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    Unknown ancient temples of tamilnadu

    Dear all,

    Though the milk is running allover the cow's body, we can get it only from its udder. Likewise, though god is omnipresent, ubiquitous, only in temples we can get his grace fully because of the positive vibrations present there. Also, the ancient temples built in a vast area with pakka vasthu and powerful yanthras provide us whatever we wish. Since, many devotees have already visited those temples, the Sannithya (presence with power) of god will also be enhanced. In this forum, just share some temples like this with all the details.

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    Has any one Heard of,"Rathinapureeswara Temple" near Kulithalai.This Temple is on the Top Of a Hill .This is a small temple built by,"Kulothunga Cholan" during 12 th Century I think so.The Hill is called Rathina Malai.
    Every one has to climb about 1200 steps to reach this Temple.Special importance about the temple is ,"Oru Manithan thanathu Vaalnaalil Ethanai Shiva Templesikku poogiranoo athanai Punniyam Oru murai intha Shiva Lingathai Tharisithal Poodum"
    A very Fine Temple to see.Has any one seen Rathina Pureeswara ?
    Please visit this temple.
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    Sri.Poovananathar Temple, Thiruppuvanam
    The four Saivite saints have sung the glory of Poovana Nathar, deity of Tiruppuvanam temple, near Madurai.

    MASSIVE: The pillars of the mahamantapam bear exquisite carvings.
    Those who have seen ``Parthipan Kanavu," Tamil film based on Kalki's historical of the same title, are likely to remember ``Vadiveru Thirisoolam thondrum, thondrum," saint Appar's song movingly rendered by M. L. Vasanthakumari. The song was dedicated to Lord Siva enshrined in the temple at Thiruppuvanam, 20 km east of Madurai on the road to Manamadurai, on the southern bank of the Vaigai. The saint hails the deity as ``Poovanathem Punithanaar" or the sacred Lord of Poovanam. The saint goes on to say that the beholder will first see the Trident, the Crescent on the matted locks of the Lord, the garland of Konrai flowers with their divine smell around His neck, His waist wrapped in elephant skin and finally the whole image of the Lord smeared with the holy ash. The place is considered as holy as Varanasi as the Vaigai takes a turn towards the north here and then flows towards east. Sung by the four saints, Appar, Sundarar, Thirugnanasambandar and Manickavasagar and also by Karuvur Thevar in his ``Thiruvisaippaa," the place once had thousands of Sivalingam and hence all the planets and stars would circumambulate them while going over this place, according to Paranjothi Munivar, author of ``Thiruvilaiyadal Puranam." Sambandar sings (Thevaram) that the three Tamil kings — Chera, Chozha and Pandya — worshipped the Lord here. Manickavasagar, in his ``Potri Thiruvagaval" refers to the Lord here as ``Poruppamar Poovanathaan." Karuvur Thevar describes this place full of high-rise buildings and houses whose tops were grazed by the moon. All these are, however, images from the past as the present Thiruppuvanam is a sleepy town, with small lanes and bylanes, except the main road through which buses and other vehicles to and from Madurai and Rameswaram ply. Ardent devotee The place is connected with an episode narrated in the ``Thiruvilaiyadal Puranam." Ponnanaiyall, an ardent devotee of Lord Siva, who lived here, used to take bath in the river early in the morning, offer garlands and dance before the Lord daily. She also spent all her earnings and wealth in feeding the devotees of the Lord. To test her, the Lord created in her mind the desire to carve out His idol in gold. Appearing before her as an ascetic (Siddhar) he claimed that He could turn any metal given to Him into gold. Promptly the girl handed over all the vessels in the house. The siddhar smeared holy ash on them and went away telling her that she would find them golden the next morning. So it happened and the girl turned over the collection to a goldsmith to make an idol. And what she saw was so enchanting that she pinched the deity's cheek leaving a permanent mark there. Her statue is found at the entrance of the temple along with those of the Siddhar, Chokkappa Nayak, the king who built many portions of the temple, his queen and his minister. The idol of Somaskandar, which bears the pinch mark on His cheek even now, is known as Ponnanaiyan and Azhagiyapiran. When Gnanasambandar visited this place he was held up on the northern bank of the river. The Lord asked Nandi to stand a little aside to give him darshan. One therefore finds Nandi seated a little aside and not right in front of the sanctum sanctorum. Sundarar calls the Lord as Ponnanaiyan, though He is known as Poovana Nathar in Tamil and Pushpavaneswarar in Sanskrit. Five-tier tower The temple is rather big with a five-tier tower at the main entrance with a small tower at the entrance of the Amman shrine, which is always kept closed. The Amman shrine is on the southern side and the Goddess is known as Minnanaiyall in Tamil and Soundara Nayaki in Sanskrit. On the walls of the Prakaram are inscribed poems from Thirumandiram, Thiruppugazh and Thirukkural. The Sthala Vriksham is the jackfruit tree. The temple, under the control of the Sivagangai Devasthanam, is very well maintained. The main festival is celebrated in the month of Panguni for ten days, with the deities of the Lord and His Consort being taken in procession in separate cars on the Panguni Uthiram day.
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    Peruncheri shri vaagheswaraswami temple

