Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Triupati Temple

Temple of Triupati India
In initial times, the word “Annamalai” meant an in accessible wall. The word “Thiru” was prefixed to indicate its importance, and joined with the two conditions, it is called Thiruvannamalai.

In ancient times, the term "Annamalai" meant an inaccessible mountain. The word "Thiru" was prefixed to signify its greatness, and coupled with the two terms, it is called Thiruvannamalai.
Maha-Visnu and Brahma winded up with conceit sought to recognize the end and beginning of Siva. Visnu took the appearance form of a boar and started searching Siva’s terminal, fatal, while Brahma assumed the form of a swan and commenced seeking the head of Siva. Siva, stand in the appearance of light – flames presently to ignore their arrogance. Thiruvannamalai, is the sthala everywhere the lord Siva took the structure of Fire, This yarn has been admire by Thiru gnanasambanda by a psalm.

Triupati Temple
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Triupati Temple
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Triupati Temple
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Triupati Temple
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Triupati Temple
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Un Famous Temple Parthasarathy Perumal , Located in Thiruvellikeni....

 Parthasarathy Perumal , Located in Thiruvellikeni
About the temple

Parathasarathy perumal kovil is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas under the Tondai Naatu divyadesams. It is centrally located in Chennai city at Triplicane. The moolavar is known as Venkatakrishna and gives darshanam with sword in one hand in standing posture. Also in the sannadhi are Rukmini, elder brother Balaram, younger brother Satyaki, son Pradyumna and grandson Anirudha. Utsavar is known as Parthasarathy perumal. There are two prakarams and a five tier rajagopuram.

How to reach

The temple is very popular and easily accessible. Lot of buses ply from various parts of the city to Triplicane. If travelling by the local train, the nearest station is Thiruvellikeni.

Nearest railhead: Chennai
Nearest airport: Chennai

Specialty of the temple

This is the only temple among divyadesams where Lord Krishna gives darshanam with the entire family and three generations.

Since seven sages or saptha rishis performed thavam/thapas here, the place is also known as Brindaranvasthalam or Panja veerathalam.

Thirumazhisai azhwar is said to have met Poigai azhwar, Pei azhwar and Bhutham azhwar, the first three among alwars at this place.

There is a mark on the utsava moorthy face that is said to be that from the strike received from Bhishma’s arrows intended for Arjuna.

The temple is considered to be the second Tirupathi.


Vedavalli thayaar
Rama with Sita, Lakshmana, Bharat, Shatrugan and Hanuman
Varadaraja perumal

Vimanam and Pushkarni

The temple pond is known as Kairavini saras pushkarni or Allikeni theertham since lots of Alli flowers are found in the temple pond. The Vimanam is found of five nillays namely ananda, pushpaka, thaivagai, pranava and sesha vimanam with seven kalasams.

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 6.30 am to 1.00 pm and in the evenings from 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Srirangam Temple

Srirangam Temple

About the temple

Divyadesams are those temples where the alvars have sung songs or pasurams in praise of the presiding deity. All of them together form the naal ayiram divya prabandam. Sri Ranganatha temple of Srirangam is the first among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and one of the oldest temples. It is a part of the choza naadu divyadesams. It is spread over an area of 156 acres and has 7 prakarams with 21 gopurams. There are huge walls surrounding the periya kovil. In the main sannadhi Lord ranganatha in a reclining pose on the serpent bed. The utsavar in the main sannadhi is known as Namperumal. The temple is also called Booloka Vaikuntam. The seven streets in the 7 prakarams are called

1) Dharma Varman Thiruchuttru
2) Raja Mahendran thiruveedhi
3) Kulasekaran Thiruveedhi
4) Aalinaadan Thiruveedhi
5) Agalangan Thiruveedhi
6) Thiru vikraman thiruveedhi
7) Chitthirai Thiruveedhi

How to reach

Srirangam is near Trichy in Tamilnadu. Lot of buses ply from trichy to srirangam. Staying facilities are also available at Srirangam. The temple is close to srirangam railway station.

Specialty of the temple

All the alwars have sung pasurams in praise of Lord Ranganatha in Srirangam. In all there are 247 pasurams.

There are 12 kalasams on the raja gopuram, which is the biggest in Asia.

Srirangam is the birth place of Pillai Locachariyar, Periyanambigal and Battar Vadakuthiruveethi pillai

Srirangam is also the paramapadha sthalam of Ramanujar, Thuluka Naachiyaar, Kulasekara alwar, Soodikodutha Naachi Aandal, Thondaradipodi Alwar and Thirupaan Alwar

Ramanuja’s tirumeni is still present in the sannadhi and is being preserved with a special type of oil.

Vedanta Desikar composed the Paduka sahasram in praise of the Lord Ranganatha’s feet in this temple.


