Posted by: raju0704 | February 13, 2008

Visit to Thennangur

Raghumayi sametha Pandurangan Temple at Thennangur

Location:
Thennangur is located near Vandavasi, 6kms before Vandavasi in the Kanchipuram – Vandavasi route. It can also be reached via Chenglepat and Uthiramerur. In the Chennai-Trichy highway, after Chenglepat and Vijaykanth’s Andal Azhagar College at Mamandur, there is a road towards right to Uthiramerur at Puthahathurai junction. Take that road and pass through Uthiramerur and go beyond till you reach the T junction with Kanchipuram-Vanadavasi road at Manampathy. Take a left there towards Vandavasi and Thennangur is 6 kms before Vandavasi. The temple is visible from the main road itself which is on the right side at about half a km from the main road.

Distance:
Chennai (Adayar) to Puthagathurai junction on the GST Road: 64 km
Puthahathurai to Manampathy (via Uthiramerur): 35 km
Manampathy to Thennangur: 10 km

Google map location:

Side view Ready for Samprokshanam
Main Entrance Temple entrance, Guru mandapam
Side Entrance Main Entrance
Guru mandapam Agraharam
Right side Praharam and Main entrance Right side Praharam
Left side Praharam Front mandapam

We visited Thennangur for the first time about one and a half year ago on the way to Thiruvannamalai. The first thing that struck me was the atmosphere – the beautiful village, the agrahara street, Poori Jagannath style temple, the tall Vimanam with a saffron flag flying on top etc.,. In other words before even entering the temple I got delighted with the atmosphere. When we entered the temple more surprises / delights were in waiting. It is a medium sized temple, with neat praharams, gardens around, a big mandapam etc., and then from the entrance itself we could have a glimpse of the Pandurangan and Raghumayi since the deities are fairly big (10.5 feet and 8.5 feet high respectively). Wow, what a visual treat it was from the distance itself. We passed through the front mandapam which had rich and beautiful fiber optic paintings, claimed to be the first time in India, and then entered the sanctum sanctorum. The main deities were decorated beautifully as Thirupathi Venkatachalapathy and Thayar (this being the alankaram on every Saturday). Then Bhattacharyar explained about the temple in cordless mike! (first time, I was seeing that in a temple), absolute high tech and beauty.

Sri Haridoss Giri Sri Gnananandha Giri
Playful Krishna Vasudevar taking krishnar
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Lifting Govarthana Hill With Gopikas
IMG_1376 Kuchelar's visit
Showing the World inside mouth Kalinga Narthanam
Hall Ceiling Painting
Dwarabalahar Main Hall
Ceiling Painting - Dhasavatharam Ceiling Painting

My second trip was when my sister was diagnosed of ‘Strong suspicion of malignancy (cancer)’ which ended up as a wrong diagnosis to our delight, after a week of turmoil. So we made a joyful trip along with my sister’s family to Thennagur to celebrate. My sister had a dream the previous day that Madurai Meenakshi was calling her and she told me that she wants to visit Madurai. When we landed at Thennagur, to our surprise, a board on the road side said, ‘Thennangur is the birth place of Madurai Meenakshi’. It was unbelievable for us. There is a nice temple for Madurai Meenakshi and Sundareswarar with beautiful paintings of their marriage in the ceiling and all the navagrahas are present with their spouses (may be they are attending the Meenakshi – Sundareswarar marriage?). There is also a Lakshmi Narasimhar temple nearby and we had wonderful dharshan of all the temples.

By this time, the Bhattacharyar of the temple had become a family friend and he informed us of a ‘once in a year’ alankaram – the Guruvayurappan alankaram with full of fruits – on Tamil New Year day. Readily, we were there and it was an amazing alankaram again for Pandurangan and Rahumayee. Both deities were decorated only with high class fruits without even a slight defect on any of the thousands of fruits. What a beautiful decoration!!. With my limited linguistic capability, I have no words to explain but simply it was one of the amazing moments of our life.

It is a beautiful sight to watch the long saffron flag flying majestically on top of the tall Vimanam with a golden kalasam in the night. When we were driving down to Chennai late night, it was a wonderful ride all the way discussing about the beauty of the Lord. That night, the alankaram of the Pandurangan was just lingering and I felt very fresh and energetic. It was very late before I could sleep (I later understood my wife and my cousin also felt the same). I used to feel the same way whenever I attend a good Satsang in ‘Art of Living’ or whenever I meet Sri Sri Ravishankar of ‘Art of Living’.

