Posted by: raju0704 | April 22, 2010

Shree Agneeswarar Temple at Neyveli (near Thiruvallur)

Shree Lalithambika sametha Shree Agneeswarar Temple at Neyveli (Thiruvallur) – where Lord Shiva is considered being worshipped by rishis and siddhars everyday

Location:

From Thiruvallur, take the road towards Thiruthani/ Thirupathi. After 2 kms, there will be a road (bus route) to Poondy / Uthukottai on the right side which goes along the periphery of the Poondi reservoir (on the left). After 7 kms on that road, there will be Poondy junction (Poondy koot road). From there, the temple is around 1.5 km on the village road towards right.

Wikimapia temple location is here (thanks to Padma for sending the correct location)

First glimpse:

It all started in 2004 when two Shiva devotes visited Oondreeswarar temple at Poondy village. After their visit there, a village boy appeared and directed them to visit a nearby Shiva lingam at Neyveli village and disappeared. In the village, they found no Shiva lingam / temple and after persistent search, the villagers showed them a mound of thorny shrubs and wild weeds which they said is the only place which they had not explored due to the movement of snakes. On clearing the place a little, they found a beautiful, shining shiva lingam with only the top (rudhra) portion exposed under the clutches of the massive roots of a big Kallala tree (banyan without the hanging roots). The lingam was present very fresh as if daily poojas were taking place.Kallala tree is the one under which Lord Dakshinamoorthy sits.

Following are the earliest photos available:

The earliest view - 1 (by Raju's Temple Visits)
The earliest view - 2 (by Raju's Temple Visits) The earliest view - 3 (by Raju's Temple Visits)

The two people then heard about Sri Vadapalani Ramamoorthy who is doing the temple related services for the past more than 3 decades and informed the details. Then, Sri Ramamoorthy, Sri Murugashram Swamigal and Dr.Sathyamoorthy ex-director of ASI and the current chief patron of REACH foundation visited the place and they had a terrific experience. When they tried to enter the sanctum hutment, a whirlwind dust storm supported by heavy rain started without any warning all of a sudden. They had to go and embrace the nearby trees in order not to be thrown away freely. The Kallala tree started swinging wildly and an army of beetles flew all over the place and chased the people away. All these happened within that very small area of few 100 meters radius. Even the nearby villagers did not believe it when they arrived at the village in shambles fully wet. Later it was told in the deiva prasnam that Siddhars were in the middle of their worship and since it got disturbed, they got into all these problems. It was then decided that this is not a normal place and had to be handled very carefully.

Deiva prasnam:

Then, deiva prasnam was conducted by two eminent experts, one from Chennai and the other, a Namboodri from Kerala. Without one knowing what the other said, surprisingly both gave more than 90% matching information such as:

  • the main deity is Shree Agneeswarar
  • It is believed that the 18 siddha purushas among whom the two most prominent duo Shree Karur Devar and Nerur Shree Sadhasiva Brahmendrar worship this deity even today during midnights
  • The Kallala tree without hanging roots is the adobe of Vana Durga (Mother Kali, Goddess of forests) and 9 rishis are penancing below this tree! It was revealed during prasnam that the Adivasis who lived here have worshipped this Kali as their main deity in ancient days and the divine presence of Kali is still felt even today in this tree. A serpent couple which live in this tree make occasional appearances during pradhosha kaala poojas even today! (The Poondy surrounding area is historically a place where the ancient stone age people lived – remember they lived near the water bodies. The Gudiyam caves near Poondy has pre-history caves where stone age people lived. On the way to Neyveli from Poondy, the vast area on the right side has been fenced and being protected by Archeological Survey of India. There is a permanent museum of the finds of the stone age people discovered from these areas).
  • Agni theertham pond which is situated in the North Eastern part of this temple is believed to have spurted from the third eye of Eshwara. A dip in this holy tank and the worship of Eshwara is sure to eliminate the severest kind of Sarpa dhosha
  • This temple will be a popular pilgrimage centre very soon and people from all over this country and abroad will throng the place to have a glimpse of Shree Agneeswarar
  • This has similar spiritual significance to that of Kalahasthi for the Sarpa dhosha remedy.

Vasthra dhanam:

In the devia prasnam, it was told that without the permission of Shree Karur Devar and Nerur Shree Sadhasiva Brahmendrar, not a brick can be moved. It also revealed that one has to visit the Karur Siddhar’s adhishtanam and if the Siddhar accepts Vasthra dhanam (donation of cloth) on a Monday, it is an indication of the permission from the duo to startup the construction activity. Further one should not go and voluntarily give but somebody will come and voluntarily accept the dhanam.

