Vishnu Worshipped in Muslim Attire Lungi in Temple Muslim Consort

It is interesting to note that Lord Ranganatha,The presiding deity at Sri Rangam,is attired in Muslim tradition with Lungi,and the offering to Him are Roti and Butter.

And there is a Lady Devotee called Thulukka Nachiar,who is worshipped in Srirangam.

Legend has it that when Muslim invaders looted Srirangam temple and took away the Utsavar Idol to Delhi, it was brought back later by Ramanujacharya , according to one version.

The Daughter of the Sultan could not bear the separation from the lord’s Idol.


One unique fact about Hinduism is the personal bond between God and the Individual.

God,called Iswara is a concept that evolved after the Vedas.

Vedas speak of Reality as a principle beyond mind,names and forms.

As it is difficult to follow this method by all,this method is called Nirguna Aradhana,Vedas also allow worship of Personal God as one of the methods to realise Self.

This is called Saguna Aradhana.

This provides an emotional connect between Man and God.

When all said and done,human beings are ruled more by heart,emotions than by Reason.

After all God is an experience.

One can feel God ,not Know God,in the Cognitive Sense.

And in practising these two methods,what is important is the faith and the Experience of God or Reality.

A realized soul has no Gender, religion race or creed.

As a matter of record Hinduism is not a Religion.

It is a set of tried out practices and it is a way of Life.

So it is not surprising to find the Devotees of God in Hinduism cut across race,creed ,religion and gender.

Lord Vishnu as Ranganatha at Srirangam.image
Ranganatha ,Form of Vishnu at Srirangam,Tamil Nadu

It is interesting to note that Lord Ranganatha,The presiding deity at Sri Rangam,is attired in Muslim tradition with Lungi,and the offerings to Him are Roti and Butter on specific days.

And there is a Lady Devotee called Thulukka Nachiar,who is worshipped in Srirangam.

Legend has it that when Muslim invaders looted Srirangam temple and took away the Utsavar Idol to Delhi, it was brought back later by Ramanujacharya , according to one version.

The Daughter of the Sultan could not bear the separation from the lord’s Idol.

She came to Srirangam and attained the feet of Vishnu as Ranganatha.

To honour this devotee,she is called Thulukka Nachiar,meaning Turkish Consort.

While traditionally Perumal is seen in Vishnu temples with Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi, Mother Ranganayaki Thayar in the temple is a procession deity with Sridevi and Bhoodevi behind Her in the same shrine. During arati to Mother, drum instruments are also played.

· Daughter of a king of Delhi was too devoted to the Lord. To remember her, Lord is dressed with Lungi the Muslim dhoti. Roti is offered as nivedhana on Ekadasi and new moon days and people worship calling her “Thulukka Nachiyar”.

https://umasreeraghunath.blogspot.com/2015/06/temple-visit-to-srirangam-sri.html

Thulukka was a name initially used to denote Turks.

Later the term included all Muslims.

However the information that her name was Surthani and she was the daughter of Malikkafur does not check out.

Some traditions say it was Alauddin Khilji.

This also does not check out

The period of Malikkafur is…

Malik Kafur (died 1316), also known as Taj al-Din Izz al-Dawla, was a prominent eunuch slave-general of the Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khalji. He was captured by Alauddin’s general Nusrat Khan during the 1299 invasion of Gujarat, and rose to prominence in the 1300s.

Ramanujacharya period is 1017–1137 CE. ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramanuja )

However another fact that Thulukka Nachiar at Melkote checks out with the history of Masoud III,of Ghazhanvi Dynasty.

Did Thulukka Nachiar exist or is it an imagination of a fertile mind?

Thulukka Nachiar did exist,though it needs painstaking hunt to find the historical information.

She was the daughter of Masood,The Third, of Ghazanvi Dynasty.’

https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/thulukka-nachiar-melkote-vishnus-consort-ghazanvi-masud-s-daughter/

My take is that the historical fact relating to Melkote is used at Srirangam.

There is a lot of controversies about Ramanujarcharya where facts are interpolated with incorrect information.

I shall be writing on this in a series of articles.

Clarifications on this article and  authentic information on Ramanujarcharya is requested from readers.

