Saturday, 14 October 2017

Haridwaramangalam Temple | Padaleeswarar Temple Haridwaramangalam - Pancha Aranya Sthalam In Haridwaramangalam


Alankaravalli Sametha Padaleeswarar Temple (or) Padaleshwarar Temple (or) Padaleswarar Temple is located in Haridwaramangalam in Valangaiman Taluk near Kumbakonam. This is one of the Pancha Aranya Sthalam – the 5 temples that are to be visited in order in a single day- Thirukarugavur, Avalivanallur, Haridwaramangalam, Alangudi, and Thriukollambudur.

History / Legend

The history goes that when Lord Vishnu dug a pit in this place, the Linga rose by itself, as a Swayambumurthy. Lord Shiva broke the horn of the Varaha avatar of Lord Vishnu, and hence the name Haridwaramangalam. Goddess Alankaravalli, Alankara Nayagi is considered as the power of Goddess Durga, and there is no shrine for Durga Devi here. Goddess here wards off problems of marriage related issues and child birth to the devotees. From the debts, God Shiva here as Padaleshwarar relieves His devotees.


It is a staunch belief that worshipping here is equivalent to worshipping Haridwar. There are shrines here for Nataraja, Vinayaka, Kasi Viswanatha, Bhairava, Shani, Sun and Moon. Shrines for sages Vyakrapada and Patanjali too are present. Sapthamadhas too are present in this temple. The temple has a 3 tier Rajagopura, and this is a temple that is one of the Paadal Petra Sthlams. 275 Lord Shiva temples are praised in Devaram by 4 saints. In his hymns, Thiru Gnana Sambandar praises Lord Shiva here, which is the 216th hymn.


Vaikasi Visakam which is during mid of May and mid of June, and Marghazhi Thiruvadhirai( during December – January) are celebrated here  with grandeur.

More Information

The temple has a huge complex, and unfortunately left unattended in many parts. When I entered into the temple,  in the evening on a day, the gates were open but none. As the temple is in a remote village, devotees flock rarely, and that too only in the morning hours. When I went there next morning, fortunately, the temple priest was available. It is quite usual that the temple remains with no priest after 12 noon.

Best Time To Viait

Visiting the temple for the noon puja hours is considered good for debt relief, marriage and child birth. For those who want to  do special offerings should get all the necessary materials in the town before reaching the temple. T

How To Reach

he temple is 22 km far from Kumbakonam, and 30 km from Tanjavur. Town buses ply from Tanjavur and Kumbakonam in decent numbers. If you are planning to visit here as a part of 5 sthalas, you can travel easily from Avalivanallur,  as it is just 3KM apart. 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple – Poombarai | Murugan Temples In Kodaikanal


It is not necessary to set foot in Kodaikanal only to enjoy the scenic beauty and enjoy the holidays. If you have already visited Kodaikanal many times, have you ever visited the Poomparai Kuzhanthai Velappar temple? Then it is time to know about this temple and its fame.  This temple was consecrated by Bhogar, the Siddhar who also consecrated the Palani temple of Bala Dhandayuthapany Swamy. While the idol of Palani Hills is made of Navabashanam, Kuzhandhai Velappar Temple has the idol of Dasabashanam. Bashanam means toxic materials, and idol of Palani hills is made of 9 toxic materials, and in the case of Poomparai Kuzhanthai Velappar temple it is 10 toxic materials.

Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple Poombarai, Kodaikanal

History / Legend

It is said that when all these toxic materials added in certain proportions and taken in certain quantities, they can perform miracles. This is the secret of Siddhar Bhogar in consecrating statues of various materials at certain places. It is also believed that he decided the materials and proportions to suit the environment. This temple is under the care of Palani Devasthanam.