So Sri Ramamoorthy, with the vasthram ready for dhanam, visited Nerur Shree Sadhasiva Brahmendrar adhishtanam on one Friday and then on Saturday, the Karur Pasupatheeswarar temple where Karur Devar adhishtanam is present, waiting for the vasthra dhanam to take place. But nothing happened till afternoon and suddenly he remembered that it will take place only on Monday as per the prasnam. So he just decided to leave wanting to come on Monday. At that time, the archagar called him inside and gave the (anga) vasthram that was adorned on the Karur Siddhar adhishtanam, as prasadam. He was totally surprised since he was expecting to give vasthra dhanam but he received and that too from the divine Himself. He found from the archagar that it is not customary to give the vasthram as prasadam to anybody on any day but it is just that he got some inner urge to do so at that moment. Sri Ramamoorthy was more than happy thinking that he got more blessing than what was told in the prasnam and so can start the temple work. On Sunday evening, he returned to Chennai. On Monday morning, an aged person came to his house saying that he is arranging a marriage for his younger grand daughter and getting some help from several people. He showed up a cardboard saree box saying, it was a saree donated by somebody next street. He said, he expects a vasthra for the bridegroom. Now the following in Sri Ramamoorthy’s own words:

“Raju, I am doing temple related service for nearly more than 3 decades but on that day, I got an experience which I never got in my whole life. I immediately became half-conscious, gave the vasthrams I kept for this purpose. The person didn’t talk any further. I did pranams, he blessed me with both hands and just walked away. For the next 20 minutes I just sat on the sofa speechless. I slowly regained full consciousness and later only realized what had really happened. If people need real marriage assistance, they will ask for money or gold or whatever costlier assistance but not just this single vasthram worth 200 Rs, is itn’t?”

From that moment, Sri Ramamoorthy didn’t look back and is going ahead, though slowly, due to paucity of funds. At the age of 70+, he is regularly going to Neyveli for Pradhoshams apart from other visits to supervise the work.

There are many miracles happening to many people visiting the temple including me and my wife. One of the incidents worth mentioning is this:
Late Sri T.S.Gothandarama Sharma of Chrompet is a popular figure in VHP and Kanchi mutt and has written many books on Sri Kanchi Periyavar. He conducted the bhoomi puja at Neyveli with the Ganapathy homam and Navagraha homam and when they were about to leave, they suddenly remembered, Kali, a main deity there, was totally forgotten . So they continued with the Dhakshina Kali homam and then left. Next day early morning, Sri Ramammorthy received a telephone call from Sri Sharma who was stammering in a highly emotional voice that he just got the dharshan of the beautiful smiling Mother Kali. Sri Sharma was a regular writer to many magazines and so he has narrated his experience in a letter to Sri Ramamoorthy which is being preserved.

Now, in the span of two years,

  • a Vinayagar shrine has been built and consecrated
  • the compound wall has been constructed
  • the temple tank has been almost completed
  • the approach road has been laid (with the donation of lands by many villagers)
  • the shrines of Shiva, Ambal, Vana Durga and Murugar are coming up

Our Visit:

In the last 4-5 months, we have visited thrice and felt the blessings of Shree Agneeswarar. Our first trip was along with a Blog friend Sri Sethurathnam and REACH Chandrasekar on a Pradhosha day. It was raining right from Adayar and while crossing Porur, it was the toughest. In Thirumazhisai, the water stagnated in the road to about 2 feet level and I was really scared to drive through. All the way, it was a very tough, scary and testing drive but somehow safely reached Neyveli. There was no further rain all through the pradhosha proceedings till we returned!

The temple is located in a beautiful environment with paddy fields all around. Initially when the temple was found there was no road to the temple it was surrounded by fields all around. Now many people have donated lands and made a road. When you enter, first you will see a beautiful Village God temple. The red and white striped compound wall of the Agneeswarar temple with the big Kallala tree, amidst the green fields all around gives a very pleasing look from quite a distance.