Mortal Remains Without Chemicals Well Preserved 881 Years Sanctum Ramanujarcharya Srirangam

Sandalwood paste and saffron are used to maintain the body and no other chemicals are added.
Twice a year, a coat of camphor mixed with saffron, which produces ochre/orange tint on the preserved body and this tradition has been practiced for more than 878 years.


While the world is agog with Mummified bodies in Egyptian pyramids, many are not aware that the remains of Sanatana Dharma philosopher is kept in the sanctum sanctorum in Sri Rangam Temple,Tamil Nadu.

‘Vaishnava philosopher and guru Ramanujacharya original body preserved inside Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tiruchinarpalli since 1137 CE.
Sri Ramajunacharya was an exponent of the Sri Vaishnavism tradition within Hinduism.

Ramanujar body kept as Deity Srirangam

Ramanujar Sannidhi sanctum has his preserved bodyRamanuja’s thiruvarasu (sacred burial shrine) is the Ramanuja shrine (sannidhi) located inside the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple.
Sandalwood paste and saffron are used to maintain the body and no other chemicals are added.
Twice a year, a coat of camphor mixed with saffron, which produces ochre/orange tint on the preserved body and this tradition has been practiced for more than 878 years.


His physical body is preserved even today in a sitting posture in the Sannidhi (Sanctum Sanctorum) dedicated to him on the southwest corner on the fifth round opposite to Sudharshana Alwar Sannidhi, within the Srirangam temple Complex as ordered by Lord Ranganatha himself. The whole world is wonder struck at the feat of preservation of the mummies of Egypt and the body of St. .Xavier in GAO in India and make so much fuss about them. Many SrIvaishNavaas are not aware that here in Srirangam. their holiest place hailed as ‘ Bhooloka Vaikuntam’ ( Heaven on Earth) lies preserved body of Sri Ramanuja .There is no Thirumanjanam for this Idol. Yearly twice it is Thirumanjanam of Pachai Kalpuram and Kumkuma Poo (Saffron),

(Source .http://www.srirangam.ramanujartemples.net/udayavar.htm

Reference and citation.

https://m.dailyhunt.in/news/india/english/lifeberrys+english-epaper-lifebeen/900+years+old+ramanujacharya+original+body+preserved+in+srirangam+temple-newsid-93555794
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Thulukka Nachiar ,Melkote Vishnu’s Consort Ghazanvi Masud ‘s Daughter

The term Nachiar is very special in Tamil.

In social traditions now,the term is used to denote the Lady of the house belonging to Thevar Community.

The are, mostly ,are Saivaites.

In Sri Vaishnava Tradition,the Term Nachiar is used to denote Consort of Lord Vishnu, though Lakshmi is generally addressed as Thayaar,Mother.

Andal,a great Saint and one of the Twelve Azhwars,is called Kodhai Nachiar.


Before I proceed to the article,I would like to inform my readers that I am well.

And those who rang me up,sent emails enquiring about my welfare as my articles have not appeared for quite sometime.

Since my return from UK during the last week of May,2019,I have not written much.

My apologies.

And my thanks to those who enquired.

Reason for not posting articles is that I did not feel the urge to write,though I have information for about 470 articles,by way of links,drafts.

As readers know I write when I feel the urge, though,when I read I note,book mark links/information for future reference.

All the articles I have posted till now are those written immediately because of inner compulsion.

Now to the matter at hand.

I have,for quite a few years,meaning to write on Sri Ramanujarcharya,His works,Visishtadvaida,and Azhwars.

Quite a few readers have been asking for it.

However I never got around to writing on this Giant of Bhakthi and Visishtadvaida.

Now for the past few days,I have been constantly thinking on Thulukka Nachiar,Muslim Devotee of Lord Vishnu as Lord Ranganatha, SRI Rangam.

Thulukka Nachiar Melkote
Thulukka Nachiar at Melkote Vishnu’s feet

The term Nachiar is very special in Tamil.

In social traditions now,the term is used to denote the Lady of the house belonging to Thevar Community.

The are, mostly ,are Saivaites.

In Sri Vaishnava Tradition,the Term Nachiar is used to denote Consort of Lord Vishnu, though Lakshmi is generally addressed as Thayaar,Mother.

