Thursday, September 4, 2014

Navaneetha Krishnan temple Arasalur

A calm, peaceful temple 2kms South of Thottiyam 
It is a beautiful long road south of Thottiyam off the Namakkal / Salem Highway with greenery on both sides of the 2km route to Arasalur. It is ancient and it’s calm and there is a sense of peace as one enters the place.

Just a km north of the Veda Narayana Perumal temple in Thiru Narayanapuram is the 400year old Navaneetha Krishnan temple in Arasalur where the handsome looking Navaneetha Krishnan is seen with a butter ball in his right hand and providing a friendly welcoming gesture with his left. His right leg is seen placed on Lotus petals. Navaneetha Krishnan is seen flanked by Rukmini and Satyabhama.

Namm Azhvaar, Ramanuja and Swami Desigan are all seen together in a Sannidhi next to each other.


It is heartening to note that the Bhattar quit his job at ICICI Bank to continue the selfless service at the temple.

The historical name of the temple was Ashwatha Raja Puram which in course of time became Arasalur. In centuries gone by, this was a place where Vedic chants were heard through the day.
The Aasuri clan form Karnataka stayed here on the way to Srirangam. It is believed that they built the temple that one sees in the current form and structure. Salt was sold in large quantities and the sale proceeds were used for the maintenance of the temple in centuries gone by.

Chandran and Suryan are seen on the upper wall of the sanctum offering their prayers to Lord Navaneetha Krishnan. Also, on the upper wall of maha mandapa are ancient carvings.

Prarthana Sthalam
This is a Prarthana Sthalam for the unmarried and the childless. Belief is also that one will be able to cross all hurdles and overcome any obstacles by performing an archanai here on the start birth day.


Festivals
Navarathri
Chitra Pournami
Margazhi 30day Utsavam
Panguni Uthiram- Kalyana Utsavam

Quick Facts
Moolavar: Srinivasa Perumal East Facing Standing Posture
Utsavar  : Navaneetha Krishnan with a butter in his left hand
Time     : 730am-8pm
Contact : Bhoo Varaha Bhattar @ 90037 55195

How to reach
From Trichy, one can take Salem bound express bus to get down at Thottiyam Police Station (50kms). Auto from here to the temple will cost Rs. 50.

By train, one can get down at Kulithalai ( Mangalore Express from Chennai Egmore) stops here at 6am. From Kulithalai, one can take a bus to Thottiyam via Musiri across the Cauvery bridge.

Devotees can refresh / have bath in the house opposite the temple.


When here, also visit Veda Narayana Perumal temple in Thiru Narayanapuram

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