View of Village God temple from Agneeswarar Temple (by Raju's Temple Visits) Village God Temple at the entrance (by Raju's Temple Visits) Agneeswarar temple from a distance 1 (by Raju's Temple Visits) Agneeswarar temple 1 (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8044 (by Raju's Temple Visits) stitched1 (by Raju's Temple Visits) Temple (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8211 (by Raju's Temple Visits) Kallala Tree (by Raju's Temple Visits) Sacred Kallala Tree (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8039 (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8035 (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8053 (by Raju's Temple Visits) 100_0800 (by Raju's Temple Visits)
Ancient structure 1 (by Raju's Temple Visits) Ancient structure 2 (by Raju's Temple Visits)
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We can see that Shri Agneeswarar is sitting in an ancient hutment with the damaged walls on all sides. There are traces of this being a good structure once a upon a time. The Kallala tree had grown into the shrine and engulfed the Agneeswarar from all sides. We can visualize that the roots of the tree from all sides and the damaged old roof had stood as a solid protection for Shri Agneeswarar all these years. There is a space for only about 3-4 people to stand in front of the sanctum and there is serpent cave in the tree in such a position that when people stand, the serpent can be present just a few inches back of their head and watch the proceedings. It seems, many times it happened so also! (Recently when a devotee from Bangalore was there, the serpent was just present there. With the full awareness of it – remember it was just a few inches above the head – the devotee stood there without any movement with the whole body sweating but it went inside after some time without doing any harm to anybody).

IMG_8034 (by Raju's Temple Visits) The tree cave from where Nagar supervises the pooja every now and then (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8066 (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Agneeswarar on different days:

IMG_8061 (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_7807 (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_7811 (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8227 (by Raju's Temple Visits) Neyveli (Thiruvallur) Sri Agneeswarar (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8067 (by Raju's Temple Visits) 100_0923 (by Raju's Temple Visits) 100_0924 (by Raju's Temple Visits) Real Agneeswarar 1 (by Raju's Temple Visits) Real Agneeswarar 2 (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Agneeswarar showing His third eye? If you closely look at the three deepa glows, they match exactly with the three eyes of the Lord (noticed only later).
Lord Shiva showing His three eyes? (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Pradhosha crowd (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8208 (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8063 (by Raju's Temple Visits)

When we went, Sri Ramamoorthy and his team brought all the items for the pradhosha abhishegam and we were about 15-20 people initially. Sri Rammoorthy started narrating all the miracle experiences from the beginning one after the other. We were totally absorbed by his narrations and in the meanwhile, Lakshmi Narayan and others started preparing for the abhishegam. Slowly the crowd started coming. By around 6 PM, when the abhishegam was over, it was a crowd of about 100+ people! and what was more exciting is the involvement of the villagers. I was there passing the Nivedhya items and archanai items from the crowd to the sanctum and I was continuously passing about 20 archanais and about 10+ different varieties of neivedhyam from the crowd. It was really a grand dinner to Him and I understand now why He showed up Himself here after so many centuries. After all, these villagers deserve Him. They, at present, are not aware of how their village is going to change in the near future but, for sure, the village has found a great treasure. When the abhishegam and archanis were all over, many people had to distribute prasads from different corners because there were so many. Only after all these, we realized that we had to call up our kids at home and our umbrellas and bags were lying on one side. We realized that our attention didn’t go beyond the four compound walls of the temple in those 3 and a half hour – it never happened to us before!

Sri Ramamoorthy is also taking up the activity of introducing Siva puranam and Thevara padals to the village children there. It’s a pleasure to watch these bright faces of village kids very actively doing temple service on a special day like pradhosham. Where is the question of conversion when the village kids are guided like this?

Later, on hearing about the temple, our relative families were also interested and we went there in 3 vehicles on a normal day. Ramamoorthy Sir was kind enough to be present also and everyone was thrilled to listen to all those marvelous experiences from him. We did abhishegam to Agneeswarar ourselves and it was very satisfying that we got a chance to touch and do the abhishegam to such a sacred lingam being worshipped by so many Siddhars and sacred souls.

At the end, one person said ‘Just with this one temple, I have the satisfaction of visiting 20 temples’ – it was no exaggeration.

Official information with the contact details:

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Contact:

Sri V.S.Shankar Trivedi: 94450 04908

Note:

1) It is a known fact that it is very difficult to construct a Shiva temple even if one has a  huge bank balance. Here we have an opportunity to participate in a temple with so much of spiritual significance. Like Edmachi, I am participating in this temple also with keen interest and I request the readers also the same and strengthen the hands of Sri Ramamoorthy.  Remember I had not been given a free hand (by Sri Ramamoorthy) to write everything I heard about this place and I am underplaying to a large extent to avoid showing this as a “mayajal”. So, just remember that there is much more to this place than what has been written – Visit and experience it!

