• Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple, Triplicane, Chennai.

    Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple, Triplicane, Chennai.
    Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple, Triplicane, Chennai.

    The Parthasarathy Temple is an 6th-century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Vishnu, located at Thiruvallikeni, Chennai, India. The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th to 9th centuries CE and is classified as among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu. The name ‘Parthasarathy’ 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 6th century by king Narasimhavarman I. The temple has icons of five forms of Vishnu: Yoga Narasimha, Rama, Gajendra Varadaraja, Ranganatha and Krishna as Parthasarathy. The temple is one of the oldest structures in Chennai. There are shrines for Vedavalli Thayar, Ranganatha, Rama, Gajendra Varadar, Narasimha, Andal, Hanuman, Alvars, Ramanuja, Swami Manavala Mamunigal and Vedanthachariar. The temple subscribes to Vaikhanasa agama and follows Thenkalai tradition. There are separate entrances and Dwajastambhas for the Parthasarathy and Yoga Narasimha temples. The gopuram (towers) and mandapas (pillars) are decorated with elaborate carvings, a standard feature of South Indian Temple Architecture.

    As per Hindu legend, Saptarishis, the seven sages worshipped five deities Panchaveeras, namely, Venkata Krishnaswamy, Rukmini, Satyaki, Balarama, Pradyumna and Aniruddha. As per Mahabharatha, Vishnu, in his avatar as Krishna was acting as charioteer for Arjuna, the Pandava prince during the war with Kauravas. Krishna did not take any weapons during the war. During the fight between Arjuna and Bhishma, Krishna was injured by the arrow from Bhishma. The mark in the image in the temple is believed to follow the legend. The place is called Allikeni, meaning a pond of lily as it is believed that historically the place was full of lily ponds. The place is the only place where the presiding deity is sported with a mustache. As per another legend, the place was once a Tulsi forest. A Chola king named Sumati wanted to see Vishnu in the form of Parthasarathi and prayed at Srinivasa temple in Tirupathi. Srinivasa directed the king to visit the temple here built by sage Atreya and worshipped with another sage called Sumati.

    Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple,
    Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple,

    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. The temple has several inscriptions dating from the 8th century in Tamil presumably 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.

    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 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.

    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. There is also a separate shrine for Andal, one of the 12 Alvars 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.

    Unusually, he is depicted with a prominent moustache and carries a conch in his hand. Also unusual is the iconographical combination found in the sanctum. Here, Krishna is seen standing with consort Rukmini, elder brother Balarama, son Pradyumna, grandson Aniruddha and Satyaki. Because of the association of the temple with Krishna, Tiruvallikeni came to be regarded as the Southern Vrindavana. He also mentioned about the Telliya Singar shrine within the temple.

    Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple,
    Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple,

    Festival

    MonthFestival 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.

    Pooja Time

    TIMINGSPOOJA
    5.50 A.M.THIRUMANJANA KUDAM
    5.55 A.M.SUBRABHADHAM.
    6.00 A.M.VISHWAROOBAM
    6.15 A.M.THIRUVARADHANAM
    8.00 A.M.KALASANTHI THEERTHAM
    11.00 A.M.UCHIKKALA POOJAI.
    12.30 P.M.THIRUKKAPPU (CLOSING)
    4.00 P.M.THIRUKKAPPU OPENING.
    6.00 P.M.NITHYA ANUSANTHANAM.
    7.30 P.M.THIRUVARADANAM (NIGHT POOJAI)
    9.00 P.M.ARTHAJAMAM (Except Saturdays and special days.)

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Arulmigu Sankara Narayana Temple, Sankarankovil, Tirunelveli

    Arulmigu Sankara Narayana Temple, Sankarankovil, Tirunelveli
    Arulmigu Sankara Narayana Temple, Sankarankovil, Tirunelveli

    Sri Sankaranarayana Swamy Temple is a famous Hindu temple situated at Sankarankovil in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. Sankarankoil is a distance of 16 km from Thirumalpuram and 56 km from Tirunelveli. Lord Sri Sankaranarayana is the main deity in the temple. Once the devotees of Lord Hari (or Vishnu) and Lord Shiva quarreled with each other to determine whose god is powerful. Then Lord Shiva and vishnu appeared as Sankaranarayanar to make there devotees to understand that both Hari and Shiva are one and the same.

