Shiva Temples of Tamilnadu

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VadaAranyeswarar temple, Tiruvalangadu

Temple Information
Location of the templeTiruvalangadu, near Arakonam
Deity known asVadaAranyeswarar, Aalankatteesar, Oorthuvathandava Murthy
Female deity known asVandarkuzhalammai
PathigamThirunavukarasar, Sambandar, Sundarar
How to reach The temple is situated approximately 4 kilometers away from Tiruvalangadu railway station on the Chennai-Arakonam section of the Southern Railway. Autos are readily available at the station for transportation to the temple. Alternatively, one can reach the temple by road, traveling approximately 18 kilometers from Tiruvallur on the Tiruvallur-Arakonam road and alighting at Tiruvalangadu village. The temple is conveniently located near the bus stop.
Near by Temples1. Elambayankottur - 20 Kms.
2. Tiruvirkolam - 17 Kms.
Temple addressArulmighu VadaAranyeswarar Temple
Tiruvalangadu Post
Tiruttani Taluk
Tiruvallore District
PIN 631210
Pancha SabhaRathna Sabha
Shakthi peetamKali peetam

Route Map from Tiruvallur Railway station to Tiruvalangadu.
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Map connecting Tiruvalangadu, Tiruvirkolam, Elambayankottur, Thakkolam and Tirumarperu.

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The Vadaranyeshwarar temple in Tiruvalangadu is renowned as 'Rathna Sabha' among the Five Sabhas associated with Nataraja, where He performed His celestial dance. It holds great significance as it is the very place where Karaikkal Ammayar had a divine vision of Nataraja, and it is believed that she continues to reside at His feet. The cosmic dance that took place at Tiruvalangadu is known as 'Urdhva Thandavam', characterized by the lifting of the right leg close to the right ear. At this sacred site, the Nataraja idol captivates onlookers with its right leg raised straight upwards in front of its face. Standing at approximately 4 feet tall and adorned with eight arms, this depiction of Nataraja is truly awe-inspiring. The Urdhva Thandava dance is so powerful that it humbles even the fierce goddess Kali, causing her to bow her head in shyness. Interestingly, there is a shrine dedicated to Kali situated opposite the shrine of Nataraja, along with other idols. According to the Sthala Purana, visiting Vadaranyeshwara on the full moon day of the Tamil month 'Ippasi' is believed to bestow immense benefits and pleasures upon devotees.

Temple Layout - As we approach the temple, we are greeted by a grand 5-tiered Rajagopuram facing East, adorned with intricate sculptures that add to its majestic appearance. To the left of the entrance stands a humble shrine dedicated to Vallabha Ganapathy, while to the right, we find the shrine of Sree Shanmukha along with His consorts Sri Valli and Sri Deivanai, with a hundred-pillared hall extending beyond. Abisheka for Natraja, take place in this hall, which serves as a sacred space within the temple complex. Across the gateway, we can spot the Flagstaff, Altar, Nandi, and another tower with 3 tiers, all embellished with intricate sculptures that showcase the temple's rich heritage. The walls beside this inner tower depict the stories of Karaikal Ammayar and Meenakshi Sundareswarar on the left and right sides respectively, adding a touch of mythology and history to the temple's architecture. Upon passing through the gateway of the inner tower, we are welcomed by the inner corridor, leading us to the shrine of the female deity Vandar Kuzhal Ammai, positioned to the right and facing south, depicted in a graceful standing posture. Interestingly, there are no Goshta images surrounding the sanctum of the female deity, allowing the sculptural stone pillars within the sanctum to captivate our attention with their exquisite beauty. Directly across the gateway lies the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum, where above the entrance, the five 'Sabhas' of Shiva are beautifully depicted as stucco sculptures, showcasing the intricate craftsmanship of the temple artisans. The presiding deity Vadaranyeshwarar is worshipped in the form of a Shiva Linga, facing towards the East, symbolizing auspiciousness and divinity.

The corridor surrounding the sanctum is adorned with various deities and idols. Among them are Surya, Athikara Nandi, Vijaya Raghava Perumal, along with their consorts. Additionally, Shanmukha, Akora Veerabhadra, Saptha Matha, Nalvar, Karaikkal Ammayar, Karkodaga, Sage Munjikesha, Pathanjali, Anantha, Chandesha Anugrahar, and eight idols of Vinayaka can be found. The 'Goshta' images consist of Vinayaka, Dakshinamurty, Lingothbhava, Brahma, and Goddess Durga, who is accompanied by Durga Paramehswara. Apart from these shrines, there is also a dedicated shrine for Chandikeshwara. Furthermore, there are Lingas representing the five Shiva temples associated with the five elements of nature. Additionally, there are shrines for Sahasra linga, Gajalakshmi, Subrahmanya, and Papahariswara Linga. Notably, Bhairavar is depicted without his 'Vahana'.

The Arudra Abhisheka Mandapam leads to the entrance of the Ratnasabha. Positioned in front of the Ratnasabha is a standing mirror, reflecting the elegance of the surroundings. Within the Ratnasabha, the Urchava idol of Urdhva Thandava of Nataraja stands, drawing visitors to witness its beauty. Nearby, one can find the idols of Sivagami and Karaikalammaiyar, enriching the spiritual ambiance of the place. The Ratna Sabha boasts a large Spathikalingam and a small Emeraldalingam and Abhishekam rituals are conducted four times a day. An idol of Chandeshwara is prominently displayed on an aperture along the circumambulating path of the Rathna Sabha. The 'Vimana' of the Ratna Sabha is adorned with a copper plate and features five 'Kalash', symbolizing prosperity and auspiciousness.

Tiruvalangadu Inscriptions - The discovery of specific engravings at Tiruvalangadu unveiled a significant chapter in the history of Tamil Nadu. These engravings, etched on 22 copper plates enclosed within a sizable ring, contained inscriptions in both Tamil and vernacular languages, along with the Chola seal, thereby shedding light on the rich history of the Chola dynasty. The artifacts, which are currently on display at the Chennai Arts Gallery, serve as a tangible link to the past, allowing visitors to delve into the intricate details of the Chola dynasty's reign and the cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu. The inscriptions provide valuable insights into the political, social, and economic aspects of that era, offering a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived during that time.

Tiruvalangadu Temple photos

Tower and 4 pillared hall at the entrance
Vallabha vinayakar
Shanmukha with His two consorts
Altar, flagpost and second tower
3 tier second tower
Sahasra lingam and Nandhi
Banyan tree
A depiction of Urdhva Thandava on a mandap before the sacred banyan tree

To know more about Vadaranyeshwarar Temple, Tiruvalangadu, see Temple's official website.