Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Lord Muruga In The Form Of Lord Ayyappa - Mallikarjuneswarar Temple, Dharmapuri

Sri Mallikarjuneswarar Temple
Sri Mallikarjuneswarar Temple
Kottai Kovil (Mallikarjuneswara Temple), located on the northern side of Dharmapuri, is temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is known among the tourists for its rare sculptures and paintings. One of the highlights of this temple is the 'Hanging pillar'. As per the locale belief, a secret passage in this temple connects it to Adhiyamankottai. The place has some great religious significance as thousands of devotees come here to worship the deity. The Mallikarjuneswara temple in Dharmapuri district stands out for its architecture.

There is no Rajagopuram in this Temple. Situated in an area called, `Fort,' is the temple for Lord Mallikarjuneswara, popularly known as Eswaran Koil or Kamakshi Koil. There are two hanging pillars weighing 2.5 tonnes speaking on the strength of sculptural skill of Tamilnadu. A paper can pass through the gap easily.

Hanging Pillar
Hanging Pillar
According to chief priest Sivachariar Selva Muthukumaraswami, the Lingam of Mallikarjuna at this temple is equated with the presiding deity of Sri Sailam in Andhra Pradesh and is hailed as Banalinga. The temple is built on an area of about 1.5 acres. Though the shrine is conspicuous by the absence of the front Rajagopuram, the vimanas attract one's attention. The Lingam of Mallikarjuna is placed on a square shaped `Avudaiyar' with 36 `pattigais,' which denotes the 36 philosophical tenets in accordance with `Sivagama.'

The Maha mandapam with its so-called `hanging pillars' (so called because the base does not touch the ground) is an architectural marvel. Each of the pillars weighs about two and half tonnes and the carvings of beautiful damsels are engraved on them. In the sanctum sanctorum of the presiding deity is the sculpted figure of Goddess Lakshmi with elephants on either side showering water on the deity.

Temple Complex View
Temple Complex View
It is also believed that this Shiva Sthala was established by Banasura. Great Tamil poets as Avvaiyar, Arisil Kizhar, Ponmudiyar, Paranar, Kabilar, Nagayar, Adhiyan Vinnathanar and Saivite Saints Sambandar and Sundarar had sung the glory of the place and Lord. Renovations were carried out during the 9th century. Lord Sri Rama had performed penance here. Lord Muruga graces the devotees with His six faces sitting as Lord Ayyappa. His peacock is holding a snake.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Temple Location:

The temple is in the heart of Dharmapuri town and is easily reachable. Dharmapuri is 67 km from Salem, 110 from Thiruvannamalai, 150 from Bangalore and 45 km from Krishnagiri. Bus and rail facilities are available from all directions.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Mallikarjuneswara temple,
Thagadur, Dharmapuri.
Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 04342 268640 ; 04342 264924 ; 9443084116.

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