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Renugambal Temple, Padaiveedu:

 With the blessings of Brahma, the Mother of all worlds Uma Devi was born to Eraivadha Maharaja, the king of Vidharppa Desam. The child named as Renugai grew and attained marital age. Permitted by her father and according to the customs of those times, Renugai traveled the whole world accompanied by her friends and an army in search of a suitable husband. At last she arrived Kundalipuram, where saint Jamathakni was doing penance. Since Renugai camped near the Ashram with her soldiers, the sacred place was named "Padai Veedu" (army encampment). "Padaiveedu" is now called as "A.K.Padavedu (Amman Koil Padavedu)".  Here, Renugai saw Saint Jamathakni.

Kamandala nadhi (river):

At that time a war broke out between the disciples of the Saint Jamathakni and the soldiers of Renugai. Durga alias Chamundeeswari who accompanied Renugai, effected havoc by the fire appeared from her third eye.  Hearing this, the Saint Jamathakni brought all the Teerthas available in three worlds in his kamandalam (water jug used by ascetics) and dropped it. The water from kamandalam transformed into a huge river and extinguished the fire brought by Chamundeeswari. This river is known as "Kamandala Nadhi".      

 Renugai marrying saint jamathakni:

 Learned through a voice from Heaven that Saint Jamathakni would be her husband.  Renugai requested the saint to marry her.  Saint Jamathakni agreed and both of them got married. They gave birth a child 'Parasuramar', a Vishnu Avatar.

Aadi velli (Fridays in the Tamil month of aadi) festival:

 Starting from the first Friday in the Tamil Month of Aadi, this festival is celebrated for 7 Fridays.

Sub temples attached to Arulmigu Renugambal temple

  • Arulmigu Ramachandra Swamy Temple, Padaiveedu
  • Arulmigu Ammaiappa Eswarar Temple, Padaiveedu
  • Arulmigu Subramania Swamy Temple, Padaiveedu

Arulmigu ramachandra swamy temple:

Significance of Idols in This Temple:

In this temple Lord Rama is uniquely seated in Artha Padmasana with a "Yoga Mudra" with Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshman by his side. Unusually Lord Hanuman is seated in front of Lord Rama reading a Palm leaf Manuscript .

Temple Structure: The temple was constructed before 12th Century AD. The finely sculpted idols of this temple bear testimony to the strong influence of Vijayanagara Empire on the Sambuvarayar chieftains during this time. Inscriptions found in this temple indicate that the temple had been receiving support from Krishna Devaraya and his successors from Vijayanagaram.

Story

After the destruction of Ravana, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya and

was crowned. Once Lord Rama learned through a sacred voice from heaven, about the atrocities of hundred headed Mahi Ravana, an Asura. The sacred voice requested Lord Rama to destroy this Mahi Ravana also.

On behalf of Lord Rama, his ardent devotee Hanuman with his monkey troops rose against Mahi Ravana. The intense battle witnessed the fall of his soldiers on the hands of the Asura. In spite of his best efforts, Hanuman could not locate Mahi Ravana.

At that time, Sita Devi informed Hanuman that Mahi Ravana was a staunch devotee of Goddess Rebuke Devi and his life force was hidden in a lotus flower of a Pond at Kundalipuram and he had been protected by Goddess Rebuke Devi.  Sita asked Hanuman to go to Kundalipuram and destroy Mahi Ravana.

On the arrival of Hanuman, goddess Rebuke Devi made the lotus Pond disappears to safeguard Mahi Ravana.  Hanuman got angry and fought against Goddess Renuka Devi. Knowing this, Lord Rama intervened and pacified both. Then Lord Rama and Hanuman prayed Goddess Renuka Devi to help them in destroying Mahi Ravana.  Pleased by the prayers Goddess Renuka Devi granted the boon and Mahi Ravana was destroyed.  Later Rama too took abode in Kundaliupuram along with his consort Sita, brother Lakshman and his devotee Hanuman at the place where the present temple is located.

Location:

1 KM west of Arulmigu Renugambal Temple.

Arulmigu ammaiappa eswarar temple

Arulmigu Ammaiappa Eswarar temple is considered as the oldest among the temples found in and around Padaiveedu.

Location:

It is located 1 KM west to Arulmigu Renugambal Temple.    

Swamy Vimanam and other Shrines

During the reign of Sambuvaraya chieftains, this temple was built in the year 1258 AD by Raja Kambeera Sambuvarayar.  Due to sand storms this temple was almost destroyed. However, the renovation works were undertaken by Sri Venugopala Swami Kainkaryam Trust and Kumbabishegam was held on 29.01.2001.   

Arulmigu Subramania Swamy Temple is located on a hill top, on the southern side of Arulmigu Renugambal Temple. The panoramic view of this temple seen from Renugambal Temple is awe inspiring.

Three hundred well laid stone steps make the journey to this hill top temple less tedious.

Significance of moolavar idol

The finely sculpted idol of Moolavar Lord Subramania with his consort’s goddesses Valli and Deivanai standing on a peacock is quite impressive. Unlike in other places where Lord Subramania is seen seated on his peacock, here the Lord is standing on his peacock. The peacock is also seen not spreading its feathers. It carries

a snake in its beaks. This idol is unique and the Lord is known for his boon granting.  Devotees used to take Kavadies and perform milk abishegam during auspicious days in fulfillment of their vows.

Legend has it that Lord Subramania was conferred the title "Deva Senapathi" (Commander of Devas) only on this hill top at the request of Goddess Renukambal.

Lord Subramania conquering surapadma

As instructed by his father Lord Siva, Lord Subramania undertook the journey to Veera Mahendra Puri to destroy Surapadman, an Asura dreaded by Devas.  A fierce battle took place between Subramania and Surapadman.  At last, the lance of Subramania pierced Surapadman who took the form of a tree.  The broken pieces of the tree instantly transformed themselves into mighty peacock and chanticleer.  As an act of forgiveness, He took the peacock as his permanent charger and chanticleer on his banner.

 


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