    History

    Sankarankovil is a 900 years old temple devoted to Sankaranarayana who is the mixed expression of Siva and Vishnu. There are two other shrines devoted to Siva and Parvati. The name Sankara becoming a member of with the name Narayana has given increase to a name Sankaranarayanan. In southern Pandya nation, there is a position where the worshipped picture (moorthi) is the picture of Siva and Vishnu in one whole body displaying their unity. That picture is known as Sankaranarayanan. The position is known as Sankaranarayanan Koil.

    The deities of this temple are Sri Sankareswarar, Sri Gomathi Amman and Sri Sankara Narayanar. Sankarankovil is also said to be home to the deity named Avudai Ambal-RR. The general belief is that the Holy Sand “Puttrumann” (Puttru = Ant Hill, Mann = Sand) that one gets from this temple is capable of curing all the diseases. Devotees believe that Sankarankovil‘s Nagasunai (sacred tank) have been dug by serpent kings named Paduman and Sangam which has a miraculous power to heal those who bathe there. The Annadhanam scheme is being conducted in the temple when daily noon meals are being provided for around 100 devotees.

    Temple cars
    Temple cars

    Temple cars are chariots that are used to carry representations of Hindu gods. The car is usually used on festival days, when many people pull the cart. The size of the largest temple cars inspired the Anglo Indian term Juggernaut (from Jagannath), signifying a tremendous, virtually unstoppable force or phenomenon.

    The procession of the Asia’s largest and greatest temple car of Thiruvarur Thiyagarajar Temple in Tamil Nadu features prominently in an ancient festival held in the town. The annual chariot festival of the Thygarajaswamy temple is celebrated during April – May, corresponding to the Tamil month of Chitrai. The chariot is the largest of its kind in Asia and India weighing 300 tonne with a height of 90 feet. The chariot comes around the four main streets surrounding the temple during the festival. The event is attended by lakhs of people from all over Tamil Nadu.

    The Aazhi Ther is the biggest temple chariot in Tamil Nadu. The 30-foot tall temple car, which originally weighed 220 ton, is raised to 96 feet with bamboo sticks and decorative clothes, taking the its total weight to 350 ton. Mounted on the fully decorated temple car, the presiding deity – Lord Shiva – went around the four streets with the devotees pulling it using huge ropes. Two bulldozers were engaged to provide the required thrust so that devotees could move the chariot.

    As of 2004, Tamil Nadu had 515 wooden carts, 79 of which needed repairs. Annamalaiyar Temple, Tiruvannamalai, Chidambaram Natarajar Temple are among the temples that possess these huge wooden chariots for regular processions. The Natarajar Temple celebrates the chariot festival twice a year; once in the summer (Aani Thirumanjanam, which takes place between June and July) and another in winter (Marghazhi Thiruvaadhirai, which takes place between December and January). Lord Krishna of Udupi has five temple cars, namely Brahma ratha (the largest), Madya ratha (medium), kinyo (small), and the silver and gold rathas.

    Gomathi Amman 

    Gomathi amman is one of the manifestation of Adhi shakthi. The temple is popularly known as Sankaranayinarkoil (or Sankarankovil) and she is the consort of vanmikanathar and seen along with sankaranarayanar(the unification of shiva and vishnu). This temple is 900 years old and was built by Ukkira Pandian a king from Pandiya dynasty. Adi Thabasu is very famous festival celebrated there every year.
    There is a circular hole in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Goddess with a design of Sri Chakra inside it. There is a popular belief that any one afflicted with mental disorder worships the deity sitting on the hole will be cured of the disease.

    Maavilakku (offering made of rice) is an important offering to this amman. Those who to come visit this temple also offer miniatures of snake, scorpion and other reptiles to get rid of curses.

    “Aadi Thapasu”is one of the important festivals of Gomathi amman celebrated in the Tamil month of Aadi in a grand scale. The story on this: Sri Gomathi Ambal did Thapas at Punnai kshetra and Lord Shiva gave Her darshan as Sankaranarayanaswamy on the Uthirada day in the month of Adi (July–August) and thereby indicating that God Shiva and God Vishnu are same. Further to prove this theory, it is also said that Sankaranarayanasami gave darshan to Sankan and Padman. It is in practice to make the psychiatric patients, or those suffering from diseases and persons believed to have been haunted by evil spirits, to sit on Sri Chakra peetam, in front of Goddess Gomathi Amman continuously for 40 days so that they could be cured.