Andal,a great Saint and one of the Twelve Azhwars,is called Kodhai Nachiar.

And Thulukka Nachiar,meaning Muslim Consort( literal meaning)

She is referred in Sri Rangam temple and special offerings are made to Her.

Those who know Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma are aware that Reality does not distinguish between people,based on Religion,Race or Creed,just as,say Gravity,Air,water,fire,air,land,Ether.

Though Reality IS A principle to be realised,Vedas understand that the process of medicating or focussing on an abstract principle is difficult and only a gifted few with right disposition and perseverance can follow the Path of NirgunaUpasna.

So worship of Personal God as sanctioned in Sanatana Dharma as a first step.

This is called Saguna Aaradhana.

For more on this,please Google Saguna Nirguna +ramanan50.

Even then ,I felt that the issue of Thulukka Nachiar was not proper,in the sense that it goes against established Agamas.

I researched.

My thinking was wrong.

And I need to evolve while thinking on our traditions,though I have the highest regard for them.

As a matter of record, my site is dedicated to Sanatana Dharma.

I am happy that I am proved wrong in that,in the ultimate analysis what matters is the experience of Godhood,Reality,than established procedures .

And true devotion supercedes everything else,even if be Sruthi.

For Sruthi is nothing but a collation of Experiences of Seers,Rishis.

Did Thulukka Nachiar exist or is it an imagination of a fertile mind?

Thulukka Nachiar did exist,though it needs painstaking hunt to find the historical information.

She was the daughter of Masood,The Third, of Ghazanvi Dynasty.

He ruled between 1099- 1115 AD.

The name of his daughter ,Beevi.

This painstaking research was published in Ramanujan,A magazine devoted to Sri Vaishnavam.

Masood III ruled from Lahore.

He invaded India and reached till Sri Rangam.

And he took away the Idol of Ranganatha.

There are two versions.

There are 2 different versions of the story – that at the time of Srimad Ramanujacharya, after Sri Ramanuja dug up and found the moolavar at Melkote Thirunarayanapuram, he was feeling sad over not having found the matching urchavar for Sriman Narayana. At this, Sriman Narayana is said to have appeared at a dream of Srimad Ramanujacharya and told him about his whereabouts in Delhi with the daughter of the sultan. Thereupon, Srimad Ramanujacharya set out for Delhi and spoke to the sultan, who after being convinced of Srimad Ramanujacharya’s devinity (Sri Ramanuja actually told the sultan the vigraha is with his daughter which no one else knew) showed him the inner chambers of his daughter. Then Srimad Ramanujacharya is said to have called out to the idol and the idol is said to have “run away” to the great saint’s lap. Thereafter which the young daughter who had fallen in love with the Ranganatha idol also followed the idol suit to Melkote where she merged with the idol.

( https://www.tamilbrahmins.com/threads/the-legend-of-thulukka-nachiyar-at-sri-rangam.20113/

கஜினி படையெட்டுப்பு பொ.ஆ.பி. 1001 பஞ்சாபில் ஜயபாலனை வென்றது. (the oxford history of India by win cat A.Smith Cie 1921) 1019 கானோஜ் பிடிபட்டது 1024 – 25ல் சோம்நாத் சிவன் கோயில் இடிக்கப்படுகிறது, 1030 கஜினி இறந்துவிடுகிறான். அதன் பின் முதல் மசூத் (1030-41) முகமது (1941), மதூத் 1041-1048,இரண்டாம் மசூத் (1048), அலி (1048-1049),அப்துல் ரஜீத் 1049-52), தோகுமூல் 1052-53, பரூக் ஜாத் 1053-59, இப்ராஹீம் 1059-1099, மூன்றாம் மசூத் (1099- 1115) மூன்றாம் மசூத் தலைநகர் லாகூர், மூன்றாம் மசூத்தின் பெண்ணின் பெயர் பீவி...
என். ஜீயபங்கார் என்னும் சரித்திர தேர்ச்சிபெற்றவரின் ஆதாரங்களை கொண்டு ஸ்ரீ ராமானுஜன் இதழ் வெளியிட்டுள்ள கருத்துக்கள்.. ஸ்ரீ ராமானுஜரின் காலம் (பொது ஆண்டுக்கு பின் அதாவது (கிபி)1013- 1137) “நாம் கிருஸ்து பிறந்த பின், முன் என பதிவு செய்வதில்லை”. ஸ்ரீ ராமானுஜர் அவதாரகாலத்தினை பற்றி எந்த கருத்து வேறுபாடும் இல்லை...
1097 -1100 காலத்தில் டெல்லியை உள்ளடக்கிய கசானாவிட் முஸ்லீம்கள் ஆட்சி கீழ் வந்துவிட்டது. ஸ்ரீ ராமானுஜம் பத்ரிகையில் என். ஜீயபங்கார் தந்த தகவலினை Wikipediaஉறுதி செய்கிறது தேவையெனில் Ghazanavit என பதிவுசெய்து பார்க்கவும்.Reference and citations.