Before I go to my next visit to Thennangur, I would like to tell about my Thirukkovilur visit in between. We had visited Arahandanallur temple, Thirukkovilur Ulgalandha Perumal Temple and Veeratteswarar temple and were proceeding to Thiruvannamalai. We planned to stop by at a village on the way to pay a visit to our servant maid’s house. It was lunch time and we had problem since we were caught in between for lunch. It could be atleast 5 PM in the evening before we reach Thiruvannamalai for a good food. So we were thinking that only snacks are going to make up our Lunch that day. At that time, we were just passing through Sri Gnananandha Thapovan and since there was a festive atmosphere I stopped by to just peep in with a general spiritual interest. I had just seen the photos of Sri Gnananandhar at places like Naradha Gana Sabha and Music Academy and I knew nothing about him at that time. At the entrance itself, a colleague of my ex-company waved and called from a distance ‘Hi Raju’. After a few minutes of chat, he told me to go and have lunch first because even Swami Gnananandha, when he was there, would want the devotees to have food first before meeting him. We were stunned, obviously. He forced us to lunch and again there was a sweet experience there. It was a day of Chithra Pournamai and so people with silk sarees and dhothis were serving a sumptuous lunch with a very personalized and courteous serving as if it was their family wedding. After the food, my friend gave us a very nice introduction to Sri Gnananandha Giri while going around various shrines and I bought a book on him. He is a Bachelor IT guy and I understood he (alone) is coming to Thapovan every Chithra Pournami day since his age of around 15. What a devotion at such an young age. So, all the way it was a very pleasant and surprising experience at the Thapovan and after reading the book on him, I got attracted to him, naturally.

Our next trip to Thennangur was during the Gokulashtami Celebrations and this time, there was an added attachment for me – Sri Gnananandhar – since I had already read the book on him. The temple was built by Swami Haridoss Giri, the prime disciple of Sri Gnananandhar, just through the collections from his Namasankeerthan bhajans. It was the concluding day of the Gokulashtami festival. The day was the Guru siddhi day, the day Haridoss Swamigal went into Jala Samadhi, on his own. So there was a Namasankeerthan bhajan going on in the opposite Guru mandapam and for the first time I was seeing this kind of a bhajan and it was a pleasure to sing along there. The decoration to the Pandurangan was a ‘once in a year’ (on Guru Siddhi day) beautiful Sandhana Kappu. Pandurangan struck us from a distance, at the entrance itself. I understood that the sandal paste was specially coming from Srirangam and it was a sort of rose in colour and not yellow as we usually see in other places. After a nice dharshan, we had a nice lunch as well. Free food is being served everyday for atleast 100 people and each day feed is being sponsored by donors mostly NRIs. I understand the bookings have been made for many years in advance. Also, there is Gnanandha Canteen run by Sri Gnananandha Trust just outside the temple and the morning tiffin is very good and cheap as well.

Well, finally, coming to my current visit on the 9th Feb 2008 for the Maha Samprokshanam (on 10th Feb) function. This is a ‘once in 12 years’ event and the significant difference of Vaishnav procedure to Shaiva procedure being that in a Vaishanav temple, there are very important functions like Maha Thirumanjanam(abhisheham) of the deities the previous day whereas in Shaivam it is on the day of Kumbabhisheham. We had seen Pandurangan and Raghumayi in several different beautiful alankarams before but this time they were standing just with plain cloths waiting for the ‘grand bath’ but it was amazing that they were so beautiful even without any alankaram, as you can see from the photos. There were many abhishehams like milk, curd, sandal, rice flower liquid etc,, but what I liked most was the sprinkling of turmeric powder and rice flower powder. The deities were most beautiful in that. The final abhisheham was the holy water abhisheham. We were told that the deities were being purified to receive the power of the Maha Samprokshanam the next day. After that, an aged bhattacharyar with a pot of holy water climbed the steep Vimanam. Understandably he took his own time with lot of stops in between and finally the holy water was sprinkled on the Kalasams at round 8 PM. We had dinner then, a very high quality tasty food with personalized and courteous serving for the entire mass. It was amazing to keep that quality for such a large crowd. There was Namasankeerthan bhajan with people happily singing and dancing. Both here and in Art of living, I have seen most people with a sense of ‘thanks giving’ towards the divine for all what they have received in life unlike the most other places where people throng with truck load of problems and wishlists and wanting to receive more and more always. When people sing and dance in gratitude, it is beautiful to watch and be part of. We didn’t have the mood at all to leave the place but then we had to reach Chennai and so we were compelled to take leave. Needless to say, it was an immense pleasure all the way, as usual.

