Srivilliputhur Andal Kovil – Vatapatrasayee and Andal,Rangamannar Temple – 108 Divya Desams

Sairam friends,

Srivilliputhur Andal Kovil is one of the most famous Temples in Tamilnadu. I had gone to this temple during my childhood but don’t really remember what I saw there. So I will be happy if any of you share your Travel experiences and the Divinity of Goddess Andal in Srivilliputhur Andal Kovil.

Srivilliputhur is a semi-urban town and a municipality in Virudhunagar district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Srivilliputtur andal temple gopuram

Srivilliputtur andal temple gopuram photo in 1940 – wikipedia

About Srivilliputhur:

Srivilliputhur (srivilliputtur or thiruvilliputtur) is located in the Viruthunagar district of Tamuilnadu and is one of the temple towns in Tamilnadu.

Srivilliputtur is one of the old historical town in Tamilnadu, India for the following aspects

1. A 1000-year-old temple,

2. 200-year-old Hindu School,

3. 135-year-old Pennington Public Library

4. Thiruppavai, one of the important constituent of devotional Tamil literature period was from this temple town.

Srivilliputhur Andal Kovil

Srivilliputhur Andal Kovil become one of the Temple that i really wish to visit in future. This is because of few incidents which happened. When I was going through a painful situation in life, I got a friend who was really kind to me and the next day I went to work, the girl besides me brought a Parrot made of leaf from Srivilliputhur. During that time, I was worshipping Goddess Raja Matangi

Since Matangi also holds a Green Parrot, I believed Andal has blessed me for my devotion and shows positive signs that my life will be good. From that day, I keep requesting the girl beside me to bring me the Green Parrot made of leaf from Srivilliputhur as that’s her native place.

More about Srivilliputhur Temple courtesy of Wikipedia Authors:

Thiruvilliputhoor Divya Desam is a popular 2000-year-old Hindu temple and one of the 108 Divya Desams, the most important abodes of Lord Vishnu. It is the birthplace of two of the most important alvars (saints) in the Vaishnavite tradition: Periyazhvar and Andal.

I shall present few words from the article in The Hindu by Mr. T.A.Srinivasan describing the Twin Temples of Srivilliputhur

“Srivilliputhur, with its twin temples, dedicated to the deities Vatapatrasayee and Andal-Rangamannar, is a place of high religious importance.

The tall towers, massive car, huge tank, sculpted pillars, ancient Ramayana frescoes and modern wall paintings depicting the Lords of 108 Divyadesams, numerous inscriptions dating back to the rule of Pandya kings, fine rectangular hall with a wooden roof and above all its unique “Thiruppavai Vimanam” speak volumes of their rich architectural heritage. ”

Tamilnadu Government Symbol:

The Temple Tower – Gopuram is so divine and beautiful that it is being used as the Symbol of Tamilnadu Government in its Logo.

See the Beautiful Photography of Srivilliputhur Temple Tower courtesy of Wikipedia user – Gauthaman

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Srivilliputhur Andal Temple Tower

Goddess Andal:

My Mom told me about the story that Goddess Andal was discovered as a child near the Thulasi plant in Srivilliputhur. She became a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu and as she grew up desired to marry him. I wish a good devotee explains the story of Andal in sweet words.

Birth and Early life of Andal

Andal is believed to have been discovered under a Tulsi(Basil) plant in the temple garden of Srivilliputtur, by a person named Vishnucitta who later became one of the most revered saints in Hinduism, Periyalvar.

The child was named Kodhai. This is popularly thought to mean “a beautiful garland” in Tamil. The name Kodhai is often Sanskritized as Goda. She has been accepted as a reincarnation of Bhumi Devi (the Earth Goddess).

She is considered to be bhooma devi avatar just after that of Sita (wife of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu, as described in the epic Ramayana).The series of Bhumi Devi’s incarnations start from the Varaha Puranam – In Hindu mythology, Vedavati is speculated to have been the spirit of Sita Devi, the wife of Lord Rama in the epic Ramayana. She was another avatar of Devi Lakshmi. Vedavati is the daughter of Brahmarshi Kusadhvaja, who is the son of Brihaspati, Lord-Guru of the Devas, the Gods.

Having spent his life chanting and studying the sacred Vedas, he names his daughter Vedavati, or Embodiment of the Vedas, born as the fruit of his bhakti and tapasya.

