MORE TAMIL TEMPLE WONDERS
I travelled to Tamil Nadu (India) on 23rd March 2019 and spent 11 days there . I was back in London this afternoon. I visited over 30 temples, Sidddhar Samadhis and Museums in the following towns. Each temple gave me some interesting new information. Some puzzles were solved during this visit. I will write about each temple, samadhi, museum separately with pictures. Here are some bullet points to kindle your interest.
During this visit I made it a point to take pictures of huge temple doors. No one has done research on temple doors.
Tamil saint Andal sang in Thiruppavai about the bell door, i.e .door with bells. Only when I saw bell doors in a few temples I understood the meaning and significance of those words.
In Siruvachur I saw ghost busing platform. Those who are possessed by evil spirits are cured when they stand on it.
In Oottathur I saw stone Nataraja. In other temples the Nataraja idol is made up of metals. Though we have a huge beautiful and smiling Nataraja in Gangai konda chozapuram it is only a decorative sculpture on the outer wall. Devotees believe this stone Nataraja will cure kidney stones.
In Thiruppattur I saw Brahma who will rewrite your fate giving you benefits. So devotees came with the horoscopes of their near and near.
In Srirangam I saw two golden lizards carved on the roof. There was no explanation. But when I visited Kanchipuram I saw a big Queue for seeing golden lizards! I will give you the full story.
At Nerur I had the darshan of Sadashiva Brahmendra Samadhi, who did miracles.
In Chennai I visited a Samadhi of a Siddhar (Tamil Mystic) who did meditation by splitting his bodies into nine parts. The same story is told about Kuzandaiyananda Swami of Madurai and Pandrimala Swami of Dindigul.
In Kacnhipuram I visited Sakunthla Jagannatham Museum where I saw Makara yaz (Fish shaped Lyre).
Last night I met Dr R Nagaswamy, renowned archaeologist and historian. He gave me interesting information about Tolkppaiam, Ragas from different Desas/states and Why Carnatic music is called Karnatic music.
There are more surprises ; please wait for the articles:
Following are the places I visited in March, 2019:-
Malai vaiyavur Vishnu temple
Uththira merur temples
Siruvachur Vakrakali amman temple
Mel Malaiyanur Angala parameswari temple
Thiruppattur brahma temple
Thiruvasi shiva temple
Uraiyur temple where cock fought with an elephant
Vayalur Murugan temple
Uuttaththur stone Nataraja temple
Thiruverumpur ant temple
Kallanai dam across Kaveri river
Thiruchi rockfort Uchipillaiyar temple
Foothill Manikka vinayakar teple
Thayumanavar siva temple
Srirangam Vishnu temple
Thiruvanakkaval shiva temple
Gunaseelam Vishnu temple
Thirupparaithurai shiva temple
Namakkal Namagiri thayar temple
Kanchipuram –seven temples
Sakunthala Jagannathan museum
Thirupparuthik kundram (Jain) Mahaveerar temple
Chennai Venkiswarar temple
Chennai siddhar samadhi
I have taken hundreds of pictures.
Written by london swaminathan