Interesting Fact And Speciality

There is an interesting offering you will find at Poomparai Kuzhandhai Velappar temple. No other South Indian Hindu temple sees chocolate offered to the presiding deities. A devotee of Lord Muruga had been childless, and prayed to the god often for a child. When he was blessed with a  child, he gave away chocolates to everyone. In his dream, Lord Muruga appeared and asked why He wasn’t offered chocolate, while everyone else was given the same. The next morning the devotee rushed to the temple and offered chocolates. Since then, it has become a custom to offer chocolates to the God here  whenever one is blessed with his or her wishes.
The complex of the temple is quite new, but the history dates back to 3rd or 5th century BC. Lying in the heart of Poomparai village, you can also enjoy the scenic beauty of the valley. There are a couple of Koshta idols in the prahara, which certainly invites astonishment. Dattatreya, the son of the Trinity, and Nataraja are seen as Koshta idols in the form of carvings on the wall. This is a very rare and unique scene, as you cannot find this easily in any other temple.


Though the temple is open from 6 AM to 12:30PM, and 4 PM to 8:30 PM, it is better if you visit this after 7 AM, and before  7 PM.

How To Reach

It has to be understood that the Kodaikanal and surrounding areas receive rainfalls often, and you cannot predict the same. It is easy to reach this place from Kodiakanal. Also, if you have visited Palani temple, then you can travel to Kodaikanal and visit the Kuzhandai Velappar temple the same day, if you start early from Palani. 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Kuchanur Suyambu Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan Temple - Temple Where People Relieved From Shani Dosha | Lord Shani Temple In Kuchanur, Theni

About Kuchanur Temple

If someone can reign terror with the very thought, then it is Lord Shani. It is usually said that people who are under the influence of Lord Shani suffer a lot. When the lord enters into the 12th, 1st and 2nd house of one’s horoscope, it is the 7.5 years time, one suffers a lot. However, the Lord has no vengeance on anyone. It is based on the karma one suffers, and this is the best period to learn about everything and anything. Lord Shani never goes off without rewarding your efforts. When Lord Shani moves to the 8th place from one’s moon sign, it is called Ashtama Shani, which is said to threaten even the sages who do penance for hundreds of years.

Kuchanur Shani Bhagavan

History / Story

A certain temples, however, offer relief to those who suffer a lot during these periods of Lord Shani’s movements in the horoscope. Kuchanur is one of them. Unlike other Shani parihara temples, this is a temple dedicated to Lord Shani, who is the presiding deity here. The history of three temple goes as, the ruler of Kalinga, Dinakara, had no children. He and his wife were blessed by Urvashi, the celestial nymph that when Vindhuruvai, the queen feels secretion of breast milk when seeing a baby, the baby should be adopted. The king and queen brought various children across the nation to the palace, and one fine day, Vindhuruvai felt the secretion of milk. The child was adopted and named Chandravadanan. Soon, the queen gave birth to a biological son Sadhagan. When the king turned old, he decided to crown Chandravadanan, the adopted son.

Chandravadanan came to know the king was suffering from Shani doshsa, and wanted to relieve his father.
Chandravadanan did a penance, which pleased Lord Shani, and the lord offered to reduce the time period to 7.5 months, instead of 7.5 years. However, Chandravadanan again meditated which satiated Lord Shani. This time, he asked the lord to give the effects to him instead of his aged father. Lord Shani was appeased, and he offered to give the effects to him as requested just for 7.5 Nazhigai( 1 nazhigai = 24 minutes). The king who went after the son found Sadhgan severed and Chandravadhanan meditating. When the old king tried to sever the head of Chandravadhanan, Lord Shani appeared and narrated the incident.

Later, he ordered Chandravadanan to build a temple with Kuch grass here. A Suyambu stone is worshipped as  Lord Shani here.


The temple is a huge complex with the presiding deity as Shaneeswara.  The Surabhi river flows close to the temple. As it is a Suyambu, the self erected deity, no  abishekam is done.

How To Reach

Located in Chinnamanur of Theni district,  it is easy to reach here from Theni. Buses ply from Theni via Kuchanoor. From the bus stop it is also easy to walk to the temple.  This temple is one of the important Lord Shani temples of Tamil Nadu.

