439. Our visit to Chennai – VI

On 20.06.2018, we got early and started visiting temples in outer Kancheepuram. We heard that 3 Perumal  temples are in a straight line and it is good to visit them on the same day. By auto, first we went to Thirupputkuzhi.  Here, the Moolavar is Sri Vijayaraghavaswamy and His consort is Maragathavalli Thayar. It is one of the 108 diva desa temples. In this temple, ladies who do not have children, give the dhal,  (Pachai Payaru) to Madapalli (place where the Lord’s food is prepared). After it is given, the dhal is fried and  tied around their stomach. The ladies are asked to sleep inside the temple. After waking up from their sleep, if the seed buds, it is confirmed that they will give birth to a child.

As per the legend when Sri Rama relinquished His kingdom and went on ‘vanavasam‘ ( to the forest), Sita spots a golden deer and requests Rama to catch it for her. The deer however is a demon sent by Ravana to lure Rama and Lakshmana away from Sita, so that he could abduct Sita. With Rama and Lakshmana  went out in search of the deer, Ravana abducts Sita and takes her along with him to Lanka. On the way to Lanka, Jatayu bhagavan (the vulture)and fights with Ravana to release Sita, but Ravana cuts Jatayu’s wings and he falls down to the earth seriously wounded. When Rama and Lakshmana come there in search of Sita, they find Jatayu mortally wounded in the forest. Jatayu tells them about Ravana and Sita, and then dies. Sri Rama then performs the last rites for Jatayu. As requested by Jatayu, the Lord here gives his seva in the form in which he performed the final funeral of Jatayu. Jatayu belongs to the Pul (a separate family of eagle) family and was buried in a ‘kuzhi’ (Tamilword for a deep pit), hence this sthalam is called Thiruputkuzhi.

Next, we went to Thiruppatkadal.  Located  near Kaveripakkam on the banks of Vegavathi  are the twin temples of Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal and Ranganatha at Thiruparkadal. Visiting these two temples is said to bear fruits equivalent to visiting the 107th Divya Desam (Thiruparkadal) which one cannot visit in this Bhoo Logam.  Rangantha is seen in an Anantha Sayana Posture with Marakkal by his side.  Yet another special feature is that the entire moolavar deity of Ranganatha is made of Athi Maram.

Chitragupta was once struck with a disease. He came here and offered his prayers to Lord Ranganatha asking for relief. The Lord asked him to bring together the ‘Athi Maram’ at this place and he conducted a yagna on the 1st day of Karthigai. Pleased with his prayers, Ranganatha relieved him from his illness. In a happy state of mind, Chitragupta asked the Lord if he could offer anything in return. It was then that Lord Ranganatha asked him to liberate the devotees, who visit this temple and offer their sincere prayers, from Chitragupta’s Destiny ‘Curse’ Notes. 

On his way back from Kanchi after visiting Brahmma’s Ashwamedha Yagna, Pundareeka Rishi, who had the special privilege of access to Thiruparkadal, wanted to visit a Perumal koil in a nearby village. He came down to this place and found a temple. Expecting this to be a Vishnu temple, he bathed in the temple tank and entered the temple only to find a Shiva Lingam. Disappointed and worried that he would not be able to visit a Vishnu temple, he left the temple only to be greeted by Lord Shiva in a disguised form. Clarifying that this was indeed a Vishnu temple, he asked the Rishi to come back to the temple and see for himself. To the rishi’s pleasant surprise, he found Vishnu standing atop the Shiva Lingam in a handsome smiling posture facing the East. A delighted rishi referred to him as ‘Prasanna’ Venkatesan.

Finally, we went to Dhamal  Dhamodhara Perumal Temple. Presiding Deity is called as Sri Damodara Perumal and Thaayaar is Thirumaal Azhagi. We all know the story of Krishna being tied to a mortar by Yashoda. This is why He is called Damodaran. Temples to Damodaran are not many and this Damodaran has given His name to the village itself. According to the sthala puranam this temple belonged to the Madhava community who gave the temple as daanam to srivaishnavas so the village was called ‘Danamallapuram’ which got shortened to Damal.  The devotees pray for offspring and Damodara blesses them with kids they offer an anklet(silver golusu) to Him.

We came back to Kancheepuram and continued our visit to temples.

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