May 28, 2017

Arani Kailasanathar Temple

Arani is a historic town located in Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu state in India. It is located at a distance of around 140 kms from Chennai and 40 kms from Vellore. Arni, which is known for its silk, has many interesting sites. Let us discuss about Kailasanathar temple located in this town in this article.

Kailasanathar temple is located within the fort area of Arani. The original temple is believed to have been built in the 13th century CE by the Cholas. The current structure and the sculptures definitely belong to the later period. This temple is one of the seventeen Shiva temples that were maintained by the Jagirs of Arani. (The Jagirs were the Zamindars who ruled Arani from 1640 CE and were the power center of Arani till 1948 CE).

The east facing temple has five tiered tower. The east facing sanctum enshrines big Shiv Linga called as Kailasanathar. The Goddess Aramvalar Nayaki is found in a separate east facing shrine in the outer prakara.

The flag staff, bali peetha and the beautiful Nandi Mandap are found facing towards the sanctum. The holy pond is located outside the temple complex.

Nardana Ganapati, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are found as the Koshta idols.

The sub-shrines that enshrines all the utsav deities together has an extraordinarily beautiful bronze idol of Nataraja and Shivakami. The idol is of later period but it looks unusually attractive.

Vallabha Ganapati, who is found along with Siddhi, has ten arms and looks gigantic. He is found in a separate sub-shrine.

The sub-shrines of Navagraha, Chandikeshwara, Subramanya-Valli-Devasena, Palani Andavan, Gaja Lakshmi, Saraswati, Vishnu, Kasi Linga, Jyoti Linga, Vayu Linga, Brahma Linga, Sahasra Linga and Ayyappa are found in the outer and inner prakaras.

The idols of Surya, Bhairav, Chandra, 63 Nayanmars, Ganesh and Sekkizhar are also found.

The temple is full of pillars with interesting and beautiful carvings.

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