Sunday, 22 September 2013

Ahobilam Nava Narasimha Temples

Ahobilam is located in Karnool district of Andhra Pradesh in the hills of the eastern ghats, about 400 KM northwest of Chennai.  Also it is located at a distance of 40 km from Nandyal and about 150 km from Kurnool, the district headquarters.


The Nine Narasimhasthalas are :- 1. Jwala Narasimha 2. Ahobilam Narasimha 3. Malola Narasimha 4. Kroda Narasimha 5. Karanja Narasimha 6. Bhargava Narasimha 7. Yogananda Narasimha 8. Chatravata Narasimha and 9. Pavana Narasimha.


The shrine of the Ahobilam temple is situated on the top of the first range and is referred to as Upper Ahobilam and down below is called Lower Ahobilam. A huge temple surrounded by a number of buildings can be seen at the Upper Ahobilam. The main shrine or the "sacro sanctum" at Upper Ahobilam was carved out of a big egg like rock with mandapams. There is a tank here, which supplies water to the residents of the Upper Ahobliam temple. It is mainly for growing flowers for the shrine.

There is a Lower Ahobilam in the below with a big temple and enclosures, It was built according to the South Indian style. Thousands of pilgrims can stay here in this temple. The priests of both Upper and Lower Ahobilam stay there even today.



Upper Ahobliam includes the below narasimha temples:
1. Ahobilam Narasimha
2. Kroda Narasimha
3. Jwala Narasimha
4. Malola Narasimha

Lower Ahobliam includes the below narasimha temples:
1. Yogananda Narasimha
2. Chatravata Narasimha
3. Pavana  Narasimha.
4. Bhargava Narasimha

On the way to Upper Ahobilam from Lower Ahobilam, we can see the Karanja Narasimha Temple.

Best way to complete all 9 Narasimha is start with Upper Ahobilam, for that you need a guide because it is inside deep forest.

1. Ahobilam Narasimha:
The temple, situated on the Upper Ahobilam, at a distance of 8km from the Lower Ahobilam, is the main temple and the earliest of all the nine temples there. The Lord here appears in his fierce aspect, called Ugra Narasimha, who is the presiding deity of the temple and is known as Ahobila Nrisimha Swamy. It is firmly believed the Lord Narasimha was 'Svayambhu' (self-manifest) here.


2. Kroda Narasimha:
The temple of this Lord is 1km away from the main temple of Ahobilam Nrisimha Swamy on the Upper Ahobilam. The image of the deity has the face of a boar (varaha or kroda) and the Lord is seen along with his Consort, Lakshmi. Hence the Lord of the temple is known as Krodakara (Varaha) Narasimha Swamy here.

3. Jwala Narasimha:
 The temple of Jwala Nrisimha Swamy, lies higher up the above temple, on a hill called, 'Achalachaya Meru'. This is about 4km from the Upper Ahobilam temple. This place is said to be the actual spot, where the fierce anger of the Lord reached its culmination when he tore Hiranyakasipu.


4. Malola Narasimha:
Nearly 2km from the main temple of Upper Ahobilam, is the famous shrine of Malola Narasimha Swamy. The deity here appears in 'soumya' (graceful) form. As Lord Narasimha is seen with his consort, Lakshmi, He is known as Malola Narasimha Swamy. The word 'Malola' means beloved to Lakshmi (Ma=Lakshmi, Lola= beloved).


5. Karanja Narasimha:
This shrine is situated at a distance of 1km from the Upper Ahobilam and one furlong from the road leading to Lower Ahobilam. The image of the deity is installed under a tree, called 'Karanja Vruksham'. Hence this Lord is called Karanja Narasimha Swamy.


6. Yogananda Narasimha:
This temple is to the south-east of Lower Ahobilam at a distance of 2km. The popular legend is that after killing Hiranyakasipu, Lord Narasimha taught Prahlada several yogic postures. Therefore, the Lord in this aspect is called Yogananda Narasimha. It is on the same route to Pavana Narasimha.



7. Chatravata Narasimha:
About 3km  from lower Ahobilam, the image of the deity is installed under a peepal tree, surrounded by thorny bushes. Hence, the Lord is called as Chatravata Narasimha Swamy. It is on the same route to Pavana Narasimha.


