461. Kasi Yathra – I

After bringing mud from Rameswaram, we started our Kasi yathra, as planned. We had booked tickets through Shri Raghavendra Tours, Coimbatore, already.  As our friends and relatives have given good opinion about the organisers, we were happy to join in this group. It was a 8 days trip.  Food, accomodation, sight seeing and srartha arrangements were done by them very nicely.  As we preferred AC III tier travel, we booked tickets ourselves. There were 35 tourists in this group.

The organiser provided ID card, a cap, a plate and a tumbler to each tourist, before the journey.  First, we went to Chennai from  Coimbatore by Intercity Express.  From Chennai, we travelled to Varanasi  by Sangamithra Express. The organiser served food to all the tour participants in their seats, even though the seats were in different compartments.  We enjoyed the travel, as we were in AC compartment. But, our friends in II class sleeper faced some problems as many people got into their compartments, as the train moved towards North India. Finally,  we got down at Mughal Sarai Junction, after travelling for 38 hours, in this train.

The organiser arranged 4 jeeps for our travel from the Juncion to Gaudiya Mutt, Sonarpura, Varanasi. We were provided good rooms. After keeping the luggage, we brushed our teeth. Hot coffee was served to us. We were taken to Kedhar Ghat for doing Ganga Snana, by a local guide.  Snana Sankalpa was done by a Prohith.  We happily took bath in Ganga river for which we were longing for. Then, my husband and male members did srartha sankalpa, in that holy place. After that, we returned to our room.

After having tiffin in the meaning, we started our local sight seeing visit.  Our first place of visit is Shri Kala Bairavar temple.  Whoever lands in Varanasi will like to visit this temple. Five persons travelled in an auto. The journey was about 45 minutes. The auto driver himself took us inside the temple, as we have to walk through narrow roads from the parking place. The temple is in Vishweshwarganj area. The entry to the temple is narrow there is outer mantapam where one can see the Lord. The entry to inner sanctum is at the back where one can have clear darshan.  The Lord is on His vahana Dog and has silver face. All around the temple there is narrow path to circumvent the temple to the side of the path there is elevated platform where are seated Brahmins with inventory like  thread and other items. They also have ‘Danda of Peacock feathers’ to bless the pilgrims. They will wave it on the pilgrims to wade off sins.

This is the history of Kala Bairava temple. Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma are the three main Gods of Hinduism. Once, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu got into a fight regarding who is the supreme among all three. All the Vedas pronounced Lord Shiva as the supreme power. Both Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma laughed at this conclusion. Shiva got angry and went into a rage that created a ferocious light. Lord Vishnu surrendered but Lord Brahma continued to stare at the light, which caused one of his heads to burn out. The light that was created by Lord Shiva became a being called as Kal. Kal walked around the world with the head of Brahma in his hand. When he entered Kashi, the head dropped to the ground and his sins washed away. Kaal stayed back in  Kasi.

I will continue the details in my next blog.

460. Trip to Rameswaram – III

In Rrameswaram,  first day trip ended with visiting Danushkodi and other temples. Next day, we did srartham for our ancestors in Uttaradhi Mutt. After lunch, we took a taxi to visit some other places in Rameswaram.

First, we went to Devipattinam. Devipattinam is a coastal village situated in the Ramanathapuram district. Devipattinam is 65.9 Km distance far from Rameswaram island and 13.8 Km distance from Ramanathapuram via the east coast Road.  Lord Rama installed the nine stones representing the Navagrahas, (the 9 planets), to worship before commencing the war with the demon king Ravana, who kidnapped Rama’s wife Sita. It is believed by the pilgrims that by took bath in this sea and worship the 9 planets, all our karma related problems and Navagraha dhoshams  will be rectified.  This Navagraha temple is located a few meters from the seashore and is located inside the sea.

