Friday, September 30, 2016

Rameswarar Linga, Sarva Theertham, Kanchipuram

Rameswarar Linga, Sarva Theertham, Kanchipuram
Rameswarar is one of the Dwadasa lingas. Dwadasa means 12. There are 12 lingas around the Sarva Theertha. Stories say that worshipping these 12 lingas after a Snanam (bath) in the Sarva Theertha pond by lighting lamps rescues us from Pithru Shaabaas. Rama is said to have performed his Pithru Karma on the bank of this Sarva Theertha. This linga was worshipped by Shri Rama. This linga is found in the then Karai of the pond.

Punya Koteeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram

Punya Koteeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram
Punya Koteeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located in Kanchipuram Town. It is located near Varadharaja Perumal Temple. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kanchipuram and Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.

Panangateeswarar Temple, Thirupankottore, Kanchipuram

Panangateeswarar Temple, Thirupankottore, Kanchipuram
Panangateeswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thirupankottore in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. It is located at a distance of about 10 Kms from Kanchipuram. It is one of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns. Main deity is Swayambu linga known as Panangateeswarar and Mother is known as Amirtha valli Ammai. The place was full of panai (palm) trees and hence the name Panangattore.
Legends
When Sundarar visited this place Shiva appeared before him in the form of an old man and offered food. Sundarar laughed at him and said when there is no water what is the use of food. The old man scratched the land under his leg and water started flowing. The old man disappeared and Sundarar was surprised and sighted out the temple and visited it. He sang hymns on Siva of this place.
The Temple
There are two deities one worshipped by Sage Agasthiar and the other by Saint Pulasthiar known as Thalapureeswarar and Krupadeeswarar with Ambal Krupagambikai. The temple is constructed in Gajabrushta form (elephant back).

Theertham is Jada Gangai and Sundara Theertham. People say that the level at Sundara theertham is just 3 feet even today. Sthala vruksha is Panai tree.

Connectivity
It is located at a distance of about 10 Kms from Kanchipuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kanchipuram and Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.

Ona Kantheeswarar Temple, Panjupettai, Kanchipuram

Ona Kantheeswarar Temple, Panjupettai, Kanchipuram
Ona Kantheeswarar Temple (also called Onakanthali) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, located in the town of Panjupettai, Kanchipuram, Kanchipuram district in TamilnaduIndia. Shiva is worshipped as Ona Kantheeswarar and his consort Parvathi as Kamakshi. Ona Kantheeswarar 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 275 temples revered in the canon.

The temple has a small three-tiered Rajagopuram, the entrance tower and all the shrines are located in an elevated structure. The temple has two daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and three yearly festivals on its calendar, namely the Margazhi Thiruvathirai during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December - January) and Aippasi full moon day Aippasi (October - November) being the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu.

Legends
As per Hindu legend, the temple was believed to have been built by two asuras (demons) named Onan and Kanthan. The asuras got a lingam (an iconic representation of Shiva) from a forest in the region and became ardent devotees. On account of their devotion, they got all the desired boons. There was a third Asura, Jalandeeswaran, who joined the two, and became an ardent devotee of Shiva. The three shrines in the temple, each dedicated to Onakantheeswarar, Salantheeswarar and Jalandeeswarar are believed to be the respective shrines built by the demons.

Sundarar, a 7th-century Tamil Saivite poet, venerated Ona Kantheeswarar in one verse in Tevaram, compiled as the Seventh Thirumurai. As the temple is revered in Tevaram, it is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam, one of the 275 temples that find mention in the Saiva canon. It is believed that he got back one of his eyes which he lost on account of not keeping his word in the Ekambaranathar Temple. To test his devotion, Shiva moved toward a tamarind tree and Sundarar followed his footsteps and sung praises of Shiva. His devotion was admired and Shiva turned the tamarind leaves to golden leaves and poured on him from the skies.

Architecture
The temple is located 1 km (0.62 mi) south-west of Ekambareswarar Temple in Kanchipuram in a locality called Panjupettai. Ona Kantheeswarar temple complex has a single prakarams (outer courtyard) covering an area of 80 m2 (860 sq. ft.) and a small three-tiered Rajagopuram (gateway tower) facing East. The central shrine faces east and holds the two image of Ona Kantheeswarar (Shiva) in the form of lingam made of granite and is believed to be a swayambumurthy (self-manifested). There are two other shrines of Shiva namely Salantheeswarar and Jalandeeswarar. 