https://aggraharam.blogspot.com/2016/10/blog-post.html?m=1

Until 1099, Ebrāhīm was the ruler from Ghazni. Masud III who took the reign after him seemed to have made some successful raids in North India and taken back the spoils of war and temple-loots to Ghazna to construct palaces and gardens[xvii]. It was only after the death of Masud III in 1115, the dynasty had become weak.
It looks that the cache of loot had remained within Delhi and not yet moved to Ghazni for a long time during Ebrāhīm’s reign. Ebrāhīm who was in power for 40 years until 1099 was focused on retaining the territories with friendly treaties as his reign is characterised as “ a period of comparative tranquillity for the empire, deriving from the stability and prosperity attained by Ebrāhīm’s restraint and sagacity..”[xviii]

Looking at these features, it looks certain that the temple-loots and spoils of war were dumped for quite a few decades in places like Delhi which the Ghaznavids still held under their control through their commanders. After Masud III took over the scenario changed, but Ramanuja was quick enough in reaching over to Delhi which coincided with the reign-change at Ghazni. Ramanuja had met the commander at Delhi and not the emperor of Ghazni…

Yathiraja Vaibhavam verse.Ramanuja Delhi visit

Ramanuja Delhi visit , Yathiraja Vaibhavam.image

How Tirupati Balaji temple was saved Bruce Code Munroe Sadam,Prasad

After completing the chanting of the divine sloka,the Boy,still holding a much surprised Le Vellian’s hands,closed his eyes for a few moments and silently offered his personal prayers to Lord Sri Venkateswara. .


Tirumala and Thirupathi temple of Lord Venkateswara/Balaji were administered according to Bruce Code,set by a Britisher in 1821 AD.

The Tirumala Thirupathi Temple adminstration was with the Muslim invaders after the fall of Hindu Kingdoms in the early eighteenth century,The Vijaya Nagar Empire.

The last Muslim ruler who controlled the Temple was the Nawab of Arcot.

The Nawab ran into debts and the East India company took over the temple to offset the dues.

However,the administration of the temple was taken over by the British Government during Queen Victoria’s reign,as the government felt that East India company should not run a Hindu temple.

The Bruce code containing 42 Rules, based on the ruled laid for Puri Jagannath temple.

Bruce’s Code is a set of rules for the management and administration of temples of Tirumala and Tirupati including the servants, enacted by East India Company in 1821 AD.

Source. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce%27s_Code

These were the well-defined rules formulated as a code having 42 provisions to ease the administration of temples of Tirumala and Tirupati on the basis of customs and previous usages without interfering in the day-to-day affairs

The point of interest is as to how Bruce came to form these rules.

Read the information below.

Sir,I know you are in pain for several days.. I also know that you lost all your hopes of any recovery..But sir..Please listen to me and offer your prayers to Lord Sri Venkateswara of Tirumala temple..Tirumala is a Temple very near to this place and Lord Sri Venkateswara is the most powerful God in this world…Am sure He will save you from death..Trust me sir..”

With a little curiosity in his voice and a little dazzle in his eyes this time,Le Vellian then slowly turned towards the Tea boy and said “..Thanks my dear,but what do you want me to do for that..’..

