Sunday, 6 May 2018

Ramanujacharya : The Adhisesha Avaratam

Ramanujacharyar is the Adhisesha Avataram in Kaliyugam. Adhisesha took avataram as Lakshmana in Tretha Yuga, Balarama in Dwapara Yuga and Ramanuja in Kaliyugam.

Nammalwar was the Srivaishnava saint who gave the revered Nalayira Divya Prapabandam as Tamil Vedam in Alwar Tirunagari situated in Tamil Nadu. He lived long before Ramanuja was born in Bhoolokam. 

Madhurakavi Alwar wanted to revere a Vigraham of his guru Nammalwar and requested his guru for a vigraham. Nammalwar asked his disciple Madhurakavialwar to boil water from Tamraparani river  nearby and the Copper idol of Ramanuja emerged after boiling the river water. Nammalwar explained that he is the Bhavishya Acharya or the Acharya for the future generations. It is to be noted that Tamiram in tamil means copper. The Ramanuja idol is also a swayambu idol made of copper as seen below. This Ramanuja Temple exists behind the famous Adhinatha temple Divya Desam in Alwar Tirunagari. The murty there can be seen till date there.

Another Picture of Bhavishya Acharya in Alwar Tirunagari temple


Madhurakavi Alwar boiled the water of Tamraparani river for the second time as guided by Nammalwar. Now he received the copper vigraham of Nammalwar as he had requested.

Nammalwar Vigraham

Melkote

In Melkote Ramanujacharya brought back the famous Chella Pillai Perumal Utsava Murty from the Muslim King's Palace. The Utsava Murty is hence known as Chella Pillai as Ramanujacharya called him sweetly that way and immediately the lord walked in the palace from his room and came and sat in Ramanuja's lap. It is interesting to note that the Muslim princess was so attached to this Lord and could not bear his separation after Ramanuja brought him to the Temple. She merged her life in the Lord and is revered as Bibi Nachiyar in Srirangam.

The Chella Pillai or Cheluva Narayana Swamy Vaira mudi Utsavam is also very famous wherein the Lord wears the Powerful crown studded with Diamonds once a year during Chitirai poosam day. This Vaira Mudi or crown is said to belong to Lord Narayana himself in Ksheersagaram or Paarkadal. It was stolen by a asura and brought back from the asura to be consecrated here.

Cheluva Narayana Swamy Vaira Mudi Utsavam in Garuda Vahanam


Chella Pillai sitting in Ramanuja's lap: Symbolism


Ramanujacharya consecrated the Narayana Temple in Melkote. After organising worship procedures, Ramanuja was leaving Melkote and the disciples could not bear his separation. Hence Ramanuja asked disciples to make a Vigraham of himself and Ramanuja embraced the vigraham in order to transfer all his powers to the utsava murty. The Murty is known as Thamar Ugandha Tirumeni as seen below.

Melkote Ramanuja


Melkote Moola Murty with Ramanuja


Aarti of Melkote Ramanuja



Yadugiri Thayar in Melkote is the Mahalakshmi devi there

Ramanujacharya in Sriperumbudur

In Srirangam Ramanujacharya was giving a discourse to his disciples when suddenly he remained frozen like a statue for a few minutes. He regained normal consciousness a few moments later. His disciples asked the reason behind this unique behaviour and Ramanujacharya explained that in his Birth place Sriperumbudur, devotees had made a Utsava Vigraham of himself and was doing prana prathishta and eye opening ceremony for a few minutes. Hence Ramanujacharya said that he had to go there to Sriperumbudur in sooksham or subtle form for the Prana Parthishta. Hence the murty is known as Thaan Ugandha Tirumeni in Sriperumbudur as seen below.

Ramanujacharya in Sriperumbudur 

The Unique Serpent form in the Vigraham's back symbolising the Adhisesha Avataram

Ramanujacharya in Srirangam

In Srirangam temple, Ramanujacharya is present with his physical body for the past 1000 years and it is God's Grace that we are able to see the Sthoola Shariram of the Acharya. This is testimony to the fact that Acharya is the Adhisesha Avaratam. No other preservation mechanism is carried out for his body except for Pachai Karpuram and Kumkuma poo being applied in this Tirumeni. He attained the lotus feet of the Lord in Magha Sukla Paksha dasami, Saturday in 1137 AD listening to Diva Prapandam.

The Eyes of Ramanujacharya and his nails can be seen clearly till date when the archaka carries out the aarthi of Ramanujacharya.
Srimathe Ramanujaya Namaha!!

