Thirupparaithurai Thirugavaneswarar!

Dakshinamurthy

Thirupparaithurai-
Tharugavaneswarar,aka Paraithurai Nather, Paraithruai Selvar…

If God appears before me and gives me a choice “which era you Wd like to be Reborn!’I Wd choose 800 AD,as I Wd experience the Great ambience of Saints like ADI Sankara’s and enjoy the immense contributions of Manikkavasagar to Paranthaka Cholan’s dedications in creation and Preservation of such great Temples on the banks of Akanda Cauvery!

Atleast, now,I have the satisfaction to be able to visit such age old Shiva n Vishnu sthalams..One such is Thirupparaithurai :

Arunagirinathar on Thiruppareswarar

Pasumpon Mayeelambikai (Hema Varnambikai) (Parvati)

Pasumpon Mayeelambikai Amman

Manikkavasagar and Arunagirinathar have sung in praise of this sthalam as can be seen above.

Manikkavasagar has visited almost all Temples in the south and was also involved in cleaning of the dilapidated temples with a team called uzhavarapadai,which probably the Japanese has copied from us Today!

The hymnists like Manikkavasagar made classificatory lists of places like katu (for forest), turai (port or refuge), kulam (water tank) and kalam (field) being used – thus giving us an idea of their prominence..thurai means only by boats one can reach this place!

We should be very very grateful to Nagarathars for preserving such historical temples,as can be seen from this tableau at this Siva Sthalam:

Thirupparaithurai Dharukavaneswarar

Let us atleast visit such age old temples before age takes us Older Still!
Sathyameva Jayathe

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Swami Dayananda Saraswathi’s Devotion for Mahaperiyava!

SRI GANGAESWARAR

SWAMI DAYANANDA’S ADHISHTANAM

Swami Dayananda Saraswathi is one f God’s Gift to spread our Culture from far and wide!His epoch making Vedanthic Discourses still reverberate in our ears with punctuation, packed with Humour!

I was able to pay my Respects at His Adhishtanan in Rishikesh, during my recent pilgrimage to Kedarnath.

I was privileged to move closely with Swamiji in the 80s when I was the CEO of Tantex and since Our Chairman, Narasimhan was His ardent devotee and I,as CEO of Tantex used to often visit His Village, Manjakkudi and took care of a few Kainkaryams!

Swamiji once narrated about a unique picture of Mahaperiyava at Thiruvidaimaruthur,which used to adorn His Office!He said “for quite sometime, that huge Ratham in Thiruvidaimaruthur was immobilized and He had the privilege of getting a Request from Mahaperiyava to re-activate it,which He successfully did” as narrated by Swamiji Himself in this video!(You can see that picture of Mahaperiyava taken in the 30s)

 

 

Mahaperiyava@Thiruvidaimaruthur

 

Triyuginarayan Temple,near Kedarnath

 

Triyuginarayan Temple,near Kedarnath

Triyuginarayan Temple is in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand on the way to Kedarnath at a Height of 7000 feet!This Temple for Vishnu was consecrated by Sri Adi Sankaracharya and Legend says that this is the place where Lord Shiva got Married to Parvathi in the presence of Lord Vishnu and hence the Agni started at that time for the Celestial Marriage is still kept burning,getting its name Akhand Dhuni!

Agnikund Triyuginarayan Temple,near Kedarnath

The Himalayan Range from here gives a Magnificent view!One has to under go a Chaotic Traffic from Rampura to Sonaprayag as can be seen from these pictures!

The Temple structure is similar to the One at Kedarnath,a smaller in size but full of stories all around !

There is a belief that if one visits this Temple,one will have a Blissful Married Life!

One can see ponies Relaxing after a tough day ride to Kedarnath,getting recuperated for an early morning Ride again up the 17 KM ride to one’s Lifetime Goal of Mukthi Marg..to Kedarnath!

Ponies Relaxing for Next Day Trip

Whatever may be the Legends and stories,one must be prepared to undergo a lot of Stressed Trekking in such Places as there is nothing we can do when right from Traffic to your so called Confirmed Helicaptor Tickets are no Gaurantee for a simple trip to the Lord’s Lotus Feet!All Manmade avoidable Chaos everywhere!

Badrinath,a Once in a Lifetime Journey!

Badrinath,A lifetime Journey for the Faithfuls!

Badrinath Main Entrance

Both Kedarnath and Badrinath are only 15 KMs apart but on different Hills!Hence visiting them is a tough ride,amidst man made obstacles and chaotic traffic.
But one is the happiest on arriving at these shrines,for their Mountain View and moment of Achievement!
Badrinarain is Vishnu on the banks of River Alakananda, consecrated by Adi Sankara ,1400 yrs back.

BADRINATH TEMPLE

At 4 am when I got up and went for Darshan,there was a Queue of 1.5 KM!Luckily my friend Ramachandran of Kalpathy,used a trick with the security and we were infront of the Lord Himself!
Not satisfied with one Round of Darshan,Ramachandran(see in picture)wanted to have a second round!

