Temples in and Around Trichy

February 11, 2018 | Author: manojkumarcse042 | Category: Shiva, Polytheism, Hindu Gods, Hindu Literature, Deities
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c     c   Note: A collection of geographical maps of temple is available  . Unlike the static map, these maps can be zoomed to the street level. This works best with the     . c     c  J    One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns   Near the Chattram bus stand (also called Main Guard Gate); visible from around 10 kms all around.    The Rockfort temple, known as Dakshina kailasam, is situated on the banks of the river Cauvery with a height of 273 feet and 417 steps to climb. The name of the place came from Thirisiran, a King who ruled this place. At the foot of the Rockfort is the beautiful temple tank (Theppakkulam) with a pavilion which is used during the float festival of the temples. From the hilltop, the view of the town with cauvery and Kollidam rivers, the road and rail bridges across the rivers and the temple towers of Srirangam and Thiruvanaikaval, is breathtaking. During the 23rd, 24th and 25th of Panguni tamil month, the sun rays fall on the God in the evening.     Cauveri, Shiva gangai and Brahma theertham.  J   Vilvam. The temple complex is a conglomeration of three temples. 1) Manikka Vinayagar temple ± This temple is at the foot of the hill 2) Thayumanavar Temple ± This temple is at half way to the hill top.  * The top of the Kailasam was disturbed by Vayu (air) and thrown in three places and this is considered one among them and that is why this is called Dakshina kailasam. The other two places are Kalahasthi and Tirikonamalai (Srilanka). * Lord Shiva took care of a pregnant girl called Rathnavathi during the delivery time in the form of the girl¶s mother and so He is known as Thayumanavar. * Agasthya, Arjuna, Hanuman, Rathnavathi, Rama, Saptha Kanniar, Saptha Rishi and Sarama muni had worshipped Shiva of this place. * Sarama muni worshipped Shiva with chevandi flowers brought from Naga lokha and hence the Lord is called as Chevandhi nadhar also. He is also called Mathruboodheswarar.    Before entering the Shiva temple, there is a big hall with 100 pillars, full of beautiful paintings and carvings. We can see a chain hanging in the roof made of single stone. The roof of the hall is also fully painted. One of the 64 Shiva moorthams known as Gangala moortham is seen here. Below the Siva temple are two Pallava cave temples that have beautiful sculptures of the 6th and 7th centuries. Navukkuarasar and Sambandhar had sung hymns on Shiva of this place. The vimanam is covered with gold. The Goddess is known as Mattuvar Kuzhali or Sugandha Kundalambikai and has a separate shrine.

3) Ucchi pilliayar (Vinayagar) Temple ± At the hilltop  Veebishana was taking the idol of Lord Ranganadhar to Srilanka to install there. He was not to keep the idol down; if so, he would not be able to lift it up again. On his way he gave the idol to Lord Ganesha to hold it for some time to finish his evening rituals. Ganesha agreed but after a while he placed the idol down and went to the hill top. When Veebishana returned he saw the idol down and was not able to lift it up. He returned back to his place empty handed and in turn, Ranganadhar agreed to face South towards the direction of Srilanka.     Nandhi Koil Street is near Theppakulam/ Rockfort Sri Naganadhaswamy temple M   Swayambu linga known as Naganadhaswamy with Anandhavalli ambikai in different sanctums.  Some sages, due to ego, thought they can live on their own without the blessings of God. To awaken them Shiva fought with them and they diverted snakes against Shiva. In turn, Shiva wore the snakes as ornaments and hence the name Naganadhar. Saramamuni worshipped Shiva of this place with sevandhi flowers and hence the name Sevandhi nadhar.   The temple is below the ground level. Shiva is facing East and Goddess is facing South. Navagraha shrine is different here as we can see only Sun God with wives and the rest singly.The other deities we can see are Ganesha, Subramanya swamy, Dandayudhapani, Somaskandhar and Bairavar. J   Vilvam.    Shiva theertham. Krishna temple It is a small temple for Krishna with a separate sanctum for Anjaneya. Nandhi This huge Nandhi belongs to the Rockfort Thayumanavar temple. Once upon a time the whole place was belonging to the temple. Now houses have come up in between and Nandhi is separated from the main temple.          The Nandrudayan temple in Devadhanam in the East Boulevard Road boasts Aadhi Vinayaga as granite idol depicting                . The four- feet tall Aadhi Vinayakar is installed in a separate shrine close to the sanctum sanctorum in the Nandrudayan Vinayakar Temple and the divine grace of the brilliantly sculptured granite idol is indeed captivating.


Velikanda Nathar at Palakarai, Boologanathar at East Boulevard road, Naganathar at nandhi Koil Street, another temple (name not known) at West Boulevard road, Kailasanathar at Big bazaar street are the Shiva temples for 5 elements of nature (Land, Water, Fire, Air, and Space) inside Trichy.     Near Trichy junction/ court. J    This Ayyappan temple is very cleanly maintained with full of green plants and good pathway all around. Also there are many stone slabs erected with inscribed quotes on mother by great persons. Another special thing is that there are many small stones collected from holy rivers and holy places all over the world placed on many small platforms along with the respective names of the rivers and places. Everyday pooja is being conducted to these stones as well. It is said that having dharshan of this collection of holy stones in one place will definitely remove hurdles in one¶s life and make them prosper. Apart from the main deity Ayyappan, the other deities in the premises are Kannimoola Ganapathy, Sakthi ± Vinayahar, Bagavathi amman and Navagraha. There is a letter box to God and the letters to the divine will be presented before Ayyappan on uthra star day of every month with prayers. J          !   Near Trichy Junction     This is a very popular temple and Anjaneyar is carved out on a small stone which was to the road side initially. When they wanted to lay railway line, the stone was interrupting so they decided to place it in another place nearby. After the railway line was laid and started functioning there were lots of train accidents in the same place from where they removed Anjaneya. So they decided to divert the railway line to side and restored Anjaneya to His original place and constructed this temple. J    J "     c    3 kms from Trichy towards Srirangam in between Kollidam and Cauvery rivers; connected by town buses every 2-3 minutes. J    * One of sacred 275 temples glorified by the Thevara hymns * One of the Pancha bootha sthalams representing Water * One of the most revered temples to Shiva * Sakthi peetam * A magnificent temple occupying a whopping 18 acre area. M   J  linga known as Jambukeswarar facing West and Amman Akilandeswari facing East. 

* Two sivakanams Pushpathanthan and Maliavaan were born under the influence of a curse as an elephant and a spider. There had been a forest of Jambu (naaval) trees near the Chandratheertha tank (filled with the water of the Cauvery) here and Shiva is said to have appeared under one of the trees as a Swayambu lingam. The elephant worshipped this linga daily with flowers and water brought in its trunk (hence the name Thiru Aanaikka). The spider spun a web around the linga in order to shield it from the tree wastes and keep it clean. The next day, elephant saw the web and since it was from the saliva of the spider, it removed the web to protect the sanctity of the linga. This practice of the spider spinning a web and the elephant removing it continued for several days. One day, the spider found out that it was the elephant that was removing its web, went inside the trunk of the elephant and bit it. The elephant hit its trunk on the floor and in the process both died. Since Pushpathanthan, born as elephant, did the Shiva worship got his curse cleared and returned back as Sivakanam but the Spider¶s wish of building a temple around the linga was not fulfilled and it was born as King Kochengan. So when he built the temple, he built it in such a way that elephants can not enter the temple. The ground level goes down and down at every praharam so that an elephant with all its weight can not enter the temple. Kochenkan built 70 Maadakkovils and all the temples will be at an elevated height or at a depth. * Worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu, Ramar, Thigbalahar, Sage Sambu, Parasaran etc., * It is said that Ranganadhar stayed at Srirangam only to worship Jambugeswarar of this temple. Accordingly, Ranganadhar come and stay here one day in an year and return with special alankaram.   * This is first of the 70 Maadakkovils built by Kochenkan Cholan * There are five stages of huge prahara walls and seven gopurams in an area of 18 acres. It is said that while constructing the temple walls, Shiva came as a Siddhar and gave away holy ash as the wages for the workers which turned into gold proportionate to their wages. This particular 4th prahara wall is called µThiruneetru Madhil¶ and it is a whopping 8000 feet long (2436 x 1493 feet), 35 feet high and 6 feet thick. The east facing Rajagopuram is 13 tiered and the west facing rajagopuram is 7 tiered. * There are two praharams for Amman shrine * There are 9 theerthams in the temple and there is a window grill with 9 holes in front of the main deity Shiva. We have to worship the Lord only through these 9 holes which is considered equivalent to a dip in all the 9 theerthams. * One of the five elements of nature, ³water´ is represented by an undying natural spring down the Shiva lingam in the sanctum, seen even today and hence the name Jalakandeeswarar. * Sambandhar, Navukkaarasar and Sundarar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. Arunagirinadhar sang Thiruppugazh on Subramanya of this place. * Ambal worshipped Shiva here and so even now Archakas worship Shiva wearing saree during the noon pooja. * Cow worship and annabhishehams are taking place daily * The earring of goddess is known as Thadangam. Sankaracharya controlled her anger and contained it in the earrings as Chakras. One is Shiva Chakra and the other is Srichakra. * There are many sub temples in various praharams within the temple    There are totally 9 Theerthams ± Cauvery, Brahma, Indra, Chandra, Rama, Agni, Agsthya, kollidam and Surya. J   Jambu (white naaval) tree.

