Prathyangira Homa Temple Morattandi

There is a Temple for Prathyangira at Marattandi, near Puducherry/Pondicherry, on the Tindivanam Road.

Prathyangira Homam is performed every month on Shukla Paksha Ashtami (Waxing Moon).

The Temple has a 72 feet Idol of Pratyangira Devi outside the temple and a small temple is inside.

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I have posted an article on Prathyangira Devi recently.

 

Some readers wanted details of a Pratyangira Devi Temple, where Pratyangira Homa is conducted.

 

A note on Pratyangira Devi.

 

“Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi is a powerful aspect of divine mother.

She is considered to be a powerful repellent of the influences generated by witch-craft.

Terrible in aspect, having dark complexion, reddened eyes and in four hands she hold a trident, a serpent in the form of a noose and a hand drum.

Her hair strands at the ends. As Pratyangira energy manifests, it’s often a very swift and sometimes ferocious current.

This combination of lion and human forms is said to represent the balance of good and evil.

Many of the Saints who’ve seen its energetic expression have described her as a 1008 headed (symbolically representing the 1008-petalled Sahasrara Chakra, the universal chakra of the cosmic energy) and with 2016 hands, riding majestically on a chariot pulled by 4 lions (representing the 4 Vedas), lion-faced mother, armed with many swords for removing obstacles.

The jaws of so many lions make it very powerful for destroying negative karmas, and a great help to anyone on a spiritual path.

Though such a current can be understandably rough and it’s wise to approach with respect and some consideration of what our heart is asking for, it’s with that same intensity that Pratyangira radiates her love, so it’s best to also be open to deeply receive.

 

There is a Temple for Prathyangira at Marattandi, near Puducherry/Pondicherry, on the Tindivanam Road.

 

Prathyangira Homam is performed every month on Shukla Paksha Ashtami (Waxing Moon).

 

The Temple has a 72 feet Idol of Pratyangira Devi outside the temple and a small idol is inside.

 

The temple is about 4 feet underground.

 

Temple Hours.

8.00 am to 100 pm

3.30pm to 8.30 pm

 

Bus Route, Puducherry to Tindivanam , Stop;Moarattandi.

 

Phone Number. 0413- 2234931

 

 

Citation.

 

http://www.pondyonline.com/User/Common/NikumbhalaShetram.aspx

 

 

 

https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/sarabeswara-astothra-prathyingara-female-narasimha/pratyangira-devi-harivara/

Ganesha,Water Changes Colors Keralapuram

Lord Vinayakar’s idol changes its color to black and white once in every six months.

During Utharayan (March-June), the idol is black,

and in Dakshiyana (July-Feb) idol turns to white.

This temple came to be known as ‘’Miracle Ganesh Temple.

There is a well inside the temple complex and the color of the water too changes every six months. When the idol is white, the water changes to black and vice versa!


I have posted on articles on unique temples.

 

They are filed under Hinduism.

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Ganesha Turns White In Dakshinayana,
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Ganesha Turns Black during Uttarayana.

 

There is a temple in Tamil Nadu near Nagarcoil,Kanya Kumari District, where the idol of Lord Ganesha changes colors.

 

This temple is about 15 Km from Nagarcoil.

 

 Lord Vinayakar’s idol changes its color to black and white once in every six months.

During Utharayan (March-June), the idol is black,

and in Dakshiyana (July-Feb) idol turns to white.  

This temple came to be known as ‘’Miracle Ganesh Temple.

 

There is a well inside the temple complex and the color of the water too changes every six months. When the idol is white, the water changes to black and vice versa!

 

The Temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva.

 

Temple Legend.

The king, who ruled Keralapuram, went for a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram, a famous shivite temple facing Bay of Bengal. A Ganesh idol is washed over while the king and his men were washing their legs at the Rameshwaram beach. The king then gifts it to his Rameshwaram counterpart ‘’Sethu Mannan’’.  Sethu Mannan was overwhelmed by the love and affection, however he returns the gift back to the Keralapuram King. It was his opinion and belief that the finder should have it and it was the right thing to do. Along with the idol, the Rameshwaram King gifts another Huge Emerald Idol. However, the Mogul later looted the emerald idol during their invasion. They could not take the idol with them, it was stuck to the ground.

