Valli cave & Wedding of Lord Murugan with Valli
This place on the Northern side...and taking pictures is prohibited. Its a cave of just 4 feet in height inside at entrance..and passage is narrow so if you are fat and have doubt of getting stuck here then please dont take chance..and inside cave its really hot and humid with out any ventilation.
Its really a long story to put it here, wikipedia has explained it really well.
Goddess Valli had love for Lord Murugan even in her previous life. The Lord was moved by the highest form of love expressed by Valli and he decided to woo her.
Valli's father assigned Valli to take in-charge of protecting the field from birds and animals who might damage the crops. Lord Murugan thought this is the best opportunity to meet Valli and therefore He assumed the form of a handsome tribal hunter and appeared before her, as if he lost his way on chasing a deer during hunting.
Valli did not recognize the stranger and promptly asked him to leave the place. And Hunter proposed his love to Valli.
Valli refused Hunter's proposal as she loved Lord Murugan only. This time Vallil's father about to come to meet valli and Hunter changed himself to old man. And Valli's father asked old man to stay with Valli till they return.
The old man was hungry and asked Valli for food, but it made him thirsty and asked for water. She gave him water and Lord in the form of old man asked him to get married to him. Valli got angered by old man's stupidity and Lord Murugan asked help from His brother, Lord Ganesha to appear as a wild elephant at that time. On seeing the wild elephant, Valli was scared and ran back to the old man, pleading Him to save Her from the elephant. Lord Muruga proposes to save Her only if She agrees to marry Him. she agrees and the Lord reveals His true form. It was then Valli realises that it was her beloved Lord, who was with her all the time.
It happens only in India.........
1,2)----> These two picture I have not taken for people's faith on god..In india you will find people will pray god where ever they find anything resemble God. In this picture you will see one small statue of god and people has started praying here. In picture these ladies has put their newborn kid in front of god to get blessing, even after praying more than 500 god inside temple they are praying it here. This statue of god was not there few years back when I visited this place. Now it has come up..
Actually now coming to the point, if you see the picture there is one small hole in the wall and if you stand on the other side of this wall... Its inside the temple premise and if you place you ear there then you can feel like thousand priest chanting "AUM" from the other side( Sea side ). Its because of the air movement from this hole but its really strange for the first timer..I never saw this anywhere in india.
This practice of getting blessing from Elephant, you will see in south indian temples only. And its like getting blessing from God directly. For token devotees may pay very little amount to keeper of Elephant.
You will see this Elephant at the entrance of the Tirchendur Temple.
Right now Animal right activist are trying to get ban on the practice of keeping elephant at the door step of Temple. Its been reported that the living condition of these elephant is not that good and on average day this elephant has to bless around 500 people and during peak season this number may increase to 2000 or even more. I did not take blessing from elephant as I dont want to torture elephant just for my belief. I hope you will also spread this word to your family and friends when visiting indian temples. Thanks a lot in advance.
And in last two picture you can see people has tied it lot of cloths on tree. This is near to Valli's cave and for some people their wish might have got full filled and for some yet to get full filled.
This Tirchendur temple is just next to beach.. This beach is clean and free from debris like other indian beaches. People take bath first in sea then if they have any plan for head shaving then proceed for that.
And after shaving head they go to take bath using fresh water. These temple has got place for taking bath for devotees. And to peoples amazement this well oozes out fresh water all the time and its just 100 meters from sea shore.
This beach should not treated like goa beach its next to religious place so people should behave and stay in limit. You will see people taking dip in sea wearing full cloths.
At this place fresh water comes out day and night and its really amazing to see fresh water coming out from here even its proximity to sea shore. And according to old stories when Lord murugan and his army returned from 6 days long battle they were all thirsty and needed water. And Lord Murugan used his weapon "Vel" on earth and water started gushing out from earth.