Lord Ranganatha
Ranganayaki thayar
Veli Andal
Amritha Kalasa Garuda
Vedantha Desikar
Thirupaan alwar
Thiruvaranga perumlarayar
Periya Garudan
Thondaradipodi alwar
Metty Azhagiyasinger
Sriranga Nachiyar

Pushkarni and Vimanam

The temple pushkarnis are known as chandira pushkarni, Cauveri, Kollidam and Vedacchurangam. The vimanam is called Pranavaakruthi.
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Deva Prayag and Rudra Prayag

Deva Prayag and Rudra Prayag
Then our journey to Himalayas started. Balbir was very busy as the car started huffing and puffing every few kilometers. The car’s radiator had to be cooled and we had to pour water in it. As there were natural springs this did not pose a problem. As we were going up and up the scenery became more beautiful; one side it was mountain ranges and on the other side we could see many villages on the banks of Ganges. At some places the river was flowing calmly like a stream and at some places we could see fury of the river flowing with strong currents.

We also saw forest fire and small pieces burning wood sliding down on to the road. There is also threat of landslides in this hilly terrain which was experienced by my cousin and they were stranded for a day. But luckily for us we encountered no such problem.

First we reached Deva Prayag which is situated 90 km. from Hrishikesh. Here river Alakanada meets river Bhagirathi, after the confluence it is known as Ganga. It is a holy place where Lord Rama had performed worship to God to wash away his sins after killing Ravana.

We didn’t spend much time D.Prayag as we wanted to reach Rudra Prayag before night fall. This is also a holy place, one of the Pancha Prayags. Here river Mandakini meets Alakanda. It was slightly a bigger town and we decided to stay here for the night. We had food in small hotel and they suggested us a dharamsala Kali kambli for our stay. Kali kambli had spacious rooms and attached bathrooms. Here we had a restful sleep. We also found river Mandakini (tributary of Ganges) roaring beneath our room with strong currents. It was really a beautiful sight. The next stage of our trip was to Kedarnath and we decided to start early morning the next day.

To be continued….

See you soon.

Kolhapur Mahalaxmi

Harasaapavimochana Perumal Temple, Thirukandiyur

About the temple

The temple is one among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas coming under Choza naadu. The temple is also known as Pancha Kamala Kshetram. Lord Hara saabavimochana perumal presides here in a standing pose and is also called Brighunathar or Balinathar. The utsavar is called Kamalanathan and thayar is Kamalavalli thayar. There is a separate sannadhi for thayar. The temple has a 3 tier rajagopuram with 2 prakarams.

How to reach

The temple is in Tanjavur/Tanjore district of Tamilnadu and is close to Thiruvaiyaru. It is about 2 kms from Thiruvaiyaru and around 11 kms from Tanjore on the main road itself. If a taxi/auto is booked from Kumbakonam to Tanjore, along with Thirukandiyur, one can also visit Thirukoodalur, Thanjai Maa Mani, Pullam Bhootangudi, Thiruaadhanoor and Thirukapisthalam.

Nearest railhead: Tanjavur and Kumbakonam
Nearest airport: Trichy

Specialty of the temple

Since Lord Shiva is said to be freed from the curse of plucking out one of Lord Brahma’s head at this place, it is believed that devotees visiting the temple will be freed from all their sins.


Kamalavalli thayar
Narasimhar and chakrattalwar
Vedanta desikar

Pushkarni and Vimanam

The temple pond is called Kapaala theertham and the vimanam is known as Kamalakriti vimanam

Temple Timings and Contact details

The temple is open from 8 am in the morning to 12 noon and from 4.30 pm in the evening to 8 pm. The priest name is Sriram Bhattar and can be contacted at 9865302750

Kote Varadarajar swamy Temple, Sathyagalam

About the temple

The presiding lord of Sathyagalam temple is Sri Varadharajar perumal and his consort Peruyndevi thayar. When Srirangam was being attacked by Muslims, Swami Desikan moved along the Kaveri river and settled down at Sathyagalam for almost 12 years. Swami Desikan has written several books during his stay here.

How to reach

Sathyagalam is about 125 kms from Bangalore on Kollegal route. After reaching maddur on the Bangalore Mysore highway, take a left turn towards Kollegal when travelling from Bangalore. Buses towards Kollegal pass through Satyagalam. The temple is close to Sathyagalam Hand Post. A trip to Sathyagalam, Madhyarangam Ranganathar temple and the famous Shivanasamudram falls can be completed in a day.

Nearest Railway station: Maddur on Bangalore-Mysore route
Nearest Airport: Bangalore


Sri Varadharaja Perumal Sannadhi
Peruyndevi thayar sannadi (Varadha Vallabha Thayar)
Sri Vedanta Desikar Sannadhi
Anjaneya Sannadhi

Specialty of the temple

Swami Desikar in this temple is found in Ninra Thirukolam (standing posture) as compared to other temples where he is in sitting posture. It is said that he was standing and curiously looking at Srirangam to check if everything is set right for him to return.

Swami Desikar is standing on Kooramsanam that was formed naturally by granite for Swami’s daily anusthtanam.

Temple Timings and Contact details

The temple is open from 6 am to 10 am in the mornings and from 5 pm to 7 pm in the evenings.

The priest to be contacted is Sri Madhavan Bhattar at 09880561934.