Monday, 29 May 2017

Lord Anjaneya In Yogic Posture With Shanku, Chakram & Japa Mala - Sri Yoga Chathurbhuja Anjaneyar Temple - Sholingur, Vellore

Sholingur is a small town in Vellore district in Chennai city in South India. Lord Narasimha temple and Hanuman temple are located on top of two separate hills in this town and are the most popular Sri Vaishnaivite temples in India. Located about 90kms west of Madras (and about 25kms from Arakkonam and 40kms from Tiruttani), atop a hill on a single rock is the Lord Narasimha Divya Desam in Sholingur, also called Chozha-Simha-Puram and Thiru Kadigai.

View Of Yoga Chathurbhuja Anjaneyar Temple Hill
View Of Yoga Chathurbhuja Anjaneyar Temple Hill
The Yoga Narasimha Swamy temple is situated on this hillock is at a height of 750 ft, and there are 1305 steps. This is also referred to as UtheeCheerangam (North Srirangam). There are two temples of significance here - the Yoga Narasimha temple at Periya Malai (the big hill) and the Yoga Chathurbhuja Anjaneyar temple at Chinna Malai (the small hill). Bhaktha Anjaneya also was doing thapas (penance) here. The Lord pleased with him gave His Shanku and chakram to him. This is the only place where Lord Anjaneya is giving darshan in sitting position as yoga Anjaneya adorned with sangu chakram in upper hands and with, japa malai and counting with fingers on lower hands. Anjaneyar temple is just opposite to Lord Narasimha’s temple on a smaller hill.

Main Entrance Arch
Main Entrance Arch
After killing the demon named Hiranya, it is believed that Lord Narasimha reached Sholingur and settled down here. As he gave darshan to Sapta rishis(seven saints) for a kadigai time duration (24 minutes), the site is called as Kadigachalam. This place was also called as Chola Simha Puram, which later became Sholinga Puram and ultimately to ‘Sholingur’. One who visits this temple and stays here for 24 minutes is said to attain moksham. The only Divya Desam with such special significance for Lord Anjaneya.

Steps Leading To Temple
Steps Leading To Temple
At the end of the Rama Avataaram, Anjaneya wanted to join Rama in his abode at Vaikuntam. However, Rama had other thoughts and asked Anjaneya to go to Sholingur to protect the Rishis from Asuras. Rama provided Anjaneya with Conch and Chakra. Devoted as ever and always following Rama’s words, Anjaneya is said to have come here and demolished the asuras. Lord Narasimha appeared before Anjaneya and asked him to remain here, as Yoga Anjaneya, with the assurance that he would take Anjaneya to Vaikuntam during Kali Yugam.

Temple Towers
Temple Towers
There is a small opening on the wall of the Periya Malai Koil through which it is said that Yoga Anjaneya, from his place in Chinna Malai, has darshan of Lord Narasimha. Abiding by the Lord’s wishes, Anjaneya is said to have remained here atop the small hill and is seen here with four hands (Chathurbhuja Anjaneyar) in a Yoga posture with Conch, Chakra, Japa Maalai and the fourth hand with a Japa Sankai (counting the Japam). This is the only Divya Desam with such special prominence for Lord Anjaneya.

Sri Yoga Chathurbhuja Anjaneya
Sri Yoga Chathurbhuja Anjaneya

Temple Timings:

08:00 AM to 05:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Sholingur is around 115 kms from Chennai. One can easily walk from the base of the Periya malai to base of Chinna malai. Drive via Bangalore Highway to Kaveripakkam and from there reach Sholingur. Catch any superfast train that stops at Sholingur station. Take a bus or auto outside the station. The temple is around 13 kms from the station. Buses going to the Sholingur bus stand stop at Takkan kulam stop. Share autos are available from the bus stop to the temple less than 2 kms away.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Yoga Chathurbhuja Anjaneyar Temple,
Sholingar,
Vellore,
Pin Code : 631 102,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04172 262770 ; 04172 295999 ; 94442 74589 ; 99443 30705

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