Saturday, 22 December 2018

SRI NALMANISWARAR TEMPLE, KATHANKANNI, NEAR DHARAPURAM – A PART OF KONGU TEMPLES.

07th December 2018.
The original name of Karrankaani ( donated to those who learned 4 Vedhas ) latter corrupted to the present name as place Kathankanni. During Chozha period this Kathankannai was also called as Veera Chozhachathurvedhamangalam.

Iraivan : Sri Nalamaniswarar, Sri Soundhiswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Soundaravalli Nayaki

Some of the important features of this temple are…
The temple is facing east with a Rishabam and Palipedam on the banks of river Noyyal. Rishabam is not facing straight but facing down. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, arthamandapam and a metacolour sheet muka mandapam. Ambal and vinayagar ( holding amirtha kalasa ) are in arthamandapam. The sanctum was built with simple pathabandha adhistana. A single tier vimana is on the top of the sanctum. There are no koshtas. In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Bairavar, Saniswarar, Sandikeswarar, Nagars and Sri Chokkaperumal  also called as Azhaguraja Perumal ( Moolavar was shifted to this sannadhi since the original was in ruins – will be covered in a separate post ).

The Moolavar is swayambu, worshipped by Suryan ( sun light falls on moolavar  on 12th & 13th of Panguni month ), Nakulan one of the Panchapandavas ( got back his kingdom ) and Kulatheivam for 9 sub sects of Kongu Vellalars. It was told that moolavar swayambu is growing.

The Sanctum adhistanam has the inscriptions of 12th Century Kongu Chozha Kulothungan, 12th Century Kongu Chozha UthamaChozha Veeranarayanan, 13th Century Kongu Chozha Veerarajendran, 15th Century Hoysala King, Veeravallalathevar-III, 16th Century Ummathur Nanjanarayar. The inscriptions mainly speaks about donations made to this temple for burning of perpetual lamps, neivethyam for Lord, Abhishekam and reciting of Thiruvenpavai. The 16th century inscriptions speaks about exemption of certain taxes to Kaikola Mudaliyars.

It was told that this place was an ancient trade route and Roman coins are found in this place.
   
TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 10.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs on Fridays it will be extended to 20.00 hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
The Parambara trustee N Krishnamurthy 9344218141 and Gurukkal T K Nagarajsivam 9443106949 may be contacted for further details.

HOW TO REACH:
The Place Kathankanni is about 7 km from Uthukuli railway station.
20 KM from Tiruppur Bus stand.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE
 Sthala Viruksham Pala maram.

 Rishabam is not facing straight but facing down.

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Soolakal
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

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