Thursday, August 16, 2012

Totadrinathar Temple, Thirubuvanai, Puducherry UT

Arulmigu Totadrinathar Temple, Thirubuvanai, Puducherry UT

Visited on 15th August 2012

Moolavar    Sri Totadri perumal
Urchavar    Sri  Varadaraja Perumal
Thayar        Sri Varamangai

The antiquity of the village goes back to the times of Paranthaga Cholan 1(907-955 AD).  It was called as Veeranarayana Vinnagaram after the title of Paranthagar I. The old name of the was Tirubuvanai Mahadevi Chadurvedi Mangalam, named after the Paranthagar's Queen. The lake of this village was called Kokkilanadi- Pereri, named after another wife of Paranthagar. This is an AEL stone temple displaying the characteristic plinth mouldings, niches and pilasters. There are small but interesting panels around the sanctum depicting scenes from Ramayana and Bhagavata. There are a number of chola inscriptions in this temple throwing light on the political, social and cultural life of the village. The temple is under the control of ASI, and very well maintained.
I was engrossed by the smile of Sri Totadrinathar. 

The lord blessed  Guru and Sukran at this sthalam with Sinmudra. This sthalam has the powers of navagrahas.

How to reach:

Tirubuvanai is situated 23 kms from Puducherry on the Puducherry- Villupuram highway. There are frequent buses on this route, get down at the main road and walk half a km to reach the temple.

The Bhattachariar is living close to the temple and is courteous, feel free to call him at his residence. 

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