Ahobilam Temple History
Kurnool Temples

Ahobilam Temple History

Ahobilam Temple History

The Lord in the Upper Ahobilam is said to be Swyambhu i.e self-manifested. There are two popular legends for the derivation of the word Ahobilam. It is said that the Devas while witnessing the ferocious form of the Lord and the terrific aspect he took on in order to tear to pieces Hiranyakasyapa sang in his praise

‘Narasimha Paramam Devam Aho Balam Aho Balam’

and hence, the place has come to be known as Ahobilam.

Another version is that because of the great cave, the Ahobila, where Garuda worshipped and realised the Lord. The place itself is come to be called Ahobila.

 

Ahobilam Temple is the only place where all the nine forms of the Lord Narasimha Swamy are worshipped. It is said that the entire Nalmalla Hills from Kurnool to Chittoor are a personification of Lord Adisesha himself whose tail end is Srisailam, whose middle is Ahobilam and whose head is Tirupati.

There are inscriptions which refer to Vikramaditya of the Western Chalukyan Kings of Kalyan (1076 AD – 1106 AD) worshipped the main deity of this temple. King Krishna Deva Raya has also visited this shrine on his return from the conquest of Kalinga and made offerings to the deity.

 

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Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple History
Kurnool Temples

Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple History

“Years ago, there lived a princess named Chandravathi who was the daughter of a King who ruled from the Chandragupta Patnam, on the northern bank of the Krishna river. Her father was a valiant warrior who used to be absent from his court quite often due to his other pre-occupations. The princess Chandravathi grew up into a beautiful maiden. She was very pious and devoted by nature and due to a domestic calamity, she went to a forest of Srisailam on the southern side of the river for prayer and penance. She took nothing with her except a faithful herdsman and some cattle.

The princess was living with the herdsman and the cattle, and living mainly on the forest produce, and upon the milk produced from the cows. She noticed that one black cow out of the herd was not giving any milk at all. She there up on instructed the herdsman to find out the reason for this and to watch the cow. The herdsman hid behind the cow, and watched its movements and came back and reported, that it was not yielding any milk because it gave up all its milk during the course of its wanderings. on a black stone image of Siva in the form of Linga. The princess also witnessed the scene. The night Lord appeared in the dreams of the princess and told her that the black stone lying in the forest was nothing but a manifestation of the Lord Himself. He enjoined upon the princess, the necessity for building a temple around his own Linga.

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Jogulamba Temple Alampur
Kurnool Temples

Jogulamba Temple Alampur

Jogulamba Temple Alampur

Skandapurana also refers the importance of the Goddess Yellamma (Grama Devatha) and Bhudevi. As per the Legends, Everyday, Renuka the wife of Sage Jamadagni used to bring water from river Tungabadhra in a new pot which she prepares from the clay of river Tungabadhra for the Pooja of her husband. This power of moulding clay and Sand into a pot was acquired by her due to the power of her great Pathi (Husband) Bhakti. One day, while she was busy with her daily work, she chanced to glance at a king and queen who were bathing in the river. This caused a little amount of mental disturbance in Renuka so she was not able to prepare the pot. She, therefore, returned Ashram with the empty hands.

Sage Jamadagni who was aware of the powers of his wife understood that she had deviated from her path and therefore ordered his sons to kill her at once. All of them kept quite, but Parasurama alone was dutiful and carried out the cruel order of his father. Sage Jamadagni was pleased with Parasurama’s filial affection and asked him to select any boon. Parasurama immediately asked him to bring his mother back to live. Jamadagni replied him that her head could not be attached to her body as it fell on some impure place and he gave her a boon that the head would be worshipped by the name of Yellamma, and the body would also be equally renowned in the name of Bhudevi.

 

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Kapaleeshwar Temple History
Chennai

Kapaleeshwar Temple History

Kapaleeshwar Temple History

Kapaleeshwar Temple History, Legends

Another interesting story associated with this temple, Once Lord Siva was explaining the significance of Letters in the word “Kailash” to the Goddess Parvati. During that time, a beautiful peacock came by and started dancing, displaying its splendid plumes which grabbed Parvati’s attention. She missed a little of what her husband was saying and asked him to repeat it. Angered, Lord Siva cursed Goddess Parvati to become a peacock. Parvati begged forgiveness and Siva directed Her to do penance at Mayilai to regain her divine form.

Parvati as a peacock offered Puja to the Siva Lingam. Impressed Lord gave her Darshan and she regained her divine form. She then requested the Lord that the place where she lived in as a peacock should be known as Mayilai.

