Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Navagraha Temples in TamilNadu - Where or which are the temples for the remaining 4 Planets?

Did a Navagraha trip with few friends of mine. To be exact, it was 4 of us.

We started off on a Friday evening (around 2PM) and reached Chennai by Sunday Night (around 10PM). We drove down and yes, we did this trip in exactly 2 days.

Which route we took, how was the travel and where we stayed and above all what we discussed and researched are for a separate blog in itself, but this is to get a clarity for myself on the following and in-turn help us in arriving at a clarity or further help for us to research more in this line of thought.

We all know Navagraha translates as Nine Planets and those Nine Planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto with Sun as the center pivot around which all these rotates and revolves.

And we all also know that Moon, as Wikipedia says, is in synchronous rotation with Earth and it is the only Natural Satellite of Earth. This rules out the possibility of Moon being a planet.

We also know that Rahu and Kethu, as our Grandmother's tale has to say, are considered as two giant snakes which are responsible for the eclipses that occur. Science says, these eclipses occur because of the positioning and movement of Earth, Moon and Sun.

Now coming back to my doubt, the Navagraha temples in TamilNadu are as listed below:

Had associated the temples and planets with them for ease of reference:

  1. Sooriyanar Temple (Sun - Not a Planet) 
  2. Thingaloor              (Moon - Not a Planet)
  3. Vaidheeswaran Koil (Chevvai - Associated to Planet Mars)
  4. Thiruvengadu           (Bhudhan - Associated to Planet Mercury)
  5. Alangudi                 (Guru Bhagavan - Associated to Planet Jupiter)
  6. Kanchanoor             ( Sukran - Associated to Planet Venus)
  7. Thirunallaru           ( Sani Bhagavan - Associated to Planet Saturn)
  8. Thirunageswaram   ( Raghu Sthalam - No Planet can be associated)
  9. Keezhaperumpallam ( Kethu Sthalam - No Planet can be associated)
Out of the nine temples, Sun and Moon cannot be considered as Planets. 

There is no temple for the Planet Earth in this Navagraha Circuit and it leaves us with the remaining 8 planets to do the math as below.

Rahu and Kethu, as being said, are responsible for Eclipses and as stated above, the eclipses occur because of Earth, Moon and Sun's positions and no other Planets are involved in this except for Earth and in turn for Earth, there is no temple in this Navagraha Temple circuit.

This essentially rules out Sun, Moon, Raghu and Kethu from the Navagraha Temples along with Earth.

So if we remove these 4 temples from this circuit that leaves us with only 5 temples. 

Am able to associate 5 planets namely Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn in that order.

So which or where are the temples for the remaining 4 planets including PLANET EARTH?!

Need help and inputs, please.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Day 1.5 - Karuvurar, Rajaraja Cholan, Panchavanma Devi, Kundhavai Nachiyaar, Vallavarayan Vandhiyathevan and Rajendra Cholan

Day 1 - rather Day.5 as the entire trip was planed for 2.5 days only, referring to day 1 as day.5

After picking up Vijay from his residence, we hit the NH45  from and our journey starts officially from here.

The first break we took was after crossing Vandalur for Lunch, normally if am travelling in the NH45, would adjust my timing so as i reach Hotel Santhi for food, this is a small - de-glamorized road side eat out which can be reached once you cross Chengalpet bye pass and the over bridge across the River Palar - yes you are right,  you need to cross the BEER FACTORY :) . This joint would be on your right near the HP petrrol bunk where the road splits into 2 - one-way.

2 cooks, one from Devakottai and another from Kottaiyur near Karaikudi give their best. But this time, it was home made lunch for us cooked by Suresh's mother - Puliyodharai or Puliyogare - in which ever way you want to call it, but it was heavenly food.. Thanks Suresh.

Then to further appetite ourself, we stopped at one of the Kumbakonam Coffee outlet, don't know which one is original as all are calling themselves as "Original Kumbakonam Degree Coffee" had Coffee with Ooty Varki and then back again to the highway.

Raja sir and A.R. Rahman were with us throughout the journey in the form of CD and Pen drive.

We reached Perambalur and took the left diversion to Ariyalur for our night's stay. We reached Ariyalur by around 8:30 pm and straight went to the "Kothandaramaswamy Temple" for a nice darshan and then to Yathin's home for a superb coffee and a meemorable Bonda.. Superb Bonda by Yathin's mom, that taste is still lingering in my mouth.

Had our lunch at Hotel Maruti and then reached our Hotel A.S. Comforts for the night's stay. Decent place but with road side car park only.

Day 1 :
Kothandaramaswamy Temple - Sundar woke at 5 in the morning - Yes - 5 in the midnight to visit the temple and i had no other choice but to wake up ad reach the temple, so, after diwali, this is the second time in the same year, i woke at 5:30 in the morning, had my bath and hit the temple. Details about this temple is available here but the very important thing is the 10 pillars which has the Dasavatharam sculpted in it and specifically the Narasimha Avathar with Hiranyakashipu in his lap. Fingers are made visible from beneath the skin.. This is a WOW scripture and a miniature is of this is also available in the same temple, just opposite to this pillar. DON'T miss the finer details.

