Kazhiyur Aadhikesava Perumal Chithirai Revathee vaibhavam


 

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Kazhiyur temple

Kazhiyur village is located near Cheyyar in North Arcot district  about 81 km  towards east of Thiruvannamalai and about 103 KM from Chennai .

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TEMPLE ENTRANCE
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ADHIKESAVA PERUMAL UTSAVAR ” GLORIFIED AS VARADAR “

Almost  130 years ago  Sri vaishnavaite Aiyyangars  migrated from Mannargudi another holy place in Tanjavur and came to settle down in this village.

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TEMPLE ENTRANCE

It is said that a plague like epidemic made people leave Mannargudi  long long back .

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YATHIRAJAVALLI  THAYAR TEMPLE ENTRANCE

The  srivaishnavas were disciples of  His Holiness  Sri  Sri  Sri  Mudaliandaan swamigal who is the first and the dearest disciples of Swami Ramanuja.

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Kazhiyur  temple

It is believed that the  srivaishnavas  , carried the deity  of  Lord Adhi Keshava Perumal  all the way from Mannargudi on their head to Kazhiyur  the present place and  worshipped the LORD by constructing a temple with the  locals  support .  Elders believe that the deity was sculpted from a meteorite that had fallen from the divine abode .

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WAY TO TEMPLE KONERI ( TANK )

It is not a practice to abandon Perumal  even in adverse circumstances.

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TEMPLE ENTRANCE

The  Lordship gives darashanam  in Nindra Thirukolam ( standing posture).

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After their resettlement in Kazhiyur, the village became a cradle of Vedic scholars, purohits and astrologers.

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TEMPLE GARDEN

The  devoted  families lived in the Agraharam (first row of houses built around the temple and occupied by the temple priests)

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ROUTE TO TEMPLE

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ROUTE TO TEMPLE

The Agraharam is located around the temple of ‘Sri Adhi Keshava Perumal Swamy’, which was also built and maintained with financial support from the  local Mudaliars and many devotees .  Kazhiyur has been a great centre of Vedic Astrology.

They  have been uniformly well versed in astrology and are keepers of the most ancient astrological knowledge in the world.

Almost all of them have been treated like the religious leaders and the astrological guides from time immemorial.

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SREEMOORTHY IN TEMPLE

Many Kazhiyur  families have been practicing astrology for more than seven generations in an unbroken tradition since they first arrived in 1840.

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ENTERING KAZHIYUR VILLAGE

It is believed that in ancient times there was a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali near to the main temple  and hence the village is called ‘Kazhiyur’ the home of Goddess Kali.

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LORD ADHIKESAVA PERUMAL IN CHANDANA KAPPU

After moving to Kazhiyur the srivaishnavaites engaged  themselves in agriculture apart from performing the temple services .

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Due to this reason they are also called the Mannar Mudumbai families a direct connection to Lokacharyar  Swamy Pillai Lokacharyar’s legacy .

They were orthodox and are considered to be an authority on  Sri Vaishnavism.

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THE ROUTE TO TEMPLE AT SUNSET

Unlike other South Indians who carry the name of village and the name of the father as their initials the Kazhiyur srivaishnavas  use the initials K. M. meaning Kazhiyur Mannar.

It  was an attempt to retain the Mannargudi identity.

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The priests from Kazhiyur have been  serving in  some seva or other  in almost all the 106 Sri Vaishnavite temples  and the majority of them  at  Tirumala , Sholingur ,  and  southern side vaishnava divya desams .

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KAZHIYUR POND FROM WHERE WATER IS TAKEN TO TEMPLE AND HOUSES

The first Priest who served  even in the Temples at United states of America are from Kazhiyur .

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SRI YATHIRAJAVALLI THAYAR

Kazhiyur is also closely connected with the Sri Ramar Sannadhi and the temple of Shree Govindaraja at the foothills of the Tirupati temple.

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UTSAVAR VARADAR THIRUVADEE OF KAZHIYUR TEMPLE

 Srivaishnavas  from Kazhiyur were also  chosen to carry the offerings from the Lord of Seven Hills at Tirumalai to the temple of Govindaraja at foothills.

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The priests walked bare-footed all the way down the hill carrying the offerings on their head.
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Kazhiyur has been very closely linked to Kancheepuram from the very inception. Every year during the month of January, July and December, the utsavar  ( processional deity )  of Lord  Adi Keshava Perumal , shri Varadar is taken in a procession to the Iyengar Kulam, a lake at the outskirts of Kancheepuram.

