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108 Divyadesam Temples of Sri Maha Vishnu

P.J.

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Divya Desam 60- Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane- Chennai

Divya Desam 60- Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane- Chennai





The Temple

The Parthasarathy Temple (Tamil: பார்த்தசாரதி கோயில்) is an 8th-century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to the god Krishna, located at Triplicane, Chennai, India. The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th–9th centuries CE and is classified as among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu.[SUP]

[/SUP] The name 'Parthasarathy', in Sanskrit, means the 'charioteer of Arjuna', referring to Krishna's role as a charioteer to Arjuna in the epic Mahabaratha.


It was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century by king Narasimhavarman I. The temple has five of the incarnations or avatars of Vishnu: Narasimhar, Ramar, Varadaraja, Ranganathar and Krishna.[SUP]

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The temple is one of the oldest structures in Chennai. There are shrines for VedavalliThayar, Ranganatha, Rama, Gajendra Varadharaja Swamy, Narasimha, Andal, Anjaneya, Alvars, Ramanuja, Swami Manavala Mamunigal and Vedanthachariar. The temple subscribes to Vaikhanasa agama and follows Thenkalai tradition. There are separate entrances for the Krishna and Narasimha temples. The gopuram (towers) and mandapas (pillars) are decorated with elaborate carvings, a standard feature of South Indian Temple Architecture.


Temple History

The temple was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century, subsequently expanded by Cholas and later by the Vijayanagara kings in the 15th century.[SUP]

[/SUP] The temple has several inscriptions dating from the 8th century in Tamil and Telugupresumably from the period of Dantivarman, who was a Vishnu devotee. Thirumangai Alvar, the 9th century alvar also attributes the building of temple to the Pallava king. From the internal references of the temple, it appears that the temple was restored during 1564 CE when new shrines were built. In later years, endowments of villages and gardens have enriched the temple.The temple also has inscriptions about the Pallava king, Nandivarman of the 8th Century.[SUP]

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The temple was extensively built during the Chola period and a lot of inscriptions dating back to the same period are found here. The outer most mandapam is replete with sculptures of various forms of Vishnu, especially the avatars. One can also see inscriptions of Dantivarma Pallava of the 8th century, Chola, Pandiya and Vijayanagara in the temple. The first architectural expansion of the temple took place during the reign of the Pallavas (Tondaiyar Kon) as vividly described by Tirumangai Azhwar. Reminiscent of this is the inscription of the Pallava King Dantivarman (796-847 A.D.), which is preserved in the temple. The temple witnessed a major expansion during the rule of the Vijayanagar kings like Sadasiva Raya, Sriranga Raya and Venkatapati Raya II (16th century). Many subshrines and pillared pavilions (mandapas) like the Tiruvaimozhi Mandapa were added.


Tiruvallikeni may not be as serene as Tirumangai Azhwar described it, but the aura remains because of the Parthasarathy Swamy temple.


A Pallava king built the present temple in the eighth century. The gopuram was also built by a Pallava king - Tondaiman Chakravarthy. There are inscriptions that record the contributions of the Chola kings Raja Raja and Kulottunga III, Pandya King Maravarman and many rulers of the Vijayanagar dynasty including Ramaraja Venkatapathiraja and Vira Venkatapathy. For a while the East India company administered the temple. The pushkarani is called Kairavani and five sacred teerthams are believed to surround the tank - Indra, Soma, Agni, Meena and Vishnu. Seven rishis - Bhrigu, Atri, Marichi, Markandeya, Sumati, Saptaroma and Jabali - performed penance here. All five deities in the temple have been extolled by Tirumangai Azhvar.[SUP]
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Tiruvallikeni is noted for its colourful festivals throughout the year. The recitation of the 4000 hymns of the Azhwars is a great tradition preserved in this temple for generations


The temple has two gopurams (tower) each in eastern and western directions. The temple has five vimanams namely Anatha Nilaya Vimanam over Parthasarathy shrine, Ranganathar Sannidhi vimanam, Ramar sannathy vimanam, Narasimha sannidhi vimanam and Andal Sannidhi vimanam.[SUP]

[/SUP] The temple tank called "Thiruallikeni" is derived from the place where Vishnu's consort Lakshmi herself was born as Vedavalli to Sage Bhrigu. The tank contains five wells and lies opposite to the eastern entrance of the temple.[SUP]

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The temple has two main shrines built back-to-back. The Mulavar (main deity), Parthasarathy alias Venkata Krishnan, faces East. Along with his consort Rukmani Piratiyar, he holds sword in one hand (this is debatable since the official site says he holds conch in his right hand, as he had promised not to take up arms in mahabharat war), Varadha Muthirai on the other hand. Krishna's brother Balarama is positioned on his right, Satyaki to his left; Krishna's son Pradyumna and grandson Aniruddha are also found in the sanctum.[SUP]

[/SUP] This is one of the Vishnu temples where the Vishnu is present along with his three generations. The shrine of Narasimha (Thellia Singhar) faces west and just as the main sanctum, there is a separate entrance and flag post (Dwajasthambam) for Narasimha. The deity is seated in Veetrirundha Yoga thirukolam (Sitting Posture).[SUP]

[/SUP] The two sanctum sanctorums are located back-to-back with a very narrow passage in between.

There is a shrine for Ranganatha (Sri Mannanathar) and Ramar located in the passage to the main sanctum.[SUP]

[/SUP]Ranganatha is in Bujanga Sayanam, reclining posture facing east. The shrine of his consort, Vedavalli Thayaar, is located parallel to the main sanctum, facing east. There is a shrine of Gajendra Varadar There is a shrine for Rama (an avatar of Vishnu), known here as Chakravarthi Thirumagan. He is seen here with his entire family, i.e., consort Sita Piratti, brothers Lakshmana, Bharatha, Shatrughna and devotee Hanuman opposite to the shrine of Ramar.[SUP]

[/SUP] There is also a separate shrine for Andal, one of the 12 Azhwars who is also considered as a consort to the presiding deity.


It is one of the very few shrines in the country dedicated to Krishna as Parthasarathy, charioteer of Arjuna and to contains idols of three avatars of Vishnu: Narasimha, Rama, and Krishna. Because of the association of the temple with Krishna, Tiruvallikeni came to be regarded as the Southern Brindavana.


Greatness of the Temple

The presiding Deity of this temple Sri Venkatakrishna Swami also known as "GEETHACHARYA".

According to Brahmanda purana, King Sumathy prayed Lord Thiruvengada of the Seven Hills to give him darshan in the form of the Charioteer (SARATHY) to PARTHA during the MAHABHARATHA WAR and rendering GEETHA. Lord Thiruvengada appeared in his dream and bade him to go to "BRINDARANYA" where he would give him Darshan in the form he wished. Meanwhile, Athreya Maharishi requested his Acharya Vedavyasa to mention to him the place fit for doing Thapas and he was directed by his Acharya to go to Brindaranya on the banks of the Kairavani Theertham overgrown with Thulasi plants and where king Sumathy was doing Thapas. Saying so, Vedavyasa gave Athreya a Divya-Mangala Vigraha with a conch in his right hand and Gnana Mudra in the left hand pointing to HIS HOLY FEET signifying the famous Charama Sloka of the Bhagavat Geetha:-

"Sarva Dharman Parithyajya Mamekam Saranam Vraja Ahamthwa Sarwa Papebhyo Mokshayishyami Ma Suchaha" (18-66):



This quintessence of the Geetha is rendered into English by Sir Edwin Amold thus:-

"And let go those Rites and writ duties! Fly to Me alone!
Make Me thy single refuge! I will free Thy soul from all its sins! Be of good cheer!"


Accordingly, Athreya Maharishi reached the Ashramam of Sumathy and narrated to him in detail, the circumstances that led him to go there. Sumathy was pleased with the Divya Mangala image of Sri Parthasarathy Swamy in accordance with the desire and welcomed Athreya. He celebrated the Chaitrotsavam according to Vaikanasa Agama and worshipped him. The central figure enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum is being worsipped as "SRI VENKATAKRISHNA SWAMY". Sri Rukmani Thayar and Satyaki, his younger brother, are installed on his right and left side respectively. His elder brother Balarama is seen on the right side of Rukmani Thayar facing north and his son Prathyumnan and his grandson Anirudhan are seen on the northern side of the Garbagraha facing south. These five warriors (Pancha Veeral) are so placed in these positions as we now worship them to keep in conformity with some incidents that took place in their life-time. Still more grandeur and inspiring is the bewitching and ever smiling UTHSAVAR Deity – Sri Parthasarathy Swami, with marks in the face caused by Bheeshma's arrows during the Maha Bharatha War. The Thilagam set with diamonds with a Safire in the centre resembles the full moon in the crystal clear blue sky.



SRI RANGAM IN TRIPLICANE:


The oldest of the shrines in the temple is that of Sri Mannadha Swamy (SRI RANGANADHAR). It is said that Sri Mahalakshmi in the guise of a young child came away from Her abode- the chest of Maha Vishnu in the Ksheerabdhi Sayanam – due to some misunderstanding (Pranaya Kalagam) with the Lord, to Brindaranya where she was brought up by Bhrigu Maharshi who got her married to Sri Ranganatha, who had come in the guise of beautiful prince to Brindharanya, on Suddha Makha Dwadasi (twelfth bright fortnight) in the month of February-March, which is considered to be very sacred by all, as it is said that Sri Vedavalli has addressed Sri Mannadha to bless all Bhaktas who worship them on that day of Marriage attain all prosperity and salvation or Moksha in the end. There is a separate shrine within the main shrine for Sri Ranganatha who is reclining on Adi Sesha and facing East with his consorts and Brahma in the naval. There are two other images in that shrine one is Sri Narasimha and the other is Sri Varaha facing each other north and south.


SRI VEDAVALLI THAYAR:



A separate shrine is built for Sri Vedavalli Thayar facing East on the right side of the Parthasarathy shrine. Festivals are done to Sri Thayar on every Friday and the procession is carried out within the precincts of the temple Thirumanjanam or holy bath is done on every Friday. Navarathiri festival ending with Mahanavami is celebrated in the month of Purattasi (September-October). Pallava uthsavam is celebrated for five days in the month of Panguni and Sthala Puranam is read on all days of the festival and the festival ends with Thirukkalyanam with Vedavalli Thayar on the Panguni Uthiram day.
AHOBILAM IN TRIPLICANE:(LORD NARASIMHA)


There is a separate shrine for Sri Thellia-Singa-Perumal (Sri Narasimha Swamy) in this temple facing west, behind Sri Parthasarathy swamy shrine. It is said that the Lord Narasimha Swamy appeared to Athri Maharishi being pleased with his tapas and at his request took his Abode in Brindaranya. The Annual Brahmotsavam for Sri Narasimha Swamy is celebrated in the month of Ani (June-July). Procession on every Swathy Thirunakshatram day being the day when he appeared to Athri Rishi, is conducted in the four small mada veethees. Davana Uthsavam is celebrated for 3 days in the month of Masi commencing from Swathy Thirunakshathram. Float festival is celebrated in the month of Masi. Sri Narasimha Jayanthi, the birth day of Shri Narasimha, is celebrated on the Suddha Cathurdasi day in the month of Vaikasi. Yoga Narasimhaswamy is the name of Moolavar and the Uthsavar is worshipped as Azhagiasinger or Thelliasingaperumal. He has a separate flag mast (dwajasthambam). The Uthsavar, Azhagia Singar, has a serene face and appears with Ahwana Hastham (beckoning the devotees) and Abhaya Hastham (Showering his grace in abundance).


Those who suffer in life pray to this lord and get his blessings. Their woes melt like the mist during sun rise. He cures ailments and people with mental disorders pray before him for restoring their mental health.


AYODHI IN TRIPLICANE:



Sri Chakravarthi Thirumagan (SRI RAMA) with his brothers Bharatha, Satrughna, Lakshmana and his consort Maithilli (SEETHA) gave Darshan to Maharishi Maduman who did penance here to have Darshan of Sri Rama with his Consort and brothers. A separate shrine is built is within the precincts of the main shrine of Sri Parthasarathy Swamy facing South. Opposite to this shrine Sri Hanumar with Utsavar is installed in a separate small shrine. Hanumath Jayanthi with procession is done on the day of Suddhya Thrayodasi in the month of Margazhi. Sri Rama Navami festival is celebrated and on the third day morning, Garuda Vahana procession is conducted.


TO BE CONTINUED


OM NAMO NARAYANA



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Greatness of the Temple Continues


KANCHI IN TRIPLICANE:

LORD GAJENDRA VARADAR SWAMY is said to have been worshipped by Saptharoma Maharishi in accordance with the Vaikhanasa Agamam. The Moolavar is worshipped as Sri Gajendra Varadaraja swamy as he has given MOKSHA TO GAJENDRA after saving him from the jaws of a crocodile. The Lord in heaven heard the appealing tone of his Bhakta Gajendra who was dragged into the waters by the crocodile and he rushed to the spot seating on Garuda, the king of birds, holding discuss in one hand and conch in another to save his Bhakta and threw the discus at the crocodile and saved him from death. The Moolavar is seen seated on Garuda with discus and conch on both right and left hands respectively and is being worshipped as such. On Hastha Thirunakshatram days, monthly procession is carried out and annual festival for ten days is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi.


SRI VILLIPUTHUR IN TRIPLICANE:



A separate shrine is built for SRI ANDAL-the incarnation of Bhu Devi and the festivals are being celebrated monthly and annually. In the month of Adi (June-July) Thiru Adi Puram festival for ten days is celebrated ending with the procession of Andal with Sri Parthasarathy Swamy on Pura Thirunakshatram day (Thiru Adipooram), the birth star of Sri Andal. Neeratta Utsavam for nine days is also done in the month of Margazhi (December-January) ending with Bhogi Thirukalyanam with Sri Parthasarathy swamy.


Structural Beauty of the Temple

The mahamandapam , and the thiruvaimozhi Prabanda Mandapam , Show clear architecture of Pre Pallava period and the perceptible differences seen in the structures in the main shrine and the mandapam in front, go to determine that the mandapams are later annexures to the original shrine by ruling race, as is generally the from the figures on the pillars of the main shrine and the Dwajarohana mandapam of Sri Parthasarathy swamy as the later and remoter than the former.The Mandapam in Front of Sri Parthasarathy swamy called Thiruvoimozhi Prabandha Mandapam contains peculiar figures of pre pallava period.


The figures in the Kalyana Mandapam,four pillared mandapam in front of the temple and the Hanumar temple on the eastern side tank of Vijayanagara Art. Except Sri parthasarathy swamy shrine, other shrines have been renovated in the beginning of the century and shrine of Sri Vedavalli Thayar and the 36 pillared mandapam in front of the temple werebuild in the later part of the last century.

ART:

All the Gopurams have been painted during Samprokshanam conducted during the year 2004 and 2005. All the Gopurams are well maintained and they are decorated with serial lights.

ARCHITECTURE:




The Maha mandapam, and the Thiruvaimozhi Prabanda Mandapam, show distinctive architecture of Pre-Pallava period. The perceptible differences seen in the structures in the main shrine and the mandapam in front, show that the mandapams are added later to the original shrine by the subsequent rulers. The Mandapam in front of Sri Parthasarathy swamy called Thiruvoimozhi Prabandha Mandapam, contains peculiar figures of Pre-Pallava period. The figures in the Kalyana Mandapam, four pillared mandapam in front of the temple and the Hanumar temple on the eastern side tank are of Vijayanagara Art. Except Sri Parthasarathy swamy shrine, other shrines have been renovated in the beginning of the century and shrine of Sri Vedavalli Thayar and the 36 pillared mandapam in front of the temple were built in the later part of the last century.


STONE INSCRIPTIONS:


1. 234 of 1903,(Tamil) belonging to Danti Varman(779-830) On a stone built into the floor at the entrance into the Garbhagraha of the Parthasarathy swamy temple, a record in the twelfth year of the Pallava King danti Varma Maharaja. Records that the a certain Pugalthunai Visaiyaraiyan redeemed the field and arranged for the usual quantity of rice offerings every day.(This inscription coroboratres the testimony of Thirumangai Alwar's pasuram attributing the foundation of the temple to the Thonda King(i.e) Pallava).


2. 235 of 1903 (Tamil) On the north of the central shrine in same temple, a record of the Vijayanagara King Vira Venkatapathi Maharaja (Venkata I-1586-1614) is S. 1527 Vikari, refers to the king as seated on a jewelled throne at the city of Perumkondai.


3. 236 of 1903(Tamil) On the south base of the same shrine, a record of the Vijayanagara King Vira Venkatapathi Deva Maharaja I (1586-1616) in S. 1525 Shobakrit, refers to king as seated on a jeweled throne in the city of Perungondai and to the consecration of an Thirumazhisai Alwar and a gift of Twenty Varahas to this shrine.


4. 237 of 1903 (Telugu) On the same base as above, a record of the Vijjayanagara King Rangaraya Deva Maharaj I(1578-86)In S. 1507 Tharana, records the gift of the villages of Sembiam and Nidambaram (Nadumbarai) besides a garden by Thirumala Nayaningaru, the General of Ramaraja Venkatapathi Raju(Venkata I).


5.238 of 1903 (Tamil) On the north base of the same shrine, a multilated record in the forty ninth year of the Pandya King Maravarman alias Tribuvana Chakravarthi Kulasekhara Deva.


6.239 of 1903 (tamil) On the same base as above, a record of the Vijianagara king Mahamandaleswara Virapratapa Sadasivadeva maharaja in S.1486 Raktakshi. records that a private individual built certain portions of the temple, namely shrines of Pallikonda Perumal, Krishna, Vedavalli Nachiar, Thiruvoymozhi mandapam, the kitchen and the Prakara wall and set up a number of images and granted three villages.


7. 240 of 1903 (Tamil) On the east north basis of the mandapam in front of the same shrine, a record of the Vijianagara King Virapratapa Vira Venkatapathi Deva Maharaja, (1586-1616) in S. 1527 - Krodana.


8.241 of 1903 (Tamil) On a stone built the floor of the same mantapam, a fragmentary record of the Chola King Thribuvana Viradeva (Kulotung III) which is last mentions Tiruvanmiyur in Kottumadu.



9.242 of 1903 (Tamil) On another stone built into the same place, a fragmentary record in the twenty third year of the chola King rajaraja Deva. Four other similar fragments are built into this mantapa and a number of other portions of the temple.


OM NAMO NARAYANA



TO BE CONTINUED
 

P.J.

