The Hanging pillar of Lepakshi Temple
As soon as you step into the temple premise, it will start tracing an impact of its enriched cultural and ancient engineering marvel. It is a true splendid creation which compelled me to think about the master skill posed by the engineers, architects and whoever else were involved in creating this masterpiece.The whole Lepakshi temple is made of stones depicting our never vanishing traditional and cultural integrity. Various deity of God and Goddess have been carved out on the walls and pillars of the temple. You can see various sculptures all around in the temple, all made of stone and some are crafted on walls and pillars. Another attraction is roof painting speared all over on the roof of temple depicting glorious ancient Indian culture and traditions.
As soon as you enter the temple, you get a feel of it’s vastness. You will immediately step into a courtyard that runs all across the main temple. The courtyard is neatly lined with Verandah on all sides, with endless pillars, intricately carved. Upon crossing the courtyard, you can proceed to the main temple. A flight of stairs lead to the main temple. I bet you will be mesmerized with the carvings on the pillars and walls of this temple.
As you walk through the temple, you arrive at a pillar which does not rest on the ground fully.There are about 70 pillars at this fabulous 16th-century temple of stone in Vijayanagar style, but this one is the best known and a tribute to the engineering genius of ancient and medieval India’s temple builders. However, it is a bit dislodged from its original position. A paper or a thin piece of cloth can be passed from below the pillar and it comes out absolutely unhindered at the other end.
52 meter in height 9 storied structure. It has two tiered stone base and a super structure in brick. some wooden sections are used in some corners to impart strength and stability to the structure. inside the Gopuram the temperature was substantially lower than the ambient temperature.The shadow of the Gopuram is seen in a small room located in far north west corner of the temple however the shadow is inverted.
Peruvudayar Temple, Tanjore
A spectrum of Hindu temple styles continued to develop from the 5th to the 9th century over the Chalukya era rule as evidenced in Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal, and then with the Pallava era as witnessed at Mamallapuram and other monuments. Thereafter, between 850 and 1280 CE, Cholas emerged as the dominant dynasty. The early Chola period saw a greater emphasis on securing their geopolitical boundaries and less emphasis on architecture. In the 10th century, within the Chola empire emerged features such as the multifaceted columns with projecting square capitals. This, states George Michell, signaled the start of the new Chola style. This South Indian style is most fully realized both in scale and detail in the Brihadeshvara temple built between 1003 and 1010 by the Chola king Rajaraja.
This is the only temple that is dedicated to Lord Shani (Saneeswaran, in Tamil). Whenever (planet) Saturn transits from one zodiac sign to another (an occurrence roughly every 2.5 years), millions throng this shrine for worship. The legendary King Nala is said to have been relieved of his afflictions caused by the malefic influence of Saturn, after worship in this temple. Of the numerous theertams (sacred bathing places), the Nala theertam is the most important one. It is believed that by bathing here, one washes off all kinds of misfortunes and afflictions caused by one’s past of karmas (in terms of deities, Lord Shani or Saturn is said to be the dispenser of karmas (both good and bad), but also one whose Grace, particularly at this shrine, can dispel bad karmas or, at least, make them bearable).
A few years ago US sent a satellite which kept revolving round our globe & whenever it crossed right above the spot of Thirunallaar ( East Coast Divine place of Tamil Nadu) it staggers, moves forward very slowly for a while ! NASA observed it and was puzzled! It is also said that during the SANI- PEYARCHCHI , a most sacred festival of the place, say once in 30 months , a very dense UV rays falls from the Space on the place ( it seems there is always a greater flow of UV rays compared to the quota received by any other part of our earth at that place ; and during the said festival the density gets more!) No explanations from the Scientists. Just accept it as a miracle . It is not a fiction.
VAITHEESWARAN KOIL means the Lord Doctor in the Tamil language. It is believed that prayers to Lord Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases. It is one of the nine Navagraha Temples and the planet Mars-Angaraka, is worshipped here. It is believed to be the site where Angaraka was cured of leprosy. This site is known for its Naadi astrologers. Thirunavukkarasar had severe stomach pain and his sister asked him to pray to Lord Vaidhyanatha Swamy to cure the illness. He prayed and his illness was cured. Lord Vaitheeswaran Swamy and his Consort Thaiyalnayaki Ambal gives darshan with the medicinal oil to cure the diseases of devotees. It is believed that Rama, Lakshmana and Saptarishis worshipped the Lord here. The ashes and Thiruchandu Urundai is supposed to cure all diseases. It is prepared from Homa Kundam. Another medicine given is Chandan or sandalwood powder with Saffron. People come here to offer Milagu-pepper and salt with jaggery in the Siddhamritam, to get rid of diseases. They also donate carved silver plated body organs in the Hundi vessel as offerings, to cure the diseases. In Vaitheeswaran Koil, there is a special shrine dedicated to Ankarakan or Chevaai-Mars.The belief is that offering prayers to Ankarakan will bestow valour, victory and strength. There is also a widespread belief that a visit here would remove obstacles which delay marriage.
Tharamangalam Kailasanathar Temple
On the 9th and 10th of February, the sunlight goes through Nandi’s horn and falls as the third moon on Shivalingam. There are many people who come to this day. From the statue of the cotton, Manmadan is not known to him, and from Manmadhan’s statue, the sculpture is supposed to be visible. The stone chain in the temple, the stone lotus and the lion are an excellent example of sculpture. Always cool is the entrance to the entrance to the Coral Temple.
One of the pillars of the Tharamangalam Temple is sculpted in the shape of a Raman and another pillar of Wali. With the eyes of the Wali idol we can not see the image of Raman. With the sight of Lord Raman we see our eyes and see the shape of the Wally. This story is painted with art.