A Kongu Nadu, Kaveri Karai Kumbabishekam – 1

There is a place called Mohanur, on the banks of Kaveri, in Namakkal district. On 9th April, the day of the full moon in the month of Panguni, the town was to celebrate the Kumbabishekam of the ancient Siva temple – the temple of Achaladeepeshwarar and Madukaraveni. 

I am on the way there…

Morning 6 am, 8th April…

Just landed in Salem by one of the summer special trains… An old Ambassador taxi waits for me at the station. We take off from Salem towards Namakkal. We take the highway that connects Kashi and Kanyakumari… The way is pretty scenic. Fields, and hills…

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After an hour or so, we reach Namakkal. The heart of this town is a rock-hill, Namagiri, with a fort on top.

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Some say that this fort was built by Tippu Sultan, and others say that it was built much earlier. Namagiri itself is has references back to 9th century. Suffice to say, the hill andthe fort have seen much history… 

Here’s another picture.

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Going past Namakkal, some half an hour so later, we reach Mohanur…

This is  primarily an agricultural town, and still retains an old world charm and green… The temple of Achaladeepeshwarar is right by the banks of the Kaveri, with the idol of the Lord facing the river… The western gate of the temple leads to a bathing ghat in the river… The river here is really wide, and is called Aganda Kaveri… Not much water flows now, but the river bed is very wide… Nerur, the samadhi place of the great sage Sadasiva Brahmendra is on the other side of the Kaveri, a few kms from here…

To see a wikimap location link of the temple, click here…

The temple of Achaladeepeshwarar is one of the Vaippu sthalams. These refer to temples that have been referenced in the songs of Nayanmar saints… This temple has been referred to by Appar… Real ancient temple… This is in the ancient region of Kongu Naadu, and Mohanur is referred to in Tevaram as Kongu Kumari…

To know more of the Tevaram reference click here…

The temple kumbabishekam is being performed after a long time. I am told that the previous one was conducted more than a hundred years before. This is one special occasion all right…

The temple has been renovated, and has a nice and bright look…

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3 Responses to “A Kongu Nadu, Kaveri Karai Kumbabishekam – 1”

  1. Srinivasa Says:

    Kamesh, this is indeed an awesome beginning. Hopefully you’ll cover each day of the utsavam in a separate post. In any case, Nerur deserves a separate post.

    Pictures are nice.

    Kongu Kumari is interesting usage. Am somewhat unclear if the ‘Kongu’ in here is denotative of the region. Given that the Devi is called ‘madhukara veni’, parallel to வண்டார்குழலி in Tamil usage, the ‘kongu’ is more easily interpreted as ‘ honey’. You might recall in this connection கொங்கு தேர் வாழ்க்கை அஞ்சிறைத்தும்பி ‘ from the movie ‘tiruvilaiyadal’ where தும்பி is of course a bee or ‘madhukara’.

    Hi to NGS.

    Srini

  2. gkamesh Says:

    Thanks Srini. வண்டார்குழலி seems a perfect fit. The Kongu in the region name does seem to have been derived from honey, flowers, fragrance…

  3. Guru Says:

    Beautiful pictures,

    Thanks for posting. It is nice to see the photos of childhood days where I worshiped.

    Thanks Mahesh and Srini.

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