A Challenge with Nature!You might have seen my last post on Sausage Tree at Red Hills Bus Terminus. From there our next stop was a little village called Chinnakkavanam. Why Chinnakkavanam? Well, there a unique tree there too!!! Pretty close to Chinna Kavanam bus stop is the Nootreteeswarar temple.
The temple's legend is that when Saint Agasthiar went to Kasi / Varanasi, he stopped here to offer his prayers to Lord Shiva here who was in the name, Chathurvedeeswarar. The Lord's consort here was called Sivagami Ammai.
During the night, the Lord appeared in his dreams and told him that if he offered prayers here for 108 days, he need not come to Kasi and would get the blessing of Kasi here itself. So from the next day, he bathed in the nearby river of Aranya and brought a handful of sand and made a Siva Lingam out of it below a tree here called Azhinjal tree and performed his prayers for 108 days. On the 108th day, all the 108 Siva Lingam he made, merged into one which appeared like a figure of Lord Vinayaka. Reason - he didn't start his first day with prayers to Lord Vinayaka which is the custom. Looking at this miracle, the king Nandi Varman built the temple here. Since the 108 became one, a single Siva Lingam was made to represent the 108, and was called Nootreteeswarar or Ashtothreeswarar. His consort was Ashtothravalli.
The entire temple was white washed and I couldn't spot any inscriptions! So was it really built by Nandi Varman - I don't know!
|That insect egg like thing attached the tree is actually the seed of the tree!|
Btw, just outside the temple, was this old, typical village house that had fallen into disuse!
Here comes the challenging part. The temple priest has tried quite a lot of times to replant this tree from its stem, seeds etc, but nothing worked out effectively! The priest had tried earlier to segregate the saplings and replant them at a different location, but that too didn't work out. Quite a few people have taken the seeds from here and tried growing them, but at vain. Would you like to take up the challenge and try growing them at your place? If you're successful, not just you, hundreds of botanists and tree-lovers too would relish your success!!!P.S: This post is an entry for the Relish the Challenge contest by Cinthol.
TO GET THERE:
From Redhills: 22 km towards Pulicat / Pazhaverkadu
From Pulicat: 19 km
From Chennai: 44 km via Perambur, Puzhal, Red HillsFrom Ponneri: 4 km (Town buses and autos are available).
Ph. no. of the temple priest: +91 98437 08593.
Dedicated to Mom