Monday, 18 May 2020

The 3 Feet Tall Bali Peetam In The Sanctum Sanctorum Is Revered As Lord Muruga - Sri Kolanjiappar Temple - Virudhachalam - Cuddalore

Kolanjiappar temple in Manavalanallur, a village in the outskirts of Virudhachalam in Cuddalore district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Murugan. Constructed in the Thamizh style of architecture, the temple is located in the Virudhachalam - Manavalanallur Road. The legend of the temple is associated with Saivite saint Sundarar and the Vriddhagiriswarar temple at Virudhachalam. Presiding deity Kolanjiappar is a swayambu murthy having no form as such. It is said that he has a form too. The 3 feet tall Bali Peeta in the sanctum sanctorum is revered as the presiding deity. Below this installation, is a chakra carved in stone with the Satakshara Mantra (Mantra of six lettrs) of Lord Muruga. All pujas and abisheks are dedicated to Lord Muruga in the form of Bali Peeta.

Sri Kolanjiappar Temple
Sri Kolanjiappar Temple
As per Hindu legend, Sundarar, the famous Nayanmar saint in Saivite tradition belonging to the 8th century, came to Virudhachalam (called Thirumudukundram) during his old age. He sang praise of the Vriddhagiriswarar. Shiva was much pleased with his rendition and wanted to have him sing a song again. He sent his son Muruga in the form of a hunter to the Kolanji forest through which Sundarar was traversing.

Inside View Of Kolanjiappar Temple
Inside View Of Kolanjiappar Temple
The hunter took away the belongings of Sundarar. He demanded the hunter to return his belongings for which the hunter wanted him to be back at Virudhachalam. Understanding that it is a divine play, Sundarar returned to Virudhachalam temple and sang praise of Shiva again. Vrida means old age and hence the place was called Virudhachalam as Sundarar came to the place during his old age. Muruga subsequently set his abode in the Kolanji forest as Kolanjiappar.

Kolanjiappar Temple Prakaram
Kolanjiappar Temple Prakaram
Devotees take Neem Oil to the priest, who in turn place it at the feet of Lord and return it to the devotee mixed with sacred ash. This he does in an orthodox manner. The devotee has to use it after a bath wearing washed clothes and without being in sad conditions caused by some incidents called Theettu in Tamil. The application of this oil on wounds boils etc. cure the diseases. This is used on cattle too to heal any wound on them. Many are experiencing the healing effects of this oil. It is noteworthy that this oil is taken by many for their people in foreign countries. People of this place do not dress the new born children with shirts etc. for 90 days. They do not put even tilak. After 90 days they bring the children, place them at the feet of Lord, then dress them and put ornaments and tilak.

Submission Of Prayers To Kolanjiappar
Submission Of Prayers To Kolanjiappar
This is a very unique temple where Lord Muruga serves as a judge. Devotees from all over the world come to this temple and offer their prayers for a fair judgement or justice done to them. If they feel that in a legal process, they have been denied justice. People worried due to things lost in theft, non-return of money lent, cheating, suffering from serious diseases, facing problems in families, delay of marriage of son or daughter, unemployment, poverty in family etc. use to submit their grievances in writing. The submission – called Pradhu Kattudhal in Tamil - is addressed to “Manavalanallur Kolanjiappar”. It should also contain details of the devotees’ name and place and purpose of the prayer.

Kolanjiappar Temple Moolasthanam
Kolanjiappar Temple Moolasthanam
The prayer should be clear. This should be delivered to the priest for placing at the feet of the Lord. He will perform archana, put vibhuti-sacred ash and return as Prasad packet. The devotee should tie it with a thread on the Vel in the Muniappa shrine and leave the place. It is believed that the devotee will realize the wish within 90 days. The devotee should pay a fee calculated at 10 paise per kilo metre covering the distance between his place and the temple. After realizing the wish, the devotee can withdraw his/her petition (Rajinama) paying a fee. People pray here in huge numbers seeking solutions for problems they face as mentioned above.

Kolanjiappar Temple Main Deity
Kolanjiappar Temple Main Deity
The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. The temple rituals are performed four times a day: Kalasandhi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikala poojai at 8:00 a.m., Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m., and Arthajama Pooja at 8:15 p.m. Each ritual has three steps: alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for the presiding deities.[5] There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.

Kolanjiappar Temple Lord Vinayagar
Kolanjiappar Temple Lord Vinayagar
Lord Siddhi Vinayaka in his huge form graces from a shrine facing east on the right of Lord Kolanji Appar. Both shrines have separate vimanas. Two horses are before these shrines looking majestically as if ready for a hunt. There are separate temples for Idumban and Kadamban behind this temple. Close to the Mahamandap opposite the presiding deity is a shrine for Muniappa. There are hundreds of tridents made of steel and stones densely planted opposite Muniappa. Another deity Veeranar is nearby facing east.

Temple Timings:

06:00 AM to 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

This Muruga or Karthikeya temple is located in Vridachalam in TamilNadu. It is around 3 hours travel from Chennai. Large numbers of Transport facilities are available to Kolanchiappar Temple which is situated at Manavallanallur Village nearby Virudhachalam Town. The temple is located in Manavalanallur, in the outskirts of Virudhachalam in Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu on the road from Virudhachalam to Manavalanallur. The temple has a five tiered rajagopuram, the gateway tower, which pierces the granite wall surrounding the temple.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Kolanjiappar Temple
Manavalanallur,
Virudhachalam,
Cuddalore,
Pin Code : 606 001.
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04143 230232 ; 93621 51949

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