Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tiruvalanchuzhi . Kumbakonam

Very ancient temple complex situated in calm sylvan surroundings.
This temple complex houses shrines for Lord Shiva and Vinayagar.
 Shiva here is known as Valanchuzhi Nathar and is swaymbumurthy. Amman here is Periya Nayagi and her shrine is near to Lord Shiva's.
There is also a shrine for Kaliamman here outside the main shrine.
This temple  is more popular  for the shrine for Swetha Vinayagar or Vellai Vinyagar.

 The  idol of Lord Ganesha  is very small and is believed to be made by the Gods from the foam of the milky ocean when they were performing the churning of sea to obtain nectar.
This temple is very near to Swami malai - One of the Arupadai Veedu of Lord Muruga.
The intricate work on the pillars and corridors are magnificent.

More details here
Check my pictures.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Nageshwara Swamy temple- Kumbakonam

Nageshwara Swamy  temple is yet  another ancient temple in the center of the town of Kumbakonam.
Shiva here is known  as Nageshwarar and is a swaymbumurthy.( self manifestation)

This is an important Shivalayam. Saint Tirunavukarasar has praised the lord here singing hymns.

Amman here is known as Brihma Nayagi

This temple was constructed by Cholas in 9th century.
The sanctum is designed akin to that of Sarangapani like a chariot. (Check pictures)
The sanctum sanctorum is designed in such a way that the  Sun light bathes the presiding deity during the first 3 days of Chittirai month
One can walk down to this temple from Sarangapani temple an important Vishnu desam
There is a shrine for Rahu here .
It is also believed that Adisesha, Takshan and Karkodan sought Shiva's and Amman's blessings here by praying here.
Please do visit the other Nagheshwara Swamy temple is in Tirunageshwaram 7 Kms from Kumbakonam, this is Rahu sthalam ,one of the Navagraha temples.

temple timing 6.30 am-12.30pm
4.30-9 pm

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Chennakesava temple - Somanthpura, Karnataka

Around 35 Kms from Mysuru town is the temple of Chennakesava yet another wonder from Hoysala rulers.This temple is smaller than Halebidu temples and Belur but still magnificient with exquisite craftsmanship.
Here also like Belur temple Krishna is the presiding deity is a  kept in a well protected casing.
As per history this was built by Soma , the commander in chief of Narasimha III when Hoysala empire was a major power in South India.

There is no worship in this temple and is a great tourist attraction for those who love to visit monuments.
My pictures would speak better than my description so please see my collection.
Temple timings- 9 Am- 5.30 pm