Monday, 25 June 2012

Travelogue TN: Day 7 - Thiruvottriyur, Pattinathar Samadhi, Melur

4th May Friday

Thiruvottriyur – Adi Pureeshwarar

We went to the temple early morning to have our darsanam at the temple and also at the Thyagaraja Sannidhi. We went into the temple and had the darsanam of the Siva Lingam and the Tyagaraja Sannidi. The temple is another of the famous paadal pettra Sthalams.

We saw the 27 Nakshatrams in the form of various Siva Lingams – a very unique feature of the temple. A person who is born under a particular star can have their special poojas / prayers done here in front of the Lingam for the particular star. Pancha Bhoota Lingams are also present just before the Gosala. It is also said that The Vayu Lingam is the place of Roma Rishi Samadhi – one of the great Maharishis in the great Indian Panorama of Sages.

The Sthalapuranam says that during one of the Pralayams, Brahma Deva did deep Tapas at this place before the commencement of the next Srishti cycles. Shiva rose from the Yoga-agni in a strange and indecipherable form. Flames of fire crackled and blazed from which emerged a chittirappalakai, a flat square drawing board like shape that formed a Shivalinga. Brahma prayed for the great waters to subside. Shiva ordained that this town be exempted from destruction. The Agni Kunta became the temple and Shiva resides here as agni or fire with his consort Darbanayagi Ammal who embodies Chit Shakthi. Thus the town which was exempted from deluge – ‘orutral’ – got the name Tiruvottriyur.

Another story is that King Mandata levied taxes for all places including Sivastalams. Surprisingly, when his orders inscribed in palm manuscripts arrived at Tiruvotriyur, an additional line appeared on them, apparently from nowhere. This line decreed that this township be exempted from the orders. The king enquired as to who had interpolated those words. No one seemed to have done it. The king after examination decided that it was not one of his own men who did it.  He rubbed and removed away the words from the palm script that sanctioned exemption and kept it locked. The next day, on examining the manuscripts, the same words had reappeared. King Mandata felt that Lord Shiva himself had chose Otriyur as ‘His Own Land’.

The king exempted the township from tax payment. Tiruvotriyur (‘the town exempted’ from tax payment) was thus created. In consonance with this episode, the moolavar in this temple is also called Ezhuthariyum Peruman. (‘He who chose to write’)

The temple is famous and is one of the paadal pettra Sthalam.

We went to the Devi Sannidhi – Vadivudai Amman – One of the Tri Sakthi Sthalams.
Devi here is also known as Gnaana Shakthi.

Iccha Shakthi Gnaana Shakti Kriya Shakti Swaroopini -
Three temples depict the famous three names –

Vadivudai Amman at Tiruvottriyur – Gnaana Shakthi
Tiruvudai Amman at Melur        - Iccha Shakthi &
Kodiyudai Amman at Tirumullaivayil – Kriya Shakthi.

As some abhishekams and morning poojas done there, the Sannidhi was closed at the time we went there. We waited and then it was opened – The divine beauty is un-explainable. We stood there oblivious to the surroundings for some time.

Before we proceeded to Melur to visit the Iccha Sakthi temple we went to Pattinathar Samadhi.

Pattinathar Samadhi 

The Samadhi is located about 1 km from the temple on the eastern side cutting through the road for lorry traffic. The temple has a direct entrance to the road now and the approach is given a small Gate showing the same.

Pattinathar is another of the great 18 Siddhars whose story is well documented and the details of the incident when he gets the palm leaf inscribed – ‘Kaathatra Oosiyum Vaarathu Kanum Kadaivazhikke’ (Not even an eyeless needle will accompany you in your final journey of life) is quite a famous quote in the Spiritual traditions in South India.

He asked some of the children playing near the beach to cover him in a pit and while they did this, he would playfully emerge outside immediately and walk towards them. The last time they did, he did not come out but was transformed into a Sivalingam. It is the very same Lingam which is seen and done Pooja upon.

Melur – Tiruvudai Amman – Iccha Sakthi

From Tiruvottriyur, we went to Melur which is on the route to Minjur and a very heavily industrialized area with huge Lorry traffic. When we reached the temple there was a marriage function going on at the Devi Sannidhanam. We actually walked in to the sound of welcoming Naadaswara Melam and did our full darsanam with the full orchestration on the backside. While we were having darsanam at the Devi Sannidhi the Melam also intensified as the taali muhurtham also was approaching.

The temple also has a hidden cave visible at the back side of the main sanctum sanctorum – Tirumanangeeswarar. The caves probably date back to the early Sangam ages and is said to connect the Tirumullaivayil Kshetram and was probably due to political reasons.

Back to our Rooms –

We wanted to go to the third Sakthi temple at Tirumullaivayil and also see the Rasa Lingam there. But then, ‘The Lord’ had other ideas as we got caught in a major traffic jam and had to wait in the road for about 2 hours. We didn’t have time on our side as we were going back to our places by evening and thus had to drop the plan.

Kameshwara and Kameshwari had been very kind enough and showered the good fortune for all of us to visit - Three of the Pancha bhootha lingams, one of the Saptha Vitanka Kshetrams, one of the Veeratta Kshetrams, one of the Pancha Sabha Kshetrams, one of the Saptha Sthanams, three of the Aadhara Sthalams, a host of the Paadal Petra Sthalams and some major Samadhi Sthalams. The wish of the Lord is the Order of any day for us and we bow to the ‘Apaara Karuna’ by which this entire Samarpanam played out itself.

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