8. Pavana  Narasimha:
Pavana Narasimha is on the banks of the river, Pavana and it is about 6km from the Upper Ahobilam temple. Hence the Lord of the shrine is known as Pavana Narasimha Swamy.
In addition to the shrines mentioned above, there is a famous shrine dedicated to God Narasimha Swamy in the Lower Ahobilam, which is popularly known as Prahlada Varada Sannidhi. The other objects of this place are 'Ugra Sthambham' and 'Prahlada Mettu'.

 
A. Ugra Stambham:
At a distance of 8km from the Upper Ahobilam temple, we can see a cleft of the mountain dividing it into two visible parts. It is a long-held view that from the cleft, the Lord appeared in the form of Narasimha and this cleft is known as 'Ugra Sthambham'.


B. Prahlada Mettu:
The small shrine, situated in a cave on the hill, is in between Ugra Sthambham and the Upper Ahobilam. It is dedicated to Prahlada Narashimha Swamy. The image of the Prahlada is installed in a small cave.




9. Bhargava Narasimha:
The Bhargava Narasimha Swamy is situated at a distance of 2km from the Lower Ahobilam, on a hill, near the sacred pond, known as 'Bhargava Theertham', where Bhargava Rama performed his penance. Hence the Lord of the temple is known as Bhargava Narasimha Swamy. It is different side of Pavana Narasimha.

Secret of this temple is we have to cover all 9 Narasimha temples in a single day.

Traveling to Ahobilam from Bangalore:
From Bangalore, Ahobilam is about 350 K.m. The train timing is not very convenient from Bangalore. Prasant Express leaves Bangalore at 2:00 p.m. and reaches Nandiyal at about 11:50 p.m. From Nandiyal, Ahobilam is about 60 KM via Allagadda. The return train to Bangalore leaves Nandiyal at about 11:10 p.m. and reaches Bangalore at 10 a.m.
By road, the travel is via Madanapalli, Cuddapah, and Allagadda. The drive is about 7:30 hours.
Also there are many APSRTC bus to Allagadda from Bangalore. From Allagadda, there are many local bus to lower Ahobilam.

Few hotels are available at Lower Ahobilam. And there are no hotels in Upper Ahobilam.

November & December is the best season to visit Ahobilam.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Temples near by Trichy

1. Thiruvanaikoil: This temple is one of the Panchabhoota Stalams (signifying the 5 natural elements) and represents water ('Neer') or Jala Lingam. As an elephant worshipped the Lord here, this place came to be known as 'Thiru Aanai Kaa' (Thiru – Holy, Aanai – Elephant, Kaa (Kaadu) – Forest). Later the actual name ‘Thiruaanaikaa’ becomes 'Thiruvanaikaval' and 'Thiruvanaikoil'.

It is great to see plenty of water continuously oozing out round the Shiva lingam idol in the temple all round the year.
The goddess of this temple is 'Akilandeswari' ('Amman'). The Amman is also called as Akilandanyaki. Akilandeswari is pronounced as 'Akilam - Aanda 'Eswari' (Akilam means Universe, Aanda means Ruler, Eswari means Goddess).
Once upon a time Goddess Akilandeswari became fierce like 'Ugra Devatha'. Sri Adhi Shankara transferred her ferocity into 'Thadangas'(ear rings) and the adorned her with the 'Thadangas'. He also installed 'Prasanna Vinayaga' (Lord Ganesh), opposite to her shrine so that Goddess Akilandeswari might look on with a beneficent eye.
This temple is 5 Kms from Trichy town.

