|Uttara Veeraraghava Perumal Temple, Dharapuram|
That is the second within the sequence of articles on the ten Hanumans put in by Saint Vyasaraja Theertha, (the Rajaguru of the Vijayanagara Empire in the course of the time of King Krishnadevaraya, believed to be the reincarnation of Prahalada and the earlier avatara of Guru Sri Raghavendraswamy) in and round Dharapuram in Tiruppur District of Tamil Nadu.
Saint Vyasaraja put in 732 such Hanumans throughout his travels throughout India. He would draw the picture of Hanuman on a bit of stone utilizing his Angarakatti which might then turn out to be a sculpture. Angaram is utilized by Madhwas to mark their brow earlier than consuming meals. It’s ready by burning dry banana peel and including turmeric and ash from the pooja into it. That is then stored on the brow previous to consuming prasada.
Out of the ten Hanumans, the primary, Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy was coated in an earlier article which will be discovered right here.
The ten Hanumans in Dharapuram are unfold in clusters. One key suggestion whereas visiting them is to be sure to cowl those which can be open for shorter durations first, earlier than visiting the bigger temples that keep open for longer.
From the Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy temple, we proceeded to the Uttara Veeraraghava Perumal temple within the fort space. There are two Vyasaraja Hanumans right here – Veera Anjaneyar and Kottaivasal Anjaneyar.
|On the way in which to the Veera Anjaneya Swamy Shrine|
In India, there are a number of places that affiliate themselves with legends resembling Ramayana and Mahabharatha. Within the Mahabharatha, the Pandava princes have been required to remain incognito for a yr they usually selected to take action within the Virata Kingdom. Locations which can be known as Viratapuri or Viratapuram are present in Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
|Lion pillared mandapa on the Uttara Veeraraghava Swamy Temple, Dharapuram|
Dharapuram within the historic occasions was often known as Viratapuram. It’s generally believed that this was the place the place the Pandavas stayed incognito for a yr below the safety of the Virata King whose kids Uttara Kumara and Uttara have been named after the Uttara Veeraraghava Perumal. The Uttara Veeraraghava Perumal temple is discovered inside the Dharapuram fort and it was right here that the Kings who dominated over this area coronated themselves. The Lord is often known as Uttaravu Raghava Perumal, for it’s together with his permission that the Kings would ascend the throne. Furthermore, Dharapuram is discovered on a straight line to Mantralayam, the place the Brindavana of Guru Sri Raghavendraswamy is discovered, making it much more vital.
|Inscription mentioning Rajarajapuram within the Uttara Veeraraghava Perumal Temple|
There are a number of inscriptions on this temple, that talk about Dharapuram and the kings who dominated over it. Dharapuram was earlier known as Naraiyanur Nattu Brahmadeyam Rajadhiraja Chaturvedimangalam, Naraiyanur Nattu Rajarajapuram and Kongu Vanchiyaana Viladapuram. The Lord was known as Uttaraghava Perumal and inscriptions additionally discuss Goddess Perumkarunai Selvi. These inscriptions have been documented by the ASI within the Annual reviews on Indian Epigraphy – 1910, 1920 and 1961-62 in addition to Tiruppur Mavatta Kalvettugal printed by the TN State Archaeology division. They communicate concerning the grants supplied by the Kongu Cholas and Vijayanagara rulers in addition to generals to the Uttara Veeraraghava Perumal Temple.
The Lord Veeraraghava Perumal is seen alone within the sanctum with out his consorts. As an alternative of holding the Conch and Discus in his fingers,they’re discovered on his chest which is a novel function about this deity.
|Sri Uttara Veeraraghava Perumal, Dharapuram|
A number of wars that occurred round this place have broken the temple and one can see stones with inscriptions from a Siva temple been used whereas rebuilding the temple. Chadran, who works within the Income Division, shares that for greatest a part of his childhood, the temple remained dilapidated and neglected. He remembers a secret passage near the sanctum sanctorum which was darkish and as kids they’d try and discover if it lead out of the fort space. This secret passage has been documented by the archaeology consultants as properly and subsequently closed.
2. Veera Anjaneya Swamy
|Veera Anjaneya Swamy, Dharapuram|
The Veera Anjaneya Swamy put in by Vyasaraja is present in a seperate shrine exterior the principle temple advanced. The Lord is discovered with a child-like face, dealing with the South. As an alternative of a bloomed Sowgandhika flower as usually depicted in Vyasaraja Hanumans, he’s seen holding a complete bunch of them. The tail above has a single bell tied to it and the Vaishnavaite symbols – Conch, Discus and Naamam are additionally discovered on the idol.The Veera Anjaneya Swamy was discovered within the open till 2004 when a shrine was constructed for him.
3. Kottai Vaasal Anjaneyar
The third among the many ten Anjaneyars is discovered about 100 metres from the Uttara Veeraraghava Perumal Temple proper subsequent to a sixteen pillar Vasantha Mandapa from the Vijayanagara Interval. It’s certainly painful to see this stunning mandapa being eaten away by vegetation resulting from lack of maintenance and upkeep.
|The dilapidated Vasantha Mandapa from the Vijayanagara Interval|
The Kottai Vaasal Anjaneyar is maybe essentially the most stunning among the many ones I had witnessed in Dharapuram. With a child face, he faces the North whereas his ft are pointed within the course of the Uttara Veeraraghava Perumal. He’s seen naked headed, with one arm raised above in Abhaya Hastha and the opposite holding the Sowgandhika flower. His lengthy earlobes are discovered sporting Kundalams and the jewelry on his chest has the Yaali which is the Mudrika of SriVyasaraja.
|The attractive Kottai Vaasal Anjaneyar|
He’s alleged to have been the guardian deity of the fort whereas it existed. At this time, he’s seen in a small shrine encroached by homes on all instructions. The identical priest who performs pooja to the Veera Anjaneya Swamy additionally takes care of this shrine. He’s out there on this temple after the Veera Anjaneya Swamy temple closes.
The right way to attain right here: The GPS coordinates for all ten Hanumans is supplied on this map right here.
Temple Timings: The Veera Anjaneya Swamy temple is open between 8 am and 11 am within the mornings and the Kottai Vaasal Anjaneyar opens after that from 11 am to 12 pm. Nevertheless, the deity will be worshipped by way of the gate at any time of the day.
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The third a part of this sequence on the opposite Vyasaraja Hanumans in Dharapuram will be accessed right here