Citation.

 

 

 

http://temple-stories.blogspot.in/2010/10/sri-mahadevar-athisaya-vinayakar-temple.html

Disappearing Temple Of Shiva By Muruga Sthambeshwar

There is a Temple of Lord Shiva which disappears only to reappear.
Legends say that this Temple was built by Kartikeya, called Murugan in Tamil, after he killed Tarakasura.(Kumararika kanda, Skanda Puarna)

The Temple is in the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat.


True,

 

There is a Temple of Lord Shiva which disappears only to reappear.

 

 

Legends say that this Temple was built by Kartikeya, called Murugan in Tamil, after he killed Tarakasura.(Kumararika kanda, Skanda Puarna)

 

The Temple is in the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat.

 

 This Lingam of Lord Shiva can only be viewed during the low tide hours and gets disappeared inside the sea during high tide hours. Stambheswar.imagejpg..
This Lingam of Lord Shiva can only be viewed during the low tide hours and gets disappeared inside the sea during high tide hours. Stambheswar.

 

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Sthambeswar,Gujarat.

 

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Sthambeswar

 

 

The Temple is gets totally submerged into the Sea during the high tide hours and as the tide starts to get low it again starts emerging out of the sea inch by inch, unveiling the 4 feet high Shiva lingam.

 

It is ideal to plan a trip for at least whole day and night, so that you can see and enter the temple in the early morning low tide hours and can also meditate in the quite, peaceful surrounding of the temple.

Restaurants are available.

 

There is an Ashram nearby where free lunch is available.

 

At the high tide you can watch it submerge slowly.

 

It is 52 Km from Vadodara.

 

Guide for Darshan Timing,

 

Tithi Vad/Sud                                                Hour/Minutes

Ekam 09 – 45 am 03 – 45 am
beej 10 – 30 am 04 – 30 am
Trij 11 – 15 am 05 – 15 am
Choth 12 – 00 pm 06 – 00 am
pancham 07 – 00 am 01 – 30 pm
chhath 07 – 45 am 01 – 34 pm
Satam 08 – 30 am 02 – 30 pm
Aatham 09 – 15 am 03 – 15 pm
num 10 – 00 am 04 – 00 pm
dasham 10 – 45 am 04 – 45 pm
Agiyarash 05 – 30 pm 01 – 30 pm
barash 06 – 30 pm 12 – 30 pm
terash 07 – 15 pm 01 – 15 pm
chaudash 08 – 00 pm 02 – 00 pm
Purnima/ Amash 09 – 00 pm 03 – 00 pm

Contact.

Shree Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple

Kavi – Kamboi, Taluka : Jambusar,

Dist : Bharuch  Phone : 02644 230501

Mobile : +91 9723622200 , +91 9426878023

 

Citation and for Travel arrangement.

 

http://gujarattouristguide.blogspot.in/2012/08/stambheshwar-mahadev-temple.html

Shiva And Vishnu Together Temples Kerala

I am providing a list of such temples in Kerala.

1.Navaikkulam Shankaranarayana Temple in Thiruvananthapuram district

2.Ramanthali Shankaranarayana Temple in Kannur district

3.Thiruvegappura Shankaranarayana Temple in Palakkad district


There is a Famous Temple in Sankaran Koil, Tamil Nadu where Shiva and Vishnu are together.

 

Shankaranarayana, Sankaran Koil.
Shankaranarayana, Sankaran Koil.

I am providing a list of such temples in Kerala.

 

1.Navaikkulam Shankaranarayana Temple in Thiruvananthapuram district
2.Ramanthali Shankaranarayana Temple in Kannur district
3.Thiruvegappura Shankaranarayana Temple in Palakkad district
4.Puthukode Shankaranarayana Temple in Palakkad district
5.Panamanna Shankaranarayana Temple in Palakkad district
6.Shankaranarayana Shrine of Vadakkunnatha Temple in Thrissur district.