With a smile,the Boy replied”..Thanks for taking my words sir..All that you have to do is to just offer your prayers to Lord Sri Venkateswara and request Him to heal you fully.. ”
And now with more hope in his voice,Le Vellian asked the boy..”Okay my dear..I would certainly do..But how to offer my prayers to a Hindu God… I have never done that before..You need to help me do that..”And this time Without seeking any permission from Le Vellian,the 12 – year old mystic Hindu Boy walked with all the divine command in this world to the bedside of Le Vellian; held both his hands first; brought them close to each other…

And later bringing them together,by creating a traditional Hindu NAMASTE posture,raised Le Vellian’s hands and turned them towards the direction wherein the most powerful Tirumala temple is located and surprising Le Vellian further,very loudly chanted holy Lord Sri Venkateswara’s most favorite sloka..“.. Vinaa Venkatesam Nanatho Nanathah.. Sadaa Venkatesam Smaraami Smaraami.. Hare Venkatesa Praseeda Praseedah.. Priyam Venkatesa Prayachcha Prayachchah. .”“.. Aham Doora Tasthe Padaam Bhoja Yugmah.. Pranamechcha Ya Gachcha Sevaam Karomi..Sakrut Sevayaa Nitya Sevaa Phalantvam.. Prayachcha Prayachcha Prabho Venkatesaa..
Amazing was the boy to the eyes of Le Vellian that moment..After completing the chanting of the divine sloka,the Boy,still holding a much surprised Le Vellian’s hands,closed his eyes for a few moments and silently offered his personal prayers to Lord Sri Venkateswara. .

Furthermore amazed at the command with which the Hindu boy held both his hands and also at the ease with which he had chanted the intricate Sanskrit sloka,Le Vellian slowly got up in his bed; turned both his hands that were still held in a NAMASTE posture towards the smiling mystic boy and offered him his salutations. .PEACEAfter that divine drama..

Le Vellian who had lost all his hopes of any recovery from that near dead situation had quite miraculously regained a complete normalcy in just about a few days time..
This miraculous recovery of Le Vellian shocked the British Army Doctors who have by then had literally written him off as a medical ‘case of complete hopelessness beyond recovery’..

Much later,as he could not personally visit the Tirumala temple due to his job constraints, Le Vellian requested his friend,an Indian soldier by name Ramachandra Ganesh,to visit the Tirumala hill Shrine on his behalf and offer the holy Lord Sri Venkateswara what he promised to offer…EPILOGUE

“Vinaa Venkatesam” sloka although is an integral part of Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatham, was however written and recited first by Sri Markandeya Maharshi,when He visited the Tirumala hills and offered this sloka to Lord Sri Venkateswara. .PERIOD
In the later period,the story of Le Vellian’s miraculous recovery reached the governing authorities of the British Kingdom..In 1801,after having known the sanctity and powers of Lord Sri Venkateswara and the Tirumala Temple,the British took over the administration of the Temple from the hands of the Nawabs of Arcot for lack of discipline and misappropriation of funds in the Temple..

Later in 1821,strictly in accordance with the norms of the Tirumala Temple,the British introduced what is called the Bruce Code..This code has 42 provisions formulated in it with well defined customs and duties meant both for the Tirumala Temple as well as for the Hindu officials working there..

Quite surprisingly, the ruthless British,known for their iconoclastic nature,never interfered with the day to day affairs and rituals of the Tirumala Temple except taking care of it’s administration. .After that divine incident,renowned British personalities like Sir Thomas Monroe and Colonel Geo Stratten went on to become great devotees of Lord Sri Venkateswara. ..

Information source.

https://orangenews9.com/why-britishers-didt-plant-a-cross-in-tirumala-hills/

Thomas Munroe drew up the deeds of the property to ensure that the property is safeguarded.

Even today first Prasadam pf Lord Venkateswara is called Munroe’s Food( Munroe Sadam in Tamil)

Vyakthaa Self Manifested Vishnu Temples Astakshara Temples

These are called Vyaktha Kshetras,that is where Lord Vishnu makes Himself available as Idol and thus becomes Describable.

There are also called Astakshara Temples as they represent the eight letters of Vishnu’s Sacred Name


Reality, according to Vedas is a Principle.

It is called Brahman.

It is beyond words,thoughts .

It is indescribable,Avaktavya.

