Sri Vyagrapureeswarar Temple, Thirupulivanam
Sri Vyagrapureeswarar Temple, Thirupulivanam
Sri Vyagrapureeswarar temple is located at a distance of 5 kms from Uthiramerur in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. This is this old temple where in Sage Vyagrapada and his wife prayed to and got darshan of Shiva. This is a Vaipu sthalam where in Appar has mentioned the temple in his songs. This Temple is famous in India for hosting a special deity called Rajayoga Simha Dhakshinamurthy. Here Dakshinamoorthy has got 6 disciples instead of the usual 4. A lion can also be seen seated near him.

Unique Rajayoga Simma Dakshinamurthy
Unique Rajayoga Simma Dakshinamurthy, Thirupulivanam
The Dhakshinamurthy is very peculiar here and not seen elsewhere. Dhakshinamurthy offers Dharshan as Ardhanareeswarar (half Shiva & Shakthi). One foot of His is on the Lion and hand holding the Thirisoolam (as Shakthi). Another foot is on the Muyalagan Asura (as Shiva). He is seated under the Kallala tree. Around him one can see the 4 Sanath Kumaras (Sons of Brahma), worshipping him. Also seen are Saint Vyaagrapaadhar and Pathanjali Rishi (incarnation of Maha Vishnu’s serpant, Aadhi Sesha). As the Lord has one leg on the Muyalagan as Nataraja and the other on the lion, He represents the majestic look of a male and the softness of the feminine character. He holds lotus and japa mala in his arms. Surya and Chandra are found above his head.

Usually, if there are rishis or saints near the God’s idol, they will be seen near the feet of the Lord worshipping Him. But here Vyaagrapaadhar is seen next to the God standing equally. It is said that, Vyaagrapaadhar asked for a boon from the Lord that, both this village and the deity should be named after him. Also he should be equally given the importance while devotees worship the Lord. Lord granted his wish and the place was called as Vyaagrapuri (Thiruppulivanam, today) and the Lord is Sri Vyaagrapureeswarar. Also an equal treatment is given to him in Sri Dhakshinamurthy’s Shrine.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Temple Location:

Thirupulivanam temple is 5 kms away from Uthiramerur on the Uthiramerur Kanchipuram road and can easily be seen from the road. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kanchipuram & Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Vyagrapureeswarar Temple,
Thirupulivanam - 603 406
Kancheepuram District,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 044 2727 2336 ; 94451 11236.

Sri Manneeswarar Temple Raja Gopuram
Sri Manneeswarar Temple Raja Gopuram
Sri Manneeswarar temple is situated in the special village cited as Annur, in the district of Coimbatore, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The presiding deity of this temple is Manneeswarar (Anneeswarar) (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Arunthava Chelvi. The holy tree of this temple is Vanni tree. The holy water of this temple is Changu theertham. The festival deity is Somaskandar. The agamam or pooja of this temple is called as Karanagama. This temple is approximately 500 years old in this region. The historical name of this special place is Annur. It is to be noted that the temple is facing west and presiding deity is a swayambumurthy.

Sri Manneeswarar Temple Kodimaram
Sri Manneeswarar Temple Kodimaram
Lord Sri Manneeswarar graces as a swayambumurthi under the Kailasa Vimana in the sanctum in the colour of sand. Rajagopuram is a 7 tier structure. There is also a wing like form on either side of the Shivalinga as that of Garuda (the eagle vehicle of Lord Vishnu) in a folded form. Garuda has a sharp vision and could see even small things on land even while flying high. It is believed that Lord Shiva is closely watching our doings with His sharp vision, hence this form. It is also believed that the Lord would pardon any sinner if sincerely and honestly promises before Him that he/she would not repeat committing sins. There is also a scar on the Linga showing the sign of a chain and also an injury sign of the weapon of a hunter. Normally the wings are not seen because of the alankaram. Linga has wings which the archaka show if we ask for the importance of the deity.

