Monday, 23 October 2017

To Excel In Your Studies - Sri Brahma Temple - Kumbakonam, Thanjavur

It is popularly know as Brahma Temple but the moolavar (main diety) is Vedanarayana Perumal. The inner sanctum just outside the Garbagriha is a sannidhi for 3-faced Brahma and Gayatri Devi. A very small temple compared to the other temples in Kumbakonam. Thimurthis are housed in this temple and Lord Brahma is in the side. He is depicted as a male from the front and as a female (Gayathri Devi) on the rear side. This face on the rear can be seen through a mirror placed behind. Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Gayatri are on either side of Lord Brahma. We can also see Gayatri Devi on the back of Brahma through a reflection in a mirror provided at the back. The speciality Gayatri Devi on the back of Brahma which is very rare.

Main Entrance Of Brahma Temple
Main Entrance Of Brahma Temple
There is no temple on earth for Brahma, this is what the purana’s and Hindu mythology says, so is this is also not a Brahma temple. This is mainly a Vishnu temple. The Brahma is kept on side as other deity without much of importance. The important part of this temple is the after Brahma loses his fourth head and forget the Vedas, he is been given back the knowledge by Gayathri Devi who gives him support as his fourth head and gives back the knowledge to him, you can see the fourth face as Gayathri and not as original Brahma face. Brahma is along with Saraswathi here, so praying here get knowledge in abundance as Saraswathi herself is god of knowledge. The temple is in narrow street and it would be better if you take a walk unto the temple than trying to drive.

Brahma Temple Kodimaram
Brahma Temple Kodimaram
It is home to the Shri Vedanarayana Perumal Temple, which is a very interesting example of Brahma worship. Here, Perumal Visnu is in the form of Lord Brahma combined with Saraswati Devi and Gayatri. The deity is known as Vedanarayana Swamy. The prefix "veda" refers to Lord Brahma's catur-mukha, or four faces, which are associated with the four Vedas. While some call this a Vishnu temple, it is properly considered a Brahma temple, and has been categorized as such for many years. Kumbakonam appears on all of the 'short lists' of rare Brahma temples in India. It is known by various names: Vedanarayana Perumal Temple, Brahman Kovil, and the Brahma Temple.

Sri Brahma Temple Towers
Sri Brahma Temple Towers
Lord Brahma with His consorts Mother Saraswathi and Mother Gayatri in a standing posture seeking the blessings of Lord Vedanarayana Perumal, the second for Lord Veda Narayana Perumal accompanied by His consorts Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi and the third is for Lord Yoga Narasimha with His two consorts. Thus, the devotee can have the darshan of three Lords in the temple. It is widely common that many are proud of their high learning barring a few and Lord Brahma was no exception to this mentality. He thought that He alone can create which Lord Shiva and Vishnu cannot. Knowing this, Lord Vishnu sent a ghost (Bhooda) to Brahma who trembled on seeing the creature. He ran to Lord Vishnu saying that a ghost not created by Him was threatening and sought protection. Lord Vishnu said that it was created by Him to check his pride and that he would also forget the art of creation.

Lord Brahma With Goddess Saraswathi & Gayathri Devi
Lord Brahma With Goddess Saraswathi & Gayathri Devi
When begged for a remedy, Lord Vishnu suggested that he go to Earth and perform penance. Brahma chose this place, Kumbakonam that stays stable even after the destroying Pralaya floods. All the Devas assisted Brahma in his penance. Pleased with Brahma’s penance, Lord Vishnu appeared before him, taught the Vedas and reinstated Brahma to his earlier status. Perumal became Lord Veda Narayana Perumal and Mother Vedavalli. To facilitate the final bath of Brahma and the Devas after the penance, Perumal created a river with His club known as Hari Sollaru which later days faced changes and it is Arasalaru today.

The temple conducts Brahmma Sankalpa Puja educational and trade progress boons. Devotees perform special pujas for Lord Brahma and Mothers Saraswathi and Gayatri before admitting children to school.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 08:00 AM To 11:30 PM
Evening Timings : 05:30 PM To 09:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Bounded by the River Kaveri on the north and the Arasalar River on the south, the town of Kumbakonam is 40 km. northeast of Thanjavur, and 60 km. inland from the coast of Tamil Nadu. The temple is located beside the Mahamagha tank, in what is now called Pattunoolkara (silk weaver) Street. Of the 17 major temples in Kumbakonam, 12 are Saivite, 5 are Vaisnava, and only the Vedanarayana Perumal is dedicated to the worship of Brahma Deva.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Brahma Temple,
Postal Code : 612 001,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 94865 68160

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