 

 

Vegetarian Crocodile Guards Vishnu Temple

Many of the legends, temples and customs may seem to bizarre and might sound even crazy.

Sometimes being crazy seems to me more rational, especially when something is in front of You which has no business to be.

I received a Forward from Mr.Damodaran Nair.

This is about a Crocodile guarding Lord Vishnu’s Temple.


That Hinduism is superstitious for some.

But for me it is the ultimate in the quest of Man for Divinity.

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Babia The crocodile Guarding Vishnu.
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Devotee Crocodile guards Vishnu.
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Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasaragod,

Many of the legends, temples and customs of India may seem to be bizarre and might  sound even crazy.

Sometimes, being crazy seems to me more rational, especially when something is in front of You which has no business to be.

I received a Forward from Mr.Damodaran Nair.

This is about a Crocodile guarding Lord Vishnu‘s Temple.

And this Crocodile is a vegetarian.

From the Forward received.

Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasaragod, built in the 9th century, is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam (original abode) of

Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

The garbhagriha of the temple is reachable only by a bridge. What is most amazing about the temple, is that a vegetarian crocodile has been guarding the temple for hundreds of years.

The past of the temple is still obscure except for some legends. It was at this place where Divakara Muni Vilwamangalam, the great Tulu Brahmin sage, did penance and performed poojas.

Legend has it that one day Lord Narayana appeared before him as a child.

The boy’s face was glowing with radiance and this overwhelmed the sage.

He became anxious and asked who he was. The boy replied that he had no father no mother and none at home.

Vilwamangalam felt pity for the boy and allowed him to stay there.

The boy proposed a condition that whenever he feels humiliated he will leave the place at once.

He served the sage for sometime. But soon his juvenile pranks became intolerable for the sage and he reacted violently.

Humiliated the boy disappeared from there after proclaiming that if Vilwamangalam wants to see him he would have to go to Ananthankat, the forest of serpent god Anantha.

Vilwamangalam soon realized that the boy was none but the lord himself and he had great repentance.

He found a cave at the place where the boy disappeared and he proceeded further into the cave in search of the boy. He reached the sea and proceeded further toward the south and at last he reached a woody area near the sea.

Vilwamangalam saw the child who soon disappeared into huge illippa tree (Indian butter tree or Mahua tree).

Immediately the tree fell down and assumed the shape of Lord Vishnu lying on a thousands hooded serpent.

From very ancient times, one crocodile has been seen there.

Though devotees used to take bath in the tank there is no instance of it harming anyone.

Babia is the name by which this guardian is known by the devotees.

It is the local guardian and the messenger of the temple.

The only food that Babia takes is the offerings of the devotees.

Usually it is a special gruel made of rice and molasses.

After the worship, the food offered by devotees (prasadam) is given to Babia at noon.

Temple authorities claim that Babia is a vegetarian and has never harmed anyone including the fishes in the pond.

There is an interesting local legend that narrates the entire story behind the guardian crocodile.

Once Sree Vilvamangalathu Swami, devotee of Lord Vishnu, was doing penance for his favourite Lord.

While he was in his prayers, Lord Krishna in the form of a little boy appeared and started disturbing him.

Being annoyed by the behaviour of this child, the saint pushed Lord Krishna aside with his left hand.

The boy immediately disappeared into a nearby cave and the truth dawned on the saint as to who the boy was.

The crevice into which Krishna is said to have disappeared is still there.

The crocodile guards the entrance and the shrine.

In 1945, when the British soldiers were stationed there, one soldier shot dead the crocodile.

To the surprise of everyone the soldier died within few days by a snake-bite.

People believe it to be a curse by the serpent god Anantha.

Soon another crocodile appeared in the tank and even now if one is fortunate one can see it.