Well-known member
Divya Desam 60- Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane- Chennai- Continues

Divya Desam 60- Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane- Chennai- Continues




Thenkalai Gained Precedence

The temple had internal conflict during from the 1750s till the end of the century between the two subsects of Vaishnavism, namely Thenkalai and Vadagalai.[SUP]

[/SUP] The two sects were grounded over the right of reciting each of their own version of concluding verses in the temple.[SUP]

[/SUP] A petition was received by the ruling British government to decide the religious dispute. English records mention petition during the year 1754 filed by local inhabitants and merchants seeking to resolve the dispute.[SUP]

[/SUP] They suggested that the Tenkalai Brahmins could recite their Srisailesadayaptram in the Parthasarathi shrine, while the Vadakalai Brahmins could recite their Ramanujadayapatram in the Telinga Singar shrine.[SUP]

[/SUP] The council agreed that the suggestion in the petition be accepted and publicly announced.[SUP]

[/SUP] There were further petitions in 1780 from the Tenkalai Brahmins that since the temple was built, recitals were made only in Srisailesadayaptram, which should continue. It also asserted that the trustee Manali Muthukrishna Mudali favoured Vadakalai resulting in the issue.[SUP]

[/SUP] While both the sects were claiming theirs should be the practice followed in the temple, the English administrators in India has deep rooted belief that old ways were the only solution to preserve tranquility.[SUP]

[/SUP] The Tenkalai sect had the sanction of antiquity and custom resulting in Tenkalai gaining precedence.


Rights of the Local Fishermen

The bearers at the temple were traditionally fishermen of Triplicane.[SUP]

[/SUP] During the temple festivities, they carry the festival idol in their sturdy shoulders in an atmosphere of wine and toddy shops.[SUP]

[/SUP] They bargained for additional rights in the temple in 1928, which eventually ended their ties with the temple


Swamy Vivekanada's connection to Sri Parthasarathy Temple



“Lord Parthasarathy is there for us, ready to be our Sarathy in Life and guide us all the way through if we are ready to offer selfless service”

Calls for 'Life-long sacrifice' to uplift the Poor and the Oppressed

A Sacrificial Journey will be full of 'Deadly Thorns' but believe in Lord Parthasarathy and you will succeed




This day 120years ago (August 20, 1893), Swami Vivekananda sent a letter to Alasinga Perumal of Triplicane wherein he showered heaps of praise on Lord Parthasarathy.




Calling Lord Parthasarathy as a friend of the poor, he directs us to the Parthasarathy Perumal temple to seek the Lord’s blessings. 'Take a bow before Lord Parthasarathy of Thiruvallikeni and give an undertaking before Him of a great sacrifice, one of a whole life for the poor, the lowly and the oppressed - for whom Lord Parthasarathy comes from time to time and whom he loves above all.'


Swami Vivekananda asks us to take a vow to devote our whole lives to the cause of redemption of the 300million poor 'who are going down and down every day.'


Sacrificial Journey will be full of deadly thorns




While he cautions us that this is not the work of just one day saying that the path is full of most deadly thorns, he gives us the confidence that Lord Parthasarathy of Thiruvallikeni is there for us ready to be our Sarathy in Life and guide us all the way through if we are ready to offer selfless service.




Swami Vivekananda wants us to have eternal faith in Lord Parthasarathy and asks us to set fire to the mountain of misery that has been heaped upon India for ages. He says 'the misery can be easily burnt down.'






Despite the task ahead of each one of us being a grand one, especially in light of the fact that 'currently we are all so low', he reminds us that we are the sons of Light and children of God.
Belief in Lord Parthasarathy and reposing trust in Him will help us succeed in all our endeavours, concludes Swami Vivekananda.



Tamil Poet Bharathiyar's Connection to Sri Parthsarathy Temple


The greatest of Tamil poets, Subramanya Bharathi, was born in Ettayapuram (around 600-km from Chennai), in 1882. He could write verse even at age seven.


The last years of his life were spent in a house in Triplicane, Chennai, which was then Madras. This house was bought and renovated by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1993 and named ‘Bharathiyar Illam’. It was opened to the public on October 2, 1993.


The house takes us back to the life and times of Mahakavi Bharathi. Photographs of Bharathiyar, his family, and his friends are displayed here. His handwritten verses are framed and displayed. There is also a letter from Mahatma Gandhi (in Tamil) to mark the occasion of the opening of Bharathiyar Mani Mandapam in Ettayapuram, in 1947. Bharathiyar's letters to his friend Nellaiappar are also displayed.


Bharathiyar Illam
TP Koil Street
Triplicane
Chennai – 600005,













Bharathiar’s end came when he was shoved aside by an elephant in mast, at the Parthasarathy Temple in Triplicane, Madras. His condition deteriorated rapidly and he passed away on 11[SUP]th[/SUP] September, 1921.


















OM NAMO NARAYANA


TO BE CONTINUED



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http://www.sriparthasarathytemple.tnhrce.in/stone-parthasarathy.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divya_Desam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthasarathy_Temple,_Triplicane
http://temple.dinamalar.com/en/new_en.php?id=498

http://www.india-intro.com/history/...anya-bharathis-house-a-legacy-in-chennai.html
https://bharathgyanblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/subramanya-bharati-remembrance-day/
 

P.J.

Well-known member
Divya Desam 60- Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane- Chennai- Continues

Divya Desam 60- Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane- Chennai- Continues




Specials :

  • The great seven Munis (Saptha Rishis) - Brighu, Atthiri, Mareeshi, Markandeyar, Sumathi, Jaabali and Saptharomar performed Tapas (thavam) here and as a result of this, the sthalam is also called as "Brindaranyasthalam". This sthalam is also known as "Panja Veerathalam".
  • Lord Vishnu appeared here as "Sri Parthasarathy" for Thondaimaan.
  • The Lord is installed by Vyasar and Devoted by Aathreyar.
  • Thirumazhisai Alwar met first Three Alwars (Poigai, Pei and Bhutham) in this sthalam.

The glory of the temple lies in its being one among the 108 Divya Desas of Perumal. Presiding deity is 9 feet tall. This is the only Vishnu temple where Perumal appears with a moustache of a Sarathi – conducting Arjuna’s Rath in the Kurukshetra battle field. He also appears with His family.


Deities



The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Venkata Krishnan. Along with Rukmani Piratiyar, he holds sword in one hand, Varadha Muthirai on the other hand and his brother Balaraman on his right, Sathaki on his left, son Prathyumnan, Grand son Aniruthan are also found near the Moolavar. This is one of the Sthalam where the Perumal shows his seva along with his three generations. He is found in standing (Nindra thirukkolam) position and facing his Thirumugham towards East direction.
The Thayaar of this Allikeni sthalam is Vedavalli Thayaar.
Sannadhis :

  • Sri Ramar Sannadhi.
  • Aranga Nathan Sannadhi.
  • Moolavar Sannadhi.
  • Thaayar Sannadhi.
  • Sri Varadharajan Sannadhi.
  • Azhagiyasingar( Narasimhar).
  • Sri Andal Sannadhi.


Mangalasasanam :



  • Thirumangai Alwar – 10 Paasurams.
  • Pei Alwar - 1
  • Thirumazhisai Alwar – 1
- Total 12. Sri Ramanujar, Sri Manavala Mamunigal has also done mangalasasanam here.


Pushkarani :

The Main pushkarani of this Sthalam is Kairavini Saras. Some other theerthams like Agni theertham, Soma theertham, Meena theertham, Indra theertham, Vishnu theertham are also found in this Sthalam. Due to lots of Alli (LILLY) flowers in the pond, this Kshetram is so-called as "Alli keni".



Vimanam :


The Vimaanam is said to be found of Five Nillays with Seven Kalasams on it. The Five Nillays are :

  • Ananda
  • Pranava
  • Pushpaka
  • Sesha and
  • Thaivagai vimanam.



Temple Festivals

FESTIVALS
Month Festival Details
Chithirai:SRI PARTHASARATHY BRAHMOTSAVAM, & VIDAIYATRI FESTIVAL.SRI UDAYAVAR FESTIVAL (Concluding and Leave - Taking Ceremony).
Vaigasi:SRI GAJENDRA VARADAR UTHSAVAM (10 DAYS) VASANTHA UTHSAVAM - Spring Festival for Sri Gajendra Varadarajar, Sri Ranganathar, Sri Vedavalli Thayar. NARASIMHA JAYANTHI.
Aani:SRI NARASIMHA SWAMY BRAHMOTSAVAM and KODAI UTHSAVAM (Summer festival)
Aadi:THIRU AADI POORAM FESTIVAL - Birthday of SHRI AANDAL on Her Zodiac cal Star.SRI GAJENDRA MOTSHAM.
SRI PARTHASARATHY SWAMY JESHTABISHEGAM.
Jyeshta means Chief-in-Brethren; Abhishegam-means pouring on-in of selected Holy Liquid and Item on the Lord.
Thiru Pavaadai Utsav - Anointing of Epicurean Offerings on His Holy Physique.
THIRUPPAVADAI UTHSAVAM:- Anointing of Epicurean Offerings on His Holy Physique.
SRI NARASIMHAR'S JESHTABISHEGAM
Aavani:THIRU PAVITHRA UTHSAVAM ( Sanctification Ceremony).SRI JAYANTHI UTHSAVAM.
Purattasi:LAKSHARCHANAI FOR VEDAVALLI THAYAR during NAVARATHIRI (Festival of Nine Nights).
MYLAI PEYAZHVAR VISIT TO TRIPLICANE.
Iyyppasi:SRI MANAVALA MAMUNIGAL UTHSAVAM.
DEEPAVALI (Festival of Lights)
ANNA KOODA UTHSAVAM (Offering of Variety Rice).
Karthigai: THIRUKARTHIGAI DEEPAM UTHSAVAM ( Various and Varied Lights).
THAILA KAAPPU - Means Anointing of Several Medicinal Oils on His / Her Corporal. SRI ANJANEYAR EKADINA LAKSHARCHANAI.
Margazhii: PAGAL PATHU UTHSAVAM (Ten days)
SRI VAIKUNTA EKADASI (Entering into Heaven).
RAAPPATHU UTHSAVAM (Ten days)
ANDAL NEERATTU UTHSAVAM,
Thai: SRI PARTHASARATHY SWAMY YEGADINA LAKSHARCHANAI
RATHA SAPTHAMI (Ratha means Car; Sapthami means Seventh Lunar Occasion).
Masi: THEPPA UTHSAVAM (FLOAT FESTIVAL)
DHAVANA UTHSAVAM..
MAASI MAGAM (Parthasarathy swamy Theerthavari festival at sea shore)
Panguni: EKKADUTHANGAL UTHSAVAM
SRI RAMA NAVAMI UTHSAVAM
PALLAVA UTHSAVAM.
PANGUNI UTHIRAM (Uthram Star Day in Panguni).
SRI NARASIMHAR EKADINA LAKSHARCHANAI.



Services

Annadhanam is carried out sincerely providing not less than 100 people daily.
The moral classes are conducting for children on Sundays. Annadhanam for 100 people (one day) Rs.2,000/- Fixed deposit Rs.20,000/- (one day in the year as per wish of the donor from the interest)

Temple Timings

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m.










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Divya Desam 61- Sri Ranganatha Temple, Thiruneermalai

Divya Desam 61- Sri Ranganatha Temple, Thiruneermalai






Temple History:

This is a hill temple.

After the darshan of Lord in Srirangam in reclining posture, sages Markandeya and Brugu were returning to their places. The darsahn at Srirangam was afresh in their minds. They prayed to Lord to grant them darshan again at this place. Lord granted the darshan as Boga Ranganatha in reclining posture in this place and continues to bless from the hill top His devotees. Abishek is not offered to Him except a Thaila Kappu – applying cosmetic oil on the idol- once in a year in Karthikai month-November-December.
About the Temple:



Sri Neervannaperumal Temple, Thiruneermalai is one among the 108 Divyadesams found in Chennai near Tambaram (Thondai Nadu).


In this Sthalam, the Perumal is found is various positions as Nindraan, Irunthaan, Kidanthaan and Nadanthaan Thirukkolam.


This Sthalam is situated in Tamil Nadu, Chengulpet District. We can reach the temple by travelling around 4 Kms from Pallavaram Railway Station, which is about 7 Kms from Chennai.
This Thiruneermalai Kshetram is also called as "Thoyagiri Kshetram" and also as "Thothadri". Thoya means "Water" and Adhiri means "Mountain" (malai). Since the mountain is surrounded by water, this sthalam is named as "Thiru Neermalai".


Greatness Of Temple:


Sage Valmiki, author of the celebrated epic Ramayana, desired to have the wedding darshan of Lord Sri Rama. He came to this place and performed penance to achieve his aim. Lord Rama appeared before the sage as he wished with Mother Sita and brothers Sri Lakshmana, Sri Bharatha and Sri Satrugna.

The sage wished the Lord to stay in the place for the benefit of all devotees and Lord was happy to oblige him. The sage is in a separate temple at the foot of the hill. As He is in a place surrounded by water (Neer in Tamil), He is praised as Neer Vanna Perumal and the place Tiru Neer Malai – meaning mount surrounded by water. Sage Valmiki as a swayambu appears in a worshipping form in the shrine.

Saint Tirumangai Azhwar came to this place for Perumal’s darshan. He could not see Perumal as the mount was surrounded by water. Azhwar decided to wait and have the darshan of Lord and stayed in the opposite hill. Though days moved, water level did not recede. He was steadfast in his determination and waited till the water level lowered, had the darshan.



Pleased with His devotee, Perumal granted four darshans to Azhawar – Neer Vanna Perumal standing, Narasimha sitting, Ranganatha reclining and Ulagalanda Perumal in walking postures. The devotee can enjoy these darshans in the temple. Lord Neervanna Perumal is at the foot of the hills while Ranganatha, Narasimha and Ulgalanda Peruamal are at the hill temple.


Though Lord Narasimha is known for his furious appearance, He is smiling and cool here. After killing Hiranya to save his devout son Prahlada from his tortures, He was still furious. Boy Prahlada was very much afraid of Lord’s fury. To make His devotee happy, Lord Narasimha shed His fury and appeared before Prahlada as a smiling boy Himself. He thus became Bala Narasimha. There is a shrine for him in the hill temple. Behind Bala Narasimha is Ugra (furious) Narasimha with two hands. We can worship Narasimha in two forms Bala and Ugra.


Raja Gopuram, Bali peeta and Kodimaram the flag post are generally in a row in temples. Here, the Bali peeta and flag post are slightly away from the Rajagopuram. As Perumal granted darshan to Sage Valmiki as Neer Vanna Perumal and Sri Rama, they are considered prominent in the temple. Therefore, to emphasize their importance, Rajagopuram is before Sri Rama shrine and the flag post before Neervanna Perumal.


Sage Tirumangai Azhwar had praised Mother in his Mangala Sasanam hymn as Anima Malar Mangai. The procession deity in Vishnu temples are generally placed before the presiding deity. Presiding deity is at the hill temple and the procession deity Azhagia Manavalar is at the temple in foot hills. Azhagia Manavalar shall be coming to the hill temple on the flag hoisting and lowering days during the Chithirai (April-May) Brahmmotsavam and the Panguni Uthiram (March-April) wedding festival day, three days in total when devotees will have the joint darshan of the presiding and procession deities together.



Brahmmotsavam is celebrated to Lord Ranganatha in the hill temple in Chithirai (April-May) and in Panguni (March-April) to Lord Neer Vanna Perumal at the foot hills. On the Vaikunda Ekadasi day in December-January, Azhagia Manavala Perumal passes through the Sorga Vasal. He also grants the Garuda Seva darshan on Masi Magam day in February-March. A one day festival is celebrated for Narasimmha in Aani (June-July) and for Ulagalanda Perumal in Aadi (July-August). Wedding festival for Neervanna Perumal and Anima Malar Mangai is celebrated on the Uthiram star day in Chithirai-April-May.
We have seen Gods coming in procession

on one vahan only during festival days. But Ranganatha comes in seven vahans in procession in a single day on the Rathasapthami day in Thai month (January-February). During the sunrise, Lord Ranganatha comes in Surya Prabha vahan when Arti is shown from foot to face as if Sun God himself performs this puja. Then He comes in procession on Hanumantha, Garuda, Sesha, Horse, Lion and Surya Prabha vahans.


The holy tank is one in form but comprises of four theerthams. In Kumbakonam, the Mahamaga tank is believed to be a confluence of 19 theerthams. Similarly, four theerthams Siddha, Swarna, Karunya and Ksheera theertham confluence in this holy tank.


Eight Vishnu temples in India are considered very important praised as Swayam Vyaktha Kshetras of which this Tiruneermalai temple is one. Others are Srirangam in Tiruchi district, Srimushnam in Cuddalore district, Tirupathi in south and Salagramam, Naimisaranyam, Pushkaram and Naraanapuram in north. As this is a hill temple, Giri Valam is observed on Poornima-new moon days.


The hill is also known as Thoyatri Malai. Thoya means milk. Lord is under the Thoyatri Vimana. Special pujas are dedicated to Lord Ranganatha on Saturday with Pushpangi Alankar with flowers.




Specials:



  • The Perumal shows his 4 sevas in this temple (ie) - Nindra, Iruntha, Kidantha and Nadantha Thirukkolmas.
  • It is said that once Thirumangai Alwar came here to get the Dharshan of the Perumal. At that time, the mountain was fully surrounded by water and he waited for six months to worship the Perumal. After all the water drained, he went up the mountain and worshipped the Perumal. The place where Thirumangai Alwar stayed is called as "Thiru Mangai Alwarpuram".

Thiruneermalai is famous for conducting marriages.


Moolavar and Thaayar:


The Perumal gives his seva in four different positions.

  • Sri Neervannar - Nindra Thirukkolam.
  • Lord Narasimhar - Irundha Thirukkolam.
  • Lord Ranganathar - Kidantha Thirukkolam.
  • Lord Thiruvikraman - Nadantha Thirukkolam.
The Neervannar is found in Nindra (standing) thirukkolam facing his Thirumugham towards East direction. He is also named as Neelamugil Vannan. Prathyaksham (seva) for Thondaimaan, Brighu Munivar and Maarkandeyar.


Lord Ranganathar
is found in Kidantha (lying) position facing his thirumugham towards South direction and the Sayana kolam is referred to as "Manicka Sayanam". He is lying on the Aadhiseshan under Ranga Vimaanam.


Thaayar

The Thayaar of this sthalam is Sri Animaa Malar Mangai and found in a separate Sannadhi.




According to Thirumangai Alwar, Thiruneer Malai is referred to:
ThirunaraiyoorNindra Thirukkolam
ThiruvaaliNarasiman (Irundha Thirukkolam)
ThirukudanthaiAarai Amuthai (Kidantha Thirukkolam)
ThirukoviloorUlagalanthaan (ThiruVikrama kolam)


Thus, in Thiruneermalai Divyadesam, we can see all the four forms of the Perumal together.


In this temple, Muni Valmiki worshipped Eari Kidantha (Aranganathan), Iruntha (Narasimar), Nadantha (Thiruvikraman) Kola seva of the Perumal. After worshipping all the 3 sevas, he came down from the mountain to worship Lord Rama. Knowing this Lord Vishnu gave darshan as Sri Ramar and Lakshmi Piratti as Seetha and Aadisesha as Lakshman and Sangu and Chakram as Baratha chatrukanan. Lord Vigneshwar as Sugreev and Garudan as Hanuman.