Utsava moorthy - Thirumanjanam Utsava moorthy - Thirumanjanam
Utsava moorthy - Thirumanjanam Utsava moorthy - Thirumanjanam
Utsava moorthy - Fresh after the Thirumanjanam

The Utsava moorthy is Devaraja Perumal with Sridevi and Boodevi

Ready for Thirumanjanam Milk Thirumanjanam
Milk Thirumanjanam Milk Thirumanjanam
Fruit Thirumanjanam Honey Thirumanjanam
Turmeric Powder Thirumanjanam Turmeric Water Thirumanjanam
Turmeric Water Thirumanjanam Turmeric Powder Thirumanjanam
Rice Flour Thirumanjanam Rice Flour Thirumanjanam
Turmeric Powder Thirumanjanam Turmeric Powder Thirumanjanam
Sandal Thirumanjanam At the end of the Thirumanjanam
At the end of the Thirumanjanam The Final Holy Water Thirumanjanam

Well, it didn’t stop there. Just the next day, when I opened my mail box, there was a mail from Art of Living that their next ‘Advanced Meditation Course’ is being conducted at Thennangur Ashram 17-20 Arpril 2008. This is just the 2nd course happening at Thennanugur and obviously I have booked my seat already.

Somehow we are not lucky in visiting Thirupathi. I had visited Thirupathi only twice so far and and my family has visited only once. I visited Thirupathi for the first time when I had to visit Puthur nearby for the bone fracture bandage for my little accident in bike. I then went to Thirupathi with a damn fresh bandage on my hand. Amusingly, when we planned the next trip after 10 years, just the day before the trip, my son fractured his hand at his school and so, this time, he visited the temple with a damn fresh bandage (same right hand as me). I and my son had just one bone fracture incident each in our life time and both ended up exactly in our just two Thirupathi visits!!. So, it is a fact that we are a little scared to plan a Thirupathi trip. But my first visit to Thennangur was an amazing Thirupathi Perumal alankaram (they do this every Saturday) and since then Perumal is calling us every 3 months regularly. “Thennangur is Thirupathi for our family.”

The important holy places in thennangur are

  1. Pandurangan Raghumayi Temple
  2. Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple and
  3. Lakshmi Narayana Temple
  4. Matam

Pandurangan Raghumayi Temple

The uniqueness of this temple is reflected in the following. The Garba-Griha, Gopuram (sanctum-sanctorum) on the model of puri jagannath; the Chola type of Rajagopuram in its artistry and the presiding deities from Maharashtra. The tiny idols of Panduranga-Raghumayi manifested to a big-size (viswarupam). The speciality of the temple being the daily alankarams and the mural paintings of the mandapam.

Varieties of adornment:
Panduranga-Ragumayi appears in different adornments everyday. On Saturdays, they are dressed up like Thirupathi Venkatesaperumal, on Thursdays it is Nijapadha Dharisanam, on Fridays it is Velli Kavasa Alangaram, on Sundays it is Rajagopalan alangaram with a Rajasthan type of turban and on other days they are in their own attire.

Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple

The ancient name of the place now called “Thennangur” was Dakshina Halasyam. As this area was once full of forests, this was also known as Shadaranya Kshetra(6 Forests).

Pandya King, desiring to have a child, was exhorted to have a yagna done with the help of Sapta Rishis. It was here, in Shadaranya this yagna was said to have been done and a girl child appeared in this yagna. The king took the child to Madurai, and named her Sri Meenakshi; therefore Dakshina Halasyam is the birth place of Sri Meenakshi. As told by Kanchi Paramacharyar in this episodical background, this temple was built.

Every year the Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Kalyanam and othe festivals are performed in this temple.

Lakshmi Narayana Temple

This is an ancient temple renovated by Sri Haridoss Giri Swamigal. It is customary in this temple to have Sita Kalyanam festival, every year conducted by the Bhagavatha bakthas in the Bhajan tradition.

