Saturday, January 29, 2011

Oragadam Sivan Temple




Oragadam is on the 7th Km on Chengalpattu Thirukkazhukundram Road. Chengalpattu is about 30km from Tambaram Chennai.

I visited this place in Sep 2008. I just got reminded of it when I visited Thirukkazhukundram and thought a post along with it would help anybody visiting Thirukkazhukundram to see if Oragadam can be combined with it too.

Many do not know that there are a couple of beautiful temples in this small Village. There is a Kothanda Ramar temple that I will write about in the next post. There is a Sivan Temple known as Vada Malleeswarar Temple and this post is about it.

This small Sivan temple is built on a small hillock and is located amidst beautiful setting- a huge Banyan tree at the base and a big tank opposite to this banyan tree adds to the serenity. No one could give the history of this temple excepting that this temple is of recent origin.. I guess the main deity should be of ancient origin..!

Thirukkazhukundram Hill temple is visible from the road at the entrance of this village..!


The village is picturesque and full of greenery..!






Don't miss the video 3 minute video at the end..!










This temple has Sivan-Vadamalleeswarar Sannidhi and Amrudhavalleeswari sannidhi adjacent to each other.

There is a huge Sivan Statue in sitting posture on a small rock seat and a small Sannidhi for Tamil poet saints Thirunavukkarasar,Sundarar,Thirugnana Sambandhar and Manicka vachakar next to it.

The priest visits this temple early in the morning and performs pooja and again visits it in the evening. It was well past his time when we visited the temple. We were all alone here and enjoyed the serenity and natural setting of this temple..!




Lord Siva-The annihilator


Vadamalleeswarar Sannidhi
Amrudhavalleeswari


There are small statues for other deities on the wall of the main Sannidhi..
Vinayaga-The Primal God

Dhakshinamurthy-The Lord of Knowledge

Maha Vishnu-The Sustainer

Brahma-The creator



The Gopuram of the Ramar Temple as seen from top of the Hill...!


On our return journey, we noticed a few children having fun at a huge well in midst of the paddy fields. We stopped by and walked straight towards the Well..! I clicked a few snaps...!



I asked these kids to jump in unison and was able to catch them before they parted their hold after a couple of trials..!

Don't miss further photos and a small video clip of the jumping into the well...!


Full Set of Photos



Video


 I just stopped at the entrance of the village and shot a short video of 360 degree view that is at the beginning of this clip.






Well Jumping