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J #  c  J  #   Around 5 kms from Trichy main guard gate bus stand; connected by town buses every 2-3 minutes M   Ranganadha Perumal in lying posture with Sriranga Nachiar.   Namperumal.    Chandra Pushkarani, Cauvery and Kollidam. J   Punnai    Pranavaakriti J    * One of 108 Divya Desams and the first of them * The place is considered as Booloha Vaikuntam * Most revered shrine of Lord Vishnu in South India; in the vaishnav parlance, the term ³Koyil´ signifies this temple only * Possibly, the largest temple complex in India - 156 acres in extent - enclosed by seven huge concentric prahara walls - the outer most wall has a perimeter of over 3 kms - the total length of all the seven walls is around 9 kms - has 21 gopurams, the largest gopuram in the first wall on the southern side is 13 tiered, measuring 73 m and was completed as recently as 1987. - 48 sanctums to various Gods. * All the Azhwars except the Madhurakavi Azhwar had sung on this Ranganadhar. * Andal nachiar had sung on Ranganadhar only * Festivals take place all through the year. * The physical body of Ramanuja who lived for nearly 120 years is still being preserved in a sitting posture in a shrine dedicated to him  This has the same legend history as the Uchi Pillaiyar temple of the Rockfort as below: Vibhishana was taking the Ranganadhar idol to Srilanka and when he got down on the Cauvery banks to perform his mid-day prayers, he gave it to the small boy Ganesha with the instruction not to keep it down (if so, it could not be taken back). But Ganesha, very promptly, kept the idol down. When Vibhishana came back and tried to take it back, he could not. He chased Ganesha who ran to the top of the hill (Uchipiilaiyar temple at Rockfort). Vibhishana was sad but the Lord appeared before him and consoled him saying that He had already made a decision to stay at this place and will be lying facing Lanka and bless him. It is said that even today, Vibhishana worships the Lord at midnight.   The town and the temple are set on a 250-hectare island between Cauvery and Kollidam rivers connected to the mainland by a bridge. This 13th century temple is very well preserved with excellent carvings. Ranganadhar idol is 15 feet long in a reclining posture on Adhisesha. The

roof of the sanctum is covered with gold plating. Ramanujar stayed here and spread the Vaishnav philosophy. He also completely overhauled the administrative system and saw to it that great care was exercised in the administration of temple affairs. There¶s also a small museum containing sculptures. Srirangam is listed as one of the Nava Graha Sthalas, temples representing the planets. The kshetram is known as Swayam vyaktha kshetram (appeared on its own). The official website of the temple is 

!#J#   J  #   Near Srirangam railway station M   Lakshmi Narashima Swamy in santha swaroopam  

Woriyur is within Trichy located centrally between Main guard gate bus stand and the main bus stand, about 2 kms from both. It is well connected by Town buses and there are buses every 3-4 minutes. Woriyur was the ancient capital of the early Cholas and the ancient city is believed to have been destroyed by a sand storm. Pugazh Chola Nayanar and Gochenkan Cholan were born here, as was Tiruppaanaazhwar. $ c  M   Vekkaliamman J    A very popular and powerful amman temple  Once a Queen wanted flowers from the garden of Thayumanavar temple and the King arranged for it. Shiva got angry just saw towards the direction of Woriyur. The whole village got covered with mud (sand storm) due to the anger of Shiva. Vekkaliamman, the protector Goddess of that place was worried and prayed to Shiva to calm down. She protected the people from further anger of Shiva and thereafter stayed there taking care of the people who come to Her. There is no roof for the sanctum sanctorum. Many times they attempted to roof it but they could not succeed. c  !  c  %&&    Thirukkozhi/ Nachiar Koil; the place here (within Woriyur) is called Nachiar Koil based on this temple J    * One of 108 Divya desams; 2nd Divya desam after Srirangam * Kamalavalli Thayar in bridal form; * Birth place of Thiruppanazhwar, the author of Amalanadipiran (the celebrated paasuram describing the glory of the image of Ranganadhar, at Srirangam). M   The presiding deity here is Kamalavalli Nachiar in sitting posture with her consort Azagiya Manavala perumal standing behind her facing north  1) King Nanda cholan found a female child floating on a lotus flower. He took the child, named

her Kamalavalli ± the one that came out of lotus, and took care of her. Lord Ranganadhar, wanting to marry the princess, appeared in the dream of the King and asked his daughter to be married to Him. The King was delighted on Lord Ranganadhar going to become his son-in-law and arranged for the marriage. Kamalavalli Thayar, dressed as the bride, vanished as she entered the sanctum of Lord Ranganadhar. To commemorate the marriage, the King built this temple at Woriyur facing North towards Srirangam. 2) A valiant rooster, believed to have warded off an elephant with it¶s beak, here at Woraiyur; the name Thirukkozhi (Mookkeeswaram) stems from this legend.   The temple was in existence even before 7th century. There is no Utsava vigraha in this temple and the Utsava vigraha of Srirangam Ranganadha temple is being brought here during the Kalyana Utsavam. Upon entering the temple, one encounters a large mandapam with pillars ornamented with exquisite sculptures. Thiruppanazwar is present here in a separate sanctum. The inner walls of the shrine of Nammazhvar has brilliant wall paintings of more than 200 years old, repainted 60 years back, depicting the Matsa and Narashimha avatars, Acharyas, Alwars, Vaishnavite mythology, the law of justice and dharma as enunciated by ambarisha etc    Kalyana theertham and Surya theertham. c '   c  c  J    One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns M   Pancha Varneswarar and Kanthimathi ammai  * Shiva is said to have manifested himself in five different shades of color to Utanga Munivar (Ratna Lingam in the morning, Spatika Lingam at noon, Gold Lingam in the afternoon, Diamond Lingam at night and Chitra Lingam later at midnight) and so He is known as Pancha Varneswarar. * Brahma also had the same dharshan of Shiva. * Woraiyur is also known as Kozhimanagaram as legend holds that a fowl blessed with divine powers defeated an elephant in a duel. Once, the Chola King Veera vathithan went on his horse in search of a good place for constructing a Shiva temple. All of a sudden the elephant started behaving weird and every one was frightened. King was unable to control and he cried loud for help from Shiva. At this time a cock flew down, hit the elephant and took control of it. Soon after this the cock disappeared near a vilva tree. King was surprised and asked his men to dig and see near the tree. They found a Shiva linga and the king constructed this temple in the same place. The linga is known as Panchalingeswarar. * A Chola king by name Soora Vathitha saw the five daughters of Nagarajan worshipping a Shivalingam each, on the banks of the Nagatheertham. He married the youngest of these princesses and requested his father in law for the Shivalingam that was held in worship by Nagarajan. Nagarajan handed over a half of the Shivalingam to his daughter, who in turn handed it along with the five Shivalingams worshipped by the siblings; all of these merged into one under a Vilva tree, under which, this temple originated. * Garuda, the wife and son of Sage Kasipari namely Kathru and Karkotakan worshipped here. * Kochenkan Cholan the builder of 78 Maadakkovils is said to have born here. J   Vilvam    Shiva theertham or Panchavarna Theertham J Sambandhar

   The Shivalingam here is very small in size. The temple is replete with sculptural work depicting legends associated with the temple. For instance there are wondrous pieces of sculpture on some of the temple pillars that appear as four women from one angle and as a horse from another angle. The temple has the significance that the kings of all the three regions ± Chera, Chola and Pandya ± worshipped here. c        Woriyur M   Thaanthondrieswarar and Kumkumavalli amman c  %  %  $

(  c )c   *c  c    3 kms from Trichy J    One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns beautifully located on a hillock M   Ujjeevana nadhar with Anjanakshi ammai and Balambikai  Markandeya had the life of only 16 years and so he worshipped Shiva at various places. When he came here, he was completing his 16th year and so Yama came to end his life. Goddess requested Shiva to bless Markandeya as µChiranjeevi¶ and Shiva did so.          J       ! Naradhar, Sage Upamanyu, Karan, the army chief of Ravana had worshipped here   The temple, resembling a small fort, was built by Nandhivarma Pallavan 1200 years ago on a 50 feet high hillock with about 100 steps to climb. There are three entrances ± two facing South and the other facing East. The main deity is facing West and there are two shrines for the Goddesses here. It is said that when we sit and pray here on our problems for half hour/ 45 minutes, we will get a clear solution and are bound to come back to the place. Navakkuarasar, Sambandhar and Sundarar sang Thevara hymns on Shiva of this place; Arunagiri nadhar sang Thiruppugazh. In the 18th century, this was the fort and place of residence for British, French and Mysore army. J   Vilvam    Kudamuruti and Gyanavavi ' #    $

  5 kms from Uyyakondan malai; 8 kms from Trichy. M   Adhinadhar as Swayambu lingam with Adhinayaki amman. J    Murugar blessed Arunagirinadhar at Thiruvannamalai and asked him to come to Vayalur. Arunagirinadhar came here and acquired Gyana. With the blessings of Subramanya, Thirupugazh was started by Arunagiri nadhar in this place and the first line ³muthai thiru´ was hinted by Subramanaya swamy which was to be continued by Arunagirinadhar. He sang 18 Thiruppugazh verses on this Murugan. Subramanya swamy is worshipping his parents in this place. Vinayaka of this place, known as poia vinayakar blessed Arunagirinadhar.