After worshipping Navagrahas,  we moved to  Utharakosamangai. Thiru Uthirakosamangai is a renowned Shiva temple believed to exist from 3000 years ago. The presiding deity Managalanathar is believed to have preached the meanings of Vedas and other auspicious secrets of Hinduisms to His consort Managalambigai at this holy place. Yet another most significant aspect of this temple is the Lord Nataraja idol. Lord Nataraja is considered to be the dancing form of Lord Shiva. The unbelievable fact about this idol is that Lord Nataraja stands as a six feet tall statue carved out of a single emerald stone. Once a year, on the day of Thriuvadhirai Star during the Tamil month Margazhi, Lord Nataraja can be worshipped without the sandal paste. There is a separate shrine in this temple where 1008 distinct idols of Shiva Lingams are found and they are called as Sahasra Lingam. 

Sethukarai , meaning the edge of the sea at Sethu, a tiny village near Tirupullani, finds a prominent place in the Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Rama constructed a bridge of floating stones across the sea to Srilanka , with the help of Hanuman and His army of vanaras. Interestingly, a Hanuman temple is here facing the sea. People take a holy dip in the sea and worship Lord Hanuman , invoking His blessings. It is also said to be the place hwere Rama accepted the surrender of Vibeeshana, brother of Ravana. It is a very small temple and is visited be many pilgrims to Rameshwaram, which is about 70 KM from here. It is easily reached from Ramanathapuram by road in about 90 minutes. .

Finally, we went to Thirupullani. Located at a distance of around 70 km from Rameshwaram, Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, popularly known as Thirupullani Temple, is one of the 108 Divya Desam temples.  In this Thirupullani temple, the main deity is Lord Dharba Sayana Rama. The speciality of this temple is that Lord has been shown in reclining posture. There are also separate shrines for Goddess Padmasini, who is the consort of Lord Adi Jagannatha, Goddess Shridevi, Goddess Bhudevi, Lord Krishna. The image of Lord Krishna in this temple has been shown depicting Lord dancing on a snake.

Finally, the taxi driver dropped us in Mandapam Railway station, as trains to Rameswaram go upto Mandapam only. We returned to Coimbatore, carrying sweet memories about the historical place, Rameswaram.

459. Trip to Rameswaram – II

After visiting  Ramanathaswamy temple at Rameswaram, we returned to our room and had lunch. We started immediately started for Danushkodi, by auto.

The auto driver was narating many interesting news about Danushkodi, while travelling.  Access to the place is through a bumpy ride of around 45  minutes. It is about 20 miles from Rameswaram. It is situated to the South-East of Pamban and is about 18 miles (29 km) west of Talaimannar  in  Sri Lanka. The town was destroyed during the “1964 Rameswaram Cyclone” and remains uninhabited in the aftermath. It is a nice place to visit for the historic point of view and it is really awesome to have the experience of being at a place all around the Sea. On the right, we have Indian ocean and on the left,  Bay of Bengal.  We got ashtonished to see the Ramaseethu stone which floats on water and used by Lord Sri Ram.  There are no trace of  Rama sethu, a mythological bridge constructed between Rameshwaram and Lanka to bring back Goddess Seetha. The sun rays casted silver streak on the waves.  The Dhanushkodi Beach is one of the few major attractions this quaint town has to offer. The white sand beach is mostly deserted.

Next, we visited Jada Theertham.  Around 3.5km from Ramanathaswamy Temple, on the way to Dhanushkodi Village,  Jada Tirtham is known among the Hindu devotees for the sacred pond. It is believed that when Rama was about to worship Shiva Lingam in Rameshwaram after killing Ravana, he washed his Jata (matted hair) in Jada Tirtham. There is a temple next to the pond of Jada Tirtham.

Our next place of visit is also connected with Ramayana. We can remember the mountain mentioned in the Ramayana from where Hanuman was about to fetch the medicinal herbs to save Laxman. Yes! It is Gandhamadana Parvatham which was carried by Lord Hanuman on his shoulders. This utterly pious and quaint religious spot is 3 km away from the centre of the town. A double storied temple of Lord Rama houses the imprints of his feet on a chakra. It is also considered to be the highest point in Rameshwaram, so you can have a birds’ eye view of the whole island from the peak.