Pooja Timings And Details

  • Usha kaalam - 8.30 AM
  • Kaalasandhim - 11.00 AM
  • Uchi kaalam - 8:00 PM
  • Saayaratchai - 8.30 PM
  • Irandaam kaalam - 8.00 PM
  • Artha jaamam 08.30 PM

Temple Timings

Temple's opening and closing time is 6 AM to 1 PM & 4 PM to 9 PM

Monday, 9 October 2017

Thirucherai Gnanavalli Sametha Sara Parameswarar Temple - The Temple For Financial Debt Relief


Debt can scare the daylight out of anybody. Presiding deity of Thirucherai, Gnanavalli Sametha Sara Parameswarar ensures his devotees are saved from the debt mountain when they pray him wholeheartedly. The deity was installed by Markandeya, the Chireenjevi, meaning who has no death. Lord Shiva blessed the sage and agreed to shower prosperity whoever visited here to worship him. The Runa  Lingeshwarar is located in the circumambulatory path. One who suffers from financial problems and debts must visit this place and do archana to the Lord 11 weeks on Mondays. This worship also helps people who are childless, jobless, and who have stagnant business.

History / Story

After the special offerings for 11 weeks, ablution is to be performed as a token of gratitude. Devotees are given flowers, which is taken back during the ablution symbolizing one has paid the debts back. As there 11 Rudras, the forms of Lord Shiva, 11 is considered to be a special number for the Lord. So, there are 11 materials used for the ablution:

  • Gingely Oil
  • Pancha Kavyam- the 5 materials obtained from cow- milk, curd, ghee, cow’s urine, and honey
  • Panchamrutham
  • Ghee
  • Milk
  • Sugarcane juice
  • Lime juice
  • Tender coconut water
  • Curd
  • Honey
  • Sandal paste

While it is said runa or debt can be resolved, it is not restricted to financial debts. Debts to parents, ancestors and the Devas are resolved here. During the month of Tamil calendar, Masi (from Mid February to Mid March), on 13th 14th and 15th days, the sun’s rays fall on the Lord directly. It is said the Sun God, Surya, worships Lord Shiva here on these days. In the inner Praharam one can see sannidhis for Durga, Vishnu Durga, and Vaishnava Durga.


Sannidhis for Mahalakshmi and Jyeshta Devi too are present. It is customary to pray to these goddesses after completing the prayers to Runa Lingeshwarar. They ensure the devotee remains debt free and financial sound thereafter.

Like other ancient temples, there is miracle sighted here. The Sthala Vriksham or the Tree of the Temple will have only leaves for the first 4 months of the year, and the second 4 months it has white flowers,  and the rest of the year, it has nothing. The Mavilangai tree is the sthala vriksham here.

How To Reach

Thirucherai is located near Kumbakonam, and it is a very short distance of 15 Km from here. The town has proper roads, and lots of buses ply to this place.

Temple Timings

The temple is open from 6 to 12 noon, and 4:30 to 8:30 PM. On Mondays, the Runa Lingeshwara archanas and abhishekam can be enjoyed by all devotees during Praadosha kalam, ie 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Friday, 6 October 2017

Tirupattur Brahmapureeswarar Temple - 12 Shiva Lingas Woshipped By Lord Brahma | Lord Brahma Temple In Tirupattur


It is not us, the devotees who visit the temple. It is the Lord who pulls us towards a few shrines. Tirupathi, Shirdi and Kashi are popular places, where only our Karma can guide us to set foot. In a few cases, you cant visit a few temples, unless your fate allows. One such is the Thirupattur Brahma temple. It is believed that one who sets foot here can change his or her fate.

