Sri Sanjeeviraayar Temple (Iyengarkulam) near Kanchipuram
Such a great deity is Lord Anjaneya who has chosen a place called Iyengarkulam near Kanchipuram to be his SanctumSanctorum where Sri Sanjeeviraayar Temple is located. When the war between Sri Rama and Ravana was so intensely fought at Srilanka, Ravana’s son Indrajit had launched the Naagasthra on Lakshmana and he was left unconscious. Though a lot of effort was put in, Lakshmana didn’t wake up. Sri Rama and others had to seek the help of a specialist who advised that a particular herb from the Sanjeevi Mountain is required to bring back Lakshmana to normal.
Sugreevan, Angadhan, Jaambavaa
Wherever Rama Nama is uttered with Bhakthi, Lord Hanuman will be present with tears in his eyes. That is the sincere bhakthi of LordHanuman towards Lord Rama. No wonder He is called “Siriya Thiruvadi”and just by uttering his naama, even the dangerous Rakshasas or demons donot have a chance to harm us.Everyone had unanimously agreed that Lord Hanuman is the only one who had the capability to bring the medicinal herb that was required. Sanjeevi, as the mount was called, was located in the Himalayas. As Sugreevan, Angadhan, Jaambavaan and others prayed to Lord Hanuman to bring the herb, Anjanai’s son had flown in search of the medicinal herb.
Once he had reached the mountain, due to lack of time, he wasn’t able to identify the medicinal herb that was prescribed. Hence, Lord Hanuman, who is the lord of boundless courage, valour and strength, uprooted the mountain and flew towards the spot. On His way, he had rested at a place called Iyengarkulam and then proceeded to His destination. At that moment, a small part of the mountain had fallen at this place, which resulted in the medicinal breeze that one enjoys at this holy place along with the grace of Lord Hanuman.Sri Sanjeevi Rayar temple
Having uprooted the Sanjeevi mountain, He is called Sanjeeviraayar and the Emperors of Vijayanagar had built Sri Sanjeevi Rayar temple during their reign and worshipped Him.
Iyankulam huge pond which spreads across 130 acres of land.
Behind this temple, there is a huge pond which spreads across 130 acres of land. This looks like a big lake which adds to its scenic beauty. To get down in to the pond, there are steps which have been built in an artistic manner. Towards the northern bank of this pond, one can witness various sketches/pictures of Lord Perumal and statues which enact Ramayana giving us a visual treat. Since this pond has medicinal qualities of Mount Sanjeevi, bhakthas have experienced miraculous cure from their diseases while they take a holy dip in this pond.This place is a testimony to the fact that had rested at this place with Mount Sanjeevi which has made this place a holy one. Iyengarkulam has never witnessed a victim of snake bite. Also, the water from this pond is hailed to have medicinal effects.
Vijayanagar Emperors had mastered the art of architecture.
This place is a demonstration of the flair with which Vijayanagar Emperors had mastered the art of architecture. Their commitment towards building these structures was of the highest order. This is displayed by four pillars made of a single stone each, which stand tall to showcase the antechamber. The steps that surround the vast lake and this temple were built during the reign of the Emperors of Vijayanagar. Archaeologists have confirmed that this place is referred to “Padaiveetu Rajya Kaliyur Kottathu Iyyan Kulathur” among the inscriptions that they could find.
There are 6 inscriptions that have been found for this temple. King Venkatan had deployed Nettoor Lakshmi Kumara Thathacharyar in 1597 AD to carve this pond called Dhadha Samudram and this temple was built at the banks of this pond. Likewise, and Venkatan-1 had been patrons of this temple and allocated lands to this shrine.Special rituals were conducted on the 1st day of every tamil month and No Moon days during the times of Thamal Chenna Nayakkar. All this information was evident from the inscriptions seen at this place.
Sri Sanjeevarayar is worshipping towards the direction of Ayodhya.
The temple is structured in such a way that Sri Sanjeevarayar is worshipping towards the direction of Ayodhya. Opposite to Him, Sri Rama, Sita Devi and Lakshmanan treat our eyes. Towards the frontage of this temple, there is a veranda, whose corners display huge rings made of stones. Out of these, just one or two are in good order now.
Close to these, the corridor outside, there is a gigantic stage made of stone. It is understood that this was used to give out food to the needy in those days.Next to this stage, one can see Garudaazhvar facing North, in a posture of devotion, indicating that the sky is His umbrella Besides these features, this temple also has a 25 pillared Chamber, which displays exemplary skill in carving statues that represent Srimath Ramayana. To add to the beauty of these 25 pillars, statues depicting warriors on horses have been carved here.
Food plates made of stones
Many sculptors are believed to have stayed here and worked. They had carved stones to make food plates. They had also made special provisions to wash those plates with water and created provision for the water to flow through and dug a small pit nearby to serve vegetables. This information was conveyed by the inhabitants of this town.Unfortunately, no one has done a research on these sculptures yet and hence, we do not have any authentic information about their history. A few carvings are seen which are believed to contain a few details about this place.Breathtaking scriptures are seen at the banks of this huge pond.
These include statues of Devi Mahalakshmi and a variety of postures of Lord Krishna in a dance posture, eating butter, holding Govardhana Giri by his fingers, statues of Lord Venkatachalapathy of Tirupati, Lord Varadarajaperumal of Kanchi, statues enacting the scene where Lord Shiva, Lord Perumal, Lord Brahma and Lord Anjaneyar are standing together while the Ocean of milk was being dribbled, statues Lord Sri Ranganathar and Alilai Kannan have been beautifully built.About 45 years ago, this pond was isolated, completely shadowed by shrubs and bushes. In fact, people were scared to get into this pond. Finally in 2012, a part of this pond was cleared and that was when these statues were found. Whether these statues were brought here, or were they carved out of the stones that were existing here is still undisclosed.“Two years ago, by seeing the statue of Lord Venkatachalapathy of Tirupati at this Sanctum and of Lord Annamacharya who was standing besides and lighting frankincense, devotees who came from Tirupati temple stayed overnight and sang hymns in Telugu in praise of the Lord. We have not been able to gather complete information about the statues here” said Shri. M. Thillainayagam, from Iyengarkulam