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UTTAMAR KOVIL- BIKSHANDAR KOVIL
This temple lies ˝ a km near kollidam bridge in Musiri Road. This is a temple for Lord Brahma, siva,& vishnu. This is one of the 108 important shrines for Lord vishnu. For goddess Sarawathi separate shrine is here .This temple is sung by Thirumangai Alwar, one of the 12 important vaishnavite saints.
PONNAR SANKAR- VEERAPUR AND VALANADU
Verappur is a place of pilgrimage connected with the history of Ponner-Sankar those who ruled this region. There are Temples for Ponner- Sankar & Periyakandi Amman. Ponnar-Sankar are said to have lived at Valanadu and Veerapur.The Neeli Valanadu Fort is rectangular in shape (460 feet x 295 feet). There was a moat around the palace. Ichi tree, the basement of the entire fortification, some remains of the moat are existing. The flower garden for the sister Arukkani, a well are now called Sadayandi Thoppu.
At Gowndanpatti, Nellipatti, Velankulathur temples for Ponner Sanakar are existing, At Usilampatti Oorani (Kulam) near Manaparai a temple for Thangal is existing. There are stories that at Veeramalai now (Veerapur ) Sankar along with his friend Sambhuvan died in the war with Thalaiyur Kali King. His brother after fulfilling the religious vow, learnt the death of his brother and ended his life. Their sister Thangal also prayed the Periya Kandi Amman at Veerapur and went west. From 15th century the people of this region are praying Ponner, Sankar, Periyakandi Amman, Thangal and Arukkani. Veerapur is 45 kms from Tiruchirappalli, 12 kms from Manaparai, 20 kms from Vaiyampatti. The annual festival at Veerapur takes place during Masi (Feb.- Mar.)
PUNDARIKATCHA PERUMAL TEMPLE- THIRUVELLARAI
From Tiruchirappalli town on the Thuraiyur road it surprises the visitor with its many ancient monuments dating back to the Pallavas.The temple is built on a rock and the village is at the foot of it. An important landmark is the large and ancient well, with four entrances all similarly cut. The four flights of steps are in the shape of a Hindu Swastika.The tank was excavated by kamban arayan the official of nandi varman II , the pallava king it’s other wise called marvidugu perun kinaru .Adi Jambukeswarar temple, a rock cut one is 500 mts from the Vishnu Temple.
ANNAKAMAKSHI AMMAN AND PERIANNASAMY TEMPLE -OMANDUR
On the occasion of Maha sivarathri, soothsayers and exorcists of various hues and from far-flung areas congregate at the Kamakshiamman and the Periannasamy temples at Omandur, 30 kms from Tiruchirappalli. Hundreds of poojaris, both men and women, took their appointed places in the temple complex 'driving' away evil spirits, that 'possessed' women by reciting verses and playing percussion instrument 'udukkai' simultaneously. Besides, hundreds of devotees throng the temple. But they are out numbered by curious onlookers who took the trouble of visiting the place, trucked away in a corner of the district, braving the mad rush in all buses specially run for the purpose.
Apart from playing the 'udukkai', the poojaris also rolled out a set of dozen small white 'sozhis' and interpreted the meaning according to the number of 'sozhis' cast open. For relating the 'kuri' or soothsaying, the charges varied from Rs. 27.25 to Rs.110.25. If you are 'deeply possessed' and need urgent remedial measures, the charges go up accordingly. Regardless of the case, all beneficiaries need to offer betel leaves and arica nut to the poojaris prior to soothsaying. Masi kundru ( hillock)in kolli hills ; puliyancholai kallathukombai and Vairichetti palayam are also associated with this temple and the jothi (lamp ) is worshipped as main deity here.
ARAVAYI AMMAN TEMPLE-MANGALAM
A Six feet tall Budha stone statue is found in Mangalam village in the Aravayi Amman temple that lies 15 kms north east of Musiri and 5 kms south west of Thuraiyur. The Poraikizhan deity in a sudai made horse is also under worship in this temple. The local people worship the Budha as Chettiyar, may be the reason that their forefathers were Budhists.
