15 February 2014

King Vallalan and Pallikonda Pattu

King Vallalan was an ardent Saivite and during his stays in Tiruvannamalai made many improvements to the Arunachaleswarar Temple. Tiruvannamalai was near the geographical centre of his empire and this encouraged him to make protracted stays there, particularly after the destruction of Dwarasamudra. 

Vallala Gopuram, Arunachaleswarar Temple

It seems that during the last fifteen years of his reign he was constantly in residence at Tiruvannamalai. 

King Vallalan, Arunachaleswarar Temple

In a concluding verse on King Vallalan in the Arunachala Puranam, Lord Siva undertakes to perform King Vallalan’s funeral rites for him, a task which is normally performed by the son of the deceased. The promise is still remembered in Tiruvannamalai and each year King Vallalan’s funeral is re-enacted to commemorate the event. 

The Lord on his way to river

In the month of Masi the Temple priests read out the news of King Vallalan’s death to Arunachaleswarar. Then the image is carried in procession to the village of Pallikonda Pattu, about three kilometres from Tiruvannamalai, for the performance of the King’s annual sraddha rites. 

Puja at riverbank

Pallikonda Pattu

The connection between Pallikonda Pattu and the life and death of King Vallalan is no longer known. It is unlikely that he lived there since his palace is thought to have been located about a mile to the east of the main Temple. Until about a hundred years ago the last remains of what was reputed to be his palace could still be seen there, but around the turn of the century the land was levelled and cultivated and the railway line from Villupuram to Tirupathi now runs across the site. 


Paramasivam said...

Great News. This blog of yours of 2014, has been narrated in TV during telecast of Thiruvannamalai Mahadeepam. The rare photos and details add value to the facts.

Meenakshi Ammal said...

Thanks for letting me know that the Blog Arunachala Grace is proving beneficial . . . thats nice to know. But the real information is on my website Arunachala Samudra--which I hope to be developing over the coming year.

I wasn't going to cover the 2015 Deepam this year . . but I got alot many requests from regular readers, so decided to continue with supplying updates and information.

ramakrishnags said...

Each Siva Temple is special. Each place is divine. Each Darshan is splendid.

Hara Hara Mahadeva.

Ramakrishna GS.