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The Swetha Vinayagar Temple (Tamil: Vellai Vinayakar Koil) is a Hindu temple situated in the village of Thiruvalanchuzhi(also spelt as Thiruvalanjuli) near Swamimalai in Kumbakonam taluk of Thanjavur districtTamil NaduIndia. The presiding deity is Kapardiswarar, a form of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Brihannayaki.[1]


The temple is associated with a sage called Herandar who according to legend, is believed to have gone through an underground passage to the nether world and brought the Kaveri River to the earth to flow into the Bay of Bengal.[1] Since the river took a convoluted direction in its flow, the place is called Tiruvalanjuzhi. There is an image of Herandar in the temple and the trunk of the elephant God, Vinayagar swirls towards the right.[2]


The temple is renowned for its shrine dedicated to Vinayaka or Ganesha.[1] The idol of Vinayaka is white in colour and is believed to have been created out of sea foam.and sand

Hence, the temple is also known as Swetha Vinayagar Temple in Sanskrit or Vellai Vinayakar Temple in Tamil, meaning "the temple of the white Vinayaka"

According to popular legend, Indra, the king of the Devas created the idol of Ganesha out of sea sand and foam during the churning of the ocean as they forgot to receive blessing from ganesha before the churnign of the ocean 

he  left it in a niche in the temple hoping to get back the idol sometime later.[1] But later, when he returned to remove the idol of Ganesha, it would not budge. So, the idol was allowed to remain where it was.[1] A lattice-worked stone window pane called palahani is present in the temple.

it is through this window that you are supposed to have dharshan of lord ganesha
no abhishekam is done as its  made from foam and sand

the architecture of this temple is astonishing
and  the idol of ganesha is like a cute boy in white


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    sarvagna in kannada means one who knows everything

    he was a famous poet and his simple verses had great depth. a few to share

    The time of Sarvagna cannot be placed definitively. Research based on the early references to his work and his usage of script some of which became extinct later, one can place him to be in the early seventeenth century. According to Sarvagna (which is a pen name), his real name was Pushpadatta. His father was a Shaivaite Brahmin and his mother was a Shudra widow named Mali. His father met his mother at a place in present day Dharwar district in Karnataka on his way to Benares on a pilgrimage. Sarvagna grew up as a wandering monk. About a thousand verses are attributed to him, all in the meter Tripadi or three line stanzas. His poems deal with religion, morals, customs, astrology, weather-lores and even riddles. His Vachanas or sayings are often quoted by scholars and common folks alike. No two books of his work are alike and it is probable that several verses attributed to him were composed by imitators.

     









    Stanza 7: If fools claim that they jumped over six mountains, agree to it. It is not worth fighting over.

    Stanza 8: For one who knows how to speak, it is like water pouring out of Eta from a well. For one who does not know, it is just the rope hanging down. (Note: Eta is a device to draw water from a well. It is a pot tied to a rope).

    Stanza 9:Learn somethings from those who know; Watch somethings from those who do; Learn otherthings by self experience.

    Stanza 10: Offering food (to the hungry), telling the truth and putting others above oneself is a happy way to heaven.

    Stanza 11: A wife who keeps the home warm, watches expenses, knows what is on your mind and acts accordingly is everything. Who cares if the heavens catch fire!

    Stanza 12: One who gives (alms) without advertising is superior. One who gives and talks about it is medium. Only a knave talks much and gives nothing.

    Stanza 13: The company of good men (women also) is like enjoying sweet honey. The company of evil men is like the stinking stuff in the sewer.

    Stanza 14: By wearing a mark of ash (Note: orthodox Hindus wear such marks on their forehead and other parts of the body during religious rituals.) one were to reach heaven, a donkey (that rolls in ash) should reach there surely.

    Stanza 15: By dipping in the river everyday ( Note: baths in holy rivers are parts of Hindu rituals.) a Brahmin were to jump to heaven, the frog which is born and lives in water should surely go to heaven.

    Stanza 16: By dabbing sandalwood paste on the forehead one were to reach heaven, the stone used to grind the paste should be first to go there.

    Stanza 17: No one knows everything. The learned are few. There is no guarantee that the smart bring wisdom. Knowledge is not available for all.

    Stanza 18: A service without flowers, the king without a horse and friendship with one who does not know the language (one who cannot carry an intelligent conversation) are a waste.


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Posted: 20 February 2014 at 10:19pm | IP Logged
thanks for sharing thala

i heard abt the temple thiruvalancuzhi. but not visited there .

That lines are very meaningful thala 

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Posted: 21 February 2014 at 5:29am | IP Logged
Dear Rama
Sarvagna was the great poet of Kannada language. Very nice to hear about his birth and other details.

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thanks for sharing akka

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Thanks a lot Rama for sharing those vachanas.  Those are my favorites.

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r-bhagavn uvca

abhayam sattva-samuddhir

jna-yoga-vyavasthitih

dnam dama ca yaja ca

svdhyyas tapa rjavam

ahims satyam akrodhas

tygah ntir apaiunam

day bhtesv aloluptvam

mrdavam hrr acpalam

tejah ksam dhrtih aucam

adroho nti-mnit

bhavanti sampadam daivm

abhijtasya bhrata



Krishna:

Fearlessness, singleness of soul, the will Always to strive for wisdom; opened hand And governed appetites; and piety And love of lonely study; humbleness, Uprightness, heed to injure nought which lives, Truthfulness, slowness unto wrath, a mind That lightly letteth go what others prize; And equanimity, and charity Which spieth no man's faults; and tenderness Towards all that suffer; a contented heart, Fluttered by no desires; a bearing mild, Modest, and grave, with manhood nobly mixed With patience, fortitude, and purity; An unrevengeful spirit, never given To rate itself too high; - such be the signs, O Indian Price! of him whose feet are set On that fair path which leads to heavenly birth!

Deceitfulness, and arrogance, and pride, Quickness to anger, harsh and evil speech, And ignorance, to its own darkness blind, These be the signs, My Prince! of him whose birth Is fated for the regions of the vile.1




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thanks for sharing these verses thala

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