    Sankaranarayanaswamy Temple
    Sankaranarayanaswamy Temple

    Festivals :

    1. Chithhirai Bramotsava ( 10 days ) Every April
    2. Adi thapasu festival ( 12 days ) August
    3. Iyppasi Thirukkalyanam festival ( 10 days ) October
    4. Theppam floating festival – Thai last Friday ( Every February )
    Sri Sankarankovil Temple Puja and Aarti TimingsSri Sankarankovil Temple Puja and Aarti
    06:00 AMMorning Puja
    06:30 AMVilapucai
    08:30 AMKalasanthi
    12:30 PMNoon Puja
    05:30 PMSayarakshai
    09:00 PMArthasamam

    Temple Timings All Days :

    5:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    4:00 PM to 9:30 PM

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Arulmigu Karaneeswarar Temple. West Saidapet Chennai

    Arulmigu Karaneeswarar Temple
    Arulmigu Karaneeswarar Temple

    Karaneeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located in the neighborhood of Saidapet in Chennai, India. This temple has a 7-storied Gopuram with two prakarams. It is dedicated to Shiva. This is an ancient Temple presently managed by the HR & CE department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The main shrine houses a lot of very beautiful idols. The idols of Ganesha, Sekkizhar, 63 Nayanmars, Shiv Lingam, Bhairav, and Surya are found. The Goddess is known as “Swarnambika” (The Golden Mother). Apart from this, there are separate shrines for Lord Ganapathi,Lord Karthikeya and other Parivara Devtas. This temple is located next to the Saidapet Railway station.

    History

    Lord Indra having given his divine cow ” Kamadhenu” to Sage Vashishta is worried as she has not returned even after a long time. He find out that she has been cursed into becoming an ordinary one because she had created obstacles during Pooja and Prayer of Sage Vashishta. He consults his Ganas and on that basis finds out that the Holy Cow Kamadhenu can be redeemed if he constructs a Temple to Lord Shiva in

    between Mylapore and Thiruvanmiyur on the North western direction. He then ordains the clouds (Kar) to rain and cool the area thereby creating a wonderful green pasture. He installs a Linga and prays to the Lord Shiva – who redeems the holy cow and also blesses Lord Indra by granting him the status of Gopathi ( Lord of Cows). The tank made by Indra is known as Gopathi Saras. It is said that people who take a ritual bath in this tank on full moon days get cured of many of their illnesses.

    SwarnaLathambikai - Karaneeswarar Temple
    SwarnaLathambikai – Karaneeswarar Temple

    The temple boasts of a hoary mythology. Lord Indra having given his divine cow ” Kamadhenu” to Sage Vashishta is worried as she has not returned even after a long time .He find out that she has been cursed into an ordinary one because she had created obstacles during Pooja and Prayer of Sage Vashishta. He consults his Ganas and on that basis finds out that the Holy Cow Kamadhenu can be redeemed if he constructs a Temple to Lord Shiva in between Mylapore and Thiruvanmiyur on the North western direction.

    He then ordains the clouds (Kar) to rain and cool the area thereby creating a wonderful green pasture. He installs a Linga and prays to the Lord Shiva – who redeems the holy cow for him and also blesses him by granting him the status of Gopathi ( Lord of Cows). The tank he made is known as Gopathi Saras. It is said that people who take a ritual bath in this tank on full moon days get cured of many of their illnesses.

    This temple has a 7-storied Gopuram with two prakarams(closed precincts of a temple). This temple has a beautiful tank. We come across the shrine for Ganesha and as we move further after circumambulating the temple we come across the Shrine for Lord Karthikeya and further as we move towards the Dwajasthamba we cross the shrine of Lord Vedagiriswara. We enter the main precinct of the Temple where the main Shrine of Lord Karaneeswara and the Goddess Swarnambika are situated.

    We find beautiful idols of Lord Dakshinamoorthy and Nayanmars installed inside the inner Prakara (Precinct). There are also separate shrines for Lord Palani Andavar, Lord Virabhadra and Lord Surya inside the temple. Beside the Temple is the temple tank and on the steps of the tank we can find a shrine for Lord Ganesha – who is in a standing posture along with his consorts siddhi and Buddhi.This temple has nandavanam (Garden) as well.