Sri Manneeswarar - Main Deity
Sri Manneeswarar - Main Deity
The Lord is called Anneeswarar as He graced a hunter and the place Anniyur. Special pujas are conducted in the temple on new moon days. Mother graces in the name of Arunthava Chelvi. Oonjal festival is celebrated on each Fridays blessing devotees worshipping Her that day with child boon. While Mother Durga graces in the Shiva prakara in temples traditionally, here Sri Durga is in Ambika side. It is believed that all prayers are favourably responded in Durga shrine. The region was a jungle in olden days densely infested with Valli plants. A hunter, Anni by name was eking his livelihood by hunting animals though he knew that killing lives was a sin. He knew no other work for living. One day, as he did not get any animal, he dug the Valli plant for its root to quench his hunger. Surprisingly, the length of root did not reduce despite his cutting and found it in full size despite his cutting it repeatedly. Out of curiosity, he continued to dig further and found the root bleeding. A voice came then saying that all his sins had been pardoned and advised him not to continue hunting. The hunter trembled and informed the king of what he saw and heard. The king found a Shivalinga in the place. He tried his best to pull out the Linga with a chain dragged by an elephant but could not succeed. Lord appeared in the dream of the king and advised him to drop his efforts to pull out the Linga as He would like to stay there itself. The king built the temple in the place.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:30 PM to 08:30 PM

View Of Manneeswarar Temple Vimanams
View Of Manneeswarar Temple Vimanams

Temple Location:

To repent for the sins continuing from births of past and to seek pardon for wrong doings committed knowingly or unknowingly, devotees pray in the temple. Sri Manneeswarar temple is situated in the special village cited as Annur, in the district of Coimbatore, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Manneeswarar Temple,
Annur - 641653
Coimbatore District,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 04254 262450 ; 98422 38564;.

Sri Arthanareeswarar Temple, Rishivandiyam
Sri Arthanareeswarar Temple, Rishivandiyam
This temple is located in Rishivandiyam, in Villupuram District. This place gets its name from "Rishi Vanda Vanam". It is a beautiful temple having its history recorded for more than 1000 years. The same was built by the early Pandya Kings and later renovated by the successors Pandya Kings and Vijayanagara Emperors. The presiding Deity is known as Sri Ardhanaareshwara Swamy and presiding Goddess is known as Sri Mukthambika. As you enter the street leading to the temple you can see a four pillared mandap housing the Nandi Deva in front of the temple. The temple entrance has a 7 tiered Gopuram/Tower. The mandap infront of the gopuram has idols of the Shiva Family. The image of Parvathi with Parrot in her hand is seen only when abhishekam is performed to main deity (Lingam) with Honey.

Sthala Vriksham
Sthala Vriksham
The baanam (the lingam) is swayambhu and is very special as it houses both Lord Shiva and Lordess Parvathi, however one cannot see Parvathi Devi normally. Indra Deva was performing pooja to Lord Shiva on a daily basis with Milk abhishekam, however he would leave without taking dasrshan of Devi Parvathi! Being offended by the act of Indra Deva, Sri Parvathi devi complained to Lord Shiva, who in turn offered his Left side to Parvathi Devi. While Indra was performing abhiseka he saw Parvathi Devi in the left part of the Lingam. Having realized his ignorance lord Indra sought forgiveness from Devi Parvathi and went to his Loka, Until today one can see Devi parvathi in the Lingam while Honey abhiseka is performed.

One can get to see Goddess Parvathi while performing Honey abhisheka and Milk Abisheka. It is marriage boon offering temple, one has to visit this temple for 3-5 Amavasyas and perform archanai and in one of the months can offer the abhisheka. There is statue of a Yaali (A mythical Creature) carved in one stone and in its mouth one can see a stone ball, which you cannot take out, however it rolls inside its mouth. The temple has in its praharam five pillars which produces rhytmic sounds.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM

View Of  Arthanareeswarar Temple Vimanams
View Of Arthanareeswarar Temple Vimanams

Temple Location:

Rishivandiyam is a village panchayat located in the Villupuram district of Tamil-Nadu state, India. The surrounding nearby villages and its distance from Rishivandiyam are Sathaputhur 7.9 KM, Palayasiruvangur 11.6 KM, Maiyanur 12.2 KM, Kaduvanur 21.5 KM, Arumbarampattu 23.4 KM, Andhiyur, Mandagapadi, Thiruvarangam.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Arthanareeswarar Temple,
Rishivandiyam - 606201
Villupuram District,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 04151 289243 ; 04151 243289 ; 93633 99063 ; 98653 69493.