2. Uthamar Temple: This temple is unique as this temple houses  all the Trinities- Vishnu, Siva and Brahma . Brahma has very few temples in India and this is an added attraction for this temple.  It is very simple and does not have huge towers like other temples. Facing east is the temple of Purushothaman (Vishnu) . Here he is in Sayana Kolam , meaning- reclining on Aadisesha. The Panchaloha idol of Purushothaman and his consort Poorna Valli Thayar are stunning.  Garudalwar is facing the Vishnu's shrine.Outside there are separate shrines for Mahalakshmi and Poornavalli Thayar.
Facing South is the shrine for Dakshina Moorthy and on the  West side is the temple of  Siva known here as Bhikshadaneshwar and his consort is known as Soundarya Parvati . She has a separate sannidhi inside this temple. At the entrance of this temple there is a  niche for Gnana Guru and Nandi is facing the Siva sannidhi. There are separte shrines for Krishna, Varadaraja, and Azhwars and Chakrathazhwar.
The legend goes like this- Siva removed one of Brahma's head in a fit of anger and he incurred a curse. To get salvation Siva went around the world with Brahma's skull to beg for food, hence the name Bhikshadaneshwar. Whenever some one filled his vessel with food it disappeared  and he remained hungry. Finally he  reached Uthamar koil and  Mahalakshmi filled it with food thus ending Siva's hunger.
At the Northen side is the shrine of Brahma and next to it is his consort Gnana Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge. Brahma grants here all the wishes of his devotees as Vishnu directed him to do so. Childless couples offer their prayers at this temple to beget offspring.
It is also believed that once Vishnu wanted to test Brahma and  He  hid in a Kadambha tree. Brahma was worried and started searching and found the Lord here in the form of a  Kadamba tree and worshipped him . Perumal blessed him by giving Him the privilege as the creator of all lives. Lord Brahma stayed here blessing his devotees.

The Story: Once upon a time, both Shiva and Brahmma had 5 heads. One day Parvati (Shiva’s wife) coming out of her pooja mistook Brahmma (because of his 5 heads) for her husband and began serving him by washing his legs. Shiva was furious when he saw this.
He thought that all this confusion arose because Brahmma too had 5 heads and that Brahmma had become arrogant (because he too had 5 heads). In a fit of anger, Shiva took off the middle head of Brahmma with his hand. Unfortunately for Shiva, the 5th head of Brahmma stuck to his hand.
To find salvation from the curse, Shiva went around the world on a pilgrimage begging for food, with Brahmma’s skull as the begging vessel. Every time someone filled the vessel with food, it vanished immediately, to Shiva’s horror. At Uthamar Koil, Goddess Lakshmi filled the vessel with food, thus ending Shiva’s hunger. However, to Shiva’s dismay, Brahmma’s skull still lay fixed on his hand.
Shiva prayed to Vishnu once again from here asking for salvation, who asked him to go to Kandiyur where he finally got salvation from Lord Kamalanathan.
As Shiva came to Uthamar Koil with a begging bowl searching for liberation from a curse, this place is called Pichandar (Bikshandar) Koil. Shiva can be seen here as ’ Bikshandar Murthy’. Brahmma is seen facing South, a unique feature.
This temple is in Srirangam and is 5 Kms from Trichy town.
Temple timings : 6am to 12.30pm and 4pm to 8.30pm

3. Gunaseelam Temple: Prasanna Venkatachalapathy temple is a famous Vishnu temple in Gunaseelam.  This temple attracts lot of pilgrims and people also believe that worshipping the deity here helps one to cure mental and physical ailments. Pilgrims stay here for about 48 days ,worship God and partake the prasadam from the temple and get relief from their problems.

The temple is noted for treating those mentally distarded. There is a rehabilitation centre for the patients. They are made to sit in the shrine during the afternoon and night pujas. The abishek theertha is spilled on their face.
This temple is 20 Kms from Trichy town.

4. Srirangam: Srirangam is the foremost of the eight self-manifested shrines (Swayam Vyakta Kshetras) of Lord Vishnu . It is also considered the first, foremost and the most important of the 108 main Vishnu temples (Divyadesams).

This temple is also known as Thiruvaranga Tirupati, Periyakoil, Bhoologa Vaikundam, Bhogamandabam. In the Vaishnava parlance the term "KOIL" signifies this temple only. The temple is enormous in size.

The temple complex is 156 acres in extent. It has seven prakaras or enclosures. These enclosures are formed by thick and huge rampart walls which run round the sanctum.

There are 21 magnificent towers in all prakaras providing a unique sight to any visitor. this temple lies on an islet formed by the twin rivers Cauvery and Coleroon.
This temple is 3 kms from Trichy City.

5. Rock Fort Temple: It is famous for its rock in the very heart of the town. The rock rises to a hight of 273 feet to be climbed by a flight of 417 steps. There are Two Vinayaka Temples at the foot and the top of the rock respectively and a Temple for Siva in between. Loard Siva is known as THAYUMANAVAR. It means the God who turned Mother. There is a legend about it.