    Gallery

     Festival of Karaneeswarar Temple

    MonthUrchava Details
    ChithiraiPramochavam 11 days and Vasantha Urchavam 26 days
    VaikasiVisakam Urchavam
    AaniAani Thirumanjanam Srimanthnatarajar Urchavam
    AadiAadipuram And Lachcharchanai
    AavaniAvani Moolam Natarajar Abishekam
    PurattasiPournami Day Neraimanikkatchi
    IppasiAswni Natchathirathil Annabishekam and Kantha Sasti Vaibavam
    KarthikaiKarthikai Somavaaram, Mankalavaaram, 108 Sankabishekam and Karthikai Deepam
    MarkazhiMankkavasakar Urchavam and Arudra Urchavam
    ThaiMakara Sankaraanthi, Thai Poosa Theppa Thiruvila
    MaasiMaasi Magam Theerthavaari, Chandrasekar Urchavam
    PanguniPanguni Uthiram

    Temple Timings

    • Temple Timing 05:45-23:00 (Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Sat,Sun)
    • Temple Timing 16:00-21:00 (Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Sat,Sun)
    • Temple Timing 05:45-12:00 (Fri)
    • Temple Timing 16:00-21:00 (Fri)

    Darshan Timings

    • Palliarai Pooja 05:45
    • Kalasandhi Pooja 06:30-07:30
    • Uchi Kala Pooja 11:00
    • Sayarakshai Pooja 18:00
    • Arthajama Pooja 21:15

    How to Reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight

    Transport Information for Bus :

    S.No.RouteRoute No
    1Thiruvanmiyur To Perambur47D, 47A, 147
    2Thiyagaraya Nager To Mylapore5B
    3Bradway To Tambaram18, 18A, A18
    4Bradway To Poonthamalli54

    Transport Information for Train :The closest railway station is located at Saidapet and the nearest bus terminus is at Anna Salai.

    Chennai – well connected from the cities/towns all over India

    Transport Information for Air :Chennai has both national and international airports

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple Mangadu Chennai

    Sri Kamakshi Amman

    Mangadu is known for the temple of “Tapas Kamakshi” or the Kamakshi (The Goddess) performing penance. This is the place where the goddess performed her penance to marry and re-unite with Lord Shiva.  All 32 types of Dharmic rituals were performed here by the goddess.

    The background is that when Lord Shiva and Parvati where in Mount Kailash the Goddess playfully closed the eyes of the Lord Shiva and as a result the whole universe fell into eternal darkness. So the Lord ordained her to perform Tapasya.

    The Goddess came down to this place and performed penance amidst “Panchagni” resting her left leg on the sacred fire and folding her right leg. She holds a “Japamala” or rosary in her hand as she meditated on Lord Shiva who asked her to come to Kanchipuram for marriage.

    After the goddess left the place, the heat of the fire that she had created caused great discomfort and became unbearable for all living beings there. The Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have visited Mangadu and installed a Sri Ardhameru Chakram at this place. This was done to calm down the heat of the fire created by the Goddess and at the same time make it into a place that is soothing for all living beings.

    We can even today see the “Chakra” in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and poojas are performed regularly to this Chakra.  This Chakra is considered to be a Tantric form of the Goddess herself and hence Mangadu also finds a unique place amongst worshippers of the Tantric sect as well.

    The temple sports the Chola style of Architecture and construction. The Raja Gopuram was a recent addition to the Temple. The Raja Gopuram or the Main entrance faces South and is 7 tiered with great sculptures on it, But the east entrance is still used by many devotees as there is a market along the road leading to the east gate. People buy the flowers, Lemons and other pooja items as they walk through the market into the Temple.

    As we enter the Temple, we find the Ganapati Shrine to the left of the main entrance. We pay our respects and as we walk further enter the Main Hall of the Temple. We straight proceed to the Sanctum where we can see the ” Ardha Meru Maha Yantra ” and an idol of Goddess Kamakshi in the Main Shrine. The Ardhameru Sri Chakram is the chief divinity in this temple. Only Kumkuma archana is performed and no abhishekam is done for Sri Chakram, as it is made up of herbs.

    After this we proceed to walk back, we came across the Shrine of “Tapas Kamakshi” – This was installed at the behest of Kanchi Paramacharya. We can also see the various other deities like Lord Surya etc., in the outer courtyard. As we circumbulate the Temple, we can see Sapta Matrikas installed right behind in the Main outer courtyard and walk through to the Dwajastambha installed in the Eastern side. This completes the visit to the Temple. People come here to pray for Marriage, child birth etc.

    After the visit to the Kamakshi Temple, people must proceed to the Vaikunta Perumal Shrine or the Shrine of Lord Vishnu which is about 500 meters away to complete the Visit/pilgrimage. Here Lord Vishnu can be seen in a seated posture along with his 2 consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi holding a ring in his palm that he has brought for the marriage of his sister Kamakshi. This is a small temple with separate shrines for Goddess Lakshmi, Sri Andal and Lord Hanuman.