Matam

Adi sankara established four Peetams of which Jyotir Matam is one, with Thotakacharya as the main functionary (Thotakacharya was Sankara’s disciple). In this lineage the Fifh Peetathipathi was Sri Sivaratna Giri Swamiji. Sri Gnanananda Giri Swami was his principal disciple viz. Sixth Peetathipathi.

Inside the matam, there is a shrine for Maha Shodasi, who is the presiding deity of Jyothir Mutt like Sri Kamakshi for Kanchi Mutt and Sri Sharadha Devi for Sringeri Mutt. Sri Chakra and Maha Meru, manifestations of Sakthi, are taken for upasana of Ambika all along and for the first time, a rupa or form is manifested of Devi viz Maha Shodasi with all its Anga, Prtyanga Devathas such as Ganapathy, Murugan, Rudra, Varahi, Vaishnavi etc. so that devotees of all faith can have their wishes fulfilled through different arjitha sevas like Homam, Archana etc.

Swami Haridhos Giri affectionately called Guruji – is the chief disciple of Sri Gnanananda. He entered into Jalasamadhi on his own, on 4.9.1994 at Koteeswar in Alakananda river near Rudraprayag situated in the Himalayas – en route to Badrinath. The Thulasi-Brindavan in the centre of the Matam is in memory of Swami Haridoss Giri. Directly facing Guruji’s Brindavan is the shrine for Sri Gnanananda Swami

Note from Mr. M.K.Subramanian:
On Tamil New Year’s day (the real one and not the fake one of MK), Pandurangan was adorned with 5008 fruits and it is called Pazha Alankaram. A site for the Gods!!. The Pandurangan Vigraham in the Laksmi Narayana Temple can be actually touched by devotees (perhaps the only instance in the South, whereas this is a common feature in the North Indian Temples).

The official website of the temple is here

Very nice photographs are here

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Responses

  1. raju sir, i am from sathanacheri village near chengalpattu warmly welcomes you our village for temple visit SRI KARPAGA AMMAL SAMATHAE SRI KAILASANATHAR TEMPLE it’s gana petam and again obout SRI VITTALAN RAJA PERUMAL TEMPLE for renvotation work thank you sir .9865325174

  2. Dear Shri Raju,

    Lovely description and it was in my top list of temples to be visited, may be thinking of visiting for more than a year. At last, this saturday on 11th may, I was able to visit the temple. Since it was a saturday, the diety was in Tirupathi balaji alankaram and we took the route as mentioned by you -mamandur-uthiramerur-vandavasi. I had taken print out of your travellogue and it was very useful in identifying – exactly 6 kn before vandavasi on right hand side. This is my first trip and we started around 5.30 am and reached around 7.45am. Visited the temple, then sree matam and the other two temples -viz Lakshmi narayana and Meenakshi temples. The Panduranga temple was so beautiful and they had displayed all the alankarams of God in photos as a gallery. There are lot of monkeys only at the garden and near Gopuram and they attack only people who carry plastic bags. So we took the tulasi mala in hand and went , so was saved from their attack. In sree matam, we had the darshan of the current peetathipathi and he was doing puja at the Radha krishna temple. We met his poorvashrama father and he was very hospitable. He was requesting us to wait till lunch which will be served in the common dining area and then proceed. However since we had planned to return to chennai before noon itself, we did not stay till lunch. It was a wonderful trip and all thanks to you , but for you, I had not known about such a temple and would not have the fortune to visiting and having darshan of the Lord.

  3. i want to stay your ashram upto my life end and raedy to service the bhagavath kaingaryam.but i have no money.only i has got servicing mind to people and god.I am a single person.i am aged 60years old lady.I was studied +1. so i am ready to any office work also.
    my husband had gone .i don’t know where he is living.I has helped my far relation boys past 30 years.now they had gone to abroad.I am not interested to with their.only i want to service any ashram.If possible u try to help me.I know how to operate the system (Starting stage).
    I am waiting a good reply from u.upto october2012.
    Thanking you.
    S.janaki

    • Radhekrishna !

      Dear Blessed Soul,

      You are most welcome, you may please get in touch with the Manager, Incharge at the Ashram, his name is Shri Balasubramaniam [Balu] on the telephone number : 9444129010.

