Global Hindu Temple Network Index

I am currently in the process of preparing an index of Global Hindu Temple Network as a hosted spreadsheet. You can find the same here. Please remember that this project is in the nascent stage with no assurance of accuracy or presentational aesthetics. The intent of sharing is that it would give an insight into the categories that we are desiring to cover and to benefit pilgrims in a quick and easy way.

As of 12th January 2017 we have the following categories:

  1. 51 Sakthi Peetams
  2. 12 Jyotirlingams
  3. Sri Siva Temples
  4. Arupadai Veedu
  5. Chardham
  6. Navagraha Temples
  7. 108 Sri Vaishnava Divyadesams
  8. Sri Vaishnava Abhimana Sthalangal

Let me know if you know another temple and would like us to add the same here.

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பித்ரு தோஷம் நீக்கும் வல்லங்குளம் மாரியம்மன் கோவில்

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திருவாரூர் பாதையில் நாகையில் இருந்து சுமார் 14 கி.மீ. தொலைவில் அமைந்துள்ளது வல்லங்குளம் ஸ்ரீமாரியம்மன் திருக்கோவில். ஒவ்வொரு ஞாயிற்றுக்கிழமையும் இரவில் இந்த ஊர் மக்கள் பலரும் கோவிலில் தங்குகின்றனர்.

மறுநாள் மாரியம்மனை தரிசித்து, வணங்கினால் நினைத்தது நிறைவேறும் என்பது நம்பிக்கை. இங்கே மாரியம்மனை மனதார வேண்டி, உளுந்தாலான பலகாரங்களை அம்மனுக்குப் படைத்து, பக்தர்களுக்கு விநியோகிக்கின்றனர். இதனால் அம்மனின் அருளோடு நம்முன்னோர்களின் ஆசியும் கிடைக்கும். இது வரை, திதி-தர்ப்பணம் செய்யாதவர்களும், பிதுர் தோஷத்துக்கு ஆளானவர்களும் இங்கு வந்து, ‘தோசை’ முதலான உளுந்தால் ஆன உணவைப் படைத்து, அம்மனை வழிபட்டு பலனடையலாம் என்கிறார்கள்.

கோவில் வரலாறு :

இந்த கோவிலின் பரிகார வழிபாடுகள் மட்டுமல்ல மாரியம்மன் இங்கு குடிகொண்ட கதையும் சுவாரஸ்யமானது தான். திருவண்ணாமலையை தலை நகராகக் கொண்டு ஆட்சி செய்த வல்லாள மகா ராஜாவுக்கு குழந்தை பாக்கியம் வாய்க்கவில்லை. இதனால் வருந்திய மகாராஜா யாகங்கள் நிகழ்த்தி வழிபட்டார். இதன் பலனால் அரசி கருவுற்றாள். ஆனால் விதி வேறுவிதமாக விளையாடியது. ‘இந்த குழந்தை பிறந்தால் நாட்டுக்கு கேடு விளையும்’ என்று ஜோதிடர் எச்சரிக்க, கலங்கிப் போன போன மகாராஜா, செய்வதறியாது குழம்பினார்.

இறுதியில் நாட்டு மக்களின் நலனே முக்கியம் என்று கருதி மனைவியையும், அவள் கருவில் வளரும் குழந்தையையும் அழிக்கத் திட்டமிட்டார். ஒரு நாள் மனைவி அசந்திருந்த வேளையில் அவளை வெட்டுவதற்கு வாளை ஓங்கினார் மகாராஜா. அப்போது, ஆக்ரோஷமாகத் தோன்றினாள் பேச்சாயி அம்மன். மகாராஜாவின் கையில் இருந்த வாளைப் பிடுங்கி எறிந்தாள், அவரைத் தன் காலில் போட்டு மிதித்தாள்.

அரசியை தன்மடியில் கிடத்தி அவளுக்கு பிரசவம் பார்த்துக் குழந்தையையும், தாயையும் காப்பாற்றினாள், தனது தவறை உணர்ந்த மகாராஜா, பேச்சாயி அம்மனிடம் பாவ பரிகாரம் குறித்து வேண்டினார். கீவளூரில் ஒரு குளம் வெட்டி பாவத்துக்குப் பரிகாரம் தேடிக்கொள் என்று கட்டளையிட்டாள் அம்மன். அதன் படியே செய்தார் மகாராஜா. அவரால் உருவாக்கப்பட்ட குளம் தான் ‘வல்லங்குளம்’ எனப்பட்டது.

Trip to Sri Brahmapureeswar Temple (Thirupattur near Tiruchi)

Yesterday night I boarded the Rockfort Express and reached Trichy today morning around 5 AM. The Trichy Waiting hall seemed to be little congested. However managed to get freshened up and then after having tiffin in a nearby hotel went to Chatram Bus Stand. From there inquired for a bus to Siruganoor to go Brahma temple. This was the temple one software company in Trichy guided me in order to visit the temple. It was a divine blessings that there was an announcement regarding a bus which goes to the temple itself just came to the bus stand. So boarded that bus and after about an hour’s journey reached the temple.

