Saturday, 2 May 2020

Lord Rama Greeting Hanuman With Folded Hands - Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple - Vairavapatti - Sivaganga

Vairavapatti is a village in the Tirupattur taluk Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, India. This village derives its name from the temple dedicated to Lord Kala Bhairav who is known in Tamil language as Vairavan. It is 2 km from the Pillayarpatti village which is another famous pilgrimage center. It is one of the 9 temples held in high esteem by the Nagarathar Chettiar community of Tamil Nadu. The presiding deity here is Lord Valaroli Nathar and his consort Vadivudai Ammai. Bhairavar here is prominent, hence the name Vairavan-patti in Tamil.

Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple
Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple
Vairavanpatti Temple, also called Vadukanthapuram is a beautiful 500 year old temple with a magnificent five-tiered Rajagopuram. Lord Shiva here assumes the form of Bhairava and there is a shrine for the Goddess Ambika. Vairavanpatti Temple is patronized by the Chettiar community and is their third largest temple. Vairavanpatti is located near Karaikkudi, Sivagangai District of Tamilnadu. This is one of the Ashta Bairava Sthalams. As per the legend, the Devas were troubled by the Asura brothers namely Surapadma, Simhamukha and Taraka. Lord Shiva appeared as a Brahmin and advised the Devas to worship Shiv Linga in this site. Accordingly, the Devas worshiped Valorali Nathar and felt confident to face the Asuras.

Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple Dwajasthambam
Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple Dwajasthambam
The temple authorities claim that this temple was built by Nagarathars in 712 CE. I am not sure how the year of construction has been arrived without any historical proof. I don't think there is any stone inscription found in this temple. Moreover, the current structure including the tower, vimanas, stucco images and the sculptures cannot be considered as ancient. The structure appears to be hardly 200+ years old and belongs to Nagarathar style. I am not sure if there was an earlier structure of the temple in this village, which was renovated/reconstructed by Nagarathars. The temple is very old and it was originally constructed in mud. Later the temple was handed over to the Nagarathar community, who in the 19th century constructed the stone temple, which we see today with wonderful sculptures.

Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple Prakaram
Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple Prakaram
The east facing sanctum enshrines big Shiv Linga called as Valorli Nathar. The Goddess Vadivudai Nayaki is found in a separate south facing shrine. The south facing shrine of Bhairav is found in between the shrines of Valorli Nathar and Vadivudai. Although the presiding deity of the temple is Valorli Nathar, Bhairav in this shrine is more popular and the temple is also referred as Vayiravan (Bhairav) Temple. In the shrine of Bhairav, the stone idol of a girl is also found. She is Valli Ammai, a staunch devotee of Bhairav. The gigantic icon of Bhairav is found in his usual standing posture along with his vahan, dog. He has four arms and looks fierce. He is found standing on lotus pedestal. She was from Nagarathar community. She lived in this temple and devoted her whole life. Similar to Andal, this lady has attained the status of a deity due to her devotion.

Lord Rama Greeting Hanuman
Lord Rama Greeting Hanuman
The sculpture of Ram with folded hands in front of Hanuman is found in the prakara, which is rare and unique. On the external wall of the sanctum sanctorum, Rama is shown differently greeting a Viswaroopa Anjaneya with folded hands as he delivers the news of the safety of Sita. Worshipping Rama in this form is supposed to help devotees develop the quality of simplicity. Many interesting mural paintings are found on the walls as well on the ceiling. As Sri Anjaneya brought Him the news of safety of Mother Sita, it is said that Lord respectfully greets His messenger.

Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple Tank
Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple Tank
Sthala Vruksham: Ankola (azinjil in Tamil) tree. One thing unique about the tree is fruit of the tree when it falls down it sticks back to the tree once again when the lightning strikes. Once the place was full of this tree and now of course we do not find it. They have started cultivating the tree once again. We find stone sculpture of the tree in the temple.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Evening Timings : 03:30 PM to 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Vairavanpatti is 8 km far from Tiruputhur. Buses bound to Karaikudi pass through this place. The temple is 7 kms NE to Thirupattur and 2 kms from Pillayarpatti. The village is located at a distance of around 15 kms from Karaikudi. There are nine important temples in Chettinad for Nagarathars. Vairavan Temple in Vairavanpatti is one of those nine temples. The locals refer this village as Vairavan Kovil. Nearest Railway Station is located at Karaikudi and Nearest Airport is located at Madurai. While Thiruputhur is considered the home for Bhairavar, Vairavanpatti is considered the Idhayasthanam (heart) and the nearby Ilupakudi, the Padasthnam (feet).

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Vairavar Swamy Temple,
Thiruppathur Karaikudi Road,
Sivaganga District,
Pin Code : 630 212.
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04577 264237

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