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#   c  + #    In the Trichy-Kumara Vayalur route, 2 km from Somarasampettai   This is connected with Kumara Vayalur Murugan temple and is a monument of Sundara Chola and Adithya II periods. Balasubramaniar is present with single face and four hands along with Devayani in standing posture. All the idols have been discovered from various places inside the temple. c  %c


J    One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns; a protected monument under the control of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI)   11 kms from Trichy and is known as Brahma puram, Kumara puram and Lakshimi puram. M   Erumbeeswrar/ Madhuvaneswarar with Soundranayaki/ Narun kuzhal nayagi amman.  Brahma, Indra and all devas took the form of ant (Erumbu in Tamil) to hide from demons and worshipped Shiva in this place. Hence He is known as Erumbeeswarar and the name of the place is Thiru Erumbur.   This early chola temple is on a small hillock of 120 feet high with 115 steps to reach the top. The Shiva lingam is slanting to one side as though He is giving ear to the worship of bakthas. The surface of the linga is coarse so as it is easy for the ants to move around. The linga is covered with mud and there is no abhishekam here. We can see the marks of ants creeping on the lingam. Soundarya nayaki amman is in a separate sanctum outside the main one. Navukkuarasar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. The other deities are Sankara Narayanar, Dakshinamoorthy and Balavinayakar. Surya is seen with his wife here. The sculptures, a dilapidated mandapam, well maintained gardens by BHEL, temple tank and the temple car are all some of the interesting items to the visitor. J  : Vilvam.    Brahma theertham and Paduma theertham. J    c  c  #   In the Trichy-Tanjore route, 5 kms north of Thuvakkudi junction near Thiruverumbur. J    One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns M   Nedungalanadhar/ Anithya Sunderaswarar as Swayambu lingam with Mangala nayaki/ Oppila nayaki.  Paraskathi meditated in this place and Shiva came in the form of a thief. Parvathi was frightened and hid herself in a garden of Thazhai plants at a place called Olimadhi cholai. Later Shiva took Parvathi to Kailash. Sage Agasthiar worshipped here   There are two vimanams for the main deity here. This temple is of great antiquity and is

included in the kshertavenba of the tamil saint, the Ayyadigal kadavarkon, who should be ascribed to the days before Appar and Sambandar. A rare Yoga Dakshinamoorthy is present here. Sun rays fall on the God throughout the tamil month of Adi. Varahi is worshipped especially by the devotees of coimbatore region with specific vows. Sambandhar, Sundarar and Navukkuarasar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. Arunagiri Nadhar sang Thirupugazh on Murugar. J   Vilvam    Agasthya theertham, Sundara theertham.    c  ,   This dilapidated temple is located amidst lush green paddy fields and sylvan surrounding on the northern banks of the Uyyakondan channel in a sleepy hamlet called Cholamadevi near Thiruverumbur, 12 km from Trichy. It dates back to the 11th century (1065 A.D) and is a treasure house of historic information. c  %-#  Thiruthavathuri, now called Lalgudi, is situated on the banks of river Coleroon (also known as north cauvery), about 20 kms form Trichy. J    c  -# )c  * J   The seven rishis ± Atri, Brihu, Pulsithar, Vasishtar, Gauthamar, Angeerasar and Marichi ± prayed to the presiding deity Saptharisheeswarar to ward off the bad period they were passing through due to the curse by Lord Murugar. M   Saptharisheeswarar as Swayambu lingam facing West with Perunthirattiar  * Lord Vishnu got his Chakrayudha after worshipped Shiva here * Worshipped by Vishnu, Lakshmi, Murugar, Bairavi and Sage Parasar * Malava king got his leprosy disease cured here Temple: Parantaka kings have done a lot of work on this temple. As per Sekkizhar¶s Periya puranam, Sambandhar had sung Thevaram on this Shiva but the Thevara verses have not been found so far Theertham: Sivagangai, Chakra theertham Sthala Vruksham: Peeple J#      %c      8 kms from Lalgudi, on the northern banks of Coleroon (Kollidam); Anbil is just name of the place but temple is known as Alandhurai. J    One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns M   Sathyavageeswarar and Soundranayaki amman in different sanctums.  Vinayakar of this place is known as Sevisaiytha Vinayakar. The temple is on the northern bank of Kollidam and when Sambandhar sang hymns on Shiva from the southern bank, He was giving his ear to the music. Brahma and Sage Vageesar worshipped Shiva of this place.

  Other deities in the temple are Bitchandar, Saptha kanniar, Kasi Viswanathar, Visalakshi, Bairavar, Subramanyar with Valli and Devayana. Sambandhar and Navakkuarasar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. J  : Banyan tree.    Chandra theertham. c $ !#c  c %&    8 kms from Lalgudi; while going from Trichy, you have to cross Kallanai (Lower anaicut) to reach Thiru Anbil. J    One of 108 Divya Desams M   Thiru Vadivazhagiya Nambi in lying posture with Thayar Azagiyavalli Nachiar in separate sanctums  Manduka muni was meditating under the water, did not realise the presence of Durvasa muni and was cursed to take the form of a toad. When Manduka muni realised his mistake and asked Durvasa for relief, he was advised to come to this place and worship. Brahma and Valmiki worshipped Lord Vishnu here.   The temple complex covers an area of about one acre and has a Rajagopuram, built by the Chola kings. There are inscriptions that the Chola chief used to worship at this temple by placing his sword in front at the sanctum prior to his venturing out in battles. Here Perumal is in lying posture and the two Ubayanachimargal are holding his feet in such a way that we cannot have the dharshan of his holy feet.    Mandooka pushkarani and Kollidam.  & # This temple for Astabuja Durgai known as Mariamman is in Anbil.    c  # %&    Koyiladi near Lalgudi, 10 km from Lalgudi; 23 km from Thiruvaiyaru J    One of the 108 Divya desams M   Appakkudattaan/ Appala Ranganathar with Thaayaar Indhra Devi and Kamala Devi    Indhra Theertham, Kollidam "  Periyazhvar, Tirumangai Azhwar, Tirumazhisai Azhwar, Nammazhvar    Indhra Vimanam  A Pandya King, Uparisaravasar (Upamanyu Muni), while hunting a rogue elephant killed a Brahmin performing tapas, by mistake. Repenting for his act, he renounced his throne and wandered around, finally reaching this place. One day, Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and asked him to worship Lord Vishnu at this place to get rid of his Brahmaharthi dhosham. There upon, the king built a temple for Lord Vishnu and each day after worship, offered food together with appam and payasam to the Brahmins who came to his house. One day Vishnu appeared in the form of an aged guest and pleaded with the King to feed him. His supply of cooked rice exhausted for the day, the distraught King sought a way out and fed the elderly guest with the appams. At that time, Markandeya rishi was directed by Shiva to this place to seek

refuge in Lord Vishnu for longevity of life. Markandeya came here and saw the old Brahmin lying on the couch holding an appa kudam in one hand. Markandeya bowed to him 100 times and Lord Vishnu regaining His original form, lifted his hand from the appa kudam and blessed Markandeya with longevity. He also blessed the King and absolved of his curse.    This is one of the Pancha Ranga Kshetrams along with Srirangapatnam in Karnataka, Srirangam, Kumbakonam and Mayiladuthurai along the course of river Cauvery. This temple is on a hillock by name Indragiri. With 2 prakarams, it covers an area of about 2.5 acres and has a Rajagopuram of great workmanship. In the West facing sanctum, we see Vishnu in a reclining posture, blessing Upamanya Muni, holding a pot containing appams and hence the name Appakkudattaan. Appam is prepared as a daily offering to the deity here. There is a separate shrine for Kamalavalli Thaayar in an east facing sanctum. There are also shrines for Ganesha, Nammazhwar, Ramanujar, Lakshmi Narayanar and Venugopalan. Inscriptions from the Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagara periods are seen here. It is believed that Nammazhwar recited the last of his paasurams here before departing the mortal world. Six worship services are offered each day. Tirumazhisai Alwar refers to seven shrines featuring Vishnu in a reclining position ± Tirukkudandai, Tiruvegkaa, Tiruvallur, Tiruvarangam, Tiruppernagar, Anbil and Tirupparkadal ± in a paasuram.    c  c   %c      5 kms from Lalgudi J    One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns M   Ambravaneswarar/ Mrugandeeswarar as Swayambu lingam facing East with Azhagammai/ Balambikai facing South  Surya, Chandra, Indhra and Mrugandu muni worshipped Shiva of this place.  Other deities present are Brahma, Vishnu, and Durgai as Koshta Gods; Subramanya Swamy with family and Dandaudhapani in separate small sanctums. Arunagiri nadhar sang Thirupugazh on Murugar here. Sambandhar sang hymns on Shiva in this place. J   Mango tree    Gayatri river c    c    c  )+ *   Located at 12 kms North East of Trichy en route Lalgudi between the rivers of Kollidam J    One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns M   Thirumoolanadhar as Swayambu lingam facing East with Nithya kalyani ammai facing South  Nithya kalyani ammai, Markendeyar, and Surya worshipped Siva in this place. Once Markendeya did not have milk to worship God and was worried. At that time Shiva blessed him and milk started pouring which is the reason for the name Palaithurai. Sun God also worshipped Shiva here.   Nithya Kalyani Ammai is seen with four hands ± Abaya, Varatha, Thamarai and Neelorpavam. Sambandhar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. Other shrines are Vinayahar, Murugan, Mahalakshmi, Bairavar, Venugopalan, Veena