2) The complete set of temple photos are here.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Thiruvallur twin temple of Sri Veeraraghava perumal temple, a divya desam and the Sri Theertheeswarar Shiva temple
  • Oondreeswarar temple at Poondy village
  • Poondy reservoir
  • A permanent pre-history museum with the finds of the stone age people around this area

Update 31st May 2013:

After passing through many challenges and struggles, the kumbabhishegam of the temple is finally slated for Wednesday, the 26th June 2013. Here is the invitation and your presence and contributions are most welcome.

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Update 12th July 2014:

The Kumbabhishegam was conducted in a grand manner and it was very surprising to see such a large crowd to a place which is remote without proper bus facilities.
The Kumbabhishega photos are available here

Mr.Ramamoorthy Sir wishes to thank the blog readers and his message in his own words:
“This blog has helped us in a big way in sending the message across the globe. So many blog readers from every corner of the globe had talked to us / helped us in many different ways in executing this temple construction and we, through this blog, acknowledge and convey our wholehearted thanks to all of them.”

Mr.Ramamoorthy Sir and Mr.Shankar Trivedi:
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Responses

  1. dear Mr Raju
    I am staying in Tiruvallur. I didnt know about the temple. I will visit sooner. Please let me know if you visit tiruvallur. I would like to meet you. Once again a big thanks.

  2. went to the temple today .after the kumbabishekam. nice experience. thanks for the original pics

  3. I have visited three times to the temple,It is really wonderful temple.

  4. Dear Shri Raju,
    Thanks for your blog. If building a Shiva temple requires infinite blessings and grace of Lord, making the information reach people and letting them know about the auspiciousness of the place and its prinstine glory also requires Lord Shiva’s blessing. So, you have done a wonderful work. Thanks once again. Infact one of my good friend called me for the Kumbabhishekam of this temple on Jun 26 but it was not my destiny that I should attend the function. Right from that day there has been an urge in me to visit the temple and after reading this it has increased manifold. Let me see if I will be able to visit in the next few days. Please let me know the route. From Thiruvallur bus stand how to go to this temple?
    God Bless You
    T.K.Madhumoorti
    Mob: 9840384987

    • Thank you Sir for your comment.
      From Thiruvallur, you have to travel towards Thiruthani/ Thirupathi. After 2 kms, there will be a road (bus route) to Poondy / Uthukottai on the right side and you have to take that. After about 7 kms on that road, there will be Poondy junction. From there, the temple is around 1.5 km on the right side village road.

  5. This is Rammohan from Rangarajapuram. Chennai. i went to this temple today (29th June 2013). Really I I had a nice Dharshan and there was no one except me and lord parameshwara. My sincere thanks to Mr. Umashankar,customs. It is a divine and out of the world experience. Jai Seetha Ram.

  6. Thanks to the post in this blog and interest created by,it I am able to witness the grand Kumbhabishegam of Sri Agneeswarar temple,Neyveli village on 26-6-2013.Added satisfaction is meeting Shri.Ragendran.G sir and exchanged greetings in the midst of his busy activities there.Thanks Sir once again for the noble service you have been rendering.
    Vaidyanathan.R

  7. I have been a regular reader of your blog for the past 1 year or so. I have been wanting to meet you; if not possible, contact you. Your blog about Sri Lalithambika Samedha Sri Agneeswarar Temple, Neyveli is so interesting and enchanting. I would definitely visit this temple on the Kumbabishegam day, if not earlier than that day. I wish to contribute towards renovation & restoration of this temple. May I contact Sri Ramamurthy? Siva Sivaa:

    • Chennai Tirupathi route via Uttukkottai bye pass. This time it was quite late in the night when we were coming in the route and we passed by Poondi/ Neyveli village. I did a Manasika Namaskaram and was glad that at least I was able to see in area/ sign board. Could not see much in the pitch darkness. But felt peace and quiet as we passed by.

  8. Dear Sir, Visited with my family on Tamizh New Year day. It was a great spiritual experience. No words to thank you for your kind service and guidance. Meendum Orumurai Mikka Nandri….Namasivaya.

  9. Dear Raju Sir

    I would like to place the following request / suggestions to you and people concerned with this work…
    – Penance of siddhars are more important than anything else incl temple
    – Siddhars would have spent many life times to reach where they are now
    – They might have chosen this place for many reasons. May be this place is silent and away from public
    – Lets just not look at this from our ( people involved and public ) perspective of gaining something by building temple around / near the place, pl look at it from those siddhars and yogis perspective also.
    – Try to meditate intensely at this place and seek for blessings from the saints before doing anything. It may take days or months but there will be clarity.

