27 Jan 2015

A Visit to Sri Margabandeeswarar temple at Virungipuram, Vellore.

Hello friends,

Today’s post is not about beauty or makeup or any such things. Today I am going to write about Shri Margadambika sametha Sri Margabandeeswarar Swami temple located at a small village called Virungipuram. It is a temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi who happen to be our family deity.

Sri Margabandeeswarar temple, Virungipuram, Temple, Vellore, Shiva Temple, Temples in India, Indian tradition,

The reason for writing this post is, despite being such a huge temple, there is little or no posts about it in the Internet making it so difficult for people who want to visit it.

If you don’t understand the concept of family deity and all, let me explain. In India, most of the Hindu families have one particular God or Goddess associated with their family. It is advised that every year the family pays a visit to their family deity’s temple and before initiating any good event in the family like marriages, upanayanam’s etc. 

Unfortunately today’s busy life style did not allow my parents to follow the rule seriously and we hardly went to the temple. Suddenly few days ago as we had a long weekend, my father proposed that we all visit our family deity’s temple and other small temples surrounding it. We hired a taxi and started the very next day at early morning 5:30!

I am not a literate person when it comes to tradition and religion. But I do believe in God. So if you find any of the portions in this article incorrect, please feel free to correct me. The intention is to help people who want to know about this temple and do not have enough resources online to guide them.

About the temple:
  • It is a 1300 year old temple located at the Chennai Bangalore Highway on a village called Virungipuram.
  • The main deity is Sri Margabandeeswarar Swami who is in the form of a Swayambu Linga (a naturally formed/found linga). The lingam here in the temple is in a leaning form. It is said that the rays of Sun fall on the Lingam in the months of Panguni which is roughly around March-April. 
  • Legends say that Lord Brahma worshiped Lord Shiva in this temple.
  • On the ceiling of the sanctum sanctorum where the main deity is present, rudraksh mysteriously hang on top of the linga. No one knows how these rudraksha’s are formed and how it hangs from the ceiling. If I am not wrong, this phenomenon is also present at the sanctum sanctorum of the consort, Goddess Sri Maragadambika.
  • I have heard that there is a surangapathai (underground) passage inside the Sanctim Sanctorum but am unsure of where it leads of if it is still there.
  • The stala Vriksham (tree of the temple) is palm tree and it has a peculiar character of bearing black fruits in a year and white fruits the next year.
  • The temple also has an ancient clock/calendar that shows the exact time and date.
  • The temple has a pond known as Simha Kulam (Simha means Lion). The entrance to the pond is designed as a mouth of a lion.
  • The temple is also known for blessing Childless couples with child and is also known for removing obstacles in marriage and further education.
  • This temple is also sung/praised by renowned Vedic scholar and Shiva devotee, Sri Appayya Dikshithar who rendered the Shostram praising the main deity which aims at protecting people during travel.
Sri Margabandeeswarar temple, Virungipuram, Temple, Vellore, Shiva Temple, Temples in India, Indian tradition,
Prayers Answered!
Sri Margabandeeswarar temple, Virungipuram, Temple, Vellore, Shiva Temple, Temples in India, Indian tradition,

How to reach/Location:

If you proceed towards Bangalore highway from vellore bye-pass, the village comes on the right hand side roughly at about 10 kms from Vellore. The temple is about a KM from Seduvalai Junction.

Thankfully, Google maps shows the exact and correct way to the temple from vellore.

We took a taxi from Chennai and started here at 5:30 AM. We reached vellore around 8-8:30 AM and took our breakfast at Saravana Bhavan hotel in Vellore. Then we proceeded to the temple and reached there around 10 AM. We were charged around Rs. 2000/-. (we also went to few other temples located in and around.

Some more images:

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Entrance to the holy Pond
Sri Margabandeeswarar temple, Virungipuram, Temple, Vellore, Shiva Temple, Temples in India, Indian tradition, Simha Kulam,

Sri Margabandeeswarar temple, Virungipuram, Temple, Vellore, Shiva Temple, Temples in India, Indian tradition, Simha Kulam,
The Pillar Showing Time
Sri Margabandeeswarar temple, Virungipuram, Temple, Vellore, Shiva Temple, Temples in India, Indian tradition, Simha Kulam,

Sri Margabandeeswarar temple, Virungipuram, Temple, Vellore, Shiva Temple, Temples in India, Indian tradition, Simha Kulam,

Sri Margabandeeswarar temple, Virungipuram, Temple, Vellore, Shiva Temple, Temples in India, Indian tradition, Simha Kulam,
The Main Gopuram after getting some fresh paint!!
Temple Timings: 6 AM to 11 AM and 4:00 PM to 8 PM.

You can also read about the temple here in temple.dinamalar.com 

The temple is clean but I feel that if maintained properly, it will look even more beautiful.

By looking at the outer prahar’s wall’s height, I wonder how they managed to construct it 1300 years ago. It is so magnificent.

Thanks
Raji

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