Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chennimalai Murugan Temple

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Chennimalai Murugan Temple

Chennimalai is situated between Erode and Coimbatore. On the way to Coimbatore, this hill temple is about 7-1/2 kilometres south of Ingoor Railway Station. This temple is located in the city of Chennimalai of Perundurai, Erode District. Chennimalai is 26 kilometres from Erode and three kilometres from Perunthurai. Chennimalai can be reached by road from Erode, which is a business centre. The nearest railway station is Ingoor and can be reached by road from Perunturai also. The nearest airport is Coimbatore. The Devasthanam has provided special buses to reach the hilltop. 

Facilities

Chennimalai Devasthanam has made some arrangement towards rest houses for the visiting devotees. There are a number of boarding and lodging houses of good standard in Erode.

This temple is situated at about 600 meters above sea level and this hill is noted for its natural flora and fauna. This hill also has rare medicinal herbs in its lush green forests. In Devanagiri this hill is called Siragiri and Chenniyangiri. In Tamil it is called Chennimalai. The city underneath the hill is also called Chennimalai.
This hill is also called Sigaragiri, Pushpagiri and Siragiri. The Lord of mountains 'Kuringi Andavar', Murugan is highly praised and sung with reference to this abode in Kundruthorādal. Chennimalai is one of them and abounds in natural beauty and splendor.

Special Features

The most famous temple of Lord Muruga in Coimbatore District is Chennimalai. This world famous temple of Lord Muruga is where Lord Arunagirinathar was blessed with "Padikasu", wealth of coins. This is where an unusual phenomenon, rather a miracle took place in the year 1984 on 12th February. A bullock cart with two bulls climbed the 1320 steps on their own on this eventful day. Saravana Munivar wrote the most popular Chennimalai Sthalapuranam before 700 years. Milk and curds are used as special offerings to Lord Muruga in Chennimalai and it is the general belief that curds do not become sour here.

Temple

The temple of Chennimalai is situated on the banks of Noyal also called Kānchima Nadhi. The Sanctum Sanctorum faces the east. Just in front of the temple we find the Puliyadi Vināyagar. Inside the temple to the right of Moolavar we find the shrines of Mārkandeswarar and to the left Umayavalli. On the left side we find the shrines of Kasi Viswanāthar and Visālākshi.





If we take the steps found just behind the Moolavar Sannidhi, we reach the Valli Teyvannai Temple. The two consorts enshrined in a separate temple are a very unique phenomenon. On the top of the hill we find the Pinnākau Siddhar cave with the front yard filled with Vel of different sizes and shapes. This Siddhar is one of the popular 18 Siddhar known to the world for their Siddha yoga. Near this cave we find the Saravana Māmunivar's Tomb. There is also another very ancient cave near this temple.

Speciality of this temple

The main deity Murugan is equated to the Sevvai graham or planet Mars and all the rest of the eight planets encircle the Lord in perfect harmony. If one circumambulates the main deity he is believed to get the benefit of circumambulating the navagrahās and worshipping them.

Valli Teyvannai Temple

As we go further up behind the temple we see the Valli Teyvannai temple. They are in penance to attain Lord Muruga. They are known by the names Amirthavalli and Sundaravalli. A separate temple for Valli and Teyvannai is the most unique feature of this temple.

Shasti Vratam

The observance of Shasti fast is also a special feature in this temple. Many devotees take this vow and spend 6 days fasting and praying at the temple premises. The monthly Shasti day after the new moon is also observed with great reverence. Particularly those devotees without progeny sincerely observe this Shasti fast and there are many instances of families coming traditionally on getting their vow fulfilled.

Kanda Shasti Kavacham offering

Another most important feature here is that the popular daily prayer of Murugan Devotees, Kanda Shasti Kavacham was first offered to the world in this temple by Balan Dêvarāya Swamigal. From that day onwards till today many devotees keep chanting this prayer every day.

Sirasuppu Utharavu Kêttal

Asking for the Lord's permission before taking up any task like building a new house or getting their children married or any other issue is customary in this temple. Devotees offer an Archnai and perform Sirasappu offering. If the reply is positive they whole-heartedly perform that action or event. Traditionally if the answer is negative the Devotees do not venture further. 
Holy water brought by the Temple Bulls

The holy water for Abishekam is being brought everyday by the temple bulls, which are being maintained by the Devasthanam. This procedure is also a very unique one not found in other temples.