      May Sri Gurunathar, Sri Guruji and Sri Namaji’s Everflowing Blessings Be Showered upon you always !

      Radhekrishna ! Ramdas

  4. very nice and beautiful temple and very peaceful temple

    beatiful devotional songs, peaceful location super maitanance very clean

    place

  5. hello there, can i have the temple’s contact number and address. thank you.

  6. Dear Sir

    Can I stay at Thiruvannamalai and visit Thirunnangur? I am staying at Chennai. I am a Senior Citizen. Please tell me where I can stay and visit the temples. Your information will help me a lot.

    • It will take about 1 and half hours from Thiruvannamalai to Thennangur. You can stay at Thennangur itself. There are double bed rooms and individual cottages also. Pls book through telephone nos from official website. I think (not sure) you can also stay at Vandavasi which is just 6 kms. Kanchipuram is also an option.

  7. Mr.Raju

    Excellent presentation.The photographs were so excellent that I could almost visualize myself there.
    Hopefully I shall go there when I go to Thiruvannamalai.

    K.Balaji

  8. really fantastic photos…….may god bless you and your family…………eventhough i am in chennai , i have not visited thennangur till date…….i would like to visit the place during abhang mela where all the bhagavathas assemble under one roof and perform bhajans…..if you can throw some light on this i will be thankful to you….radhe krishna

  9. very fantastic and very effective lord balaji

  10. Just cant contain myself. You have and are doing such a wonderful and divine job. May you get all powers to accept HIS perpetual blessings

  11. I live in tirunelveli and as suggested by M D Kanna visited the temple
    and I have no words to express the feel. Just a wonderful vaishnava
    temple every one should visit

  12. Thank you for another useful information

  13. i want to go to the temple on ashada ekadassi day this year.
    to know the events on the auspecious day please telephone to me the contact phone number of the panduranga temple in thennangur.
    i am from chennai and had been to the temple once

    thanks

    balasubramanian v.
    044 22270202/9444901536

    • Dear Bala,

      Radhekrishna, Pl find attached the route map for visiting Thennangur. I am part of Sri Gnanananda Namasankeerthana Mandali, Pune.

      The contact number is : 04183-225808 and ask for Shri Arun.

      Radhekrishna ! Parameshwaran/90110 61901

      Distance from
      Chennai – 105 Kms
      Kancheepuram – 34 Kms
      Vandavasi – 6 Kms

      Bus Route No. from Chennai
      104, 148

      Radhe Krishna.
      Sri Gnianananda Giri Peetam,
      Dakshina Halasyam,Thennangur-604408.
      (via) Vandavasi Tk,Thiruvannamalai Dt
      TAMIL NADU
      SOUTH INDIA
      Phone No:- 04183-225997

  14. Nice to remember my visits to Tennagur. A beautiful temple and though many elite people are having Tharsan of Lord Pandurangan, many people are yet to visit. After my visit, I took many friends there and I am passing messsages to my friends and relatives to visit the temple. It is a calm place and you will get what you want. As referred above, those who miss of visiting Tirumala, they can visit this place and God blessings are there for you, as you get at Tirumala –Lord Balaji

  15. Thennangur all informaton is very good.

    Thanking You,

    raja.r

  16. Namaskaram,

    Your Illustration about the temple is too nice. My humble request is No political comments required in the holistic. pls.

  17. Very informative article

  18. Dear Raju, Radhekrishna ! I am from PUne and am the Secretary of Sri Gnanananda Nama Sankeertana Mandali, Pune. An Excellent narration about Thennangur. Really appreciate the hard work put in by you for collating this information. Its really good and very informative.

    May Sri Gurunathar, Sri Guruji and Sri Namaji’s Everflowing Blessings Be Always Showered Upon You and Your Family.

    Radhekrishna ! Parmesh

  19. I should really thank you for the write up and the photos. I feel I had myself been there personlly. I have read about the ‘Thapovanam’ of Sri Gnananda Giri Swamigal in Bharaneedharan’s book ‘Arunachala Mahimai’ and the Swami’s insistence on all taking food there.

  20. Dear Mr Raju

    Thanks for all these information. How may I contact you ? I would like to go to Guruji Haridhos’s place.

