Saturday, July 22, 2017

Anbil Mariamman Temple, Trichy

Anbil Mariamman Temple, Trichy
Anbil Mari Amman Temple is one of the three important temples of Anbil village. It is the most popular temple in terms of number of devotees visiting the site. In the entire India, there are seven temples of Mari Amman which are considered as the most important. This temple is one among them. The other most important Mari Amman Temples are located in Samayapuram, Narthana Malai, Veera Singa Pettai, Kannanur, Punnai Nallur and Tiruverkadu. This temple is approximately 700 years old. The temple is located at a walkable distance from the Sathyavageeswarar temple and the temple comes under the administration of Srirangam Ranganathar temple.  

Legends
According to legends from the Puranas, during a flood on the Kollidam River, the Goddess Amman took refuge under the neem tree near this temple, after which the temple was constructed. It is a common practice for devotees without children to visit this temple to pray for children.

History
It is not known who built this temple and when it was built. However, as per the local people's belief, the temple was built by a King called Muthalagan around 700 years ago. Before that, the idol was there under a neem tree without the temple structure. Although, the current structure of the temple may lead us to assume that the temple might be at least 300-400 years old, there is no historical record about the date of this temple.

The Temple
The east facing sanctum enshrines the five feet tall red colored stucco idol of Maha Mari Amman. She is found in the seated posture. She has eight arms. There is a possibility that Ashta Bhuja Durga might have been named as Mari Amman in this temple. The stone walls of the sanctum and the beautiful vimana make us to believe that the temple must be few hundred years old. A Shiv Linga idol is also found in the sanctum.

Near the sanctum, there are 6-7 tiny sub-shrines enshrining male Grama Devatas (village deities) are found. There is a statue of horse along with a man in uniform located facing the sanctum. Theertham of this Temple is River Kollidam. Sthala Vriksham is Neem Tree. The Amman is such a beauty and the temple is very well maintained.

There are seven most important Amman Temples. Those are Samayapuram, Narthan Malai, Veera Singa Pettai, Kannanur, Punnai Nallur, Thiruverkadu and Anbil. Out of the seven Amman Temples, Anbil Mariamman is considered to be the eldest of other Goddesses. Anbil Mariamman also has seven Children.  Amman doesn’t have children in other temples.  

Temple Opening Time
·        Morning 7:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
·        Evening 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Festivals
·        Special poojas are conducted during New Year day, Fridays of Tamil month Aadi & Thai, New moon days and Full moon days.
·        Vaikasi – Special poojas are conducted on 5th & 6th days of Vaikasi.
·        Aani – Maha Sandi Yaga.
·        Panguni – First Sunday of Panguni will have flower festival, Then 15 consecutive days there will be special poojas.  Second Sunday, devotees will carry a fire pot and worship the Goddess. Third Sunday, Goddess enters her house and next 10 days will be festival for her.
Prayers
Devotees believe that eye related diseases and chicken pox will be cured by praying to Mother. Every day around 12:00 Noon the priest at this temple provides a liquid made up of certain special medicinal herbs which cures the eye diseases.
Connectivity
Anbil is located at about 30 Kms from Trichy, 8 Kms from Lalgudi and 27 Kms from Samayapuram. Frequent bus facilities are available from Trichy Bus stand. One has to get down at Keelanbil bus stop to reach the temple. Nearest Railway Station is located at Lalgudi (9 Kms) and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy (35 Kms).

Selliyamman Temple, Perumathur, Perambalur

Selliyamman Temple, Perumathur, Perambalur
Selliyamman Temple is located at Perumathur Village in Veppur Taluk in Perambalur District of Tamilnadu. Amman Ther Thiruvila is the famous festival celebrated in this Temple. Perumathur is located at about 27 Kms from Perambalur, 6 Kms from Veppur, 30 Kms from Ariyalur and 83 Kms from Trichy. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ariyalur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.


Shirdi Madhuram Sai Baba Temple, Perambalur

Shirdi Madhuram Sai Baba Temple, Perambalur
Shirdi Madhuram Sai Baba Temple is a beautiful Sai temple located in Perambalur Town in National Highway in between Perambalur Collector office Road and Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College & Hospital. The Temple is located on the left side while going from Trichy to Chennai. Ground breaking ceremony happened on April 22 2008 and Maha Kumbabishekam happened in grand manner on 22 June 2014. Perambalur is located at about 33 Kms from Ariyalur and 60 Kms from Trichy. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ariyalur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.