Dakshinamoorthy, Ardhanareeswarar, Durga, Nalvar, Kailasanadhar J   Vilvam.    Kollidam. J     c #   Thirumangalam is 2 kms north of Lalgudi and can be reached by turning left at the 15th km from Trichy en route Ariyalur. From the main road, the village is 4 kms. M   Samavedeeswarar and Sri Lokhanayaki amman J    More than 2000 years old. The place is considered in equal sacredness to Kasi and Gaya.  * Parasuramar, one of the ten avatars of Mahavishnu, worshipped Shiva in this place to get rid of his Mathruhathi dosha, the dosha he got because of killing his mother. The place is also known as Parasurama Kshetram. * Goddess Lakshmi (Thirumagal) worshipped Shiva here and so this place got the name Thirumangalam * Chandikeswarar worshiped Shiva here to get rid of Pithruhathi dosha and attained moksha. * Ravikuruva rishi was a little sad since there was no river near by and Shiva made a river to flow here which is called as Gaya palguni.   Dakashina moorthy is here with abhaya mudra. Subramanya swamy is known as Kalyana Subramanyar. As a unique thing, we can see Valli on peacock with Subramanya and Devayanai standing beside her. Arumuga peruman is seen with six faces and four hands as a Chatru samhara moorthy. This is the birth as well as the mukthi place of Anaya nayanar, one of the 63 Nayanmars. One Linga moortham that gave mukthi to nayanar is said to be growing. We see Anaya nayanar in separate sanctum. Anaya nayanar was good at flute and once when he was reciting flute and meditating, Shiva was very pleased with the music and gave mukthi to him at the same place. Durga here is Vishnu Durgai on Simha vahana. This ancient temple dates back to the period of Rajaraja.    Parasurama theertham. J   Jack fruit tree. c    J  + 

  20 kms from Trichy; 3 kms north of Lalgudi in the Trichy-Ariyalur road M   Swayambu linga known as Thirumoola nadhar/ Gnanapureeswarar with Kumkuma sundari  * Rathi devi got back Manmadhan by worshipping Shiva here. Manmadhan threw flower arrow on Lord Shiva in this place. So the place is called Poovalur. It is also known as Manmadha puram. * Sapdha rishis worshipped Shiva here and got the knowledge and so Shiva is also called Gnanapureeswarar. * Muni wanted to do ceremony for his ancestors. There was no river here so he wanted to do it in

Gaya. He worshipped Shiva and He made Ganges to flow here by throwing His silambu. So this place is considered in equal sacredness to Gaya. * Brahma, Indran, Manamathan, Agnidevan and Chandrasudan worshipped this God   The main temple measures 130 feet width and 170 feet length facing east and there are four prakara. There is a sub-shrine for Vinayakar. This temple was sung by Saint Arunagirinathar. Subramanyar is seen with 12 hands sitting on his peacock. J   Vilvam.    Panguni river J  -c  ) *   12 kms from Lalgudi via Pinnavasal, Alangudi Mahajanam. It can also be reached via Pullampadi, Uvanar, RR-Venkatachalapuram (7 kms). M  Aadhi moola Perumal in lying posture and Aadhi lakshmi Thayar in different sanctums.  We see an elephant named Gajendran near Perumal and the leg of the elephant is in the mouth of a crocodile. One hand of perumal is on the head of the elephant, relating to the Gajendra moksha. It is said that this is the place were Gajendra attained moksha. The sanctum sanctorum was constructed by Rajaraja I (993 AD) and Klothunga Chola III also contributed in 1216 AD with the construction of praharam etc. The other deities we see here are Sridevi, Boodevi, Rama, Lakshmana, Seetha, Hanuman and Nandagopar idols.    Nandhi river, Gajendra Theertham and Sakkara Theertham J    $#  c   # This temple is about a 1.5 km Kattur, which is 3 kms from Lalgudi. In this village, a ruined Shiva temple called Brahmesvara Udaiya Nayanar, an Ayyanar temple, a Pidari temple and a ruined Vishnu temple are also there.       #

  Near Lalgudi; 5 kms west of Poovalur. M   Swayambu linga known as Apradeeswarar with Athula Sundariamman/ Oppila maniammai in different sanctums.   The temple is known as Pancha linga kshetram. The temple architect is Thillai Nayakan. Rajaraja Chola constructed the temple as per inscriptions. The other deities are Vadakailasa nadhar, Then kailasa nadhar, Bairavar, Suryan, Durgai, Chandikeeswarar, Nardhana Vinayakar, Dakshina moorthy, Thirumal & Brahma. J   Vilvam without thorns    Panguni river J       c   12 kms from Pullampadi. M   Sundareswarar and Periya nayaki ammai.

J   Subramanaya swamy, Valli and Devayanai are on indivudual peacock which can be seen only in this place. A belief here is that wishes of one who visits the place are fulfilled. c  %,      )   (  *   About 7 kms fom Trichy, 2-3 kms from Srirangam, at Tollgate on the Chennai route. M

    Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswathi facing South; Lord Vinshnu as Purushothama perumal in sayana posture and Goddess Pooranavalli Thayar facing east; Lord Shiva as Bitchandar facing west and Goddess Sondharya Parvathi/ Vadivudai Nayaki facing south. J   Kadhamba tree M  Thirumangai Azhwar #    * One of the 108 divyadesams and honoured next only to Srirangam in the Divyadesam list * A temple of Shiva-Vaishnav unison * The only temple where all the 3 moorthies ± Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and their consorts are present in 6 separate shrines. * Shiva appeared as Bitchadanar, a very significant one, out of his 63 moorthams. * Lord Brahma normally seen only as koshta moorthy in the outer prahara walls of the sanctum sanctorum is having a separate shrine here. * Goddess Saraswathi, seen in a separate temple only in Koothanur, is present here in a separate shrine with vimanam. * All the seven gurus ± Brahma Guru, Vishnu Guru, Siva Guru, Sakthi Guru, Subramanaya Guru, Deva Guru, Asura Guru ± are present here. This is the only temple where Lord Brahma himself is present as Lord Guru facing South in a separate shrine with the vimanam and Urchava moorthy. In other temples, only Lord Dakshinamoorthy will be present as Lord Guru. J            $  !  * Lord Shiva got the Brahmaharthi dhosham because of plucking Lord Brahma¶s head and he was begging for food with Brahma¶s skull as the vessel but whatever was put in the vessel, it got vanished immediately. At the behest of Perumal, Poornavalli thayar (Goddess Lakshmi) filled the vessel here to end Shiva¶s hunger. That¶s why Shiva is called Bitchandar (Bitchai ± begging for food). As explained in Sivapuranam, Shiva took the form of Bitchandar only to teach the lesson to the rishis and their wives at Tharukavanam (Thirupparaithurai) near here. $    * Since Lord Brahma got His privilege as the creator of all lives here, by worshipping Him, one is sure to get all his wants. * Since Goddess Lakshmi as Pooranavalli Thayar ended Shiva¶s hunger here, by worshipping Her, one will be free from hunger and poverty and will be blessed with all ishwaryas. * By worshipping Goddess Saraswathi present in a separate sannidhi, one will be blessed with knowledge and education.

* By worshipping Bitchadanar who ended the egos of the rishis, one will be free from their ego and bad wills. More details in Raju¶s Temple Visits travelogue + #  c +      6 kms from Srirangm near Utthamar koil M   Radha, Rukmani and Pandurangar  This is a small temple and as in any Pandurangan temple, here also everyone is allowed to embrace the Pandurangan and pray. Prasadam given here is known as Pada doolhi or bukka which is like black mud. This is a private temple of 75 years old. The idol that is installed in the temple was taken from the well. This was identified by God to a devotee Parangkusa das in dream and was instructed to build this temple. J  '

  J    16 kms from Trichy Chatram (Main Guard Gate) bus stand, the place is known as Enam Samayapuram. M   Marriamman.   The temple is a small one with two different sanctums of Aadhi marriamman in one compound. The idol in one temple is of Athhi maram (fig tree). They don¶t do abishekam for this idol. The other one is stone to which they do abishekam. This temple should be visited before you visit the main Samapuram Marriamman of Kannanoor.  Previously the idol was in Ranganadhar temple of Srirangam and it was removed from there and kept here. J '

  J ) *   15 kms from Trichy main guard gate bus stand in the Trichy-Chennai NH 45. J    One of the sakthi peetams and a very popular temple M   Mariamman There was an amman idol called Vainavi at the Srirangam Ranganadhar temple which was very fearsome and so they were shifting the idol to some other place. On the way, they kept the idol on the ground for rest but could not take it back. So the villagers named Her as Kannanur Mariamman and Vijaya Ranga Chocka nadha Naicker constructed this temple.   The temple is one of the most popular temples for Mariamman, a manifestation of the primeval energy Shakti as the Mother Goddess. The main mariamman idol is of medicinal herbs and so no abishekam is being done for it. There is a separate shrine for the Urchava (processional) idol to which the abhishekams are being done. On top of the entrance to the sanctum we can see Gajalakshmi idol and at the sanctum, the amman is present under an umbrella of five headed snake with eight hands, right foot stamping 3 demons and left foot bent slightly in a seated posture. At the back of the main sanctum we see the padam (foot print) of amman. Karuppanna Swamy, a local deity is also having a separate shrine. The temple is open all through the day from 5 AM to 9 PM.

