Trichy is one of the most important cities of Tamil Nadu state in South India. When it comes to Trichy, everyone would think or talk mainly about the Rock Fort. Although the Nandrudayan temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is not popular as the other Ganesha temple (Uchchi Pillaiyar) in Rock Fort, it is a unique temple which should not be missed out. This is a unique temple that has a sannidhi with Vinayaka having a Human face. The temple has been spoken of by Kanchi Mahaperiyava for its Nara mukha Ganapathy (Human faced Ganapathy). It is a very old temple which was originally part of the Rockfort temple complex. It is now undergoing renovation. It is not known to many people locally too!.

We have an similar temple for Lord Ganesha with Human face in Thilatharpanapuri, Tiruvarur.

Sri Nandrudayan Temple
Sri Nandrudayan Temple
The temple does not have sculptural beauty or architectural wonder. However, there are two features in this shrine which cannot be found anywhere else. Nandi idol, which is generally associated with Lord Shiva (or Shakti in few temples), is found facing Lord Ganesha. There is a sub-shrine in the temple where Ganesha is found with the human face. These two features make this temple unique and attractive.

The sanctum santorum has Lord Ganesha as found in his typical form. There is a sub-shrine dedicated to Aadi Vinayaka where Lord Ganesha is found with the human face instead of having elephant head and trunk. It is said that Lord Ganesha was in this form and his head was chopped off and replaced with that of an elephant later. He is holding an axe and modaka in his two arms.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 07:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Evening Timings : 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Nandrudayan Vinayaka Temple is a Hindu temple situated in East Boulevard Road in the neighbourhood of Devathanam in Tiruchirappalli district. The local population do not seem to know the temple. Ask for Murugan theatre one of the oldest movie theatres in Trichy. The temple is about half a furlong further down on the same side as the theatre.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Nandrudayan Vinayaka Temple,
East Boulevard Road,
Singarathope, Devathanam,
Trichy district,
Pin Code : 620 002,
Tamil Nadu.

Adhi Vinayaka Temple is in Muktheeswarar temple at Thilatharpanapuri, TamilNadu which is near by Koothanoor in the Mayavaram Tiruvarur road. This is the unique temple where God Ganesha is seen with out elephant head. This is the ancient form of Vinayaka. In this temple devotees perform Thila Tharpana ritual which is the Hindu ritual of Pithur Karmas.

Main Entrance Of Sri Adhi Vinayaka Temple
Main Entrance Of Sri Adhi Vinayaka Temple
The name Thilatharpanapuri comes from two words thil meaning Gingely and tharpana is the Hindu ritual of performing pithru karmas (ritual of paying tribute to ancestors) to ones ancestors. It is also known as Sethalapathy. There are 7 sthalams for performing these rituals viz. Kasi, Rameswaram, Srivanchiyam, Thiruvenkadu, Gaya, Thiriveni Sangamam and Thilatharpanapuri. It is said that Sri Rama performed tharpanam for Dasaratha at this place. This place is considered equivalent to Kasi or Rameswaram. Performing tharpanam here on Amavasya day is considered special. This is a Mukthikshetram.

Rear Entrance Of Sri Adhi Vinayaka Temple
Rear Entrance Of Sri Adhi Vinayaka Temple
Lord Rama performed tharpanam for his father Dasaratha at various places by placing four pindams (rice balls). However to his dismay the pindams would turn into worms each time he performed the ritual. Worried Rama prayed to lord Shiva who advises Rama to go to mantharavanam (manthaaram is the flower of the coral tree, one of the five special trees of heaven) and offer his prayers to him there. He was instructed to take bath in the arasalar river near there, before performing the pitru tharpanam. Lord Rama did as instructed.

Sri Muktheeswarar Temple Towers
Sri Muktheeswarar Temple Towers
The four pindams that until now were turning into worms at other places, to his amazement, became four lingams. Dasaratha thus attained mukthi (salvation) and hence the name of the deity is Muktheeswarar. Since then, the locals believe that performing the pitru tharpanam here absolves you of all your pitru sabams (ancestral curse) and pitru doshams (ancestral sins). In the outer praharam (circumbalatory path) you can see the idol of Rama performing the tharpanam and also the four lingams known as pitru lingams.