Ramachandran At Adi Sankara Sannidhi

When I met him after 3 hrs he narrated this miracle experience!
He sneaked into VIP enclosures where Only Ambanis and Bangurs who have reserved the enclosure with huge amnt were allowed.Ramachandran was nervous when the Head priest signalled him and offered him a special chair in front of the Lord,Reserved for a Lucky person of the day!It was really unbelievable and we were unhappy that still many faithfuls are unable to get simple Glance of the Lord!Lots of discrimination and unmanageble crowds!

Badrinath Shiva

Badrinath Hanuman

The Temple:
The image of the presiding deity worshipped in the temple is Only 3.3 ft tall, black stone statue of Vishnu in the form of Badrinarayan. The statue is considered by many Hindus to be one of eight swayam vyakta kshetras, or self-manifested statues of Vishnu.

Badrinarain, Urchavar

At Adi Sankara Sannidhi

The temple is mentioned in ancient religious texts like Vishnu Purana and Skanda Purana. It is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, an early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD.

About The Temple:

The main shrine houses the 3.3 ft Shaligram (black stone) image of Badrinarayan, which is housed in a gold canopy under a Badri Tree. The image of Badrinarayan holds a Shankha (conch) and a Chakra (wheel) in two of its arms in a lifted posture and two arms are rested on its lap in a Yogamudra (Padmasana) posture.The sanctum also houses images of the god of wealth—Kubera, sage Narada, Uddhava, Nar and Narayan.K There are fifteen more images that are also worshipped around the temple. These include that of Lakshmi (the consort of Vishnu), Garuda (the vahana of Narayan), and Navadurga, the manifestation of Durga in nine different forms. The temple also has shrines of Lakshmi Narasimhar and for saints Adi Shankara (ad 788-820), Vedanta Desika and Ramanujacharya. All the idols of the temple are made of black stone.

Mountain View

At Badrinath

The Tapt Kund, a group of hot sulphur springs just below the temple, are considered to be medicinal; many pilgrims consider it a requirement to bathe in the springs before visiting the temple. The springs have a year-round temperature of 55 °C (131 °F), while outside temperature is typically below 17 °C (63 °F) all year round.The two water ponds in the temple are called Narad Kund and Surya Kund.

Kedarnath,My 12th Jyotir Lingam Darshan!

The very place brought inexplicable joy and uncontrollable tears ,for the unimaginable strains Adi Sankara wd have experienced 1400 Years Back,in  (a)Reaching this remote place under severe weather conditions(b)Choosing a simple rock(as below) for Generations to treck all the way in absolute Faith!

Sankara is Parameswara Himself, as even today, this trip is extremely strenuous, more so if we don’t get Helitickets!

No Lingam

(Replica as in Heritage Aviation Helipad)

Out of 12 Jyotir Lingams,Sankara did Prathishtai for a simple Rock here.In Triumbakeswar @ Nashik also, no Lingam.Just a Yoni!

Kedarnath Prasad on My Wedding Anniversary

Adi Sankara brought all Hindus together by establishing Several Mutts and consecrating unique Temples like Kedarnath and Badrinath which has helped us Realize the greatness of our Past!Every Indian must gratefully acknowledge Adi Sankara’s Contribution!l

At Kedarnath,My 12th Jyotir Lingam

I planned my trip in such a way that my 12th Jyotir Linga visit is to Kedarnath on my Wedding Anniversary day,27th May and at Badrinath on 29th for Mahaperiyava’s Jayanthi Day!

Luckily Mahaperiyava Blessed me with a successful trip but His Miracles are beyond words:

(1)When I booked through Southern Travels including Helicopter Tkts,I didn’t expect an SMS from them 2 weeks before our journey that Helitkts can’t be guaranteed due to new regulations by local Govt.I immediately tried all sources and luckily got a tkt from Heritage Aviation!

(2)After paying 6350 Heritage never sent the tkts.Refused to pick up calls too.My wife’s sister’s son in Delhi went to their office but he didn’t even see a Sign Board!I thought this is another Scam n prayed to Mahaperiyava only.By evening I was pleasantly surprised with my tkt in my Inbox!

(3)Though I was the Only lucky one  in our van of 14(I didn’t see anyone else lucky too, to get Helitkts in Rampur where we stayed before Kedarnath)Heritage was not answering my calls reg Reporting Time.

(4)My attempts to dial Ashish Jain of Heritage, Delhi, who gave tkts helped me and was advised to be present at Sirsi Helipad next morning@11AM!

(5)After seeing many unable to get even ponies,I decided to go to Helipad at 6 AM itself!At 6 AM there were 58 pssengers with Boarding Passes issued the previous day!