Sri Andal

Sri Andal

Andal’s devotion on Lord Vishnu

Kodhai was brought up by Vishnucitta. Kodhai grew up in an atmosphere of love and devotion. Vishnucitta doted on her in every respect, singing songs to her about Lord Vishnu; teaching her all the stories and philosophy he knew; and sharing with her his love for Tamil poetry.

As Kodhai grew into a beautiful maiden, her love and devotion for the Lord grew to the extent that she decided to marry none but the Lord Himself only. As days progressed, her resolve strengthened and she started to live in a dream world with her beloved Lord and was constantly fantasizing about marrying Him.

A Very beautiful Story of Andal offering Garland made for Vishnu to herself and then giving it to to offer the Lord

Vishnucitta had the responsibility of delivering flower garlands to the Lord’s temple, everyday. Kodhai made these garlands and sent it to her beloved Lord through her father. Eventually she started acting unusual by wearing the flower garland which was meant to be offered to the Lord. This is generally considered sacrilege in Hinduism because the scriptures teach the devotees not to offer to the Lord, a thing that has already been used by a human being.

However, Kodhai felt she should test to see how the garland suited her and only if it did, she should offer it to the Lord.

One day, she was caught red-handed by her father in this strange act, and as an orthodox devotee he was extremely upset. He rebuked her and told her not to repeat the sacrilegious act in the future. Frightened and apologetic, Kodhai made a new garland for the offering that day.

Legend says that that very night the Lord appeared to Vishnucitta in his dream and asked him why he had discarded Kodhai’s garland instead of offering it to Him. The Lord is believed to have told Vishnucitta that He had whole-heartedly accepted Kodhai’s offering all this time.

Soodi kodutha Sudarkodi which means “The bright creeper-like woman who gave her garlands after wearing them”.

This moved Vishnucitta so much even as he started to realize the Divine Love that existed between the Lord and his daughter. From this day on, Kodhai is believed to have been respected by the devotees and came to be known as “Andal”, the girl who “ruled” over the Lord. She is also known by a phrase Soodi kodutha Sudarkodi which means “The bright creeper-like woman who gave her garlands after wearing them”.

Goddess Andal Marrying the Lord

As Andal blossomed into a fifteen-year-old beautiful young woman of marriageable age (girls were married at a much younger age in those days), her father prepared to get her married to a suitable groom.

Andal, however, was stubborn and insisted that she would marry only the Lord Vishnu. This perplexed and worried her father. However, the Lord appeared in Vishnuchitta’s dream and informed him that He would marry Andal at Srirangam; the Lord simultaneously commanded the priests at Srirangam, in their dreams, to prepare for the wedding.

Andal who was anxious to reach Srirangam was unable to control herself in her urgency to meet her beloved Lord. She ran into the sanctum sanctorum of the Lord Ranganatha and is believed to have merged with Him completely at that point.

Friends, I really love this Story of Andal as it speaks about pure Devotion and we must learn to be devotion on any God/Goddess we love like Andal.

Thanks to the wikipedia author for beautiful description.

My Father’s memory of Srivilliputhur Temple:

While posting this Article, My Father came into the Pooja room and was doing Abishekam. Though he is settled in coimbatore decades back, his Father was a Teacher in Virudhunaga. I asked my Father if he has gone to Srivilliputhur Andal Kovil during his childhood.

He told me, His friend’s mother used to make Agarbathi sticks and he used to ride in cycle with his friend to sell the Agarbathi during holidays. I had tears in eyes thinking how much my Father has done in his life to earn a living even during his childhood but he never tells about it. It was a family of 5 Brothers and 3 sisters and hence my Dad has taken responsibility to help his parents for many years and until the last days of his parents my Father took care of them. This is one of the reason, I created a section called – StarSai Mom and Dad

Show Love to your Mom & Dad when they need you most – Caring for Parents

I wish anyone who has good experiences in Srivilliputhur Andal Kovil write as comment to this article.May Goddess Andal and Rangamannar Bless us all with peace, good health, happiness and harmony.

Love,

Venkat

Sri Sai Easwaram Baktha Samajam – Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Perambur,Chennai

Sairam friends,

One of my Sai friend requested me to post about this Temple in StarSai.com and I realized its good to have a beautiful website for Temples around the world. Sai inspired me to create a website for Temples before few years but it became a relationship site eventually and after many years am happy presenting TemplesLamp.com to Sai devotees.