The legend goes that there is only one crocodile in the lake at a time.

When one crocodile dies, another one appears in the lake. The devotees pay great respect to this crocodile.

Temple Design.

The temple is unique in its structural aspects for it is erected in the middle of an impressive lake of 302 feet.

The lake is gifted with a perennial supply of pure spring water

. We can find the ruins of temples all round the lake which stand testimony to the fact that it was part of a great temple complex.

The sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum), namaskara-mandapam, thitappalli, and shrines of Jala-Durga and the entrance of the cave are located in the lake

. The namaskara mandapam is connected to the eastern rock by a foot-bridge which is the only passage to the sreekovil.

The principal deity is Lord Vishnu.

One of the key features of the temple is that the original idols in the sanctum sanctorum were not made of metal or stone, but of a rare combination of more than 70 medicinal materials called `kadu-sharkara-yogam.’

These idols were replaced by panchaloha metals in 1972.

They were donated by Kaanchi Kaamakoti Mathaadhipathi His Holiness Jayendra Saraswathy Thiruvatikal.

Efforts are going on now to reinstall the idols made with `kadu-sharkara-yogam.’

The Lord Vishnu idol is in a sitting pose over a five-hooded serpent king Lord Anantha.

The lake temple is open to all visitors regardless of caste or creed. The District Tourism Promotion Council has plans to preserve the temple and its

surroundings for its uniqueness.

The temple has an excellent collection of wood carvings on the ceilings of the mandapam.

These carvings depict the incidents taken from the stories of dasaavatharam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu).

Some of them are painted. The Nava-grahas (nine planets) are painted at the muktha-mandapam.

On either side of the sreekovil dwaara-palakas (jaya and vijaya) are beautifully carved in wood.

The temple is open to all regardless of religion or cast.

The nearest major railway station to Ananthapura Lake Temple is Kasaragod railway station which is about 12 km from here.

There is also a railway station at Kumbala.

Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode is the nearest airport which is about 200 km from here.

To reach there by road one has to take a deviation from Naayakkaapp (5k m from Kumbala) on the Kumbala-Badiyatukka road.

Citation. Images and Story.

Forward as Received.

Thanks Mr.Damodaran Nair.

Ayyappa, Sastha Temples Kerala List


 

Dharma Sastha, populaly known as Lord Ayyapa is considered to be the Custodian of Dharma in Kali Yuga.

 

His Temple at Sabarimala attracts millions of pilgrims during the Makar Sankaranthi where a Divine Orb appears in the sky when the Arthi is performed .

 

Of the temples of Kerala for Ayyappa, the following temples were consecrated by Parashurama.

 

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Lord Ayyappa.

 

Achan Koil,

 

Aryan Kavu and

 

Kulathu Puzha.

 

The following is a List of Ayyappa Temples in Kerala.

 

 

Thiruvananthapuram District.

 

1.Manakkad,
2.Thaicadu,
3.Vazhappalli.
4.Kallampalli .
5.Karyavattom.
6.Vamanapuram.
7.Thampanoor .
8.Kakkad.
9.Thippetti .
10.Mulaykkode.

 

Ayyappa Temples in Kollam District

11.Sasthamcotta.
12.Kulathooppuzh

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13.Achankovil.
14.Aryankavu.

 

Ayyappa Temples in Pathanamthitta District

15.Sabarimala .
16.Omalloor.
17.Pandalam.
18.Ezhinjillam.
19.Perunadu .

 

Ayyappa Temples in Alappuzha District

20.Thakazhi,
21.Thrikkunnappuzha,
22.Cherukol .

Kottayam District.

