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Monday, July 2, 2012

Gnayiru Eswaran temple

Gnayiru Eswaran temple is one of the oldest siva temple. The history of this temple is that due to curse sun god asked to worship lord siva in this temple and lord sun started to worship lord siva 1st tamil month chitrai(Starts from April 14th) behind this temple 
 There was small pond the water in this pond is said to be having medicinal power which will cure skin and eye related diseses.This temple is 16 km away from madhavaram bridge. frequent bus service are available from redhills and parrys to gnayiru. it was one of the beautiful temple situated in sub urban of chennai the temple was surrounded by paddy field.
About the Temple
Pushparatheswarar Temple at Gnayiru Gramam is one of the Navagraha temples around Chennai dedicated to Suryan.  The village itself gets its name from Suryan or Sun God, Gnayiru in Tamil means Sun.
Temple Gopuram
The temple has been renovated by local villagers and few other devotees.  It is very well maintained too. Work on the temple pond is still on.
Temple Pond
There is a rare tree here. Thiruvodu (begging bowl of the sanyasis) is a half of the outer shell of the fruit of these trees.  It is also used by them to drink or eat food from and is believed to prevent viral infections.
Thiruvodu Tree
Thee are a few interesting legends behind this temple.  A Chola King was returning after successfully waging a war on a kingdom in Andhra Pradesh.  He camped at Cholavaram.  He was a staunch Shiva devotee and went in search of lotus to perform his daily pooja.  During his search he saw a pond full of lotuses.  
One of the flowers was taller, bigger and more beautiful than the rest.  The King wanted this flower for the pooja and tried to reach the flower.  As the King neared the flower it moved away and was elusive.  After several futile attempts, the King was very angry and threw his sword at the flower.  
The sword broke into pieces.  One of the pieces fell on a Lingam which was in the pond.  The pond turned red in no time because of the blood that was oozing from the Lingam.  This scar can still be seen on this Shiva Lingam.  The King fainted there. His horse fled from the scene before fainting.  Lord Shiva then appeared before the King and blessed him.  The King apologized to the Lord.  
Lord Shiva asked the King to build a temple for the Lingam that was found in the pond.  The Shiva Lingam is a Swayambhu (self-manifested).  Here, Lord Shiva is known as Pushparatheswarar.  His consort here is Swarnabigai.  The God is also known as Poothereeswarar.  Both the names convey the same meaning; Poo or Pushpam means flower and ratham or ther means chariot.  
Since the Lingam was found in Lotus, He got this name. Lotus is the flower that is offered to the God here.
Sage Agasthiyar, the author of Ādityahṛdayam is believed to have stayed here and worshipped Lord Shiva. Ādityahṛdayam is a sloka recited by Agasthiyar to Lord Rama in the battlefield before the fight with Ravana. The sage teaches Lord Rama the procedure of worshipping Suryan for strength and to gain victory over the enemy. Recting this sloka of about 30 verses everyday is said to be highly beneficial.  Here is a nice link explaining everything about Ādityahṛdayam.
Surya Moola Mantram: Aum hram hrim hraum sah suryaya namah.

Surya Gayathri: om ashwadhwajaaya vidmahae padma hasthaaya dheemahi tanno surya: prachodayaath
The navagraha temples around Chennai are as follows.
    Suryan Sthalam – Gnayiru Gramam, Surya Sthalam & Agastheeswarar Kovil, Kolapakkam
    Chandran Sthalam – Somanatheswarar Temple, Somangalam
    Chevvai Sthalam or Angakaran Sthalam – Vaitheeswaran Kovil, Poonamalee
    Budhan Sthalam – Sundareswarar Kovil, Kovur & Karaneeswarar Koil, Saidapet
    Guru Sthalam – Ramanatheeswarar Koil, Porur & Thiruvaleeswarar Koil, Padi
    Sukran Sthalam – Valleeswarar Kovil, Mylapore, Valleeswarar Kovil, Mangadu
    Saneeswaran Sthalam – Agastheeswarar Kovil, Pozhichalur
    Rahu Sthalam –  Nageswarar Temple, Kunrathur
    Kethu Sthalam – Neelakanteswarar Kovil, Gerugambakkam
Pushparatheswarar Temple
Gnayiru Gramam
Via Cholavaram
Chennai 600 067
Phone: 044 - 29021016

Temple Timings: 7 AM to 12 Noon & 4 PM to 8 PM (3 PM to 8 PM on Sundays)

