Weekend Darshan - 6
This weekend the rain gods were kind enough and we cashed in on the opportunity to visit the Nadu Naatu Thirupathis, Thirukoviloor and Thiruvaheendrapuram.
Our first stop was at Thirukoviloor on Sunday morning. The UlagaLandha PerumaL temple here seems to have witnessed many centuries and the distinct differences found in the architecture of the temple suggest that this temple was built by different kings over a period of time.
This temple finds an important place in the map of Vaishnavism as the Naalayira Divya Prabandham was explained to the world from here. Thirukoviloor 35kms from both Villupuram and Thiruvannamalai. The best possible route at this point of time seems to be from Villupuram.
Our next destination being Thiruvaheendrapuram near Cuddalore, we headed towards Villupuram. Along the Villupuram - Panrutti - Cuddalore road, we came across a Narasimhar temple at a place called Poovarasankuppam.
It is a small village, which is 20 minutes drive off the main road. The Lakshmi Narasimhar temple here dates back to the 7th century. This temple has been receiving a lot of publicity in the recent times and it is evident from the crowds even at 12 noon. There's a note here that claims this temple to be one of the eight Narasimhar temples in South India. The other seven are located at Singirikudi, Andhili, Prikkal, Sholingar, Namakkal, Singaperumal Koil and Sinthalavaadi.
Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple
Thiruvaheendrapuram is off the Cuddalore-Panrutti highway. Like Tiruneermalai in Chennai, this divyadesam also includes two temples. Hayagreevar temple on top of a small hill and Devanatha PerumaL temple at its foot. With tamarind trees sprinkled here and there on the hill, a small stream flowing at the back of the temple and the evening sun gleaming on its waters it was a beautiful place for us to spend an hour while we waited for the temple to open.
Stream behind the temple
There are a lot of interesting stories associated with these two divyaesams. That there is a well built by Sri Vedanta Desikar at this place is one of the stories I heard from a native.
Yet another thing that I learnt from this trip was that there a lot of divyadesams in a negligent state. Some do not even have the Thirumangalyam for Thayaar and some do not have enough funds to light the deepam. I found this link when I googled in this regard. Please follow the link if you are willing to contribute to such temples.
I feel that these divyadesams are storehouses of history and spiritualism which we should preserve to posterity.