23.Alutharappara .
24.Ambattu Velleppuram .
25.Talanadu.
26.Chamravattam,Kidangoo.
27.Chembilavu .
28.Chenappadi.
29.Ilampally .
30.Ilamkulam .
31.Irattachira Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Amanakara
32.Kadanadu.
33.Kadayanikkadu.
34.Karikkattor .
35.Karthyakulangara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Chalapparambu Vaikom
36.Karukachal
37.Keezhoor
38.Kodimatha
39.Kondadu .
40.Kooroppada .
41.Koovakkal .
42.Kulathikkandam
43.Vayala
44.Pathampuzha
Meenachil
45.Melampara
46.Mullappallikkavu
47.Nedumkunnam
48.Pakkil
49.Pandavam
50.Parayil
51.Payappar
52.Poonjar Koyikkal

53.Panamattam.
54.Edamattam.
55.Kidangoor.
56.Uzhavoor
57.Udikkamala .
58.Ullanadu.
59.Vakkayil .

60.Ettumanoor
61.Vazhoor
62.Vennimala.
63.Veroor.
64.Panamattam

 

Idukki.
65.Arakkulam.

 

Ernakulam.
66.Perumbavoor .

 

Thrissur.
67.Thiruvullakkavu.
68.Arattupuzha .
69.Nettissera.
70.Namkulam.
71.Medamkkulangara
72.Mattil.
73.Kodannoor
74.Kalleli
75.Chathakkudam
76.Chakkamkulangara
77.Kanimangalam
78.Panamukkumpally
79.Kandampully

 

Palakkad District.

 

80.Cherppulassery .

 

Malappuram District.

 

81.Chamravattom .

 

Reference.

http://www.vaikhari.org/Ayyappathrissur.html

 

http://www.swamysaranam.in/resources/ayyappa-temples/#Assam

 

 

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Temple Buliding 11 Steps 13 Procedures

This is a later development as prescribed by The Agamas.

“The Hindu temple typically involves a multiple set of ideas.

…..
The temple is generally oriented to face East, the auspicious direction where the sun rises to dispel darkness…
The temple design includes the archetypal image of a Cosmic Person spread out yogi-like, symmetrically filling the gridded space of the floor plan, his

navel in the center, and it includes the archetype of the cosmic mountain, between earth and heaven, of fertility, planets, city of the gods, deities, etc.).

One encounters these simultaneous archetypal themes and meanings conveyed (and hidden) in the semi-abstract forms in many Hindu temples.

There are rules of shape and proportion in the authoritative texts of Hindu tradition, the Agamas.


Vedas, the Hindu Scriptures do not speak of either Collective worship or of building temples.

 

Temple of Shiva, Tanjore
Thanjavur Temple

 

This is a later development as prescribed by The Agamas.

 

The Hindu temple typically involves a multiple set of ideas.

 

 The temple is  generally oriented to face East, the auspicious direction where the sun rises to dispel darkness.

 

 

Temple Corridor,Rameshwaram
Rameswarm Temple Corridor

 

 

The temple design includes the archetypal image of a Cosmic Person spread out yogi-like, symmetrically filling the gridded space of the floor plan, his

navel in the center, and it includes the archetype of the cosmic mountain, between earth and heaven, of fertility, planets, city of the gods, deities, etc.).

One encounters these simultaneous archetypal themes and meanings conveyed (and hidden) in the semi-abstract forms in many Hindu temples.

There are rules of shape and proportion in the authoritative texts of Hindu tradition, the Agamas.

 

Vaasthu Purusha,Cosmic Man. The Vastupurusa pinned down on the ground by the gods12  The body of the Vastupurusa is supposed to be sensitive at a number of points called  marmas. The well-being of the Vastupurusa assures the well-being of the building and, by  implication, its owner. An important criterion for any building, therefore, is to avoid injury  to the marmas located on the body of the Vastupurusa. To ensure that this is achieved,  texts prohibit any direct construction upon the marmas themselves. The marmas are  specifically said to lie at the intersection of major diagonals, seen as the veins (siras or  nadis) of the purusa
Vaasthu Purusha,Cosmic Man.
The Vastupurusa pinned down on the ground by the gods12
The body of the Vastupurusa is supposed to be sensitive at a number of points called
marmas. The well-being of the Vastupurusa assures the well-being of the building and, by
implication, its owner. An important criterion for any building, therefore, is to avoid injury
to the marmas located on the body of the Vastupurusa. To ensure that this is achieved,
texts prohibit any direct construction upon the marmas themselves. The marmas are
specifically said to lie at the intersection of major diagonals, seen as the veins (siras or
nadis) of the purusa

 

Basics.