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Varthamaana  His holiness Sri Sri Sri Mudali Andaan swami

About forty people start the procession and many more join them en-route to Kancheepuram. The procession travels on foot for the entire stretch of 18 km. After arriving at Iyengar Kolam, the Lord is given a ceremonial bath in the kolam and then taken back to Kazhiyur with pomp and show .  

This custom has been  inspired from the grand festival ( Lord Varadharaja going to ‘Padai Seevaram’ on the day of Chithirai Poornima at Tirupati) . This ritual is also known as ‘Parvettam’ (forest hunting).

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KALI AMMAN

 Today out of  few  houses in Kazhiyur Agraharaham , only six or seven houses are occupied and the remaining are kept locked.

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However, every year during the month of April, on the day of Chittirai Revathi, the birth star of Lord Adi Keshava ,

Kazhiyur  srivaishnavas  from all over the world gather in the village to celebrate the annual festival.

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ADIYENS GRUHAM AT SECUNDERABAD

Shri  Kodandan swamy  is the present temple priest who is serving the temple  past  two decades  leaving his lucrative job .

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Shri Kodandan swami the chief Priest and Kazhiyur varadan

Adiyen is blessed to be born in this glorious village and feel honored to be among st the  illustrious and glorious elders . 

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Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

“Neer Veesiner, Naan Pessinen”..Swamy Thirukachi nambhigal vaibhavam


Swamy Thirukachi nambhigal while continuing his fanning service to Lord Sri Varadaraja Perumal his aalavattam (fan) slipped and fell on Lord.

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Thirukachi Nambhigal immediately realized that the time for him to leave this materialistic world had come.

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Nambhigal requests Perumal to grant him Moksham. Lord Varadaraja Perumal says that granting Moksham to Thirukachi Nambhigal is not possible as he doesn’t yet have “Bhaagavatha Sambhandham”. Thirukachi Nambhigal then replies that he had been under the tutelage of Sri Alavandaar Himslef, to which Lord says that He was the one who had sent Nambhigal to Alavandar and that would not be counted as “Bagavatha Sambandam”. And interestingly Perumal adds “Neer Veesiner, Naan Pessinen”. This incident highlights the regard Perumal has for Bhagavathas and also shows how we should respect our fellow Bhagavathas.

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Thirukachi Nambhigal now decides to “earn” some Bhaagavatha Abhimaanam. He takes leave from Lord Varadaraja and then proceeds to the home of the great Acharya Thirukostiyur Nambhi. He was well aware that Thirukostiyur Nambhi (Swami Ramanuja’s acharya) would not accept as a domestic help someone whom Lord Varadaraja himself had conversed with. So Thirukachi Nambhigal under the guise of a common peasant introduces himself as Gajendra Dasan (his Birth name) and requests for some work from Thirukostiyur Nambhigal. Unaware that it was Thirukachi Nambhigal himself seeking work, Thirukostiyur Nambhigal asks him to take care of his cows and bullock cart.

jai-srikrishnaThirukachi Nambhigal too is relieved and happy that he has had an opportunity to serve a great acharya. One rainy day Thirukostiyur Nambhigal finds his cows missing and asks his  shishyas to find the cows. But the shishyas are reluctant to go in the heavy rains & winds. So Thirukostiyur Nambhi decides to look for the cows by himslef and calls for Thirukachi Nambhigal for help. Thirukachi Nambhigal instantly replies “Adiyen” and Thirukostiyur Nambhi looks in the direction of the voice.

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To his wonder, Thirukachi Nambhigal had bought the cows home and also covered them with his own cloths too. Nambhi is instantly pleased at Thirukachi nambhigal’s devotion and then instantly calls his wife and says “Give food to our man”. Since Nambhi had called him as Nam Mattukaran, which signifies a relationship and hence Bhagavatha Sambandham. The next day Nambhi changes to his original attire as when fanning The Lord Varadaraja Perumal and reveals his identity and narrates the sequence of incidents that led him to coming as Gajandra dasan to Thirukostiyur Nambhigal.

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Finally, after being blessed with Baagavatha Sambandham, Nambhigal returns to Lord Varadaraja Perumal’s sanctum sancatorium. Like an eager mother expecting her child back, Lord Varadaraja with open arms welcomes Nambhigal right at the steps and praises Thirukachi Nambhigal’s steadfast devotion and affection. At this moment Thirukachi Nambhigal sings the mesmerising “Devaraja Ashtakam”, glorifying the Lord’s boundless love for His Bakthas and the pains of this materialistic world!

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And then, Nambhigal attains moksham to serve Sriman Narayana in Sri Vaikuntam permanently .

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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