An interesting temple tale
Sri Jayaveera Abhayahastha Anjaneya temple, at Krishnapuram, near Kadayanallur ... a holy spot that dates back to the Ramayana.
FOR DEVOTEES of Lord Anjaneya, the temple dedicated to the `Son of Vaayu Bhagawan' at Krishnapuram, near Kadayanallur, in Tirunelveli district comes first, as Sri Anjaneya himself is said to have visited the place during the time of the Ramayana. The six feet high, south-facing Anjaneya at this temple attracts devotees from all parts of Tamil Nadu, who believe that miracles happen in their life within a short period of their visit.
The sthalapuranam of the temple is interesting. After Ravana abducted Sita, Sri Rama sought the help of Sugriva, the king of Kishkinta, to locate the whereabouts of his beloved wife. And Sugriva, who had returned to power with the help of Sri Rama, sent his forces in all directions. Sri Anjaneya, led a mighty team to the South, with a ring given by Rama.
Before the large contingent left Kishkinta in search of Sita, Sugriva asked his friends to return home after a month without fail, so that the next course of action can be designed according to the information gathered during the first phase of the mission.
Except the contingent that left under the leadership of Anjaneya, all the other groups returned to Kishkinta after a month-long search operation that was in vain.
Though Anjaneya was not able to collect any vital clues that would lead them to Sita, he moved ahead with the hope of getting useful information about her. They reached a desert-like area after they crossed Vindhya Hills and being famished and thirsty, they began to frantically look for food and water. Then Anjaneya found some birds coming out of a cave looking wet and led his forces to the cave. Inside the cave, they saw a beautiful city, and a meditating tapasvini Swayamprabha sitting at the centre.
Sri Anjaneya ... the all-powerful presiding deity. Pics. by A. Shaikmohideen
Sri Anjaneya told her about the purpose of his mission and Swayamprabha offered them fruit and water and told Him the story of the city, which was built by Mayan. Mayan was later killed by Lord Indra, as the architect had committed a sin. Indra, who had to take a holy dip after killing Mayan, prayed to Lord Siva who, in turn, sent a branch of the Ganges to the place. "I was asked to stay here till your visit here. Now it's time for me to leave this place," she said. But Sri Anjaneya asked her to remain there since he had to find Sita.
After Sita was found and rescued by Sri Rama, He, along with Sri Anjaneya came to the place again and Swayamprabha handed over the regime to Sri Anjaneya and left the place. The place, which was then ruled over by Sri Anjaneya, is now called Krishnapuram.
The beautiful temple, sitting pretty amidst a paddy field, attracts every passer-by.
The actual date of construction of the temple is not known as it dates back to the period of Sri Rama and is now known as Sri Abhayahastha Jayaveera Anjaneya temple.
An awesome spectacle ... the 77ft. Anjaneya statue at Sri Raja Rajeswari temple at Deivaseyalpuram.
The entrance to the cave, which is in a damaged condition, can be seen inside the temple tank even now. Another cave leads to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. As Rama visited the place with Sri Anjaneya, they reportedly performed a special yagna before establishing their regime there.
Now, the idols of Sri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Anjaneya have been installed at the spot where they actually performed yagna. Besides attracting a large crowd, even from distant places every Saturday, the temple has also become a place of worship for Muslims, who visit the temple to offer special prayers and pujas. "As this temple has become a symbol of secularism, special prayers and pujas are performed during Ramzan and Christmas," says K.P. Raman, a retired teacher of Krishnapuram, who gave his land for the construction of a concrete path to the temple, from the nearby road. The temple premises has samadhis of five sadhus. The temple administration has constructed a Thulasi maadam and planted a Vilvamaram, near these samadhis. The holy place had geared up in full swing for Hanuman Jayanthi that fell on January 2. Devotees can reach the small village, so close to the Western Ghats, via Tenkasi or Sankarankoil. Sri Anjaneya devotees can also visit Sri Rajarajeswari temple at Deivaseyalpuram on the Tirunelveli-Tuticorin highway, to have a glimpse of the 77ft statue of Sri Anjaneya, the tallest one for Him in Tamil Nadu.
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