Mamanga Theertham

Once in twelve years, during drought conditions a spring gushes out water. This spring is on the southern side of the hill temple. This is a miraculous Divine happening. The Vināyagar near the spring called Mamānga Theertha Vināyagar. The people worship this Vināyagar and the holy springs with great Devotion.
Other shrines

1. Malaivazhi Vināyagar This is the first shrine we encounter when we climb the steps.
2. Natarājar This deity is enshrined in the temple inside the city.
3. Tirumuga Malarndha Nāthar Kālinagar Siva Perumān
4. Tiruthār Kuzhali Kālinagar Ambigai
5. Kailaya Nāthar Unnimalai Nagar Siva Peruman
6. Periyanāyagi Kailāyanathar's consort
7. Markandesar Lord Shiva on the hill temple
8. Imayavalli Markandesar's consort
9. Tirusandhi Vinayagar Thala Vināyagar on the hill
10. Deivāniyar,Vallināyagiyar Enshrined in a separate shrine in the hill
11. Sathiyajñāni Punnakku Siddhar, there is a cave on the hill where this siddhar lived.

12. Idumban At the foot of the hills Idumban is enshrined and is worshipped as the village deity.
Theerthams

1. Mamanga Theertham - This spring is on the southwestern slope of Chennimalai just opposite the Vinayagar shrine. 

2. Kandu Kānāch Sunai - This spring can be seen only by yogis and saints (reference Verse 27 Siragiri Manmiyam) 

3. Subramanya Theertham - This is found on the northern side of foothill. This is also called Saravanapoigai, Kumara Theertham. Saravana Munivar established this city on banks of this spring (ālayam Kanda Mānmiyam verse 11). 

Sthala Vriksham

Sthala Vriksham is tamarind tree and is found in front of the temple where there is a shrine for Puliamarathadi Vināyagar.

deity

The moolavar here is popularly known as Siragiri Dandayudhapani. This deity as per Sthala Puranam gave Dharsan to Saravana Munivar as single faced Murugan after appearing as the six faced Arumugam in the first instance. The utsava murti is Muttukumara Subramaniyar with his two consorts Valli and Teyvannai.
Mythology

The Chennimalai Sthalapuranam has 207 verses including the invocation songs and is divided into six cantos. They are Chepêdu Kanda Mānmiyam, Siragiri Mānmiyam, Pushpagiri Mānmiyam, Kātchi Mānmiyam, Idumbanuku Vazhi Kātiya Mānmiyam, ālayam Kanda Mānmiyam. The author of this great work is the poet Saint Saravana Munivar. This book also mentions that the temple was initially built by Saravana Munivar himself and the festivities were also initiated by him.

Saravana Munivar went to Palani, Tiruvavinankudi and circumambulated the Palani hills offering prayer and requested the Lord to give him Chennimalai Sthalapuranam. As per Lord Muruga's Divine instruction, Saravana Munivar went to Kanchipuram and brought a copy of the copper plate inscription of Sthalapuranam. He was wonder struck to note the depiction in the Sthalapuranam come alive when he reached Chennimalai. He built the temple of Lord Muruga and also a separate shrine for Valli and Teyvannai. Later he also built a temple for Kailasanāthar near Subramanya Theertham in the city of Chennimalai. He built the shrine of Lord Muruga and Valli Teyvannai in the Chitra Mandapam of this temple. He also made the temple car similar to the one at Palani. The Lord of Chennimalai is enshrined both on the hilltop and in the city. The famous poet Teyvasigamani Gounder brought out the original palm leaf inscription of this Puranam in print.

History

Saravana Munivar constructed the temple on the hill and the city beneath, Kailāya Nāthar temple and initiated the car festival.
In the first half of the 13th Century acres of land where offered to the Lord of Chennimalai. The Minister by name Muthuvasavaiyan of Mysore Devaraja Udayar Dynasty renovated the exterior of this temple in the year 1654.

Devaraja Udayar's other Minister Madavāgam Devaraja Iyer sung the Kanda Shasti Kavasam for the king. We find the sculptures of Devaraja Udayar, his wife and Muthuvasavaiyan on the pillar of Valliamman temple.

Sengathurai Poosari 

Sengathurai Poosari lived in the 18th century. He was born in Sengathurai of Pallādam Thaluk. At the foot of the Chennimalai hill we find his tomb and Madam. He took renunciation at a very early age, offered himself to the Lord of Chennimalai, and renovated the temple by and large.
He built the Mahā Mandapam of the temple on the hill, laid the floor with stones on the hill temple, and constructed the Kailasanāthar temple outer mandapam, inner mandapam, gopuram & tirumathil. On the day of consecration of Maha Mandapam of the hill temple, the sculptor showed him, his sculpture that he had created as a mark of acknowledgement. Sengathurai Poosari immediately said that this stone figure is going to replace him and on the very day he attained the Golden Feet of the Lord.