 

It is said that the original temple was destroyed by the Portuguese in 15th Century. Later, Muthiappa Mudaliar from Mylapore constructed the present form of the temple in 16th Century. Temple was built in the Dravidian style with a pyramidal multi-tiered Gopuram (temple tower).

 

Kapaleeshwar Temple Timings

Morning Hours: 5:00 am – 12:00 pm

Evening Hours: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Kapaleeshwar Temple Address, Contact Number

Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple,

Mylapore, Vadakku Maada Street,

Chennai, PinCode – 600004

Contact Number: +91 44  24641670 / +91 44 24611356

Reference Link: http://gotirupati.com/kapaleeswarar-temple/

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Vadakkumnathan Temple Thrissur
Thrissur Temples

Vadakkumnathan Temple Thrissur

Vadakkumnathan Temple Thrissur

vadakkumnathan temple opening timeAs per the Legend stated in Brahmanda Purana, Parasurama who exterminated Kshatriyas for 21 times performed a Yajna to get relieved from the Sins and donated all his lands to Brahmans as a Dakshina. He requested Lord Varuna (God of Rain) to throw a piece of Land from the sea to retire and continue with his penance.

Lord Varuna gave him a winnow (surpa), which turned into a territory. Another version is that Varuna asked Parasurama to hurl the axe into the sea which turned into a territory. It was then known by Surparaka which came from the word Surpa (winnow). This is the present day Kerala as per the legends.

He then went to Mount Kailash and requested his Guru Lord Siva to make Kerala as his abode. On his disciple’s request, Siva with His Consort Parvathi, Ganapathi, Subramanya and other Gana’s followed his disciple and disappeared after reaching Thrissur. Parasurama saw the self-manifested Siva Linga under the huge Banyan Tree. This is the first place where Lord Siva manifested himself and this place known as Sri Mula Sthana.

 

Vadakkunnathan Temple Darshan Timings

Morning Hours: 4:00 am – 10:00 am

Evening Hours: 5:00 pm – 8:20 pm

 

Reference Link: http://gotirupati.com/vadakkunnathan-temple/

 

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Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple
Thanjavur

Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple

Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple

This temple was built during the reign of King Raja Raja Chola. From the inscriptions, it is known that this temple was constructed exactly 25 years and 275 days after his ascension to the throne. In the 13th century, Pandya built shrines for Goddess Varahi. Subramanya Swamy temple inside the temple complex was built in 15th Century AD.

 

Ardha Mantap, Mukha Mantap, Maha Mandap are located right in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum. Nandi Mandap shelters monolithic Nandi statue which is of 3.7 mt high and 6 mt long and 2.5 mt broad.

There are two stories associated with this Nandi statue. It is said that this Nandi starts growing continuously, worried people nailed its back from then on it stopped growing.

Another version is that there lived a toad inside the temple which made Nandi grow continuously. When they removed the toad, the bull stopped growing.

How to reach Brihadeeswarar Temple?

By Air

  1. Tiruchirapalli International airport is 61 km away

By Train

  1. Direct train is available from Chennai Central to Thanjavur.

By Road

  1. From Chennai, Temple is 382 km away.
  2. From Tiruchirapalli, it is is a 1-hour drive from the airport.
  3. A direct bus is available from Chennai CMBT to Thanjavur.

 

Reference Link: http://gotirupati.com/brihadeeswarar-temple/

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Thingalur Chandran Temple History
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Thingalur Chandran Temple History

Thingalur Chandran Temple History

Thingalur Chandran Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. Lord Siva here known by Kailasanathar. This temple is famous for Infant’t rice feeding.  Temple is 37 km from Kumbakonam. Special poojas will be performed to the deity on full moon day and on Monday’s.

 

Apputhi Adigal a merchant living in Thingalur was a great follower of Thirunavukkarasar. One day Apputhi Adigal thought of hosting a party for his Guru during his visit to the temple town. He asked his son to bring the plantain leaves from the garden, where a snake bit him. Apputhi Adigal hid the corpse of his son as he don’t want to disturb the plan. Knowing this, the Guru carried the corpse to the siva temple and revived his life by praying to the Lord.

 

Thingalur Chandran Temple Timings

Morning Hours: 7 am  – 1 pm

Evening Hours: 4 pm – 9 pm

 

Chandra rules

  1. Health issues related to Nerve, mental condition, Jaundice.
  2. Mother and wife’s health condition
  3. Abroad Travel
  4. Help from Government
  5. Vehicle ownership

Reference Link: http://gotirupati.com/thingalur-chandran-temple/

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