Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Anbil Vishnu temple

Anbil is the fourth temple out of 108 divyadesams. Sri Tirumazhisai azhwar has sung in praise of this kshetram.

Perumal is known as Sundararaja perumal and thaayaar is Sundaravalli thaayaar. Lord Brahmma and Sage Suthaba worshipped the perumal here. Sage suthaba was cursed by Sage Durvasa to become a frog. So in the form of frog, sage Suthaba worshipped the perumal here and got his curse relieved. This temple is very near to Kollidam river and the river itself is the pushkarani, called as Mandooka Pushkarani. Mandookam means frog.

The lord  appeared infront of Brahmma as a handsome boy and conquered Brahmma's pride that he was responsibile for creating beautiful creatures. So, perumal is known as sundara rajan or vadivazhagiya nambi.

Sundararaja perumal is seen reclining on Aadhi seshan (serpent bed), facing east. Here, Sree devi and Bhoomi devi are seen touching his feet. So one cannot see the lord's feet here. The two consort's darshan is equivalent to Perumal's paada darisanam. Brahmma is seen on a lotus from Perumal's navel region.

Sundara valli thaayar sannidhi is to the right side of Perumal's sannidhi. As we move around the prakaram, we can see the paramapadha vaasal, viswaksena sannidhi too. Very calm and beautiful temple. Moolavar's beauty is beyond explanation. Glittering and mesmerising indeed.

Few photos:

Anbil Mariyamman Temple

Next temple to be seen is Mariyamman Temple in Anbil. This temple is located on the main road itself, contrary to Shiva temple, which is some half km interior to the main road.

Right now kumbabhishekam works are going on. Previously there was no compound wall. Now, they have constructed a long compound wall. One can see sannidhis for Ayyanaar, Madhurai veeran and other grama devathaas outside the main temple.

Main temple has a big mandapam, hosting the dwajasthambam, bali peetam. Several devotees come and stay in the temple to get cured of ailments. The ambal in this temple is considered to be the younger sister of Samayapuram Mariyamman.

Ambal is seen as a huge deity, sitting with one leg folded and the other leg let down on the head of an asura. She has eight hands. Trident, Sword, Rope, axe, kunguma container, bow in six hands and other two hands show varada - abhaya mudras.

A swayambu lingam is also seen in the garba griham, in front of ambal.Ganesha and Renuka devi idols are also present before the garbagriham. Very powerful deity, as told by many in and around the place. We could see several devotees on padha yatthirai to Samayapuram offer their prayers to Anbil Mariyamman.

Hope after kumbabhishekam, we can see the temple in a better shape.

Few photos:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Anbil Sivan Temple

Anbil is a small village near Lalgudi approximately 8 km east from Lalgudi. It is on the banks of River Kollidam, a branch of River Kaveri. The Lord in this temple is called by the names - Sathyavaageesar, Brahmmapureeswarar, Alandhuraiyaar.

This is one of the thevaara paadal petra sthalam. 57th sthalam in kaveri northern bank temples. This temple is called Thiruanbilaalandhurai. Appar and Gnanasambandhar has sung one pathigam each on the lord of this temple.

Ambal is known by the name Soundaranayaki. Sthala vruksham is Banyan tree and Vilva tree. The temple has a raja gopuram, painted in one colour on the east side. Lord Shiva and Parvati face the  east direction.

Banyan tree is found outside the main temple in a Vinayaka temple. The temple has three prakaarams.

There are lot of coconut trees, kondrai trees on the outer prakaram.

Several vilva trees and neem trees on the middle (second) prakaaram.

The inner prakaram has sannidhis of Devathas. While entering the inner prakaram, one could see Gnanasambandhar and Appar worshipping Shiva-Parvathi as sculpture, on the mandapam near dwajasthambam.

As we enter the mandapam to see Lord Shiva, we can see Soorya and Chandra on either side facing the Lord. We can see Appar, Sambandhar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar and Sekkizhaar in a separate sannidhi. As we circumambulate through the inner prakaaram, we see Dakshinamoorthi, Maha Vishnu, Brahmma as koshta moorthams. Lingodhbhavar, Bikshadanaar, Saptha kannikai, Kasi Viswanathar, Visalakshi are also seen as separate devathas in this prakaram.