Sri Adhi Vinayaka Temple
Sri Adhi Vinayaka Temple
The shrine for Aadhi Vinayakar (also known as Naramukha vinayakar) is just outside the main temple. Here you can see Lord Ganesha with a human head and hence the name. This place is also known as Sithalapathi. The story of lord Shiva beheading Vinayaka who was created by Parvathi and then replacing the head with an elephant head is well known. What is less known is, Lord Shiva instructed his troops to fetch the head of anyone found sleeping with his head placed towards north. They found an elephant sleeping with its head towards north. Lord Shiva named the boy Ganapathy meaning commander of his troops and granted a boon that Ganapathy shall be worshipped by everybody before starting anything new.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 07:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Evening Timings : 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Sri Adhi Vinayaka Temple Main Deity
Sri Adhi Vinayaka Temple Main Deity

Temple Location:

Swarnavalli sametha Mukthiswarar temple is located at Thilatharpanapuri 2.6 kms from Koothanur. Koothanoor is near Poonthottam which is on Mayavaram – Tiruvarur Road. The nearest railway station is at Poonthottam. The main deities here are Swarnavalli Thayar and Mukthiswarar. It is on the bus route Mayiladuthurai to Thiruvarur road, get down at Koothanoor (SARASWATHI TEMPLE), from there 3 KM.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Adhi Vinayaka or Nara Mukha Pillaiyar Temple,
Sethalapathy,
Poonthottam, Nannilam,
Tiruvarur district,
Pin Code : 609 503,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 04366 238818 ; 04366 239700 ; 94427 14055.

Sri Anjaneya in this temple has Shiva Linga symbol on His chest. He is wearing sandals and appears as a warrior with sword in His hand. Anjaneya darshan is this form is very rare. The Dindigul Fort or Dindigul Malai Kottai is a 17th-century hill fort, built by Madurai Nayak situated in the town of Dindigul in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The fort was built by the Madurai Nayak king Muthu Krishnappa Nayak in 1605. In the 18th century the fort passed on to Kingdom of Mysore (Mysore Wodeyars). During the reign of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan the fort was of strategic importance. In 1799 it went to the control of the British East India Company during the Polygar Wars. There is an abandoned temple on its peak apart from few cannons sealed with balls inside. Appar, the Saiva poet visited the city and noted it in his works in Tevaram.

Sri Abhayavaradha Anjaneya Temple Entrance Arch
Sri Abhayavaradha Anjaneya Temple Entrance Arch
Sri Rama Navami in March-April, Krishna Jayanthi in August-September, all Saturdays and Navarathri in Purattasi (September-October) are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Path Leading To Sri Abhayavaradha Anjaneya Temple
Path Leading To Sri Abhayavaradha Anjaneya Temple
Hanuman Theertham At Sri Abhayavaradha Anjaneya Temple
Hanuman Theertham At Sri Abhayavaradha Anjaneya Temple
Sri Abhayavaradha Anjaneya Temple Vimanam
Sri Abhayavaradha Anjaneya Temple Vimanam

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Evening Timings : 04:30 PM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Main Deity Of Sri Abhayavaradha Anjaneya Temple
Main Deity Of Sri Abhayavaradha Anjaneya Temple

Temple Location:

Dindigul is a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the administrative headquarters of the Dindigul district. Dindigul is located 420 km (260 mi) southwest of the state capital, Chennai and 100 km (62 mi) away from Thiruchirapalli and the nearest city (66 km) is Madurai. Dindigul is believed to be an ancient settlement; it has been ruled at different times by the Early Pandyan Kingdom, the Medieval Cholas, Pallava dynasty, the later Pandyas, the Madurai Sultanate, the Dindigul Sultanates, the Vijayanagara Empire, the Madurai Nayak Dynasty, Chanda Sahib, the Carnatic kingdom and the British. Dindigul has a number of historical monuments, the Rock Fort being the most prominent.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Abhayavaradha Anjaneya Temple,
Malai Adivaram,
Dindigul district,
Pin Code : 624 001,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 99767 90768 ; 90037 88432.