History / Story

Brahmapureeswarar temple, is where Lord Shiva absolved the sins of Lord Brahma. With 7 entrances to the sanctum sanctorum, the temple is filled with natural light always. 12 Shiva Lingas can be found inside the complex, as Lord Brahma worshipped 12 lingas here:

12 Lingas Worshipped By Lord Brahma

  • Brahmapureeswarar
  • Pazhamalai Nathar
  • Thaiyumanavar
  • Pathala Eshwarar
  • Arunachaleswarar
  • Manduga Nathar
  • Jambukeshwarar
  • Kalathi Nathar
  • Sabthagereswarar
  • Sudharaneswarar
  • Ekambareswarar
  • Kailasa Nathar

Architecture / Speciality of The Temple

One of the rare sights here, is the deity of Lord Brahma, which is 6 feet tall. When you reach this temple, you need to carry your horoscope, if you are facing many troubles and find literally no solution. Place the horoscope at the feet of Lord Brahma, and pray for a while. It is said that the Lord realigns your fate when you submit your horoscope here.

Other Shrines in Brahmapureeswarar Temple

There are shrines for Lord Murugan/Subramanya, Karpaga Vinayagar, Sapta Matrikas (Brahmi, Maheswari, Indrani, Varahi, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Chamundi and Narasimhi. You can get to know about these Devis from various puranas. When Sumbha and Nisumba cannot be killed, Raja Rajeswari formed from the forces of various Gods her own female war force. The 7 Goddesses are the battle force of Devi, and can help you seek the blessings of Goddess Shakti with ease)

Maharishi Patanjali Jeeva Samadhi

Another wonderful fact about the temple is that it is one of the Jeeva Samadhis of Patanjali Maharishi. If you are wondering, what about the Samadhi in Rameshwaram, then there is a thing you got to know. Many Maharishis, chose to be born and attain Samadhi 1 for each chakra, so 7 in all. While we are aware of Rameshwaram a lot, Thirupattur is a place you need to visit, if your Karma allows.
Maharishi Patanjali is said to be the form of Adhi Sesha, the snake bed of Lord Vishnu. He is the one who guards the Patala Loka. When people suffer from Pitru Dosha, which means the ancestors in the patala loka are not peaceful, then worshipping Maharishi Patanjali will appease them, and bring changes in your life. Profound vibrations are felt in this Jeeva Samadhi and if you can meditate here, then you will feel the vibes to fill you with eternal peace

Monday, 2 October 2017

Avalivanallur Satchinathar Temple - Pancha Aranya Sthalam


Satchinathar Temple located at about 13 Km from Alangudi lies Avalivanallur, a Sivasthalam, and one of the Padal PetraSthalam and also a Pancha aranya sthalam. Pancha aranya sthalam is a set of 5 temples that are to be visited on the same day. Thirkarugavur, Alangudi, Avalivanallur, Haridwara Mangalam, and Thirukollambudhur are the 5 temples.  Of these, now I am going to give a brief note on Avalaivanallur. You will find apart from Thirukarugavur and Alangudi, the famous shrines, rest 3 in a pathetic condition. These temples for lack of funds and pilgrims, are suffering a lot. However, the grace of the almighty can be felt very clearly.

History / Story

Avalivanallur is the place of Soundaranayagi Sametha Satchinathar. This temple was worshipped by Lord Vishnu when he took the Varaha Avatar. This temple an impressive history, and mythology. The priest of the temple was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. His daughters were known much for their beauty. Owing to her beauty, the elder daughter Suseelai, was loved by a young man. This young man got married to her, and set foot to Kashi to worship Lord Shiva. The young wife fell sick and ended up with rashes and boils all over body. Her younger sister came to nurse her. When the young man returned, he claimed the beautiful woman to be his wife, as he couldn’t recognize the rather ugly woman who was ailing. Suseelai, who was devoted to Lord Shiva felt that she was doomed, and cried for the mercy of the Lord.

Lord Shiva, in his Rishaba Vahana, which is the Ox, came down with His consort, and explained who Suseelai was. The shaken young man corrected his error. Suseelai was also given her youth and beauty back. 

Sanctums In The Temple

There is an idol of Suseelai, her husband and her sister in the temple. Behind the Linga, God and Goddess are seen in the Rishaba Vahana.

