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Sunday, 31 January 2016
Mullaivana Nathar - Garbha Rakshambigai Temple near Thanjavur is famous for saving foetus and natural child birth
There are lot of trains and buses to Thanjavur
Guru Bhagwan's temple is Alangudi. However there are couple of temples known for Guru in chennai
One of it is Ramanatha Eashwarar Temple, off Kundrathur Road , Porur
The other one is Tiruvalidayam, Padi, Near Lucas TVS
Ramanatha Eashwar as a Suyambu Lingam came to light when Lord Rama accidentally stepped on him during his search for Lordess Sita
To absolve of the sin on stepping on Shivalingam , Rama did penance for a Mandalam - 48 days - under an Amla tree with one Amla as his daily food
Lord Shiva appeared on the 48th day and blessed Lord Ram
Since Lord Shiva guided Lord Ram, he is worshipped as Guru
Tuesday, 5 January 2016
Thiruparankundram is the first of six abodes (arupadai veedu) of Lord Muruga is located on the outskirts of Madurai on a hillock where Kartikeyan married Indra's daughter Deivanai. Nakkeerar worshipped Murugan in this shrine and is said to have worshiped Lord Shiva here as Parangirinathar.
Of the six army camp temples (Aaru Padai Veedu) of Lord Muruga, this is the first temple. While Lord Muruga graces in a standing form in other five army camp temples, He graces in a sitting, wedding form with His consort Deivanai. Maharshi Narada, Indira the king of Devas, Brahmma the Creator are also around Him. Goddess of Wisdom Saraswathi without Her Veena, and Savithri are by His side while Sun, Moon, Gandharvas a community in the upper world skilled in the art of music, are above Him. The other vehicles of Lord Muruga, the sheep and the elephant are below Him. Only a scented paste called punugu is applied on the Lord as this is a cave temple.
Abishekam is performed only to the Vel weapon of Lord Muruga as this is a cave temple.
Lord Dakshinamurthy graces with His left hand on a snake under His feet. Those afflicted with bad effects in their horoscopes, those suffering from prolonged illness offer Rudrabisheka worship in the shrine.
Lord Shiva is on Kundru - Mount, and is praised as Parankundranathar and the place Parankundram. There are no praharams in the temple and hence girivalam is performed
Poet Nakeerar was relieved from the demon by Lord Muruga in this place and many shrines associated with it are on top of the hill
Pillayarpatti is a big cave temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaka situated in Sivaganga district built during Mahendra Pallava period 1600 years ago.
Lord Vinayaga appears with 2 hands rather than the more common form with 4 hands. He is represented in the valampuri form where his trunk is curved rightward. It is believed that devotees worshipping Valamburi Vinayagar facing north will be blessed with wealth.
Devotees pray here for removal of obstacles in marriage proposals, for child boon and for good education. worshipping Kathyayini Amman at this temple women get relived of Sevva Dosham which causes delay in marriage.
Vinayaka Chathurthi is celebrated with mammoth Kolukkata. This is beloved as fifth of Six Ganesha Shrines
Pillayarpatti is on the Tiruputhur-Karaikudi road in Sivaganga district. It is 9 km far from Tiruputhur and 18 km from Karaikudi on the Madurai road. Nearest railway station is Karaikudi. Rameswaram Express and Kamban Express from Chennai stop there.