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  1. Temple Visits: The 1st Temple I visited on this day was the The Ekambareswarar Temple in the morning.. It took me around 1 hour in the temple to have Darshan and see around the temple premises.. The Ekambareswarar Temple It is a fascinating temple with a rich history, and the holy gravitas that it endures is something worth discussing. It is one of the temples associated with Panch Bhoota Stalam. Panch Bhoota Stalam constitutes the five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. And these five temples hold prominent fundamental meanings. Being the manifestation of the five elements of nature: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space, Representing the fundamental meaning of life itself, the five elements with which every life is made. Ekambareshwarar is one of the temples representing the element earth or Prithvi. Also known as Ekambaranathar Temple. Lord Shiva is worshiped and represented by the Shiva Lingam named Ekambareshwarar or Ekambaranathar. Goddess Parvati, his consort, is revered as Elavarkuzhali. Ekambareshwar is among the seven most important pilgrimage centers in India and attracts numerous tourists. It is one of the largest temples in Kanchipuram. The temple complex spread across 40 acres. This ancient temple is in existence since at least 600 AD. It is thousands of years old brought down and rebuilt by various kings. Pallavas initially built the temple. Kachiyapper was a poet and a Vedantist. He served as a priest at the temple, which was pulled down and was rebuilt by the Chola Kings. Later in the 15th century, the succeeding Vijayanagar era, Several significant structural contributions to the temple were made by the Vijayanagar king Krishna Deva Raya. Many architectural wonders were associated with this ancient temple, like the thousand-pillared hall, which was built during the Vijayanagar period. The four gateway towers called Gopurams. The largest one being the southern one with 11 stories and a height of 192 ft, simply concluding it among the tallest temple towers in India. Stories behind the temple: There’s a very interesting story about the temple. Goddess Parvati was doing intense penance to win over Lord Shiva under the temple’s ancient Mango tree near the Vegavathi river. Lord Shiva wanted to test her devotion, so he set her on fire. In order to ask for help, Goddess Parvati started praying to her brother, Lord Vishnu. To save Parvati, Vishnu took the moon from Lord Shiva’s head and showered its rays onto the mango tree and Parvati to cool it down. To check how persistent Parvati is, Lord Shiva again sent river Ganga to threaten and disrupt Parvati’s penance. But Parvati requested Ganga and convinced her that they are sisters and worship the same supreme power, Lord Shiva. Ganga accepted her request and did not harm her and agreed not to disrupt her penance. To worship and with the wish to get united with Lord Shiva, Parvati made a Shiva Lingam out of the sand. Impressed by Parvati’s devotion, Lord Shiva descended into a human and married Parvati. Lord Shiva settled there in the form of the Lingam Parvati worshiped. Lord Shiva here came to be known as Ekambareswarar or Lord of Mango Tree. As per another story, Parvati was worshiping Lord Shiva under a mango tree in the form of Prithvi Lingam, a lingam which she made out of the sand. Vegavati, The nearby river, threatened to engulf the Shiva Lingam by overflowing. Parvati or Kamakshi, devoted to Shiva, embraced the Lingam to protect it even at the cost of her life. This gesture of Parvati touched Lord Shiva. He materialized in person and married her. When it comes to literary mentions, this temple has been mentioned in several texts over the centuries. The three most prominent Saivite poets of the 7th and 8th century Sambandar, Appar, and Sundarar mentioned Ekambareswarar in ten verses in Tevaram, The first seven volumes of the Tirumurai, the Twelve-volume collection of Shiva devotional poetry. Manickavasagar, a 9th-century Tamil saint and poet who used to write Shiva hymns, also honored Ekambareswarar in his writing. The Tamil saint poets of the 6th century known as Nayanars, the group of 63 saints revered Shiva in the Tamil Saiva canonical work, The Tevaram Ineresting facts about the Temple: The mango tree in the temple is more than 3500 years old, and to date, it gives four varieties of mango. It is said that it symbolizes the four Vedas. On the 19th, 20th, and 21st of Panguni month, the sun rays fall directly on the main Shivalinga. There are ten pillars in the temple’s inner corridor, and if you tap them with a stick, they produce different musical sounds. There’s an idol of Kubera, which is believed to grant riches to his worshippers. There are all the 12 zodiac signs on the roof of the temple. It is believed that you can rid of your Horoscopic defects and problems if you pray in the temple. Details extracted from Behindeverytemople.org
