Wednesday, 13 December 2017

NAVASAKATHI PIDARI SRI KALIYAMMAN TEMPLE- ONE OF THE 8 MAMBALAM VILLAGE GAURDING DEITIES, WEST MAMBALAM, CHENNAI.

10th December 2017.
During conversation with the Gurukkal C Subramaniyam of Sri Muthalamman Temple, at West Mambalam, he told that this Pidari Sri Kaliyamman Temple is also one of the 8 Village Guarding deities  of Mambalam and more than 300 years old. This temple is at Ashok Nagar, once a part of Mambalam Village. After dharshan of Sri Muthalamman, went to this temple. Morning abhishekam was in progress during my visit  and had the dharshan of Pidari Sri Kaliyamman.

Iraivi : Navasakthi Pidari Sri Kaliyamman  
Some of the important details are as follows....

This temple is facing north with an entrance arch. Naagars under a peepal tree is at the entrance of the temple.

The Sanctum sanctorum consists of  sanctum, antarala, arthamandapam and a muka mandapam.  Simha vahanam, pali peedam and soolam are in the muka mandapam. Suthai dwarabalakis Sandi and samundi are at the entrance of the sanctum. Vinayagar and Subramaniyar drawings are above Dwarabalakis.  In koshtam two amman moorthams. Amman is in sitting posture on pedestal with damaru, soolam are in hands.

In the prakaram sannadhi for Kumara Vinayagar facing east, Panels of Annamar & Kannimar and Navagrahas.

Apart from daily poojas, Annual festival is being celebrated during Tamil month Adi.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs to 20.30 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
HOW TO REACH:

The temple is at the left side entrance of Police training institute in Ashok Nagar on Natesan Street and back side of Hot chips.

About 50 meters from Chennai metro Railway Station.
About 100 meters from Ashok Pillar bus stop, Fire station and Post Office of Ashok Nagar.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE



 Nagars under Peepal / Bhodhi tree

 Kumara Vinayagar 


 Annanmar 

 Sapthakanniyars

Navagrahas
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA--- 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

SRI RAMA ANJANEYAR TEMPLE, WEST MAMBALAM, CHENNAI.

10th December 2017
During my search of Mambalam Village guarding deities.. came across this small temple  on Lake View Road, West mambalam.

Moolavar : Sri Ramar with Sri Anjaneyar.
Some of the important feature of this temple are...

The temple entrance with an arch is facing north. Dwarabalakars are at the entrance of the temple. Vinayagar sannadhi is on the left side. Sri Ramar with Seetha and Lakshmanar sannadhi is facing east and Anjaneyar is facing Sri Ramar.  In between Ramar and Anjaneyar sannadhi Sri krishnar sannadhi facing north. There is a namaskara mandapam, a small in size, devotees used to do namaskaram. Stucco images are on the three sides of parapet walls of the temple. 

The temple is  32 years old. Devotees gather in large numbers on Saturdays, Hanuman jayanthi and Ramanavami days.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 10.00 hrs and 17.30 hrs to 20.30 hrs.

HOW TO REACH:
The temple is on the lake view Road and about 1 KM from Sub-Urban Railway station.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE

 The Vishnu avatharas



Sri Krishnar sannadhi

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Monday, 11 December 2017

SRI MUTHALAMMAN TEMPLE – ONE OF THE MAMBALAM VILLAGE GUARDING DEITY, WEST MAMBALAM, CHENNAI.

10th December 2017.
During my  search for the Mambalam Village Guarding 8 deities, came across this  300 years old Sri Muthalaman Temple on the south end of Lake view Road. The Gurukkal was preparing the pooja when I visited. Went along with him and told that he is doing pooja for the past 30 years in this temple. He told me that this is one of the 8 Mambalam Village boundary ( ellai ) guarding deities. He also claimed that this temple was once  a Pallipadai Temple similar to Pamban Swamikal temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Pondy Bazar Sri Agastheeswarar Temple, Appar Swamikal Temple and Pamban Swamikal Temple. For the proof he showed me the Hero Stone and a Muthalaman Stone installed at the back side of the sanctum.  In the course of time the old temple was ruined and this new temple was built on the same place with Amman as a presiding deity.

Iraivi : Sri Muthalaman
Some of the important details are as follows…

The temple is facing east with out any entrance arch or Rajagopuram. The Sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Antarala and Arthamandapam. Amman is seated on a 4 feet pedestal under Cobra snake hood. Amman is  holding Damaru, soolam, Sword and Kapala in four hands. Under the base Amman’s head statue, which was  found out from the near by lake. Simha vahana and Palipedam are in the mandapam. In koshtam Gowmari, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Brahmi and Durgai. At the entrance of the sanctum Ganapathy and Valli Devasena Subramaniyar on both sides
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There is an interesting story that the Amman statue was made  for a Singapore temple and some how stayed at harbor. Latter installed at this temple. It was also learnt that some devotees from Singapore visits this temple even now.  

In the prakaram Sannadhi for Kathavarayan, Veerapathirar are  at the entrance Gate, Bala Ganapathy & Balamurugan, Anjaneyar, Hero stone and Navagrahas.  Nagars are under the peepal tree. Two  panels consists of Amman face and Hero stone are installed at the back side of the sanctum. Gurukkal claimed that originally this temple might have been built for a person, who  died in a war and temple was built with a small Amman’s head as a presiding deity. In the hero stone the hero is riding on a horse with a sword on his hand.   