Mangalasasanam:



  • Thirumangai Alwar - 19 Paasurams
  • Bhudathalwar - 1 Paasuram
    Total - 20

Pushkarani:




  • Kshri includes Karunya, Sidha and Swarna Pushkarani.
  • Kshri Pushkarani for Kidantha Perumal.
  • Karunya Pushkarani for Nindra Perumal.
  • Sittha Pushkarani for Ulagalantha Perumal.
  • Swarna Pushkarani for Veetruntha Paramapatha Emperuman.
The Pushkarani is found along with the Neerazhi Mandapam.
In Kulakarai, Vasantha Mandapam is found.

Vimanam:



  • Ranga Vimaanam - Sri Ranganathar.
  • Santha Vimaanam - Lord Narasimhar.
  • Thoyagiri Vimaanam - Ulagalantha Perumal.

Festival:

Pavithra Utsav on Purattasi Saturday in September-October is celebrated in the temple.

Prayers

Devotees bathe in the tank for health and cure from illness and for a clear mind and worship Perumal. Devotees also seek child boon by placing cradles in a tree and for removal of obstacles in marriage efforts.

Location:

Address:

Sri Neer Vanna Perumal – Sri Ranganathar Temple, Tiruneermalai – 600 044, Kancheepuram district.


The Thiruneermalai Perumal Temple is located in Thiruneermalai, Chennai suburb, which is around 5 km from the Pallavaram bus stop on the Guindy-Tambaram route. Buses for Thiruneermalai are available from the back side of the Pallavaram bus stop on the Tamabaram-Guindy route side. Get down on the Pallavaram bus stop on the main road and go towards the back side of the bus stop from where bus routes such as 55A goes to Thiruneermalai.


Phone:+91- 44-2238 5484,98405 95374,94440 20820.Description:

There are two temples, one on the top of a hill and one on the base of the hill. The Thiruneermalai Perumal Temple on the top of the hill is dedicated to Sri Vishnu as Ranganatha Perumal. The temple at the foot of the hill is dedicated to Sri Vishnu as Neervanan Perumal.




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Divya Desam 62-Sri Nitya Kalyana Perumal temple





Temple History

The temple history dates back to 8th Century A.D. The Epigraphical evidences found in the temple precincts advise us of the relative antiquity of this Thiruvidanthai Sri Akhilavalli Sametha AdiVarahaSwami - Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple, from the 10th to 16th centuries A.D. Chola, Udaiyar, Rashtrakuta and Pandyan kings have worshipped the Lord at this temple and have bequeathed meaningful gifts as was the custom prevalent then.

Raja Raja Chozha is said to have celebrated a 7day festival during the Tamil calendar month of Aavani and a 9day festival for Panguni Uthiram. He is also said to have fed a number of Brahmins here. Vijaya Rajendra Chozha is said to have donated this entire village to the Thiruvidanthai Lord.


Sthala Puranam

During the Thredha Yuga (the second of the four yugas – 1. Krutha ouga, 2, Thredha Yuga, 3. Dwapara Yuga and 4. Kali uga the present period) Bali, son of King Meganatha was ruling the state in a righteous way. Three demons Mali, Malyavan and Sumali approached Bali to help them in the war against the Devas (those belonging to celestial world), which Bali refused.

The three demons waged the war against Devas but were defeated. They approached Bali again for help and Bali obliged. The demons won this time. However, for having helped the demons, Bali acquired the sin called Brahmmahathi Dosha. Bali, to repent for the sin, came to Thiruvidanthai and performed penance on Lord. In recognition of his peanance, the Lord appeared before Bali and removed the evil effects of the dosha. The Lord gave Bali His darshan as a Varaha, the swine with a horn on the nose.

A marriage a day:







Sage Kuni and his daughter performed penance on Lord Narayana to reach heaven. Kuni succeeded but the daughter could not. Sage Narada told the girl that she could not reach the heaven as she was not married and begged the other Munis there to marry her. One Rishi Kalavarishi agreed and married. They delivered 360 female children. Kalavarishi performed penance on the Lord asking him to accept his daughters in marriage. Lord Narayana did not turn up.


One day there came a celebate youth. He told the Munis there that he was on a pilgrimage to Divyadesas and worship Lord Narayana. He looked very handsome as the Lord himself. Kalavarishi begged him to marry his daughters. He agreed and married one each day. On the last day, the youth disclosed his true form.


He was none other than Narayana in the form of Varahamurthy. The Lord amalgamated all the 360 brides and made them into one and gave her His left side. is darshan in the Lakshmi in chaste Tamil is called Thiru. Idam means place. Thiru-Idam means place of Lakshmi. This how the place derived the name Thiruvidaendhai which in course of time came to be known shortly as Thiruvidanthai.




Of the 108 Vaishnava shrines, it is here the Kalaya Utsavam (wedding festival) is celebrated each day. Girls facing problems in their marriage matters worship the Goddess for the early settlement of their marriage.


Great Vaishnava Acharya Manavala Mamuni and Thirumangai Azhwar had sung Mangalasasanam hyms on the shrine. The Nithyakalyana Perumal has a scar on his cheek. As the Goddess is one bearing on herself 360 brides, She is praised as Akhilavalli Nachiyar, the Queen of all worlds.. She is also known as Komalavalli Thayar (mother) representing the name of the first of the 360 daughters of Kalavarishi. The philosophy behind the temple is that all humans both men and women are but women only, Nayakis. The Lord alone is the Mahapursha the man. The Lord in the temple has one leg on earth, the other on Adisesha the snake bed holding Mother Akhilavalli on the left thigh in the form of Varahamurthy.





About the temple

The presiding diety of the temple is Laxmi Varaha perumal and the utsavar is known as Nitya Kalyana perumal. This is one of the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas in Tondai naadu. The lord is found in a very unique posture of one leg on the ground, one above Adisheshan and his spouse and Agilavalli thayaar on the left thigh. The Lord is said to have married all the 360 daughters of Sage Kaalava each day throughout the year and so the name ‘Nithya (daily) Kalyana( marriage) perumal’. On the final day, the lord merged all of them into one called Agilavalli thayaar. Sthala Sayana perumal temple, another divyadesam at Thirukadalmallai is close by and both the temples can be covered at the same time.

As Lord Vishnu having goddess in His rightside, this place is called valaventhai or Thiruvalaventhi.


Sannadhis
Aadhi Varaha Perumal
Komalavalli thayaar
Aandal
Sri Ranganathar
Ranganayaki thaayar


Deities:

Moolavar:
Lakshmi Varaha Perumal
Komalavalli thayaar

Utsavar:
Nithiya Kalyana perumal

Festivals:
The Annual Brahmotsavam will be conducted during Chittirai Month. Garuda Seva is held during the months of Aani, Aadi, Masi and Thai.

Vimanam:
The Vimanam is known as Kalyana Vimanam.

Pushkarni:
The temple ponds are known as Kalyana theertham and Varaha theertham.

Mangalasasanam:
Thirumangai Alwar, 1021, 1108 to 1117, 2673 (73) and 2674 (119) (13 songs)






Prayer


It is believed that if unmarried boys and girls come to the temple and offer prayers to the lord, they would find their life partners soon. The devotee has to offer garland to the lord and do pradakshina wearing the same garland. Then the garland has to be kept in the puja room. Doing so, would grant the wish of the devotee to find a suitable spouse at the earliest.


Proper worship to the divine serpent holding the Lord’s divine feet is expected to relieve the devotee of Rahu-Kethu afflictions. Rahu and Kethu are symbolic snake representations. There is a separate shrine for Komalavalli Thayar. Holy dips in the Varaha Theertham sacred temple tank in the month of Masi (Feb-March), in the Kalyana Theertham in Chithirai (April-May) and in the Ranganathar Theertham in Margazhi (Dec–Jan) would ensure wish-fulfilment and ultimate redemption. A nine-time circumambulation of the temple precints in the enjoined manner assures pleasing and speedy wedlock.


The shrine is noted for relief from the adverse effects of jealous visions, Rahu, Ketu and Sukra (Venus) planets.

Temple timings and contact details
The temple is open from 6 am in the morning to 12 noon and again from 3 pm to 8 pm in the afternoons. Weekends see the maximum rush to the temple and so the travel has to be planned accordingly.

The contact person name is Sriram Bhattar (27472522-STD code is 04114)

Location
How to reach

The temple is easily accessible from Chennai and is near Kovalam. It is about 40 kms from Chennai on the East Coast Road that connects Chennai to Mahabalipuram. Lots of buses ply from various parts of the city to Mahabalipuram/Mamallapuram. Another option would be to catch a bus to kovalam and then travel from there by an auto. The temple is at a walkable distance from the bus stop on ECR road.

This Temple is Near by Thiruvidanthai Bus Stop.

Near By Railway Station :
Chengalpattu

Sri Nitya Kalyana Perumal Temple, Tiruvidandhai-603 112. (Near Kovalam on Pudurcheery-Chennai East Coast Road), Kancheepuram district.


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Divya Desam 63-Sri Sthalasayana Perumal temple

Divya Desam 63-Sri Sthalasayana Perumal temple





The Temple

This sthalam, Thirukadalmallai is also called as "Mahabalipuram" and "Mamallapuram". It is situated in Tamil Nadu. 40 Kms away from Chennai and 7 miles from Thiruvidanthai.


Mahabalipuram is famous for its stone carved statues and sea shore. The speciality of the statues are shown to the world by all Pallava kings and the stone carved statues tell how their thinking is.



  • The Krishna Mandapam where we can find a 8 feet Krishnar and the Gopalan (Krishnan) getting the milk from cow.
  • Statue which explains the tapas done by Arjunan.
  • Two big rocks in which full of shapes of Cat to Elephant, Devas, Munivas, Lord Shiva giving Pasupa Astharam, and cat in the Kolam of doing tapas and rats around it. These are the shapes which are beautifully seen in these two big rocks.
  • Panja Pandavar Mandapam, Govardhana Mandapam, Panja Pandavas Ratham (Chariot) and all done in one rock and lots more can be seen.



The temple stands on the shore and it was built along with the other sculptures. It is a small temple with two major Shrines for Lord Sthalasayana Perumal and Nilamangai Thayaar. This is believed to be the birthplace of Bhoothathazhwar, the 2nd Azhwar. There is also a separate shrine for Lord Narasimha.

The architecture depicts the pallava style. This shrine was built by Pallava kings. Bhoothathazhwar was found in a tank that is opposite to the temple.

The place is also famous for its Adivaraha shrine near the seashore, where the Lord is known as "Valavendai Gnanapiran" or the Lord having His Consort on His right side unlike other places with His Consort on the left side like the nearby Thiruvidaventhai divyadesam.

It is believed that there were originally seven temples built in the place, out of which only one is remaining. The festival deity is sported with a lotus bud in the hand, while the presiding deity is seen displaying Jnana Mudra During the 14th century, the Vijayanagar king Parankusa shifted the temple to its current location away from the shore. He is believed to have built the four Mada streets around the temple.[SUP]

[/SUP] The temple also had expansions by Chola king Vikrama Chola (1118-35 CE) during 1120 CE.


Specials:

  • This is the Avathara Sthalam of Bhoodathalwar. This Sthalam is full of Artistic work temple it is also called as "Artha Sethu".
  • This place is governed by Mahabali. According to (Varam) got by Mahabali by Lord Vaamanar, the place is called as " Mahabali Puram" - This is one of the old story said about this sthalam.
  • Chitra Kara Puli - Mahendravarman's Son Narasima Varma Pallavan was populary named as "Mamallan". Lots of the monumental and artistic works that are found are done by him and becasue of this, the place is called as "Mamallapuram".

Moolavar and Thaayar:




The Perumal found in this sthalam is Sri Sthala Sayana Perumal. He is found in Kidantha kolam in bhujanga sayanam (sleeping) and facing his thirumugham towards East direction along the sea.
On the right hand side on his heart, Gnana Upadesh known as "Gnana Tamiz Purintha Naan" is found.
The Moolavar is Thiru Vada Enthai Varaaga Moorthy on west part of Kalangarai Vilakkam (light house) near the Cave Temple.

Utsavar
- Sthala Sayana Perumal (Ula Kuyya Nindraan)


Thaayar

The Thaayar of this sthalam is Sri Nila Mangai Thayaar. She is found in a seperate sannadhi.


Mangalasasanam:



  • Thirumangai Alwar - 26 Pasuram
  • Botham Alwar - 1 Pasuram
    Total - 27
Pushkarani:
There are Two Pushkaranies.

  • Pundareega Pushkarani.
  • Garuda Nadhi.
Vimanam:
Thaganakruthi (Aanantha Vimanam)

Sannadhis

Sthala sayana perumal
Nilamangai thayar
Ramar
Andal
Anjaneya
Lakshmi Narasimhar
Bhootatalwar
Garuda


Festival and religious Practices

The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. As at other Vishnu temples of Tamil Nadu, the priests belong to the Vaishnavaite community, a Brahmin sub-caste.

The temple rituals are performed six times a day: Ushathkalam at 7 a.m., Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 12:00 p.m., Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m., Irandamkalam at 7:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 10:00 p.m. Each ritual has three steps: alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Sthalasayana Perumal and Nilamangai Thayar.

During the last step of worship, nagaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument) are played, religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred text) are recited by priests, and worshippers prostrate themselves in front of the temple mast. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.[SUP]

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Puliyodharai (Tamarind Rice), Dhadhyonam (Curd Rice), Pongal, Chakkarai Pongal, Vada, Adhirasam, Murukku are offered to Lord as Prasadam. Maasi Makham is an important festival. The Uthsava idol in the temple, known as "Ulaguyya Nindra Piran" along with His Consorts, and those of Valavendai Gnanapiran or Adivaraha and Sri Rama from nearby Padavedu temple, will be taken in procession to the seashore at Mahabalipuram where special Poojas will be performed and "Theerthavari" are offered. Bhoothatalwar's Avathara Utsavam is also an important festival.


Bhoothathazhwar Avata Utsavam, the birth anniversary of Bhoothatazhwar is celebrated every year during the Tamil month of Aipasi (October - November). At around 10 am on the festival day, the festival image of the Azhwar is brought in a palanquin to the shrine of Nilamangai Thayar and then to Stalasayana Perumal. After recital of Periyathirumozhi of Thirumangai Azhwar, Kaithala Seva, a practise of providing a special gift to Bhoothathazhwar is performed. Bhootathazhwar also makes a trip to the Cave temple of Mahabalipuram. During the evening, the festival images of the presiding deity of Stalasayana Perumal and Bhoothatazhwar is taken around the streets of the temple

Religious significance

The temple is revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the 7th–9th century Vaishnava canon, by Thirumangai Azhwar and Bhoothathazhwar in one hymn each. The temple is classified as a Divyadesam, one of the 108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the book.[SUP]

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Prayers


Majority of the devotees pray for the removal of obstacles in their wedding proposals.

Temple Timings


The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 3.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Ph;+91- 44-2744 3245

The contact person details are: Sri Chakravarthi bhatachar- 9444235284

How to reach

The temple is about 50 kms from Chennai. Frequent bus service is available from Chennai to Mahabalipuram on the East Coast Road (ECR) as well as Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR). The temple is around 15 kms from Thiruvidanthai temple and so both the temples can be covered at the same time. Also there are some places of sightseeing close to the temple. The below picture is the view of the temple gopuram from the hill besides it.



OM NAMO NARAYANA





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http://temple.dinamalar.com/en/new_en.php?id=649
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirukadalmallai
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divya_Desam

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P.J.

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Divya Desam 64- Sholingur - Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple

Divya Desam 64- Sholingur - Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple






About the Temple:



This sthalam is also named as "Kadigachalam". If we travel from Chennai, we have to first travel to Arakkonam. From their, by travelling about 25 Kms , we can reach this Sholingar. Lots of bus facilities are available from Arakkonam and lots of passenger trains stops at Sholingar station.


The Malai Adi Vaaram (Bottom of the Mountain) of this temple is called "Konda Palayam". Konda means Hill and Palayam means a town.




Achalam is Hill. Lord Narasimha gave mukthi to Prahalathan by appearing in Yoga. Hence this place is known as Kadigachalam. Since Peyalvar worshipped this place by his pasuram,this is one of the oldest Temple.

Karikal Cholan of Chola dynasty divided his country into 48 divisions of which one is known as Kadigai Nadu. Kadiga is known as the place of Learning. Please note the name Kanchi Kadigai.

Since Vedha and other rare arts are taught in this place,. this is known as Kadigachalam. Vaishnava teachers called this as Cholasimhapuram.

It is known from the inscription that the temple is an ancient one. During Vijayanagara regime Erumbi is famous. Swami Dhoddachar is the main person for the developement of Sholinghur.

Sthalapuranam :
Once, there was a king by named "Hiranyan" did a strong tapas and got the varam. To kill him, Sriman Narayanan took the Avatharam of Sri Narasimhar.


To get the seva of Narasimha avathar, Saptha Rishis (7 great Rishis) started their tapas here. Within 1 Kadigai, Narasimhar gave his seva as "Yoga Narasimhar". So this sthalam is called "Thirukkadigai".
Kadigai represnts the fraction of time. Since the Perumal gave his seva to the rishis within a kadigai, this sthalam is called as "Thirukkadigai".



Indirathuyman, the King of North Madurai killed the Asuraas who were giving problems to Rishis and people over here. Since, he helped the rishis and bhaktas, he was given the Vajrayudham by Indiran (Weapon of Indiran) to Indirathuyman. To help him, Yoga Narasimhar asked Anjaneyar to help him.


Yoga Anjaneyar is found in chinna malai in Yoga Nilai (stage). This is one of the said story about this Divya desam.



To make Prahaladhan (Son of Iranyan) happy, Yoga Narasimhar gave his seva for 1 Kadigai in Yoga Nilai. Because of this, the sthalam is also called as "Kadikasalam".


It is said that even if we sleep for 1 Kadigai in this sthalam, we will get Mukthi. That kind of nature and speciality, this Kshetram has got.


On the order of Bhairava Munivar, the mountain in this Kshetram is said to grow up towards the sky. So, Indiran asked Balaraman to help him, thereby stopping the mountain to grow. And on his request, Balaramar stopped the growth of the mountain. This is also one of the said story about this sthalam.
In this sthalam only, Thottacharyar (Periya Bangaru) who come along the family of Mudaliyaandan, was appointed as 74th Simmasanathipathi (leader) to spread the Vaishnavism by Erumbiyappa Varadhachari and Udayavar Ramanujar.


In Panguni Uttiram, Hanumath Jayanthi festival is done in a very grand manner by the trustees of Erumbiyappa.


Thottacharyar has written numerous poems and stories in Sanskrit. He is one of the Great bhakta of Kanchi Sri Varadharajar. He used to attend and worship the Garuda Seva of Kanchi Varadhar which is done in Vaikasi Month.


But, once due to illness, he could not go to Kanchipuram to attend the Garuda Seva Utsavam. He was very much depressed of not attending the utsavam. Thinking about that, he finished all of the daily duties and sung 5 Slogas in "Devaraja Panjagam" which explains the inconvenience of not attending the Garuda seva. At that time, in Thakkan Kulam (Pushkarani of this sthalam), Sri Varadharajar in Garuda Vaaganam gave his seva to Thottacharyar.