On the south western corner there is a sannidhi for Vinayakar. There is another vinayakar in this place. The posture is somewhat unique to this temple. One leg down and another leg bent, and head tilted towards His right side, this vinayaka is called as sevi saaittha vinaayagar (lending ears to listen). Tirugnanasambandhar while heading towards this sthalam was made to stand on the opposite bank of Kollidam river due to flood. So he sang the pathigam from that spot, that is on the southern bank of kollidam. So this vinayaka titlted his head/ear in that direction to listen to Sambandhar, singing that pathigam. Hence this name.

On the north western corner, there is a sannidhi for Murugan. Chandikeswara sannidhi is also there in the north side of the main sannidhi.

Then comes the sannidhi for Soundaranayaki. Ambal looks very beautiful, cladded in nine yards saree. She has 4 hands - pasham and angusham on upper hands and varadha - abhaya mudras are seen in the lower 2 hands.

Sculptures on the pillars, walls of the temple are mesmerizing. We can see Brahmma, Vishnu, Sooryan worshipping lord Shiva here on the outer walls of main sannidhi. We can also see, ambal, Banyan tree and shiva linga sculpture there.

Some space is dug along the sides of the main sannidhi, enabling us to see more carvings on the outer walls of the main sannidhi.

Navagraha sannidhi also need a special attention here. All the eight planets face sooryan here. This kind of arrangement is also seen in Thayumanavaswami temple, Trichy.

Sani bhagawan and Bhairavar sannidhi is also seen separately near navagraha sannidhi.

One can feel the calm and serene atmosphere inside the temple. Not many visit this temple. But the Perumal temple (4th one out of 108 divyadesam) and Mariyamman temple seem to be a popular one. I request every one who go to Anbil or Lalgudi to visit this Shiva temple.

Sambandhar Pathigam: 1.033

Appar Pathigam: 5.080

Photos can be viewed here:

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Rajeswarar Temple - Tiruvanaikka

Rajeswari sametha Rajeswarar temple is a small but very pious temple located in the North Ul veethi aka North Car street, off Sankara Mutt, in Tiruvanaikka.

This temple has a small tower at its entrance.

Lord shiva is East facing. There is a bali peetam and a Nandhi once you cross the main entrance. Ambal Rajeswari is south facing. There is another nandhi with its tail and one ear cut off. This was the one before Shiva before muslim invasion. This nandhi was damaged during that invasion and a new nandhi was placed before the Lord. Usually while placing a new one, the old one is buried under the earth. But this was not done here. They have covered the old nandhi with sandal paste.

On entering the artha mandapam, one can have darshan of Rajeswarar and Rajeswari.

There is also a window with 9 holes on the wall opposite to ambal as we go a round outside the sannidhi. We can see Ambal through that hole also.

In the koshtam surrounding the garba griham, there is a sannidhi for Dakshinamurthy on the south side.

To the back side of the garba griha, on the wall there is Lingodhbhavar.

At the south west corner, there is a sannidhi for Ganesha.

As we move further towards right, exactly to the back of garba griha, on the west, there is a sannidhi for Subrahmanya.

Next, in the north west corner is the sannidhi for Gajalakshmi.

As we move further, in the north, there is a sannidhi for ChandikEswarar.

We cross the vimaanam of Ambal and see another mandapam hosting Bhairavar, naga devathaas and few others.

This mandapam has the pancha mukha lingeswarar and Tripurasundari Ambal facing each other. Ambal faces to the west, i.e one of the face (east face) of the pancha mukha lingam.

Pancha mukha lingeswarar has one face facing each direction - east, west, north and south and one face facing upwards. Grand decorations are done to this Shiva linga on Pradosham days, Shivaratri and Karthika month Mondays. Few photos attached.

Outside this temple, there is a temple for Vinayaka called as Vetri MookkaRundha vinayakar. This Vinayaka was inside the main temple (Jambukeswarar), Which after the Muslims invasion, had the trunk cut and thus was shifted to a place outside Aanaikka temple. So the name came as Mookkarundha Vinayakar.