   Mari theertham J   Neem tree (   '   1 km south-east of Samayapuram temple.  Vikramadhitya, king of Ujjain, used to take and do daily worship of the Kali idol of this temple wherever he goes. The small brass deity here is unique with 8 hands. The deity at the sanctum sanctorum is having the name of Sri Anandha Sowbhagya Sundari in standing posture having Pasam, Angusam, Soolam and Kabalam in four hands.   The temple is facing north and has shrines for Madurai Veeran, Vedhalam, Sastha, Kamkshi amman, Srinivasa Perumal, Karuppanna Swamy. Icha Sakthi, Gnana Sakthi and Kriya Sakthi are present as koshta Gods.Sthala Vruksham: Makizham    Sakthi theertham is having many herbal powers and believed to cure mental diseases. J       c 

 : Around 30 kms from Trichy in the Trichy-Chennai route; turn left (towards west) at Siruganur in the highway and go further for about 4 kms M  : Swayambu linga as Brahmapureeswarar  : Brahma Sampath Gowri %     Lord Brahma J   : Mahizha tree    Brahma Theertham and Bahula Theertham J: Appar, Sundarar and Sekkizhar #    *                  &       

J !'       (     ! * There is an exclusive shrine for Brahma in the inner praharam. The idol is magnificent 6 feet high and 6.5 feet circumference and is seen in full turmeric (manjal) kappu always. Worshipping him is an amazing dharshan. * From the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum, there are 7 stages of steps indicating 7 days of a week. * The jeeva samadhi of Sage Pathanjali is in the inner praharam just opposite the Brahma¶s shrine. * A beautiful temple with intricate sculptural works. * The Kailasanathar shrine constructed by the Pallavas on the lines of the Kailasanathar temple, Kancheepuram is a monument to be preserved for its heritage value. The big stone bull and the sudai sculptures here are worth visiting. * Here are shrines for twelve Lingas of Saivism. One shrine is dedicated to Mandooganathar with the Linga having a hole in memory of the frog that has worshipped him. * The temple tank is the oldest rain water harvesting tank and the ingenuity in the construction is laudable.

 After loosing his fifth head and all his powers including the privilege of creating lives, Brahma worshipped Shiva at various places. Here he worshipped with 12 lingams around and got the dharshan of Shiva under the Magizha tree. He got liberated from his punishment and also got back the privilege of creation. )    R.Baskara Gurukkal 0431-2650439/ 94438 17385 *  Another sacred place, the jeeva samadhi of Pulipani Siddhar is near this temple; the Sastha temple in ruins is nearby; the Kasi Viswanathar temple construed by cholas with a sacred tank is a km away. More details in Raju¶s Temple Visits travelogue '     ( 

  The place is about 3.2 kms south-east of Padalur, which is 34 kms from Trichy on the Trichy ± Chennai highway. J    One of the Vaippu sthalams of Shiva M   Sundravaneyswarar/ Akilandeswari Suttha Rathneswarar as Swayambu lingam with Akhilandeswari.  Nandhi river flowing in this region started from the mouth of Nandhi in this temple. Once Shiva here adjudged Ganges as the supreme among them and so ordered his vahana Nandhi to face her side instead of facing Him.   This is an early Chola temple constructed by Rajaraja Chola and occupies an area of 5 acrea. The gopuram and a few mandapams have been constructed by Nayaks. We can see a huge Nandhi facing East when we enter the temple. On the roof we can see the Gods of 27 stars and 12 rasis. It is said that this place is good for worship of stars. Nataraja and Sivakami ammai stone idols are made of one single stone. The Brahma Theertham well lies in between the main deity and Nandhi devar, which is very sacred. The wooden temple car has exquisite sculptures.    Brahma Theertham *  Kothanda Ramar ancient temple, Murugar temple in the nearby hillock and Chelliamman temple are worth visiting here. c  %c 

J +   +   c      About 20 km north of Trichy, en route Thuraiyur (not Woriyur which is inside the Trichy city). M   Perumal Pundarikaashan, east facing standing posture   Shenbagavalli, also called as ³Periya Piraattiyaar Lakshmi Devi´. Seperate sannadhi for Thaayar. Utsavar thaayar is named as ³Pangajavalli´. "   For, ³Periya Thiruvadi´ Garudan, Sibi chakravarthy, Bhoodevi (Bhoomi Piratti), Maarkandeya Maharishi, Lord Brahma, Rudhran (Lord Shiva).

#    * One of 108 Divya desams * Situated in a sprawling 14 acre site and resembles an old fort; surrounded on all sides by 36feet-high massive compound walls; there are 5 praharams for the temple; the front Rajagopuram is unfinished and would have been one of the biggest had it been finished. *                J      J  !Whereas Srirangam was built during Rama¶s period, Thiruvellarai temple was built by Sibhi, 4 generations older forefather of Rama. Hence the name Aadhi Vellarai. According to the Puranas, 64 `Chathuryugas¶ (the present Kaliyuga being one among them) have passed since the Lord was enshrined here. * This temple is situated at 100 feet high in a small hillock made of white granite slabs, this place is called ³Thiru Vellarai´. * Only a handful of temples have been dedicated to Lord Varaha and this one is called Swedha Varaha Kshethram * Here Thayar gets the first rights over Perumal. Only in two other Divya Desams this happens ± Nachiyar temple in Thiru Naraiyur, Andal in Srivilliputhur. * Inscriptions and the architecture at this temple point to periods of Pallava, Hoysala and Vijayanagara kings. *          


   ! * Another belief is that no Vaishnavite can get Moksham without visiting Thiruvellarai. Visiting this temple is an eligibility criterion for Moksham. * There are as many as 7 theerthams within the temple complex and one of them is the Swasthik kulam or Maamiyaar ± Maattu Penn (Mother in law ± Daughter in law) theertham or Chakra theertham, maintained by Archeological Survey of India (ASI). The Swastik shape of the tank makes it possible that people bathing at one ghat cannot view any other ghat. * 'Ramanuja spent few months here after the unfortunate incident of attempting to kill him by poison at Srirangam; this is the birth place of Uyyakkondan (a disciple of Saint Naradhar) whose given name was Pundareekhakshar and Engalazhwan whose given name was Vishnuchittar, a contemporary of Ramanuja and an expert in Sri Bashyam. * There are two cave temples in the rocks for Markandeya Maharishi and Bhoodevi Thayar, one of them belongs to the period of `Pallava Malla¶ Nandivarman II and another belongs to the period of Rajaraja I. *               +          

      ! There is Aadhi Jambukeswarar temple, a rock cut temple, is 500 meters from the Vishnu Temple. More details in Raju¶s Temple Visits travelogue + $  +   + )c  * M   Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Perumal with Sridevi and Boodevi Thayar. " The temple is at the top of Perumalmalai hills, 3 kms from Thuraiyur. This place is known as µThen Thirupathi¶ of Trichy due to the many similarities to Thirupathi. There are seven hillocks to cross; Alarmelmangai Thayar is having a separate shrine; Govindharaja perumal in

lying posture is having a temple at the foot hill; and there is a village known as Nagalapuram 5 kms away. The hill is 960 feet high with 1532 steps to climb. There is also a motorable road of about 5 kms till the top. It will take about 15 minutes in vehicle and about an hour in walking through steps.  The temple was constructed by one of the grand sons of Karikala chola. The king, as per the advice of his Guru, meditated here to attain moksha and got the dharshan of Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal in marriage posture. The King was also blessed to be with the Perumal and Thayar as the kshetra balan (the man of the place). He is now known as Karuppanna Swamy or Veerappa Swamy and is having a separate shrine between the shrines of Perumal and Alarmelmangai Thayar.   The prime deity here is Alarmelmangai Thayar and there are separate shrines for Alarmelmangai Thayar and Padmavathi Thayar. This temple is present as a symbol of Shaiva Vaishanav unison ± while Thulasi is being given as prasadam in the Perumal shrine, Viboothi (holy ash) is being as prasadam in the Karuppannar shrine. In the Shobana mandapam, there are wonder musical pillars and beautiful sculptures of the ten avatars of Mahavishnu and others on the pillars. For those who could not climb the hill, the foot print of the Perumal is installed at the base of the hill in a mandapam along with Garudan in a standing posture. It is said that having a dharshan of this Perumal¶s footprint is equivalent to having a dharshan of the Perumal at the hill top. Also, Govindaraja Perumal temple is situated at the base of the hill. Hundreds of devotees take part in the Girivalam around this hillock on full-moon days. J J.       c  c 

This temple lies in the heart of the Thuraiyur town, 48 kms from Trichy. The Lord is sung by Appar, Arunagirinathar and other saints. This temple is developed and added with shrines during the 8th ± 14th centuries. It is said that Ayyanar, Pidari, Nagakanni, Indran, Thirumal, Venuvanamunivar, Parasaran have prayed the Lord Shiva here. The temple tank is called µNandhi Theertham¶. It is told that the Sundara Cholan, named the Linga here as µNandhikeswarar¶. There are many life size exquisitely carved stone sculptures in the temple. There is a Nagakanni Amman statue enshrined in this templ and during ragukalam (10.30 am to 12.00 Noon) of all Fridays, special poojas are being conducted for this Goddess, to expiate the sin of Raghu ± Kethu, delay in marriages etc. There is a beautiful centre mandapam in a dilapidated condition in the big irrigation tank nearby. J $ ' #   c 

This temple is near the Nandhikeswarar temple c  %'  )J * '  $      c %c      This is located at 12 kms from Trichy in the Trichy-Salem route via Ayyanpalayam on the northern bank of river Kollidam (Coleroon). The ancient name of the place is Thiruppachil Ashram. J    One of 275 Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns; Offering Sweet Pongal

to God on Monday (or Thursday) and getting the holy water sprinkled is considered equivalent to visiting Kasi M   Matrarivaradeeswarar/ Samivaneswarar/ Brahmapureswarar as Swayambu lingam with Balambikaiamman/ Balasundari  * The daughter of Kollimazhavan, a ruler, had the Muyalagan disease and Sambandhar cured it * Once a business man and a Shiva devotee called Kamalan was childless. One day when he was going home from the temple he heard a child crying and found a baby in a lotus flower. He named her Amalai and brought her up. When the child was ready for marriage, he wanted her to be married to his brother-in-law. Amalai was a great devotee of Shiva and so wanted to marry Shiva. Shiva came to their house as Kamalan¶s brother-in-law and married Amalai. After the marriage they both left the house saying that they are going to the temple. After they left, original brother-in-law returned home, only then they realised something had happened. They went to temple in search of Amalai and knowing this, Amalai threw her anklet back and it turned to be a river and started flowing. Amalai was Parvathi devi herself and Shiva and Parvathi devi gave dharshan to all the people on the rishba vahana. * Sundarar got a bag of gold from Lord Shiva in this place. * Worshipped by Brahma, Lakshmi Umadevi and Sage Agasthiar   The temple dates back to about 1500 years. Here we can see a snake under the feet of Lord Nataraja instead of Muyalagan. We see Sundarar with golden talam in his hand. Sambandhar and Sundarar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. J   Vanni    Amalai river, Panguni river. '     c 

