Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Yercaud - Day 2 - Shevaroy Temple, Tripurasundari Mahameru Temple


A guide had been arranged to show us around. The first destination was the highest point in Yercaud where Seevaroyan temple was to be found. The temple itself is not much – a narrow and dark cave having the God Servarayan and the Goddess Kaveri inside. But the drive to the top through winding hillside roads was enjoyable.




As we reached the top…
This place has some mineral and for the first time, in my life, I saw mining sites…


We reached the top. Appa and Amma…
Yours truly…
From here we started to another temple nearby… The coffee estates on both sides of the road were picturesque…


We reached this Tripurasundari Mahameru temple – a very beautiful temple situated in the midst of a cultivated and well maintained garden. Clean and dry. One of the shrines towards our right had a deity with a very tranquil ‘Mukhamudra’ (facial expression). I have mentioned it in my earlier article but such perfect expression is the ultimate goal of every sculptor and very difficult to attain.







The temple has a Shreechakra. The shreechakra was first instated by Shankaracharya. Many temples took to having one. It a design carved on a stone slab laid within the shrine before a deity and worshipped daily.



A villa next to the temple.






4 comments:

GOPALAKRISHNAN said...

Descriptive,cogently written,intelligent comments. I never knew there is so much to see in what is described as poor man's Ooty! People just describe gardens and water falls etc.Your comments are those of a socially conscious person and a lover of life in all its facets! (I am not a blogger and saw yours not by choice but by chance --looking for Bodhayana Sutra). I have also commented under your poem on Gaumukh, which you may see---Gopal

Sowmya said...

Thank you for visiting. And for the nice words...
Keep coming here :)

Anonymous said...

The Shiva sculptor is breath taking and blissful at the same time.

Balaji. G said...

Soumya, thanks for the write up on Yercaud that is written with painstaking detail. I was in Yercaud towards end of May 2012 and it was a memorable experience. I am planning a travelogue on the same. But I am really glad that you wrote about the Mahameru temple - it appears that it was built only in 2010 - nevertheless I intend to visit Yercaud once again just to visit this temple again. Interestingly, Rajnikant seems to be making an annual visit to this temple that was built by one Mr Bharanidharan Babu. Are you aware ?
Once I finish my travelogue I would like to share the same with you. Did you visit the Annamalaiyar temple in Yercaud ? It is the most splendid place I have ever seen - the calmness, the tranquil, the breathtaking environs... unfortunately, the sanctum sanctorum was closed when we reached the place, however we left a message with the Nandi Bhagavan