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Aalayam Kanden (Temples I noticed): Aditya Mahadevar Temple, Anaikattaputhur


Aditya Mahadevar Temple, Anaikattaputhur

Anaikattaputhur is a non-descript village in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. Known as Anai Akkarai Puthur in inscriptions, the village is discovered alongside the banks of the Cooum river. 

Sthalapuranam: Immediately the temple has little or no antiquarian stays. Nevertheless, the Sthalapuranam states that the Lingam was put in by Sage Bhrigu, and worshipped by Sage Sukracharya and Goddess Lakshmi.

Historic Evidences : The Shiva temple now referred to as Ekambareswarar temple is important from the epigraphical evidences round it. The only inscription that has been documented on this temple is from the ninth regnal 12 months of  Parthivendrathi Varman, (ARE 288/1895)

Who was Parthivendra Varman as talked about in inscriptions?

There may be nonetheless lack of consensus amongst historians about Parthivendra Varman’s identification. He has been talked about as Parthivendrathi Varman and Parthivendra Panmar too in inscriptions. Students like Shri. Neelakanta Sastry are of the opinion that it was the title taken by Aditya Karikala, the son of Parantaka II (Sundara Chola) and older brother of Rajaraja I on his being appointed as Crown prince and Co-regent due to the phrases “Virapandyan Thalai Konda” that seem within the inscriptions of Parthivendra Varman, as Aditya Karikala had been the one who took the top of Virapandya within the battle at Sevur (estimated to have been in 963 CE).

Nevertheless, there are others who disagree with this view level and are of the opinion that Parthivendra Varman might have been a feudatory of the Cholas, managing affairs at Jayamkondacholamandalam (Thondaimandalam throughout Chola rule) and might need added the title to his title, after having helping Aditya Karikala whereas he took the top of Vira Pandya. The historians additional confer with the Thiruvalangadu Copper plates and the Udayarkudi inscription which point out Aditya Karikala as Karikala Chola and never Parthivendra Varman. Whereas Aditya Karikala was certainly the co-regent along with his father, it was just for a interval of six years earlier than he was killed and due to this fact they conclude that inscriptions which state  “Virapandyan Thalai Konda Ko Parakesari” which may very well be inscriptions throughout Aditya Karikala’s interval and if the inscription mentions “Virapandyan Thalai Konda Parthivendra Panmarku” it might imply Parthivendra the feudatory, whose inscriptions can be found even after the dying of Aditya Karikala (estimated as 969 CE) .A 3rd speculation is that Parthivendra Varman might have been Rajaraja. This for the time being is an evolving principle put forth by a historian.

Within the Cooum circuit, there are three temples that are believed to have been constructed by Aditya Karikala – Mappedu, Pichivakkam and Anaikattaputhur. Out of them, historians appear to agree that the Anaikattaputhur temple is among the many temples straight constructed by Aditya Karikala  – the others being the Adityeswara Temple at Keeraikalur in Tiruvarur District and Ponsei Natrunaiyappar Temple. (Supply: Varalaatril Anaikattaputhur Thirukovilgal, Dr.Ma. Chandramoorthy, Prof.Dr. T. Kalyani, Prof. Dr.Okay.A.Kavitha)

Aditya Mahadevar at Anaikattaputhur

The deity right here is referred to Aditya Mahadevar in an inscription from the ninth regnal 12 months of Parthivendra Varman refers to lands given to the priest, Kalineeki Bhattan as Archana Bhogam for conducting prayers on the temple by Serubosan Ezhuvan and his brothers. Since this inscription mentions ninth ruling 12 months, historians conclude that the temple should have been constructed by Aditya Karikala and grants to the identical could have been offered in the course of the time of his good friend and feudatory Parthivendra Varman.

Nayaka Interval Doorway – Doorways and compound wall lacking

The temple constructed initially in the course of the Chola interval, has been rebuilt with brick in the course of the Nayaka interval and we see that this too has develop into dilapidated and is being renovated at this cut-off date. The deity has been renamed as Ekambareshwara and a Goddess Kamakshi shrine added in the course of the Nayaka interval renovation. The only inscription that has been documented in 1895 has been misplaced to time.