However worship of God’s is also recommended in Hinduism and it is called Saguna Aradhana,while meditating on the Abstract is called Nirguna, Beyond Attributes, Aradhana.

To reach this level is not easy for all.

Therefore worship of Gods is recommended in the form of Idols.

What is indescribable, Avaktavya, becomes Vyaktha, Describable when worships as God of Names and Forms in the form of Idols.

Some of these Idols are called Self Manifested or Swambhu.

There are Eight Self Manifested Idols of Lord Vishnu in Eight Sacred places.

These are called Vyaktha Kshetras,that is where Lord Vishnu makes Himself available as Idol and thus becomes Describable.

There are also called Astakshara Temples as they represent the eight letters of Vishnu’s Sacred Name,

Om Namo Narayanaya.

There also Dwadasa nama temples,after Vishnu’s twelve aksharas.

Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya.

Srirangam Venkatadrischa SrimushNam Totaparvatam
Salagramam Pushkaramcha NaranarayaNAshramam
Naimisham Cheti ME SthananyasoU Mukthi PradhAnivai
YetusvashtAksharaIkAka: VarNamUrthir VasAmyaham
TishtAmi KrishNa KshEtrE puNya SapthakOgatha:
AshtAksharasya Mantrasya SarvAkshara Maya SadA

In this verse Lord Narayana points out that the eight
Swayam Vyakta Kshetrams of Srirangam, Tirupathi, SrimushNam,
Vanamamalai, Salagramam, Badri,and NaimisharaNyam,Pushkar
grant liberation to those who visit the place.
The Lord as the Archa Murthy at each of these Kshetrams
signifies one Aksharam of his Ashtakshara Mantram.

Athi Venkateswara Different Musical Notes From Hanuman Vanmutti

This temple has the Idol made of Athi Tree as the one in Kanchipuram Varadaraja Perumal temple.

The moolavar is Lord Vishnu and the Utsavar is Yoga Narasimha,which is a rarity.


There seems to be no end to the number of temples in India which are astonishing in terms of architectural marvels and special characteristics.

And the contributions they make in rewriting Indian history.

Though I have written on many such temples,this is one is quite surprising as I thought I have covered all such temples in and around Myladuthurai,Tamil Nadu.

There is a temple near Myladuthurai dedicated to Vishnu as Vanmutti Perumal,which in Tamil means the God that touches the Heaven.

This temple has the Idol made of Athi Tree as the one in Kanchipuram Varadaraja Perumal temple.

The moolavar is Lord Vishnu and the Utsavar is Yoga Narasimha,which is a rarity.

In addition,there is Hanuman,whose body parts emit different musical notes from different parts of His body!

‘Sri Srinivasa Perumal, Kozhikuthi bestows Peace, prosperity, happiness and wealth.

The temple is more than 1400 years old. The presiding deity, Vanamutti Perumal is more than 12 feet tall and carved out of a single Athi (Fig) tree. According to legend, Vanamutti Perumal gave Viswaroopa Dharshan to Pippalar Maharishi…’

This temple Moolavar is worshipped with Sani Gayathri every morning.

This Gayatri is by Sage Pippala.

Will be writing on Pippala Maharishi.

The Lord is made up of single Athi (Fig) tree with 4 hands holding Sangu, Chakram, Gadhai. TulasiMalai, Ornaments, were beautifully carved. The Vimanam looks like an Umbrella which is known as ‘Chathra Vimanam’. There is a beautiful shrine for Lord Yoga Narasimhar. Those who worship Lord Narasimhar would be cured of all their ailments and find relief from various problems...
There is a beautiful shrine for Lord Anjaneya. The unique feature of this Lord Anjaneyar is that the tail is coiled with a bell which lies over the head of Anjaneyar. Here Anjaneyar is called Sapthaswara Anjaneyar since Seven Music notes are produced (Sa re ga ma pa dha nee.) when it is touched in different places. Many musicians used to visit the temple regularly. Musicians and dancers who lit the Ghee lamp is assured of success in their profession...

How to reach.

Directions.