(6)When I insisted My name must be first after the 58,Pawan was not answering properly!Luckily his boss Arun,,came at 7 and I don’t know what happened he asked me to Board at 830 AM,when I was mentally prepared to spend the entire day there!Thats a miracle. I had an excellent Darshan and returned to Rampur for Lunch!

Though its a Once in a Lifetime visit for many,I wd like to give the following advice, based on my experience:

 

Kedarnath trip has many obstacles, many man made and I wd like to enumerate here for those who wish to make the Sacred Trip:

1.Always book Helicaptor Tkts first and plan your journey.

2.Ponies shd be avoided as 17+17 KM journey is hell for many.You will be worshipping with an unbearable Smell!

3.Entire stretch from Rampur to Gaurikund/Guptakashi is so congested with vehicles, allow travel time @ 5KM/Hr!

4.Everywhere you must shell out cash and be prepared!

5.Spl VIP tkts for 2100(400 xtra with Aviation)is worth it for Quick n comfortable Darshn!

6.Weather change is unpredictable. I was told after my visit next 2 days Temple was closed!Temperature is freezing even in daytime!

7.If forced to go by ponies,keep (1)cash(2)torch(3)Airtel Mobile(Jio is Dead)(4)Warm clothings(5)Cashew/Ground nuts(6)0water.

I narrate here the horrible experience of a group member to understand the agony:

With Dr.Moh

With Dr.Mohan Ram@Badrinathnath

Dr.Mohan Ram from Madurai is an amazing man.At 74 he is so cool and what I saw in him in this trip to Kedarnath, made me believe that “Such Will powered,faithfuls do exist and Inspire!”

Dr.Mohan Ram,his wife,Daughter, SIL and his son take ponies for Kedarnath!After a strenuous journey, they decide to meet at one place after Darshan!Dr.Mohan Ram is left out.By 9 PM other four returned except Dr.Mohan Ram!Mobiles don’t work!Our group was highly worried till next day morning, we cd contact him:He misplaced his slippers!So he walked bare foot in that weather!Not a single human he said.Two sadhus met him n disappeared.He said ‘was quite hungry but don’t know How I made it!”

We all prayed to Sankara for his safe return!

Sathyameva Jayathe

Anjumurthy Temple, Kerala

Anjumurthy Temple, Mangalam, Kerala

Palghat and near by villages are dotted with age old amazing Temples, if one wishes to spend some useful and peaceful Time.

One such unique Temple, near Alathur is Anjumurthy Temple, a rare temple for Mahavishnu’s Sudarsana Chakra!

 

Maha Sudarsanam is the strongest weapon of Lord Mahavishnu. Sundarsanam is used by Maha Vishnu towards enemies with cuts enemies head and return back to his hand. It is believed that sudarsana is separating head from body, denoting seperating “Maya” and giving moksha. 

The presiding deity here is this ‘Sudarsana Chakra’ as self-formed deity. Lord Maha Vishnu is presiding here in Saint form, Shiva on one side, Karthikeya devi in dancing posture, on the backside and Sastha and Ganapathi, on another side are adorable! A small Hanuman statue looks a later date addition!
Sudarsanam here is approximately 3 feets height. It is believed that worshipping here will protect devotees from all evil spirits and other obstacles. 
I admire the Keralites’ taste for cleanliness for Temples and sincerity while praying!

 

Marvels of India – Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar

Lingaraj Temple – Bhubaneswar

Lingaraj Temple Bhubaneswar

Lingaraj Temple(inside) Bhubaneswar


Bhubaneswar is dotted with many Architecturally carved out beautiful Temple towers  in Odissy style architecture , which is unique. It is called Deula style,that has fourcomponents namely, 

vimana (structure containing thesanctum), 

jagamohana(assebly hall), natamandira (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings), each increasing in the height to its predecessor.

Deula Style Architecture Lingaraj Temple


Bhubaneswar is called the Ekamra Kshetra as the deity of Lingaraj was originally under a mango tree (Ekamra) as noted in Ekamra Purana, a 13th-century Sanskrit treatise. The temple is active in worship practises, unlike most other temples in Bhubaneswar and Shiva is worshipped as Harihara, a combined form of Vishnu and Shiva. The temple has image of Lord Shiva of only 8″height but with 8feet Dia! 

At Lingaraj Temple

A tower inside Lingaraj Temple Bhubaneswar


The Lingaraja temple is said to have been built first by the ruler Yayati Kesari in the 7th century who shifted his capital from Jaipur to Bhubaneshwar. Bhubaneshwar remained as the Kesari capital, till Nripati Kesari founded Cuttck in the 10th century. Inscriptions from the period of the Kalinga King Anangabhima III from the 13th century are seen here.
There are many structures inside the temple, particularly of interest is the replica of Puri Jagannath and Balabadra, Subadra, one can have such a peaceful Darshan! 

Our Faith is so pure for the Cows,  Bulls and Cow Dungs too, that one can see them loitering everywhere in all such Temples!