Sri Parijatha Vaneswarar temple is located in the village named Tirukalar, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deities of this temple are Parijathavaneswarar or Kalarmulai Natheswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Amirthavalli and Ilankombannal. The holy tree of this temple is Parijatham. This is the 105th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery adulated in Thevaram psalms.

Sri Parijatha Vaneswarar Temple Rajagopuram
Sri Parijatha Vaneswarar Temple Rajagopuram
80 feet tall Rajagopuram is facing east. Lord and Mother are blessing the devotees from their respective shrines. There are shrines for Lords Valampuri Vinayaka, Viswanatha, Somaskanda, Chandrasekhara, Dakshinamurthy, Muruga and Chandikeswara, and Mothers Gajalakshmi, Durga, Mahalakshmi, 63 Saivite Nayanmars and Sage Agasthya. Mother Ashtabuja Durga appears majestically in sitting form on the Lion vahan. Lord Akora Veerabadra is facing west in a separate shrine.

Sri Parijatha Vaneswarar Temple Second Level Entrance
Sri Parijatha Vaneswarar Temple Second Level Entrance
Lord Subramanya taught the Panchakshara Mantra (mantra of five letters – Na, Ma, Shi, Va, Yah) to 60,000 sages and Sage Durvasa in this place only. Valli and Deivanai are not with Lord Subramanya as He graces in the temple as a teacher-Guru. Lord Shiva performed His Ananda dance in Chidambaram and Perur, Aajaba in Tiruvarur, Gnana Sundara in Madurai, Oordhva in Avinashi, and Brahmma Thandava in Tirumuruganpoondi. Here too, Lord granted the Brahmma Thandava Darshan to Sage Durvasa which is depicted in the temple. Sage Durvasa appears with folded hands in a worshipping form. According to scriptures, Durvasa performed the first consecration of the temple.

Entrance Of Main Sanctum Sanctorum
Entrance Of Main Sanctum Sanctorum
The Jeeva Samadhi-monument of Kovilur pontiff, His Holiness Veerasekhara Gnana Desika Swami is near the temple. Swamiji had rendered many renovations to the temple. He is praised as Tirukalar Andavan. Sage Parasara and Kalava had worshipped in this temple. It is believed that the prayer of one in the temple of a family will ensure the salvation of all members. Those under adverse aspects of the serpent planet Ketu pray here for relief.

Entrance Of Goddess Shrine
Entrance Of Goddess Shrine
Sage Durvasa performed severe penance in this place seeking the Ananda Thandava darshan of Lord which He granted to sages Vyakrapada and Patanjali. He brought the rare Parijatha flowers from the celestial world and made this place dense with these trees. He also made a Shiva Linga and installed it under the Parijatha tree and created a spring. He built the temple with the divine sculptor. Hence the place has names as Parijatha Vanam, Tharu Vanam, Karpaga Vanam according to scriptures. Pleased with his penance, Lord granted the Brahmma Thandava darshan to the sage. Kalari in Tamil also means dance. Hence the name Kalari which later changed as Tirukalar. Lord also is praised as Kalarmulai Nathar.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 07:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Evening Timings : 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Aerial View Of Sri Parijatha Vaneswarar Temple
Aerial View Of Sri Parijatha Vaneswarar Temple

Temple Location:

Parijatha Vaneswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Tirukalar in the Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu. Situated at a distance of about 21 kilometres from Mannargudi on the road to Thiruthuraipoondi, the presiding deity of the temple is Shiva.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Parijatha Vaneswarar Temple,
Tirukalar,
Tiruvarur district,
Pin Code : 614 710,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 04367 279374.
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