Siruvapuri Murugan Temple

The temple is a small one but very popular with the belief that one who symbolically build a structure behind the Adhimoolavar sannidhi will be blessed with a new house or related wishes by the Lord Balasubramaniar.
 Temple Entrance
 Temple Entrance
There is a Mayil (Peacock) sculpture made out of green granite stone outside the sanctum sanctorum in front of the flag mast. It was shining in green and was a real beauty. Also the suryanar, Ganapathy and annamalayar lingams are all made out of green granite. Possibly there is no other temple where there are so many green granite deities.
 Temple Entrance
Lava-kucha, twin sons of Rama, while living at Valmiki’s Ashram here, tied the Ashwametha horse sent by Rama. Lakshman came to release it but failed. Then Rama himself came, won and took back the horse. The name of the place Siruvarpuri came from the phrase ‘Siruvar-Por-Puri’. The other names Siruvarampedu came from ‘Siruvar-Ambu-Edu’ and Chinnampedu came from ‘Chinna-Ambu-Edu’. Siruvapuri is believed to be the Kusalapuri of Ramayana.
The other legend is that a devotee named Murugammai lived in this place chanting ‘Muruga’ always. On getting irritated, her husband cut her hand but she continued with the Muruga chanting. Then Lord Muruga appeared before her and set right her hand.
According to estimates, Arunagirinathar (14th Century) has composed over 16,000 Thiruppugazhs but only 1365 have been traced, glorifying 
Temple Gopuram
224 places. Of these 215 places are known and the remaining 9 places are unknown. Of these 215 places,
35 places have been glorified specially
8 places have been glorified by 4 Thiruppugazhs each
6 places have been glorified by Archanai Thiruppugazhs
Siruvapuri has been glorified by 4 Thiruppugazhs as well as Archanai Thiruppugazh.
Inside the Temple
Worship benefits:
The Murugar is believed to give 5 benefits 1) House related wishes (Marriage for the girls), 2) Good Profession 3) Good Family 4) Wealth and 5) Moksha by singing a specific Thiruppugazh of this temple with concentration and understanding the meaning.
Inside the Temple
Outside the temple there were plenty of shops selling fresh green vegetables and the freshness of the vegetables was really tempting. It is highly satisfying to buy field fresh vegetables directly from the farmers without the intermediaries. For sure, this temple is a big boost for the villagers’ economy. Be ready for a big shopping when you go with family.

There seem to be many more temples in this village – Agatheeswarar temple, Perumal temple, Vishnu-Durgai temple, Ramar temple, Vinayagar temple and Jain’s 22nd Teerthangara.

If people can come on these days they will doubly benifitted. So every second sunday is festival day at Siruvapuri.

Main worship benefit being the blessing with a new house.The place is connected with Ramayana and Ramar’s sons Lava-Kucha. Glorified by Arunagirinathar’s (14th Century) Thiruppugazh, Mayil vahanam, Suryanar, Vinayagar and Annamalaiar lingam are all made out of green granite stones. Fresh vegetables straight from the fields for shopping

Arulmigu Balasubrahmanyswamy Tirukkoil,
Siruvapuri, Chennai.
Phone No: +91- 94442 80595, 94441 71529

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kundrathur Murugan Temple

Kundrathur is situated in the middle of Porur, Poonamalee and Pallavaram. Murugan Temple is in the Hill. The Kundrathur temple is unique in its architecture among all the Murugan temples that are found in Chennai. The temple is distinguished from the rest because the deity here is placed facing the North. In this hill temple, Lord Subramaniar is in a sitting posture along with 2 Goddesses by his side.

The presiding deity in the famous Kundrathur Murugan temple which is located on the hills is a form of Lord Shiva and is known as Lord Subramaniar who sits atop the hill along with the goddess Valli and Deivanai in Kundrathur.

As per the Hindu mythology, Lord Subramaniar stayed in the hill during his travel from Tiruporur to Truttanigai. On the northern side of it lies Thanigai. The temple is located in a small place known as Kundrathur which is around 28 km from the capital city of Tamil Nadu. This place is also known as South Thanigai since Lord Subramanian is sitting in the direction of north, facing Thanigai.
The Murugan temple is situated at the top of a small hill and 75+ steps leads to the temple. On climbing the steps “Valansuzhi Vinayagar” sannidhi stands first and having a dharshan of vinayagar in just a few steps one can enter the murugar shrine. Another Vinayagar Sannidhi can be seen here under a villva tree. This is a small hill temple for Lord Subramanya or Muruga with His two consorts built by King Klothunga Chola - II. Legend has it that Lord Muruga stayed in the hill on an auspicious day during His travel from Thirupporur to Thiruthani.

This is the only Murugan temple in Tamil Nadu where the God is sitting in the north facing direction. This temple was constructed by King Kulothunga Cholas - II. The specialty of this temple is that Lord Subramanian can be seen only with one Goddess at a time even though he is there along with both the Goddesses.
The temple reflects a taste of good architectural sense and has been done artistically, be it the pillars, the ceiling and even the rise of it. Yet another curious feature of this temple is the placement of the idols of the deities. When viewed from all ends, God Subramaniam can be seen along with only one Goddess at the time. In no position of viewing can both the Goddesses (Valli and Deivanai) be seen together with the Lord. This probably is to emphasize the concept of one woman and a man pairing.