  2. Temple Darshan Ride Diaries: Day 2... 17-02-2024 Kanchipuram Started early from Nellore.. It took me about 5 hours to reach Kanchipuram... after reaching and freshenend up, engaged an Auto to visit temples.. in the morning session visited Sri Kamakshi AmmanTemple & Ekambareswarar Temple.. All temples open around 5 & 6 am in the morning and closed down at 12 noon and open again at 4 pm again in the evening. in the evening once again engaged the same Auto and visited Sri Varada Raja Perumal Temple & Kailasanathar Temple.. I shall give the details for each of these temples seperately.. Kanchipuram Synonymous with spirituality, serenity and silk, the temple town of Kanchipuram, in Tamil Nadu, is dotted with ancient temples that are architectural marvels and a visual treat for the eyes. Situated on the banks of River Vegavathi. This historical city once had a 1,000 temples, of which only 126 (108 Shaiva and 18 Vaishnava) now remain. Its rich legacy has been the endowment of the Pallava dynasty, which made the region its capital between the 6th and 7th centuries, and lavished upon it architectural gems that are a fine example of Dravidian styles. While the temple trail makes for an entrancing experience, the renowned Kanjeevaram sarees crafted in the city are truly awe-inspiring. Premium sarees made with superior-quality silk, these are known for their lustre, weight and gold zari work that make the wearer look graceful. Historical Overview: The city was at one time the capital of the Pallavas (4th to 9th centuries CE). Kanchipuram fell to King Pulakesin II (r. 610-642 CE) in the 7th century CE when this powerful Early Western Calukya ruler defeated Harsa of Kanauj. Falling again into Pallava hands it was recaptured by the Calukya ruler Vikramaditya II (r. 733-746 CE) and a contemporary inscription at the site records this victory. Kanchi was also the home of the famous 6th century CE poet Bharavi who wrote the Kiratarjuniya and the famous 11th to 12th century CE Hindu philosopher Ramanuja. Still today an important religious centre, the site has over 120 temples and is also noted for its production of fine silk saris. Main Temples to visit.. Kailasanathar Temple Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple Sri Kamakshi Temple Ekambareswar Temple
  3. Day1: 16-02-2024 Started from Hyderabad to Nellore, where my Paternal Uncle lives.. He is 98 year old. That was the main reason to plan my trip via Nellore, so that I can meet him and seek his Blessings. I started at Hyderabad early morning and reached Nellore by 2.00pm with a couple of stops for Tea and strectching.. In the evening visited Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Temple. The Ranganayaka Swamy Temple, also known as the Talpagiri Ranganathaswami Temple or the Ranganayakulu Temple, is an ancient temple in Nellore. It dates back to the 7th century CE and was founded by the kings of the Pallava dynasty, who ruled over this region for many centuries. In the 12th century CE, it was renovated and expanded by King Raja Mahendra Varma, who belonged to the Chola dynasty. There is a beautiful story behind the name “Talpagiri.” It is said that when Lord Sri Maha Vishnu came to Earth, he wanted to rest alongside his wife, Sridevi. He asked the serpent deity, Adisesha, to be his dwelling during their stay on Earth. Adisesha then transformed into a mountain at a special location, which we now call “Talpagiri Kshetram.” The name “Talpa” means the divine bed of Adisesha, which is where Lord Maha Vishnu rests. According to legend, the great Sage Kashyapa conducted a sacred ceremony called the Poundarika Yagna at this location on the day of Ekadasi. As a result, Lord Maha Vishnu appeared and blessed the sage. This is why Talpagiri Kshetram is considered a very special and holy place. The main deity worshipped at the temple is Lord Ranganatha, who is depicted lying on a serpent bed named Anantha. The Lord Ranganatha vigraha is a beautiful black stone sculpture that measures about 10 feet long. It features the goddess Sridevi sitting on the Lord’s chest, while Lord Brahma sits on a lotus that rises from the Lord’s navel. At the Lord’s feet, you’ll find smaller statues of Sridevi and Bhudevi. In front of the main deity, you’ll see the Utsava murtis, which are festival deities. There’s also a lovely sitting statue of the goddess Sridevi, known as Ranganayaka Devi. One unique thing about this temple is that the idols face west, towards the Penna River, which is different from most temples where the deity faces east.
  4. I did a 12 day Solo Motorbike Trip (16th to 27th Feb) to some of the Temples of Tamil Nadu & lastly Bangaluru to meet a dear friend from my college days.. With Blessings of Devi's & Devata's my Trip went very well in all respects.. The Bike trip along with the visit to some of the Oldest & heritage Temples in Tamil Nadu was a great & memorable experience... This was the 1st time in my life that I have visited so many temples in a short span of 10 days... The following was my itinerary https://wanderlog.com/plan/epwkqyaiomougcgc/tamil-nadu-temples-ride/shared I shall be sharing in detail of all the places i visited durring the trip in the following days
  5. We are planning to visit important temples in Tamilnadu. We don't have any time constraint. Earlier we already visited Mahabalipuram & Arunachalam. So we decided to exclude these two from the plan. Please suggest a road map. We are planning to start on January 2nd.
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