Saturday, April 21, 2018

St. Paul of Thebes Church, Dharmanathapuram, Trichy

St. Paul of Thebes Church, Dharmanathapuram, Trichy
St. Paul of Thebes Church is a Roman Catholic shrine in the village of Dharmanathapuram in Lalgudi Taluk of Trichy District of Tamil Nadu. The old shrine was built during the end of 19 century. Its roof was made of tile, and it had a tower of about 30 ft height from ground level. Due to the building becoming weak and old it was demolished during 1983. The first stone was laid in 1983 for the construction of a new shrine.

After completion in 1987, the shrine was blessed and opened by Paul Arulsamy, the then Bishop of Kumbakonam. The church had completed 29 years without any alteration. So, that the people of Dharmanathapuram planned to alter the shine and rise the tower height from 19 to 37 ft from ground level. The work was started on 15 October 2015 and the work was completed and inaugurated by the then primary priest of Kumbakonam diocese.

The Church is located at about 8 Kms from Lalgudi, 8 Kms from Lalgudi Bus Station, 9 Kms from Lalgudi Railway Station, 9 Kms from Samayapuram, 23 Kms from Trichy and 28 Kms from Trichy Airport.

Sapthamadha Temple, Manakkal, Trichy

Sapthamadha Temple, Manakkal, Trichy
Sapthamadha Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Saptha Madhas (Brahmi, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Rudrani, Gaumari and Chamundi) located at Manakkal Village near Lalgudi Town in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. The temple is about 800 years old.


Legends
Chettiappar was a tantric from Kerala who never used his powers against any one. Trading, especially in turmeric was his main profession. He once came to Manakkal. He saw the Saptha Madhas bathing in a tank before him. They were Brahmi, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Rudrani, Gaumari and Chamundi. He offered them his turmeric stock which they did not need. Chettiappar was not sad that he could not sell his stock but was sad that it was not needed by such divine angels. He wanted to sell his turmeric even by threatening them. He began to take the ornaments they have left on the steps of the tank.

Goumari noticed it and called him. She offered to buy his turmeric. The trader asked for how much value, one coin or two coins. Goumari picked up a flower from her hair and asked him to give an equal weight. His turmeric could not stand before the weight of the flower. He placed all his stock – many bags – the flower side did not raise at all. He realized that the seven virgins were not simply ordinary humans but divines. He fell at their feet and sought their pardon. He built a temple there for the Saptha Madhas.
The Temple
Though Saptha Madha temples are generally facing north, this is facing east. Presiding Deity is Gowmari and Sapthamadhas. Saptha Madhas grace from the sanctum sanctorum. The prakara of the temple is home to shrines of Madurai Veeran, Chettiappar, Dwara Palakis, Karuppannan and Ayyanar. Elephant and Horse Vahans are also in the prakara. Madurai Veeran shrine is on the left of the main shrine. Chettiappar statue is in the right side of Maha Mandapam. On the entrance of the Maha Mandapam are Dwarapalakis (security deities) on both sides.


Horses and elephants are carved on the pillars. Ayyanar is on the elephant while Karuppannasami is on the horse. Devotees use to offer garlands to this horse vahana also to recover loans advanced by them to others. Sthala Vriksham is Naruvali Tree. Devotees use to circumambulate the tall and broad Naruvali tree in the prakara for child boon. The deities of the temple are the Kula Devatha of thousands of families in the area.


Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Festivals
Karagam festival following the Masi new moon day (Amavasya) is very famous in this temple. This is an art of dancing fast and round by men and women holding a pot on their head with such balance without holding them by hand. Thousands participate in the festival. Laksharchana (chanting the names of Shakti one lakh times) is dedicated to Mother during the 10 days of Navarathri. The Thayir Pavadai festival on the 10th day is very famous. The floor of Artha Mandapa would be covered with curd rice. After offering the same as Nivedhana to Goumari, it is distributed as Prasad to devotees.
Prayers
Women pray to Saptha Madhas for the longevity of their Mangal Sutras. Devotees pray to Karuppannasami for recovery of loans advanced and for happy wedding. Devotees perform abishek to Mother Goumari and offer vastras.
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 250 meters Manakkal Mandapam Bus Stop, 1 Km from Lalgudi Bus Station, 1.5 Kms form Lalgudi, 2 Kms from Lalgudi Railway Station, 7 Kms from Anbil, 24 Kms from Trichy and 29 Kms from Trichy Airport.

Saptharisheeswarar Temple, Thiruthalaiyur, Trichy

Saptharisheeswarar Temple, Thiruthalaiyur, Trichy
Saptharisheeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thiruthalaiyur in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Saptharisheeswarar and Mother is called as Kumkumavalli. This Temple is considered as one of the Thevara Vaippu sthalam as Shaivite Nayanmar Appar has made a passing reference to this Temple in one of his hymns.



This is the 157th Thevara Vaippu Sthalam. There is an old Tamil phrase say "தில்லையில் ஆயிரம் திருத்தலையூரில் ஆயிரத்தி ஐநூறு" which means there were 1500 Shaivite and Vaishnava families who were doing Seva to Lord Shiva but in Thillai (Chidambaram) there were only thousand but now Thiruthalaiyur has lost its grandeur.