As a rememberance to this great event, even now during Garuda seva, Sri Varadharajar in Garuda seva comes out and waits for a minute in the Gopura vaasal. It is said at that minute, he is giving his seva to Thottacharyar in Sholingar.


Yoga Aanjaneyar is found in Chinna malai (small hill). It is about 200 feet high. The speciality about chinna malai is the pose in which Anjaneyar is found. Only in this sthalam, he is found in sitting pose with four hands, holding Sangu and Chakkaram. It is true that if one is surrounded and dominated by Evil, takes bath in the Hanumantha theertham, he will be cured completely.




Temple's Puranic History

The name Kadigachalam came as the Lord gave darsan to the Saptharishi to a kadigai time and gave mukthi. He also gave darsan to Prahalatha by changing his figure of Terror and in the yoga stage.



Lord Anjeneya who is in the yoga stage helped Indrathymna Maharaja in killing the Arakkan Nikumban and saved his country. It was held on Sunday and hence evey Sunday is an important one for Siriya Thiruvadi. People take a bath in the Chakkra Theertham of the small hill and worship the Lord.


In Karthigai sundays people pray Lord after taking bath in the Chakkra Theertham and by lying down on its steps. People belive that Lord come and fulfill the wishes of the devotees in their dreams.


Sacred Thirumanjanam and poojas are performed for Lord Anjeneya on all Sundays. The Brahma theertham well, which is full of mineral water gives cure for many diseases. The water is tested by King Institute and certified as a mineral water which is good for health.

There are three temples to see.



1. Koil in the town (or in the foot hill)

Moolavar - Not present
Uthsavar - Bakthavatsala Perumal (Thakkaan)
One can have Darshan of Adikesava perumal at the rear end of this temple only on certain occasions. There are separate sannathis for Andaal, Azhwaars, Erumbiyappa, and Thottaachaarya.


2. Periya Malai or Kadikaachalam. approximately 500 feet high.

Moolavar : Yoga Narasimhar (Akkaarak kani)
Iruntha sayanam, Veetru iruntha thiruk kolam. ie Perumal is sitting in the lotus posture (ie. deeply meditating posture). East facing.
Thaayaar : Amirtha Valli
Theertham : Amirtha Theertham, Thakkaan Kulam, paandava theerththam Vimaanam: Simha Koshtakruthi Vimaanam, Simhaagra Vimaanam and hEma kOti vimaanam
Prathyaksham : Saptha Rishis, Vishvaamitrar, Siriya thiruvadi

3. Siriya Thirumalai :200 to 250 feet high.
Deity : Yoga Aancchneyar has Changu, Chakkram in his hands, has four hands.





Specials:

  • Both in Periya and Chinna malai, the Perumal - Sri Yoga Narasimhar and Sri Yoga Anjaneyar are found in Yoga Stage.
  • The Small Mountain (Chinna Malai) is about 200 feet where lord Anjaneya is found in sitting position found along with Sangu and Chakkaram in west facing direction. Here, Sriman Narayanan in the form of Sri Narasimhar gave His dharshan to Anjaneyar. Aanjaneyar is considered to be the resemblence (or) Avathaar of Shiva, but here He is resembling the avathar of Sri Vishnu.
  • It is said all evil activities are cured if we take bath in the theertham of this sthalam and by worshipping Yoga Narasimhar and Yoga Anjaneyar.
Moolavar and Thaayar:

The Big Mountain (Periyamalai) is about 400 feet high where Moolavar - Sri Yoga Narasimar is found in Irundha (sitting) kolam facing his thirumugham towards East direction. The other names of the Perumal are "Thakaan" and "Akkarakani". Akkaram means Money and Wealth. This sthalam is also called as "Kadikachlam".


Thaayar

The Thaayar of the Sthalam is Sri Amirtha Valli and she is found in a separate sannadhi.


Utsavar
:
Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal (Thakkan), Periyapiratiyar and Bhoomi piratiyar are found in Bhoga stage (Dhyanam stage) in the temple in Malai Adivaaram (foot hill). There are separate sannadhis for Andal, Alwars, Garuda Vagana Varadharaja Perumal, Erumbiyapa and Thottacharyaar. Both the God's in Periyamala and Chinnamala, Narasimar and Aajaneyar are in Santha Nilais (Yoga Stage).


Utsavams:


All Utsavams are conducted to Sri Bhakthavatsalar of the temple at the foot-hill temple. Special Poojas for Thayaar on every friday are done. In Kaarthigai month and in sundays, special poojas for Aajaneyar is done.
Mangalasasanam:

  • Thirumangai Alwar - 3 Paasurams
  • Pey Alwar - 1 Paasuram
    Total - 4 Paasurams.



Pushkarani:



There are Four Pushkaranies.

  • Amirtha Theertham (Thakkan Kulam).
  • Narasimma Theertham.
  • Hanumantha Theertham.
  • Brahma Theertham.



Vimanam:
Simha Koshtakkruthi (Simhagra) first vimaanam, found on the entrance of the Periya malai.

Simha Koshtakkruthi (Simhagra) Vimaanam. When entered through the entrance and going round it, we can see the thaayar sannadhi and after it, we can get dharshan of Sri Yoga Narasimhar. Yoga Aanjaneyar's temple is also found on the top of the chinna malai. If we see the direction in which the Yoga Aanjaneyar is facing, we can see the Yoga Narasimhar's temple.



Sculptures and some historical news:




  • This sthalam is also called as "Chola Lingapuram" since a chola king found a siva lingam and built a temple for it. Later, the shtalam is called as Cholasingapuram" and now as "Sholingapuram".

  • Karikaala Cholan, when separating his Rajjyam (entire empire) into small districts, he named this place as "Kadigai Kottam". In this sthalam, pallava kings started numerous studying institutions and sculpturing centres.
  • The steps from the foot hill to the mountain temple was constructed by Rajayy


Sannadhis


Big hill :


Sri Yoga Narasimhar
Lakshmi Narasimhar, Chakratazhwar, Kannan, Adiseshan and Garudazhwar
Amritavalli thayar
Namazhwar, Ramanujar, Senaimudalvar and Saptha Rishis





Small hill :


Sri Yoga Chaturbuja Anjaneyar
Bala Ranganathar with Sridevi Bhoodevi
Sri Ramar with Sita, Lakshman, Chakratazhwar, Navaneeta Krishna





Literature and inscriptions


This is the only Vaishnava Temple of the Vellore District which is praised by the Alwars in their pasuram. Many culverts show its importance.




Chalukkya King came from the North to Tamilnadu and learnt in Kanchi kadigai. This is gradually known as Sholinghur or Sholingapuram. There are many culverts near the lake and in Kangaikondan Mandapam in Sannadhi street.

Swami Dhottachariar is the sthala Acharyar. It is said that he planned to construct the Temple and the Town. This temple is dedicated in Sarvathari year Meena month, Sutha Panchami day. Erumbi Padmapuram was the dwelling place of vainava Acharya.

The prints of culverts were taken during 1896 and 1952-53.

Archeological survey shows that construction of big and small hills are age old and ancient. The reports given by them show that during the regime of Sri Veeerabadhra Ramadevarayar and Sri Venkatapathy Devarayar in 1527 ( 1619 A.D) renovated the same.




Books on this Temple


1.Kadighachala Puram ( in Sanskrit)

2.Tenalai Rama Krishna Kadighachala Puranam ( in Telugu)

3.Hymns of Alwars (Thirumangai Alvar, Nammalvar, Peyalvar)

4.One Pasuram in 108 Tirpathi Anthathi - by Pillai Perumal Iyangar.

5.A Sanskrit Keerthana in praise of Lord Narasimha by Muthusamy Dikshidar.


Temple timings, where to stay


The temple is open from 8 am to 5 pm on normal days and the timings vary on festival and special ocassions. There are lot of mutts and rooms available for devotees to stay.



How to reach




Sholingur is around 115 kms from Chennai..One can easily walk from the base of the Periya malai to base of Chinna malai. Following the options one can take



1. Catch any superfast train that stops at Sholingur station. Take a bus or auto outside the station..The temple is around 13 kms from the station. Buses going to the Sholingur bus stand stop at Takkan kulam stop. Share autos are available from the bus stop to the temple less than 2 kms away.



2. Local suburban trains to Arakonnam and Tiruttani and most of the superfast trains stop at Arakonnam. Share autos are available outside the railway station at Rs. 5 per person to the busstand. Private and Govt buses from there are available to Sholingur Takkan kulam stop (30 kms) and share autos from the temple tank take you to the temple.



3. Drive via Bangalore Highway to Kaveripakkam and from there reach Sholingur.


Ample Car parking space is available near the temple.


Points to note :


One can easily finish off both the temples in half a day's time..so plan your trip accordingly. Although the steps have shelter now to protect the devotees from hot sun, it is better to stay early.



There are lots of monkeys on both the hill..the best way to stay safe from the monkeys is by not teasing them and not carrying anything in the hands that is visible..preferably dont carry anything..there is a shop midway that sells juices and snacks. Also different types of prasadam are available in the temple premises. So one neednt carry any food item with them.



Please see this You tube video

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http://www.divyadesam.com/hindu/temples/sholingur-temple.shtml
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirukkadigai
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divya_Desam
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Divya Desam 65- Thiru Ayodhya – Sri Ramachandra moorthy Perumal temple

Divya Desam 65- Thiru Ayodhya – Sri Ramachandra moorthy Perumal temple




Ram Janmabhoomi


Ram Janmabhoomi is the name given to the site that many Hindus believe to be the birthplace of Sri Rama, the 7th avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu. The Ramayana states that the location of Rama's birthplace is on the banks of the Sarayu river in the city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.



About the Temple



Name of the Temple
Sri Ramachandra moorthy Perumal temple

Period of origin
Before 3000 years
Name of deity
Moolavar: Sri Ramachandra moorthy Perumal
Thayar: Sita devi
Pushkarani: Nageswara theertham , Paramapadha Pushkarani, Sarayu River
Vimanam: Pushkala Vimaanam.
Mangalaashaasanam: Kulasekhara Azhwar, Tirumangai Azhwar and Thondaradipodi Azhwar





Sthalapuranam:


The Moolavar of Ayodhya is Sri Ramar. He is also called with the names “Chakravarthy Thirumagan”, facing his thirumugham towards North direction. Prathyaksham for Bharadhan, all Devars and Maharishis.

The Great epic, Ramayana is said to start and ended in this sthalam. The avathaar of Sri Ramar explains how an ordinary human should be and it explains the Sathya path which leads him to the final mukthi.


This Divyadesam is said to be one among the 7 Mukthi Kshetrams. These 7 mukthi sthalam represents different part of the body of Sriman Narayanan. Avanthi is represented as the divine feet, Thiruvadi of the perumal, Kachipuram, represents the waist, Thirudwaraka represents the Nabhi (the lower stomach), Maya represents the Thiru maarbhu (the chest) Madhura represents the neck, Kasi represents the nose and finally, this Ayodhya Kshetram represents the Head of the perumal. Thats the reason it is said to be one of the most important among the 7 Mukthi kshetram.


Sri Ramar by killing Ravanan explains to the world that all the life led and its destiny ends only through ones character. Sri Ramar led his life by thinking of only one life parter, Seetha Piratti, his wife along with his bow (vil). He followed his previous generationed member and followed their words. Thus, the Rama avathaar explains about one word, one bow and one wife and all the characters are found inside Sri Ramar. When Emperumaan took the human avathaar, as Sri Ramar, Periya piratti came as his wife as Seetha piratti, the Aadhiseshan as his brother, Lakshmanan and perumal’s sangu and chakkaram took their birth as “Bharadhan and Sathrukkanan. Hanuman born as the hamsam of Sivaperumaan.

This Avathaar of Sriman Narayanan as “Sri Ramar”, shows the best and excellent characters of all human and explains how all must be. By giving the entire Raajyam (empire) of Ayodhi to Bharathar as asked by Kaikeyi he gave the entire Raajyam and left out from Ayodhi to a forest. This character shows the obiedience for Kaikeyi, inspite of she doing harm by making him to go to the forest.


By helping Sukreevan and Vibheeshanan, Sri Ramar explains about the great friendship character and finally, the mercy and love showed towards Sri Hanuman is the ultimate character of Sri Ramar. This Ayodhya sthalam is siad to be the birth place of Sri Ramar and he got Mukthi (Paramapadham) only from this Ayodhya sthalams and it is said to be the final place where the Rama avathaar ended.


Brahmadevan did a strong tapas towards Sriman Narayanan. The perumal gave his prathyaksham for Brahma and both of them hugged together. On seeing the great bhakti of Brahmadevan, Sriman Narayanan is so emotionally attracted towards him and his (perumal) eyes started to swell tears. But Brahma devan doesnt want the tears to let down it into the earth and he collected all of his tears in the Kamandalam (a small vessel which all the Rishis have). Using his power, Brahma devan created a pushkarani and all the drops of tears was mixed into the pushkarani. And that is called the Maanasasaras in the Himalayas. Since, the theertham is created along with the tears drops of perumal and the Manasika power (created from his heart fulfilled) of Brahma devar, this theertham is so called as “Maanasasaras”.


When Itsuraku was ruling Ayodhya he said his plea that if a river flows in his empire he would feel happy to Vasishta Maharishi. Vasishta Maharishi went towards Brahma devan in Sathya loka and along with the help of him, he made to flow the Maanasasaras to flow near his city . Since, Maansasaras was made to flow in Ayodhi, it is called as “Sarayu Nadhi”. Since, this river flowed as the step taken by Vasistar, this theertham is also called as “Vasistai”. This river is said to be the body of a women and said that it talked to Sri Ramar and Dasarathar because of this, the river is also called as “Rama Gangai”. It is said that earlier Ayodhya had 2700 temple of Sri Ramar near the South shore of Sarayu Nadhi.


Swayavambhuvamanu, who was the first son of Brahma devan, met in Sathya lokam and asked him which is the place he need to start the task of creation. Brahma along with his son, went towards Sriman Narayanan in Sri Vaikuntam. Through Brahma devan, Sriman Narayanan hands over the middle portion of Sri Vaikuntam which is said to be the Ayodhi Raajyam. This explains that all the wealth of Grand father belongs to Grand son (ie) since Brahma devan emerged from the Naabhi of Sri Mahavishnu he is considered to be his son and Swayavambhuvamanu is considered as the grandson of Mahavishnu.

Sri Ramar had two sons namely Lavan and Kusa. One day, Kusa was having a bath in Sarayu river who was very much attracted by his beauty by Kumudavathi, a princess of Naga Lokam. she wanted to marry him and because of this, she caught hold of Kusa’s hands but she could not stop him.

After reaching the palace, kusa found his ornaments (bangle) was missing. He thought it might have fallen in Sarayu river and to taken out the bangle from the river he dried up the river using his astram. The Naga princes got frightened of the astram and returned the bangle and falled to the feet of Kusa. Kusa explained the bangle was so important since it was given by Vasistar to Sri Ramar, his father. And finally, Kusa let the river to flow once again. Because of this, the theertham is called as “Nageswara theertham”.


Please see this you tube video

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GemE_VX0s_U

Route
:
Those desirous of going to Ayodhya, should reach Lucknow. Ayodhya is 130 km from Lucknow. Ram temple is in Faizabad district. There are bus and rail link to Faizabad from Lucknow. Ayodhya is 8 km from Faizabad.

Temple Timings
:

10.00 am. to 5.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number
:

+91-9415039760, +91-9580717014

Temple Address
:

Sri Rama Temple,
Ayodhya,
Uttar Pradesh.


OM NAMO NARAYANA


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Divya Desam 66-Sri Devaraja Perumal Temple Thiru Naimisaranyam

Divya Desam 66-Sri Devaraja Perumal Temple Thiru Naimisaranyam






The Temple

Sri Devaraja Perumal Temple is one of the famous Hindu temple. Sri Devaraja Perumal is giving his dharsahan as the entire form of the Vanam(forest). In an ancient age, all the Maha Rishis along with Sage Sownakar went to Lord Brahma and asked him which is the Suitable place for doing Yagam(ritual) and tapas.Lord Brahma took a type of glass and made it as a wheel shape and rolled the dharbai. Lord Bharma said after he rolls the glass where the glass has been stopped that place is said to be the best place for doing tapas and Yagam.

This place is also known as “Naimisaranyam”. “Naimi”means chakkaram (Wheel) and "Naimisam" means the place where the chakkaram (Wheel) landed. "Aaranyam" means Forest. Since Nemi, the Chakkaram which landed on Aaranya the forest, the place is called as "Naimisaranyam". Lots of Rishis(Sages) and Yogis(Saints) have done their tapas and dhyanam,and also explained the old puranas and vedams in this Naimisaranyam.


This temple’s lord gave his power with the name of ”Sri Hari” along with Sri Hari Lakshmi andgave his Prathyaksham to Sri Devendran, Sri Sudharman, Sri Devarishis, Sri Soodhapuranikars and Sri Vedavyasar.


Sri Balaramar, the brother of Sri Krishnar once came to this place. At that time, Sage Soodhar was busy with creating epic. He didn’t notice his arrival.Sri Balaramar got angry and hit him. Sri Balaramar got sin by doing this. To relieved from this sin he went to the lots of Sacred places for an year and finally he return back to this place and help the Rishis and Yogis. Balaramar was thanked by all Rishis and Yogis for making them to perform tapas in peace to reach the Lord Vishnu.


Gayasooran, a Demon did Self- mortification in this place. Lord Vishnu gave his darshan to demon. Lord Vishnu asked him what blessing he wants for the this Self-mortification. Gayasooran told that he didn’t want any blessings and he want so strong powerful than lord. On hearing this, Lord got angry and sent his chakra to kill him and his body part cut into 3 parts. The three parts are the Siro Gaya, (the head part), the Nambi Gaya (the middle part) and the Charana Gaya (the foot part). This sthalam, the Naimisaranyam is said to be the Nabhi Gaya. The Gaya Kshetram is said to be the Charana Gaya and Badri is said to be Siro Gaya. Offering prayers to ancesters in all these three places is said to be so greatful.


History of Naimisharanya

The history of Naimisharanya is believed to have existed with the onset of the universe. The truth and significance of this sacred place was revealed to the saints and sages of that period and this divine knowledge percolated down through successive generations. It is believed that Naimisharanya was a place of pilgrimage in the satya yuga, and is the first ever pilgrimage site to be laid out on earth.


It is said to be the eighth Aranya and also as Astama Vaikunta. 33 crore devathas, 3½ crore temples, and the 88,000 sages reside always here. Therefore, it is considered as a pious land where every deed performed receives fruitful results. This land has eternal meaning and its might is beyond the explanation in any possible words.


In the sacred and religious domain of Naimisharanya, there are several sites of historical importance that display the might of the Supreme Lord. Every place has some significance that teaches the human race some lessons to lead a good life with strong belief in God. The Bhagavata Purana says that there is no holy place on earth that compares to this place. There are several stories about Naimisharanya throughout the Puranas.