Ratnavadi a lady of the Marchant class and an ardent devotee of Siva was eagerly waiting for the arrival of her mother to assist in her delivery. But the mother was held up on the other side of the River Cauvery due to floods. God himself came in the guise of the mother, acted as midwife and ministered to her needs puzzled. At once the God disappeared and gave Dharshan to both from the skies with his Divine Consort.
From the day the God is called Thayum Anavar. The Goddess is called Mattuvar Kuzhali Ammani which means the Long Haired Goddess wearing a garland of flowers imbued with honey.

a) Manikka Vinayaka: At the very entrance, at the foot of the Rock, we find lord Manikka Vinayakar seated in all his majesty, ready to confer his Blessings upon his Devotees. It looks as if nobody can reach the Temple of Lord Thayumanavar or Ucchi Pillayar, without first worshipping him and obtaining his blessings. The spacious Hall on the Western side contains pictures and carvings of Vinayaka in different names and postures.

The circular Pyramed-like structure on the top of this samll temple. VIMANAM as it is called, is recently gold- plated adn adds to the general solemnity and loveliness.
Devotees including all the Merchants and Shopkeepers and Employees of this busy area flock to the Temple in hundreds. Archanas are preformed
throughout the day. Abishekarms are performed twice a day and processions of the God round the temple are conducted Chathurthi Days. To sum up in one word, Manikka Vinayakar is the Patron Deity of the Town.

b) Ucchi Pillayar Vinayaka: The Temple of Ucchi Pillayar is situated on the top of the rock at an altitude of 273 feet. It is easily visible from any part of the town and from any direction. The panormic view of the town from the Temple, especially at nights is most pleasing to the mind and the heart. There is an intersting story about the frolic of this God. When Vibhishana returend home after the coronation of Rama, he brought with him an idol of Lord Ranganatha in a Lying posture.

He had been strictly warned not to put it down on the ground for any reason. When Vinayaka appeared before him in the guise of a Brahmin boy. Vibhishana asked hime to hold it for a while Vinayaka accepted his request on condition that he should come and relieve hime before he called him thrice. Vibhishana went to perform his evening ablutions. But within a short time Vinayaka called him thrice and put it down. The idol stuck to the ground. Try as he might, Vibhishana coul not take it out. He stamped his powerful first on the head of the boy. The Boy-God run away to the top of the hill. The depression on the head of the God can still be seen!

6. Vekkaliamman Temple: Sri Vekkaliamman Temple is situated in Woraiyur. The Amman is facing the north. It was believed by the ancient kings that Gods and Goddess who personify valour and facing north will bless the kings with victory in the battle. Hence all the ancient kings used to pray Vekkali Amman before leaving to the battle field.

The Story: An ancient saint, Sarama Rishi who lived in Woraiyur was having a wonderful garden with rare flowers in it. He used to worship Thayumanavar Swamy of Trichy everyday, offering garland made of flowers from his garden, to Lord Shiva.
A local florist, Pranthakan, saw the beauty of the flowers from his garden started taking flowers from Sarama Rishi's garden, and started supplying to the King in the palace, to keep himself in the good books of the king.
As the king was happy with the flowers, Pranthakan started stealing flowers from the garden regularly. Everyday, Rishi started finding the flowers missing from his garden.
The sage one day found that Paranthakan was the culprit and he went complaining to the King that the flowers were meant exclusively for Lord Thayumanavar and Pranthakan is stealing them everyday. The king didn't give an ear to it, as he already started liking those flowers.
With much grief, the sage went straight to Lord Thayumanavar praying him to put an end to Pranthakan's activity.
The Lord turned wild after hearing this. The God was facing the east till then. He turned facing west (towards Woraiyur), with his powerful eyes open, emitting anger which resulted in a huge sand storm started spoiling the whole city of Woraiyur.
Sand was filled everywhere burying the city. People were helpless and didn't know the reason for sudden sandstorm on Woraiyur. They went and surrendered to Vekkali Amman, praying to save them.
The Goddess went to Lord Thayumanavar and prayed to bring down his anger. Thayumanavar subsided his anger and the sand storm came to a halt. People thanked the Goddess for saving them.
Though the sand storm stopped, the people of the city lost their shelters already. Hence, Goddess also decided to live in a temple without roof, until everyone in the city gets a shelter for themselves.
From then till today, Vekkaliamman temple doesn't have any roof. The Moolavar is open to the sky, be it rain or shine. It is said that, many attempts have been made to build a roof for this temple at various times, which ended in vain.
Located at just 7 kms from Trichy City.

7. Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, Vayalur: Sri Aadinateshwar is located at the entrance of the Temple is a swayambu lingam. He is called Agnishwarar as he was worshipped by the fire god Agni; "Maha Devan" because he is the Lord of all devas. This place also gets the name Agnishwaram from the name of Lord Agnishwarar.

Behind the Shrine of Sri Aadinateshwar Swami we find the main Shrine of Lord Subramanya Swami with his two Divine consorts Sri Valli and Sri Teyvanai seated on the peacock.
Adjacent to the Shrine of Sri Aadinateshwar Swami facing south we find the Shrine of Sri Adinayaki, the divine consort. She is also called Munnilai Nayaki meaning the first.
In between the Shrines of Sri Aadinateshwar and Sri Subramanya Swami we find the Shrine of Sri Poiya Ganapati. Sri Poiya Ganapati is believed to emancipate mankind from the falsehood of life centered on the senses and help in Self-realization. The Lord holds the pomegranate fruits which symbolises the universe or in other word fullness.
Just in front of the Temple we find the temple tank called "Sakti Tirtham" which is believed to have been created with the Lord's vel. This is also called Kumara Tirtham and Agni Tirtham.
This temple is located 9km west of Trichy.

8. Samayapuram Sri Mariamman Temple: Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is one of the renowned Shakthi shrines of Tamilnadu. Those suffering from measles for a long time, come here and stay till they are cured, light Maavilakku (a lamp made of flour and Jaggery paste with ghee) and return back with their soul and mind left in the temple.  They only physically go back.
This temple is 15 kms from Trichy City.

Monday, 31 December 2012

Temples near by Kumbakonam

Enroute Karaikkal:
1.Thirunageswaram Temple (Rahu Kshetra):This is one of the Navagraha temple.
Distance from Kumbakonam: 8km.
City Bus Numbers: 13, 15, 22, 23, 60.

2.Uppiliyappan Koil or Perumal Temple: This is near by Thirunageswaram Temple.
Distance from Kumbakonam: 8km.
City Bus Numbers: 13, 15, 22, 23, 60.

3.Ayyavadi Maha Pratyangira devi Temple:
Distance from Kumbakonam: 12km.

4.Thirunallar-Saneeswaran Temple (Shani Kshetra): This is one of the Navagraha temple.
Distance from Kumbakonam: 12km.
City Bus: Karaikkal Bus

Enroute Mayiladuthurai:
1.Thirubuvanam Sharabeshwar Temple:
Distance from Kumbakonam: 10km.
City Bus Numbers: 1, 27, 33, 54, 64.

2.Thiruvidaimaruthur-Lord Shiva Temple: This is near by Sharabeshwar Temple.
Distance from Kumbakonam: 10km.
City Bus Numbers: 1, 27, 33, 54, 64.
3.Thirumangalakudi-Mangalambigai Temple:
Distance from Kumbakonam: 15km.
City Bus Numbers: 2A, 2B, 27, 38, 54.

4.Sooriyanarkoil Sun Temple (Surya Kshetra): This is one of the Navagraha temple.
Distance from Kumbakonam: 16km.
City Bus Numbers: 27, 38, 54.

5.Kanjanoor Sukkiran Temple (Shukra Kshetra): This is one of the Navagraha temple.
Distance from Kumbakonam: 20km.
City Bus Numbers: 2A, 2B.

6.Kathiramangalam-Shri Vana Durga Temple:
Distance from Kumbakonam: 22km.
City Bus Numbers: 2A, 2B.

7.Thirumanacheri-Kalyana Sundareshwara Temple:
Distance from Kumbakonam: 32km.
City Bus: Kuthalam Stop.

