On our trip to these two temples.....
Myself and my husband, Ramachandran, together with two of my family friends, left for Trichy early in the morning by about 4.30 am by car. It was a joyous ride through out the journey. My husband, known for his jovial way of keeping the conversation going, and also the two friends, Bhaskar and Shankar, saw to it that we had a pleasant, enjoyable journey right till our return to Chennai. Inspite of the inclement weather prevailing upto Melmaruvathur, we made our way cautiously throughout. As time went by, the weather became sultry and very very hot and humid. Keeping in mind that we had to reach Trichy by 10 am, we did not stop anywhere, except for a small cup of coffee, to refresh ourselves, and by 9.30 am we made it to Trichy.
My friends who accompanied us, had combined this trip with a wedding they had to attend and this being the case, we all headed straight to the marriage hall in Amma Mantapam, Therku Vasal, where the wedding was taking place. Once they made their presence felt at the wedding, we left straight for the Srirangam Temple. Being sunday and knowing that this ancient and famous temple would be crowded, we had already made arrangements with a close collegue of mine, a retired Tasildhar, to helped us around this temple. I should mention here and show my gratitude to this wonderful, simple person, Mr. Sadagopan, who is 80 plus years old, was so influential every where he took us. I should pay my respects to him by saying that he made this temple visit of ours worth every second! We could see all the Gods and Goddesses in all of the sannathis at very close quarters, with the help of our Tasildhar friend, which was very very satisfying for all of us. A memorable visit on the whole, I should say.
Though I have already written about this great temple, a small re-capture of this spectacular Temple for my viewers one more time:
Om Namo Narayanaya
|Srirangam Temple Gopuram|
|Sri Ranganathar, Srirangam|
|Sri Ranganayaki, Srirangam|
The other sannathis in the temple are:
Udayavar [Ramanujar Sannathi]
As I had earlier said, all of the above sannathis were very crowded being sunday. Nevertheless, with the help of our Tasildhar, we could have very good darshan in all of the sannathis. On the whole it was an enjoyable trip to this ancient temple, so rich in its historical importance.
Our next visit was to the Thiruvanai Kovil, Tiruchirappalli only a few kms away from Srirangam Temple.
Thiruvanaikoil is a beautiful small urban village at Tiruchirappalli district in Tamil Nadu of Southern India. Thiruvanaikoil is also familiarly known as Tiruvanaikoil, Tiruvanaikaval.
|Thiruvanaikaval East Side Gopuram|
|Kubera Lingam, Thiruvanaikaval|
|Sri Akilandeswari Amman - Thiruvanaikaval|
The goddess of this temple is 'Akilandeswari' ['Amman']. The Amman is also called as Akilandanyaki. Akilandeswari is pronounced as 'Akilam - Aanda – Eswari' [Akilam – Universe, Aanda – Ruler, Eswari – Goddess]. We were really blessed and fortunate to be at get close quarters in both the sannathis and pray to the Lord and Goddess in a very satisfying manner. The Goddess Akilandeswari was breath-taking in the way the alangaram was done, not to miss Her ears edorned with Chandran and Suryan. The Amman still stands before our eyes in all her glory!
|Temple Archakar dressed like Devi Akilandeswari |
performing Ko Pujai
|Legend of the Temple Thiruvanaikaval|
|The Vimanam of Lord Shiva Sanctorum-"Venn Naaval tree"|