Best Way To Worship & When To Reach

When you are planning to visit this temple, you can follow the order as here. Morning start with Thirukarugavur, between 7 to 9 AM, from 9:30 to 10 AM, visit Avalivanallur. For the next puja hours, that is 12 noon, visit Haridwara Mangalam. Visit Alangudi at 6 PM, and at 8 PM visit Thirkollambudur. As said before the 3 temples, Avalivanallur, Haridwara Mangalam and Thirukollmabudur are in a condition that would shake any devotee. So, prepare yourself when setting foot here. You need to purchase all the things needed for puja at Thirukarugavur, which is a wise decision.


8:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Mathur Mahishasura Mardhini Amman Temple - The Place Where Neem Tree Tastes Sweet


Where the Goddess Mahishasura Mardhini Amman is the major deity, it is not something intermittent to find miracles to happen. Such is the power of Goddess Shakthi, regardless of the form she takes. She is the divine mother full of love and peace, but never shies off from taking the most furious forms to protect her devotees, just like the Mahishasura Marthini. Small temples are her abodes, if her devotees shower her with devotion and love.

History And Specialties

The revered mother takes the form of Mahishasura Mardhini/Mardini near Tiruvallur, in the little known town of Mathur. Managed by the Thiruthani temple management  the Matthur temple is famous for the face of the deity. The goddess has a smiling face, which in spite of the asura lying at her feet in the most popular form. The idol is 10 feet high, and the goddess is seen with the most benevolent face. You can find this temple dedicated only to the goddess. When I stepped into the small temple before 10 years, I was not sure how it would be. My father insisted it must be visited on our way back from Tirupathi. I was quite skeptic because there was no proper structure for the temple. It had an asbestos roof, and about a dozen people were there, in spite of the day being Chitra Pournami. The diety’s Shanta Swaroopam(smiling face) was impressive enough to offer positive vibrations.

Our Author Family's Personal Experience

My father who had visited this place earlier again informed that the neem leaves in the tree of the temple is never bitter. I tasted it, only to find it ultimately true.

A Miracle Happened

Then I heard the story from the temple management people. When the localities were witnessing, an attempt was made to  install railway lines in this area. But some reason kept them off from it, and one fine day, the road was cleared to continue the task, only to find the Devi statue. The statue dates back to historic times, while this incident is only a couple of decades back. The statue that was 10 feet high was installed under simple roof structure.  Now, the temple complex is quite big, and still the goodness gracefully smiles at her devotees. The neem tree leaves too are sweet, when I tasted them only 3 months back.

How To Reach

 If you frequent to Tiruttani, you can reach here in 15 minutes, as this temple is just 3 KM off from the Tiruttani temple dedicated to Lord Muruga.  Tiruttani is connected well by means of road and train from Chennai and Tirupati.

Temple Timings

The temple is open from 6 AM to 12 noon, and from 4 to 8 PM.   

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Thirumeeyachur Lalithambigai Temple - Parihara Sthalam In Kumbakonam

About Lalithambigai Temple - Thirumeeyachur

Another place that is less visited by the devotees who prang Kumbakonam is Thirumeeyachur. When my cab driver recommended me to visit this place, I was literally irked by the roads that offered a bumpy ride. Now, I in my hearts wish him all wealth and health. Lalithambigai temple, which is 33 km from Kumbakonam and close to Mayiladuthurai is the place  where Lalitha Sahasranamam was recited for the first time.

Architecture / Structure:

A temple packed with wonders is Lalithambigai temple in Thirumeeyachur . You wouldn’t find Navagraha shrine, but all 12 Nagas of 12 Rasis are seen here. People who are facing problems because of the Rasis can offer lamps and pray. This is believed to ward off all problems. This is the place where Lord Shani was born. Lord Sun was cursed and here is the place where it was absolved. Lets hear the story.  Another amazing fact is that Goddess Lalitha is decorated with all jewels just like a woman. If you are wondering what makes the difference, then you need to understand in other temples, the jewels just tied around. But for Goddess Lalitha, the jewels can be screwed as there the deity is sculpted to allow the d├ęcor.