Many thanks to the temple Sivacharyar who was very kind enough to provide me with details of the temple and also shared the photos of the alankarams done to Shiva and Ambal on Kartikai Somavaaram in 2017.

Next time you visit, Tiruvanaikka, dont miss this place.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Margazhi Isai Vizha 2017

Chennaiyil Tiruvaiyaru concert at Kamarajar Arangam, 22-12-2017, Friday, 8.30 AM to 9.30 AM.

Vocal Concert by Ms. Harini Krishnan.

Ms. Ranga Priya - Violin
Mr. Balaji - Mridangam
Mr. Sai Kishore - Kanjira

Theme: Self Realisation (தன்னை அறிதல்) through Music.

Self is made of 3 naadis (ida, pingala and sushumna) and 7 chakras (moolaadhaaram, swadhishtaanam, manipoorakam, anahatam, vishuddhi, aagya and sahasraaram). If we meditate on these points, they will get clensed. As a result, any problems in organs associated with these chakras will vanish away. The songs covered in the concert were on deities who represent these chakras or the quality controlled by these chakras.

I am indeed lucky enough to meet Harini (junior to me in my school Kamakoti Vidayalaya, Trichy) at her concert for Chennaiyil Tiruvaiyaru.

This was her first concert in Chennai. Harini's voice was so sweet and deep. One could feel the strong foundation on listening to her songs.

The way in which she conveyed the raga in very few seconds need to be applauded.

She started the concert by dedicating her actions and fruits to Sri Narayana. With a brief outline of sriranjani she sung the sloka "Karomi yathyath sakalam parasmai" and then headed towards Papanasam Sivan's composition in the raga Sriranjani - Gajavadana Karuna sadana in Adhi taalam.

Vinayaka is the controller of moolaadhara chakra. As said by Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar in Vatapi Ganapathim Bhajeham (moolaadhaara kshetra sthitham).

The next song was Saraswathi Dayainidhi in the raga Saraswathi, in Adhi talam, composed by Sri Papanasam Sivan. Swadhishtanam is the centre for creativity, arts.. And it is totally good to listen to a kriti on the gnana devatha - Saraswathi. Well paced kalpana swaras added beauty to the rendition.

The next song was Maa Ramanan Uma Ramanan, in hindolam, yet another master piece of Sri Papanasam sivan, where he would have mentioned about Vishnu and Shiva in each alternating line. This song (vishnu - manipoorakam and shiva - Anahatam) started with an alapana. Niraval was placed at Thaayin migu dayaparan.. Accompanists too played a vital role in making this song a grand feast.

Violin portions by Rangapriya at alapana, swara sections were good. Tani aavartanam by Balaji and Sai Kishore were pleasing to our ears.

Then came the ever green theeraatha vilaiyaattu pillai of Subramaniya Bharathi in Ragamalika. This song is for vishuddha chakram. The akaara sanchaaram at kuzhalile soottuven enbaan in Khamas raga was beautiful. Due to hectic schedule at the Chennaiyil tiruvaiyaaru and overlap by the previous programme, this song was cut shortened with sindhubhairavi and khamas raga. Missed to listen shanmukapriya and maand raga charanam of this song. Would have been beautiful if those were also sung.

To compromise the missed maand raga in the previous song, Harini sang a short viruttham in maand raga. This viruttham on Aagya chakram focussed on forgiveness.

This was followed by the maand raga tillana by Lalgudi Sri G.Jayaraman. This tillana was on Kanchi Kamakshi. Parasakthi is the devatha for Sahasrara chakram. The pace of the tillana was very well maintained with the able support of percussionists.

Overall it was a good one hour realisation (satisfaction) of oneself through music.

Best wishes for the young artiste and her team to perform more and more in the coming days. They have a Bright future.

Last but not the least, I got an opportunity to enjoy this concert along with my sanskrit teacher at School Ms. G.K.Chandrika. So happy to meet her nearly after 2 decades.