Lord Shiva

In the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is the Destroyer and the most important one in the Holy Trinity, the other two being Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Lord Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, has snakes coiled up around his head and arms, wears tiger and elephant skin, leads a wild life in the cremation grounds far removed from social pretenses, and is known for his proverbial anger.

Lord Vishnu

He has four arms and is male: The four arms indicate his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature. His physical existence is represented by the two arms in the front, while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world. The Upanishad Gopal Uttartapani describes the four arms. Title has been given since some of these facts may be shocking for someone, soothing for devotees and interesting for others. Some of these facts may be known to someone but unknown to other.

Lord Brahma

In Hinduism, Lord Brahma is the first god of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh). He is the creator of the universe. But, he is not worshipped as Lord Vishnu and Shiva. There is only one temple dedicated to him, which is the Pushkar temple of Rajasthan. And many temples are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There is no corner of India where there are no temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

Sri Yoga NarasimhaSwamy – Thirukadigai

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Sri Yoga NarasimhaSwamy Temple

Name :Sholingapuram
Alias Name :Thirukadigai
God Name :Yoga NarasimhaSwamy, BhaktaVatsala Perumal
Goddess Name:AmritaValli Thayaar
Pushkarni :Amritha Pushkarni
Vimanam :Simhagoshtakriti Vimanam
Location :Sholingar, Arakkonam

Thirukkadigai is a Hindu place of pilgrimage in Tamil Nadu. As one of the 108 Divya Desams, places of worship sung about by the early-medieval Alvars in their “Mangalasasanam” (praise-songs), it is a holy site of particular importance to Vaishnavism.
There are three separate shrines, one dedicated to Lord Narsimha on top of the hill, one to Lord Bhaktavatsala Perumal on the base of the hill, and one to Lord Anjaneya on a separate hill.

The temple

The temple on top of the hill is reached by a staircase of about 3200 steps. Lord Narasimha sits in a Yoga posture and is called ‘Yoga NarasimhaSwamy’. There is a separate shrine for Amrithavalli Thayaar. Lord Bhaktavatsala Perumal resides in the base of the hill and Thayaar has a separate shrine. Lord Anjaneya is present in a separate small hill around 800 steps. Lord Anjaneya has four hands and holds Conch and Chakra. There is also a shrine for Varadaraja Perumala mounted on Garuda near the temple tank. There are several Theerthams around the hill.

Legend

It is believed that Sage Vishwamitra got his Brahmarishi title on worshipping Lord Narasimha here for ‘one kadigai’ around 24 minutes. After Lord Rama left the world Lord Anjaneya started doing Tapas here facing Lord Narasimha. It is also believed that even today Lord Indra with his devas would come, take bath in the pushkarni and pray to Lord Narasimha. The temple tank has medicated water which cures all diseases. Lord Budha worshipped here and was cured from the curse given by Durvasa muni. Saptarishi and Sage Valmiki got the vision of Lord Narasimha who appeared here.

Thirukadigai Mahatyam

One’s sins are washed when a person spends here for ‘one kadigai’ 24 minutes at Sholingapuram worshipping the three Lords. Many diseases have be cured by taking bath in the pushkarni and worshipping the Lord. It is also said that person who wanted to build a house need to pile up small pebbles(like small hill) in the Anjaneya mountain while climbing would grace the pilgrim with a new house. Evil Spirits will be warded off when they visit Sholingapuram.

Prasadam

Puliyodharai(Tamarind Rice), Dhadhyonam(Curd Rice), Pongal, Chakkarai Pongal, Vada, Adhirasam, Murukku are offered to Lord as Prasadam.

Darshan, Sevas and Festivals

Tamil month of Karthigai is a festival season at Sholigapuram. Other festival seasons are Chitrai Brahmotsavam and Avani Pavithrothsavam, Margazhi Padi Utsavam, Navaratri, Thai Giri Valam (pradakshinam of the hill) ,

Composers

Thirumangai Alvar , Peyalvar had sung in praise of Lord at Sholingpuram, Divya Prabandha.

Travel and Stay

There are many lodges at Arakkonam and Katpadi and also bus facility available.

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