Ramanujacharya in Srirangam Temple
Thaanana Thirumeni

Ramanuja Sannidhi inside Srirangam Ranganathar temple









Sunday, 8 April 2018

Tirumullaivoyal Masilamaneeswarar Temple

Tirumullaivoyal near Ambatthur Chennai is on the way from Ambathur to Avadi, All buses from Ambathur to Avadi stop by Tirumullaivoyal bus stop. One has to travel from Main road via Pachai Amman temple to reach Tirumullaivoyal temple. The Google map location of Tirumullaivoyal Masilamaneeswarar temple is as follows,


Tirumullaivoyal Temple is unique in many ways. One is that the swayambu lingam is covered with sandalwood paste all through the year. Only on tamil month Chitirai, Sadayam Nakshatra day, the sandalwood paste is removed and a new sandawood paste is applied to the lingam.

Agasthair.org details that Masilamaneeswarar refers to the Shiva who symbolises the aspect of  flawless gem as seen in their weblink below. The darshan of the Lingam without sandalwood paste is said to be the darshan of the light of eternal truth as explained in their weblink below. Chitra Sadayam in 2018 is on May 10 2018. Having darshan of Masilamaneeswarar on May 10 2018 during sunrise is said to very auspiciousn since we would get the darshan amidst Rishis, Siddhas and angels.




Kodai Idai Nayaki Sametha Masilamaneeswarar(covered with sandalwood paste)

Tirumullaivoyal temple



Kodi idai amman and Dwara Shakthi amman mahimai

Sri Agasthya Vijayam, the monthly spiritual magazine details that there used to be a sannidhi for Dwara Shakthi Amman in this temple before 1990s. One had to have darshan of the dwara shakthi devi only through a small hole. After 1990s, somehow the devi sannidhi has been removed in the temple by mistake. 

Dwara shakthi Ambika is the devi who blesses women with Sowbhagyam and good children. Our bodies are said to have 9 Dwarams including eyes, ears, nose, mouth, places where we urinate/excrete, navel etc.

The menstrual period in women is the time, women are irritable because of negative vibrations that can take over their mind and cause physical discomfort also. Sri Agasthya Vijayam details that Veera Ganapathy is the lord who solves menstrual problems of women and protects their chastity.

The Three devi forms protecting women during the 3 days of menstrual period has also been revealed by Sathguru Venkataramam in the spiritual magazine Sri Agasthya Vijayam. The sloka to be recited during the 3 days has also been detailed in their magazine. Chanting the slokas during menstrual period days blesses women with Sowbhayam, good children and relief from in laws problems as per Sri Agasthya Vijayam.

  • Om Godhayi kulkarani devi: First day
  • Om Kulavi malakarani devi : Second day
  • Om Badhu bakshana karani devi : Third day

Dwara Shakthi Ambika in Tirumullaivoyal is said to be the unified form of the above 3 karani ambika forms. Worshipping devi here solves women's health issues related to fertility. Pooja can solve girls problems who have not attained puberty, women with irregular periods and also bless them with good children and sowbhagyam in life.

Veera Ganapathy

Om Godhayi Kulkarani Devi


Om Kulavi Malakarani Devi


Om Bandhu bakshana karani Ambika



Also the karani ambika worship during the 3 days blesses women with bliss and motherly love towards all creation. It a divine form of bliss as a prasad of the karani ambika worship.

Pournami Iccha Kriya Gnana Shakthi worship

The devi forms in 3 temples, Melur, Tiruvotriyur and Tirumullaivoyal near Chennai are said to be the forms of Iccha Shakthi, Kriya Shakthi and Gnana Shakthi of the Goddess. 

The same sculptor is said to have sculpted the three goddess from the same stone. Worshipping the 3 goddesses on Pournami day is said to carry immense blessings and solve even the most difficult problems in life. The details and photo of the 3 goddess is as below,

  • Tiruvudai amman : Iccha Shakthi : to be worshipped in Pournami morning
  • Vadivudai amman : Gnana Shakthi : to be worshipped in Poournami afternoon
  • Kodi idai amman : Kriya Shakthi : to be worshipped in Pornami evening


Tiruvudai amman, Vadivudai amman and Kodi idai amman



Sthala Puranam of Tirumullaivoyal

Once Thondaiman Chakravarthy king was returning from battle where he could not defeat asuras. On his way back, his battle elephant's leg got caught in mullai flower creeper. The king cut the creeper with his sword. The Swayambu Lingam under the mullai kodi got cut by the sword and blood oozed out of the creeper area.