Arulmigu Vadapalani Andavar Thirukoil vadapalani

Arulmigu  Vadapalani Andavar Thirukoil

Vadapalani Andavar Temple is located in Vadapalani, Chennai. The temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga. The temple was renovated in 1920s and a Rajakopuram was built during that time. The temple has grown in popularity believed in part due to the patronage of cinema stars



 

Built about 125 years back, this much-hallowed and regularly frequented Lord Muruga sannidhi has emerged from a thatched shed, an unostentatious one enshrining a Murugan picture only, and established for itself a name on par with ancient places of worship. Around 7,000 couples are married here each year.
According to the sthalapurana, one Muruga devotee by name Annaswami Nayakar with his limited means built a small thatched hut and kept a Murugan painting for his personal worship primarily. During his meditation and worship, he used to experience some divine power entering his body and inspiring him to utter some mysterious things.whatever he said in his trance was found true. His utterance went by the name of 'arulvakku' ('God blessed statements') and relieved people in several ways, like curing diseases and getting jobs, solemnising marriages, etc.
There are very many sannidhis in the vast courtyards of the temple, like Varasiddhi Vinayaka, Chokkanathar, Meenakshi Amman, Kali, Bhairava, Shanmuga with Valli and Devasena.
The moolavar in standing posture resembles the Palani Muruga in every respect. In the inner prakara, there are many niches housing Dakshina Murti, Chandikeswar, Mahalakshmi, et al. It has a spacious hall used for conducting marriages and religious discourses. It is one of the most-frequented Murugan shrines in the city of Chennai.
The entrance to this temple is crowned with a rajagopuram adorned with several stucco images depicting legends from the Skanda puranam. In front of the temple is the temple tank. The eastern tower rises to a height of 40.8 metres. The 108 bharata natyam dance gestures can be seen on the eastern tower as well.

Lord Muruga graces with His Padukas-chappals. As Lord Muruga is the deity for planet Mars, there is a special shrine for the planet in the temple. There is a golden car (rath) for the temple
The temple is in the heart of Chennai city with transport facilities from all corners
ARULMIGU VADAPALANI ANDAVAR THIRUKOIL - FESTIVALS 
Chithirai Tamil New Year Day falling almost on April 14, a day before or after occasionally, Chithirai Poornima-full moon day in April-May, 11 day procession festival in connection with Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, also in the months of Aani, Aadi and Avani Tamil months covering June to September, 6 day Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November, Panguni Kruthika Laksharchana in March-April with 3 day float festival are grandly celebrated in the temple.
Temple's Speciality: 
Lord Muruga graces with His Padukas-chappals. As Lord Muruga is the deity for planet Mars, there is a special shrine for the planet in the temple. There is a golden car (rath) for the temple.
ARULMIGU VADAPALANI ANDAVAR THIRUKOIL - POOJA TIMING 
Five Kala Pooja
1. Palliyarai - 5.30 A.M 

2. Kala Shanthi Pooja - 6.30 A.M 

3. Uchi Kaala (Afternoon) Pooja - 12.00 P.M 

4. Sayaraksha (Evening) Pooja - 5.00 P.M 

5. Arthajama Pooja - 9.00 P.M 
Arulmigu Vadapalani Andavar Thirukoil – History

Preamble:
By that time the name and fame of this small shrine had reached its heights there by attracting large crowds, Humanists, Philanthropists and devotees turning their eyes towards this shrine. The spiritual abode took its metamorphosis from being a small shrine into proper temple, with all its magnificence.
The Sadhus who were the cause of ARULMIGU VADAPALANI ANDAVAR THIRUKKOIL is situated in the midst of Chennai city. The famous shrine was built in the tail end of 17th century. Just like conjurers materializing fantastic objects with dexterity of their hands this much hallowed MURUGA temple emerged from a thatched shed. One ANNASAMY Naicker, unostentatious muruga devotee with his limited means built a thatched hut and kept a MURUGA photo (Palani Andavar) for his personal worship primarily as per his dream and love for LORD MURUGA.
During his meditation and worship he was experiencing some divine power inspiring him to utter some mysterious things there by whatever his utterances has become true. His trance went by Arulvakku which relieved the people fulfilling their anguishes like curing diseases, getting jobs and solemnizing marriages. In spite of his illness, at the instance of a sadhu and Lotd muruga he visited tiruthani and prayed to lord MURUGA and went to the extent of offering his tongue on the Balipeeta.
He also visited south Palani by foot and he had miraculous experiences there, returned to his place and was worshipping lord Muruga. When he felt his end was nearing he requested his close friend Rathinasamy Thambiran to continued the service and the public inspired by his service started giving offerings and donations which was used for building a small shrine. After him by 1931, came one Pakiyalinga Thambiran who also followed predecessors by giving Arulvakku.
emerging of this great MURUGA kshethram are being devoted even now, 3 sidharpeedams have been erected at Nerkundram Road where poojas are done on Every Pournami day. In the Year 1972, the south Rajakopuram erected at a height of 72 feet, and Kumbabishekam took place for first time, after that in the year 1984, second Kumbabishakam took place and a thangaratham (Golden Car) was drawn for fullfilly devotees wishes.

