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!

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

Only Temple for Gargay Maharishi , Kerala

Gargayswarar, Pallassana

During my recent visit to Pallasana, near Palghat, I made it a point to visit Gargayswarar Temple, nearby. This is the only one of its kind for Gargay Maharishi, my Gotra too!

Gargayswarar Temple, Pallassana

Gargay  is a rare Gotra and the Temple is a beautiful, quiet place by the side of a Nice Tank and a Big Peepul Tree!(அரச மரம் மரங்களுக்கெல்லாம் அரசன் as it inhales max CO2 and gives out Max O2 to surroundings! See our ancestors’ Scientific designs in every aspect of Life!) 

Gargayswarar, Pallassana

Gargayswarar, Pallassana

According to the Brihadaranyaka Upanisad 2.2.6, Gautama and Bharadvāja, Viśvāmitra and Jamadagni, Vashishtha and Kaśhyapa and Shandilya are seven sages (also known as saptarishi); the progeny of these seven sages are declared to be gotras. This enumeration of seven primary gotras seems to have been known to Pāṇini. The offspring (apatya) of these seven are gotras and others than these are called gotrâvayava.

There exists another theory about gotra: sons and disciples of a sage would have the same gotra; it is believed that they possess similar thought and philosophy. People of the same gotra can be found across different castes too.

Gargayswarar, Pallassana

Gargayswarar Temple

Gaargya belongs to ANGIRA LINEAGE.

There are two Gaargas and one lady.

1. Men – a. Vruddha Gaargya aka Senior Garga who lived around 5,450 yearsago and as all Angiradescendants

He is an expert on AtharvaNa Veda. and also a Jyothish Scholar

b. Garga Muni , a grand son of Senior Garga did NaamakaraNam for Balaraama and Krishna ; He is a  Kula Guru for Yaadavas.

2.Lady Gaargi is an ancestor of the above . She is a great vedic Scholar ,a contemporary of King Janaka.

Gaargya Gothra Rishis are : ANGIRASA , BAARHATHPASYA , BHAARADWAAJA ,

GAARGYA SAINYA.

So the Lineage is BRAHMA – ANGIRA – BRUHASPATHI – BHARADWAAJA – GARGI –

GARGA Sr. –

GARGA MUNI(Jr) – SAINYA

(Tks to Respected Vedhic Scholar, Balakrishna Ramaraju who furnished me the above details in 2007 about Gargay Gotra!)

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Marvels of India – Sringeri

Sringeri Vidyaranyar Temple

Sankara Jayanthi

When Lord Parameaswara Himself was reborn in Kalady!

If one makes a trip to Kodajadri one can imagine how it is impossible to trek to that place even Today! Unless AdiSankara is Parameaswara Himself some 1300 yrs back He cdn’t have made it! 

On Sankara Jayanthi, A journey to Sringeri is a pilgrimage bringing me immeasurable Happiness.

Selfish Eeeee Sringeri

Enjoy the intricate Carvings, shadows falling exactly on the Zodiac signs of that month, an architectural Marvel! 

Take a dip in the Thungabadra!

Visit Rishyasringar Temple!

Don’t forget Simhagiri across the river! A Peaceful Paradise!

Adi Sankara Temple Sringeri

Vidyasankar Temple is an architectural Marvel!

Sringeri Sankaracharyas

The Vidyashankar temple was built in commemoration of the pontiff Vidyashankara, around 1357-58 C.E.. It was built by Vidyaranya, patron-saint of Harihara and Bukka  the brothers who founded the Vijayanagara empire! 

The niches in the temple have a number of sculptures from Hindu mythology. Inscriptions in the temple record contributions made by several Vijayanagara emperors. One must not miss the Stone Chains unique in only few Temples like Avudaiyar Koil, Perur, apart from Sringeri! 

The architecture  is also an exhibition of the astronomical expertise of medieval south Indian temple builders. The main temple hall features 12 pillars designated for the 12 signs of the zodiac. Windows and doors along the temple walls are arranged such that equinoxes sunrise views reach the deity. The northern and southern gates enable the sunrise view from the hall during solstices. The structure stands on a high plinth and commands a magnificent view from the hills and their slopes all round. It is more or less a rectangle with apisidal east-west ends. On the western side is the Garbhagriha, with Vidya Ganapathi  on one side and Durga on the other side of the entrance.

In the eastern half of the structure is a mantapa with twelve pillars, huge monoliths carrying large figures and carrying heavy projecting corbels on top. These twelve pillars are marked by the twelve signs of the zodiac in their regular order, and arranged in such a manner that the rays of the sun fall on each of them in the order of the twelve solar months. On the floor is a large circle, marked with converging lines to indicate the direction of the shadows. The central ceiling is an exquisite piece of workmanship with lotus and pecking parrots. The vimana over the Garbhagriha rises magnificently with shikhara, mahapadma and stupa. The rest of the roof is made up of sloping channelled slab. The basement is elaborately sculpted with animals, puranic stories, and Dasavathara . From the caves of the corners of the central hall chains of stone rings hang which is a unique master piece! 

Stone Chains Sringeri

Puri Jagannath Temple!

Puri Jagannath Temple

Puri Jagannath Temple 
The temple is an important pilgrimage destination and is particularly visited by devotees of Supreme lord Sri Krishna and is one of the Char Dham, Kedaranath, Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram,  pilgrimages that any devoted Hindu,  is expected to make in one’s lifetime.

Nila Chakra pillar at Puri Jagannath

The major construction of Jagannath temple was initiated by king chodagangadeva (known for also building the Sun temple of Konark and several major Shaivism temples). And was completed by his grandson Anangabhimadeva in the late 12th century.

Nila Chakra pillar at Puri Jagannath

Puri Jagannath Temple

Adi Shankara established Lord Jagannath in this place, having established one On West Dwaraka for Lord Krishna, one on North and South, Kedaranath and Rameswaram for Lord Siva, to revive Hinduism! So this temple is sacred to all Hindus and especially,the Vaishnava traditions andsaints , Ramananda & Ramanuja were closely associated with the temple. Ramanuja 
also established the Emar Matha near this temple. The Govardhan Mutt which is the seat of one of the four Shankaracharyas is also located here. It is also of particular significance to the followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism whose founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to the deity, Jagannath, and lived in Puri for many years. Hence Swami Bakthivedanantha who established the ISKCON Temple in USA has two Temples here with a well run Vegetarian Restaurant, Govinda !

ISKCON TEMPLE AT GOLDEN BEACH PURI

Chaithanya and Bakthivedanantha Swami

Govinda Restaurant Run by ISKCON

Govinda Restaurant Run by ISKCON

The temple has 3 icons, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabadra and Subadra, all made of Neem Tree logs and being replaced in all fervour once in 12 years!
The Nila Chakra pillar at the eastern entrance was originally in front of Konark Sun Temple and brought here by a local king in the 17th century!


There is such a mad unorganized crowd inside this temple, one has to pray only to Lord Jagannath to come out in One Piece! If successful, have a nice Breakfast @Geetanjali Restaurant :

Geetanjali Restaurant

BF@Geetanjali

There is a Surya Temple, again brought from Konark on the Southern side and Kanchi Ganesh and Bhimeswara Temple on the back, which establish beyond proof the architectural genius of the 12th century Indians!