Posts Tagged ‘Mohanur’

A Kongu Nadu, Kaveri Karai Kumbabishekam – 4

June 17, 2009

Long time no blog….

Hands been tied, folks!

This post completes this series on Mohanur temple kumbabishekam…

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Crowds gather inside the temple…

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The folks who are  to perform the kumbabishekam climb onto the temple gopuram, and wait for the auspicious time to begin…

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Waiting…. (see kaveri river in the background)…

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The kumabishekam begins… See the vilva tree (the sthala vriksha of the temple)…

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Kumbabishekam complete… the crowds push to be blessed by the shower of abhishekam waters…

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At end, I leave you with a picture of Siva-Parvati, from the Gopuram of temple… Om Namo Achaladeepeshwara!

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A Kongu Nadu, Kaveri Karai Kumbabishekam – 3

April 23, 2009

9th April, 2009, early morning…

Time is around 4:30 am. We go to the temple, and walk down the steps to the Kaveri river. The massive river bed of Aganda Kaveri, has a flow that probably covers less than one fourth of the breadth. But there is  a steady flow. The moon is up. There are people already in the river. We walk gingerly into the waters… Old, disused idols have been carelessly thrown here and there in the river. The river bed is all small rock and stone, and the walking is difficult. Somehow, we manage to walk across to a place towards the middle of the flow, near some rocks… And there, we have a bath. This is heavenly. The chants from the temple yagyas can be heard in the distance. The pre-dawn sky and breeze is something else. People are standing waistdeep in the waters, doing Japa. And there, towards the eastern direction, is the portal of the temple, with the idol of Achaladeepeshwarar looking directly at the river. namchivaaya vaazhga!

After the bath, we make our way to the temple yagya. The main altar of Achaladeepeshwar is ablaze with the Sivachariar offering ‘aahuti’, to the accompaniment of the chant of the Mantra.

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Another picture of the priests, carrying consecrated waters for the kumbabishekam

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The first signs of dawn is seen… Nature is at its beautiful best…

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Walking around the temple, one sees many shrines. Here is a shrine that says “Sadasiva Brahmendra Paduka” shrine.

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I am told that the Padukas in this shrine are those of the Sri Sachidananda Siva Abhinava Narasimha Bharati Mahaswamigal, who graced this world as the Jagadguru of Sringeri from 1879 to 1912.  (To know more about the Acharya, click here).

These Padukas were given by the Jagadguru to one his disciples of Mohanur, whose name was Sadasiva. This disciple had these Padukas installed in the shrine here, made arrangements for daily worship, and endowed the temple with some lands, the income of which was to be used for this shrine. This background about the Sadasiva Brahmendra shrine in the Achaladeepeshwara temple was told to me by Sri Natarajan, an elderly gentleman, native of Mohanur. He said that, somehow, in time, people have forgotten that the Padukas are of Narsimha Bharati swamigal…

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Time is around 8 am. The Sun is up. Here is a picture of the scene nearby the temple. Kaveri is seen in the background.

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The Shivacharyas have gathered inside the temple, and are waiting….The auspicious time for kumbabishekam is coming up.

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A Kongu Nadu, Kaveri Karai Kumbabishekam – 1

April 12, 2009

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… 

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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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