ANANDHASAYANARAMAR and Sri VENUGOPALASWAMY at Vengadampettai

ANANDHASAYANARAMAR and Sri VENUGOPALASWAMY at Vengadampettai

Have dharshan of wonderful ANANDHASAYANARAMAR and Sri VENUGOPALASWAMY at Vengadampettai, Cuddalore. Preserve the Heritage Temple of Tamil Nadu


Creation, Preservation and Destruction of the whole Universe is as per Almighty's Will. As such I had Sri Rama's grace to visit the wonderful temple belongs to 15th century at Venkatampettai in Cuddalore district.It is understood that under the rule of Venkatapathy Nayakkar between 1464 and 1478 this hamlet was existing. French rulers during 1478 have gifted this village to Anandarangam Pillai of Pudhucherry. It is understood that this temple was either renovated or constructed by the sister of the king who ruled the Gingee.
This Temple has many special features. It is in the sprawling area of the land scape with 236 X 129 feet granite stone temple with high structure of mandap, 7 stage Rajagopuram, 50 feet high granite stone Unjal mandapam, Stand for Temple Car and Theertham spread over to one Acre land. The distance between the Theertham and Temple itself is about one KM which speaks the greatness of this temple. It has many more wonders.




It shall the God's will that the revered Hindu Sankarar Sri Kamatchi Ambal Temple sthapakar and Trustee Sri VidyaBhushanam Siva Sri V.A.S. Bhaskara Swamigal from Ham Nagar, Germany visited this place when the swamigal took tour to various temple in Tamil Nadu. It is Swamigal greatness and gracious of Lord Venugopalan and Anandhasayana Ramar that Swamigal took up the work without waiting for any body's help. It is astonishing to hear and see the photos that the entire structures was removed with out any damage and the same structures have been restored and renovated in the same place without any modification of using the all granite stone pillars of about 20 feet height.\\



It was a himalayan task that one swamigal has spent all the money to renovate the temple with crores of rupees and restored the divinity of the deities and greatness of the structures.To start with Kumbabishegam was performed at the first instance on 02.02.2009. After that, daily pooja has been started in a small way. It is reliably understood that rarely devotees are started coming to this Temple.
The speciality of the temple is the Charming Sri Venugola Swamy with Bhama and Rukmini. As per the myth and scripts God with consorts will give boon to every one who have dharshan of the God. God always in kindness in the presense of consorts. Sri Venugopalaswamy is in standing posture always ready to give boon to the devotees taking dharshan of him and the consorts extends blessing.



Other rare and dazling feature of the temple is dharshan of Sri Anandhasayana Ramar. One may ask why it is rare. Ramar always in the standing posture in all temples. Sayana Kolam (sleeping posture) is very rare. The deity is about 18 feet, sleeping on Adhi Sesha and Goddess Seetha in sitting posture. The face of Lord Rama is as beautiful as Lord Ranganatha. One may wonder why it is Sri Ramar and Not Lord Ranganatha.It is clear from the explanation given by the Battacharriyar that Anandhasayana Ramar has two hands and have no counch 


Anandhasayana Ramar temple at this place is more opt for other reason also. That, this place was a dense forest earlier and named as Thennarkadu (South Forest) and many name of the habitats in these are come chainly depicting Ramayana. Just for example Thindivanam, Villupuram, Seethakuppam, Ammbu booti palayam like that. The distance all these place are about 80 kms. More evidance is available like these to show Lord Ramas was wandering in this area. Sayana Ramar is the will of the God and dazzling posture to protect and liberate the devotees.





Another deity in the sannathi is Paramapatha Vasan (Lord Vishnu) who is to liberate the jeevathma at the end of the life. "Anantham, Avyayam, Kavihum, Samudhre antham Viswa Sampuvam" (Narayana Suktham). Meaning Lord Narayana is Omni present, Omni potant , all pervading gives all mangalam at the end of the life. The same Vishnu is residing in sitting posture in this shrine. After having dharshan of the three it fulfilss the famous proverb in the Vashnavism "Ninran, Irundhan & kidanthan"


In all temples seperate sannathi is there for Thayar. Sengamalavalli is the name of the Goddess Lakshmi in this shrine. How this beautiful and merciful goddess has hide in this century is the wonder.

Other Sannathis' in this shrine is Sree Andal, Sri Garudashwar and other Azhwars.