Temples

Thirunageshwaram:

This is considered as the Raagu sthalam for the Navagraha worship and was built by the descendents of Sekkizhaar (who wrote Periya Puranam). Here the Nagabharanam around the linga is supposed to be the Rahu for worship. This place is also called as Vada Thirunageswaram. The temple and its tank are well maintained. There many festivals like Laksha Deepam, Thepa thiruvizha, chitirai thiruvizha, Ther thiruvizha.

Kundrathur Murugan Temple

Kundrathur is situated in the middle of Porur, Poonamalee and Pallavaram. There is a famous Lord Muruga Temple here. In this hill temple, Lord Subramaniar is in a standing posture along with 2 Goddesses by his side. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Subramaniar stayed in the hill during his travel from Tiruporur to Truttanigai. This place is also known as South Thanigai since Lord Subramaniar is standing facing the direction of north, facing Thanigai.

This is the only Murugan temple in Tamil Nadu where the God is standing in a north facing direction. This temple was constructed by King Kulothunga Chola – II. The speciality of this temple is that Lord Subramaniar can be seen only with one Goddess at a time even though he is there along with both the Goddesses.

The God cannot be seen with both the Goddess at the same time. If the God is viewed from one side he can be seen along with Goddess Valli and viewed from the other side, he can be seen along with Goddess Deivanai. The famous festivals are Karthigai Deepam, Thai pusam, Vaigasi Visagam,  Sasti vizha, Aadi Kiruthigai, Thai kiruthigai.

       

Sri Nagaimukavalli Sametha Kandazheeswarar Temple

Surya prayed to Lord Shiva to get his power revived and hence the name. The Lord is seen as a huge Lingam and Goddess is seen facing South with the left foot forward, indicating that this temple is a parihara sthalam. Also the fact that the base of the shiva lingam is square in shape indicates the same. The unique feature of the temple gopuram is that it looks like an elephant’s back which is seen in Kulothunga chozan architecture.

Sri Thiru-Uraga Perumal Temple

Thiru-Uraga Perumal and Thiru Iruntha Valli: A Temple of Kulothunga Chozan Period dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort. Good temple currently in final stages of renovation. The lord is seen in the standing posture.

In the road towards the Murugan temple, this temple is located just about 100 meters before the Murugan temple.

The main deity, Thiru-Uraga Perumal, is seven feet tall and the thayar, Thiruvirundhavalli Thayar are usually very well decorated. The deities’ decorations very clearly demonstrate the devotion of the Bhattacharyars towards their Master. It is sure that anybody passing through the road will automatically be attracted inside with the little and beautiful glimpse of the deity from the road.

The remains of a pillared mandapam spoke of a grand edifice built probably during Kulothunga or Karikala Chozhan’s period. The inscriptions found inside the temple indicate that this was well patronized during the reign of the Vijayanagar dynasty also. A very recent inscription was interesting. It recorded verses on the deity that had appeared in the dreams of a local Tamil teacher which when recited gave the area copious rain!

Dheiva Sekkizhar Temple 

Dheiva Sekkizhar was a poet and scholar of Tamil Shaiva Siddhanta, a Saiva saint contemporary with the reign of Kulothunga Chola II. He compiled and wrote the Periya Puranam (Great Purana), 4253 verses long,recounting the life stories of the sixty-three Shaiva Nayanars, the poets of Shiva who composed the liturgical poems of the Tirumurai. Sekkizhar’s work itself became part of the sacred canon.

Sekkizhar was born in Kundrathur village in Thondaimandalam. He moved to Chidambaram in order to compose Periyapuranam. Among all the hagiographic Puranas in Tamil, the Periyapuranam (or Tiruttondar Puranam) stands first.

Kulothunga Chola II, then a young king, was a devotee of Lord Siva Natraja at Chidambaram and continued the reconstruction of the center of Tamil Saivism that was begun by his ancestors. However, he was also enchanted by the Jain epic Civaka Cintamani a courtly epic of erotic flavor in which the hero Jivaka marries seven damsels and gains a kingdom. In the end he realises the transiency of possessions, renounces his kingship and finally attains Nirvana.

When it is brought to his attention that the king has almost crossed over to Jainism, Sekkizhar is deeply disturbed and he exhorts the king to abandon the pursuit of impious literature and turn instead to the life of the Saiva saints celebrated by Cuntarar and Nambiyandar Nambi and the king thereupon invited Sekkizhar to expound the lives of the Saiva saints in a great poem. As a saiva saint, Sekkizhar knew about the lives of the saints and after he collected the data he wrote the poem in the Thousand Pillared Hall of the Chidambaram temple. Sekkizhar would himself sing the Periyapuranam and arouse the latent Chola Saiva zeal and successfully bring the king back in line.

This work is considered the most important initiative of Kulothunga Chola II’s reign. Although it is only a literary embellishment of earlier hagiographies of the Saiva saints it came to be seen as the epitome of Chola literary style. The Periyapuranam is considered a fifth Veda in the Tamil and it immediately took its place as the twelfth and the last book in the Saiva canon.

Deiva Sekkizhar ManiMandapam :

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