Madanagopalan Temple, Perambalur

Madanagopalan Temple, Perambalur
Madanagopalan Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu located at Perambalur Town in Perambalur District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is unique for having Sannidhi for Pancha Pandavas. The Temple is dated to 9th Century and its legend dates back to the Mahabharata Period. The Temple is located 1 Km south of the old bus stand in Perambalur.

Legends
Vyakrama Rishi was cursed to turn to a Tiger (Puli) by an angry Agastya Rishi for having disobeyed his Guru’s orders. Pancha Pandavas came here during their year in incognito. It was then that the Bheema killed the Tiger with his mace to liberate the Vyakrama rishi from the curse. In memory of this episode, there is an idol of Vyakrama Rishi inside the sanctum and a separate sannidhi for the Pandavas, the only one of its kind in Tamilnadu. Since the rishi took the form of a huge Tiger (Puli) and was liberated here, the name of the place was ‘Perum Puliyur’ which in course of time became ‘Perambalur’. The Pandavas are believed to have performed Aaradhana here at Vyakramapuram.
The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Madanagopalan in Standing Posture and is East Facing. Mother is called as Maragadavalli Thayar. There are several Vahanas here at this temple and an ancient chariot (Chariot Festival on Panguni Uthiram). There is an idol of Vyakrama Rishi inside the sanctum. There is a separate sannidhi for the Pandavas, the only one of its kind in Tamilnadu.


Inscriptions

Rule of Pandyas:
On the pillars of Maha Mandapa, a 12th Century AD inscription relating to the rule of the Pandyas refers to the Thiru Mandapam as Veera Bayankaran Thiru Mandapam.
Celebration of Festivals:
A 1258 AD inscription on the South wall refers to the commencement of a festival and the grant of a grand umbrella for the Lord on the occasion of the birthday of Sundarapandyan Sadaiyavarman I. A 1268AD inscription on the North wall of the Artha Mandapa relating to Sundarapandyan Sadaiyavarman I indicates the renovation of a dilapidated land and providing 12 veli land to celebrate a grand festival on the occasion of his birthday on Bharani Star.  A year later, in 1269AD, an inscription on the North wall of the Maha Mandapa refers to the Pandya King providing a12 veli land on the occasion of the birthday of his sister.
Donation of a Land:
A 15th Century AD inscription on the North West wall refers to a donation of a land to the temple by chieftain of Thimmayappa Nayak. In the 16th Century AD, Krishnappa Nayak donated the Nochiyam village as grant to the temple as per an inscription on the South wall.
Temple Opening Time
The Temple will remain open from 6.30 am -12 noon and 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm.
Festivals
·        10 day Brahmotsavam in Panguni
·        Krishna Jayanthi
·        Vaikunta Ekadesi
·        Special Alankara on Puratasi Saturday
Contact
Madanagopalan Temple,
Perambalur District
Mobile: +91 97906 31103
Connectivity
The Temple is located 1 Km south of the old bus stand in Perambalur. Auto from Perambalur New Bus Stand will cost Rs. 40. Share autos are available for every 10 minutes between new and old bus stand. Perambalur is located at about 33 Kms from Ariyalur and 60 Kms from Trichy. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ariyalur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Pesum Perumal Temple, Paravai, Perambalur

Pesum Perumal Temple, Paravai, Perambalur
Pesum Perumal Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu located at Paravai Village in Perambalur District of Tamilnadu. Paravai is located at about 8 Kms from Kunnam, 22 Kms from Ariyalur, 26 Kms from Perambalur and 80 Kms from Trichy. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ariyalur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Panchanadeeswarar Temple, Kurumbalur, Perambalur

Panchanadeeswarar Temple, Kurumbalur, Perambalur
Panchanadeeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Kurumbalur Village in Perambalur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Panchanadeeswarar and Mother is called as Dharmasamvardhini.