It is the place where Lord Maha Vishnu killed a demon by the name Durjaya and his followers with his Sudarshana Chakra. It is also said that when Lord Maha Vishnu killed the demon Gayasura with his Sudarshana Chakra his body was cut into three parts that fell at three places, namely Paada Gaya (Gaya Kshetra in Bihar), Naabhi Gaya in Naimisharanya and Kapali Gaya in Badri Kshetra (Badrinath). Hence Naimisharanya is also called Nabhi Gaya Kshetra.


It is the place where Brahma Mano Maya Chakra struck the earth, and is now popularly known as Chakra Theertha. Swayambhuva Manu and Satrupa performed yaga and rigorous penance for 23,000 years at this place for begetting Lord Narayana as their son.


The whole episode related to Sage Dhadhichi donating his back bone to the devas happenedat at Naimisharanya. He donated his bones to the devas at this ashram to make weapons to defeat the demons (Vritrasura).


It is believed that Lord Sri Rama performed Aswamedha yaga at this place after killing Ravana. It is also said that this is the place where Goddess Sita Devi was accepted by Mother Earth. After Luv and Kush, the sons of Lord Sri Rama, got united with their father she vanished here.


Hanuman Garhi in Naimisharanya is the place where Lord Hanuman, after releasing Sri Rama and Lakshmana from the clutches of Ahi Ravan, brought them on his shoulders from Pathala Loka.
It is the land of Naimisharanya where Lord Vedavyasa composed the 4 Vedas, 6 Shastras and 18 Puranas and preached Samaveda to his beloved disciple – Maharishi Gemini. This is also where the Srimad Bhagavatam was spoken.


Knowledge regarding the ultimatge benefit for humans was imparted here along with the simplest and easiest methods of pooja (worship) and importance of Sri Sathyanarayana Vratha Katha. This is the place of origin of Lord Sri Sathyanarayana Vratha Katha.


Pandavas visited this place during their exile and Lord Balarama visited this place during his pilgrimage.

In Mahabharata it is said, “Anyone who fasts, prays, and attains perfection at Naimisharanya finds happiness in all the worlds.”


Tulasidas wrote Sri Rama Charitha Manas here.


Chakra Tirtha at Naimisharanya Kshetra


With the onset of the universe, 88,000 saints and sages went to Lord Brahma and prayed to him with the notion to know the ideal place for uninterrupted meditation, a place which will liberate one from all the difficulties and sins, a place where one can get divine knowledge and for performing spiritual rites for the welfare of all humanity.


After hearing their prayers Lord Brahma told them that he would send his disc (called Manomaya Chakra) and it will direct them to the sacred spot. He also said that wherever its axis will fall, that particular place will be the focal point of their sacred place for meditation. Having said this, He released his Chakra and all the saints followed its path.


After completing several revolutions around the universe, finally the Chakrasettled at a deserted place and addressed the saints that, this place which is on the banks of Adi Ganga Gomati river is free from all sins and calamities. Moreover, any deed performed on this sacred place will give beneficial results. There is no other holy place equal to this one in this entire universe.


Saying this, the Chakra fell into the Yagyashala. Due to its powerful fall with thunderous speed the underworlds broke down and huge gushes of water sprouted from underneath. Lord Brahma requested Adi Shakti Goddess Sri Lalitha Devi to stop the “Brahma Manomaya Chakra”. Her divine power stopped that chakra and thence forth settled at this place as Lingadhaarini.


Since then, this place where the axis of Brahma Manomaya Chakra (Nemi) fell surrounded by the forest came to be known as Nemisharanya or Naimisharanya, and it became the central place for performing meditation by all the saints and sages for all yugas.


The spot where the Chakra struck the earth and water sprung out became known as Chakra Tirtha. It is said to be the center of the universe. It is said that the large sweet-water spring that marks the location of Chakra Tirtha has no bottom.


The British wanted to disprove this as mythology, so they brought a cable and attempted to find the bottom. After more than 1000 meters they ran out of cable and gave up.


It is said that if you bathe in Chakra Tirtha and make an offering to the presiding deity, Sri Lalitha Devi, on a full Moon or new Moon day that falls on a Monday, you will wash away all the sins committed in a lifetime. Shakthi Peeth is situated here and Goddess Sri Lalitha Devi is being worshipped here as the female presiding deity of Naimisharanya.


Chakra Theertha is sacred and the destroyer of all kinds of sins and the top most among all the tirthas. It is said that by taking bath in Chakra Tirtha, Graha Peeda will vanish and the sins of 10 earlier generations and 10 future generations will also vanish. This place is ideal to provide complete satisfaction and salvation to the forefathers.


Mahatmya of Naimisharanya


Almost all puranas talk of Naimisharanya, its significance and importance.

There are unlimited numbers of Tirthas on earth but this is the first among them. Naimisharanya is the most sacred and best among all the Tirthas. The importance of this Tirtha is 10 times than that of any other Tirtha. This is a holy place where Siddhi can be attained quickly. Thirty thousand Tirthas always reside in this area.


This Tirtha is very famous in the three planetary systems as the destroyer of sins and a favorite place of Trimurthi (Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara). For each yuga one tirtha is most important. In satya yuga it is Naimisha Theertha, Pushkara Tirtha in Treta Yuga, Kurukshetra in in Dwapara Yuga and Ganga in Kali Yuga. Naimisharanya is the Yagna place of the Devas, it is worshipped by the rishis. The sacred Gomati river exists here.


When penance is done here, the sins of seven janmas (births) will vanish. Simply by thinking to visiting this Tirtha, half of the sins vanish and by entering the Tirtha all one’s sins vanish fully. One who does penance here attains heaven. If penance is done here for 12 years, one gets the power to enter into Brahmaloka.


One who takes a bath here will have a place in heaven. Worldly problems are solved by taking bath in this Tirtha. All the Tirthas, rivers and seas of the Earth exist every moment here. One who takes bath here gets the benefit of bathing at all the Tirthas. Taking bath in Ganga, or arriving at Varanasi, Dwaraka and Badarikasrama, yield punya but one gets punya as soon as he leaves his house for this Tirtha (Naimishaaranya).


Much importance and significance is given for taking bath in Naimisharanya during Mahakumbha when Sun is in Mesha Raasi which happens once in 12 years.


One who dies in Naimisharanya does not face any problem. If Pitru Sraaddha (Pinda daan) is done here, ancestors get delivered. During chaturmasa, especially during Pitru Paksha, if charity is given at this Tirtha, the ancestors get satisfied till Kalpa paryanta. This is a punyadaayaka as well as a muktidayaka kshetra.


One who hears the Vishnu Charithra for one or two days at this Tirtha secures a place in Vaikunta. On residing in this Tirtha for a month and offering Jala arghya, people get the benefit of all Yagnas.

Legend

Sage Narada is believed to have searched for the best theertha (water body) in three worlds. He went to Kailasa, the abode of Shiva, then to Parkadal, the abode of Vishnu and finally landed in the water body in the Naimisha Forest. The central deity is also believed to be worshipped by sudharma and devas (celestical deities).[SUP]


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Indra, the king of the devas, was once driven out of devaloka by an asura named Vritra. The asura was the recipient of a boon whereby he could not be killed by any weapon that was known till the date of his receiving the boon and additionally that no weapon made of wood or metal could harm him.

Indra, who lost all hope of recovering his kingdom went to seek the aid of Vishnu. Vishnu revealed to Indra that only the weapon made from the bones of the sage Dadhichi would defeat Vritra. Indra and the other devas therefore approached the sage, whom Indra had once beheaded, and asked him for his aid in defeating Vritra.

Dadhichi acceded to the devas' request but said that he wished that he had time to go on a pilgrimage to all the holy rivers before he gave up his life for them. Indra then brought together all the waters of the holy rivers to Naimisaranya, thereby allowing the sage to have his wish fulfilled without a further loss of time. Dadhichi is then said to have given up his life by the art of yoga after which the devas fashioned the Vajrayudha from his spine. This weapon was then used to defeat the asura, allowing Indra to reclaim his place as the king of devaloka.[SUP]

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As per another legend, when sages were looking out to perform penance, Brahma, the god of creation, brought out a ring from darba grass. He asked the sages to perform penance at the place where the ring falls, which is believed to be Naimisaranya. The sages performed penance and at the end of it, Vishnu appeared to the sages and accepted their offerings. It is believed that the forest still has Vishnu and all sages as trees



To Be Continued







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Sannadhis surrounding the Chakra theertha -

Vinayaka
Chakratalwar
Ramar, Lakshmana and Sita


Religious Significance

There are 9 tapovams. They are Dandakaranyam, Saindhavaranyam, Jambhukaranyam, Pushkararanyam, Utpalaranyam, Badrikaranyam, Gurujangalaranyam, Aruputharanyam and Naimisaranayam. It is belived that the Goddesses is found in the form of forest. And this Naimisaranyam is regarded as a holy forest.the Lord is in the form of forest.

The Lord is known as Devaraja perumal or Sri Hari and the thayar is called Sri Hari Lakshmi thayar. The Vyasa ghat temple is located on the banks of the river. There are two pushkarnis- the Gomathi river and Chakra theertham.

Naimisaranya is also known as Nimsar or Nimkhar and is located on the left bank of the river Gomati.[SUP]

[/SUP]The sacred well, namely Chakra Kunda is believed to have started from the weapon of Vishnu, Chakra. There are shrines dedicated to Chakranarayana, Ganesh, Rama, Lakshman.


This place has also been visited by Sankaracharya and the famous poet, Surdas resided here. Suthar, the author of 18 puranas is believed to have lived here and presented his sayings to the sages. The central deity is believed to have presided over the forest and hence the puja (rituals) are done to the forest.[SUP]

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The temple is counted as one of the eight temples of Vishnu that self-manifested and is classified as Swayamvyaktha Kshetra.[SUP]

[/SUP]This temple is revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the 7th–9th century Vaishnava canon, by Thirumangai Azhwar in ten hymns. The temple is classified as a divyadesam, the 108 Vishnu temples that are reverred in the Vaishnava canon.

Thirumangai Alwar is the only alwar who has done the Mangalasasanam on this sthala perumal explained about the life led by the human.



Every new moon day, a large number of people purify themselves with a dip in the holy well. If the new moon falls on a Monday, it is believed that a holy bath in the well and offering to the presiding deity Lalitha will wash away all the sins committed in lifetime.[SUP]

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The temple is considered one of the eight Sywayambu Kshetras of Vishnu where presiding deity is believed to have manifested on its own. Seven other temples in the line are Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple, Bhu Varaha Swamy temple, Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, and Vanamamalai Perumal Temple in South India and Saligrama, Pushkar and Badrinath Temple in North India.

What to do at Naimisharanya





Take a bath in Chakra Tirtha and River Gomathi.
Pithru Cermonies (Pinda Daana, Thila Tharpana).
Parayana of sacred Puranas especially Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita, or parayana of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama, Purusha Sooktha, Narayana Upanishad at Vyasa Gaddhi.
Sri Sathyanarayana Pooja (Facilities are available for performing the same at Sri Balaji Mandir)

Please see this you tube video

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Temple Timings

06:00 to 20:00 (All days of the week)

How to reach


Naimisaranyam is located at the junction of the roads from Sitapur and Khairabad, 32 km from Sitapur and 42 km from the Sandila railway station, 45 miles north of Lucknow in Uttarpradesh.


The temple is located between Hardoi and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. Some trains from important cities to
Lucknow stop at Haridoi. One can hire a taxi from Lucknow for half a day to go to Thiru Naimisaranyam.






Holy Places to be visited at Naimisharanya


Chakra Tirtha


Sri Lalitha Devi Temple (the presiding female deity of Naimisharanya)


Vyasa Gaddhi / Vyasa Vatika / Vyasa Dham


Manu – Satrupa Tapasthala


Hanuman Garhi (18 feet self manifested Lord Hanuman deity)


Gomathi River (Adi Ganga)


Balaji Temple (Lord Venkateswara)


Suta Gaddhi where Suta Mahamuni sat while instructing the sages 5,000 years ago (reciting the Bhagavatam and other Puranas).


Sri Narada Temple


OM NAMO NARAYANA


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The Temple





This Divyadesam is around 154 miles away from Haridwar, while travelling from Devaprayag to Badrinath.

The Specialty of this place is Sri Aadhi Sankaracharya, who came all the way from Kerala in the 8th Century A.D., performed Tapas under a tree here and after getting enlighten, established a MUTT known as “Jyothirmutt”. This Jyothismutt later became “Joshimutt


Thiruppirudhi which is otherwise called as Joshimutt explains that it has a close relation between the Lord Emperumaan and His devotees. The devotees shows their Preethi (affection) towards the Emperumaan and they get the same from the Emperumaan. That’s the reason this spot got the name as “Thiruppirudhi”.





It is said a king by named “Nandar” stayed in this Kshetram and sacrifices for the welfare of the whole humanity to live a good life, this sthalam is also called as “Nandaprayag”. It is said that the Kanva Maharishi also lived in this sthalam.

In winter season, when Badrikashramam sthalam is closed, the Badrinath utsavar is took from Badrinath and kept in here and gives his seva as Badri Narayanan for his bhaktas for six months.

Mangalasasanam


Only, Thirumangai alwar has done the Mangalasasanam on his perumal. Among his 10 Paasurams, in 3 Paasurams he compares the perumal as 3 avathaars (ie) as Rama, Krishna and Narasimha avathaar of Sri Vishnu.




Moolavar: The Moolavar of this sthalam is Paramapurushan. He is in sleeping posture (Kidantha kolam) in Bujangha sayanam facing east. Prathyaksham for Parvathi devi.

Thaayar: The Thaayar of Thiruppirudhi sthalam is Parimalavalli Naachiyaar.


Since, this sthala perumal is like the same way as the perumal found in Thiruppaarkadal and His disciples can’t go along with their human body only their Aathma (soul) can reach, the bhaktas in their mind itself worship this perumal as the perumal in Paarkadal. Since, the bhaktas worship in their mind (Maanaseegam), the pushkarani is Maanasaras. Other theertham are Govardhana Theertham and Indira Theertham.


In Krishna avathaar, Sri Kannan protects all the Yadhavas, Aayars and all the cows from the heavy rain through the Govardhana mountain serving them as an umbrella. Likewise, this sthala perumal protects the people here having his Vimaanam as Govardhana Vimaanam.

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On this Route – the Distance from New Delhi to Joshimath is 486 km. And Drive from New Delhi to Joshimath takes about 9.72 hours by car.


Thiru Prithi..

PLACE
THIRUPRUTHI
PRESENT NAME
JOSHIMUTT
BASE TOWN
BADRINATH
DISTANCE
42 KM
MOOLAVAR
PARAMAPURUSHAN
THIRUKKOLAM
KIDANTHA
THIRUMUGAMANDALAM
EAST
UTHSAVAR
THAYAR
PARIMALAVALLI NACHIYAR
MANGALASASANAM
10 PAASURAMS
PRATYAKSHAM
PARVATHI
THEERTHAM
GOVARTHANA THEERTHAM
VIMANAM
GOVARTHANA VIMANAM
NAMAVALI
Sri Parimalavalli nayiga sameda Sri Paramapurushaya parabramane namaha







OM NAMO NARAYANA

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Divya Desam 68-Thirukkandam NEELAMEGA PERUMAL

Divya Desam 68-Thirukkandam NEELAMEGA PERUMAL






PLACE
THIRUKKANDAMENUM KADINAGAR
PRESENT NAME
DEVAPRAYAGAI
BASE TOWN
RISHIKESH
DISTANCE
72 KM
MOOLAVAR
NEELAMEGA PERUMAL
THIRUKKOLAM
NINDRA
THIRUMUGAMANDALAM
EAST
UTHSAVAR
THAYAR
PUNDAREEGAVALLI
MANGALASASANAM
11 PAASURAMS
PRATYAKSHAM
MAHARISHI BARATHWAJ
THEERTHAM
MANGALA THEERTHAM,GANGA RIVER
VIMANAM
MANGALA VIMANAM
NAMAVALI

Sri Pundareegavalli nayiga sameda Sri Neelamega parabramane namaha

The First Divyadesam as one travels from Haridwar to Badrinath is Devaprayag. This Kshetram is also called as “Thirukkandam” and also as “Kadi Nagar”.

It lies about 45 miles away from Rishikesh to Badrinath and about 1700 feet above the sea level.
The Speciality of this sthalam is only at this sthalam the great rivers Alaknanda and Bagirathi mingle each other.


This Thirukkandam divyadesam is also called with the names as “Kadinagar”, “Devaprayag”. This sthalam is situated around 1700 feets upwards from the sea level. The Alaknandha and Bagirathi river mingle together in this sthalam and comes down and is called as “Aadi Ganga”.

Prayag means the place where two rivers mingle together and since two divine (holy) rivers mingle together, it is said that this sthalam got the named as “Deva Prayag”. The place where the two rivers is said to be the place where the Neela megha perumal originates and the two rivers are referred to as two pirattis.

It is said that in this sthalam Brahma devar, King Dasaratha and Sri Rama have done penance austerities here and an Idol of Raghunathji is said to be installed by Sri Aadhi Sankara.


The Moolavar of this kshetram is Neelamega Perumal. He is also called with the name “Purushothaman”. He is giving his seva in Standing posture facing east Prathyaksham for Bharadwaja Maharishi.The Thaayar found in this sthalam is Pundareekavalli.


pushkaranni-Mangala theertham/ Ganga Nadhi.


Mangala Vimaanam.

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[h=2]How to reach[/h] [h=3]Air[/h] The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun 116 km (72 mi) away.
[h=3]Railway[/h] The nearest railway stations is at Rishikesh. However, Rishikesh is a small railway station not connected by fast trains. Haridwar railway junction, 24 km farther from Rishikesh, has train connections to most of the major cities in India and is, therefore, the railhead for Devprayag.
[h=3]Road[/h] Devprayag lies on national highway NH58 that connects Delhi with Badrinath and Mana Pass in Uttarakhand near Indo-Tibet border. Therefore, all the buses and vehicles that carry pilgrims from New Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh in pilgrim season of summer months pass through Devprayag on the way to Joshimath and further north. Rishikesh is the major starting point for road journey to Devprayag and regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Devprayag. The road distance from Rishikesh to Devprayag is 74 km (46 mi).



  • Haridwar to Rishikesh 24 km
  • Rishikesh to Devprayag 74 km
  • Devprayag to Srinagar 34 km
  • Srinagar to Rudraprayag 33 km





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Divya Desam 69-Sri Badri Narayana Perumal Temple, Badrinath

Divya Desam 69-Sri Badri Narayana Perumal Temple, Badrinath







Badrinath Temple, also called Badrinarayan Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu which is situated in the town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand, India


The temple and town form one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. The temple is also one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Badrinath—holy shrines for Vaishnavites. It is open for six months every year, between the end of April and the beginning of November, because of extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region. The temple is located in Garhwal hill tracks in Chamoli district along the banks of Alaknanda River at an elevation of 3,133 m (10,279 ft) above the mean sea level. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage centres of India, having recorded 1,060,000 visits.