Near Thiruvasi, on the northern bank of Kollidam and on the south side of the main road, there is an ancient early Chola temple of the period of Aditya I called Thiru Kadambatturai Udaiya Mahadevar (now named Matsyapurisvarar temple) at Tudaiyar. $#     c 

  10 kms from Trichy. M   Visha mangalaeswarar with Veera mangalaeswri/ Mangalanayaki amman.   This Thevara Vaipu Sthalam is a small temple and has lots of special significances. There is a big snake pit before we enter the temple and the place is also known as Visham Theenda Pathi, meaning poison has no effect here. We see all the Gods with their wives ± Surya with his wife, Lakshmi Narayanar, Kalyana Sundareswarar, Subramanya with Valli Devasena, Brahma and Saraswathi. Durga is Vishnu Durgai on lotus peetam with agni in hand. Thadangam of Durgai is different here. Digichandana Dakshina moorhy idol is really good and He is with veena known as Digichandana in his hand. Surya and Chandra are seen on top of Dakshinamoothy to either side with chamaram. Kalyana Sundareswarar¶s left hand is around his wife affectionately holding her close to him and thumb of his feet is above the feet of ambal.

About half a km from here we see Vadha muni stone for which oil abishekam is done on Saturday, Tuesday, full-moon day and half-moon day. The oil is distributed as prasadam to devotees. They say applying the oil will subside any type of pain.    c  .   This is a small village west of Thiruvasi. The early Chola temple here was in ruins but has been scientifically renovated and restored to its barest original form. Lord of the temple is called Thiru Amaleesvaram Udaiya Mahadevar in the inscriptions. Other temples in the Agricultural fields are also worth visiting. + $   + c  .     16 kms from Trichy in the Trichy-Salem route, the place is famous for this temple M   Prasanna venkatesa perumal housing Thayar in his chest J    A Prarthana sthalam. Main deity is Swayambu moorthy. The place is called Then Thirupathi and it is said that this Perumal is elder to Srinivasa Perumal of Thirupathi. One who cannot go to Thirupathi can offer their prayers in this temple.  Gunaseela Maharishi was in penance at his ashram to get the dharshan of Perumal and He appeared to him as swayambu moorthy and hence He is known as Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal.   There is no separate shrine for Thayar since Perumal is housing the Thayar in His chest. Perumal is in a standing posture wearing a garland of Lakshmi dollar bearing the 1000 names of the Lord (sahasranama) and also a Salagrama garland. The Lord here loves abhisheham and so daily abhishehams take place. $    Mentally ill people stay here to become normal. During the Uchi Kala Pooja (11:30 AM to 12:30 PM) and Artha Jama Pooja (8:30 PM) the holy water is sprinkled on the devotees which is said to be expiating all kinds of evils effects and mind diseases like depression. This is a Prarthana sthalam and people wanting to get good marriage and childhood come here and get their wishes sanctioned.    Papavinasa theertham.       c 

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  About 20 kms north-west of Trichy; 8kms from Mannacha nallore on the northern bank of Kollidam. J    * One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns; * the temple is also called µSouth kailash¶ * a rare temple for Yama (King of death) M   Neellivaneswarar/ Neelakandeswarar/ Jeelivana nadhar/ Viswanathar as Swayambu lingam and Visalakshi/ Neellnedunkannammal ammai.  * Shiva appeared in the form of a brahmin and gave food to Navakkuarasar.

* Sage Vasishtar had dharshan of Shiva in dancing posture and so this is also called µMel Chidambaram¶. * As instructed by Sage Vasishtar, Rama worshipped Shiva here before going to Lanka   * Temple is situated in a sprawling 12 acre area and is one of the Saptha sthana temples of Thiruvanaikkaval * There is no exclusive Navagraha shrine since the steps leading to the main shrine is considered to be the Navagrahas. In front of the Nandhi and Dwajasthambam, the Navagrahas are prayed by lighting lamps in the nine stone cavern holes made on the floor. * There is a separate Yama temple outside the main temple within the compound. People who worship here will live without the fear of death. * There are two amman shrines, the main one is facing east and has a roofing with some special bricks available only in this region. * Inside we see Shiva and Parvathi with Murugar in between them as Somaskandha moortham in a cave shrine. The Shiva rock shrine is said to be created by Mahendra Varma Pallava, otherwise called Gunabaram, during 640 AD. Yama is seen under the feet of Shiva, who gave rebirth to Yama. Surya and Chandra are on top to either side with chamaram. * The shrine of Lord Vishnu named Senthamarikanan is present inside the temple. * Chinnandavar and Periyandavar, the rural guardian deities are also located in the temple premises. The sculpture of Sudha Mahamunivar lies in the outer precinct of the temple. * Appar, Sundarar and Sambandhar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. The Sorudaieswarar shrine is associated with the divine poet Appar. * There is also a good fresh water spring, 2 kms north of the temple on the way to Sri Pundarikatsha Perumal temple at Thiruvellarai. At 2 kms from the water spring, a plantain tree is being decorated and worshipped.    Appar theertham. J   Neeli, a variety of plantain which is not grown in any other part  +   J  c    10 kms from Thiruvellarai in the Musiri taluk between Thandalai puthur or T.Puthur and Moovanur; Trichy-Musiri buses that go via Thandalai puthur go through this place. Trichy ± Mannachanallur ± Thiruthiyamalai ± Thandalai puthur ± Musiri is the route. Please note that there is another straight route to Musiri from Trichy. M   Swayambu linga known as Eha Pushpa Priyanadhan with Thayinum Nallal in different sanctums. J    One of the most powerful and most sacred temples, yet hidden and unpopular; 5000 years old temple  The temple has a highly sacred and rare legend history behind it: On a Maha Sivarathiri day, Naradhar revealed a secret to all the rishis at the deva loha. He said there is a flower called ³Argyadeva Valli´ that appears only once on a particular day at a particular time and worshipping Shiva with this flower will get immediate salvation to crores of lives. It is equivalent to worshipping with all the flowers in the whole world. All the rishis selected Brihu maharishi as the fittest person to carry out this task. Brihu maharishi got just one clue from Naradhar that this flower will bloom on earth.

After penancing at various places, Brihu maharishi came to Thirukkalambur Sri Vaidhyanatha Swamy temple near Singampunari. A plantain thread from the sacred plantain tree of this temple showed way to Brihu maharishi through Piranmalai, Kolakkudi, Kanjathu malai, Thirumalai, Kunrakudi, Nedungudi and finally disappeared at Thiruthiyamalai. At that time, to his surprise, Agasthiar was undergoing µone crore Girivalam¶ around the hill along with his wife Lobamatha. Brihu maharishi got some details of the flower through some secret phrases from Sage Agasthiar and from it, Brihu maharishi realized that only people who got the dharshan of 10 lakh Vilva trees will get the chance to see the flower. So he went to Kailayam and penanced for several thousand years to prepare himself for the dharshan. After that he came back to Thiruthiyamalai and to his surprise, he met Agasthiar again there and received some more secrets from him. At that time, he saw a huge tree in the middle of the hill with more than 1008 µthookkanakuruvi koodu¶. Though he had done girivalam so many times before, he never saw that tree before. Thookkanankurvi koodu is considered as a good Vasthu symbol and due to the 1008 of them here, this place is considered as a highly powerful Vasthu power Sthalam. From the language of so many birds, he understood that the flower is going to bloom on the next Maha Sivarathri day and so waited in penance at the foot hill. On that eventful Maha Sivarthri day, the Argyadevavalli flower finally bloomed and all the thousands of birds flew in abundant happiness chanting µOm Namachivaya¶ to the Celestial world. Brihu maharishi was slightly upset that he could not see the flower but the birds have already seen it. Agasthiar appeared again with his wife and took Brihu maharishi for the first time to the hilltop (all the time, he was at the foot hill only) and disappeared there. Brihu maharishi finally got the glimpse of the flower as a reflection in the µKodi Pushpa Aadhi Mahamaha Theertham (Sunai)¶ and then raised his head and got the direct dharshan of the flower. $    * µThiruthuthal¶ means µcorrecting the wrongs¶ in Tamil and this temple blesses the salvation stage for everyone after correcting all their sins * The Goddess is having a beautiful name of Thayinum Nallal meaning µmore caring than mother¶ and so protects people from all bad habits and sins * The temple worship benefits womanhood, especially. Those wanting a good marriage and those who suffer after marriage come here with a basket of raw rice flour and draw kolams around the Girivala route and on the rocks, worship the God and Goddess to get all their problems solved. * Those affected with bad habits like smoking, drinking etc can pray here, perform Girivalam and offer Sambar rice as annadhan to poor people. Regular worship here gets one out of all the bad habits  The temple dates back to some 5000 years back. It is on a small hillock and looks like a fort. The place is a small village and hardly there is a visitor. The temple is maintained well. The Girivala route is about a km long and the worship procedure being to go through the Girivalam first and then worship God and Goddess.    Kodi Pushpa Aadhi Mahamaha Theertham Sunai (Water spring) Contact: Mr.R.Sethuraman ± 94438 53401 c  % ) *