8.Vaitheeshwaran Temple (Mangala Kshetra): This is one of the Navagraha temple.
Distance from Kumbakonam: 55km.
City Bus: Chidambaram Bus.

9.Thirukkadaiyur-Abirami Temple:
Distance from Kumbakonam: 55km.
City Bus: Mayailaduthurai Bus.

10.Thiruvenkadu Bhuda Temple (Bhuda Kshetra): This is one of the Navagraha temple.
Distance from Kumbakonam: 60km.
City Bus: Mayailaduthurai Bus.

11. Keela Perumpallam Kethu Temple (Kethu Kshetra): This is one of the Navagraha temple.
Distance from Kumbakonam: 60km.
City Bus: Poombukar Bus.

Enroute Thanjavur:
1.Dharasuram Shivan Temple:
Distance from Kumbakonam: 3km.

2.Thiruvalanchuzhi Valampuri Ganesh Temple:
Distance from Kumbakonam: 8km.
City Bus Numbers: 12, 14, 48, 51.

3.Patteeswaram Durga Temple:
Distance from Kumbakonam: 8km.
City Bus Numbers: 8, 11, 25, 52, 67.

4.Thirukkarukavur Garbarakshambigai Temple:
Distance from Kumbakonam: 26km.
City Bus Numbers: 11, 52.

Enroute Mannargudi:
1.Valangaiman-Mariamman Temple:
Distance from Kumbakonam: 8km.
City Bus: Mannargudi Bus.

2.Alangudi-Guru Temple (Guru Kshetra): This is one of the Navagraha temple.
Distance from Kumbakonam: 23km.
City Bus: Mannargudi Bus.


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Kempamma Devi Temple at Bajaguru, near Tiptur of Tumkur district

Bajaguru place is surrounded by 4 temples. Kempamma & Kollapuramma is famous for solving health & wealth related problems. And for this you have to do "madalakki seve".

Mulagattamma is famous for solving land related problems. And for this you have to take the sand of snake house to your home & do the pooja's regularly and once your problem is solved then you have to return back to the temple.


Anjaneya temple is famous for solving black magic related problems.


Reaching Bajaguru:
Bajaguru is about 15 kms from Tiptur. One can reach Tiptur via Tumkur from Bangalore. There are plenty of busses ply to Tiptur from Bangalore city. Also you can reach Tiptur by train. One or two city buses are available to reach Bajaguru.

City Bus:
1.Tiptur Suguru Bajaguru
2.Masaragatta


Chowdeshwari Temple at Dasarighatta, near Tiptur of Tumkur district

The secret of this temple is a panchaloha idol of Sri Chowdeshwari Devi, which write backs the reply if a question is asked orally or even in mind.


You have to buy the ticket for each question. They charge Rs 100/- for one person or one family and you can ask 3 to 4 questions. Two people can sit infront of choowdwshwari and they can ask their questions. The answering process is incredible: two illiterate devotees hold the base of the vigraha which has a kalasha (or pointer) at the top.


Once the question is posed, devotees sets the kalasha on a table covered with a thin layer of sandal powder. In the layer of sandal, with the kalasha, devotees begins to write automatically. Some times the kalasha shakes, jumps and thrashes from side to side. Then devotees read the answers written on the table and tell us.

Reaching Dasarighatta:
Dasarighatta is about 10 kms from Tiptur. One can reach Tiptur via Tumkur from Bangalore. There are plenty of busses ply to Tiptur from Bangalore city. Also you can reach Tiptur by train. Dasarighatta is around 5km from railway station. From Bus stand, Auto driver will charge Rs 100/- for one way. Also city buses are available to reach Dasarighatta.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Sri Pratyangira Devi Temple, Turahalli, Bangalore

In this temple you can do poojas & homas to get relief from black magic; from your enemies.
Here every Amavasya & Pornima they will conduct homas of dry red Chiilis.



From Jayanagar 4th block & Bhanashankari you can take 374-Turahalli BMTC bus. This bus last stop is Shri Pratyangira Devi Temple.


Address:
Sri Jnana Muneshwara Swamy and Shri Pratyangira Devi Temple
Turahalli, Uttarahalli Hobli, Subramanyapura Post
Bangalore – 560062
Mobile: +91-9845996306, +91-9845223349, +91-9900820454