The image of the presiding deity worshipped in the temple is a 1 m (3.3 ft) tall, black stone statue of Vishnu in the form of Badrinarayan. The statue is considered by many Hindus to be one of eight swayam vyakta kshetras, or self-manifested statues of Vishnu.[SUP]

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Mata Murti Ka Mela, which commemorates the descent of river Ganges on mother earth, is the most prominent festival celebrated in the Badrinath Temple. Although Badrinath is located in North India, the head priest, or Rawal, is traditionally a Nambudiri Brahmin chosen from the South Indian state of Kerala. The temple was included in the Uttar Pradesh state government Act No. 30/1948 as Act no. 16,1939, which later came to be known as Shri Badarinath and Shri Kedarnath Mandir Act. The committee nominated by the state government administers both the temples and has seventeen members on its board.


The temple is mentioned in ancient religious texts like Vishnu Purana and Skanda Purana. It is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, an early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD.



Sthalapuranam


The Perumal serves as a "Teacher" (Guru) for himself and thereby explaining the Gnana to the world in 5 different ways.


  • The characters of Aathma.
  • Character of Paramathma
  • What the Aathma has to attain.
  • The ways, to attain it and
  • The obstacles that are found for the Aathma while its attaining it.

The Perumal, Badrin Narayanan explains all these 5 different things known as "Artha Panjaga Gnanam". For a human, 5 relations are the most prominent one. They are Mother, Gather, Guru, God and the pre generation peoples. In this, Guru is so important and it is non - equivalent to anything. Without a proper guru, one cannot attain anything. So, the perumal here serves as the guru and explain the Gnana to the world.


As the same way, the perumal is born as both Naran and Narayanan and he gives the seva to both Naran and Narayanan and he gives the seva to Naran thereby explaining the Gnanam towards him.


While going towards Badrinath, one can visit enjoy and get the seva of Perumals in Haridwar, Vishnupaadham, Thiriveni Sangamam, Rishikesh, Deva Prayag, Kandam (Kadinagar), Rudra Prayag, Karna Prayag, Nandha Prayag, Joshi mutt, Hanuman Chatti, Bramagha dam, Taptha Kundam and Simha Dwaram.


Badrinath is 10,380 feet above from the sea level. Bhaktas who travel Badrinath, first should visit Haridwar, where Brahma Kundam (theertham) is found where bhaktas have a spiritual bath in that theertham before going to Badrinath. This place is also called as "Vishnu Paadham"


From here, we can see the Ganga river originating. It is said that river Ganga originates from the thiruvadi (feet) of Sri Vishnu. The Dwaram (the small entrance (or) hole) from where the Ganga river originates is said to be Haridwar. People get this Ganga water closed in a small vessel and take to their houses and keep them as sacred. Haridwar is called as "Kapilasthan", because Kapila Munivar did the tapas here and worshipped Goddess Maya and because of this, the place is also called as "Mayapuri". There are temples for Goddess Manasa Devi, Chandi Devi, Maya Devi, Anjani Devi, Neeleshwarar, Dattatreyar, Navagrahas, Mahadeva and Mrithyunjaya Mahadevar.


Lots of Ashrams are found. Some of them are Kailasha Ashram dedicated to Aadhi Sankarar, Sri Vananda Ashram started by Swami Sivanandar, Gita Ashram, Swarga Ashram, Paramathma Niketan.


Badrinath is said to one among the great Dhamas (holy Shrines). Other great Dhamas are Rameswaram, Dwaraka and Jaganath. There are 5 Badris namely Vishal Badri, Dhayana Badri, Yoga Badri, Vridha Badri and Bhavishya Badri and five prayags are Devaprayag, Rudra prayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Vishnu prayag.

Devaprayag
:
This is the place where the Alaknanda and Bagirthi rivers mingle to one another and the river falls down as "Aadhi Ganga", In Devaprayag, Brahma devar, King Dasarathan and Sri Ramar are believed to have done tapas. And an Mutt is installed by Aadhi Sankarar here.


Rudraprayag
:
Rudraprayag is the place where river Mandakini joins the Alankananda river. Here a temple for Rudran is found Mandakini river rises from Kedarnath and it joins Ganga and then towards Madhya Maheshwar near Gupta Kasi. In Gupta Kasi a famous temple for Ardha Nareeshwarar is found (Artha Nareeshwarar is one of seva given by Lord Shivan where he is found as one part of his body and another side for Uma devi).


Karnaprayag
:
Karnaprayag is the place where Karnan did strong tapas to get all sorts of mantra arrows.


Nandaprayag
:
Nandaprayag is the place where the Nandakini river arises and joins Alaknanda. It is said that king Nanda did a severe tapas here in this place.



Vishnuprayag
:
It is believed that this is the place where Pandu King did strong tapas towards the Emperumaan Sri Vishnu and it is said that the Pandja Pandavas born here.


Next to Vishnu Prayag is a place called Hanuman Ghat where Lord Hanuman and Bheeman met each other. Once, Bheeman thought he was the strong person in the world and was travelling along this side. At that time, Hanuman laid there as a old monkey. Bheema say an old monkey lying before him in the path and shouted at the monkey to give way for him. But, the old monkey (Hanuman) told that since he is so weak, he could not able to move and told that if Bheema could mvoe the tail, he can move it and go along with his way. Bheeman thought he can move the tail with his one hand, but he could not do that. Using his full strength, he tried, but he could not even move the tail for an inch. Finally, he thought, the old monkey might be some Arakkan (or) Magic man. But finally, Anjaneyar showed his original Roopam and explains him that there are brothers (since both are Vaayu Puthras). Bheema fell to the feet of Sri Anjaneyar and asked that he should be along with them during the war against the Gauravars (Duriyodhanan and his troop). Sri Anjaneyar told that he will be along with them in the flag which is found on top of the Chariot of Arjuna.


Since, Naran and Narayanan came to this sthalam, two mountains on the names of them are found. The Nara Parvatham (mountain) is found on the Eastern bank of Alknanda river and Narayana parvatham on the west bank of Alknanda river. These two mountains are almost covered by snow, in all times.


Nara Parvatham is also called as Kubera Bhandar since lots of precious gems and diamonds are found onits glaciers. Once, there lived an arakkan (demon) by name "Sahasrakavacha", who gave lots of trouble for the Rishis and yogis. All of them prayed towards the perumal to help them out from the Arakkan. At that time, both Naran and Narayanan did tapas towards the perumal. On hearing that these two persons were doing severe tapas towards the Emperumaan, Sahasrakavachan rushed towards them to kill them. Both, Naran and Narayanan fought strongly with the demon and finally killed him. Thus, they permenantly stayed in Badrinath to help all the Rishis and Yogis from lots of Arakkans.


About 5 miles away from Badrinath, is a place found which is called as "Dharma Shila". It is believed tht only in this place, Dharma Rajan and his wife kala did tapas towards the perumal. As the Varam from the perumal, Dharma Raja and his wife asked that the perumal should also be found along with them and thats the reason why Dharma shila is found near Badrinath.

Tapta Kund
:

This tapta Kund is found in between the temple (Badrinarayanan) and Alaknanda river. Inspite of being so cold and lots of snow fallings, this tapta kund excreats hot water (springs) which is said to be a special one. It is said that the Ganga river after coming from the thiruvdi of Sriman Narayanan is beared by the Lord Shivaperuman's head and since it comes out form the hot and from Kabhala of Shiva, it is said the water of Tapta kund is hotter.


After taking bath in tapta kund, bhaktas have to climb some steps up where Garudalwar is found. After worshipping him, we can reach the pragaram. The place where Garudalwar is found is called "Simha Dwaram".


Infront of Badrinath temple, the Nara and Narayanan mountain are found. Inside the temple, Badrinarayanar is found in sitting position which is termed as "Padmasana" pose. On his left is Naran and Narayanar and found, to his right, Kuberan with a big silver face is found. Narada Maharishi is also found along with them. A Sudharsana chakkaram to spiritualise the sthalam is also found. The Utsavar is Uddhava is found and infront of him, a small Garudalwar is found.


It is said that a big date (Elandhai) tree is covering the Badrinarayanar temple and it will not be found to any person in Kali yigham. The tree is said to be the hamsam of Sri Mahalakshmi and she is protecting Badrinarayanan from cold by covering him.


Moolavar and his Sannadhi:


The Moolavar Badrinarayanar is said to be made of Salagramam. He is found along with Aravindhavalli thaayar, Garudan, Kuberan, Naradhar, Utthavar, Devarishi and Narayanar. He is found in sitting pose and has 4 hands. His left hand holds the Sangu and his right hand hold the chakkaram and is lifeted upwards and remaining two hands are joined together and found as Yoga muthirai and Abhaya Varadhan.


Bhaktas can get the seva of this perumal how much times they want and all the thirumanjanam, Naivedhyam etc are done infront of the bhaktas.


Thaayar and her Sannadhi
:



On the south pragharam of the temple is the sannadhi for Aravindhavalli thaayar is found and she is called as "Mahalakshmi". On the west side, Aadhi sankarar sannadhi and behind the temple, Lakshmi Narasimhar mandir and Sannadhis for Sri Swami Desikan, Udayavr Ramanujar are found.



On the north side of the temple big rock by name "Brahma Gobalam" is found in the bank of Ganga river. It is believed that if we dedicated Pindam (a ball made of rice) here for our forefathers, the next 14 generations people are said to go to heaven and Moksha. And thereafter, if one perform this, there is no need to do the Shrardham from then.

Moolavar
:

The Moolavar of Badrinath Kshetram is Badri Narayanan. He is found in Irundha (sitting) thirukkolam facing his thirumugham towards east direction. Prathyaksham for Naran.


Thaayar
:
The Thaayar found in this Kshetram is Aravindhavalli.


Mangalasasanam
:


  • Periyalwar - 1 Paasuram.
  • Thirumangai Alwar - 21 Paasurams.

Pushkarani
:
Tapta Kundam.


Sthala Viruksham (Tree)
:
Badri Viruksham (Date tree).


Vimaanam
:
Tapta Kanjana Vimaanam.

Prayers


Fulfill Wishes, Prosperty, security,




Temple Timings


06:00 to 12:00 (All days of the week(Morning))
14:00 to 20:00 (All days of the week(Evening))



How to Reach

Air
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun 317 km (197 mi) away by road. However, the distance by a helicopter journey is hardly 100 km. There are many providers of helicopter service from Dehradun.


Railway



The nearest railway stations are at Rishikesh (at 297 km) and Kotdwara (at 327 km). However, Rishikesh is a small railway station not connected by fast trains. Kotdwara is connected by only a few trains. Haridwar railway junction, 24 km farther from Rishikesh, has train connections to most of the major cities in India and is, therefore, the railhead for Badrinath.

Road


Badrinath is reached by national highway NH58 that connects Delhi with Mana Pass in Uttarakhand near Indo-Tibet border. Buses carry pilgrims from New Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh in pilgrim season of summer months. Rishikesh is the major starting point for road journey to Badrinath.


Regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Badrinath and start very early before dawn. The last bus from Rishikesh leaves for Badrinath before dawn. The road is narrow after Joshimath and travel is not permitted on the road after sunset. Therefore if one misses the bus for Badrinath at Rishikesh bus station, one has to go only up to Rudraprayag, Chamoli or Joshimath and spent the night there to take the early morning bus for Badrinath from that town.


The road distance from Rishikesh to Badrinath is 293 km (182 mi) via Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Joshimath.



  • Delhi to Haridwar 206 km
  • Haridwar to Rishikesh 24 km
  • Rishikesh to Devprayag 74 km
  • Devprayag to Srinagar 34 km
  • Srinagar to Rudraprayag 33 km
  • Rudraprayag to Karnaprayag 31 km
  • Karnaprayag to Nandprayag 21 km
  • Nandprayag to Chamoli 10 km
  • Chamoli to Joshimath 48 km
  • Joshimath to Badrinath 42 km




OM NAMO NARAYANA



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Divya Desam 70- Muktinath Temple in Nepal

Divya Desam 70- Muktinath Temple in Nepal









Muktinath
is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas), Mustang, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well.


Within Hinduism, it is called the sacred place Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of liberation or moksha". This temple is considered to be the 105th among the available 108 Divya Desam, which are considered sacred by the Sri Vaishnava sect. The ancient name of this place in Sri Vaishnava literature, before Buddhist origin, is Thiru Saligramam. This houses the Saligrama shila considered to be the naturally available form of Sriman Narayana - the Hindu Godhead. It is also one of the 51 Shakti peethams. The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means 'Hundred Waters'. Although the temple is has a Vaishnava origin, it is also revered in Buddhism. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa is a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara.

Legend


The Tibetan Buddhist tradition states that for this reason Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, had meditated at Muktinath on his way to Tibet. This temple is praised by many saints of Hindu tradition. The scripts narrating the importance of this temple is available in Vishnu Purana with the Gandaki Mahathmya.


The waterway downstream from Muktinath along Kali Gandaki is the source of all Silas or Shaligrams that are required to establish a temple of Vishnu anywhere in the world. It is considered to be one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. It has 108 water springs and this number carries great significance in Indian philosophy. An example of the mystery surrounding the number 108, in Hindu astrology, there are mentions of 12 zodiacs (or Rashi) and 9 planets (or Graha), giving a total of 108 combinations. There are also 27 Lunar mansions (or Nakshatras) which are divided into 4 quarters (or Padas) each giving a combination of 108 Padas in total

Sthalapuranam

The Perumal serves as a "Teacher" (Guru) for himself and thereby explaining the Gnana to the world in 5 different ways.
The characters of (Soul) Aathma.


Character of (Supreme Soul) Paramathma


What the Aathma has to attain.

The ways, to attain it and
The obstacles that are found for the Aathma while its attaining it.


The Perumal, Badrin Narayana explains all these 5 different things known as "Artha Panjaga Gnanam". For a human, 5 relations are the most prominent one. They are Mother, Father, Guru, God and the pre generation persons known as Pithru. In this, Guru is so important and it is non - equivalent to anything. Without a proper guidance from a Guru, one cannot attain anything. So, the perumal here serves as the guru and explain the Wisdom - Gnana to the world.


As the same way, the perumal is born as both Naran and Narayanan and he gives the seva to both Naran and Narayanan and he gives the seva to Naran thereby explaining the Gnanam towards him.


While going towards Badrinath, one can enjoy the visit and get the seva of Perumals in Haridwar, VishnupAdham, Thiriveni Sangamam, Rishikesh, Deva Prayag, Kandam (Kadinagar), Rudra Prayag, Karna Prayag, Nandha Prayag, Joshi mutt, Hanuman Chatti, Bramagha dam, Taptha Kundam and Simha Dwaram.


Badrinath is 10,380 feet above from the sea level. Bhaktas who travel Badrinath, first should visit Brahma Kundam (theertham) in Haridwar, where bhaktas take a spiritual bath in that theertham before going to Badrinath. This place is also called as "Vishnu PAdhm" (Foot prints of Sri Maha Vishnu).


From here, we can see the Ganga river originating. It is said that river Ganga originates from the thiruvadi (feet) of Sri Vishnu. The Dwaram (the small entrance (or) hole) from where the Ganga river originates is said to be Haridwar. People get this Ganga water in a closed vessel containers and take to their homes and keep them as sacred. Haridwar is called as "Kapilasthan", because Kapila Munivar did the tapas here and worshipped Goddess Maya and because of this, the place is also called as "Mayapuri". There are temples for Goddess Manasa Devi, Chandi Devi, Maya Devi, Anjani Devi, Neeleshwar, Dattatreya, Navagrahas, Mahadeva and Mrithyunjaya Mahadeva.


Lots of Ashrams are found. Some of them are Kailasha Ashram dedicated to Aadhi Sankarar, Sri Vananda Ashram started by Swami Sivanandar, Gita Ashram, Swarga Ashram, Paramathma Niketan.


Badrinath is said to be one among the great Dhamas (holy Shrines). Other great Dhamas are Rameswaram, Dwaraka and Jagannath. There are 5 Badris namely Vishal Badri, Dhayana Badri, Yoga Badri, Vridha Badri and Bhavishya Badri and five prayags are Devaprayag, Rudra prayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Vishnu prayag.


Devaprayag:
This is the place where the Alaknanda and Bagirthi rivers mingle to one another and the river falls down as "Aadhi Ganga", In Devaprayag, Brahma deva, King Dasaratha and Sri Rama are believed to have done tapas. And a Mutt is installed by Aadhi Sankara here.
Rudraprayag:
Rudraprayag is the place where river Mandakini joins the Alankananda river. Here a temple for Rudra is situated. Mandakini river rises from Kedarnath and it joins Ganga and then towards Madhya Maheshwar near Gupta Kasi. In Gupta Kasi a famous temple for Ardha Nareeshwarar (half of the body portion representing the Power known as Shakti - Uma and other half as Shiva).
Karnaprayag:
Karnaprayag is the place where Karnan did strong tapas to get all sorts of mantra arrows.
Nandaprayag:
Nandaprayag is the place where the Nandakini river arises and joins Alaknanda. It is said that king Nanda did a severe tapas here in this place.

Vishnuprayag
:
It is believed that this is the place where Pandu King did strong tapas towards the Emperumaan Sri Vishnu and it is believed to be the birth place of Panja Pandavas.


Next to Vishnu Prayag is a place called Hanuman Ghat where Lord Hanuman and Bheema met each other. Once, Bheema thought he was the strong person in the world and was traveling along this side. At that time, Hanuman laid there as an old monkey. Bheema say an old monkey lying before him in the path and shouted at the monkey to give way for him. But, the old monkey (Hanuman) told that since he is so weak, he unable to move and requested that if Bheema could move the tail, he can move it and go along with his way. Bheema, not knowing that the Monkey is none other than the so powerful Hanuman, thought he can move the tail with his one hand, but he could not do so. Using his full strength, he tried, but he could not even move the tail for an inch. Finally, he thought, the old monkey might be some Demon known as Arakkan (or) Magician. But finally, Anjaneya revealed his original posture (Roopam) and explains him that they are brothers (since both them are sons of Lord Air known as Vaayu). Bheema fell to the feet of Sri Anjaneya and asked that he should be along with them during the war against the Gauravas (Duriyodhanan and his troop). Sri Anjaneya told that he will be along with them in the flag which is on top of the Chariot of Arjuna.
Since, Naran and Narayanan came to this sthalam, two mountains on the names of them are found. The Nara Parvatham (mountain) is on the Eastern bank of Alknanda river and Narayana parvatham on the west bank of Alknanda river. These two mountains are almost covered by snow, in all times.


Nara Parvatham is also called as Kubera Bhandar since lots of precious gems and diamonds are found on its glaciers. Once, there lived an arakkan (demon) by name "Sahasrakavacha", who gave lots of trouble for the Rishis and yogis. All of them prayed towards the perumal to save them out from the Demon. At that time, both Naran and Narayanan did tapas towards the perumal. On hearing that these two persons were doing severe tapas towards the Emperumaan, Sahasrakavachan rushed towards them to kill them. Both, Naran and Narayanan fought strongly with the demon and finally killed him. Thus, they permanently stayed in Badrinath to save all the Rishis and Yogis from all the demons.