Then, we visited Panchamuka Anjaneya temple. Highly revered by the Hindus, the temple of Five Faced Hanuman is only 2 km from the Ramanathaswamy Temple. It is believed that Hanumana revealed his five-faced form for the first time in this place. The statue of Lord Hanuman is smeared with sindoor and worshipped with utmost devotion. The temple here enshrines the statues of Rama, Laxman and Sita. There is a floating stone in the temple which is believed to have been used during Sethu Bandhanam as mentioned in the Ramayana.

Next, we moved to visit Kothandaramaswamy temple. An approximately 500 year old temple located at the southernmost tip of this island, Kothandaramaswamy Temple is yet another pilgrimage destination in Rameshwaram. The temple is very close to the sea and appears as an ideal place to trace the footprints of Rama. The temple here has the idols of Rama, Sita and Laxman along with Vibhishan. It is believed that Rama did the last rites of Pattabhishekam of Vibhishan in this place. The temple walls are scribled with the paintings depicting the same story.

Our next place of visit was Lakshmana Theertham. A sacred pond dug near the temple of Laxmana, Lakshmana Tirtham is a divine place close to Ramanathswamy Temple. The temple of Laxmana contains several instances of Ramayana engraved on its walls.

Jatayu theertham  is a memorial sort of construction which was built in memory of the great loyal eagle of Ramayana called Jatayu who informed Rama about Ravana’s misdeeds and abduction of Sita. He sacrificed his life while fighting with Ravana to save Sita.

Then, we saw Satchi hanuman temple. According to a popular event from the Hindu Epic Ramayana , this is the place where Lord Hanuman informed Lord Rama about the whereabouts of Goddess Sita (consort of Lord Rama, who was abducted by the demon king Ravana). As an evidence of her well-being, Lord Hanuman gave God Rama the choodamani (jewellery) of Goddess Sita.

We moved to Krishna Pranami Mangal Mandir. The sculpture at entrance  is spectacular. It is actually a Charity Trust maintained by private organization and it has a Krishna Temple and an art gallery inside it specially for visitors, pilgrims and tourists. Idols of Radha and Krishna are inside this temple. The art gallery audio, video sessions inside this temple. The Tale of Krishna and Avatars of Vishnu were depicted here. There is an electric moving statues inside the Ashram. This place Have a Electronic Gallery about Lord Krishna life stories through moving Robotics.

Our final visit was to Dr. Abdul Kalam’s residence. At present, his residence has been converted into a museum that stocks his childhood memoirs.  The place is ideal to get a glimpse into the extraordinary life of this simple man, right from childhood to his research days. Several pictures and awards of Dr. Kalam are kept on display in this two-storey building, which is maintained by his elder brother.

Finally, we returned to our room to take rest. I will continue to tell about my next day trip in my next blog.

458. Trip to Rameswaram I

We have got a plan to visit Kasi alias Varanasi. Before that we wanted to visit Rameswaram.  Actually, I don’t have any idea about the city Rameswaram.  It is in Pamban Island  separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 40 kilometres from  Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. It is in the  Gulf of Mannar, at the tip of the Indian peninsula. Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Rameswaram is the terminus of the railway line from Chennai  and Madurai. Together with Varanasi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus.

We had already booked a room in Uttaradhi Mutt. After takng bath and doing Theertha Sankalpa there, the mutt people arranged for a guide. He took us to have the theertha snana. Rameswaram has 22 Theerthams in the form of wells in various parts of the temple. They are Mahalakshmi Theertham, Savithri Theertham, Gayathri Theertham, Saraswathy Theertham, Sethu Madhava Theertham, Gandamadana Theertham, Kavacha Theertham, Gavaya Theertham, Nala Theertham, Neela Theertham, Sangu Theertham, Sakkara Theertham, Brahmahathi Vimochana Theertham, Soorya Theertham, Chandra Theertham, Ganga Theertham, Yamuna Theertham, Gaya Theertham, Siva Theertham, Sathyamirtha Theertham, Sarva Theertham and Kodi Theertham.  Taking bath in all these Theerthams purify the body as well as the mind.  It is believed that this water is holy and also having medicinal qualities.