The king tried to kill himself since he had tried to cut the lingam. Lord Shiva gave darshan to the king here and said he will remain without flaws despite having a cut in the lingam. Hence the name Masilamani eswarar. Shiva has a Gaja Brishta Vimanam or the vimanam in the shape of the back of the elephant.

Shiva sent his nandhi along with the king to fight the  battle with asuras again. The King won the battle the second time, The king constructed the temple here and Nandhi Deva is seen near the Sthala Vriksham, Mullai Creeper here. 

Nandhi does not face Shiva here and faces outside. This is because nandhi was sent to battle along with King to defeat negative forces. Hence he faces outside till date.

Nandhi facing outside
Mullai Kodi/Creeper is the Sthala Vrisham here


Vellerukku Thoon/Pillar

The king brought two vellerukku thoon or pillars from the asuras and installed in front of the Shiva Lingam here. 

The Velerukku thoon/pillars are home to many celestial angelic beings well versed in medicine and cure even incurable diseases. Agasthiar.org details that devotees should circle the pillars and donate sesame oil, coconut oil and shikakai powder to poor people here in order to get cured of their diseases here. Also ven pongal is to be donated here. The weblink given above in this post details the same.

Also this temple is the place where Indra got cured of his nervous problem and hence worship here solves ones nervous problems.

Theertham outside the temple


Mandapam outside the temple

Swrana Venkatesa perumal temple outside



Bhairava here is seen without Vahanam outside the temple. Such a Bhairava form is said to be Gnana Bhairava form. He is seen with his Bhairava Dhandam here.



Saturday, 7 April 2018

Sakkotai Uyyavandha ambal Temple near karaikudi

Sakkotai Uyyavandha ambal is a powerful shakthi temple of the Divine mother. It is located in Sakkotai village near Karaikudi town in Tamil Nadu. The temple's google map location is as follows,


Agasthiar.org details that Uyyavandha Amman immediately listens to the call of devotees and comes to their rescue. Sakkotai is the place where saaktha upasana or shakthi worship took place in a large scale manner in ancient times. Hence the name of the town is Sakkotai as detailed in the monthly spiritual magazine Sri Agasthya Vijayam




Sakkotai Uyyavandha Ambal

Uyyavandha Amman Temple

Uyyavandha Amman Gopuram



Tree on the banks of temple theertham





Karaikudi Koppudai Amman Temple

Karaikudi Koppudai Amman Temple located in the middle of Karaikudi Town is a powerful ancient temple. The Moola Vigraham and Utsava Vigraham are the same in Koppudai Amman Temple. Similar to Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram where the Moola and Utsava Vigraham are the same. Both in Chidambaram and Karaikudi, the Moola Vigraham is taken out in procession.

Koppudai Amman blesses us with a unique Jwala Kreedam or a crown made of Fire sparks and blesses us a life with prosperity. She cures incurable diseases and blesses people with Sowbhagyam, Children and prosperity in life.

Koppudai Amman is the unique ambal seated on Sri Chakram in the Garba Griham emanating powerful spiritual vibrations enhancing the sanctity of the temple and blessing the devotees who pray there.


Koppudai Amman Panchaloha Vigraham

Painting of the main Goddess

Koppudai Amman Temple Gopuram

Karupannaswamy is the Kshetra Palaka or Guardian of this the Temple and has a sannidhi here where he is seen riding a horse.

Moola Vigraham of Koppudai Amman taken out in ther of procession outside the temple as seen below

Another beautiful thanjavur painting of the Goddess

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Velachery Dhandeeshwarar worshipped by Yama Dharma Raja

Karunambika Sametha Dhandeeshwarar Siva temple in Velachery is a Swayambu linga temple on the banks of Yama theertham and was worshipped by Yama Dharma Raja to regain his Dhandam or weapon known as "Swarna Dhandakasam" as detailed in Agasthya Vijayam, the monthly spiritual magazine.

