History of Temples of Thennangur
Temples of Thennangur
 

  Sri Panduranga & Sri Rukumayee Temple
  Sri Matam
  Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple
  Sri Lakshmi Narayanan Temple

Sri Panduranga & Sri Rukumayee Temple
    In Srimad Bhagavatham, Sri Krishna has told Uddava, that in Kaliyuga, Bhakthi through namasankirtan is the Only easy way to attain spiritual Salvation and that there is no separate Avtar in Kaliyuga. All the great souls like Narada, Vyasa, Sukha etc. of the previous three yugas will be appearing in the earth in different parts of the country as Purandaradasa, Jayadeva, Tulsidas, Kabir, Namdev, Gnaneswar etc. to spread the Bhakti cult and Lord Krishna will descend as Lord Panduranga at the request of Saint Pundalika and He will be gracing these saints and Bakthas to spread the greatness of Bakthi cult through His different Leelas in their lives. That time onwards devotess started thronging to Pandarpur to have the Blessings of Lord Panduranga, particularly on Ashada Ekadasi and Karthigai Ekadasi.

   With Gurunathar's Blessings, Sri Guruji started visiting the places of these Bakthas and saints to know about their lives and infuse the same to the devotees as Maha Baktha Vijayam during his discourse sessions. On one occasion, in the course of His travels, Guruji visited the village around Pandarpur. In his dream, Sri Gnanananda appeared and directed him to go to Pandarpur.
Guruji As per this direction, when Guruji arrived at Pandarpur, the priests ( pandas ) of the Panduranga temple received him and took him round the temple; after performing Archana and Abhishekam gave him the idols of Sri Panduranga and Sri Ragumayi which were worshipped there for a long time. When asked for reasons for their doing so, the priests said that Sri Panduranga appeared in their dream and wanted them to do so.
   From that time onwards, the idea to have a shrine for the idols sprouted in Guruji's mind. As one can see, it is the blessings of His Master alone, accomplished our Gurji to build this great Temple which provides access to the bakthas from the south to easily reach and pray here instead of going to Pandarpur. The North-South meet at the temple signify our national integration. Sri Panduranga-Ragumayi Temple, Thennangur
Sri Panduranga-Ragumayi, Thennagur The uniqueness of this temple is reflected in the following. The Garba-Griha, Gopuram  ( sanctum-sanctorum ) on the model of Puri Jagannath; the Chola type of Rajagopuram in its artistry and the presiding deities from Maharashtra. The tiny idols of Panduranga-Ragumayi manifested to a big size ( viswarupam ) are a feast to the eyes. The main mandapams are decorated with mural painting of the leelas of Sri Krishna.

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Sri Matam
View of Matam, Thennangur    The Tulsi-Brindavan in the center of the Matam is in memory of Guruji. On the western side directly facing Brindavan is the Shrine of  Sri Gnanananda Swami who inspired and made people aware of the greatness of Namasankirtan throughout the world through His Chief disciple. On the northern side is the Shrine of Sri Mahashodasi.

Sri Gnanananda Swami, Thennangur                                                                                                              

 Shrine of Sri Gnanananda Swami                                                      

                                                               Brindavan of Guruji

Brindavan

Shrine of Sri Mahashodasi
Sri Mahashodasi, Thennangur Sri Mahashodasi is the presiding deity of Jyotir Mutt like Sri Kamakshi for Kanchi Mutt and Sri Sharadha for Sringeri Mutt. Sri Chakra and Maha Meru, manifestations of Sakthi, are taken for upasana of Ambika all along and for the first time, a rupa or form is manifested of Devi viz Maha Shodasi with all its Anga, Prtyanga Devathas such as Ganapathy, Murugan, Rudra, Varahi, Vaishnavi etc.
Sri Mahashodasi, Thennangur

so that devotees of all faith can have their wishes fulfilled through different arjitha sevas like Homam, Archana etc.


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Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple
   Initially Guruji thought of constructing a temple for Lakshmi-Narayan. On the suggestion of stapathi, he decided to build Shiava-Vishnu temple. At the time of construction, Kanchi Paramacharya was consulted regarding  the name of the idol. And through him, it was learnt that the original name of the Thennangur is Dakshina Halasyam. Pandya King desiring to have a child, requested sapta rishis to perform a Sri Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Temple, Thennangur
Sri Meenakshi, Thennangur yagna. Accordingly yagna was performed, a girl child came out of the yagna. The king took the child to Madurai and named her Sri Meenakshi; therefore Dakshina Halasyam is the birth place of Sri Meenakshi.
Sri Sundareswarar, Thennangur

   For the installation of Lord Sunderasa, Guruji went in search of a proper idol. When he was in Varanasi, at the time of taking bath in the Holy Ganges, he got a  Bana Lingam from the Ganges with the Blessings of Gurunatha. The same was taken to Thennangur and installed there. Every year the Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Kalyanam is performed in this temple


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Sri Lakshmi Narayana Temple
Sri Lakshmi Naarasimhar, Thennangur This is a old temple. It was in dilapidated condition when Guruji took upon himself to renovate it.
Sri MahaLakshmi,Thennangur

Every year Sita Kalyanam is performed in this temple.

   Navagraha is being constructed recently with their consorts and Vahanam. This you cannot see in any temple.

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