    STHALAM: Peruncheri
    Moorthy: Shri Vagheeswarar
    Ambal: Shri Swantharanayagi
    Worshipped by: Devaguru (brihaspathi), chola king Datta, sages of peruncheri
    Theertham: brhispathi theertham
    (famously known as thursday theertham. Swami will provide theertham (Theerthavari) on Marghazhi thursdays)

    Route: The temple is situated near Mayiladuthurai. It is in the route of Mayiladuthurai--Thiruvarur. We have to get down at "Mangainallur". From there we can take an auto to reach peruncheri.

    Fame of the village:
    Perum+cheri= A vast group. There were 40,000 sages who lived in this village. They performed severe penance and they thought penance itslef will provide everything and there is no superior god. To enrich their knowledge, siva in form of Bhikshadana and vishnu in form of mohini came here and blessed them

    Sthala Purana:
    The dispute for “tharadevi” (wife of devaguru) between chandra and brihaspathi made brihaspathi much worried and his mind was much upset. He went on Kshetradana and finally coming here, he got peace. He worshipped ambal in his manas and from his manas, ambal directly came out (Swa+anthara+nayagi). So called be her name. Finally siva blessed him (vagh+eswara= Vagh (here it means brihaspathi)) and his sorrow totally flied off. later, Chandra, thara and saraswathi all worshipped here.
    A demonic king from ceylon (Yavanan) once fighted with chola king Dhatta, The chola king was unable to withstand and he worshipped swantharanayagi. She sent kali and kali killed yavana. The king dhatta was thus saved.
    The teeths of surya has been broken by veerabadra swami during daksha yagna. Surya did penance here and got back his teeth. Many such gods who got beatings from veerabadhra during daksha yagna got their problem solved in this sthala.
    Pariharasthala:
    This is a parihara sthala for “Guru dhosha”. Also, since swami provided mental relief for brihaspathi himself, this is also a sthala to get rid off our worries.
    Vishesha:
    Both swami and ambal are considered to be swayambu. Ambal is very varaprasadhi (fufilling our desire asap).
    Surrounding Temple:
    A Mariamman temple is inside this village. She is very attractive and full of Shantha and karunya. Her temple is under renovation now.
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    Respected TSS,
    I heard that three temples should be visited Kalai kadambar, madiyam chockar, iravu ingoimalainathar near kulithalai. I visited engoimalai (as a shakti peeta and also a padal petra kshetra). But not visited rathnagirishwara. Can you provide the route for this temple?
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    Respected TSS

    one main thing about thirupoovanam is this is the only Pandya nattu sthalam that received songs from Appar, Sambandar and Sundarar (moovar padia sthalam). Even madurai did not get that fame. Also, very famous mariamman temple is nearby only. I forget her name. The temple is just backside to poovananathar temple. We have to cross vaigai and reach there. Since there is no water nowadays, we can simply walk and cross.
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    sankar, durga,

    i wish to express my appreciation of you guys, here and elsewhere, ferretting out hidden gems among our temples, in the various nooks and corners of south india.

    good stuff.

    reminded me, of the old serial in ananda vikatan, about 40 years ago by bharanidharan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DURGADASAN View Post
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    . We have to cross vaigai and reach there. Since there is no water nowadays, we can simply walk and cross.
    so sad.

    we are past summer. should there not be water in vaigai?
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    Yes sir,

    Am sure there won't be water surely during summer. Even if it was with water, there is a bridge and you can cross that. I remember the name now. It is Madapuram Makaliamman temple. The river has much undercurrent and no flow on its surface. Hence the name "Vai Kai". Even in hot summer, if you create a burrow with ur hands, you will get water from the sands.
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    I just want to come back. Poovananathar is now on my 'next time' list. I could just rent a car and driver and go out from any city with the instructions to 'just drive around' and then say 'Stop here." Go on, and then say "Stop here." again. That would be my idea of a fun day. Especially the ones you see driving by that are atop the ancient granite outcrops.

    Which temple is the oldest of them all? (I'm sure this is debated.)

    Aum Namasivaya
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