern banks of Kudamurutti River is the Kothandarama temple in a remote village in Paruthiyur off the Kodavaasal- Nannilam road. The stunning bronze idol of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana dates back to the 10th Century AD. This is one of five popular Rama temples in this region, the others being Thillai Vilagam, Vaduvur, Mudikondan and Adambavur.

Rama is seen in a grand standing posture wielding the bow with his left hand while his right is holding a long arrow. The idol of Lord Rama here at this temple is a symbol of divine purity. Lakshmana is seen sporting a beautiful smile.

It is believed that the entire set of idols were found and installed by Paruthiyur Ramayanam Sastri, who also built the temple. Kalyana Varadaraja Perumal, the original moolavar deity is seen in a blessing posture with a Prayoga Chakra along with Sri and Bhoo Devi.

Festivals
Margazhi Utsavam
Puratasi Laksharchanai
Aadi Jestabhishekam
Panguni-Chitrai Rama Navami – Brahmotsavam – Kalyana Utsavam

The temple is looking to build a Raja gopuram and a Vasantha Mandapa in front of the Thaayar Sannidhi in addition to reconstructing the outer walls.

Quick Facts
 Moolavar: Kalyana Varadaraja Perumal East Facing Standing Posture
Thaayar    : Mahalakshmi (Separate Sannidhi)
Time         : 6am-7am, 11am-1230pm and 530pm-730pm
Kothandarama South Facing Standing Posture with Sita, Lakshmana and Anjaneya
Contact     : Ravi Bhattar @ 97868 67387

When here, also visit Srinivasa Perumal temple in Kudavasal: http://prtraveller.blogspot.in/2009/12/kudavasal-srinivasa-perumal.html

Friday, September 6, 2013

Azhagiri Nathar Perumal Temple Salem


Kalyana Sthalam - A temple for 'finalising alliance' and 'match-making'
Pancha Garuda Seva takes place every year in Thai
Several Inscriptions and Exquisite Stone Carvings indicate that this temple dates back over a 1000years
Located in the heart of Salem Fort and 1/2km South of Salem Collectorate is the over 1000years old Azhagiri Nathar Perumal temple in Salem, one that is part of the Pancha Kshetram – 5 places where Brighu Maha Rishi undertook penance and secured the hand of Lord Vishnu for his daughters. Sundaravalli was born here on Maasi Magam and she was married to Lord Sundararajan on Vaikasi Hastham. Hence, this place is a Kalyana Sthalam.  To this day, the match making takes place here in front of Lord Azhagiri Nathar and it is after the Lord’s blessings and his nod and green signal that the families of the bride and the bridegroom proceed with finalising the wedding formalities.

The 10feet tall Azhagari Nathar is seen in a grand standing posture with a conch & chakra, knife & kedayam, bow &arrow and a mace. Another interesting feature of the standing Lord is the long Poonal that stretches to his feet.

To the North of Azhagiri Nathar Sannidhi is the Venugopalan Sannidhi which is believed to pre-date the installation of the idol of Sundararaja perumal here at this temple.  Lord Venugopalan is seen in a standing posture with a stone veena playing the flute with both his hands. During the Vaikunta Ekadesi Utsavam, Lord Sundararajan visits this Sannidhi.

Sri Sailam- Kalyana Sthalam
This place was referred to in different points in time in history as Sri Sailapuram, Garudan Kaadu and Thaaksharanyam. In centuries gone by, this temple had Saptha Prakaram but the invasion of Tipu Sultan led to the destruction of six of the prakarams and currently there is only one prakara left.

Inscriptions and the temple’s history
There are several inscriptions on the walls of the Thaayar Sannidhi that date back to the Chera, Chola and Pandya period. One of the early inscriptions indicates that renovation was undertaken of the existing temple. Another inscription indicates that renovation of the temple was undertaken during the rule of the Nayaks. There are several stone carvings inside the temple and on the upper walls of the Maha Mandapa that is likely to date back to the Pandya period as seen from the fish carvings.

10feet tall Anjaneya
A 10feet tall Hanuman is seen near the Flag Post facing Sundararaja perumal.

Festivals
Festivals are celebrated in a grand manner all through the year. The entire Naalaayira Divya Prabhandham is recited 5times during the year including in Margazhi when it is recited twice.

9day Brahmotsavam in Vaikasi with processions on Sesha Vahana, Hamsa Vahana, Simha, Gaja and Horse Vahana. Silver Garuda Seva also forms part of the Brahmotsavam celebrations here

10day Sayana Utsavam - Oonjal Sevai in Aani
10day Janmashtami in Aavani

Pavitrotsavam, Rama Navami, Chaitrotsavam and Vasanthotsavam are also celebrated here at this temple.

Pancha Garuda Seva in Thai when Lakshmi Narayana of 2nd Agraharam, Chinna Tirupathi Perumal of Kannan Kuruchi, Prasanna Venkatesan of Sevvaipet and Bhava Narayanan of Sri Sailapuram join Sundararaja Perumal of this temple on a grand procession along with Andal and Peri Azhvaar.

There is a separate Sannidhi for Durgai at this temple.

Quick Facts
Moolavar: Azhagiri Nathar East Facing Standing Posture along with Sri and Bhoo devi
Thaayar   : Sundaravalli Thaayar
Utsavar   : Sundara Raja Perumal

Time      : 6am- 12noon and 5pm-830pm
Contact  : Sudarshana Bhattar @ 99428 14937 / EO M. Murugan

How to reach
 Temple is about 8kms from Salem Junction. Direct buses every 10mts from the station. Get down at the Collectorate and walk 5mts east behind SBI Main Branch to reach the temple

Auto from Salem Junction will cost between Rs.100 and Rs.150.

The temple is about 10mts walk from the Salem Old Bus Stand.

When here, also visit Ayodhyapattinam Rama Temple about 10kms from here - http://prtraveller.blogspot.in/2012/04/kothandarama-temple-ayodhyapattanam.html