Friday, 31 July 2015

Temple History of Sri.Rameswaram .

Sri.Parvadhavardhani samedha Sri.Ramanadha Swami temple is one of the 12 Jyothir Linga temples in India & is the only one in South.It is located 200 kms east of Madurai.After killing Ravana & bringing back Sita,they land here at Rameswaram to to ward of "brahmahathi dosham" caused by  killing of Ravana. Rama instructs Anjaneya to bring a Siva Linga from Kasi kshetra for doing Siva Pooja at Rameswaram.As it got delayed,Rama asks Sita devi to make a Siva Linga in sand to perform the pooja at the scheduled time.As the Pooja was started, Anjaneya was angry.To cool him, Rama makes it mandatory that whoever comes to Rameswaram should have to worship first Kasi Viswanadha brought by Anjaneya & then only Sri.Ramanadha made by Sita.Vibishana also affected by brahmahathi  dosham as  he helped  Sri.Rama to kill his brother Ravana.He worships  here & performs Sivapooja.God Siva is very much happy to see his devotion towards him & appears  before him.He enters the Siva Linga worshipped by Vibishana in the form of light ( Jyothi ) & it is called "Jyotir Linga".Those who have "phithru,naga,Rahu,Kedhu dosha" ( any one of these )  in their horoscope should bring their parents here & perform the required dosha nivarthy parihara(clearing away) so that delayed marriages,delayed child births can be avoided. Unity in the family & development of business or jobs can be achieved.Here one can perform these dosha nivarthy homams through out the year,where as in other holy places you have to perform in a specific day & time in a  calender year.The homams performed here yield many folds of benefits to the devotees than done in other places.Holy bathe in seas & rivers in other places have particular days marked for it like full or new moon day .You can take  holy bathe here on any day.As Rama (Vishnu) worshipped here,holy water is given  as prasadam  in Siva Sanctum.Sage Pathanjali got liberation here,his adhishtanam is located at the backside of Sri.Nataraja shrine.This is one of the temples sung with holy hymn  Devaram & also one among the 51 Sakthi peetas. In the moolasthana, spadiga linga established by Sri.Adi shankara is worshipped.In the Swami Sannidhi prakara,two Siva lingas are flanked by Goddess Saraswathi,Sankara Narayanan,Ardhanareeswarar & Ekadasa Rudralingam(11 Sivalingas).In Goddess Parvadhavardhani Sannidhi,Ashta Laxmi & Sandigeswari facing west direction are located.Those who want to make Kasi - Rameswara theertha yatra should first take a holy dip at Agni theertha here & take with them  holy water& sand taken from Agni theertham to Kasi.They should offer the sand in Holy Ganges & bring Holy Ganges water from Kasi.They should offer it to Sri.Ramanadha( sprinkle & bathing).Starting from Rameswaram & ending it there.Parents of Sri.Saradamani devi (wife of Sri.Ramakrishna Paramahamsa) has come all the way from Calcutta by walk to this Holy place & has worshipped here.Here ocean is very calm , In Dhanuskodi also water is shallow, does not look like ocean, where as the opposite side it is furious.It looks like a knife separated by two oceans.One has to take a jeep drive to reach here.21 kms away from Rameswaram, out of which you have to travel 5 kms in sea sand & during high tide time water covers  a large  portion.Rameswaram is an island.One has to  cross "Pamban Bridge" to enter Rameswaram.Both Train & Bus services are available.Lot of lodges are available.Many priests are available to perform the homams.All the groceries & vegetables required for  the public are coming from Madurai.Besides this, this is fishing place.Sizable fishing community is here. Only one High school is there.No college.Our late President Dr. Kalam's residence is here.
Goddess Parvadhavardhani.Below Jyothir Linga,Moolavar Ramanadha,Alli kulam(theertham inside the temple),Temple towers  & Ramanadhar.Our sincere thanks to Dinamalar Magazine for the photos.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Flower & bird kolam with dots.

This is flower & bird kolam  with dots 9 to 1 ( straight lines ). Please watch the video  & try this one.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Friday, 17 July 2015

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

God Ganesha kolam with dots.

This is God Ganesha kolam with  dots.See the details in the photo.Try this one.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Dot Kolam with 12 dots & 12 lines( Parts 1 & 2 ).

This is  kolam with 12 dots & 12 lines displaying  dog .Watch the video & try this one.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Friday, 10 July 2015

Kashayam for cough, cold - Home remedy for common cold, cough, fever

Home remedy for common cold, cough
This is about preparing a kashayam / decoction for curing cold &  cough with light fever(சளி ,இருமலுடன்  ஜுரம் இவற்றை குணப் படுத்தும் கஷாயம்) at our home.


