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Margatha Natarajar murthi - Uthirakosamangai temple near Ramanathapuram,TN
Unique Natarajar made of emerlad is abt 6 feet tall.
It is always covered with sandal paste.Only on Thriuvadhirai Star in month Margazhi-Nataraja can be worshipped without sandal paste.

After removing the sandal paste,day long rituals & various abhishekam will be day Maragatha Nataraja sannandhi will be closed after anointing the murthi with fresh sandal paste.Maragatha Natarajar is covered with sandal paste throughout the year

as Emerald has scientific property of its molecules getting disturbed when exposed to light/water/sound.This is an ancient Shiva temple considered to be 3000 years old -believed to be where Bhagwan Shiva gave Veda gyaana to Parvati Devi.This temple has some stunning sculptures.
A #story from Bhagavatham
- #Krishna's childhood leelas

This sculpture depicts Krishna leela that happened when he crawled around with Ural/mortar that was tied with rope on his waist.


📸 - A panel from Sri Amruteshwara Temple , Amruthapura,Karnataka

Bhagwan Krishna was a very naughty child.Yashoda being fed up by pranks of Krishna tied him to a mortar/ural with a rope after a great Krishna is called as Damodara- दाम(dam) means-rope,उदर (udara)means stomach. Later,Yashoda goes inside to do her work.

Left alone in the courtyard,
Krishna started moving about around with the mortar rolling behind him on the move.
On the way,there were 2 huge trees close to each other. Krishna crawled in between the trees & mortar got stuck in between.He tried to pull with all his strength.

As result,uproots twin trees causing them to fall down.The trees transform into 2 Gandharvas - Nalakuvara & Manigriva (sons of Kubera). They were cursed by Rishi Narada into becoming Arjuna trees.Liberated from curse,they thank Bhagwan Krishna.

📸- sculpture at Cheluvanaryana Temple,Melukote,Karnataka

All 📸 in this thread credit to TeamGsquare,stonestories and google
Source text - based on details in TeamGsquare,stonestories blogs
A #story from #Thiruvilayadal puranam-one of divine leelas of Bhagwan Shiva

#threadseries #madurai

Koodal Kaandam

Story 24 - it is about why Nataraja in Velliyambalam/Silver Dance Hall changed his pose to stand on left leg & raise right leg.

கால் மாறி ஆடிய படலம்

Earlier,Bhagwan Shiva performed Sadhya thadavam as per requests of Pathajali & Vyaghrapada Rishis after Wedding as the convyed to Sundareswarar that they usually have food only after seeing the dance of Thillai see this story 👇

After Vikrama Pandyan, his son Rajasekara Pandyan ruled Madurai Kingdom.Rajsekaran mastered various art forms.Out of 64 art form,except for Natyam- he mastered 63 art forms.

He was very devoted towards Chokkanathar & Velliyambalam Nataraja who is Supreme master of Dance/Bharatam

He didn't attempt to learn Bharatam. He considered it will be a disrespect to practice due to his bhakti towards Nataraja/Bhagwan shiva.

During that time,Chola kingdom was ruled by Karikala Cholan.He was a great king&he patronized all art forms.He has learnt all 64 art forms.

Once a poet from Chola kingdom visited the court of Rajasekara Pandyan.After paying tributes,the poet said that his Raja was master of 64 arts,but pandyan knew only 63.Pandyan felt insulted,but realised that it might be God's will to make him learn Natyam.
A #story from #Thiruvilayadal puranam-one of divine leelas of Bhagwan Shiva

#threadseries #madurai

Story 14- it is about how Ukkirapandian shattered the crown of Indra Dev using Valai( curved ring type bangle)

இந்திரன் முடிமேல் வளையெறிந்த படலம்

Due to the wrath of Indra Dev there was no rain in the kingdoms.There was a severe drought & people suffered a lot. Not only Pandya kingdom,but also Chera,Chola kingdoms were also facing famine.All 3 Rajas - Chera,Chola & Pandya raja decided to seek the advice of Agasthiya Rishi.

They travelled to pothigai malai to meet him.They explained the present situation on their kingdoms due to failure of monsoon.Agathisya Rishi analyzed &told them that due to planetary positions there will be no rains for another 12 he advised to meet Indra

They asked Agasthiya Rishi on how they can go to Indralok. Agasthiya Rishi advised them to take up -Somavara Vratham to get blessings of Bhagwan Shiva that will help them reach Indralok.Rishi shared on how one should perform this vrat.3 Rajas thanked Agasthiya Rishi for guidance.

They went back to their kingdoms & observed several Somavara Vrata.Later it reaped with benefits, they were able to travel to indralok.Knowing their intentions, Indra arranged 3 seats at a lower level than his throne in the court.He showed then seats & asked them to be seated.