The guide took water from each well with the help of a small bucket and rope. Then, he poured it on our head. There were lot of pilgrims everywhere. All were taking bath very happily. Even small children were enjoying. Then, the guide took us to the Samudram to do Samudra Snana. We took a handful of mud and preserved for our Kasi yathra trip. We returned to our room, by walk, changed dress and moved immediately to the temple again.

Adi Shankaracharya propagated the idea of Hinduism through Advaita Vedanta and the town of Rameshwaram stands as a testimony of his faith. One of the four pilgrimage places, Char Dham of India, it modestly invites followers of Lord Shiva from everywhere to pay visit at least once in their lifetime to the Jyotirlinga installed in the Ramanathaswamy Temple. Vaishnavites are also not left in their devotion to come to this place which is believed to be associated with Lord Rama, incarnation of Lord Vishnu as well.

The temple and the island of Rameswaram have acquired this name because, Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva, the God of Gods here on return from Sri Lanka. According to legend, after killing Ravana  Lord Rama returned with his consort Goddess Seetha to India first stepping on the shores of Rameswaram. To expiate the “dosha” of killing a brahmin, Lord Rama wanted to offer worship to Lord Shiva. Since there was no shrine in the island had despatched Sri Hauman to Kailash to bring an idol of Lord Shiva.

However, Hanuman couldn’t return with lingam on time owing to which Goddess Sita has created a lingam herself. Lord Rama then worshipped Lord Shiva at the pre decided auspicious moment. Pleased, Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and upon his request also manifested himself in the lingam. It is the believed that the same lingam is now present in the sanctum of the temple. As per the legend, the lingam brought by Hanuman from Kailash has also been kept in the temple. The lingam is known as Vishwalingam or Hanumalingam. As per the instructions of Lord Rama, prayers are offered at Hanumalingam first before offering prayers to the Lord Ramanathaswamy.

There are shrines of Goddess Visalakshi, Parvathavardhini, Lord Vinayaka and Lord Subramanya and Perumal as well. Another important idol is of Nandi, this massive statue with a height of 17.5 feet and a length and width of 23 and 12 feet respectively moves devotees not only with its religious aura but also with incomparable sculpting excellence.

After having the darshan of all the Gods, we returned to our room. I will describe the remaining details of Rameswaram trip in my next blog.

457.My visit to places in December 2018-II

After visiting Namakkal, we moved to Thiruchenkode. I already visited this place some 30 years back. At that time, I could climb the steps easily to have the darshan of Lord Ardhanareeswarar.  This time, I feared that I could not climb steps that much easily.  The hill top temple can be reached by climbing up 1206 steps, made of stone. To my surprise, proper road was available so that we could go by car to the top.

The town has a hill, which is about 650 ft. height . The temple is dedicated to  the unique half-male half-female of Lord Shiva. It is perhaps the only temple in Asia where this rare form of the Divine is enshrined as the principal deity. The deity here is also known as Madhorubagan  and Ammaiappan.  (mother-father).  An eternal spring runs under the feet of Lord Ardhanareeswarar. The famous Chenkottu Velavar Temple, dedicated to Lord Murugan , is also situated on the same hill.

Thirugnanasambandhar praised this temple in Devaram.  Great poets and saints like Arunagirinathar, Ilango adigal, Kaviraja pandithar amongst others have enlogised this holy place in their divine poems.  Lord Arthanareeswarar is giving salvation to all souls, from the hill top temple. Lord Sengottuvelavar and Lord Adhikesava Perumal in separate shrines as presiding deities.

With happy faces, we came back to Coimbatore, after finishing our wonderful tour of the year 2018.



456. My visit to places in December 2018-I

During the last week of December 2018, I visited some places with my sister’s family. We started in our car and first went to Dharapuram Hanumantha Rayar temple. The Famous kadu Hanumantharaya swamy temple, Dharapuram was installed by Sri Vyasaraja Theertharu.  The Swamy’s right hand blesses the devotees and left hand carries the flower Sowganthi. People from all over India visit this place year around and it is believed that everyone’s wishes come true by the grace of Sri Hanumantha here.