Legends
King Veeratarajan who ruled here was a frequent visitor to the Tiruvaiyaru temple. When floods prevented him from going there Vyagiryadhar, a Siddhar, who is said to have lived as a leopard (Kurumpuli) here is said to have instructed King Veeratarajan to build this temple. Hence the name of the place is also Kurumpuliyur, later corrupted to Kurumbalur. Arjuna is believed to have performed pooja here.
History
The Temple was built in 10th century AD by Veeratarajan as per stone inscriptions found here.
The Temple
This is a large temple with a 5 tier Rajagopuram at the east. A large temple tank is seen a little distance to the east. Presiding Deity is called as Panchanadeeswarar and is facing east. Mother is called as Dharmasamvardhini and is facing south. Nrityaganapati, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodhbava, Brahma, Durga, Chandikeswara, Siddhi Vinayakar, Kasi Viswanathar, Visalakshi, Shanmuga Subramanian, Navagraha and 63 Nayanmars are the other deities can be seen in this Temple.
Connectivity
Kurumbalur is located at about 10 Kms west of Perambalur on the Thuraiyur road, 45 Kms from Ariyalur and 70 Kms from Trichy. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ariyalur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Mathura Kaliyamman Temple, Siruvachur – The Temple

Mathura Kaliyamman Temple, Siruvachur – The Temple
The temple is small with a main shrine and one prakara. A small tower and a pond outside the temple are found. The beautiful temple is situated at the village limits surrounded by mounts, lake, tanks and green fields blowing a gentle and a cool breeze.  This was renovated by Kulothunga Chola. Madura Kaliyamman is in the sitting posture with four hands. There are few village deities found in this small temple. The idol is about 4 feet tall facing northward. She has weapons and an Akshayapatra – a vessel always full of food – in her four hands. The mother is sitting with one leg bent and the other on the lion, the vehicle of Shakti. The absence of demon under the feet of Kaliyamman as usually found in Kali temples denotes that the deity is all merciful and not furious.



In front of the main sanctum is present the Samadhi of the evil sorcerer who had commanded over Chelli. The devotees stamp over the Samadhi in the rush during the pooja, as had been requested by him. Also, it is believed that all the priests at the temple are descendants of the sorcerer. It is believed that Kali keeps a close watch on them so that they do not; in anyway, inherit the evil mind of their forefather. And so remains Madhurakali, in the village of Siruvachur, granting solace and refuge to all her devotees who come to her in times of need, just like she had protected and solved the problem of Chelli eons ago.



Aiyanar is the guardian deity of this Temple. The temple is open to devotees only twice a week – Monday and Friday. It is believed that the main deity, Mathura Kaliyamman, stays with Chelliamman during the remaining days of the week. The temple has the Sri Chakra installed by His Holiness Swami Brahmmendra. The temple is open only on Mondays and Fridays, as was commanded by Kali. All the other days it is believed that Madhurakali Amman retreats into the Periyasami hills to spend time with Chelli. The temple teams with thousands of devotees on these two days. At every pooja, when the Aarathi is being offered, the priest first lifts the Aarathi upwards in the direction of Periyasami hills, offers prayers to Chelliamman and then only proceeds to worship Madhurakali.



As flour lamp lighting is the main form of prayer commitment in the temple. The devotees neither buy the flour outside nor bring it prepared from their homes. They bring only rice, soak it in the water and then pound it in the temple premises only. They add ghee and prepare the paste for making the lamp. These lamps are placed before the shrine of Shakti. The temple has special space for pounding the rice to make the flour. There are also people for hire to help devotees pounding the rice.



The Periyasami Malai mentioned earlier maybe a place to visit if you are inclined to walk. Keep in mind that only males are allowed to visit. The foot of the hill is about 4 kms from the temple. There are two temples in the hill. The first one has the deities of Selliyamman, Laada Saami, Periyasami, Periya Kanni Ayya and Kinaththadi Ayya all as clay idols.


The next temple is that of Aathadi Gurusaami, where the idols of 11 Siddhars are present. Also near the temple are Naaga Kanni, Sengamala Aiya, Ponnu Aiya, Saptha Kanni, Seeri Muthaiya, Ariganda Aiya and Sirappuliyaan. Like in most villages, these are all located under a large number of trees. The Kamba Perumal temple nearby is seen to be auspicious during Purattasi Saturday and attracts devotees who throng in large numbers. Monkeys in this place are a menace to the devotees.