    My humble submission

    Yours
    Rithambhara

  10. The services rendered were explained to me by Mr. Shankar over phone. It tempts us to visit. Om Namasivaya.

  11. Thanks for this yeomen service. I have goosepumps when I read your article and even when I am typing this. Our guru parampara is Sadasiva Brahmendrar and our Mandali members will be going there this month for doing special parayanams. thanks again. pl continue your good service. As I understand the temple needs quite a lot of funds and hope the members would spread the word for liberal contribution.
    warm regards

  12. Thank you for the photos and all details. I stay in T.malai every year for a few months.Hope by the Grace of Lord Arunachaleswar I hope to go to this temple this winter and get HIS blessings. Thank again

  13. Dear Raju,
    You are doing wonderfull service to Hinduism and to our culture..
    May the Divine Shower His Grace on You and Your Family.
    By the Way we got the great oppertunity to chant Rudra Parayana on the auspecious day of Sani Pradhosam on 2nd June 2012 in the Ancient Temple of Agneeswara. Sri Shankar thiruvedhi arranged for our programme with Sri Ramamurthy Sir.Avan arulal avan thazh paninthom.
    Sri Ramamurthy sir narrated the divine things happening day by day and the most thing is the involvement of the village childrens in participating activities and also chanting of Sive Puranam and Devara Padalgal.We pray the Divine for the long living for ever of Sri Ramamurthy sir. We pray Lord Sive to grace you for the service to continue for ever.

  14. can you pls. provide me the contact no. and person name who conducted the deiva prasanam

    • The contact is:
      Mr.Sathiyanarayanan,
      New 48 / old 16A, Krsihna Apartments, Robertson Lane, Mandaveli. Chennai; Street next to St.Joshn’s School. Ph: 24937782.

  15. Thanks Raju for your kind infomation re. Neyveli Temple. You are indeed
    rendering wonderful service in making ;people become aware of the existence
    of such wonderful and rare temples of worship. I wish I am in a position to
    visit this temple. My advanced age of 82 makes me a bit sceptical. However
    if the Lord wills I shall certainly be there. I am sending my humble contribution
    to Mr.Ramamoorthy and I shall also inform my contacts to support this noble
    effort. Best Wishes L.RAMASWAMY

  16. Raghu Sir,

    My salutations to you and Mr. Ramamoorthy. What a wonderful service – rendering opportunity has been given to you by the Lord. I luv visiting temples that too very old temples. Please keep writing more travelogues. Kudos to REACH foundation also. Continue your good work.

  17. can you please tell me about routes and numbers ofshiva temples at senjipanampakkam,egator

  18. I wish you bringout a book/hand guide on the ancient temple area wise so as to make people like me can have a tour with out missing any spot.

  19. Dear Sri Raju: That’s a wonderful write-up. The mystical experiences of you all at this time and age, it makes one firmly believe that better times are ahead, may be, just round the corner. Thank you so much for your information. God Willing I should be visiting it. Sivaya Nama: Om|| Om Nama: Sivaya||

  20. Everyone must visit this temple at least once in thr life time.

  21. very excited after visiting the temple twice so far

  22. sir,

    thank you very much for narrating your experiences.
    please let me know whether i can join you in the next temple visit.

    regards
    rajendran
    chennai
    chennai123456@gmail.com

  23. Dear Mr.Raju
    I am just marking my attendance today.Noted and if any body willing Iwll contact u or the concerned persons.
    Always withyou.
    With regards humble pranams
    Kalyan

  24. I am always happy to visit the site and get blessed. But the IMG – 8216 is not fair. I am sorry, when the Abishekam done, the abisheka thirtham supposed to be move by a special way to a specific place. Which is supposed to be considered as Theertham by all the devottees. Here the Milk is in and around the legs of Archagar.

    Please advise the archagar to maintain certain diginity.

    With regards,
    A P IRUNGOVEL

    • You are right. I think he should keep a wooden plank (palagaai) over which he can stand and perform the Abhishekam and let the Abhisheka theertham flow from below the plank. Or perhaps he should stand on a small platform.

  25. Thank u for the yeoman service rendered by u. With ur help myself and my friend Mr. S.Hariharan had the opportunity of visiting rarest temples. We only wish you to provide more info on temples which are in non descript locations. Thank u.