Outside the Famous Kothandaramaswamy Temple at Ariyalur

That's Yathin in Red, Me in Blue

Coffee with Yathin at his residence along with Sundar

After having a  superb coffee at Yathin's place, we started of from Ariyalur to Gangaikonda Cholapuram, but Yathin and Sundar had different plans and officially kidnapped me, Suresh and Vijay to one another temple in the pretext of directing me to Gangaikonda Cholapuram.

When i had an inkling of doubt on the direction, Yathin with a broad smile told me yes, we are slightly diverting to another near by temple by name Kaliyughavaradharaja Perumal at Kallangkurichi. This place is exactly 5 kms from Ariyalur Bus Stand and you would cross the TANCEM - Tamilnadu Cements factory. This temple has its own history and the same is shared in the form of paintings. Samples below :

There is also a deer park and a peacock cage available there :

After spending sometime here, we then headed out to Gangaikonda Cholapuram.

From here the trip changes course to HISTORY.

Click here for Day .5

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Karuvurar, Rajaraja Cholan, Panchavanma Devi, Kundhavai Nachiyaar, Vallavarayan Vandhiyathevan and Rajendra Cholan

It all started on a Thunderstorm day - officially known as "Review Day" - we were in the fag end of the review and at around 07:30 in the evening, hope i can say 7:30 as evening and not night, Karthik (Our Boss), suddenly and out of the blue, asked me and Yathin : -

 " Sriram - Yathin, you guys are regularly discussing about Thanjavur and Cholas, why don't you guys initiate a trip down the memory lane, revisiting those places and if possible, let's combine certain history related temples as well".

Myself and Yathin were perplexed as to whether he is pulling a fast one on us or is he serious and knowing Karthik, we decided it should be the latter and certainly not the former.

Yathin's response was - "Sure Karthik" and he brought in the SME on this (Subject Matter Expert) Sundararaman. (one by one characters would get introduced in the flow).

A few words about Sundar, a colleague who had become a good friend of mine by now, is solely responsible for kindling my interest towards Tamilnadu's history and specifically on the Cholas.

If am able to talk and discuss now, with confident about the Chola empire, credit to Sundar only. He introduced me to the magical world of Kalki and Writer Balakumar through Pooniyin Selavan and Udayar.

A small self advertisement is - Had completed reading Pooniyin Selvan and Udayar and would be starting Gangaikonda Cholapuram. Thanks Sundar. :)

Sundar was pulled in and our requirement was put across enabling him to create a plan for 2.5 days -  We would leave a Friday evening and would reach Chennai by Sunday night.

Sundar went back to his table and jotted out the plan as below.

Sl No     Places to Visit
1 Veera Narayana Eri
2 Ariyalur
3 Gangai Konda Cholapuram
4 Rajendra Cholan Palace
5 Ammangudi
6 Pazhaiyarai Palace
7 Udaiyalur
8 Patteswaram
9 Thiruvaiyaru
10 Nisumbasoodhani Temple
11 Brahadeeshwara Temple
12 Tanjore Palace
13 Sarswathi Mahal
14 Tanjore

Members, dates and vehicles got finalized but because of some or the other reasons this plan did not get materialized and was continuously pushed to various other weekends.

In the meanwhile i got married and was blessed with a baby girl, just kidding, the plan did not get pushed for so much time but by 3 to 4 months because of various but genuine reasons.

On 2nd Jan 2014, Sundar came to me and asked " Indha week polama saar" - (Saar is the Tamil pronunciation for "SIR"). By the way would like to make one point clear that, normally we address each other strictly by name only, but if the situation demands attention or someone wants to make a point then we would address each other by "Saar or Sir" - to make a point.

Helplessly i looked at Yathin asking him to come for my rescue, promptly he came in and said "Wokay Saar, polam" - (English Translation is "Okay sir, let's go).

Then we went back to Karthik to confirm whether would he be able to join us, but unfortunately he was tied up and hence we planned this trip without him.

Then we decided that the team should be a max of 5 only, the rocket science for arriving at the critical number of 5 is - My car can accommodate five only - SIMPLE.

So the dates were finalized from Jan 3rd noon to Jan 5th night and  the members who would be part of this historical journey would be :

1) Sundararaman
2) Sasidharan
3) Sureshbabu
4) Sriram
5) Syathin ( as all the names are starting with "S", in the flow, wrote Yathin as Syathin - Sorry Saar)

The places of visits were modified slightly as per our requirement but no major changes and struck to our original plan.

But on 4th night Sasi had other plans, he went his way with another set of friends and history enthusiasts but with a promise to join us at Tanjore.

So the team became 4 and how it again became 5 by including Vijay is another short story in itself.

As Yathin and Vijay commute by train from Chrompet to Egmore, on 5th Jan morning, as usual, they were travelling together and Yathin told Vijay on this plan and one drop out in Sasi. Vijay,it seems, immediately jumped and in turn hit the top of the compartment with his head and said, Haa its's paining and scratching his head announced that-  "AM IN".