Interestingly happened to see a Kanthu ( believed to be the male  consort of  Amman ) and a stone  at the entrance of the Temple.

It is a temple for Poosa nakshathira. Special poojas are conducted on Kiruthukai, Shashti, Navarathiri. Annual kool vaarthal festival is also conducted on 4th Sunday of Adi month.
  
TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.30 hrs to 20.30 hrs. Timings may change during festival and Fridays.

CONTACT DETAILS:
C Balasubramaniya Gurukkal may be contacted on his mobile 9444462116 and his address is 5/1B, Kavarai street, West Mambalam.

HOW TO REACH :
This temple is on the south end of Lake view street, in West Mambalam,  
The nearest bus stop is MettuPalayam, Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Temple and Postal Colony.
The nearest Sub-Urban Railway station is Mambalam and the temple is about 3 KM.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE




 The Sthala Viruksham with nagars

 The reliefs of Muthalamman and Hero Stone

 Navagraha Sannadhi 

Kanthu 

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Friday, 1 December 2017

THE REMAINS OF STONE AND IRON AGE,PERIODS AT SEEYAMANGALAM AND THIRUMALPADI – A HERITAGE VISIT.

26th November 2017.
MENHIR
This visit was a part of a Heritage Visit lead by Mr Venkatesh, The historian and writer. During our visit at Seeyamangalam happened to see Menhir in the midst of a lake adjacent to the 7th Century Pallava period rock cut cave Sri Sthambeswarar Temple. The temple Gurukkal explained the legend of the temple. In that he said that Shiva came down to earth in the form of Sthambam, hence called as Sthambeswarar. 
At first sight I could not believe it. The experts clarified that Seeyamangalam was an early humans habitation site  ( end of Stone age and beginning of Iron age ) and cairn circles are there near the stambam. The Sthambam is a MENHIR erected at the burial sites. Usually the dead body will be kept in a urn and buried. Over which Dolmen or Menhirs will be  erected. These menhirs are erected for leader or important persons of that group. This menhir belongs to 9th century BCE to 3rd century BCE. These sort of Menhirs available in foreign countries also. Had seen such menhirs at Kodumanal, Kumarikal PalayamNichampalayam in Kongu Mandalam. 



ROCK ART / ROCK CARVINGS. கீறல் ஒவியங்கள்.
After the Dharshan of Sri Ranganathar at Thirumalpadi, happened to see some figures carved rather I can say chiseled on the rock at the foot of the hill. A Man with crown and some animals are chiseled. When we searched the web site, the same  was  documented as rock carvings  and listed along with stone and Iron age paintings of Thiruvannamalai District ( Serials Publications by Mr K Rajan ).
Usually the rock carvings  are done using like, nails, bones of animals or sharp stones. These types of carvings may belongs to stone age. But these carvings  found at Thirumalpadi may belong to much latter period. The carvings are done using chisel and the curves of the animals are very neat. Some experts of the opinion that these carving belongs to recent years and may not cross 100 years. Then how come it is documented along with the rock art paintings?. The reason is not known. Up loaded the rock carving photos of Marayur and Hampi, which I had seen.  
 Engravings / carvings at Thirumalpadi
 Engravings / carvings at Thirumalpadi
 Engravings / carvings at Thirumalpadi
 Engravings / carvings at Thirumalpadi
Engravings / carvings at Thirumalpadi

 Carvings at Hampi  (கீறல் ஒவியங்கள் )

Maraiyur carvings ( கீறல் ஒவியங்கள் )
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

Thursday, 30 November 2017

SRI KAILASANATHAR TEMPLE, KANCHIPURAM - A WONDER OF PALLAVA DYNASTY – A HERITAGE VISIT.

26th November 2017.
It was around 17.00 hrs when we reached the Sri Kailasanathar Temple, after lunch?.. at  Kanchipuram, the last stop of our Heritage Visit, led by Mr Venkatesh, the historian and the Novelist.  The sky was overcast throughout the day. With the dull light could not take good photographs. The temple is under the control of Archeological Survey of India (ASI ) and lot of renovations are in progress.

This temple construction was started by Pallava King Rajasimha also called as Narasimhavarma – II and completed by his son Mahendravarma – II. ( 685 AD to 705 AD). This temple is also called as Rajasimha Pallaveswaram. It was told that the temple was the first stone structure built by the Pallva Kings, when the Kanchipuram was their Capital. The temple is still under worship.

The base was constructed with granite and the small sannadhis  ( 58 nos, apart from 8 sannadhis ( some has the Shiva Lingas) at the entrance )   are constructed with sand stone. The small sanndhis has the reliefs and statues of Uma & Mahesvara’s various postures. The sanctum walls has the reliefs of various form of Lord Shiva and Hindu deities. The  square Vimana  is constructed in Dravidian style. The (squatting) lion pillars supports the small sanctums was a speciality of Pallava period temple construction. Pallava Kings focused to place their Loins as many places as possible. 

Due to age most of the sculptures are damaged and plastering with lime mortar is in progress by the ASI. Why do they selected these sand stone?, which deteriorate due to age, may be for easy sculpting or carving.  The details of my first visit to this temple as a part of Temples Visit are posted in this blog.

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 Uma Maheswarar with old colour painting 


 Mahishamardhini

 Thiripuranthakar


 Narasimha & Hiranya vatham


 Jalandhara Samhara 

 Uma Maheswarar


 Dhakshinamurthy with Yogapatti 

Thavvai or the Jyeshta Devi

More photos are posted in my Google+. CLICK HERE to view.

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---