Thirukkadigai is a
Hinduplace of pilgrimagein Tamil Nadu. As one of the 108 Divya Desams, places of worship sung about by the early-medieval Alvarsin their "Mangalasasanam" (praise-songs), it is a holy site of particular importance to Vaishnavism.
There are three separate shrines, one dedicated to Lord
Narsimhaon top of the hill, one to Lord Bhaktavatsala Perumal on the base of the hill, and one to Lord Anjaneyaon a separate hill.
The temple on top of the hill is reached by a staircase of about 3200 steps. Lord
Narasimhasits in a Yoga posture and is called 'Yoga NarasimhaSwamy'. There is a separate shrine for Amrithaalli Thayaar. Lord Bhaktavatsala Perumal resides in the base of the hill and Thayaar has a separate shrine. Lord Anjaneyais present in a separate small hill around 100 steps. Lord Anjaneyahas four hands and holds Conchand Chakra. There is also a shrine for Varadaraja Perumala mounted on Garuda near the temple tank. There are several Theerthams around the hill.
It is believed that Sage
Vishwamitragot his Brahmarishi title on worshipping Lord Narasimhahere for 'one kadigai' around 24 minutes. After Lord Ramaleft the world Lord Anjaneyastarted doing Tapas here facing Lord Narasimha.It is also believed that even today Lord Indrawith his devas would come, take bath in the pushkarni and pray to Lord Narasimha. The temple tank has medicated water which cures all diseases.Lord Budhaworshipped here and was cured from the curse given by Durvasa muni. Saptarishiand Sage Valmikigot the vision of Lord Narasimhawho appeared here.
One's sins are washed when a person spends here for 'one kadigai' 24 minutes at Sholingapuram worshipping the three Lords. Many diseases have be cured by taking bath in the pushkarni and worshipping the Lord. It is also said that person who wanted to build a house need to pile up small pebbles(like small hill) in the
Anjaneyamountain while climbing would grace the pilgrim with a new house. Evil Spirits will be warded off when they visit Sholingapuram.
Puliyodharai(Tamarind Rice), Dhadhyonam(Curd Rice), Pongal, Chakkarai Pongal, Vada, Adhirasam, Murukku are offered to Lord as Prasadam.
Darshan, Sevas and Festivals
Tamil month of Karthigai is a festival season at Sholigapuram. Other festival seasons are Chitrai Brahmotsavam and Avani Pavithrothsavam, Margazhi Padi Utsavam, Navaratri, Thai Giri Valam (pradakshinam of the hill) ,
Thirumangai Alvar, Peyalvarhad sung in praise of Lord at Sholingpuram, Divya Prabandha.
Easy Paasuram to Learn(Tamil)
"Mikkaanai Maraiyaai Virinndha Vilakkai Ennul"
"Pukkaannai Pugazh Cher Poligindra Pon Malaiyai"
"Thakkaanai Kadigai Thadan Kundrin Michaiyirunndha"
"Akkaarak Kaniyai Adainndhuynndhu Ponnenne!"
Travel and Stay
There are many lodges at
Arakkonamand Katpadiand also bus facility available.
List of Other Temples to Visit
* Marundeeswarar Temple
* Velliswarar Temple
* Thyagaraja Swamy Udanurai
* Udanurai Vadivudaiamman Temple
* Aabathsahayeswarar Temple
* Adi Parasakthi Temple
* Agastheeswarar Temple
* Apparswamy Temple
* Shiva Vishnu Temple
* Srinivasar Temple
* Kesavar Temple
* Madhavar Temple
ThiruvidandaiLakshmi VarahaSwamy Temple
* AshtaLakshmi Temple
Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane
* Ananta Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Bakthavatsala Perumal Temple, Thiruninravur
Thiruevvul, ThiruvallurVeeraraghava Perumal
* [http://www.indian-heritage.org/temple/divyadesams/divya64.html About Sholingapuram]
* [http://www.indiantemples.com/Tamilnadu/df064.html About Thirukadigai]
* [http://www.divyadesamonline.com/hindu/temples/sholingur-temple.asp DivyaDesam]
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