Faith for God
In india we see number of ways people show their faith for God, out of which one of the way is shaving head before going into Murugan temple. Actually Devotees of all age, even ladies shave their head. Before doing so they take bath in sea and there is a place for shaving head. Here fees is just 13 Rs. when we went there and around 15-20 barbers sit there to shave head. At the end if you wish then you can pay them little extra.
In Hinduism Devotees have lot of ways to show their faith and in india sometimes few customs followed were few centuries old and some customs are blindly followed or imposed upon people. And in india religion plays very big roll in common peoples life.
And this place is 50Kms from my home town and I saw people walking to this temple without any footwear. Its really amazing to see their will power and faith.
Sculptures and Roof top Paintings
Temples all over india are famous for sculptures and roof top paintings. Roof top paintings I generally found in most of the south indian temples only. Some places like Madurai these sculptures are made from single stone.
And one small or single sculpture has got long history in it. Even during my trips at south indian temple I missed taking pictures of these sculptures but got to know lot of things on internet and then realised what I missed. I tried to explain things here on VT in very simple language amd short too.
And I think these sculptures used for story telling instead of long scripts. And rooftop paintings on the wall is really amazing in these temples. Its really time consuming and require lot of patience too.
Gopuram of Tiruchendur Temple
The Gopurams or the Gopura are a prominent feature of Hindu Temples in the South of India. Gopurams are monumental towers,sth like pyramids in Egypt,well decorated and are the gateways through the walls that encircle the temple.
The Gopurams are mainly rectangular in shape tapering as they rise to the sky. The base of the Gopurams has ground level wooden doors very nicely decorated which provide access to the tower/Gopuram. As the Gopuram rises up, its size reduces and gradually reduces in diminishing storeys as the tower of the Gopura narrows. The Gopura is topped with the Sikhara Amalaka, a bulbous stone finial. The Gopurams are all over decorated with sculptures and carvings of figures derived from Hindu mythology especially those associated with the presiding deity.
Gopuram has nine storeys and it is about 137 feet high above Yalimattam, 90 feet long north to south and 65 feet broad east to west. At the top of the Gopuram the width is 20 feet and the length is 49 feet. To indicate that the Gopuram consists of 9 storeys there are nine Kalasams (sacred copper pots) at the top of the Gopuram.
Fierce Monster Images with protruding eyes and horns,mark the arched ends ends of vaulted roofs,and serves as gaurdian deities.
Sculptures on Gopurum
The Sculptures of the deities on the tower are repaired,repainted and ritually reconsecrated every 12 years
Opening on Gopurum
Opening in the middle of the long sides allow light to enter the hollow chambers at all level
Tirchendur Murugan Temple
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple or Tiruchendur Senthilandavan Koil is one of the most famous Lord Muruga Temples in Tamil Nadu, situated at Thiruchend it can be reached from Tirunelveli and Tuticorin and roughly at a distance of 60 Kms.
Also known as Sri Senthil Andavar Temple and Thiruchendur is said to be second among his six abodes (Arupadaiveedu). The other five Muruga temples in the Aarupadai Veedu are
1) Palani Murugan Temple---PALANI
2)Swamimalai Temple--Near Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
3) Thiruthani Murugan Temple--100 Kms from Chennai
4) Pazhamudircholai Muruga Temple--16 Kms from Madurai.
5) Thiruparamkunram Temple.
This temple again got history of battle between Good and Evil, fight between Lord Murugan and Evil person called Surapadma. Surapadma captured all gods and kept in jail and Lord Murugan comes to rescue of all gods and kills Surapadma.
An intense battle was fought for six days.During first five days all followers of Surapadma dies and on sixth day battle between Lord Murugan and Surapadma fought. On sixth Surapadma got himself transformed into Mango tree and Lord Murugan breaks this tree into two halves. And these two halves transforms them self into peacock and cock. Lord Murugan uses this peacock as his transport and cock on his banner . This event is popularly known as Surasamharam, or the destruction of Surapadman.