Had a good darshan in the temple and then started from there. In the temple there is a a  belief to take the original horoscope book and keep near Brahma to have the destiny re-written. After completing the darshan took the Trichy bound bus back but got down at Siruganur and then caught a Chennai bus from the highway. It was around a few hours journey and reached Chennai by evening.

Sravanam Pilgrimage to Kumbakonam

Going by the calendar I visited Kumbakonam Oppiliappan temple today by taking the train yesterday night from Tambaram. However on reaching the temple figured out that the Sravanam celebrations had got completed yesterday itself. It is because according to the almanac

September 14, 2016 – Wednesday
Time is from 10:24 AM on September 13 to 10:07 AM on September 14

So just worshipped the Lord and then took the bus from Kumbakonam to reach Chennai by night because for today’s pilgrimage it was not a weekend but I had taken a day off for the same. It wasn’t a setback though because anyway got an opportunity to have a darshan of the Lord.

Weekend trip to Mudigere Sri Yoga Narasimha Swami Temple

Since Friday had another long corollary trip, we were thinking of clubbing a trip to Mudigere Sri Yoga Narasimha Swami temple. Here is the  narration of the travel from Bangalore to Mudigere and back.

  1. We had booked a bus from Bangalore to Hassan at around 22:30. The good point with KSRTC is that you are not at the whims and fancies of timekeepers and conductors since the bus number is texted to you about 15 to 30 minutes before the departure time.  The bus reached Hassan around 3 AM. After a wait for about an hour and a half, caught the next bus bound to Arisikere and alighted at Dudha. From Dudha, you need to hire an auto to Mudigere temple.This writer has compiled the phone numbers of two auto drivers who are known to offer rides for pilgrims to/from Mudigere temple. Here are the contact numbers:
    • Kumar: +91 99450 21951
    • Manjunath: +91 99012 07715
  2. Reached Mudigere around 6.30 AM. The priest Sri Sridhar helped with bathing and arrangements near the temple even though the temple opens only by 10 AM. Meantime we had a visit to nearby Omkareshwar temple which is packed with sculptures all over its walls. We had the bliss of seeing the Rudrabhishekam at 8.30 AM. After coming out of the temple had a quick glimpse of Hanuman temple. It is an old temple but it was closed during our visit.
  3. In our Lakshmi Narasimha temple, there was Manjakappu and Thirumanjanam. After that there was prasadam distribution. The famous prasadam in this temple is curd rice. The priest numbers for quick contact are:
    • Sridhar: +91 99452 99923
    • Ananthakrishna: +91 99020 63911
  4. After darshan, took the auto back to Dudha and reached by 2 PM. The Hassan bound bus reached bus stand from Dudha by 3 PM. After a wait for two hours, our Bangalore bound non-stop bus started at 5 PM and reached Bangalore around 8.30 PM.

A trip to Malleswaram and Iskcon Rajaji Nagar

Today I had a meeting scheduled with some spiritual leader near Malleswaram Railway Station and hence started around 8 AM. I started an hour before 9 AM because 9 to 10.30 is Rahu Kalam on Saturdays. After an hour and a quarter journey to Majestic, found the bus to Malleswaram and got down near 18th cross. I found the way to Malleswaram Railway Station and hence his house. The discussions went on till 11.30 AM. I had some light shopping near the area and after refreshments started from there towards Kuvempu Nagar metro station. However I was not able to figure out the bus to Iskcon (Rajaji Nagar). I had to walk between Kuvempu Nagar Metro and Srirampura Metro Station. Finally discovered that there is no direct bus and hence caught a bus to Navrang Talkies and from there caught another bus to Mahalakshmi Layout Entrance. From here, ISKCON temple is a five to seven minute walk.

Since I had reached the temple around 3.30 PM I had to wait till 4.15 PM for the temple to open. But the amenities in the temple is splendid. Rest rooms, Footwear stand, Queue system etc.  The sanctum sanctorums that the queue visits in that order are:

  1. Sri Prahlada Narasimha
  2. Sri Srinivasa
  3. Sri Radha Krishna (along with Balarama)

One of the ISKCON volunteer asked me to wait till 6 PM because as part of the 12 day Brahmotsavam festival there was Brahmarath scheduled where all the deities would be on the temple car. The Brahmarath decoration was beautiful and we could pull the car too. And en route the Brahmarath, rose petals were rained from top making it a delightful experience. The temple also keeps the area watered to keep it checked under heat waves.  The procession went around the temple for an hour and a half. After having prasadam in the temple started back to Mahalakshmi Layout to catch a bus to Majestic and then onward bus to Bommanahalli to reach home.