After experiencing the overwhelming feeling of looking at the originating point of the Asian languages, I sat at the Pandya Cave and looked at my watch. It said 12!!! As I said in my previous post, the only difficulty in temple tours is the timings. It has to start pretty early and end by noon and could restart later in the evening as the temples close in the noon for Nadai Mooduthal.
My mom told me about this one temple at Keezhe Boulevard Street...!!! I know it sound way too weird. Keezhe is the pure tamil word for East and Boulevard is very much English. I didn’t even get the name at the first instance my mom told me that on phone. My mom had that name since ages written down in her note when she heard it somewhere. Now, I didn’t even know if the temple exists till date. My mom didn’t even know the temple’s name, all she knew was the street and its specialties (about which I’ll write in this post). I enquired in the temple office at the base of Uchi Pillayar temple if this temple, a Shiva temple in Keezhe Boulevard Road exists. To my gladness it did and I was happy. However they warned me to better run to the temple or still better to take an auto as it might get closed any time now. And yeah, this temple was called Bhulogonathar Temple.
I came out of the office and took the right in the street that’s between the office and Uchi Pillayar Koil entrance and kept walking and kept on enquiring about the street. It was only then I came to know these days the Keezhe Boulevard Road is more anglicized and called East Boulevard Road. Finally after about one and a half km walking, I reached this temple. Fortunately this was still open!!!
It was a small temple and one of the Odhuvars (Priest Singers) was singing the hymns. It was so pleasing to hear that full throated voice in the midst of all false voice cine singers!!! The Lord here is called Boologanathar/Bhuloganathar and Goddess here is called Jagadhambal.
There is a bronze statue of Lord Nataraja (The dancing form of Lord Shiva) which is the main specialty of this temple. Well, this is almost a one and a half feet long Nataraja with 2 little figures beneath. These two figures are the specialty. To the right is Nandi Devan, the bull vahana of Lord Shiva. Here He is seen with a human body and he playing a traditional drum of Tamil Nadu called the Kuda Muzha. I doubt if this instrument is still played by anyone at all (thanks to globalization…)!!!
On Nataraja’s left is Karaikkal Ammayar. She is a lady who is considered the best of the devotees of Lord Shiva. She was 16 when her parents tried to fix up a groom for her when she was very much into spiritual-hood. So she went into a deep prayer asking Lord to make her an old lady physically, as she considered her youth as the biggest disadvantage to her spirituality. If she was old no one would disturb her to marry!!! Great idea!!! Yeah, and the Lord did grant her wish. She lived several years with the very old physical body (with wrinkled skin and sagging breast!!!) before she became one with the God. Here to Nataraja’s left she is seated and the sculptural beauty is too good with her wrinkled skin and sagging breast clearly sculpted out!!! A masterpiece indeed!!!
Along the circumambulatory passage are the shrines of Nardhana Ganapathy, Nagaabarana Vinayakar, Sapthamadha, Kasi Viswananthar, Dakshinamurthy, Valli devasena Subramaniar, Hanuman, Brahma, Durga, Chandikesar, and Navagraha. The Sthala Vruksham is the Vanni Maram.
I have no clue about the origin of this temple, but I believe it must be the same as that of the Pandya Caves in the 7th & 8th C AD. This is because the temple has a relief of a fish sculpted near the doorway and has elephant shaped steps-rails. Fish is the flag of the Pandyas and Elephant railing is a copyright of Cholas!!! Might be; Might not be as well!!!
From here I called up my mom and she told me to take a chance with a temple at Uraiyur and I looked at my watch. It showed 1 PM and I did not find any point proceeding!!! But I had made up my mind I had to visit Trichy again to see the Uraiyur temple and St. Josephs church. Somehow the shape of the Uchi Pillayar Hillock made me think that it should have a Jain Beds (remember the ones in Arunattan Malai) housed in it. And Surprise!!! Yeah I just came to know that this little hillock of Uchi Pillayar had some Jain Beds in ‘em too!!! I’m coming again Trichy!!!
TO REACH THERE:
Refer to my previous post