    Benefits of Visiting Mangadu Kamakshi Amman Temple

    This shrine is famous for people who practice Tantric penance and meditation. This temple is highly powerful for people to offer their prayers. People come here to pray for Marriage, childbirth. The belief upon this temple has been growing period, and people across the globe come to visit this shrine. As the deity appears with a crescent moon, it is highly auspicious for children appearing in exams, or job aspirants come and offer prayers before their interviews. Once the wish is fulfilled, they come and offer a saree to the Goddess.

    Arulmigu Kamakshi Amman Temple Pooja Details, Mangadu

         Poojas are conducted for five times in these three special days “Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.”On Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, the temple is open from morning till night continuously.

    S.NoPooja NamePooja Time
    01.Ushakkalam5 AM
    02.Kalasanthi9 AM
    03.Uchikalam1 PM
    04.Sayarakshai6 PM
    05.Ardhajamam10 PM

    Festival of Arulmigu Kamakshi Amman Temple

    FestivelMonth
    Tamil New YearChitrai
    Chitra PowrnamiChitrai
    Vaikasi VisagamVaikasi
    Aani ThirumanjanamAani
    Aadi PooramAadi
    NavarathriPurattasi
    Niraimani KatchiPurattasi
    AnnabhishekamIyppasi
    DeepamKarthigai
    Arudhra DharshanMargazhi
    English New YearMargazhi
    Thai PoosamThai
    Masi Magam, SivarathiriMasi
    Telugu New YearPanguni
    UthiramPanguni

    Address : Sri Kamatchi Amman Temple, Mangadu – 602 101, Kanchipuram Dt.

    Telephone Number : +91- 44 – 2627 2053, 2649 5883.

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Arulmigu Kapaleeshwarar Temple Mylapore Chennai

    Arulmigu Kapaleeshwarar Temple Mylapore Chennai
    Arulmigu Kapaleeshwarar Temple Mylapore Chennai

    Kapaleeshwarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva located in Mylapore, Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The form of Shiva’s consort Parvati worshipped at this temple is called Karpagambal is from Tamil (“Goddess of the Wish-Yielding Tree”). The temple was built around the 7th century CE and is an example of Dravidian architecture.

    According to the Puranas, Shakti worshipped Shiva in the form of a peacock, giving the vernacular name Mylai  to the area that developed around the temple – mayil is Tamil for “peacock”. Shiva is worshiped as Kapaleeswarar, and is represented by the lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Karpagambal. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the Nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.

    The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Kapaleeswarar and Karpagambal being the most prominent. The temple complex houses many halls. The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and four yearly festivals on its calendar. The Arubathimoovar festival celebrated during the Tamil month of Panguni as part of the Brahmotsavam is the most prominent festival in the temple.

    History

    Karpagambal

    The Kapaleeshwarar temple is of typical Dravidian architectural style, with the gopuram overpowering the street on which the temple sits. This temple is also a testimonial for the vishwakarmas sthapathis. The commonly held view is that the temple was built in the 7th century CE by the ruling Pallavas. This view is based on references to the temple in the hymns of the Nayanars (which, however, place it by a sea shore). Thirugnanasambandar’s 6th song in Poompavaipathikam and Arunagirinathar’s 697th song in Thirumylai Thirupugazh, make clear reference to the Kapaleeswarar temple being located by a seashore. There are inscriptions dating back to 12th century inside the temple. The temple’s 120 ft gopuram (gateway tower) was built during 1906 with stucco figures adorning it. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

    The Mylapore Kapaleeshwarar Temple celebrates the nine day as Panguni Peruvizha festival each and every year durng mid of March.

    Kapaleeswarar Temple Car Festival

    Kapaleeswarar Temple Car Festival
    Kapaleeswarar Temple Car Festival

    The annual car/chariot festival of the Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore was held on Sunday, with thousands of devotees and eager visitors witnessing the majestic car making its way through the mada streets.

    The Arubathimoovar festival, on day eight of the 10-day-long Panguni Peruvizha or annual Brahmotsavam, when idols of 63 Shaivite Nayanmars will be brought out in procession, will be held on Monday, for which traffic changes have been made in the area. This draws the biggest crowd during the Peruvizha that concludes with the Thirukalyanam. The festival is a busy time for residents of Mylapore, who come together to celebrate it with great gusto. Hundreds of pavement shops selling toys, beads, artificial jewellery and ceramic ware have come up around the temple tank. Food and water was served on Sunday to visitors along the route of the car.

    Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai Timings

    DayTiming
    Monday5:00 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    Tuesday5:00 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    Wedesday5:00 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    Thursday5:00 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    Friday5:00 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    Saturday5:00 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    Sunday5:00 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:30 pm

    How to Reach Vadapalani Murugan Temple

    Kapaleeshwar Temple is located approximately 8 kms. from Chennai Central Railway Station and 18 kms. from Chennai International Airport. There are many best vegetarian restaurants around the temple complex. Some of the noticeable restaurants are Sangeetha Veg Restaurant, Geethanjali Vegetarian Restaurant, Gomathi Mess, Mylai Karpagambal Mess, Vasanta Bhavan, Rayar Mess, The Grand Sweets And Snacks, Hotel Saravana Bhavan

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Vadapalani Murugan Temple Chennai

    Vadapalani Andavar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is located in Vadapalani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It was renovated in the 1920s and a Rajagopuram was built during that time. The temple has grown in popularity, which is believed to be in part due to the patronage of cinema stars.

    History

    Legend of Vadapalani Murugan Temple. The temple was built in the late 19th century by an ardent devotee of Murugan, Annaswami Nayakar. He was a staunch devotee of Murugan and had built a small, thatched hut in which he placed a painted portrait of Murugan and started worshipping him.

    Built around 1890, this temple began as a simple thatched shed. Around 7,000 couples marry there each year. According to the sthalapurana, Muruga devotee Annaswami Nayakar built the shed and kept a Murugan painting there for his personal worship. During his worship, he experienced divine power entering his body and inspiring him to speak surprising things later found to be true. His utterances were labeled ‘arul vakku’ (‘God blessed statements’) and could cure diseases, provide jobs, solemnize marriages and more.

    Many sannidhis are present in the temple courtyards, including Varasiddhi Vinayaka, Chokkanāthar (Lord Shiva), Meenakshi Amman, Kāli, Bhairava, Shanmuga with Valli and Devasenā.

    The moolavar in standing posture resembles Palani Murugan. In the inner prakara, many niches house Dakshina Murti, Chandikeswar, Mahalakshmi, and others. It has a spacious hall used for marriages and religious discourse. It is one of the most-frequented Murugan shrines in Chennai.

    The entrance to this temple is crowned with a Rajagopuram adorned with several stucco images depicting legends from the Skanda Purana. In front of the temple is the temple tank. The eastern tower rises to a height of 40.8 metres. The 108 bharata natyam dance gestures can be seen on the eastern tower.

    Image Gallery Vadapalani Murugan Temple

    How to Reach Vadapalani Murugan Temple

    The Chennai International Airport is 11 km away, while the Chennai Central Railway Station is at a distance of 11.5 km from the temple. Vadapalani Murugan Temple is situated in Vadapalani on the Andavar Koli Street. This temple is easily accessible. You can book a cab or travel by any local transportation. So travel safely and have a great time in Chennai.

     Timings

    DayTiming
    Monday5:30 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Tuesday5:30 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Wedesday5:30 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Thursday5:30 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Friday5:30 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Saturday5:30 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Sunday5:30 am – 12:00 pm
    4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Location Map for Vadapalani Murugan Temple Chennai

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Arulmigu Kasi Viswanatha Swamy Temple, Tenkasi

    Arulmigu Kasi Viswanatha Swamy Temple, Rajagopuram
    Arulmigu Kasi Viswanatha Swamy Temple, Rajagopuram

    Kasi Viswanathar Temple in Tenkasi, a city in Tenkasi district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Constructed in the Tamilnadu style of architecture, the temple is believed to have been built by Pandyan ruler Parakkirama Pandian during the 13th century, with later additions from Madurai Nayaks. Shiva is worshipped as Kasi Viswanathar and his consort Parvathi as Ulagamman.

    Parakkirama Pandian
    Parakkirama Pandian

    A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines. The temple is open from 6 am – 12 pm and 4 – 8:30 pm on all days except during new moon days when it is open the full day. Four daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Maasi Maham festival during the Tamil month of Maasi (February – March) being the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

    Kasi Viswanathar
    Kasi Viswanathar

    About 700 years ago, King Parakrama Pandiya was taking up a pilgrimage to Kasi as and when he desired to worship Lord Viswanatha. The Lord appeared in his dream that he could build a temple here itself to avoid a long journey to north. He advised the king to follow the movement of ants row and build the temple where it ended.