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  7 kms from Trichy to Karur. M   ,Rathnagreeswarar and Aralakesari amman in different sanctums. * Engoinadhar and Maragadha valli amman in different sanctums. * Kadamba vaneswarar and Bala Kujalambikai in separate sanctums.  A king by name Mutuarasu used to worship Kadamba vaneswarar of Kulithalai in the morning, Rathanagreeswarar of Ayyarmalai in the noon and Thiru Engoinadhar of Thiru Engoi malai in the evening everyday. When he became old he could not continue his worship as before and so was sad and prayed to Shiva. Shiva came in his dream and asked the King to take the three idols that are lying in the ground near the vanni maram and build a temple there. In the morning, the King found the idols of Shiva and Goddess also and later built this temple. The place is named after him as Muthrasanallur.   There are three sanctums for Shiva and three sanctums for Goddess. Those who could not go to Kulitalai and worship all the three temples can visit this single temple to get the same benefit. Other shrines are Murugan with Valli and Devayanai, Dakshina moorthy, Ganapathy, Chandeeswarar, Navagraha, Bairava, Sani and Surya. J  c      12 kms from Trichy to Karur. M   Swayambu Linga known as Chandrashekara swamy and Maanendiya valli. J    This is one of the Vaippu sthalams.   Shiva linga looks like jack fruit. Ambikai has deer in her hand. Usually Nataraja in all temples will be attached to Thiruvasi at the back but in this place Nataraja standing on single leg without support is special. J   Jack fruit tree. $ c  c   

  13 kms from Trichy in the Trichy-Karur route between Allur (Jeeyapuram) and Thiruchchendurai. M   Vadateertheswarar as Swayambu lingam with Balasundari Ambikai.   This small ancient Chola temple is a Thevara Vaippu sthalam. Andanallur is called Andavanallur in inscriptions.The temple is also called Thiru Alandurai Mahadevar temple.             3 kms from Trichy between Jeeyapuram and Mukkombu (Elamanur); 1 km east from Mukkombu M   Rudhrakoteeswarar with Komalambikai amman J +      

The Panchanadeesvarar temple is situated in Allur 10 kms from Trichy on the main road to Karur. The deity is called Thiru Vadagudi Paramesvarar (or) Mahadevar. J $   +!  Pazhur is located in the Trichy-Karur route about 800 meters before Allur. This temple for Viswanathar-Visalakshmi is famous for Navagraha worship and devotees throng the temple. The Navagrahas are present on a platform inscribed with the 12 rasis along with their respective consorts, vahanas and yandhras. The navagraha mandapam was installed in 1932 as per the instructions of Kanchi Maha Periyavar Sri Chandrasekarendhra Swamigal. c    c   %c     J    One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns   15 kms from Trichy. M   Paraithurai nadhar/ Tharuka vaneswarar as Swayambu lingam facing East with Pasumpon myilammai, Hemavarnambal facing South.  This place was called Tharukavanam and once the rishis here were very egoistic and feeling that their knowledge and spiritual powers were just sufficient to uplift the people. They felt God is not at all needed since one¶s karma only is responsible for the pain and pleasure of that person. The rishis¶ wives were also equally egoistic, thinking that they were the most beautiful of all the worlds including the devaloha ladies and the consorts of the 3 moorthies. Wanting to teach a lesson, Shiva took the form of a beautiful full nude beggar with all his sheen as Bitchadanar accompanied by Vishnu as Mohini. To teach the lesson first for the ladies, they both went to the Agraharam begging. On seeing such a divinely personality with a magnetic voice for the first time, the ladies forgot themselves, forgot what they were doing and came to streets to see him. On seeing the beauty of the Mohini (Vishnu), they felt ashamed and embarrassed with their egoistic thinking about their beauty. Followed by the wives of the rishis, both Bitchadanar and Mohini went to Tharukavanam where the rishis were doing a yagna. On getting furious over their wives getting attracted towards this nude beggar, the rishis did different things like creating an elephant, Tiger etc., through yagnas, sending mantras and vedas to fight Bitchadanar but nothing could stand in front of Him. Shiva finally revealed his true identity and did a furious dance in front of them. On realizing their mistakes, the rishis at once surrendered to Bitchadanar. The rishis learnt by hard way that learning all the mantras and vedas are only to promote the human lives and to do good to the society.  The temple is situated in the place where parai trees are large in number, hence the place is known as Paraithurai. Indhra, Kubera and Saptharishis worshipped Shiva here. Other deities present in the temple are Vinayakar, Murugan, Mahalakshmi, Durgai, Dakshina moorthy and Navagraha. Sambandhar and Navakarasar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. Meditating under the Parai tree here is considered very special. J   Punnai tree.    Cauveri. J J     c  # 

Nangavaram is 18 kms from Trichy and about 3 kms south of Perugamani in the Trichy-Kulitalai route. It has an ancient Sundareswarar temple and a Pidari temple. It is said that the daughter of a Chola king of Woraiyur was born with the face of a jackal and by her devotion to the Lord of this place she got the normal human features. Hence this place is called Mangai-varam (or) Nangaivaram, which became as Nangavaram. The village is called Arinjigai Sathur Vedhimangalam. A stone panel with 24 Jain Theerthangaras is also seen here. J  +    23 kms from Trichy to Karur. M   Madhyarjuneswarar with Balambikai.   The temple at Pettaivaithalai is about 1km inside from the Trichy-Kulitalai main road. The temple was built by 3rd Kulothunga Chola. In a pillar we can see Potralam poovai chittar. The Jeeva samadhi of Potralam poovai chittar is present here. Worshipping Shiva in this place is recommended to get rid of Brahmahatti dosha. Other deities like Bitchadanar, Saraswathi, Dandayudhapani, Mahalakshmi, Surya, Chandra and Navagraha are there. All types of ladies specific problems like mensus, uterus, menopause related are said to be cured by worshipping Shiva at this place. Î     '   Kulitalai and Musiri are on the opposite banks of Cauvery, whereas Kulitalai is in the TrichyKarur route running along the southern bank of the Cauveri, Musiri is in the Trichy-Salem route running along the northern bank of the Cauveri. Both are at about 40 kms from Trichy and connected by a bridge across the river. The cauvery here is called ³Aganda (wide) Cauvery´ and has a width of more than 1 KM. ' #  % ,  % #c  # 

There are three important sacred shiva temples in this region glorified by the Thevara hymns and Agathiar used to worship all the three in a single day. Agasthiar was not satisfied even after worshipping so many temples in south and finally got satisfaction after worshipping these three temples. He worshipped Kadamba nadhar at Kadambar koil in the morning, Rathnagresswarar temple at Ayyarmalai (Thiruvatpokki) in the noon, and the Thiruvengi nadhar at Thiru-engoimalai in the evening. It is considered that worshipping all of them in a single day will get us salvation.        Kulithalai town J    One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns; north facing temple like Kasi, considered equivalent to Kasi and is called Dakshina Kasi; considered equivalent to Madurai and is called Vada Madurai M   Kadambavaneswarar/ Sundaresar/ Soundareswarar with Mutrila mulaiamai/ Bala Gujambigai 

The legend has been described in the Kanda Puranam * Brahma got fatigue over his job of creating lives and prayed to Shiva for salvation. Per Shiva¶s guidance, Brahma penanced here for 1000 Deva years and got finally the dharshan of Lord Shiva in his Rishaba vahana * Once there was a fight between Goddess Durga and demon Dhoomralosan. When the demon got stronger in the fight, the Saptha Kannigas joined Durga devi and made the demon run away. The demon ran and hid at the place of Sage Kathyayanar. The Saptha Kannigas mistook that the demon was hiding in the form of Sage and so killed the sage cruelly. Due to this, they got the Brahma harthi dhosham and got it relieved off only after worshipping Shiva here. At the sanctum sanctorum, behind the moolavar, the Saptha Kannigas are present in a sculpture. * Per the request of Devasarma, Shiva gave the dharshan of his wedding with Goddess Meenakshi and so this place is called Vada Madurai. So He is called Sundaresar. * Demon Somugan once took away the four Vedas and hid it in the Bhadala logam. So Lord Vishnu worshipped Shiva here and with His blessings went under the ground in the Machavathar and brought back the Vedas. So this place is called Vedhapuri * When Shiva was preaching Pranava mantra to Paravthi devi, Murugar, without any Guru, learnt it by overhearing. So he became a Moogar and to get rid of the curse, He worshipped Shiva in many places and finally came here and got the curse cleared. Uma devi kissed murugar on his forehead and made him sit by the side of Shiva. So this place is called Kandhapuram   The temple has 2 praharams and the amman shrine is facing east. There are shrines for Vinayagar, Subramanyar, Natarajar, Somaskandar, Navagrahas, Jeshtadevi, Nalvar, 63 nayanmars, Sekkizhar, Viswanathar and Gajalakshmi. Vishnu shrine is present in the Agni corner at the banks of the Brahma Theertham. Arunagirinadhar sang Thiruppugazh on this Shiva.   : Brahma Theertham  