Next, we went straightaway to Eachamalai Mahalakshmi temple.    As per Periapuranam,  when Kurumba Nayanar came to know that Lord Shiva decided to recall  his guru Sundaramurthy Nayanar to Kailash, Kurumba Nayanar decided to reach Kailash before his guru, with the help of Yogas  as he could not live on earth, in the absence of his guru.

Shri Aadhi Mahalakshmi was the family deity of Kurumba Nayanar. She came from the milk ocean when Asuras and Devas churn milk ocean. Lord Vishnu  was distributing Nectar to Devas  and poison to Demons. One demon named Andhakasura slipped  to avoid poison, he saw Mahalakshmi and started to chase Her. She reached gMettur Mahadhanapuram,  where Kurumbas were grazing their cattle.  Goddess Mahalakshmi hid Herself inside a hole.  Ravana  was doing penance there. He thought that Mahalakshmi came there to kill him. So, he left for Lanka and Andhakasura chose Ravana’s place for hiding.

Kurumbas looked with surprise when Mahalakshmi consumed the sheep’s milk. They dig a wet place and found Mahalakshmi in Suyambu Roopa. She asked the Kurumbas to protect Her from the demon. Kurumbas covered Her with woolen cloth. Andhakasura fought with Kurumbas and captured Mahalakshmi. When the kurumbas started to break three-eyed coconut in their heads, worshipping Lord Shiva, He appeared and saved Mahalakshmi. This place is called Eachamalai.

Eachamalai is located in the outskirts of Poomparai village, 18 KMs from Kodaikanal town. More than for the spiritual reasons, the temple is popular for its scenic beautiful surroundings.  This temple is built as per Kerala Architectural style. We can visit once this place to have the darshan of Goddess Mahalakshmi and enjoy the beauty.

Next, we came to Namakkal and had the darshan of Lord Narasimhar and Lord Anjaneya. I will continue the details of visit in my next blog.
















440. Our visit to Chennai – VII

After finishing breakfast at Kancheepuram, we went by walk to Chithra Gupta temple.  It is one of the rare temples of the Hindu deity Chithra Gupta, considered to the assistant of Yama, the Hindu god of death.  Chithra Gupta is believed to have emerged from a painting and set as the accountant of good and bad deeds of human beings by  Lord Shiva. As per Hindu legend,  Shiva the Hindu god of destruction was discussing with his wife  Parvathi about maintaining Charma amidst all human beings in earth and maintaining good account of their deeds. He felt that he wanted to have someone to have a close watch on the people to prevent them from indulging in crime and involving themselves in good deeds. Shiva drew a picture in a gold plate – Parvathi was impressed and wanted Shiva to detail it. The picture turned into a deity by the divine grace of Shiva and Parvathi. Shiva entrusted the duty of maintaining the account of deeds of all human beings in earth. He came to be known as Chitraguptha as he was derived from a Chitra (piture) and Gupta (accountant).

Then, we caught an auto and went to Pavazha Vanna Perumal temple. It is one of the 108 divyadesams or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. Out of the 108 Divya Desam, It lies in the 54th place. Here Vishnu is worshipped as Sri Pavazha Vannar Perumal with his consort Pavazhavalli Thayar.  During a chat between Lord Vishnu ((Thirumal) and his consort Thirumagal (Lakshmi) in Vaikundam, She requested to the Lord that he might turn his dark complexion (karvarnam) to golden by getting the grace of Lord Siva who was executing the threefold job of creation, preservation and Destruction. The Lord agreed and left to the Kanchi shrine and created holy water in front of Veerattakasam using his chakra weapon. He took bath in Chakra Theertham every day and worshipped Veerattakasar with 14,000 lotus flowers. Lord Shiva, who was delighted, appeared with Uma Devi and granted his wish to change his complexion from dark color to golden color. Hence in this temple Lord Vishnu appears in golden(coral) colour.

From there, we came by walk to Pachai Vanna Perumal  temple. Lord Maha Vishnu graces in the temple in shining emarald green in a standing form and His consort is Maragathavalli Thayar.