Arunan is the chariot of Sun god, and has bodily deformity. He wanted to have darshan of Lord Shiva, and asked for permission to the Sun god. Suriya, the Sun god, not only denied but ridiculed the deformity of Arunan. The greatest sins, preventing the devotee form worshipping the God and making fun of his deformity raged Lord Shiva, and He cursed Suriya. Suriya’s face was blackened as a result. When  Suriya begged for mercy, the Lord told him to visit Thirumeeyachur and do a penance. Suriya followed it for a long period, and this is when Lord Shani was born. Many contribute the curse that led to the birth of dark skinned son to the bright and luminous Suriya.

When Suriya could not see the results, he went to Lord Shiva for mercy. This is was the time when the Lord and Goddess Parvati were alone in their own world. Enraged Parvati, rose to curse the Sun God who disturbed their intimate moment. Lord Shiva consoled her, and relieved Suriya from his curse. This is depicted in sculpture form. You can see the beautiful face of Lord Parvati held by Lord Shiva. When you see the same sculpture from another angle, the face of irate Parvati can be seen. What a sight and how the sculptor managed to do it is still a wonder.

Temple Location/ How To Reach:

The temple is approximately 33 Kms from Kumbakonam and very close to Mayiladuthurai. You can avail buses, autos and cabs to this temple from Mayiladuthurai or Kumbakonam, the nearest major cities.

Temple Timings

The temple is open from 6 AM to 12 Noon, and 4 to 8 PM. The roads are far better now, and the place is slowly gaining importance.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Patteeswaram Temple - A Place Where Devi Offers Victory | Dhenupureeswarar temple

About Patteeswaram Temple

Kumbakonam, the temple town of Tamilnadu, has hundreds of temples. If you have ever tried visiting the place, for sure, you would be in a dilemma. With plethora of temples and vast and profound history, a few places go unnoticed. Patteeswaram is one such. While this popular temple is known to many, most people couldn’t enjoy visiting this place because this is not a Navagraha stala, the temples for 9 planets. Why should you never miss this divine place where Goddess Durga showers her blessings in the Dhenupureeswarar/Thenupuriswarar Temple? Peep in to know.


You will be astounded to know that Vishnu Durga Devi here was somewhere unattended, until the Chola kings installed her here. She is one who the mighty Cholas worshipped for victory when they even started preparing for the war. You can see the town is close to Pazhaiyarai, where the Cholas ruled. Don’t think she is only from the historical times. Durga Devi here is whom Lord Ram prayed when he was on the route to Sri Lanka on his divine mission. She offers blessings and will power to those who are determined on their missions. Victory is for sure for whom bows to Vishnu Durga of Patteeswaram.

Temple History / Story

What about the story behind the temple, and the leading deity Lord Shiva? Of course, the temple came into existence because of his wife Goddess Parvati wanted to perform a penance. She asked Divine Cow Kamadhenu to find a place. Kamadhenu instructed Patti, her daughter to take care of the same. Patti found this place peaceful and informed the same to the Goddess. Parvati was also given a Linga by Patti for the penance. Hence this place is named after Patti, as Patteeswaram.


Lord Shiva too has his share of miracles here. When the young sage Thiru Gnana Sambandar walked to this place, he was slowed down by the scorching sun. Lord Shiva immediately ordered for a pearl umbrella to his Boodha Ganas. When the young sage walked closer, Lord Shiva could no longer resist himself to view this child. Nandi, who always stands between the Lord and his followers was hiding the vision. Lord Shiva ordered Nandi to  move off a little so that he could view Gnana Sambanda clearly even from a distance. Next time, when you set foot here, don’t miss to have a glance at the Nandi moving his head a bit away, unlike in other Shiva temples.

Temple Timings

Opening and Closing Time:  6 AM to 1 PM & 4 PM to 9 PM

A must visit place to improve your determination and receive blessings of Lord Shiva and Vishnu Durga Devi.

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