Kazhiyur Adhikesava Perumal Vaibhavam

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Kazhiyur village is located near Cheyyar in North Arcot district  about 81 km  towards east of Thiruvannamalai and about 103 KM from Chennai .

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ADHI KESAVAR DARSINAM MOOLAVAR : ADI KESAVAR UTSAVAR VARADAN

Almost  130 years ago  Sri vaishnavaite Aiyyangars  migrated from Mannargudi another holy place in Tanjavur and came to settle down in this village.

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It is said that a plague like epidemic made people leave Mannargudi  long long back .

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The  srivaishnavas were disciples of  His Holiness  Sri  Sri  Sri  Mudaliandaan swamigal who is the first and the dearest disciples of Swami Ramanuja.

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It is believed that the  srivaishnavas  , carried the deity  of  Lord Adhi Keshava Perumal  all the way from Mannargudi on their head to Kazhiyur  the present place and  worshipped the LORD by constructing a temple with the  locals  support .  Elders believe that the deity was sculpted from a meteorite that had fallen from the divine abode .

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It is not a practice to abandon Perumal  even in adverse circumstances.

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The  Lordship gives darashanam  in Nindra Thirukolam ( standing posture).

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After their resettlement in Kazhiyur, the village became a cradle of Vedic scholars, purohits and astrologers.

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The  devoted  families lived in the Agraharam (first row of houses built around the temple and occupied by the temple priests)

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. zzzzzz The Agraharam is located around the temple of ‘Sri Adhi Keshava Perumal Swamy’, which was also built and maintained with financial support from the  local Mudaliars and many devotees .  Kazhiyur has been a great centre of Vedic Astrology.

 

They  have been uniformly well versed in astrology and are keepers of the most ancient astrological knowledge in the world.

Almost all of them have been treated like the religious leaders and the astrological guides from time immemorial.

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SREEMOORTHY IN TEMPLE

Many Kazhiyur  families have been practicing astrology for more than seven generations in an unbroken tradition since they first arrived in 1840.

2015 - 6It is believed that in ancient times there was a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali near to the main temple  and hence the village is called ‘Kazhiyur’ the home of Goddess Kali.

4 -5 -copy After moving to Kazhiyur the srivaishnavaites engaged  themselves in agriculture apart from performing the temple services . Due to this reason they are also called the Mannar Mudumbai families a direct connection to Lokacharyar  Swamy Pillai Lokacharyar’s legacy . They were orthodox and are considered to be an authority on  Sri Vaishnavism.

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ROUTE TO KAZHIYUR TEMPLE

Unlike other South Indians who carry the name of village and the name of the father as their initials the Kazhiyur srivaishnavas  use the initials K. M. meaning Kazhiyur Mannar. It  was an attempt to retain the Mannargudi identity. The priests from Kazhiyur have been  serving in  some seva or other  in almost all the 106 Sri Vaishnavite temples  and the majority of them  at  Tirumala , Sholingur ,  and  southern side vaishnava divya desams .

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KAZHIYUR POND FROM WHERE WATER IS TAKEN TO TEMPLE AND HOUSES

The first Priest who served  even in the Temples at United states of America are from Kazhiyur .

3 -5 -copy Kazhiyur is also closely connected with the Sri Ramar Sannadhi and the temple of Shree Govindaraja at the foothills of the Tirupati temple.

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UTSAVAR VARADAR THIRUVADEE OF KAZHIYUR TEMPLE

 Srivaishnavas  from Kazhiyur were also  chosen to carry the offerings from the Lord of Seven Hills at Tirumalai to the temple of Govindaraja at foothills.

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The priests walked bare-footed all the way down the hill carrying the offerings on their head.Kazhiyur has been very closely linked to Kancheepuram from the very inception. Every year during the month of January, July and December, the utsavar  ( processional deity )  of Lord  Adi Keshava Perumal , shri Varadar is taken in a procession to the Iyengar Kulam, a lake at the outskirts of Kancheepuram.

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Varthamaana Sri Sri Sri Mudali Andaan swami

About forty people start the procession and many more join them en-route to Kancheepuram. The procession travels on foot for the entire stretch of 18 km. After arriving at Iyengar Kolam, the Lord is given a ceremonial bath in the kolam and then taken back to Kazhiyur with pomp and show .  

This custom has been  inspired from the grand festival ( Lord Varadharaja going to ‘Padai Seevaram’ on the day of Chithirai Poornima at Tirupati) . This ritual is also known as ‘Parvettam’ (forest hunting).

2 -5 -copy  Today out of  few  houses in Kazhiyur Agraharaham , only six or seven houses are occupied and the remaining are kept locked.

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However, every year during the month of April, on the day of Chittirai Revathi, the birth star of Lord Adi Keshava , Kazhiyur  srivaishnavas  from all over the world gather in the village to celebrate the annual festival.

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Shri  Kodandan swamy  is the present temple priest who is serving the temple  past  two decades  leaving his lucrative job .

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Shri Kodandan swami the chief Priest and Kazhiyur varadan

Adiyen is blessed to be born in this glorious village and feel honored to be among st the  illustrious and glorious elders . 

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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About Kazhiyur Varadan

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6 Responses to Kazhiyur Adhikesava Perumal Vaibhavam

  1. Krishna Thilak says:

    Great to know information about these temples which would be helpful to devotees.

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  2. G ANAND says:

    Jai HO. when is Chittarai Revathy this year?

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  3. Kazhiyur Varadan says:

    Reblogged this on kazhiyur varadan's web blog.

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  4. K.M.Srinivasan, Pammal says:

    Nice to see our ancestral place and temple and i am very keen to visit kazhiyur

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    • Kazhiyur Varadan says:

      Adiyen Ramanuja dasan ..Please plan for Chitirai Revathy.It will be a honour meeting all our revered elders belonging to Kazhiyur .Thanks for devareers kind words .Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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      • K.M.Srinivasan, Pammal says:

        Its a pleasure for us to visit kazhiyur temple and town and we will make it this time sir. I will have to say thanks to you for your patronage and passionate about our soil.

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