Lord Shani
Lord Shani
Every year, the Saturdays which fall in the Tamil month of Purattasi (It starts in mid September and ends in mid October) have a special celebration. Purattassi is the month when the Sun is in Virgo, a sign ruled by Mercury. Mercury’s overlord is Vishnu, the God of wealth. Vishnu has unique powers on these Saturdays. He is particularly effective in minimizing negative or delaying effects from Saturn on Purattassi Saturdays. So it’s going to be a great time for people to work on their prosperity. Lord Vishnu descended into the Earth plane in human form of Venkateshwara (Lord Tirupati) during the Tamil Month of Purattasi. He is the protector of the Kali Yuga and showers wealth, well-being, supreme prosperity, pleasures and spiritual enlightenment. Participate in the Purattasi Saturday rituals and receive the blessings of Vishnu.

It is believed that Shani's gaze can spell disaster even to the most influential and powerful. Lord Ganesh getting an elephant's head is attributed to Shani. He being the devotee of Lord Shiva was meditating in the Himalayas to be close to his Lord. When Parvati, Shiva's consort, gave birth to Ganesh, she distributed sweets to Shiva's ganas, - the hosts. Goddess Parvati asked Shani to have a look at the child and bless him. Shani kept his head down and sought forgiveness from seeing the child, pleading that his gaze was inauspicious. Parvati, being the great Lord's consort, took no notice of this and asked him to bless the newborn. As soon as Shani lifted his head and looked at the child, the newborn's head got blown off.

Another celebrated myth about Shani is mentioned in the Ramayana. When King Ravana succeeded in getting control over all the nine planets, he installed them face down on the nine steps that led to his throne. Each morning, he would step on their back to ascend his throne, causing insult and anguish to them. One day sage Narada came to Ravana, and upon seeing the state of the nine planets asked Shani, how as the mightiest and most terrible of the planets, he could bear this insult? Shani replied because he was lying face downward he was helpless, but if he could cast his gaze on Ravana, matters would change. After Narada was shown around the magnificent palace of Ravana the proud king wanted his opinion. The wise sage replied that everything was excellent at the palace of Ravana, except for one. 'How can Ravana get the pleasure of subduing the nine planets when they were lying face downwards?' he asked. It was better if they were lying with their faces upward so that when Ravana stepped over their chests, he could get the pleasure of seeing the discomfort on their faces. This suggestion appealed to the mighty king and he quickly ordered his staff to turn the nine planets around on their backs. As soon as that was done, Shani's gaze fell on Ravana and his reason abandoned him. Within a few months he kidnapped Sita, the wife of Lord Rama that led to Lord Rama's invasion of his kingdom. Ravana and his entire family were killed, and al this happened during the seven and half years cycle of Shani.

One more version of the story behind why Lord Shani stays away from those who remember the Lord Ram's name. Once Lord Hanuman was sitting silently absorbed in deep meditation of Lord Rama. Lord Shani passed by and he felt to tease Hanuman. He started teasing Hanuman by pulling his tail, and pinching. Hanuman warned him to go away as he is his Guru's (Lord Sun) son, and so he respects him. When Shani did not hear, then Hanuman started to give him a good thrashing. In the end, Shani pleaded to leave him and Hanuman took a promise from him that Shani will never ever go near a devotee who is meditating on Lord Rama.

Puratasi saturdays are dedicated to Lord Shani or Sani Bhagvan. Some people observe partial fasting on all days in Puratassi others limit it to Puratasi Saturdays. Some devotees of Lord Venkateswara opt for strict fast on Puratasi Saturdays which involves not even drinking a drop of water - Nirjala Vratam. Some devotees does not include onion, garlic and meat in their meal throughout this month. Some devotees have the ritual of doing Mavilaku Mavu poojai for Lord Venkateshwara on Saturday(1st or 3rd or 5th saturday). Devotees who fast, should feed the crow, the vehicle of Lord Shani first and should have the food. Donate black sesame on Saturdays or light a til oil lamp to Saturn on Saturdays. To get rid of adverse affects of Lord Shani.

Those who are suffering from Lord Shani's adverse affect during this month light a til oil lamp. There is a procedure to do the pooja. Don’t do the Sani pooja alone. First do it to Sani then to Lord Vishnu. After doing the pooja do a pooja to Sri Anjaneyar. Worship Anjaneyar, all your Sani Problems will reduced. You can do the Archani in the given manner.

There is a old saying in Tamil - Saniyai Pol Koduparum Illai (None gives like Sani!), Saniyai Pol Keduparum Ilai (None destroys like Sani!). But when the influence of His over he will give all the health, wealth, happiness to your life.

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