The Saint Poet ‘Arunagirinathar” has visited this temple and has sung “Thiripugazh” on the Kunrathur murugan. The temple celebrates karthigai deepam in a grand manner and deepam will be lit on the hill temple. Kartikai asterism each month is considered sacred here. Skanda sashti in the month of Aippasi and “Padi Utsavam” in the month of Vaikasi are the main festivals celebrated here. In the inner praharam Shivan, Amman, and Vinayagar can be seen. In the outer praharam bhairavar, navagrahas, nagalingam under a peepal tree, dhaksinamurthy and durgai have separate sannidhis.
Address :
Kunrathur Murugan Koil
Kunrathur Road,
Chennai 600069
Phone : 044-24780436

Kundrathur - Raaghu (Thirunageswaram)

Thiru Nageswaram Koil is at Kundrathur .
This temple is believed to be built by Sekkizhaar ( who wrote Periya Puranam) Clan.
Here the Nagabharanam around the linga is supposed to be the Rahu for worship. The temple and its tank are clean and well maintained.
This place is also called as VADA THIRUNAGESWARAM
Address :
Sri Nageswarar Temple,
Chennai 600070

Gerugambakkam - Kethu

Kethusthalam -Gerukambakkam

Location : At the left side of the road in the Kovur- Kundrathur Road.

At the left hand of the entrance we see a separate Snake idol worshipped as the Kethu shrine.

The Amman strikes your sight as it is facing the entrance. So, big, majestic,beautiful!
 The Goddess attracts your concentration and attention. Only those who see it will believe it!! So, powerful is this Adi Kamakshi Amman and the Shiva here is Neelakandeswarar.
Address :
Sri Seetha Rama Sath Sangam and Sri Guru Seva Samithi Ashram,
GST Road,
Dakshina Brindaranyam,
Thailavaram -- 603 203
Phone : +919444294783

Guduvancheri Kalyana Anjaneyar Temple

Lord Hanuman aka Anjaneya, the great devotee of Lord Rama, has always been portrayed as a staunch bachelor. However, Lord Hanuman is found along with his consort Suvarchala Devi in the Kalyana Anjaneyar temple at the Thailavaram village near Chennai, India. The temple is located well on GST high road (Chennai – Tricy route) in Thailavaram village, which is located between Guduvanchery and Maraimalai Nagar. The distance from Chennai is around 40 km and the distance from Guduvanchery to this temple is around 3 km. The temple is located next to the famous SRM Engineering College.
The Kalyana Anjaneyar temple is perhaps the only temple where Lord Hanuman is found along with his consort. The temple authorities claim that there is a reference of Hanuman’s wife in Parasura Samhita. Suvarchala is the daughter of Lord Surya (the Sun God), who was the guru of Lord Hanuman.
The temple is very small. Lord Hanuman’s idol is eight feet long and has four hands, which itself is different from the other temples. The goddess Suvarchala is found along with Hanuman only as Utsav idol (the metal idol).
This is a small temple but has an enormous bell about 32 feet high. The top portion of the bell, measures 18 feet with a flag at its mast. The 18 feet concept is said to stand for the 18 chapters of the `Bhagavad Gita.'

The bell called Ghanta Sthamba also functions as a sannidhi for Lord Rama with his consort Sita and brother Lakshmana. The utsava moorthi of this Lord blesses the devotees. The moola vigraham, housed deep inside the bell and not visible to the visitor, is made of Rosewood.

At the base of the bell are four small statues of Anjaneya, with hands folded.

This bell is said to represent the great Vaishnava Acharya, Swami Desika, who according to traditional accounts was an incarnation of the bell of the Tirumala temple.
Address :
Sri Seetha Rama Sath Sangam and Sri Guru Seva Samithi Ashram,
GST Road,
Dakshina Brindaranyam,
Thailavaram -- 603 203
Phone : +919444294783

Choolai Sri Angallamman Temple

Angalamman Temple located in Choolai area of northern Chennai is one of the popular Goddess temples of Chennai which is very popular, ancient and very big temple. Recently the temple is given a new look with the constructions of Gopuram.
Angalamman temple is originally a village temple. However, it should have been extended at later date to include various other Hindu God idols. The Goddess is very powerful. People throng the temple on auspicious occasions and during mid-night poojas on Amavasai.

Angalamman temple is divided into two main section. In one section, the main shrine houses Angalamman, a red colored big idol, carrying a kid. There is a small Angallamman idol before the big idol. The corridor surrounding the shrine of Angallamman has another Goddess idol. The entrance of the shrine has idols of some village Gods and Ganesha. The tank is also found opposite to Angalamman shrine, which is a very big tank as well.

The second section of the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva named as Viswanathar in this temple. It is a typical Hindu temple structure. Viswanathar is in the form of a small Shiv Linga idols. A small idol of Visalakshi is found in a separate shrine. The corridor has the idols of Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga, and Chandikeswarar. The shrines of Ganesha, Murugan, Sivakami-Nataraj, and Bhairav are also found.

The outer corridor of the temple has the shrines of Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Virat Viswa Brahmam, and Murugan with Valli and Devasena. Navagraha idols in this temple are unique as they are found along with their respective vahans. In the outer corridor, as this being a village temple, people worship bricks as temple. 

Snake worship is also found in the temple. Snake hole is found along with snake idols.
The temple is full of stucco images depicting Shiva and Goddess in various forms and their legends.
Address :
Sri Angala Parameshwari Alayam
Angalamman Kovil,
South Mada Street, Choolai,
Chennai - 600 112
Landmark : Near Choolai Post Office
Phone : 044 - 26690678