-  This is a highly popular festival for this region conducted on a grand scale during the Poosa star day of tamil month Thai. The urchava idols of the following seven surrounding temples come here for the cauvery river bath and give dharshan to the devotees. The celebrations take place for the whole night with discourses, musical and dance performances at various places ± a typical village temple festival, to be witnessed by everyone once in lifetime, especially the younger generations of the city. 1) Sri Madhyarsneswarar from Rajendram 2) Sri Madhyarsneswarar from Pettavaithalai 3) Sri Rathnagreeswarar from Ayyarmalai 4) Sri Simmapureeswarar from Karuppathur 5) Sri Maragathachaleswarar from Thiru-engoi-malai 6) Sri Chandramouleeswarar from Musiri and 7) Sri Thirukkameeswarar from Vellur #   c   

  8 kms from Kulithalai and 40 kms from Manapparai in the Kulitalai-Manapparai road. J   One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns; the first in the list of South of Cauvery temples; water for abishekam is being carried everyday from the Cauvery river 9 kilometers away and through the 1017 steps of the hill M   Rathnagreeswarar/ Rajalingam/ Valpokki with Karumbar Kuzhali.   Cauvery J   Neem  * Ayyarmalai is one of the peaks of Meru Mount and the Linga is a Jyothir Linga * Worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu, Indhran, Vayu, Adhiseshan, Surya, Agni, Durgai, Saptha Kannigas and Sages Agathiar and Romasar * Both Vayu and Aadhi seshan got into the sin of defecting the Mount Meru and in order to get rid of their sins, they worshipped Shiva here * Indhran once behaved improperly with the wife of Sage Gouthamar and so was cursed. After visiting so many temples, finally he got his curse cleared by worshipping Shiva here * Once the Navarathna crown of King Aryarajan could not be found and he prayed to Shiva. He came here and tried to fill a big bowl called Kopparai meant for storing the abisheka water. But it did not become full even after pouring the Cauvery water endlessly. The angry King took the sword and threw it on the Linga which began to bleed. The king reconciling from the fury fell at the feet of the Lord, who in turn pardoned him and also got back his lost crown. The scar is still visible on the Linga and that¶s why the deity is called Vatpokki. * A devotee, Vaira Perumal of Kancheepuram vowed to offer his head to Rathnagreeswarar if he gets a child. He kept his promise sooner the wish was achieved. The head came to the peak of the mount while the feet stayed down. Honey and Coconut milk is used for the abishek for this head. The garlands used for the presiding deity is then offered to this head. * Sundharamoorthy Nayanar received gold from Shiva * Once a crow spilled the milk bowl of a devotee and the crow got burnt. From then on, no crow flies on the hill above this particular height. There is a mandapam called crow mandapam to indicate this.   The temple is on a steep hill of 1178 feet height and has 1017 steps with a circumference of 4 kms in 110 acres area. There are many resting mandapams for every 100 feet. The swayambu Linga is in the midst of 8 rocks and this is the 9th rock. All these are revered as Navarathnas. During the month of Chithirai, April-May, the sun rays fall on the Shivalinga through the nine holes in front of the sanctum sanctorum.                     

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     /0/1 ! There is a beautiful temple tank at the base of the hill. The temple is praised in the hymns of Thirunavukkarasar and Arunagiriar Thirupugazh. The snakes here have no poison. The Lord offers dharshan on the 1st day of Karthikai, wearing a priceless crown. Devotees in large number undertake Girivalam during the Full moon days. Trichy Rockfort and Srirangam temple tower which are 40 kms away are visible from here * During the summer, while coming down, due to excessive heat you may have to literally run down from one mandapam to the other mandapam. It is advisable to go prepared with a pair of socks to escape the heat from the floor.

Contact: 95-4323-223257; [email protected] c  #  c  c / # /   40 Km from Trichy and and 5 kms from Musiri towards Thottiam. M   Swayambu lingam known as Maragathaleswarar/ Malaikozhnthar with Goddess Maragathambigai / Maragathavalli "The hillock is otherwise called Maragathamalai /Thenkailayam /Sivasakthimalai /Malaikovil / Erattimalai.  * The name of the place is said to be derived from Thiru-i-ongaimalai (µi¶ meaning bee in Tamil) and to have been so called because the sage Agasthiar, finding the gates of the temple closed one evening, took the form of a bee and entered the temple to perform his worship. * When Sundarar went to see the Lord, He hid himself in tamarind and when Sambandhar asked for gold, He gave the tamarind from the tree which became gold. * Ambal worshipped Shiva here and so the hill is also called Sivasakthi malai.   The temple is on a hillock on the bank of the river Cauvery and 500 steps lead to the temple. The river µSurpanathi¶, also called Kondayurumarai or Kondamarai, passes by the side of the hillock. The original Swayambu lingam of the temple called Maragatha lingam is said to be transparent and also to throw a green shadow when camphor is burned. J                     ! The God is connected with the deities of Kadambar kovil and Ayyarmalai. At the base of the temple lies Siddhar Bogar temple. Poet Nakkeerar has sung 70 songs named µEngoi-Elupathu¶. J  J   1.5 km from Ayyarmalai M   Sivapureeswarar with Periyanayahi J    Natarajar here is very beautiful   There are two gopurams, the first one is a 5 stage gopuram and the next one is a 3 stage one. The temple walls are big and the wooden door to the first entrance, called Ramayana door, is huge with the sculptures of Ramayana and other legends. There are 100 pillars and 16 pillars mandapams. '     This is a very popular temple and the car festival during the summer is highly popular for the entire surrounding region. J  #   J 

  This temple is at about 50 kms from Trichy between Thottiyam and Musiri in the Trichy-Salem highway, on the banks of the river Cauvery. J    This has been declared as a monument, being maintained by Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and is not a living temple.

  It is a stunningly beautiful piece of early Chola architecture. Very intricately carved sculptures proclaim the rich artistic skills of the period. The vimana of the temple is unique with a two tier structure and a smaller central third tier with a square dome and a finial. Inscriptions of Parantaka Cholan dating 935 ± 950 CE and further more are found on the walls of this temple. $ c  c      Thottiam taluk; 1 km from Varadaraja puram; while going from Musiri to Salem, take the left side road at Thottiyam (right side road goes to Namakkal/ Salem) that goes to Kattuputhur, Thiru narayanapuram, Arasalur and Mohanur M   Veda Narayanar in lying posture with Sridevi and Bhoodhevi Thayars J    Swayambu Veda Narayana Perumal on Aadhi seshan with 10 heads.  * Once Mahabala chakravarthy Vanarayar was travelling to Mysore via this place to fight and expand his kingdom. At night they had to halt here and the King had a dream that Vedanarayana perumal is under the mud and He has to be uncovered and installed in a temple. The King did the same and the pooja and then only proceeded further. No doubt, the King then won the fight without any effort. * Another legend being that the Arayar family came here for worship. That day fire broke out and the temple with temporary structure got fire and Arayar with his family laid on the idol to save Him from fire and attained moksha. * After Hiranya vadham, Perumal was in anger. Prahaladha worshipped Him and asked Him to be in santha swaroopam in this place forever. * Once Brahma was in ego as a creator of lives and so Perumal wanted to teach him a lesson. He created an ugly person and sent him to Brahma. Looking at the person Brahma was confused as to who could have created such an ugly person. To clear his doubt he asked the Veda Narayana perumal and the Perumal replied him that since Brahma is the God of creation it could be none other than Brahma. Brahma¶s ego was shattered and the ugly person disappeared. Brahma asked Veda Narayanar to preach him Veda and got it preached and so we can see the right palm of Perumal is kept open in a posture of preaching Brahma.   The place is also called Chathurvedimangalam and Vedapuri. In the Sanctum, Perumal is reclining on Aadhiseshan and the four vedas are used as pillows. Sridevi and Boodevi are by the side. This is a very ancient temple with additions constructed during the Nayakar period in the 15th century. This temple has two prakaram and two main shrines for Perumal and Thayar. There is also a separate shrine for Goddess Saraswathi. Anjeneya in the front pillar is special here as people keep him as a judge for their issues. Prahaladha as a small boy is also seen in the temple. The temple is a small one but well maintained. This temple is considered to be an important one as Lord Perumal is preaching Brahma.    Cauvery J   Vilva tree $ c  c   

 10 kms from Thiru Narayana puram near Thottiyam; while going from Musiri to Salem, take the left side road at Thottiyam to Kattuputhur M   Venkatramana Swamy with Sridevi and Bhoodevi Thayars.

J    The temple is 300 years old; Venkatramana perumal revealed himself to Musukunda Chakravarthi ' c  c  " Thottiyam is in Musiri-Namakkal route and the temple of Madura Kaliamman is just half a km from Vanapattarai ground. This village is called Gowtharasanallur.  About 500 years back King Esanakarayar ruled this area. Chinnan, a servant who worked in his stable, wants to go to Kali Festival at Madurai. He got permission from the King and went to Madurai with his ³Parai´, a musical drum and stayed at his brother-in-law¶s house. Next day he went to Kali temple and began to play ³Parai´ rhythmically. Goddess Kali, admired by the music of Chinnan, followed him back to Thottiyam and seated under the µVanni¶ tree. Later a temple was constructed by Pujankrayar at this place.   The temple is surrounded by lush green fields. There is a 3 tier tower, 27 pillar mandapam and a 5 pillar Arthamandapam. Many beautiful sculptures are carved inside the temple. J   Vanni tree. *  Traces of a fort and an idol namely the Fort Karuppan are also in this village. c        c  c  In the Esawari tank at this temple the Agni Kund/ Brahma Kund/ Yaha Kund of Lord Brahma from which Lord Shiva came for µThiripurasamharam¶ dance is present. Therefore, this Shiva is called µAnaladeeswarar¶. The tributary of Cauveri river flows in front of the Shiva temple.

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