  1. Take 5 gms of thirikadugam powder. 2 betel leaves, 2 omavalli( karpooravalli ) leaves, either palm candy or palm jaggery, some tulsi leaves.
  2. Take 200 ml of water.Put all these in it & boil it well till it becomes 100 ml.
  3. This is for adults.For children above 5 years, take half of all these like  one betel leave, one omavalli leave ,half the quantity of palm jaggery or palm candy,some tulsi leaves.
  4. This is for one time.Take it morning once & also evening once.If there is already fever, avoid palm jaggery or candy.Instead you prepare the decoction without it.
  5. After slightly cooling it add  two tea spoons of honey into it & take it.
This will certainly cure without any side effect.Normal appetite would be there. We have taken this medicine & found very effective in curing cold.If you have cold symptoms, take this one  immediately, you can see the remedy your self. My grand daughter used to  love this  flavour of karpooravalli & drinks it easily & got cured .You can grow Tulsi, & karpooravalli in open terrace where  sun light falls.If you plant  a stem of karpooravalli plant with some leaves, it  starts growing quickly, no seeds for it.Use this  herbal medicine when required & also give your feed back to us.

Free hand kolam 2.

This is a free hand kolam with video.Watch the video & try this one.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Home made medicines - Thiribala churanam.

Thiribala churanam is a combination of Amla,Kadukkai &thandrikkai,( பெரிய நெல்லிக்காய் ,கடுக்காய் ,தான்றிக்காய் ).cut the amla into small pieces , remove the seeds,grind it as a fine paste in a mixi.Place it in a stainless plate & dry it in sunlight,the juicy portion of the amla should be mixed with the amla paste.It may take 2 days.Now it would be in flake form as  shown in the photo.Dry it  in the sun light.After ensuring  there is no moisture,grind it in a mixi, sieve it well  & keep it in a air tight container.Kadukkai & thanrikkai should be lightly hammered.Remove the seeds in it .Seeds  of both herbs to be thrown away.Only skin portion to be ground in a mixi.Sieve this & keep in a air tight  container.Take equal quantity of amla,Kadukkai &thanrikkai powder & mix it thoroughly.Now thiribala churanam is ready.Take this  in the night after food, or before bed time 5gms with warm water or honey.This  helps easy  clearing of bowl in the morning.You need not worry about constipation.This also prevents knee joint pain if taken regularly.

Dot Kolam

This  is dot kolam with 13 dots & 8 sides.Watch the video & try this one.

How to make thirikadugam powder | Trikatu churna | Step by step pictures, procedure

Thirikadugam powder

Thirikadugam / trikatu churna ( திரிகடுகம் ) is a wonderful Siddha & Ayurvedic medicine which can be  prepared in our home. Last year, we saw a telecast programme on "Siddha & Ayurvedic medicines" titled as "parambaria maruthuvam"(பாரம்பரிய மருத்துவம் ) in Zee T.V Tamil channel by a well qualified & experienced Doctor Sri.Sakthi Subramanyam. He is continuing it in Sun T.V Tamil channel in the morning 8.30 am - 9 a.m slot. His  daughter, also professionally qualified like him, assists him in the demonstration.We thank these two doctors ,who are giving a wonderful demonstration (practical) as well as the remedies for many diseases. They show every herb used in the preparation of the medicines & how to prepare these medicines. A lot of people asks remedies for many diseases- like diabetic, removal of kidney stones, liver related  problems like jaundice.In addition to this,they have also discussed the reason for delay in conceiving babies & related problem to both men & women. For all these problems, they show  us the herbs normally available in our gardens or open grounds & how to use them. They stress the importance of permanent  & preventive cure without any side effects.Taking this improves our immunity.

We have prepared "thiri kadugam" medicine  shown in this telecast & using it daily as per their advice. This is quite effective in preventing common cold , throat infection & cough.We have been taking this herbal medicine from July 2014 for the past one year.Our son's family including my grand daughter (8 years) is also taking this .This dry powder (5 gms for adults) can bee taken with honey or in warm water inthe empty stomach before break fast.We take it at least half an hour earlier before break fast or tea.We always take it in a small container,when we leave for other places. Some times if we feel sore throat or nose blocking, we immediately take 5 gms in hot water( during long travel or change of drinking water , extreme change of climate) using of this has helped us,once again thank those 2 doctors.
This medicine is a combination of "pepper,dry ginger & arisi thippili (available in herbal medicine shops). Take these in equal quantity.Slightly fry this in a pan(without any oil) in the gas stove for one or two minutes .Very light frying, should not be darkened, just to remove if there is any moisture.(வாணலியில் இட்டு இலேசாக சில நிமிடங்கள் வறுக்கவும். ஓரிரு நிமிடங்களில் இறக்கி விட வேண்டும்.எண்ணெய்விட வேண்டாம் ).
For trial basis, you take 100gms each.After frying it, grind each one separately in a mixie.( better to pound it in a grinding stone & then grind it)- உரலில்  சிறிது இடித்து போட்டால்  மிக்ஸ்சியில் எளிதாக அரை படும். இதனை சல்லடையில் நன்றாக சலித்து ,பொடியாக எடுத்து மூன்று பொடியையும் சம அளவில் கலந்தால் திரிகடுகம் தயார்.
After grinding,sieve it in a sieve,take equal quantity ,mix it,now thirikadugam medicine is ready.
Store  it in  an air tight container or bottle. Take a pinch using your thumb, forefinger & ring  finger ,that is equal to 5 gms. For children,dosage is  half of  this.This medicine is also available in branded medicine manufacturers, like Adayar IMCOPS(Indian medicine co operative), Kottakkal Ayurvedha , Dabur. If you want, you consult any Siddha or Ayurvedic doctor before  taking this medicine.If  you buy from  herbal medicine shop the herbs, you have to be sure ,you are purchasing the right herb.We will also tell you how to prepare decoction  with this with 2 other easily available herbs for cough & cold.Photos from top:first - dry ginger, second - pepper, third - Arisi thippili(in Tamil)