Moovalur is 3 km from Mayiladuthurai on the Kumbakonam road. Kozhikuthi is 3 km from Moovalur. Mini buses bound to Vaanathi Rajapuram from Mayiladuthurai pass through Kozhikuthi. From Mayavaram Bus Stand, drive on the Kumbakonam Highway. Take a right at Moovalur (3 kms from Railway station) and drive North 3 kms to reach Vanamutti. Alternately, from Mayavaram take the Poompuhar- Kallanai road (North of Railway station) to take a right at Chozhapettai to reach Vanamutti. The Temple is located at about 6 kms North West of the Mayiladuthurai Railway Station. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.( https://tamilnadu-favtourism.blogspot.com/2017/02/vanamutti-perumal-temple-kozhikuthi_6.html?m=1 )

To reach the temple please contact the following addresses :
Soo.Vijaikumar
No.7 Town Station Road
Mayiladuthurai-609 001
Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: 04364-223395
Mobile: 0-98424 23395
Mahalakshmi Subramaniam
Tulasi Apartments, Flat No.:3 Geetha Govindam
11(6) Kuppusamy Street, T.nagar
Chennai-600 017
Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: 044- 28152533
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Temple inscriptions.

There are inscriptions on the granite walls which mention the divine power of the temple. At one place the inscription clearly reveals that this temple is known for “Sani Preethi Sthalam”. The inscription also reveals that there are 51 Saturdays in a year and 10 Vedic Pundits are to be fed after taking oil bath in all the 51 Saturdays..’

Reference and citation.

http://www.vanamuttiperumaltemple.org/index.html

Mantras,Sources Types Letters


I have written in my earlier post on the Definition of Mantra .

In this article I shall deal with the sources of Mantras.

The uniqueness of Hinduism is that it is not Theories,but are experiences of the Seekers.

An individual,who seeks Truth,arrives at it through various paths, according to his disposition and abilities.

So, strictly speaking,there is no path that is superior or interior to others.

Experiences are unique.

So are the Mantras.

Mantras are one of the sources for Self Realization.

There are numerous Mantras as there are numerous practitioners and consequently numerous experiences.

As these are personal,they were not classified or grouped for easy reference.

Later when people wanted to look for mantras, classifications were made.

Sources.

Most of the Mantras are from Vedas.

Another source is Tantric Texts.

Classifications based on

Letters with meaning and without meaning.

According to Gender of the deity.

Yet another classification classification is based on the number of letters.

  • . With meaningful words: Mantrassuch as the Gayatri mantra have a specific meaning.

  • B. Without meaningful words:Some mantras pertaining to spirits and others like ‘Gan gan ganata bote’ as chanted by Saint Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon or monosyllables such as lam, vam, sham, etc. which represent various spiritual energy chakras in our body appear meaningless at face value. Some of these seemingly meaningless mantras too have a deep meaning. For instance the Sanskrut letter Om is composed of the three letters a (अ), u (उ) and m(म). These represent the sattva, rajaand tama components respectively. Om, a combination of the three components (trigunas) is in fact a symbol of the one beyond the three components (trigunatit). Vowels have high frequencies, most consonants have medium frequencies, whereas y (य), r (र), v(व) and h (ह) have low frequencies. Om, however has all these three frequencies.

4.3 According to the number of letters

A. The Bija Mantra,monosyllable

Moola mantra two to ten letters

Pinda Mantra,,12 to 20 letters

Mala Mantra,more than 20,one uses Rosary or Japa Mala to count.

4.According to the gender

In the science of Tantra masculine and neuter mantras are called mantras while the feminine ones are known as vidya(knowledge).

  • A. Masculine [solar (soura)] mantras: Mantras concluding with words like ‘hum, phat’ are considered as masculine mantras. Such mantras help in vanquishing enemies or in changing the minds of others. Mantras of the Sun deity too are masculine mantras.

  • B. Feminine [lunar (som)] mantras:Mantras concluding with words like tham, svaha or svadha should be considered as feminine mantras. Such mantras are useful in curing illnesses. Mantras of the moon are considered to be feminine mantras.

  • C. Neuter mantras: Mantras ending with ‘namaha’ are considered as neuter mantras. Such mantras are used to fulfill some desire.
    Source. https://www.hindujagruti.org/hinduism/knowledge/article/what-is-a-bijamantra.html#1