[".....Namaskarams to all who are reading this blog. My brother-in-law, 43 years (sister's husband), is diagnosed with cancer last year and he is going through hell. The trauma that his little daughter and his wife is going through cannot be expressed in words. We are doing prayers and holding His feet to make our brother-in-law to come out of this disaster. Can anyone let me know if there is any specific temple worship, pooja which can bring down his pain and our mental sufferings..."]
I would like to enlighten him on two of the Temples which I am sure will give his family some sort relief and free him from the mental agony he is going through at the moment. My Prayers are with his family for a peaceful life ahead in the coming years.
- A Temple in Koneri Rajapuram.- Kumbakonam] - The Lord Who Cures. Lord Vaidyanatha Swamy.
- Shree Areyuru Vaidyanatheshwara Swamy in Areyuru, Tumkur Taluk /District, Karnataka State, India.
|The colossal Nataraja at Konerirajapuram|
The Shiva temple at Konerirajapuram is located 8 Kms from Aduturai railway station which is on the Mayiladudurai - Kumbakonam section of the Southern Railway.
The main God in the temple being UmaMaheswaran in the form of lingam. The temple priest said that the Garbagraham has four pillars resembling four vedas. The main God in Lingam form is too big and beautiful with lots of Rudraksha beads decorating him. The temple is calm , quiet and has good ambience. The back side of the garbhagraham in the temple is in the shape of elephant's back , which distinguishes it to be build by a Chola King. The temple's garden has rare spiecies of Vilvam tree in it.
The temple has the largest metal cast Nataraja in the world, bigger than the one at Chidambaram which is of size: 8.5'x5.5'.
Temple's History :
The Chola king Kadaraditya Cholan and his wife Sembian Mahadevi were pious and asked the Sthapathi* to make a Lord Nataraja's statue in five metals or pancha loha which is tall and appealing . The Sthapathi was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and was very happy with the King’s order.The Sthapathi is a person who works on art of making icons, with the required quantity of metal, i.e. copper brass & lead in the ratio of 82%, 15%, & 3% respectively is collected in a crucible and heated to get converted into liquid form. Simultaneously the karu (mould) is also heated. The mould becomes red hot. It is then buried in the ground up to the mouth of the mould, to get firm upright position. The hot liquid metal is poured into it. The mould is allowed to cool gradually. Then the wire bindings and iron rods are removed. The mould is broken open. Now rough metal image is obtained. Then it is chiseled, filed, and engraved to get fine ornamental statue.
The Sthapathi after receiving the order, works hard and presents the statue moulded to the king. The Kandaraditya Chola king isn't happy and asks him to make a Nataraj statue which is more alive, tall and appealing. The Sthapathi shows three casts of Nataraja which came upto 3 feet height but the King rejected them and gave him last chance to make it and ordered to chop his head if Sthapathi fails.