பக்தியின் லட்சியம் நல்லவனாக ஆக்குவது மட்டுமல்ல. நமக்குக் காரணமான சக்தியைத் தெரிந்து கொண்டு, அதற்கும் நமக்கும் பேதமில்லை என்ற பரம ஞானத்தை அடைந்து, சம்ஸாரச் சூழலிலிருந்தே தப்புவதே பக்தியின் லட்சியம். அதோடு, வெளி உலகத்துக்கு நல்லவனாக நடக்கவும்கூட அதுவே வேறெந்த உபாயத்தையும்விட மிகுந்த சக்தியுடன் உதவி புரிகிறது. கோபுரம் கட்டி எல்லார் கண்களிலும் படவைத்து பகவானை ஞாபகமூட்டுவதைவிட பெரிய சமூக சேவை இல்லை. – ஜகத்குரு ஸ்ரீசந்திரசேகரேந்திர சரஸ்வதி ஸ்வாமிகளின் அருள்மொழிகள்
The goal of bhakthi is not only to make good human beings. It is to help us realize that we are one with that higher power that created us and to help us free from the shackles of worldly life. Apart from this, more than any other path, it also helps us be good human beings in a powerful way. Thus, to build a temple for everyone to see and remind everyone of Bhagawan is greater than any social service. – Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara – A majestic and beautiful ancient 1000+ year old Sivalingam is in ruins. If we all don’t come together and help construct a temple who else will? On this auspicious Pilava New Year, I request all of you reading this message to contribute a little so we can build a temple for Lord Shiva. Rama Rama
Sri Periyava Kainkaryam – Help Needed in Renovation of more than 1000 year old Vaanam Partha Sivalingam (Sivalingam with no roof) shrI Vilvavana Nathar temple, Segal – Thiruthiraipoondi
அனைவருக்கும் மனமார்ந்த இனிய பிலவ வருஷ தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்.
நமச்சிவாய வாழ்க நாதன் தாள் வாழ்க
இமைப்பொழுதும் என் நெஞ்சில் நீங்காதான் தாள் வாழ்க
By Sri periyavA’s anugraham, we are starting off this new Tamil Year Plava (ப்லவ வருஷம்) with our next Kainkaryam – a ancient Vanam Parthan Shiva Temple renovation Thiruppani.
Name: shrI Vilva Vana Nathar
Location: Aadhirangam Segal (ஆதிரங்கம் சேகல்) Village, in Thiruthiraipoondi, Thiruvarur district (Tamilnadu)
Age: Over 1000 years
Theertham: Marakkulam, also called Mara Theertham
Sthala Vruksham: Vilvam
Location: Sri Vilva Vana Nathar temple is situated in a 1 acre area to the west of Marakkulam lake in Aadhirangam Segal Village, in Thiruthiraipoondi, Thiruvarur district (Tamilnadu). This is a very old Shiva temple that fell into ruin a long time ago.
Marakkulam – the temple theertham, also called Mara Theertham, is a natural lake surrounded by temples on all four sides –
– Azhagiya Nathar Siva temple in Azhagiyanattham village to the North,
– Maraikkaadar Shiva temple to the South,
– Paranjotheeshvarar temple where Paranjothi munivar worshipped Shiva, on the East, and
– Sri Vilva Vana Nathar on the West
Inscriptions in the Segal Vardhamaneshwara temple reveal some details about the history of this area. Segal and its surrounding villages, named Segal province in the olden days, were ruled by several Chola kings – Veera Cholan, Desingu Rajan and Maharajan at various points in time. Raja Raja Chola stayed here and worshipped Kali, situated on the south bank of this lake.
About 4 years ago, Siva Peetam Charitable Trust came to know of this temple. The brick temple was in completely dilapidated state and devoid of any worship for a long time. The Shiva lingam was covered by a termite hill and was in a pit that sand stealers had continually dug around. Many of them were able to feel the power of going near the Shiva lingam; so they stopped stealing sand.
Sri Vilva Vana Nathar is a majestic Lingam with a 3.5 foot Aavudai that is more than 1000 years old and was worshipped by munivars and siddhars. Nandhi and Kala Bhairava statues that were once part of the temple, are now missing.
About 4 years ago, Siva Peetam Charitable Trust built a temporary shelter and made arrangements to resume worship. When Gaja cyclone hit the area, the shelter was damaged. The adiyar who performed pujas at the temple left the town; so worship came to a halt. Gradually, the temple came to be completely surrounded by thorny bushes. Last year, Siva Peetam volunteers removed all the thorny bushes, built another roof and made arrangements to resume weekly and monthly pournami Pujas.
The youth of the village are now involved and have been managing the pujas well. Maha Shivarathri and Karthikai Deepam puja have also started and are now run by the villagers. Siva Peetam Trust has taken on the temple’s maintenance and puja expenses.
– Build a proper stone temple to house the Shiva Lingam
– Replace missing Nandhi with new deity
– Plant Vilva trees around the temple
– Erect a fence to prevent wild bushes from taking over
– Convert half the available area into a garden (Nandhavanam)
– Perform temple Kumbhabihshekam
At this time, the plan is to build a temple with just a Shiva moola sthaanam and perform Kumbhabhishekam.
Cost of materials: ₹ 6,32,250/-
Labor: ₹ 3,80,000/-
Total : ₹ 10,12,250/-
108 days from actual start of work
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As always, we will periodically post receipts and media to keep everyone updated on the progress. Few pictures below. Watch the two min. video clip below, it will give you a good idea on the current state.
திருச்சிற்றம்பலம். Rama Rama
Proposed Plan and Quote below: