NAMAKKAL TEMPLES -A LEGACY OF THE ADIYAMAAN DYNASTY – II

LAKSHMI  NARASIMHA SWAMI TEMPLE, NAMAKKAL

INSCRIPTIONS

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Stone Inscriptions found in these temples refer to Namakkal as “Thiru Aaraikal”.They speak of two cave temples called  as Adiya navaya Visnugrha which is the Narasimha temple and Adiyendra Visnugrha, the Ranganathswamy temple.

They are temples of great architectural beauty coupled with genius! It is truly amazing that the Lakshmi Narasiha Swamy temple is built in such a way that Lord Hanuman in the Namakkal Hanuman temple in the next street can be clearly seen from the the  peedam below the Garudalwar sannidhi.!

The Hanuman temple can be seen at the far end
The Hanuman temple can be seen at the far end

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This small peedam in the inner prakaram has a small gopuram. There is a small opening in the gopuram and another one in the back wall of the Garudalwar shrine.

The opening in the small gopuram and another on the wall behind
The opening in the small gopuram and another on the wall behind

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The wonder of this darshan is that the gaze of Hanuman standing some 250 feet away is fixed on the paadham (foot) of Lord Narasimha. These openings are strategically placed so the gaze of Hanuman is not obstructed. Talk about architectural genius!

The inner prakaram looks more like a spacious courtyard with small shrines all around. There are sannidhis for Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, a Udayavar (Ramanujar) sannidhi, Nammalwar sannidhi, one for Sri Krishna, Bama and Rukmini and a Desikar sannidhi.

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Ramanujar
Ramanujar

 

Nammalwar
Nammalwar

 

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Sri Krishna,Rukmini and Sathyabama

 

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desikar

When I was taking photographs here a devotee led me to the big wooden doors that opened into this prakaram and pointed out myriad carvings on wood panels on the doors depicting scenes from The Ramayana and  Dasavathara.

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How often have I passed through these ancient wooden temple doors without noticing the treasures it contained! I realized what it is “to see with unseeing eyes”.

A few pics of these exquisite wood carvings.

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This panel shows Sita giving bhiksha – alms to Ravana who has taken the form of an ascetic.

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The one next to it shows Rama slaying the Maya maan or pon maan –golden deer.

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Hanuman and Sita in the Asokavanam

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This panel on another door shows Rama breaking the Siva Dhanus at Sita’s Swayamvaram. Sage Visvamitra stands behind Rama.

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I think this one shows Ahalya emerging from the stone as the curse leaves her when Rama’s foot touches the stone. Again Sage Viswamitra looks on.

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Outside  in the outer prakaram is a sannidhi for Lord Laskhmi Narayana and  the madapalli or temple kitchen.

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4 thoughts on “NAMAKKAL TEMPLES -A LEGACY OF THE ADIYAMAAN DYNASTY – II”

  1. Thank you for another lovely post with powerful pictures and descriptions. I was unaware of this temple even though I visited Namakkal twice. Look forward to the blessing to visit this temple in the future. I never knew what the Namakkal Anjaneyar was looking at till I read this blog. Beautiful expression of bhakti by our ancestors, isn’t it?

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