Thursday, 6 April 2017

Lord Narasimha Seen Without His Usual Lion Face & Lord Bairava With Two Vahanas - Sri Kadhir Narasinga Perumal Temple, Reddiyarchatram, Dindigul

Located 15kms from Dindigal is the Pandya Period Kathir Narasinga Perumal temple in Kothapulli Village in Reddiarchatram, one that still has the strong granite structure of temples of that period. The temple was later renovated by Vijayanagara rulers and Kannivadi Zamindars. The temple has 220acres of land under its possession. Kathir Narasinga Perumal is seen in a soft posture with a lean slim look unlike his normally angry presence in other Narasimha temples. The handsome looking Utsavar is seen with a conch and chakra.

Main Entrance Of Sri Kadir Narasinga Perumal Temple
Main Entrance Of Sri Kadir Narasinga Perumal Temple
Lord Vishnu graces with His Consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi from the sanctum sanctorum with His conch and disc in a standing form. Though He is called Narasingaperumal, He does not have the Lion face. He graces as Shantamurthi – calm face. There is a corridor between the sanctum sanctorum and the outer corridor enabling a special going round of the sanctorum. Only in very ancient temples, such a facility is available. Garuda is in a separate shrine in front of the main shrine. Bhairava belonging to Lord Shiva graces from a separate shrine. Special pujas are performed to Bhairava on the Ashtami day (8th day from the full moon or new moon days) during the new moon days.

View Of Sri Kadhir Narasinga Perumal Temple
View Of Sri Kadhir Narasinga Perumal Temple
Remedial place for Sun afflictions: The Lord is also called Kathri Narasinger. The word Kathri denotes the excessive and powerful rays of Sun. Those having adverse Sun aspects pray to the Lord here and also those undergoing the Sun main period pray here for remedies. Mother Kamalavalli graces from a shrine right to the Lord. For improvement and progress in education of the children parents offer cardamom garlands to Lord Lakshmi Hayagriva. Chakkarathalwar graces from a separate shrine with 16 hands wearing a crown of Agni Jwala – fire flames. The deities of Gayathri Mahamantra are sculpted around Him. Above Him is Lord Narasimha killing demon Hiranya and Lakshmi Narasimha below the feet with Garuda worshipping him. Yoga Narasimha is behind Chakkarathalwar holding the disc in his four hands. People pray to Lord before admitting the children in school seeking His blessings.

Main Deity Sri Kadhir Narasinga Perumal
Main Deity Sri Kadhir Narasinga Perumal
Another special one of its kind feature at this temple is the presence of Bairava with two Vahanas. Normally one finds only a single vahana. There is an ancient Pandya period inscription on South wall of the Maha Mandapa. One can find solutions to problems relating to wedding hindrances, joblessness and childlessness by offering sincere prayers at this temple.

Lord Bhairava With Two Vahanas
Lord Bhairava With Two Vahanas
A unique feature at the temple is the presence of the 6 ½ feet tall Anjaneya at the Agni Moolai (South Eastern corner of the temple), the only one of its kind in India. His body is facing the Eastern side while his face is turned towards the Northern direction. The right hand is lifted while the left hand is holding a mace in a posture to destroy the ego and arrogance. The huge tail is seen lifted behind on his right side.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 07:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Lord Anjaneya At Sri Kadir Narasinga Perumal Temple
Lord Anjaneya At Sri Kadir Narasinga Perumal Temple

Temple Location:

Reddiarchatram is about 15kms from Dindigul on the Palani highway. The temple is on the main road ½ km east of the bus stop. Buses ply every 15 minutes from Dindigul. One can also take the Dindigul-Ottanchatram town bus to get down in front of the temple (Perumal Koil bus stop).

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Kadhir Narasinga Perumal Temple,
Reddiyarchatram,
Dindigul district,
Pin Code : 624 622,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 0451 2554324 ; 98430 85165 ; 97877 05083.

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