About 5 miles away from Badrinath, is a place known as "Dharma Shila". It is believed that in this place, Dharma Rajan and his wife Kala did tapas towards the Lord Sri MahaVishnu. As a boon from the Lord, Dharma Raja and his wife asked that the Lord should also be along with them and that's the reason why Dharma shila is found near Badrinath.


Tapta Kund:
This tapta Kund situated in between the temple (Badrinarayanan) and Alaknanda river. Despite being so cold and lots of snow falls, this tapta kund excretes hot water (springs) which is said to be a special one. It is said that the Ganga river after coming from the Divine Feet of Sriman Narayana is beared by the Lord Shivaperuman's head and since it comes out form the hot and from Kabhala of Shiva, it is said the water of Tapta kund is hotter.


After taking bath in tapta kund, devotees to climb some steps upwards to worship Garudalwar. After worshipping him, we can reach the pragaram. The place is known as 'Simh Dwaram' where Garudalwar statue is situated..


In front of Badrinath temple, the Nara and Narayanan mountain are located. Inside the temple, Lord Sri Badrinarayana in sitting position which is termed as "Padmasana" pose. On his left is Naran and Narayana and to his right, Kubera with his face adorned in silver. Narada Maharishi is also there along with them. A Sudharsana Chakkaram (A power of Wheel in Lord's right hand) to spiritualise the kshetram. The Utsavar is Uddhava and in front of him is a small Garudalwar statue.


It is said that a big date tree (Elandhai) is covering the Badrinarayana temple and it will not be visible to any person in Kali yugha. The tree is said to symbolize Sri Mahalakshmi and she is protecting Badrinarayana from cold by covering him.


Moolavar and his Sannadhi:
The Moolavar Badrinarayana is said to be made of Salagramam. He is along with Aravindhavalli thaayar, Garuda, Kubera, Naradha, Utthavar, Devarishi and Narayana. He is in sitting pose and has 4 hands. His left hand holds the Sangu the Conch and in his right hand hold the Wheel the chakkaram and lifted upwards and remaining two hands are joined together and found as Yoga mudra and Abhaya Varadhan.
Devotees can get the darshan of this Lord, without any time restriction they can spend here and Holy bath to Lord known as Thirumanjanam, offering of eatables etc are done in the presence of the devotees.


Thaayar and her Sannadhi:
On the south pragharam of the temple is the sannadhi for Aravindhavalli thaayar is situated and She is called as "Mahalakshmi". On the west side, Aadhi sankara sannadhi and behind the temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Mandir and Sannadhis for Sri Swami Desikar, Udayavar Ramanujar are located.


On the north side of the temple on the bank of River Ganges, a big rock named "Brahma Gobalam"; it is believed that if we dedicate Pindam (a ball made of rice) here for the departed souls known as Pithrus, for the next 14 generations people are said to go to heaven and Moksha. And if done once, thereafter, if one perform this once, there is no need to do the annual ritual for the departed souls that is known as Shrardham.

Moolavar
:

The Moolavar of Badrinath Kshetram is Badri Narayanan. He is in sitting posture (Irundha thirukkolam) facing east Prathyaksham for Naran.
Thaayar:
The Thaayar in this Kshetram is Aravindhavalli.

Mangalasasanam:

Periyalwar - 1 Paasuram.
Thirumangai Alwar - 21 Paasurams.
Pushkarani:
Tapta Kundam.

Sthala Viruksham (Tree):
Badri Viruksham (Date tree).
Vimaanam:
Tapta Kanjana Vimaanam.






OM NAMO NARAYANA




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http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/fr/2003/08/22/stories/2003082201650600.htm
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muktinath
http://www.muktinath.org/muktinath/
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Divya Desam 71-Kesava Deo Temple Mathura, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

Divya Desam 71-Kesava Deo Temple Mathura, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

THIRU VADA MADURAI




The Temple

Mathura and Brindavan in Uttar Pradesh are intimately connected with the life of Krishna and are considered to be amongst the holiest of pilgrimage sites of the Hindus. The Gopas shifted to Brindavan following several calamities at Gokul. Brindavan was a lush site, on the banks of the river Yamuna.

Legend has it that Shatrugna, brother of Rama, vanquished the demon Lavanasuran, and built the picturesque city of Mathura on the banks of the Yamuna river. Govardhan hill is located 26 km from Mathura while Brindavan is at a distance of 10 km from Mathura. Mathura has been mentioned by Ptolemy and by the Chinese traveller Hyuen Tsang (7th century CE). Mathura was once a Buddhist center. Krishna's leelas with Radha have been the subject of literature all over India; especially that of Jayadeva. Radha is considerd to be one of the Shaktis of Perumaal; born as the daughter of King Vrishabhanu and his wife Kalavati, certain legends assert that she was married to Krishna. She is also known as Brindavani or Brinda. Radha is considered to be a manifestation of Lakshmi.

The Brindavan refers to a sacred Tulsi forest. Raas Leela on Sharad Poornima (full moon night in the month Oct 15-Nov 15) or during Holi is of great importance here.
Temples from the 16th century CE are seen here. The chief temples here are those of Govinddev, Radha Vallabh, Gopinath, Jugalkishore and Madanmohan. There are more than a thousand temples and 32 ghats in this town. There are also temples to Rangaji, and those built by Lal Babu the Maharaja of Gwalior. The red stone temple of Govindaji is an impressive one built in 1590 under the direction of two gurus Rupa and Sanatana. The image of Govinddevji apparently was movd to Jaipur fearing Aurangazeb.

The Rangdev temple in the Sri Vaishnava tradition was built by Seth Govinddas and Radhakrishna in the south indian dravidian architectural style.
Virtually every site in Mathura is associated with legends related to Krishna. The Dwarkadeesh temple in Mathura is a modern temple. The Gita Mandir is located on the Mathura Brindavan road. Gokul near Mathura, is where Krishna was raised; Mahaban is said to be the seat of the palace of Nanda, Krishna's foster father. Barsana is said to be the original home of Radha. Most temples in the town of Brindavan are associated with several of the leelas of Krishna at Brindavan. Brindavan became a center of religion from the 15th century onward.

The Ramanuja Sampradaya and the Nimbarka Vishnava Sampradaya (performing Sankirtans primarily) and the Madhva sampradaya (which worships Krishna without Radha) , the Vallabha and Chaitanya traditions are the leading Vaishnava sampradayas here.

The ancient pilgrimage town of Mathura (Vrindavan) in Uttar Pradesh, is the site of what is considered to be the Vada Madurai Dhivyadesam. The Rangamandir, enshrines Ranganathar, Andal and Venkatachalapati. Worship services are conducted here by Tamil Sree Vaishnava priests.

The Moolavar is Govardanesan, Baalakrishnan seen in standing posture facing east. The original temple & moorthi sung by the Alwars is not be seen now. The tempels for worship in this area now are the Dwaraknathji & Maduraanathji temples built at a later date. About 1 1/2 miles from here is a new temple Janma bhoomi. It is believed that this temple is located at the spot where Lord Krishna was born in a prison. About 8 miles from here is the Govardana giri. About 7 miles from here is Brindavanam, a temple built in the South Indian style. There are sannadhis for Rangamannaar, Aandaal, Garudalwar, Venkataachalapathi.









Perumaal : Govardhanesan, Balakrishnan
Thaayaar - Satyabhaama Naachiyaar.

Theertham - Indra Theertham, Govardana Theertham, Yamuna river.

Vimaanam : Govardhana Vimanam


Mangalasasanam:

PeriAzhwar, Andal, TondaradippodiyAzhwar, ThirumangaiAzhwar and NammAzhwar of the first millennium CE, have sung in chaste Tamil ,of the life of Krishna in Mathura-Govardhan-Brindavan in a total of 50 verses.
Perialwar - 16, 277, 399, 264-74, 341, 430
Aandaal - 478, 538,539, 560, 569, 617, 624, 637-646, 634, 638
Thondaradipodialwar - 916
Thirumangaialwar - 1512, 1527, 1833, 2673 (74)
Nammalwar - 3439, 3499, 3559-3566.

Total of 50 Paasurams.


Location

Thiruvadamadurai is situated about 2 miles fromMathura station, on the Delhi Agra rail route.






OM NAMO NARAYANA


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P.J.

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Divya Desam 72-Sri Navamohana Krishna Perumal Temple, Aayarpadi


Divya Desam 72-Sri Navamohana Krishna Perumal Temple, Aayarpadi







Sthalapuranam

Sri Krishna, who was born to Sri Vasudeva and Devaki in Mathura, was brought up by Nandagopa and Yasodhai in Aayarpadi. This is the place where Sri Krishna spent all of his childhood days.


The temple where the Alwars did the mangalasasanam of the perumal is not in existence now and the idols now found are said to be installed in the later date.


Soordasr, who was one of the disciple of Sri Vallabhacharya was a blind person and after he was brought up to this temple, he was blessed by Sri Krishna and praised the perumal in of poems.


In the life of a person, there are two main relationships that will continue and end till our lives. One is the mother and the next is the wife. For Sri Krishna, there are two mother, Devaki who gave him the birth and the other one is Yasodha who brought Him up. Like how he got two mother, he got two wives also. One is Rukmani and the other one is Sathyabama. Thus, Sri Krishna gives importance to both of his mothers and his two wives. To explain this, this sthalaperumal Navamohana Krishna gives his seva along with his two wives, Rukmani and Sathyabama in standing posture.


The Aayarpadi Sthalapuranam is closely related with Mahakavi Soordasa and Sathyabama. In the previous Janmha, Soordasa lived as Akroorar, once a great devotee who is considered to be great person in character and a sincere Vishnu bhakta.


One day, Sathyabama was feeling lonely in the palace and she was in an urge mood to see Sri Krishna. But, Sri Krishna was unable to come to the palace then. At that time, Akroora came to the palace. On seeing the restlessness of Sathyabama he asked for the reason why she was restless? She told that she wants to see Sri Krishna that too in one minute, if he doesn't come in a minute, she will sacrifice her life. As her name is Sathyabama, she will do whatever she says. Hearing this from Sathyabama, Akroora went in search of Sri Krishna. He could not find him anywhere. The time is also running and it is almost to end of a minute. Without knowing the consequence, Akroora he himself changed into Sri Krishna and stood in front of Sathyabama. On seeing this, Sathyabama could not recognize that it is only Akroora who had come there as Sri Krishna and she started to talk to him in love words.


After this, Akroora went towards Sri Krishna and told him what had happened. On hearing this, Sri Krsihna got angry on him and shouted at him that he has imitated as the perumal (Paramathma) and by doing this he has comitted a sin and that is his eyes saw Sathyabama in a different way. so, Sri Krishna cursed him that in the next Janma he will be born as a blind person and Sathyabama as an ordinary working person. But, at the same time, he said once they get the Gnana, their curse will wither away.


As cursed, Akroorar born as "Soordasa", in the next Janma. Despite being blind only in vision, his Gnana was so bright and he always praised the Lord through his songs and finally he got the Sabha vimochan through Sri Krishna.


About 4 miles away from Aayarpadi, there is a place named "Purana Gokulam" and a Krishna temple which is considered to be Gokulam. The Yamuna river flows in front of the purana (old) Gokulam temple and idols of Nandagopa, Yasodha and Balarama are seen. In a wooden cradle, one can see Sri Krishna posing as a child.


This Gokulam divyadesam is said to be with mnay of childhood naughty acts performed by Sri Krishna. The devotees are advised to visit both Gokulam and Old Gokulam.

Moolavar
:
The Moolavar of this Gokulam sthalam is Navamohana Krishna. Moolavar is standing posture (Nindra thirukkolam) facing east direction. Prathyaksham for Nandagopar.

Thaayar:
Sri Rukmani & Sri Sathyabama are the two Naachiyaars giving divine grace to this kshetram.


Mangalasasanam
:

Periyalwar - 10 Paasurams
Andal - 5 Paasurams
Thirumangai Alwar - 7 Paasurams.

Pushkarani
:
Yamuna river.

Vimaanam:
Hema Kooda Vimaanam.


Prayers:


Domestic Issues, Fulfill Wishes,

Temple Timings


06:00 to 20:00 (All days of the week)


About the Temple & Location :
This Divyadesam is 8 miles away from Mathura.
To reach this Temple, one has to travel 3 miles from Mathura and cross the bridge on the Yamuna river.
After that, travelling 5 miles by road, we can reach the Temple of Gokulam.



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Divya Desam 73-Thiru Dwaraka - Sri Kalyana Narayana Perumal Temple, Dwarka,

Divya Desam 73-Thiru Dwaraka - Sri Kalyana Narayana Perumal Temple, Dwarka,






The Temple



Dwarkadhish Temple is situated in Jamnagar District of Gujarat, dedicated to Lord Krishna (an avatar of Lord Vishnu).And also one of the ‘108 Divyadesam Temples’ (a group of 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu).This temple is also named as ‘Sri Kalyana Narayana Perumal Temple‘ and ‘Thiru Dwaraka‘.


The city of Dwarka, meaning gateway to moksha or salvation hosts another significant temple of Shri Krishna. It is said that lord spent close to hundred years of his life in this holy city. The city is believed to have been immersed in the sea after lord left for heavenly abode. Dwarka is also popularly known as city of gold.

The famed Dwarkadhish temple was just a small umbrella type monument in the year 400 BC; which was renovated time and again in different periods to finally in the year 1960, when Government of India took it over and renovates its from time to time.


Dwarkadhish Temple is also known as Jagat Mandir (Universal shrine).
The glory of the temple is further enhanced by the flight 56 steps leading to the River Gomti.
The spire of the Dwarkadhish Temple takes the height of 78.3 meter.
Dwarkadhish Temple is built of limestone with five- storey structure stands on 60 pillars.
Dwarkadhish Temple is said to be built by Vajranabh, the grandson of Lord Krishna, 2500 years ago.
The current structure of the temple is said to be constructed in the 15th century in Chalukya style.
The Dwarkadhish temple consists of Sanctum, Vestibule and a hall with porches on its three sides.


Sthalapuranam


This sthalam deals all the stories that deal with the way he became the king and ruled the empire and ended the Krsihna Avatar for which it is taken.

Vada Mathura is known as the Janma Bhoomi (birth place) of Sri Krishnar; Aayarpadi is where He was brought up and lead his childhood days; and Dwaraka is the place where his Punya Avtar ended. Sri Krishna revealed His appearance for Brahma deva, Indra and all the other Devas and for Vasudeva and Devaki in prison in Vada Mathura divyadesam (Janma Bhoomi). Same way, Sri Krsihna gave his appearance to Sri Nandagopar, who brought up Sri Krishna in Aayrpadi.





After all of his duties are over and the purpose for which he took the Krishna Avatar was over, he was killed by an archer, ulupadhan, who aimed at Sri Krishna's feet thinking it as a white pigeon. Thus, the avathaar of Sri Krishna ended in Thiru Dwaraka. In Dwaraka Sri Krishna revealed His presence to Rukmani, Sathyabama, Jambhavathi and other Ashta -maharishis, his friends, his sons, neighbors and all of Aayars in Dwaraka. These all persons thought that Sri Krishna belong to them, but He proved here that He belong to the entire Universe and to all the Jeevathmas in this mighty world.


Draupadhi who was also named as "Paanjali", married Panja Pandavas and she treated Sri Krishna as her own brother. When Draupathi was ill - treated in the midst of Duriyodhan's palace, Sri Krishna gave her clothes thereby protecting her. Thus, he gave His audience to Draupathi also.
There was a king in Mathura by named "Gargeya" who doesn't have any children. All the Yadhavas teased on him and as a result of it, he did a severe tapas towards Lord Shiva to bless with a son who would ride out the Yadhava families. Finally, on satisfied fully on the tapas of the king, Shiva gave the boon and Gargaya got a son and named as "Kaalayavannan". Gargeya king handed over the Kingdom to him, so that he could ride away the Yadhavas. He collected all of his troops to make an attack on the Yadhavas.


Knowing this beforehand, Sri Krishna asked the ocean king to help him out from this, by giving a place in the ocean a small town can be created and is ruled by Sri Krishna.


Sri Krishna asked Vishwakarma to build the town in the land and the place was built in a beautiful way with lots of streets, theerthams etc. It was built so beautiful that on seeing it one can say that place as an entering point (Dwaram) to heaven. Since, this place served as the Dwaram (entering point) to the heaven, this sthalam is called as "Dwaraka". So, Dwaraka is the place where all the Yadhavas in Mathura are transferred to Dwaraka.


Kaalayavannan attacked Mathura but at that time, since Sri Krishna and Balarama are born as a normal human being, they could not defend him and ran away from him and hide in to a cave. At the same time, Musukundan was resting there in the cave due to the strain against his fight again the devas.


Musukundan had got a peculiar boon and it is if any one kicks him, (or) whoever wakes him up they will be burnt to ash. Likewise, when Kaalayavannan entered into the cave and found Musukundan and awakened him. As soon as Musukundan opened his eyes, Kaalayavannan was burnt into ash. Finally, Musukundan felt on the feet of Sri Krishnar and asked for his relief. For that Sri Krishna explained him that in his next birth and in the next Janmam he was blessed by Sri Narayanan in Badrikasramam.


Another person who got the blessings and appearance of this sthalaperumal was Kuchela, who was a very poor Brahmin and a child-hood day acquaintance of Sri Krishna. As soon as Sri Krishna saw Kuchelar, he invited him and asked him to be seated.


Sri Krishna asked him what's the reason he had come for to meet as if he doesn't know the reason. But, the Emperumaan can easily understand why he has come for. At that time, Kuchelar gave him some hand pound. On getting the pounded rice Sri Krsihna was so happy with Kuchela and asked him that he will give some of his countries for him. But, poor Kuchelar doesn't want any of them, but he came only to see his one among his old friends. Admired by the great friendship character of Kuchela, Sri Krishna converted his old hut into a very big house and made him as a wealthy person. This shows how a relationship must be should be between the Paramathma and Jeevathma.


It is said that the Dwaraka sthalam exists in two parts. One is near to the Dwaraka railway station and is known as "Gomuki Dwaraka" and the other is known as "Pate Dwaraka" which is 20 miles away from Gomuki Dwaraka. It is believed that only in pate Dwaraka, Sri Krishna lived along with all the Yadhavas and his pirattis.


In Pate Dwaraka, the moolavar is Dwarakanathji, with a Conch & Wheel (Sanku and Chakram) in standing posture (Nindra thirukkolam). In his chest lies, Sri Lakshmai. Also separate sannadhis for Kalyanaraya Krishna, Thiruvikrama moorthy, Sri Lakshmi Narayana, Devaki, Jambavathi and Rukmani.


The temple is opened for worship from 5 Am in the morning and all the decorations known as Alangarams (different ways of dressings) for the Lord are done in the preseence of the devotees. In the morning, Dwaraknathji is dressed as a small child, and then as a king and after that as an old aged sage. Ekantha seva and Thirumanjanam (bath gives to the perumal with holy waters) are done.
About 2 Kms from Dwaraka, there is a separate temple for Rukmani and the beuatiful idol is made of white marble in standing pose.

