My last 2 posts were on the 2 temples in Allur (here and here). Pretty close to this village, is another village called Andanallur. This was earlier called Andavanallur, according to the inscriptions here.
The Lord Shiva here is Vadathirtha Nathar and his consort here is Balasoundhari. This place has been a holy place and been a temple since the days of Periyapuranam, as Sekkizhar has written about this temple.
However this was built as a granite temple by Paranthaka Chola (9th C). Later on Rajaraja I also did several donations and services for the temple. The Pandya King Vira Pandya has also done a lot for this temple. The Hoysala king Sri Krishna Veera Vallalar and also the Nayakka rulers later on have also done a lot for the temple.
Sadly the temple there right now, is highly modernized. Some concrete structures, some even geometric and modern, have been built extra recently, that just does no justice to the Chola architecture.
The temple is east facing and faces the river Cauvery. Cauvery is indeed splendid. Remember my post on Mayanur? The awesome river in that is ofcourse Cauvery. This time Cauvery was quite dried up.
Here, Cauvery just in front of this temple, was filled with not just water, but also plenty of fish!!! Yup, that's my Turkish Fish Spa, free of cost at Cauvery!!!!!
While taking the circum-ambulation, in the south facing side, is a little shrine of Dakshinamurthy. However this sculpture is of a later era and not Chola. On the west facing side, where usually a Vishnu sculpture is found, is a blunt piece of rock! Opposite to this wall are 3 shrines of Maha Ganapathi, Shanmuga Subramaniar and Gajalakshmi.
Opposite to the East facing side are sculptures of Navagriham, Kalabhairavar, Suriyan and Chandran. All around, at the Adhishtanam (base / foundation) is the Chola era inscriptions.
With that done, I'll be starting with the Srirangam temple itself from my next post!!! Wait for it!!!
TO REACH THERE:
To reach Pancha Nadeeswarar temple: Refer my earlier post
From Panchanadeeswarar Temple: 3.6 km along Cauvery towards Karur
Nearest railway station: Jeeyapuram
Google Maps co-ordinates: 10.876075,78.600429
Dedicated to Prof. Swaminathan and co...