As in other temples in Kanchipuram, there is no separate shrine of Parvathi as it is believed that Kamakshi of Kanchipuram is the common Parvathi shrine for all Shiva temples. There is a separate shrine for Vinayagar called Vaiyurunthi Pillayar. The granite images of Nandi (the bull and vehicle of Shiva), a tall flag staff and a Balipeeta, the place of offering, axial to the sanctum.

As in other Shiva temples of Tamil Nadu, the first precinct or the walls around the sanctum of Ona Kantheeswarar have images of Dakshinamurthy (Shiva as the Teacher), Durga (warrior-goddess) and Chandikeswarar (a saint and devotee of Shiva). The temple precinct is surrounded by granite walls. There is a Vinayagar deity at the Thiruvonakandan mandapam at the entrance and if you put your ear, you will get a kind of omkhara sound. Theertham is Onakandhan Teertham.

Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. continuously.
Worship & Religious Practises
The temple priests perform the puja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. The temple rituals are performed two times a day; Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m. and Sayarakshai at 6:30 p.m. Each ritual comprises four steps: Abhisheka (sacred bath), Alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for Ona Kantheeswarar.
There are weekly rituals like Somavaram (Monday) and sukravaram (Friday), fortnightly rituals like Pradosham and monthly festivals like Amavasai (new moon day), Kiruthigai, Pournami (full moon day) and sathurthi. The Margazhi Thiruvathirai during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December - January) and Aippasi full moon day during Aippasi (October - November) are the two festivals celebrated in the temple.
Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Aipasi Poornima-full moon day in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Singers
Lord of the temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of saint Sundarar. This is the third temple in the Thondainadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.
Prayers
Devotees believe that chanting a song of Saint Sundarar would bring them prosperity. Performing special abisheks to Lord and Mother, devotees contribute what they can for the maintenance of the temple.
Contact
Sri Ona Kantheeswarar Temple,
Ona Kandhan Dhali, Panchupettai,
Kancheepuram-631 502
Phone: +91-98944 43108.
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about a km to the West of the Ekambareswarar temple near the Sarvatheertham in a corner of the road that leads to Arakkonam, just opposite to the Panjupettai Electricity Board sub-station. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kanchipuram and Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.

Agastheeshwarar Temple, Nathanallur, Kanchipuram

Agastheeshwarar Temple, Nathanallur, Kanchipuram
Agastheeshwarar Temple is an ancient Shiva temple is located in a small, beautiful village Nathanallur.  Nathanallur is at a distance of 6 kms from its main town Walajabad in Kanchipuram district.  The original name of this village was nallur. 

The great poet Nathathanar, Composer of Sirupanatrupadai was born in this village and hence the village is named as Nathanallur.  The name of the main deity is lord Agastheeshwarar.  One can see Vinayaka, Ambal, Murugan and Navagraha newly installed (Noodhana Pradistai). 

One kala Pooja is performed every day.  The villagers gather periodically and conduct bhajans regularly.  Other festivals like Pradoshams, Shivarathri, Annabishekam and Karthigai deepam are also celebrated here. 

At present the villagers are trying to perform Kumbabishekam for this temple. There is a temple tank nearby. The ruined temple was constructed during the period of Sanga Pulavar Nathathanar lived.

Connectivity
Nathanallur is a small village in Walajabad talukKanchipuram district, Tamilnadu, India. Tamil Nadu state highway 48 is passing through Nathanallur village. Nathanallur is 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) distance from its Walajabad town, 20.9 kilometres (13.0 mi) distance from its district main city Kanchipuram and 67.1 kilometres (41.7 mi) distance from its state main city Chennai.
This Village is located very near to Walajabad Town. There is no specific public transport for Nathanallur. But people will get the public bus on junction (Nathanallur Koot road) at SH 48 where route 79 and 579A buses are available at every 10 minutes interval. Walajabad is the only nearby railway station for local Trains.

Ellamman Temple, Nathanallur, Kanchipuram

Ellamman Temple, Nathanallur, Kanchipuram
Ellamman Temple is located in the Nathanallur Village near Walajabad Town in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu.

History
The village people believes that the name Nathanallur originated by the great poet Nanthanar. Nathanallur also have a sub village called Madura Nallur (மதுரா நல்லூர்) popularly known as Nellur. Nellur people basically migrated from Nathanallur in the early stage to cultivate their far distance lands.