    Cheers
    Malathy

  21. Hello Mr Raju

    I would like to visit Guruji Haridhos’s place in Tennagur. Could you pls let me flight details, etc?

    Thank you
    Mal

  22. Hai to all at thennangur i live in AP and i am associated with sri haridoss giri when i lived in 10 sadiappa mudali street. i visited the temple in 1996 and it was really beautiful and it brought back memories of childhood when i participated in the bajans at 10 sadayappa mudalli street.i regret i couldnt be an active participant after we shifted .Now after marriage i live in AP but i will never forget swami Haridos giri and namaji .my regards to sri uppilli and sri namaji and mrs sulochana and gnaneswari and sri jayaram.radhe krishna can u give a phone number .? i enjoyed watching mrs kalyani perform bajans on vijay tv during margazimahatsovams.

  23. Dear Mr.Raju,

    Excellent write up. Could you please give the route from Kanchipuram?

    Thanks.

    anand

    • Dear Mr.Anand,
      Take the straight route to Vandavasi (through Mamampathi, Koozhamandhal) from Kanchipuram. It is 6 kms before Vandavasi.
      There is another route through Uthiramerur which is a little longer.
      Regards,
      Raju

  24. dear mr raju
    nice write up and photographs.normally they do not allow photography inside and make a big issue of it!
    incidentally i plan to visit the temple .please let me know the name-and address of a comfortable and clean place of stay for three days.
    thanks
    mahalingam

  25. RADHEKRISHNA!

    VERY BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE ALL THE TEMPLES. I WAS VISITED 3 TIMES THROUGH PADHAYATHRA WITH SATHGURU NAMANANDHAGIRI FROM KANCHIPURAM FOR ASHADA EKADESI FESIVEL.

    RADHEKRISHNA!

  26. HAI! I WAS SO EXITED VIEWING THE PHOTOGRAPHS THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK,I HAVE A REQUEST TO YOU COULD YOU PLEASE SEND ME A MAIL THE ROUTE AND LOCATION PARTICULARLY TO THENANGUR MEENAKSHI SUNDARESWARAR TEMPLE. I AM IN CHENNAI I WOULD LIKE TO GO THERE WITH MY FAMILY. I WILL BE SO GLAD IF YOU DO THIS FAVOUR TO ME. WITH HOPES. THANKYOU
    S.A.JAYANTHY

  27. Respected Shir., Raju,

    My daughter from seattle usa asked me to go thro’ this and the blessings from the Lord is happening to all who are with you your web. I love to know more such temples photos in case you are aware of the sites with information. Your services to the mankind may be the punnyam Bhagwan showers on you,
    Hope to get a mail from you Sir,

    Thanking you once again with respects

  28. Radhe Krishna! i seen the photos.woooooooooooow!!!!they are amazing. i had been there.i real love that environment.Anyways thanks for those excellent photos

  29. Respected Raju sir

    I am really proud of your services.
    Kindly let me know the name of the person to be contacted at Thennangoor and what are all the facilities available at Thennangoor

    REgards

    L Muralidharan

  30. Beautiful photos, useful narration – as usual with your other travelogues. Your site is fast becoming an authority for temple visits.
    Thanks for your yeomen service.

  31. U done nice job.

  32. I have also visited the temple by minimum 6 times but by seeing your photos in website i am just enjoying and i feel i am at thenangur temple.

    Marvellous job .

    Best wishes

    regards

  33. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Presently I am not active there. you can catch me @
    http://photopage.wordpress.com/

  34. Thanks for the info reg thennangur.
    It would be helpful if you mention to take right after andal azhagar college-TO proceed to uthiramerur- which would be easily identified for those who are new to this route.

  35. Dear Raju, Radhekrishna. I am from Mumbai and Hon.Secretary of Sri Gnanananda Namasankirthana Mandali founded by H.H.Sri Guruji. I was really thrilled to go through your ariticles. Good work. May Sri Guruji shower his Blessings in abundance on you and your family for ever. Radhekrishna.

  36. Dear Raju,

    I am currently living in USA. Today is my birthday as per STAR… I am a humble devotee of Lord Krishna. I had been to Thennangur in 2004 during my last visit. I went along with my family.. I had a great darshan of Lord Pandurangan. Today through your photographs on Lord Panduranga, i am blessed again…Your photographs have brought the Divinity to my Home itself s also tears of joy from my eyes on seeing the same. May God Bless You and your family. During my next visit to India, I have planned to visit Thennangur and Nedungunam Sri Ramar temple. I am going to perform Seetha Kalyanam with big thirumanjanam.

    regards,
    Ammu.