Agasthiar.org details that Dasami, Dwitiyai, Sadhayam, Magham Nakshatra days are ideal for worship of Yama Shakthi and Yama Theertham temples like Velachery Dhandeeshwarar. Every year Utsavam mentioned in panchangam like Dharmaraja dasami, Yama Dwitiyai, Yama Deepam are ideal for worship of Yama Dharma raja as detailed in their link below,




Yama Theertham and Dhandeeshwarar Temple


Siddhi Vinayaka temple on the banks of Yama theertham is associated with the Lord Shiva temple as seen below




Velachery Dhandeeshwarar temple in Chennai is near Gandhi Road Bus Stop on the way to main Vijayanagara Bus Stand in Velachery as seen in Map below,

Yama Dharma Raja 


Yama Dharma Raja is one of the Ashta dik palakas incharge of southern direction. In Bhooloka, all living and non-living things are subject to creation and destruction. There is no permanent member who can live eternally in bhooloka. Even avatara purusha like Krishna Paramaathma left his mortal body after being struck by an arrow of a hunter in Prabhasa Kshetra in Gujarat and returned to vaikuntam. So, Yama Dharma raja is incharge of  the divine activity of separating the soul of all beings from mortal body in bhooloka according to their fate. This would help the soul's evolutionary process and enable the person to move to the next level according to the paavam or punyam committed by the person.

Yama Dharma raja in Dharmapuri Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Telangana

Markendeya Maharishi :

Markendeya maharishi's fate destined a life span of 16 years to him. He was the son of Mrikandu maharishi who advised him to do the shiva pooja .On the day he completed 16 years, Yama Dharma raja arrived near Markendeya maharishi to take the life as destined by fate.

Markendeya maharishi ignorant of yama's arrival was engrossed in Shiva linga pooja. Lord shiva became angry that yama was trying to disturb the shiva pooja of his devotee Markendeya. He manifested in the shiva linga and punished yama dharma raja for disturbing shiva bhakta.

The picture below shows yama being driven away by lord shiva who is worshipped by markendeya


Yama dharma raja lost his weapon or dhandam known as Swarna dhanda kaasam during the process. Yama dharma raja worshipped Lord shiva on the banks of Yama theertham here in Velachery to regain his weapon or dhandam.

Lord shiva pleased with the penance of yama dharma raja, manifested himself and gave back the weapon Swarnadhandakaasam to him in Velachery temple. Hence Lord shiva is known as Dhandeeshwarar here and faces eastern direction. 

Shiva giving Dhandam to Yama

Parvathi devi is known as Karunambika here and faces southern direction. Southern direction is the direction of Yama and pitrus or ancestral beings. So, worshipping Velachery Dhandeeshwarar temple blesses devotees to remove Apa Mrithyu dhosham or remove fear of unnatural death in accidents, intensive medical treatment failures etc.

Agasthiar.org details that Devi starting with the word 'Karuna' and facing southern direction blesses us and removes pitru doshas. Blessing of Pitrus or ancestral beings helps our family and children to lead a righteous and prosperous life.

Karunambika devi


Velachery originally knows as Vedhasreni:

Velachery temple has Vinayaka in unique forms. As we enter the temple to our left is the shrine of Vedha Vinayaka. There is also two other vinayaka sannidhi who is incharge of morning, afternoon and evening periods known as Kalai Sandhi Vinayakar which is a unique feature.

Kalai Sandhi Vinayaka

Vedhas, when they were under the control of Somakasura had a tinge of asura pravriti owing to association with asura. Hence, Rig, Yajur, Sama, Atharvana vedhas have prayed to Lord Shiva here to regain their original glory and form. Hence, this place was known as Vedhasreni and the word got colloquially mispronounced as Velachery.

Vedas Praying to Eswara here

In the outer prakaram of velachery temple, one can see Vaidyanatha shiva linga under vilva tree and naga prathishta under vilva tree. 

There is also sannidhi for Meenakshi Sundareshwarar, Saraswathi, Brahmadeva, Mahavishnu, Mahalakshmi, Lingothbhava, Bairava, Durga devi and Nataraja.

There is a unique sannidhi of Yoga Dhakshinamoorthy in yogic posture in Prakaram.
There is also a sannidhi for Sambu surya in this temple.

Yoga Dakshinamurty

Benefits of worshipping in Karunambika sametha Dhandeeshwara temple.

  • Removes fear of unnatural death
  • Removes Pitru dhosham
  • Removes pain associated to terminal illness like cancer, stroke, brain or important organ failure in the last stages of life and ensures longevity of life or peaceful death whichever be the form of blessing from God.
  • Blesses with Knowledge and wisdom as vedhas themselves have worshipped here
  • Since the rare Yama theertham is found here and dhandeeshwara is also swayambu linga moorthy, all moorthy, theertham, sthalam factors strengthen the prayers of devotees here so that they receive immense blessings.
  • There is an ancient Saptha Maathruka temple associated with Dhandeeshwara temple near by as seen below. Saptha Maathrukas bless women with Sowbhaghya at every stage in life from a girl baby to grandmother
Saptha Maathruka temple
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