So the journey started with
1) Sundararaman
2) Vijayabalan
3) Sureshbabu
4) Sriram
5) Syathin

To cut the long story short, on our way, we went to Vijay's place in Chrompet, gave him 7 minutes to pack his bags and hop back into the car.

Our journey started - Will continue.. keep reading..   Click for Day 1.5 here

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Why should i "BARE WITH TIMES OF INDIA"??!!!!

It is really astonishing and at the same time pathetic to see a leading national newspaper's website is so careless and CALLOUS with English.

The below screen shot is self explanatory !!!!!

The http://epaper.timesofindia.com/index.asp  is asking us to "BARE WITH US" instead of "BEAR WITH US"..


Friday, May 4, 2012

This is my 100th Blog Post- Will Continue my "Journey" rather "Blogney"

This is one real long journey for me considering that i started blogging from May of 2007 and achieving the 100th Blog Post again in the Month of May but the year is 2012... Again this is a very strange coincidence..

 001st Blog Post        May 2007
100 th Blog Post        May 2012.

Need to admit one fact that i restarted rigorously from Dec 2011 only.

From May 2007 to Nov 2011, the total blog post created by me were only 19.

From Dec 2011 to May 2012, the remaining 81 posts were created.

Am using the word "CREATED" and not "WRITTEN", simply because, using the word "created" gives me a sort of "HIGH Feeling".:-). Hope you all understand that am not try to brag myself..but it's a feeling...

Need to thank my Wife for the push she gave me to restart this blog or else i wouldn't have been here..

Need to convey my thanks to the "Entire Indiblogger Family" as without their regular comments and feedback, i wouldn't have reached this state.

Thanks to you team.

Will continue my "Journey" rather "Blogney"

My Experiment-Part 6-Riot of Colours

This is Part 6 on my various "so called", "self proclaimed" experiments with light and these photos were shot using Apple iPhone on my last visit to Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamilnadu.

As i was totally indulged in taking these shots by shaking the phone-camera, had some intriguingly looking spectators as well, with a puzzled look in their face as to what on earth this guy doing by shaking his phone!!! Happily enjoyed that as well..

This scene made was the base visual for the below photos and hence the yellow color is predominant  in them




One of many things i like about Indiblogger

One of the many things that i like about the Indiblogger site is that :

During login, the way the password "*" appear with a space in between each characters is really good.

The reason for saying so is that during login in various other sites, the "*" appears without any space and at times i do tend to type the password at a speed which makes to recount the number of "*" but counting them is one hell of a task.

Really appreciate the development team behind this who had looked into small things like this which  is really a user delight..

Thanks Team.

Water-Future Market or in Commodity Trading in the Share Market?

This is in continuation to my earlier blog on "Water Scarcity", the below pictures resembles me of the same but from an Urban Perspective in contrast to my earlier blog which was more of an Rural situation.

Water has become an business commodity today rather than an "Basic Human Right" to live... But am waiting for the day when the same would be traded the same way Gold/Silver and other commodities are being traded in the NCX market??!!! ...Praying God on Not to have that kind of an situation...

The photos below shows the water containers waiting to be SOLD...

But if we have an reverse perspective view, the "plant pot" at the fag end of the photo and the way the water containers are kept in a straight line - Seems to me that these containers are being used to WATER THAT PLANT??!! IS THIS WHAT FUTURE HOLDS FOR US...

The ground water levels are so depleted and contaminated with all kinds of toxins, and the future seems to me that, plants and trees would only be in the museums around the world for our generations with water cans lined up to water the on regular basis..





Technology Married to Tradition - Dakshina-Chitra

Below photos are self explanatory on how to marry Technology and Tradition seamlessly and take advantage of both for our benefit..

Good Work - Team Dakshina Chitra...

The false ceiling in the A/C Dining Hall @ Dakshina Chitra 


Thursday, May 3, 2012

An Experience Called Life

Am actually puzzled, excited and amazed at certain numbers and relation of the same in my Life.

Got my first 2 wheeler in the year 1995 and it was a Bajaj Sunny with registration number - TN 09 - 7102

Gave it off in 1996 and bought myself a Suzuki Samurai with reg number as TN 09 - 3721.

Samurai was part of me for almost 10 years till 2006, this guy was with me through all my ups and down and hence i have a sentimental attachment with this guy and still have him in my garage.

Fulfilled my long cherished dream of owning an Yamaha - RX 100 in 2006. After a long combing operation in the second hand market and the "For Sale" ads given by individuals in papers, zeroed in on one Yamaha and the registration number was TN 09 - 1177. The pure coincidence was that the registration number was my  date and year of birth. 11/77.

Then graduated to a 4 wheeler in 2008 and got myself a Wagon R.

Got married in 2010 and wanted to gift my wife a 2 wheeler and hence purchased a Scooty Streak in 2011 and to my astonishment.. you guys know what..

It had the same registration number as my FIRST VEHICLE -  7102.

Both myself and my wife were puzzled/excited/astonished etc..etc...

Hope this is what is coined as " We don't know what future holds for us!!"