As we had to catch a direct bus from Kancheepuram to Medavakkam, Chennai, we finished our temple visits at Kancheepuram. Next day, we visited Anjaneyar temple and our beloved Raghavendraswamy temple in Nanganallur.  The very next day we attended another function in Chennai and caught train for Coimbatore that day night.

This trip was really pleasant and exciting as could visit many temples.


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.

438. Our visit to Chennai – V

Our next plan was to visit Mulbagal. In Kancheepuram,  on 19.06.2018, we got up early by 3 AM, to catch the direct bus to Chithoor.  The bus started by 4.30 AM and reached by  7.30 AM. From there, we went to Palamanaer.  There, we bought some fruits and flowers. From there, we got direct bus to Mulbagal. From Kancheepuram to Mulbagal, we had travelled by bus for 5 1/2 hours.

Mulbagilu town is located in Kolar district of Karnataka. The town got its name Mulbagilu from the word Mudalabagilu, which means the eastern gate in Kannada. It was an eastern gate for both Vijayanagara Empire and the state of Mysore.

Sripada Rayar  mutt is located at Narasimha theertha about 2 kilometers distance from Mulbagilu.  Sripadaraja spread the preaching of Dwaita philosophy founded by Madhwacharya. He was an important advisor of Vijayanagara kings and has penned many Kannada hymns. His contributions to Dwaita philosophy and Haridasa literature are immense.  The Narasimha theertha has his resting place (Brindavan). There is also a beautiful idol of Yoga Narasimha and Lord Hanuman here. The  sculpture of Yoga narasimha was sketched by Akshobhya theertha, the guru of Sripadaraja and the Hanuman was installed by Vyasaraja, the disciple of Sripadaraja.

There,  one devotee came for offering Thulabara for his daughter and another, for submitting the gold eyes to Narasimhaswamy. Some people came for Srartha also. So, we could finish Puja and lunch by 2 PM only. From there, we got Tirupathi – Bangalore bus  itself  from the Mutt, to Chithoor. From Chithoor, we went to Vellore and from there to Kancheepuram.  The return bus journey also took 5 1/2 hours.

Even though the bus journey was tedious and we had to wait in the Mutt, for a long time, we had a pleasant experience.

437. Our visit to Chennai – IV

Our visit to temples in Kancheepuram continued on 18th June 2018 evening. Next, we visited Ashta Bhuja Perumal temple, which is one of the 108 divya desa perumal temples. This is the only Vishnu temple with a Mangalasasanam dedicated exclusively for Mother Alarmel Mangai. The Perumal in this sthalam is Sri Aadhikesava Perumal and he is seen with 8 hands. He holds Chakaram, Sword, a Flower and an Arrow on the 4 right hands and Sangu, Bow, Kedayam (which is used to protect while fighting using a sword) and Gadha (Which can be found along with Hanuman and Bhima).  It is believed that Prathyaksham for Gajendran, an Elephant has happened  in this sthalam(Gajendra Moksham).

Next, we visited Alagiya Singer Perumal temple.  Ig is one of the 108 divya desa perumal temples.  Goddess Saraswathi sent a demon called Kapalika to disrupt the Yagna done by Brahma . Lord Vishnu took the form of Narahari to kill the demon. This is the place where Lord Vishnu resided at happily and hence this place is called as ThiruVelukkai, where Vel refers to “wish” and Irukkai refers to “residence”. It is said that Lord Vishnu appeared to the sage Bhrigu Maharishi in the form of Azhagiya Singar. There is a separate shrine found for Goddess Amruthavalli, the consort of Lord Sri Azhagiya Singar.

Our final visit was to Vaikunda Perumal temple on this day.  Vaikunta Perumal Temple or Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is one among the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Vaikuntanathan (Lord Paramapadanathan) and his consort Lakshmi as Vaikundavalli.  It is believed that Lord Vishnu taught 18 different arts to Parameswara Varman in his standing posture and on his grand sitting posture he made advises to him as an Aacharya would do to his disciple and finally got into his sleeping posture so as to be served by parameswara varman as a disciple would do to his Guru. We can see all His three postures in this 3 tiered temple.