Friday, May 17, 2013

Thondaradipodi describes Srirangam Lord's Posture

In this Thirumalai Verse, Thondaradipodi Azhvaar describes in detail the posture of Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam.
குடதிசை முடியை வைத்து
குண   திசை பாதம் நீட்டி

வடதிசை பின்பு காட்டி
தென்திசை இலங்கை நோக்கி

கடல் நிற கடவுள் எந்தை
அரவணை துயிலமா கண்டு

உடல் எனக்கு உருகுமாலோ
என் செய்கேன் உலகத்தீரே

He describes the Lord as one whose head is reclining in the West with his feet stretched towards the East.

With his back to the North, the handsome Lord of Srirangam is seen looking South in the direction of Lanka.

Thondarapodi says that the moment  he sets his sight on this beautiful reclining posture of Lord Ranganatha atop Adisesha, the Serpant King, he simply melts in joy and happiness. And the desire for all other wants of life goes away.

Monday, May 13, 2013

NamAzhvaar's Puliyur Tiruvoimozhi praise

Nam Azhvaar refers to Kerala's Puliyur Divya Desam as 'Kutta Naattu Thiru Puliyur' 
Maaya Koothan is always on the minds of the women of this Divya Desam

கரு மாணிக்க மலைமேல், மணித் தடம்
தாமரைக் காடுகள் போல்

திருமார்பு வாய் கண்  கை, உந்தி
கால் உடை ஆடைகள் செய்ய பிரான்

திருமால் எம்மான் செழு நீர் வயல்
குட்ட நாட்டு திரு புலியூர்

அரு மாயன் பேர் அன்றிப் பேச்சு இலள்
அன்னைமீர் இதற்க்கு என் செய்கேனோ - Tiruvoimozhi 8-9-1

Nam Azhvaar in this Tiruvoimozhi verse differentiates the Puliyur Divya Desam in Kerala from the one in the Chozha region ( near Kollumangudi) in Tamil Nadu  ( link below) by referring to this Divya Desam in Kerala as 'Kutta Naattu Thiru Puliyur'. He praises  the deity 'Maya Piraan' as one who stands resplendent like a pearl mountain with striking eyes, chest and beautiful lips. And  goes on to say that the ladies of the Divya Desam utter absolutely nothing but his Name.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ananthamangalam Rajagopalan temple

Only Trinethra Dasabhuja Anjaneya temple in Tamil Nadu
Anjaneya stayed here after defeating two Evil Asuras
Every No Moon day, the temple is open from Mid Night to 10pm  with special Thirumanjana and Abhishekam for Trinethra Anjaneya

Located just under 30kms South East of Sirkazhi on the Thirukadaiyur-Tharangambadi NH 45A is the Rajagopalaswamy temple in Ananthamangalam whose legend dates back to the Ramayana.
Ramayana Connection
After defeating Lankan king Ravana, Rama visited Baradwaja Rishi’s Ashram on his way back to Ayodhya on his Pushpaka Vimana. On hearing the troubles given by the two Asuras Bindhu and Rakshasha, he assigned Anjaneya to take care of them as he had to hurry back to Ayodhya as promised to his brother Bharata.

To give him protection from the evil blood sucking asuras, Anjaneya was handed a conch and chakra by Lord Vishnu. Indra handed him his Vajrayudha, Brahmma gave him his Kapaalam while Garuda gave him his two wings. Rama sent him for the battle handing him his Bow and Arrow. Wondering what he could give Anjaneya ahead of his battle, Lord Shiva presented him with his third eye.

Name of the place
After defeating the two asuras, a delighted Anjaneya on his way back to announce his victory to Lord Rama, stayed here for a while. As Anjaneya was seen in a happy mood after his win, this place came to be called ‘Aanantha’ mangalam. And he is seen here in a Trinethra Dasabhuja Posture, not seen in any other Vishnu temple in India. 

The 10hands of Anjaneya comprises of chakra and conch, bow and arrow, Trisoolam, Kapaalam, Angusam (Sakthi’s) and Butter and whip of Rajagopalan.

Here the utsava deity of Anjaneya assumes a little more significance than the moolavar deity unlike in other Vishnu temples.  Visiting the temple on No Moon Day is said to liberate devotees from Navagriha Dosham.

Vada maalai, Vathalai Maalai, Tulasi Maalai, Poo Maalai and Lemon Maalai poojas are performed for Trinethra Dasabhuja Anjaneya.

Vijayanagara Period Construction 

The temple in its current form is believed to have been built during the rule of Vijayanagara Period with the deities similar to the ones South West of this temple at Mannargudi.

Chitrai Day 1 Utsavam
Akshaya Tritiya
Krishna Jayanthi
Hanuman Jayanthi

Every No Moon day, the temple is open from Mid Night to 10pm with special Thirumanjana and Abhishekam for Trinethra Anjaneya.

Every month on the Rohini star, there are special poojas for Moolavar Vasudeva Perumal
While on the Moolam star, there are special poojas for Anjaneya.

Quick Facts
Moolavar : Vasudeva Perumal East Facing Standing Posture
Thaayar   : Shengamala Valli Thaayar
Utsavar    : Rajagopalan with Rukmini and Satyabhama
Time         : 8am-1pm and 4pm-8pm
Contact    : Madhavan Bhattar @  94438 85033

On Saturdays the temple is open between 530am and 1pm and between 330pm and 930pm.

How to reach
From Sirkazhi, take Karuvi- Thiru Kadaiyur- Tharagambadi route ( Sirkazhi-Karaikal-Nagai route)
From Mayiladuthurai, take Aakkur Junction-Thiru Kadaiyur- Tharagambadi route
Bus No. 27

From Mayiladuthurai, taxi to Ananthamangalam and back will cost Rs. 500.