          The ant-line ended on the banks Chitraru River dense with Shenbaga trees. He found a swayambulinga near an anthill and built the temple as directed by the Lord. Lord Shiva graces in the temple as a swayambumurthi. Worshipping the Lord in this temple is as equal to worshipping the Lord in Kasi –Varanasi. Presiding deity Lord Kasi Viswanatha is visible to the devotee even from a distance of one Km.

          The temple is noted for the three importances of Murthy (the deity), Thalam (holiness of the place) and theertham the holy water attributed to the temple. The Presiding deity is Sri Kasi Viswanatha with Mother Ulgamman. Shenbagam tree and Kasi theertham add to the importance of the temple.

    The beauty of the sculptures of the temple is widely known the world over. The twin sculptures – the Veerabadras, Thandavamurthis, two Tamil Mothers, Rathi and Manmatha (the cupid and his beautiful wife Rathi), single sculptures as Lord Vishnu and Kali Devi are noted for their exquisite beauty.

    S.NoFestival NameMonth
    110 days Masi MagamFebruary-March
    2NavarathriSeptember-October
    3Tirukalyanam in AipasiOctober-November
    4boat festival (teppam) in Avani Moola star dayAugust-September
    5new moon day Badra Deepa festival in the month of ThaiJanuary-February
    6Maasi Magam Festival 10 daysFebruary-March


    Temple Opening Time :

    Morning : 06.00 A.m. to 12.00 P.m.

    Evening : 04.00 P.m. to 08.30 P.m.

    S.NoPooja NamePooja Timing
    1Thiruvanathal6.00 A.m.
    2Vila Pooja7.00 A.m.
    3Kalasanthi pooja8.00 P.m.
    4Uchikalam12.00 P.m.
    5Sayaratchai6.00 P.m.
    6Arthasamam8.30 P.m.

    Location :

          Papanasam is 55 km from Tirunelveli, 105 km from Tuticorin, 136 km from Kanyakumari and 150 km from Madurai. As the temple is situated in the heart of the temple itself, it is very convenient to have the darshan of the Lord.

    Nearest Railway Station :

          Near By Railway Station Tenkasi Railway Station.

    Nearest Airport :

          Near By Airport Madurai Airport.


        

          

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Tirunelveli Sri Kanthimathi Nellaiappar Temple

    Tirunelveli Sri Kanthimathi Nellaiappar Temple
    Tirunelveli Sri Kanthimathi Nellaiappar Temple

    Nellaiappar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located in Tirunelveli, a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Shiva is worshipped as Nellaiappar (also called Venuvananathar) represented by the lingam and his consort Parvati is depicted as Kanthimathi Amman. The temple is located on the northern banks of Thamirabarani River in Tirunelveli district. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanmars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.

    The temple complex covers an area of fourteen and a half acres and all its shrines are enclosed with concentric rectangular walls. The temple has a number of shrines, with those of Swamy Nellaiappar and his consort Sri Kanthimathi Ambal being the most prominent.

    The temple has three six rituals at various times from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and six yearly festivals on its calendar. Brahmotsavam festival during the Tamil month of Aani (June–July) is the most prominent festival celebrated in the temple.

    The original complex is believed to have been built by Pandyas, while the present masonry structure was added by Cholas, Pallavas, Cheras, and Madurai Nayaks. In modern times, the temple is maintained and adminIstered by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

    Gopuram of Nellaiappar Temple

    Tirunelveli is one of the many temple towns in the state which is named after the grooves, clusters or forests dominated by a particular variety of a tree or shrub and the same variety of tree or shrub sheltering the presiding deity. The region is believed to have been covered with Venu forest and hence called Venuvanam.

    The original complex is believed to have been built by Pandyas, while the present masonry structure was added by Cholas, Pallavas, Cheras, and Madurai Nayaks. The sanctums of the temple and the gopurams were constructed by Nindraseer Nedumaran (Koon Pandian) who reigned in the 7th century AD. The mani mandapam with its famous musical pillar was also likely built by Nindraseer Nedumaran. The flag stand near the Nandi was set up in 1155. Later Pandya, Kulasekara Pandyan I built the outer wall of the Thirunelveli Nellaiappar temple, in 13th century.