Float Festival
Every year Tamil month Chithirai (சித்திரை) first Amavasya, a famous 10 days great festival called Float Festival (தெப்ப உற்சவ திருவிழா) is celebrated for Ellamman. The first nine days Lord is beautifully decorated with ornament and flowers to ride around the village in the "Bullock Cart" with different avatar in each day to show these avatars to the village pilgrims. The carnival is very grand on the 10th day i.e. on Amavasya. All village people with their relatives from nearby cities & towns gather near the Theppakulam at Ellamman temple.



Lord Sri Devi Ellamman is beautifully decorated with ornament and flowers. And Amman swing on the Oonjal then the lord is transferred to a floating boat to circle around the Theppakulam on wonderful night with colourful crackers. The joyful carnival ends on the next day with stage drama (தெருக்கூத்து). Also there are many other Hindu spiritual activities will happen on the entire day. Do not miss this great carnival.


Other Temples
There are many temples in Nathanallur. List of popularly known temple are below.
·        Ellamman Temple (எல்லம்மன் ஆலயம்)
·        Periyandavar Temple (பெரியாண்டவர் ஆலயம்)
·        Perumal Temple (பெருமாள் ஆலயம்)
·        Many Vinayakar Temples (விநாயகர் ஆலயம்)
·        Gangaiamman Temple (கங்கையம்மன் ஆலயம்)
·        Durgaiamman Temple (துர்கையம்மன் ஆலயம்)
·        Selliamman Temple (செல்லியம்மன் ஆலயம்)
·        Adanjiamman Temple (அடைஞ்சியம்மன் ஆலயம்)
Connectivity
Nathanallur is a small village in Walajabad talukKanchipuram district, Tamilnadu, India. Tamil Nadu state highway 48 is passing through Nathanallur village. Nathanallur is 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) distance from its Walajabad town, 20.9 kilometres (13.0 mi) distance from its district main city Kanchipuram and 67.1 kilometres (41.7 mi) distance from its state main city Chennai.
This Village is located very near to Walajabad Town. There is no specific public transport for Nathanallur. But people will get the public bus on junction (Nathanallur Koot road) at SH 48 where route 79 and 579A buses are available at every 10 minutes interval. Walajabad is the only nearby railway station for local Trains.

Kameswarar Temple, Madavilagam, Kanchipuram

Kameswarar Temple, Madavilagam, Kanchipuram
Kameswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Madavilagam Village near Maduranthakam in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. The small village Madavilagam is located at about 5 km from Anaicut in Kanchipuram district. Presiding Deity is called as Kameswarar and Mother is called as Kokilambal. The 1000 year old temple is fully built with stones. The presiding deity of the temple Lord Kameshwara, as the name implies, blesses childless couples with children.








Legends
Sri Vygrapathar Maharishi, who by a boon sought by him, was equipped with tiger`s legs to enable him to climb vilva trees to pluck vilva leaves, had worshiped the Lord here according to the temple legend.








The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Kameswarar and Mother is called as Kokilambal. The 1000 year old temple is fully built with stones. The Lord has a replica which is decorated and taken to the streets during times of festivals. Vygrapathar, the Saivite saints, Bhairavar, Vishnu, Murugan with Valli and Devasena are housed in separate shrines in the temple. The temple is open once a day.








The special feature of the temple is it has four sacred tanks. Two of the tanks are dedicated to God of Death, Yama and Moon, Chandran. The sacred tree is Vilvam as usual with Siva temples. This temple is in a very pathetic condition with bushes all around, bats flying and the Gopura Kalasam itself is not there. The temple urgently needs repair and renovation.









Festivals
Many festivals like Pradosham, Vaigasi Visagam, Arudra Dharisanam, Karthigai Deepam, and Sivarathri are celebrated in this temple.
Contact
Kameswarar Temple,
Madavilagam, Cheyyur,
Kanchipuram District
Phone: 044-27500525
Mobile: +91 – 9787734627
Connectivity
It is located at a distance of 12 kms from Cheyyur near Maduranthakam. Bus route is 12A from Mathuranthagam. Share autos are available from Pavunjur via Kalkulam. Other route is via ECR/OMR. From ECR/OMR, go to Kalpakkam from there take Anaikattu route to Kalkulam. Temple is 1 km from Kalkulam.