VADANARAYANA PERUMAL THIRUNARAYANAPURAM
Thirunarayananapuram located on the way to Thottiyam in Kattuputhur road with a de-tour of 2 Kms near Arasalur in Tiruchirappalli District is connected by bus from Tiruchriappalli and Musiri. The A/M Vedanarayanaperumal temple is also called Sathurvedimangalam and Vedapuri. This is an very ancient temple with additions constructed during Nayak period in the 15th century. This temple has two prakaram and has two main shrines for Permual and Thayar. There is also a separate shrine for Goddess Saraswathi. In the Sanctum God Perumal is reclaning on Athiseshan and the Four Vedas are used as pillars by the God. Sridevi and Boodevi are near the God.
This temple is considered to be an important one as Lord Perumal is advising Bramha.The name is considered to be an important one as Lord Perumal is advising Bramha. The name of the Theertham is Cauvery and the Thalavirusham is Vilva Tree. The festivals are Bramotchavam for eleven days during the vaigasi (May-June); Navarathiri Urchavam for nine days during puratasi (September-October); Vaikunda Eakadesi festivals for 21days during margazhi (Dec-Janauary); Masi Magam during masi (Feb-March). Besides this, there are many festivals also celebrated in this temple.
MADURAI KALIAMMAN, THOTTIAM
Thottiam is in Tiruchirappalli District in Namakkal route and just half a K.m . from Vanapattarai Ground, here lies the temple A/M. Madurai Kaliamman. This village is called Gowtharasanallur. Buses are available from Tiruchirappalli and Musiri to Thottiyam.
About 500 years back King Esanakarayar ruled this area. Chinnan, a servant who worked in his stable, wants to go to Kali Festival at Madurai. He got permission from the King and he went to Madurai with his Parai, a musical drum and stayed at his brother-in-laws houses. Next day he went to Kali temple and began to play Parai rhythamically. Goddess Kali admired by the music of chinnan and followed him back to Thottiam and Goddess Kali seated under the Vanni tree. Latter a temple was constructed by Pujankrayar at this place. This temple is surrounded by lush green fields. There is a 3 tier tower, 27 pillar mandapam and a 5 pillar Arthamandapam gives notorious look to this temple.
Many beautiful sculptures are carved inside the temple. The name of the Goddess is MaduraiKaliamman and the Thalavirusham is Vanni tree. The festivals are Ani-Thirumanchanam (June-July); Navarathiri- ‘puratasi’ (September); Sivarathiri - ‘masi(Feb-March); Car Festival Traces of a fort and an idol namely called the fort Karuppan are here. At Thottiyam, the Esawari Tank at the Thirupursundari Analadeswarar Temple i.e. the Agni Kund i.e. Brahma Kuda, the Yaha Kund of Lord Brahma in which Lor Siva who came for ‘Thiripurasamharam’ dance. Therefore, this Siva is called ‘Analadeeswarar’. The tributory of Kaveri river flows of the front of the Siva temple here.
ADHI LAKSHMI TEMPLE, NATHAM
Aadi Lakshmi A/M Adimoolaperumal temple 12 kms from Lalgudi via Pinnavasal, Alangudi Mahajanam or via Pullampadi, Uvanar,rr-Venkatachalapuram (7kms) can reach here. Nandiyaru passes by. Gajendra Theertham and Sakkara Theertham lies here. The sanctum Sanctorum was constructed by Rajaraja I (993 AD). Kulothunga III reconstructed in 1216 AD the praharam etc. 14 inscriptions highlighting the details of donations & offerings made by Chola Kings to temples, the method of reconstruction without altering the original Sanctum Sanctorum are found here.
Velikanda Nathar at Palakarai, Boologanathar at East Boulivard road, Naganathar at nandhi Koil Street, at West Boulivard road, Kailasanathar at Bigbazar street, are the Shiva temples for 5 elements of nature inside Tiruchi.
Poovalur is situated on Tiruchirappalli-Ariyalur road near Lalgudi and 20 Kms from Tiruchirappalli. Brahma, Indran, Manamathan, Agnidevan and Chandrasudan worshipped this God Thirumoolanathar to attain ‘mukthi’. Manmathan was fired by Lord Siva and he got back life at this place. Hence, this place is called as Poovaliyur and later this place is renamed as Poovalur. The main temple measures 130’ width and 170’ length facing east and there are four prakara. There is a sub-shrine for Vinayakar. This temple was sung by Saint Arunagirinathar. Panguni river flows nearly. The Goddess is called Kunkuma Sundari and a temple tree is Vilvam. The festivals are Tamil New Year (April); Chitra Pournami (April-May); Masi Magam (Feb-March); Panguni Uthiram (March-April); Thai Poosam (Jan-Feb); and Vinayakar Charthurthi (September)
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