  26. Dear Sri Raju,

    The coordinates of the temple ( now the area is fully covered in google maps is Coordinates: 13°12’48″N 79°53’57″E
    Thank you.

  27. Its nice that you have a blog devoted entirely to temples. Great effort and thanks for sharing with us!

  28. Dear Sir,

    A temple in Kaveripakkam needs funds very Urgently. The details are given Below. Please forward this message to a large number of Devotees.

    Name of the Temple Arulmigu Sri Sivagamavalli Sametha Sri Sarveswarar Devasthanam

    Antiquity 400 Years Old

    Location Kaveripakkam Near Vellore

    Cheque/ DD to be drawn in favour of ” ARULMIGU SRI SIVGAMAVALLI SAMETHA SRI SARVESWARAR DEVASTHANAM A/C NUMBER 865223831 INDIAN BANK KAVERIPAKKAM BRANCH”

    Please send cheque/DD to Mr. V. Natarajan, Temple Accountant Abiramapuram Village, Kaveripakkam PO. PIN 632508

    Contact in Chennai : N. Sivakumar 9840896032

    Thanks

    MSN

  29. Dear Shri Raju,
    This temple is indeed very special. I hope to visit it someday.
    From your description of the location (just before the tri junction turning right and travellin 1 km, I thought that the location would have a coordinates of 13°12’17.11″N 79°53’48.34″E roughly. Thanks for covering such a nice temple once again.
    Padma.

  30. [...] After worshipping at this temple, we proceeded towards Poondi to visit Shree Agneeswarar Temple at Neyveli (near Thiruvallur).  The story behind its discovery and the subsequent events are quite interesting.  I came to know [...]

  31. Raju sir,

    naan regulara unga blog paapen, 1000 varusha kovil paakka romba pidikum, unga blog moolama andha vaaypu kidaikudhu, adhukku aneha kodi namaskaram.

  32. Great work.

  33. It was divine experience to learn about such otherwise unknown places. You are really doing a great job protecting our heritage.

  34. sir, i learn that Granthalaya -collection of original works of Sri Raghavendra swamy is coming up , in neyveli village.

    I am surprised to note that the place is so divine with Easwara also.

    thanks.

    • Hello Mr.Raghu, Pls be informed that there are more than 10 Neyvelis in Tamilnadu and the Neyveli near Panruti is the most popular.

    • sir, i mean the same neyveli near poondi. once i referred about narthampoondi-(narathan poondi) 20 km from tiruvannamalai. the place has one easwaran temple, seemingly/and is said older than Arunachaleswara temple itself.

      I hope you had been to Thirumali near polur -on the way to Arni-agin diversion interior where one Bhahubali statue about 30 ft -like that of Shravana Belagola- is there. We saw the caves where Jain saints dwelled. Wonderful and very serene/calm atmosphere.

      thanks and regards.raghu.

  35. 2 to 3 times felt hair raising experience while reading Vastra Dhanam- even while making this response.

  36. Dear sir
    Iam extremely happy to hear the presence of lord in this village. Iam an NRI and try to visit the temple when swamy bless me with his anugraham. Kindly mail me to participate in contributing monitarily to the temple.
    Aneka Namaskaram..
    Krishnan.N
    Nigeria

    • Dear Sri Krishnan,
      I have updated the blog with the mail address of Sri Ramamoorthy and also the bank account details for sending the contributions.
      Regards,

  37. Dear Raju garu,

    Thank you so much for bringing us in contact with these divine places and experiences -by sharing your blessings.

    SaiRam
    vani

  38. namaste shree raju
    ishwara willing an opportunity to visit will be graced.
    Can you please write the nearest railway station if one wishes to travel by train and any accomodation information details if given will be appreciated.
    humbly
    sukanya shankar
    Toronto _Canada 2010/04/22

    • Hello Sukanya Shankar,
      This is just one and half hour drive from the heart of Chennai city, Kathipara junction.
      Regards,

  39. Dear Raju Sir,

    Your blog was very useful and informative as both spirituality and divinity is combined. I pray to lord to give you good health and strength. Please continue your blogging. Sandhya.

  40. Thank you Mr Raju. The narration was wonderful and I felt as if I was present with you in the temple. Pl keep going.

    Warm regards

    saikrishnan
    Mumbai

  41. Kudos to you Mr.Raju. That’s a great effort on your part. Thank you so much.


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