Dry ginger, is hand pounded to ensure the mixie is not spoiled.

Black pepper seen below

Arisi thippili seen below 

Powdered and sieved

Sukku is slightly roasted to make it easy for powdering.

Thirikadugam powder, trikatu churna is ready!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Friday padi kolam .

This is Friday Padi kolam with Video.Try this one.

The history of Avudaiyar temple ( concluding part ).

Auvudaiyar temple is very different from other temples.There is no idols for God Shiva  as well as for Goddess .In shiva sanctum sanctorum, square type Auvudaiyar is  there.No bana linga.Three lamps  are lit behind Moolasthana .A white , red & green lamps.white representing Sun, green as Moon & Red as Agni(fire).Goddess  Parvathi is called "Yogambal".She ,after attending his father Dakshan's yagna jumps into the  yagna fire .She is  also  formless, comes here & doing penance to reunite with God Shiva.Her Sannidhi  is  always kept closed.Devotees can see her  feet (திருவடி) through   a mirror kept inside.During  festival time, only the  idol of Manickavasakar is  mounted on  a bull(ரிஷப வாஹனம்) & taken in  a procession. As both this saint & Shiva are one, here for Aani thirumanjanam, & Margazhi thiruvathirai festivals only Manickavasakar is decorated & taken around.The sculptural works are excellent & the "kodungai"  sculptural work in the prakara are exemplary & when the temple sculptors sign for new temples , they sign as except Avudaiyar  temple kodungai.There is a scene of God Shiva & Goddess Parvathi presenting Arjuna with  Pasupatha Asthra ,they take the form of  a hunter & his wife.Goddess wearing  bangles,with a hand bag & hunter's wife's ear rings are excellent work.In  the Panchatchara mandapa, five letters of the manthra are represented in the roof.                                                                                                                                                      Boiled rice in steaming condition with bitter guard   is poured over the Avudaiyar . Students studying under  God Shiva, used to bring boiled rice & vegetables for their Guru. So God Shiva is offered  this type of food.A vessel is kept in an inverted position above the Avudaiyar , the vessel representing our human body & God  as Atma dwelling inside ,protecting us. As the steam from the boiled rice , representing  God in  formless  form.The three type of manifestation of God, as formless, form  & Aruvuruvam(அருவுருவம்) are represented  here .As  god is protecting us  in the form of "Atma", he is called "Atmanathar".For the form he is coming as Manickavasakar as Shiva & him are same.For the Aruvuruvam,  moolasthanam & Sthala  virutcha - the holy tree in the  temple is represented.During Karthigai Somavaram holy water in 108 conches, pooja &  abishegam  is offered to the holy tree , under which Shiva taught  Manickavasakar.Shiva came  as a commander riding  a horse is shown in an excellent sculptural work.He is wearing  a turban  &  horse riding soldier's uniform with a big moustache in his face & a whip in his hand .This is called "kudhirai samy"(குதிரைச்சாமி ).Some foxes are  also carved  under his horse.Later Manickavasakar composes "Thiruvasakam" a priceless  holy hymn about God Shiva.He is said to  have entered  Lord Nataraja's chamber at Chidambaram in a divine light form & merges with God Shiva.Vallalar Ramalinga  Adigalar  adopts  Sri .Manickavasakar as his Guru & has deeply studied & experienced God Shiva's presence in all  songs of Thiruvasakam.Thiruvarutpa, composed by Vallalar is said to be  reverse of Thiruvasakam. Vallalar also found God in Divine light  form.His first Guru Thirugnanasambandar also finally merges in the Divine light . Sri.G.U.Pope who came to India   to spread Christianity through Church of South India mission, learnt Tamil to move  with Tamil people at Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu. After learning Tamil , he studies Thiruvasakam & very much impressed by Thiruvaskam & some of his colleagues complained to the  European church that Mr.Pope has become  a Hindu.Then they send  another person to verify the truth.He also studied Tamil & Thiruvasakam.Later he sent a message to his missionary that Mr.Pope was  a true christian & even after studying Thiruvasakam it is a great thing to remain as a christian.Photo below :Manickavasakar 's idol & Musical pillars in the temple.Photo courtesy:Dina malar magazine  with thanks.
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