 

Selection of site.

Soil and location are examined by acarya and shilpi., The Bhupariksha.

Then  the planning off Nagara/Grama nirmana. the layout of town, its size, breadth of different levels of streets, locations and sizes of facilities like water tanks are determined based on the size of town. There are different names for different sizes of towns, like grama, kheta, kharvata, durga, nagara.

Location of Brahma Sthana, the Location of the Temple  in the town is decided.

Temple is usually in the center of village so that every one has easy access.

Grama Vinyasa is the name of the Process.

Then the size of temple is determined.

For this, size of the image of main deity is to be known, since the size of a temple is always a fixed multiple of the size of image of main Deity.

Then wood/metal/stone is selected for the image.

The icon has three parts, main icon (vigraha), pedestal (peetha) and platform (adhisthana or upa peetha).

The tests to determine quality of stone are prescribed by the Agamas.

There are three kinds of stone, male female and neuter.

When hit with an iron rod if the stone produces good sound and spark, it is male and should be used for the main icon.

If it produces sound but not spark it is female and should be used for pedestal.

If it produces neither, it is neuter and should be used for platform.

There are various standards for the relative proportions of image, gopura, prakara .

The Eleven Steps.

 

  1. Bhu pariksha: Examining and choosing location and soil for temple and town. The land should be fertile and soil suitable.
  2. Sila pariksha: Examining and choosing material for image
  3. Karshana: Corn or some other crop is grown in the place first and is fed to cows. Then the location is fit for town/temple construction.
  4. Vastu puja: Ritual to propitiate vastu devata.
  5. Salyodhara: Undesired things like bones are dug out.
  6. Adyestaka: Laying down the first stone
  7. Nirmana: Then foundation is laid and land is purified by sprinkling water. A pit is dug, water mixed with navaratnas, navadhanyas, navakhanijas is then put in and pit is filled. Then the temple is constructed.
  8. Murdhestaka sthapana: Placing the top stone over the prakara, gopura etc. This again involves creating cavities filled with gems minerals seeds etc. and then the pinnacles are placed.
  9. Garbhanyasa: A pot made of five metals (pancaloha kalasa sthapana) is installed at the place of main deity.
  10. Sthapana: Then the main deity is installed.
  11. Pratistha: The main deity is then charged with life/god-ness.

 

The Thirteen Procedures  before Daily Worship.

 

  • Anujna: the priest takes permission from devotees and lord Ganesha to begin rituals
  • Mrit samgrahana: Collecting mud
  • Ankurarpana: Sowing seeds in pots of mud collected and waiting till they germinate
  • Rakshabandhana: The priest binds a holy thread on his hand to take up the assignment.
  • Punyahavacana: Purifying ritual for the place and invoking good omens
  • Grama santi: Worship for the good of village and to remove subtle undesired elements
  • Pravesa bali: Propitiation of various gods at different places in the temple, rakshoghna puja (to destroy asuric elements) and of specific gods like Kshetra palaka (devata ruling the town)
  • Vastu Santi: Pacifying puja for vastu (this happens twice and this is the second time)
  • Yagasala: Building the stage for homas, along with vedika.
  • Kalasasthapana: Installing kalasam
  • Samskara: Purifying the yaga sala
  • Kalasa puja, yagarambha: Woshipping the kalasa as god and propitiating deities through fire
  • Nayanonmeelana, Pratimadhivasa: Opening eyes of the god-image, installing it and giving it life.

 

Then specific worship is done to deity, as prescribed. For instance in the case of Siva, this is followed by Astabandhana and Kumbhabhisheka.

Citations.

Temple Building

Ref for Image and for further reading.

Rules for Building a Temple pdf.

 

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