As you enter the very spectacular massively excessive brick archway, you see the Chola interval Nandi in a mandapa outdoors the temple. There are a few stones with pictures of snakes inscribed beneath which is alleged to be the samadhi of a saint named Nandi Siddhar. Nothing additional is understood about him.

Nandi Siddhar Samadhi

On coming into the temple, the shrine of Goddess Kamakshi comes first. This can be a later interval addition to the temple,in the course of the Nayaka renovation. The wall subsequent to the Goddess shrine had fallen earlier and has now been repaired. In the course of the Tamil months of Purattasi and Panguni, the solar’s rays are seen falling on the Goddess as if to worship her.

Goddess Kamakshi at Anaikattaputhur

Lord Aditya Mahadevar is discovered within the sanctum sanctorum. Not a really giant deity, however one along with his personal allure. The niches have the stays of the outdated Koshta devathas together with a Narthana Ganapathy (unable to make out ), Dhakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durga quickly to get replaced. I’ve made a request to retailer the outdated deities (new machine-cut miniatures are prepared for set up) within the temple itself and to not throw them away.

Nardhana Ganapathi ??

The sanctum additionally homes the attractive bronze icons of Nataraja with Shivakamasundari, Ganesha and different deities. Different stone idols of Chandra, Surya, Bhairavar and an idol is titled Veerabahu are discovered within the circumambulatory path throughout the temple. Subrahmanya, with Valli and Devasena is present in a seperate shrine.

Who is that this? – Photograph: Nisha Kesavan

The ceiling has a snake with the Solar and Moon on both facet (Eclipse Iconography?), and a Fish swallowing an Elephant. (Undecided what this depicts)

Within the circumambulatory path round the primary shrine, an outdated Ganesha and a shrine for Lord Vishnu along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi are discovered. They most likely had particular person temples within the village and have moved right here over time, when their unique habitats have been misplaced.

Kalyana Perumal with consorts at Anaikattaputhur

About 200 metres from the temple is the samadhi of Saint Kumbakonam Gurupadha Swamigal who lived over 300 years in the past. The samadhi attracts a number of severe seekers who go to right here to meditate and have felt the divine presence of the saint. 

Samadhi of Kumbakonam Gurupadha Swamigal

Ongoing renovation work on the temple:

I’ve used footage from my earlier journey in 2014 in the course of the cultural mapping of Cooum temples, because the shrines are at the moment underneath Balalayam for renovation. The civil work contained in the temple has been accomplished, Nevertheless, the hereditary trustee is desirous of constructing a compound wall to safeguard the temple in addition to assemble a gopuram on the entrance, the price of each together with Kumbabhishekam is estimated at round Rs. 20 lakhs. The renovation work has been on for over ten years now, and has stopped at the moment on account of paucity of funds.

Renovation work underway at Anaikattaputhur

These excited about supporting the work could contact the hereditary trustee, Mr Annamalai Mudaliar or contribute on to the 

Adhithya Mahadevar Charitable Belief, 

Account Quantity: 356402010031698 

Financial institution and Department: Union Financial institution, 13, Bazaar Avenue, Thakkolam – 631151 

IFSC code: UBIN0535648

attain right here:

Whereas going from Chennai, take a proper after Saveetha Engineering School and proceed on Arakonam Highway upto Perambakkam. Take a proper once more on the Cooum bridge in direction of Perambakkam. Anaikattaputhur is about 4 kms from Perambakkam.

GPS Coordinates : 13.04741, 79.78562

Contact Particulars:

Mr Annamalai Mudaliar – 94447 29626, 97502 60484

Temple Timings:

For the reason that temple is at the moment underneath Balalayam, the priest comes solely as soon as a day for conducting poojas. The primary temple is in any other case closed till the work is accomplished. Please contact the trustee earlier than visiting.

Renovation underneath method at Anaikattaputhur

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