'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Sri Jalakandeswarar - Vellore

Sri Jalakandeswarar - Vellore

God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and omniscient. The all-pervasive almighty is common to all good and bad souls. He makes us realize the evil thoughts in us and help us in cherishing a fruitful life. This week we are visiting Sri Jalakandeswara and Goddess Jagadambika in Vellore fort who reunites the parted couple.

It was the period of Bommi Reddy (Naicker). He owned a very big cattle farm where he had a number of cows. One of the cows used to give milk only in the mornings; it was invariably dry in the evenings. He suspected his cowherd and reprimanded him. The cowherd watched that particular cow for the rest of the day. The cow went into a bush towards the evening. A five-hooded serpent came out from the bush and sucked all the milk from the udder of the cow! The cowherd swooned on seeing this sight. He went to the king and narrated the whole incident.

The next day, the king followed the cow and waited. The same incident happened that evening too. On seeing this rare sight, the king prayed to his family deity to tell him what that serpent wanted. The God appeared in his dream and said that a fort and a temple should be built at the site where the serpent was living. The king accomplished the task. However, there are many such stories going around about the origin of this temple.

Sri Jalakandeswarar Temple, Vellore

King Bommi Reddy :

Bommi Reddy Naicker was one of the many kings who ruled over Vijayanagar. He ruled over Vellore from the year 1526 to 1595. The stone inscriptions found at Arappakkam say that the fort and the temple were built during his regime. The temple is located at the north corner of the fort.

The temple, which was flourishing and popular during the time of Bommi Reddy, remained just a cement shell without a deity for 350 years due to alien invasions and various other reasons. In the year 1981, the Sivalinga was reinstalled as per the aagama sastra, thanks to the efforts of the devotees and religious people with the approval of the central and state governments. Worship services have become regular from that day on.

Jalakandeeswarar: 

The Lord is portrayed as a lingam here, weighing around 4 ½ tons. He is called Jalakandeeswarar because of the reason that water was always flowing around this lingam when inside the bush. Artistic sculptural figures can be seen on the pillars and all over the ceiling of the temple. The majesty of the Dwarabalakhas, on each side before the sanctum is astonishing. Narthana Ganapathy, Dakshinamoorthy, Lingothpavar, Brahma, Chandikeswara, Durga and Bhairava are seen around the moolavar sannidhi.

The Art & Architecture of the temple:

Artistic sculptures and excellent carvings depicted in the pillars and roof of the temple astonishes the visitors and gives a feast to their eyes. People are moved by the exquisite art skill. The majestic appearance of the Dwarabalakas at the either side of the temple entrance wonders everyone at the first sight. The support deities Nardhana Ganapathy, Dakshinamoorthy, Lingothbhavar, Brahma, Chandikeswarar, Durgai, and Bhairavar bless everyone.

Sri Jalakandeswarar Temple, Vellore

Sri Jagadambika:

Next is seen the sannidhi of the benevolent Sri Jagadambika who is also called Akilandeswari. We feel that we've achieved the ultimate goal of our life and birth when we see Her radiant face filled with kindness. In front of the sannidhi, there is an ever-lasting light "Sathyajothi". There are eight faces in this round-shaped lamp with the main jothi at the centre. Devotees, as per their wish get Lotus thread along with Coconut oil or Illuppam Oil, pour oil into this lamp and go around it 16 times praying to their favorite God to grant their wishes. It is staunchly believed that those who are yet to be married, those suffering from diseases and those who have other problems follow this practice for relief. Next to the altar, there are deities including Ganapathy, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Brahmi, Chandikeswari and Durga who bless their devotees.

The structure of the temple:

The kodimaram of the temple, measuring 46 ft. is made of high quality teak. It has been designed like the one at the Thanjavur big temple. Apart from the sannidhis of moolavar and Ambikai, there are sannidhis for Sri Venkatesa Perumal, Sri Natraja, Valampuri Vinayaka and Sri Shanmuga. Also, there are sannidhis for Bhairava, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Nalvar, Navagrahas and Chandeswara.

We wonder at the majesty of the 6-foot Sri Selva Vinayaka at the southwest portion of the second prahara. At the eesanya moolai, Ganga-Gowri, a well, containing holy water is situated. Water is drawn from this well for the daily abhishekam of the moolavar.

This temple has the special name of  "Temple that united the father and the son". It got this name due to the fact that it united the sthapathy and his young son who was also a sculptor. This temple became a holy place for prayers for reunion of estranged people. The tall Rajagopuram has been built during the regime of Vijayanagar Empire. It has seven stages and has a height of 80 ft. above the entrance of the main temple. It has sculptures of beautiful damsels all over it.

The marriage hall at the southwest corner of the outer prahara is an art gallery. The pillars as well as the ceiling of this hall contain intricate sculptural work. Apart from the marriage hall, there are Vasanth mandap, yagasala, Arudhra mandap, madappalli and Sivaganga tank. The tower over the sanctum with its vidhanams has been made as though five-hooded snakes are supporting their weight. The kalasam is known as Nagakalasam. It is rarely seen in any other temple.

Let us worship Sri Jalakandeswara and Sri Jagadambika for relief from miseries and blessings for a happy life