Moolavar
:

The Moolavar of this Dwaraka divyadesam is Kalyana Narayana. He is also called with the names as Dwarakadesam and Dwarakanathji. Prathyaksham for Droupadhi, Kuchela, Sathyabama, Rukmani, Arjuna. Moolavar in standing posture (Nindra Thirukkolam) facing west.
Thaayar:
The thaayar of this kshetram is Kalyana Naachiyar. She is also called as Lakshmi Shree. Along with her, Rukmani piratti, Ashta Mahashis.

Mangalasasanam:
Periyalwar - 5 Paasurams
Andal - 4 Paasurams
Thirumangai Alwar - 2 Paasurams
Thirumazhisai alwar - 1 Paasuram
Nammalwar - 1 Paasuram.
Total - 13 Paasurams.

Pushkarani:
Gomathi river.
Prabhas theertham (the junction point where Gomathi river joins the sea).
Vimaanam:
Hema Kooda Vimaanam.




Specialty



The main deity of this temple is Lord Krishna, worshipped by the name of Dwarkadhish.
Dwarkadhish Temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams (a group of 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu).
The shrine of Lord Dwarkadhish is fully covered with elaborated ornaments.
The two gateways of this temple are Swarga Dwar for the entry inside the temple and Moksha Dwar for the exit.
The flag at the apex of the temple is changed five times for a day.
The Dwarkadhish Temple displays wonderful sculptures representing the successions of dynasties who ruled this region.

Pooja Timings


  • Mangala Aarti – 07.00 am
  • Snan Curtain (Abhishek) – 08.00 am to 09.15 am
  • Snan Bhog – 09.45 am to 10.00 am
  • Shrinagar Darshan – 10.00 am to 10.30 am
  • Aarti Bhog – 10.30 am to 10.45 am
  • Aarti Darshan – 10.45 am
  • Gwala Darshan – 10.55 am
  • Madhyanh Bhog – 11.05 am to 11.25 am
  • Raj Bhog – 12.00 pm to 12.25 pm
  • Sukhala (Temple Closed) – 12.40 pm
  • Utthapan Bhog – 05.30 pm to 05.45 pm
  • Sandhya Bhog – 07.30 pm to 07.45 pm
  • Aarti Darshan – 07.45 pm
  • Shayan Bhog – 08.05 pm to 08.25 pm
  • Shayan Aarti – 08-30 pm
  • Darshan – 08-35 pm to 09-00 pm
  • Shringar Darshan (Large) – 09.00 pm to 09.20 pm
  • Stuti Darshan – 09.20 pm to 09.40 pm
  • Anosar (Temple Closed) – 09.40 pm




Festivals

  • New year, Govardhan pooja, Annakoot darshan – November to December
  • Bhai-beej – November or December
  • Tulsi-vivah – November or December
  • Geeta Jayanti – December or January
  • Makar-Sankranti – January
  • Vasantotsav (Spring Festival), Saraswati Pooja – January
  • Ramnavami-birthday of the Lord Ram – March
  • Chandan Sewa – April
  • Jyeshthabhishekotsava – May
  • Pushpa-shringar – May
  • Rath Yatra – May
  • Guru-Purnima – May
  • Hindola-utsav – July
  • Jiladan Utsav – July
  • Raksha-bandhan and changing yajnopavit of the Lord – July
  • Janmashtami-birth day – July
  • Shardapeethadheeshwar Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Birthday – August
  • Vaaman dwadashi – August
  • Navratri and yajna-havan – October
  • Dashahara festival – October
  • Deepavali – October or November


Devotees from all over India, visit the holy place during Janmashtami. The festival is celebrated in a special way; the entire place is very well decorated with rows of lighting everywhere. Special pooja is performed on the day by aboti brahmins; a special caste of brahmins who have been performing pooja for centuries. The pooja is based on a daily routine. Arti is performed at different times during the day, abhishek of lord's idol is done, followed by shringar wherein the idol is adorned with new clothes, jewels and flowers; distribution of sweet meat or prasad to devotees happens in the end. It is said devotees visiting the temple during janmashtami are freed from all sufferings.


Location and Transportation



This Divyadesam on Bombay-Oka port rail line.
To reach this Temple, one has to travel via Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Jam Nagar.
Dwaraka railway station is 20 miles away from Oka port and from there we can reach the Temple.

By air

Nearest airport is Jamnagar (137 km).


By Train


Dwarka is a station on the Ahmedabad-Okha broad gauge railway line, with trains connecting it to Jamnagar (137 km), Rajkot (217 km) and Ahmedabad (471 km), and some trains that continue all the way down the coast through Vadodara, Surat, Mumbai, Goa, Karnataka, to the southern tip of India in Kerala.


By road

Dwarka is on the state highway from Jamnagar to Dwarka. Direct buses available from Jamnagar and Ahmedabad.





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The Temple


This temple is located at the foot of the Garudadri hills in lower Ahobilam and is easily reachable by all. The primary deity is of Lord Narasimha with Lakshmi devi blessing Prahlada.













Srimad Ahobila Mahaa Kshetra Nivaasaaya Mahaatmane
Ahankaara Vinaasaaya Aadidevaaya Mangalam


Aho Viryam Aho Shouryam Aho Bahu Parakramaha
Narasimham Param Daivam Ahobalam Ahobalam


Jwala Ahobila Maalola Kroda Karanja Bhargavah
Yogananda Chatravata Pavanah Nava Moortayah


This kshetra is also one of the 108 divya vaishnava kshetras and is a unique kshetra in that the complete manifestation of the lord is present in this kshetra. Many of the temples in the upper reaches of the hills are only accessible by trekking and even today it is quite a difficult task. Maybe this is the reason this kshetra has been saved from crass commercialization that is present in many other temples.

Deity &Sthala Purana : The principal deity in the nine temples are the nine forms of Lord Vishnu incarnated in Nava Narasimha forms. The demon Hiranyakashyipu was killed on top of this hill and this is the place where the Lord incarnated to save his devotee.


There are two popular legends for the, derivation of the word Ahobalam.

It is stated that the Devas, while witnessing the Ugrakala of the Lord and the terrific aspect he took on in order to tear to pieces

Hiranyakasipu,sang in his praise andhence the place has come to be known as Ahobalam.


The other version is that because of the great cave, the Ahobila, where Garuda worshipped and realised the Lord, the place
itself is came to be called Ahobila. There are a number of popular legends about the Lord, which are prevalent among
the Chenchus who are a peculiar tribal people that live in these hills.


The popular legend is that when Lord Narayana took on Narasimhavatara, the Goddess Lakshmi was born in the Chenchu tribe, and both were living here happily.

On account of this, the Lord is said to have refused to go back to Vaikuntam also.This love of Lord Narasimha with Goddess Lakshmi as Chencheta, a Chenchu bride, is famous in many folk songs of the place.


There are a number of holy Tirtham round the place, the most important of which is Raktakundam.

It is stated that Lord Narasimha after killing the demon Hiranyakasipu washed his gory hands at this Tirtham, and hence the water is still reddish in appearance.


There are inscriptions to say that the great Vikramaditya of the Western Chalukya Kings of Kalyan (1076-1106 A.D.) wor- shipped the Moola vigraha of this temple.


According to the Pancharatratstavam of Vaishnavism, for the Vasudeva Chaturmurti there are four main primary aspects of vishnu namely,Vasudeva, Sankarshana (Lion),Pradyumna(Boar) and Aniruddha.


The four faces of Lord Vishnu mentioned in the Vishnu Dharmottara passages are taken to stand for the above four Vyuhas. Thus the Narasimha type of manifestation is an important vyuha of the Lord.


It is stated in the Nrisimha Purvathapani Upanishad that Vishnu appeared before
Brahma as Narasimha first, and gave him the mantra viz., the Narasimha Anushtrup, with
which he was able to develop the four Vedas later..


The Anushtrup is as follows:


In the above Anushtrup, there are nine forms of Narasimhaswamy, which corres-pond to the Nava Narasimhas.


Those are the Ugra or the angry, the Veera or the fighting, the Mahavishnu or the Lakshmi Narasimha,the Jwalantha of the
figure emitting flames, the Sarvathomukha or the Narasimha with a number of faces, the
Narasimha or the ordinary Narasimha, the Bhishana or the frightful, the Bhadra of the
terrible and the Mrithyormrithyu or the killer of death.


Ahobalam is a famous place of pilgrimage especially as this is the only place where the
nine aspects of the Lord or the Nava Narasimhas are worshipped.


The Nava Narasimhas or the nine varieties of this form of the Lord Vishnu are worshipped at Ahobalam continuously.
In the Upanishads it is stated that the Narasimhavatara form is very well suited for worship.


Sri Sankara in his Karavalambana Stotra says that the Lord of Kshirodakshayi is Lord Narasimha. Tirumangai Alwar in his Periya Tirumoli equates Narayana with Narasimha.


As well all know from the lips of pure devotees, the form of Narasimaha manifests from vishnu and is fact Vishu himself. He appears for the good of the universe and to give protection to his devotees.


There are Nine prominent forms of the lord here .


Reason behind the names :


Aho Balam – The gods were stunned to see the strength of the Man Lion avatara of Lord Vishnu and thought to themselves ” Aho Balam—What a strength ” and hence this kshetra where Narasimha appeared began to be called Aho Balam.


Ahobilam_ Bilam in telugu means a tunnel or cave. Some of the temples are located inside caves or on top of the mountain hence the name Ahobilam is also valid.


Garudachalam- Lord vishnu appeared to Garuda who did penance on these mountain ranges. The inner mountain ranges are called Garudadri .


The place itself is extremely beautiful being located inside a steep mountain range surrounded by forests which also have Lion’s roaming them. No wonder the Lord decided to incarnate here !!!!

Placement of the Nine shrines : Prahlada Varada Narasimha shrine is in lower Ahobilam. Ugra Narasimha swami shrine is in upper Ahobilam. Rest of the shrines are scattered in the upper ranges of the hills and are accessible only by trekking.



This sthalam is also related to the Kali yugam. The perumal has a close relation with Lord Murugan. How Muruga perumal married Valli, who is considered to be one among the women tribals from mountain, this sthala perumal also married Senji Lakshmi thaayar who belonged to the same category. Lord Murugan is also named as "Vel". And since, Narasimhar married Senjilakshmi thaayar who belong to the Hunter (Vedar) family this perumal is named as "Singavel" and since the perumal is found in Kundru means the "Top of the Hill". And since, this sthalam is said to be the continuous (or) series of Eazhumalayan's Kundram, this sthalam is called as "Singa Eazhkundram".


Mangalasasanam:
Thirumangai alwar - 10 Paasurams.


Utsavam
:
During Maasi month of every year, a grand Utsavam, the Brahmotsavam is celebrated in a grand way and ends on the Fullmoon days known as PourNami.


Theerthams of Ahobilam

In this sthalam, 13 theerthams known as Holy Water Ponds are which is said to cure all kinds of diseases, evils and doshams.
1. Kaalava Theertham:
This theertham is also called as "Asalathruvam". It is said only on the shore of this theertham, Kaalava Maharishi did tapas towards Emperumaan and finally got the seva. This theertham is found in the west side where Jwala Narasimhar is seen. If any human, takes bath in Karthigai month, it is believed that we can attain wealth and finally attain Mukthi.
2 & 3. Rama - Lakshmana theertham:
The 2nd and 3rd theertham are collectively called as "Rama - Lakshmana theertham". This theertham is said to be the theertham where Sri Ramar and Lakshman took bath after they lost Seeta Pirattiyaar and worshipped the Narsimhar. So these theerthams are said to be "Maha Punya theerthams".
4. Bheema Theertham:
It is believed that this theertham is found to be constructed by Lord Shivan. Bheeman means Bayangaran (terrific). So, if any person who takes bath in this theertham, his pabham (sin) itself is terrified by the effect of this theertham and ridded off from us. If we do viradham and say the Gayathri Jabham near this theertham, we can find good results and can attain good position in our life.
5. Sanga theertham:
In this theertham, a rishi by named "Sangar" along with his brother "Likithar" did tapas for the good of the world. It is believed that if we take bath in this theertham for around six years, we can remember of pervious Janmha. And if we give food for the Brahmanas is the shore of this theertham, it is said to be equivalent for doing the after funeral and to generations are said to gain the good stage in life.
6. Varaha Theertham:
It is believed that only shore of this theertham, Varahar explained the puranas to Bhoomi piratti. It is also said that this theertham emerged from a drop of water that came from varahar after he got out Bhoomi piratti. It is said that near this theertham, if we give the dhaanam of clothes, in Chitirai Dvadasi and Pournami, it is a special one.
7. Sudharsana Theertham:
As advised by Brahma, King Ambhareesha told the Sudharsana mantram near this theertham and got the complete blessings of Chakkarathalwar.
8. Soodha Theertham:
This is the theertham where all 18,000 rishis stayed on the shore and did tapas. The perumal stood near this theertham as a mango tree thereby giving fruits and leaves as food for the animals. Swarna, flower and Kannika Dhaanam are said to be the effective dhaanams near this theertham.
9. Thaara Theertham:
Using this theertham only, the food (or) Naivedhuam for Narasimhar is done and it is said to be theertham of purity. By giving cow, Salagramam near this theertham is a special one in Aadi month - Dvadasi.
10. Gaja Kundam:
It is said to be the theertham where groups of elephants come to take the water. Even though, Lion being the enemy for Elephants, they wish to take the theertham from this Gaja kundam.
11. Vinayaka Theertham:
On the shore of this theertham, it is believed that Vinayaka perumal is said that he is doing tapas for the entire world to live in happiness. Doing Anna dhaanam (food Dhaanam) in Maargazhi is said to be special dhaanam in this theertham.
12. Bairava Theertham:
It is believed that Brairava Moorthy cut his head and dedicated it to the Bavanasini Nadhi which came so fast. Bairavar cut his head to stop the fast flow of the Bavanasisni river. It is said that Bairavar is doing tapas without head on the shore of this theertham.
13. Raktha Theertham:
It is said that in this theertham only Narasimhar washed his hands after the Vadham (killing) of Hiranyakasibhu.
It is said these 13 theerthams not a separate theerthams, but all are considered to be the Bavanasini Nadhi, but it is categorised into 13. On the shore, there are 3 Gughais (Cave) in which 3 Narasimhars are found to give this seva. In the middle, the Narasimhar is Ugaraha Narasimhar in Veetrirundha thirukkolam facing his thirumugham along the east direction, along with Lakshmi thaayar.


Architecture : The Ahobilam temples are divided into two halves. The upper ahobilam temples and the lower ahobilam temples .The upper temples are built in the Vijayanagara style of architecture whereas the lower ones are built in the kakatiya style . Krishnadevaraya stopped here after the war of Kalinga and donated a lot of gold to this temple .The western chalukyas also made donations to this temple.





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http://srivaishnavam.com/divyadesam108/ahobilam.pdf
https://manasasancharare.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/aho-balam-nava-narasimha-kshetram-ahobilam-part-1/
http://www.ahobalam.com/
http://www.rajavihar.com/Ahobilam.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahobilam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divya_Desam
https://www.trsiyengar.com/id257.shtml
http://www.srivari.com/vadatirupathigal/ahobilam.htm
 

P.J.

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Divya Desam 75-Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Temple

Divya Desam 75--Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Temple







OM NAMO VENKATESAYA

"Venkatadri samam sthanam brahmande nasthi kinchana, Venkatesa samo devo na bhuto na bhavishyathi."


The Temple


Tirumala: Tiru means 'Holy' or 'Sacred' and mala means hills/ mountain in the Tamil language. Therefore, it translates as Holy mountains.[SUP]

[/SUP] In Sanskrit, Ven-kata-eswara means this: 'vem' = all the links with one's own sins, 'kata' = will be cut off in total to the one who surrenders to him, 'Eswara' = Supreme God. Venkateswara: In Tamil , the meaning was given by Nammalwar(43rd Kali of 3059 BC-According to traditional scriptures) as, ‘kadangal ve:m’ kadangal=unavoidable debts like karmas, which soul carries along with it, will be, ve:m=burnt to ashes, when one who surrender to Him.

Temple History

There is ample literary and epigraphic testimony to the antiquity of the temple of Lord Sri Venkateswara.

Sri Krishnadevaraya All the great dynasties of rulers of the southern peninsula have paid homage to Lord Sri Venkateswara in this ancient shrine. The Pallavas of Kancheepuram (9th century AD), the Cholas of Thanjavur (a century later), the Pandyas of Madurai, and the kings and chieftains of Vijayanagara (14th - 15th century AD) were devotees of the Lord and they competed with one another in endowing the temple with rich offerings and contributions.

It was during the rule of the Vijayanagara dynasty that the contributions to the temple increased. Sri Krishnadevaraya had statues of himself and his consorts installed at the portals of the temple, and these statues can be seen to this day. There is also a statue of Venkatapati Raya in the main temple.

After the decline of the Vijayanagara dynasty, nobles and chieftains from all parts of the country continued to pay their homage and offer gifts to the temple. The Maratha general, Raghoji Bhonsle, visited the temple and set up a permanent endowment for the conduct of worship in the temple. He also presented valuable jewels to the Lord, including a large emerald which is still preserved in a box named after the General. Among the later rulers who have endowed large amounts are the rulers of Mysore and Gadwal.

After the fall of the Hindu kingdoms, the Muslim rulers of Karnataka and then the Britishers took over, and many of the temples came under their supervisory and protective control.

In 1843 AD, the East India Company divested itself of the direct management of non-Christian places of worship and native religious institutions. The administration of the shrine of Sri Venkateswara and a number of estates were then entrusted to Sri Seva Dossji of the Hatiramji Mutt at Tirumala, and the temple remained under the administration of the Mahants for about 90 years, till 1933 AD.

In 1933, the Madras Legislature passed a special act, which empowered the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTD) Committee to control and administer a fixed group of temples in the Tirumala-Tirupati area, through a Commissioner appointed by the Government of Madras.

In 1951, the Act of 1933 was replaced by an enactment whereby the administration of TTD was entrusted to a Board of Trustees, and an Executive Officer was appointed by the Government . The provisions of the Act of 1951 were retained by Charitable and Religious Endowments Act, 1966.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkzNn7AMkdg

SRI VENKATESWARA SUPRABATHAM by MS Subbulaxmi


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo4GcqbNU3Q


Sri Vishnu Sahasranama, thousand names of Lord Vishnu rendered by MS Subbalakshmi




OM NAMO NARAYANA


TO BE CONTINUED


http://www.tirumala.org/TempleHistory.aspx
http://www.divyadesam.com/hindu/temples/andhra/tirumala-sthpuranam.shtml
http://tirumala-tirupati.com/legend-behind-the-temple/
http://www.amazingtruelifestories.c...le-of-lord-venkateswara-of-tirumala-tirupati/
http://tirumala-tirupati.com/legend-behind-the-temple/
http://www.tirumala.org/
http://www.tirumalahills.com/tirumala-history.html
-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tirumala_Venkateswara_Temple
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divya_Desam
 

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