    Originally, the Nellaiappar and Kanthimathi temples were two independent structures with spaces in between. It was in 1647 that Thiru Vadamalaiappa Pillaiyan, a great devotee of Siva linked the two temples by building the “Chain mandapam” (In Tamil Sangili Mandapam). In the centre of the Flower Garden is a square vasantha mandapam with 100 pillars. The Nandi mandapam is said to have been built by Sivanthiappa Nayakar in 1654. To the western portion of the chain mandapam is the flower garden that was set up in 1756 by Thiruvengadakrishna Mudaliar.

    There are a number of stone inscriptions in the temple. The most important of them are those Veerapandiyan who reigned around 950 AD and those of Rajendran I and Kulothunga Chola I. The inscriptions of Maravarman Sundara Pandyan refer to the Lord as “Woodayar” and “Wodeyanayanar” and the Goddess as “Nachiar”. From the inscriptions of Kulasekkara Pandiyan we learn that he defeated the Chera, Chola and Hoysala kings and built the outer walls of the temple with the war booty.

    Sri Kanthimathi Nellaiappar Temple Car Festival

    The Car Festival of Nelliappar Temple East Car Street
    The Car Festival of Nelliappar Temple East Car Street

    The most famous festival in Tirunelveli is undoubtedly The Car Festival of Nelliappar Temple. The Nellaiappar temple situated in the Town area has a 516 year old wooden charriot which is being hauled completely by manpower. Believe it or not Tonnes of charriot hauled by sheer manpower. The entire town gets a new look for the particular day. Mostly it is also a Local Holiday. All people gather in the streets to get a piece of the mighty Charriot and also visit their elders’ place on the day. This is also the 2nd Largest Charriot in Tamil Nadu, so simply one can say it is the “Rath Yatra of South”.

    Tirunelveli Nellaiappar Temple Golden Car

    Navaratri, Tirukkalyanam in Aippasi, (15 October – 15 November) and Arudra Darisanam are some of the important festivals here. Arudra Darisanam attracts huge crowds here. The temple chariot is a massive one, second supposedly only to Tiruvarur. The Bhrammotsavam here lasts for an extended period of time during the Tamil month of Aani (15 June – 15 July). Also, a golden temple car (First Inaugural run of Nellaiappar Temple Golden Car is 2 November 2009) will run during important festivals like Tirukkalyanam, Kaarthigai, Amruthraj Festival etc. During Thaipoosam festival in Thai, Lord Shiva and Parvathy are taken to the banks of Thamirabarani river in Tirunelveli junction called “Thaipoosam mandapam”. Special rituals are undertaken there and the Lord return to the temple at night. Nellaiappar Temple car is the third largest car in Tamil Nadu. And it is the first car to be driven fully automatically.

    Pooja Details of Arulmigu Nellaiappar Sanathi

    POOJA DETAILSTIMINGSPOOJA DETAILSTIMINGSPOOJA DETAILSTIMINGS
    Thiruvananthal Pooja6.30 AMVilapooja Pooja7.30 AMSirukala Sandhi Pooja8.30 AM
    Kala Sandhi Pooja9.30 AMUchikalam Pooja12.00 PMSayaratchai Pooja6.00 PM
    Ardhajama Pooja8.30 PM

    Pooja Details of Ambal Sanathi

    POOJA DETAILSTIMINGSPOOJA DETAILSTIMINGSPOOJA DETAILSTIMINGS
    Thiruvananthal Pooja6.00 AMVilapooja Pooja7.30 AMSirukala Sandhi Pooja8.00 AM
    Kala Sandhi Pooja9.00 AMUchikalam Pooja12.30 PMSayaratchai Pooja5.30 PM
    Ardhajama Pooja8.15 PMPalliyarai Pooja9.00 PM

    Annathanam

    Annathana Scheme is launched on 23.03.2002 by the Chief Minister of TamilNadu. Everyday 100 people get full meals from this scheme.

    Temple Timings

    The temple is open

    Morning 6:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Evening 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm

    How to Reach?

    By Air:

    The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. It is 158 kms from Tirunelveli, about three and a half hour drive. After getting down at Thiruvananthapuram Airport, grab a taxi and head towards Nellaiappar temple.

    By Rail:

    The nearest railways station is Tirunelveli Railway Station, just 2kms away from the temple. You can easily connect the Tirunelveli station as there are regular trains from all parts of country passing through this station. After getting down, you can either grab a taxi to the Nellaiappar Temple or a board in a government bus to the temple.

    By Bus:

    There are frequent bus service from all cities in both Tamil Nadu state and Kerala to Tirunelveli. After reaching Tirunelveli, board in a local bus to the temple, or grab a taxi.