  37. Radhekrishna

    Dear Sri.Raju,

    When I speak to my son Arun Ganesh, Chennai from USA, he told me to view your website as a wonderful site to know about temples. First I said,”there are many sites for the temples just like that”, but he insisted your site is something different and I must visit your site. He sent me the website link. Then I opened your website and I really admit what my son told was 100% correct. Really your web site is marvellous and gives more informations on the temples. It made me to visit them during our visit to India.
    It is beyond my vocabulary to tell the Greatness of HHSadhguru Gnanananda Giri Swamigal.He is Great Mahan and take care of us in our life if we believe Him in good faith. Same wordings hold good for HHSwamy Haridhosgiri and HH Namaji. I pray your good Mission continues for the welfare of ALL.
    B.Ganesan (ganesh)
    http:/vedaclass.blogspot.com
    camp: Tampa, fl, usa

  38. THE SITE DEDICATED TO TEMPLES IS REALLY INTERESTING

    KINDEST REGARDS

    BALA

  39. A very useful information about Thennangur. I have seen and witnessed the foundation and the raising days of this temple. but still some of the segments seemed to be covered from enjoying and feeling the divinity of this great temple. Now, I believe that ignorant parts of this temple’s divinity has vanished.

    Moreover, if we see the photographs, it is far enough to feel the calmness and serenity of the temple, in front of the monitor.

    I whole-heartedly congradulate the owner of this blog and sincerely request to go ahead to serve the devotees. Jai Guru Dev.

  40. Dear raju ,

    As suggested by you I had the blessings of lord on the eve of new year day. Visited Thennagur, Uttiramerur, Thirupuliyur, Kadambarkoil, Magaral, Palaya Seevaram and Thirumukoodal. I have updated my web site (present only Thennagur experience) and request to have a look.

    http://rameshjs.wordpress.com/
    regards
    Ramesh JS

  41. Radhekrishna!.Excellent illustrationof your visit.A few more visits may enhance the knowledge of readers. regards.Rajaraman

  42. Hi Ramesh,
    Take the bus to Vandavasi via uthiramerur. Thennangur is just 6 km before Vandavasi. So you can get down at Thennangur itself. From the main road, the temple is around 300 meters. It may take about 2.5 hours by bus.
    Hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Raju

  43. Dear Raju,

    Please provide me the Bus route from Chennai to Tennagur. How much time it takes to reach there.

    regards

    Ramesh

  44. mr raju very nice picture.. im from penang island and also from penang SAD GURU SRI GANANANDA SEVA SAMAJAM…. MAY GURUNATHAR BLESS YOU AND YOUR FLY

  45. ur narration abt Tennangur is excellent. I have visited this place many times, Keep going.
    with all good wish.

  46. Dear Sri Jagadeesan,
    Thanks so much for sharing your feeling. To say the least, I never expected that this work can be so emotional. It is not my work, it is His. I am moved and feel very blessed to receive such comments from people like you.
    Normally I take 3 days to 1 week to complete one writeup since there is so much work there. But I started this particular writeup around noon one day and “from somewhere”, thoughts and words streamed in spontaneously without any break. I had so much of energy to complete and post it within the same day. I really felt the “divine force” behind this very partcular writeup. it. I didn’t want to tom-tom it but could not stop after seeing your comment.
    Best Regards,
    Raju

    Regards,
    Raju

  47. Hari Om,
    For so many years past I had been longing to visit
    Thannangur. I can sing a few bhajans and synchronise the song (mine as also others) on the harmonium. Very much I had longed to be at Thennangur but could not make it. Your photographs have brought the Divinity to my Home itself s also copious tears of joy from my eyes on seeing the same. May God Bless You and your family.
    Thank you, Jag.

  48. Very nice, thanks lot . i m forwarding to my freinds & relatives

  49. Dear Mr. Raju,
    Wonderful narration!! Excellent photos!! I too had been to Thennangur temple and Mutt many times… But to see on your photos everything looks so divine and amazing… Lovely compilation.
    Keep going…

  50. Extensive & excellent.
    Photographs have impressed me


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