The Temple is located at about 1 Km from Thiruthalaiyur, 6 Kms from Kannanur, 17 Kms from Musiri, 23 Kms from Kulithalai Railway Station, 15 Kms from Thuraiyur, 19 Kms from Thiruvellarai, 42 Kms from Trichy and 47 Kms from Trichy Airport.



Pachai Amman Temple, Pullambadi, Trichy

Pachai Amman Temple, Pullambadi, Trichy
Pachai Amman Temple is a Hindu Temple located at Pullambadi in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is located at about 1 Km from Pullambadi Bus Stand, 2 Kms from Pullambadi Railway Station, 10 Kms from Puvalur, 14 Kms from Lalgudi, 36 Kms from Trichy and 41 Kms from Trichy Airport.








Oothaai Amman Temple, Pullambadi, Trichy

Oothaai Amman Temple, Pullambadi, Trichy
Oothaai Amman Temple is a Hindu Temple located at Pullambadi in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is located at about 600 meters from Pullambadi Bus Stand, 2 Kms from Pullambadi Railway Station, 10 Kms from Puvalur, 14 Kms from Lalgudi, 36 Kms from Trichy and 41 Kms from Trichy Airport.




Chidambareswarar Temple, Pullambadi, Trichy

Chidambareswarar Temple, Pullambadi, Trichy
Chidambareswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Pullambadi in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Chidambareswarar and Mother is called as Sivakami Ammai. This Temple was built by Kulothunga Chola I.


History
This Temple was built by Kulothunga Chola I during 1080 A.D. The Temple is around 900 years Old. As per the inscriptions available in the temple, the village was called as Pullanbadi belongs to Kaanakkiliyuur Nadu during Kulothunga Chola period. The Temple was called as Madurantaka Eswaram as per the inscriptions. The Temple had its Kumbabhishekam on 11 November 2012.
The Temple
This east facing temple is having single prakaram with 5 tiered Rajagopuram. The Temple also have three tiered Rajagopuram on the south and north side. Nandhi and Dwaja Sthambam are located after the Rajagopuram entrance facing the sanctum. Mother is called as Sivakami Ammai. She is housed in a separate shrine and she is in standing posture. Her shrine is situated on the right side of the Maha Mandapam.
After Mahamandapam, Artha Mandapam can be seen with Dwarapalakas guarding the entrance. Sanctum is situated after the Arthamandapam. Presiding Deity is called as Chidambareswarar. Lord Shiva is a Swayambu Moorthy and is facing east. Narthana Ganapathy, Dakshina Moorthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma and Durga are the niche idols around the sanctum walls.
Idols of Suryan, Chandran, Kala Bhairava, Saneeswarar, Neeladevi, Jyeshta Devi, Durga, Appar, Sundarar, Thirunavukkarasar, Manicka Vasagar, Meiporul Nayanar, Siddhi Vinayagar, Valli-Devasena-Shanmuganathar, Gaja Lakshmi can be found in the Temple.
Urchavar Idols are housed on the left side of Maha Mandapam. There is Srichakkram with 12 Rashis depicted on the roof of Maha Mandapam. There are two Sthala Vrikshams in this Temple namely Vanni Tree and Vilva Tree. Sthala Vrikshams are located on the southern prakaram. Navagrahas are situated on north eastern side of the prakaram.
Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 07.00 AM to 10.30 AM and 05.00 Pm to 08.30 PM.
Festivals
Navarathri, Vijayadasami, all days in Margazhi, Aipasi Annabishekam, Monthly Pradoshams, Mondays in Karthigai Month, Thai Poosam, Kanda Sashti, Amavasya, Pournami, Ashtami, Thirukarthigai are the festivals celebrated here with much fanfare.
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 200 meters from Pullambadi Bus Stand, 1.5 Kms from Pullambadi Railway Station, 10 Kms from Puvalur, 14 Kms from Lalgudi, 36 Kms from Trichy and 41 Kms from Trichy Airport.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Brihadeeswarar Temple, Peruvalanallur, Trichy

Brihadeeswarar Temple, Peruvalanallur, Trichy
Brihadeeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Peruvalanallur in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is believed to be 1300 years old and was built by Pallavas during Parameswaravarman reign.

History
Parameswaravarman Pallava reign was marked by revived conflicts with the Chalukya, led by Vikramaditya I who had fought against his grandfather and was now allied with many rulers. In 674 CE the two armies met at Peruvalanallur near Tiruchirappalli and Parameswaravarman was victorious stupendously despite facing a huge coalition. The Sanskrit epigraphs released on this occasion say that the emperor completely annihilated the army.

The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Brihadeeswarar and Mother is called as Brihan Nayaki / Periya Nayaki. There are separate shrines for Vinayakar, Murugan, Dhakshinamoorthy, Durgai Amman, Sandikeswarar and Navagrahas in the Temple. Special feature of Navagrahas in this temple is that, all the Grahas are facing towards the Sun God in the centre of the shrine.

Connectivity
Peruvalanallur is situated between Puvalur and Pullambadi on Trichy – Chennai Highway. The Temple is located at about 3.5 Kms from Puvalur, 5 Kms from Kattur Railway Station, 8 Kms from Lalgudi, 10 Kms from Pullambadi, 30 Kms from Trichy and 35 Kms from Trichy Airport.