So here’s one of the first Shirdi Saibaba temple for you to have darshan

Sri Sai Easwaram Baktha Samajam – Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Perambur,Chennai

I believe this Shirdi Sai Baba temple is inspired by Sai as incarnation of Lord Shiva,hence the name Sri Sai Easwaram.  I don’t have much details about the temple but as of August 2013, they seem to do some extension of the temple and are looking for contribution. So if you live in Chennai, around this area, Kindly visit the temple and donate what you can afford.

All Photos are presented from Official website of Sri Sai Easwaram Temple located in Perambur, Chennai.

So lets first start with Lord Ganesha beautifully garlanded with Jasmine flowers and Pink Roses.

Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha with beautiful Jasmine Garland, pink and orange roses in Sai temple

shirdi saibaba

shirdi saibaba temple – Sri Sai Easwaram Bhaktha Samajam, Chennai

Shirdi Sai Baba’s beautiful presence in the temple – Get a closer look

shirdi saibaba sai shiva

sai shiva

Shirdi Sai Baba Padhuka in the Sai Easwaram temple

shirdi saibaba padhuka

shirdi saibaba padhuka in Sai Easwaram temple

A crystal clear portrait of Saibaba in the Sri Sai Easwaram Temple

Saibaba Portrait in Sai Easwaram temple

Saibaba Portrait in Sai Easwaram temple

Temple Location:

Sri Sai Easwaram Baktha Samajam
No.3A, Ramachandran Street,
Perambur, Chennai – 11

For more information have a look at their website – SriSaiEaswaram.in

You are most welcome to write your divine experiences in this temple.

Venkat

Little Servant of Shirdi Sai Baba

Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai

Aum Ganeshaya Namaha

Sairam friends,

Since its auspicious to start a work with Lord Ganesha, I wish to have Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai as the first Temple in TemplesLamp. Contents courtesy of Wikipedia authors and Photos from devotee. Thank You.

The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh. It is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra.[1] It was originally built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on November 19, 1801. Though it is one of the richest temples in Mumbai, the current generation of Patil is staying in state of despair near the temple.

Siddhivinayak

Siddhivinayak

The temple has a small mandap (hall) with the shrine for Siddhi Vinayak (“Ganesh who grants your wish”). The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Ashtavinayak (the eight manifestations of Ganesha in Maharashtra). The inner roof of the sanctum is plated with gold, and the central statue is of Ganesha. In the periphery, there is a Hanuman temple as well.

Siddhivinayak is well known as “Navasacha Ganapati” or “Navasala Pavanara Ganapati” (‘Ganapati bestows whenever humbly genuinely prayed a wish’ in Marathi) among devotees.

History of Siddhivinayak Temple

Consecrated on 19 November 1801, the original structure of the Siddhivinayak Temple was a small 3.6 m x 3.6 m square brick structure with a dome-shaped brick sikhara. The temple was built by the contractor Laxman Vithu Patil. The building was funded by a rich Agri woman named Deubai Patil. Childless, Deaubai built the temple so that the Lord should grant children to other barren women.

Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj, a disciple of the Hindu saint Akkalkot Swami Samarth, buried two divine idols in the front of the presiding deity of the temple on the orders on his guru. As prophesied by Swami Samarth, after 21 years after the burial of the icons, a mandar tree grew at that spot with a svayambhu Ganesha in its branches.

siddhivinayak temple

Siddhivinayak temple

The 2550 sq m temple complex had two 3.6 m Deepamalas, a rest house and living quarters for the caretaker. It had an adjoining lake 30 x 40 sq. m. in size on the eastern and southern side of the temple. The lake, dug by Nardulla in the early 19th century to counter the scarcity of water, was filled up in the later years and the land is now not part of the temple complex.

Around 1952, a small Hanuman shrine was built in the temple complex for the Hanuman icon that was found during the road extension project of Sayani Road near Elphinstone Road. In the 1950s and 60s, the fame of the temple spread and a significant number of devotees began visiting. However, in the same period, the owner of the plot sold some of the temple land, reducing the complex area. After 1975, the number of devotees increased dramatically.

Please Share Divine Experiences you had with Lord Ganesha and SiddhiVinayak Temple

Love

Venkat