This temple is called Bagthavathsaleswarar Temple. The Lord Shiva here is called Bagthavathsaleswarar and the Ambal here is called Karpagambikai. It’s a 11th C temple built by the 1st Rajendra Chozha. Proof - ofcourse, the epitaphs.
The Ambal’s statue here is on a screw base called ‘Thirugu Peedam’. Generally the statue is placed straight on the base, so it can be lifted straight. But here the statue is placed on a screw base where the statue has to be twisted and lifted. Well, since we are not gonna try to lift it, the detail is not much of use. But still, in ancient times, in the 11th C to be specific, I guess to prevent any burglary such an idea was used!!!
Another special shrine here is of Ther Lakshmi where Goddess Lakshmi is surrounded by a Temple Car structure.
Somehow I didn’t get the feeling of the 11th C here in this temple. The temple was partly newly constructed. Further the temple was painted in recent years with enamel paints. Looking at this, I was rather very much disappointed.
I planned to go Nangavaram next. But then, some bridge was broken and some road was under construction and the bus service to that place was temporarily withdrawn. I had to give it a miss.
From there my next venture was Thiruchenthurai. I took the bus towards Trichy again and got down at the Thiruchendurai stop. Well, this stop is actually called Jiyapuram stop. Locals do not know if you say Thiruchenthurai. But this time I didn’t have the need to enquire for the temple. I actually crossed the temple itself before the bus stopped at the particular stop. I traced back the same route and reached the temple.
This temple is called the Chandrasekarar Temple. The stones and rocks to build this temple has been brought from Pachai Malai, Kolli Malai etc. This temple was built by Raja Raja Chozhan’s sister or daughter (there is confusion in this part of history!!!) Kundhavi aka Boodhi Aadhithan Pidari.
Unfortunately the temple was closed. I enquired where was the home of the temple priest and again unfortunately he was not available.
This Shiva Lingam has a texture of Jack Fruit. Infact the Sthala Vruksham here itself is Jack Fruit Tree. The specialty of the tree is that the fruits are borne both on the branches and roots. At any given time there are only 20 fruits on the tree. Amazing, right? Well, I had no luck to see it all myself!!!
From there totally disheartened, I took the bus to return. The bus was filled like heck. I was totally distressed. One bloody thing I learnt, ‘NEVER VENTURE OUT ON THE 4TH DAY OF PONGAL – KAANUM PONGAL’. Coz every Tom, Dick & Harry is travelling on that day as it’s an auspicious day to visit the elders on the family. For travelers like me, I should have rather spent the day as stupid sitting in front of the stupid box!!!
To Reach There:
Sirugamani: 24 km from Trichy; 16 km from Kulithalai
Thiruchenthurai / Jeeyapuram: 16 km from Trichy; 25 km from Kulithalai
Hotels and Lodges at all price points are available at Trichy.