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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sankarankovil


Sankarankovil is a small town near Thirunelveli. This is where around the 10th Century, a Lingam was unearthed in a “Putthu” i.e sand dune, and was established as the “Sankaralingam” deity. The temple built around this presiding deity is called Sankarankovil. The consort of this Shiva form is the beautiful Gomathy Amman. A petite statue with pleasing facial features, not more than 3-feet tall in appearance, Gomathy Amman, our family deity is indeed the pride of this place. During the month of Aadi Gomathy Amman does a penance “Aadi Thavasu” and at the end of the 10 days the lord presents hiumelf in the “Sankaranarayana” form, half Shiva and half Vishnu, and this alankara is unique to witness.
I had the good fortune of visiting Sankarankovil yesterday, the third time after my wedding. I made the customary “Maavilakku”, in which one mixes rice flour and jaggery with coconut water, pours ghee and lights a “deepam” at the centre. A very tasty offering, the “maavilakku” is offered to all family members and other devotees after the ritual. My family and I watched abishekam, and we had given a red and gold saree for the godess to adorn after the abishekam. She looked beautiful. There is a Srichakram on which I sat and sang the Kamalamba Navavarana in Anandabhairavi, and also the Sri Chakra Raja Nilaye of GNB in the raga Sivasakthi. I also recited the Mahishasuramardhini Stotram and we enjoyed the spirituality and experienced happiness. Even the children though very young helped out with the arrangements. The putthu sand has healing properties it is said, so we brought home some “putthu mannu” as it is called to give to friends and relatives. We stayed at a friend’s house, a lovely old house built with verandahs and low ceilings, very cool exuding old-world charm. We were treated to a rare koottu, one with raw mango and lady’s finger, an interesting combination.
I wore the traditional 9 yards saree, I like it very much, and whenever there is an opportunity don’t hesitate to wear it. Learning it was quite a task but once I mastered the procedure, it’s a question of less than 5 minutes to get the right look.
Did you know that poet Subramanya Bharathi has composed a song on Gomathy Amman during one of his numerous visits to the temple?

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the fascinating temple history and personal tour. We're learning so much about the tradition of saree's from your posts.The one you were given when you were honoured by Pothys is exquisite.(Regards, NYC)

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  2. Thanks for the post abt the temple. Here is the link with the bharathi song abt Gomathi Amman. For some reason the song is not completed by bharathi. If you know any interesting facts on that please share.

    http://www.lakshmansruthi.com/tamilbooks/bharathiar/bharathi-II41.asp

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  3. Greetings,

    I appreciate your hard effort. Today as Adi Thabasu at Sankara Naynar Kovil, i tried to download few songs on Annai Gomathy, but i could not, could you help by giving some link to Southern god's songs? thank you

    Muruga Madurai

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  4. Do y;ou know about the famous song on Gomathi Amman? "Sankaran Koilinl Vaazhum goamathiye"

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  5. @GM
    Please see:
    http://charulathamani.blogspot.com/2011/02/sri-gomathi-ambal-krithis-sacred-hymns.html

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  6. Hi
    This is place i never forgot i love this temple too

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