Veera Vijaya Anjaneya Temple, Dakshina Pathapalayam, Vellore
|Deity:||Veera Vijaya Anjaneya,|
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Veera Vijaya Anjaneya Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman located at Dakshina Pathapalayam Village near Tamilnadu – Andhra Pradesh border in Gudiyattam Taluk in Vellore District of Tamilnadu. The village is surrounded by hills all the sides. Every month people in and around the village visit this temple and celebrate Purnima and perform poojas.
Legend / Local stories
Veera Vijaya Anjaneya Swamy temple was one of the oldest temple in this village and can be dated back to 1900. The monument was carved on stone near a small hill nearby the village, The people in and around the village use to visit the temple once in a year during Kartika Purnima to perform poojas and abhisheka to the lord Hanuman. Then the people of D P Palayam decided to renovate the temple and built the temple for Hanuman. On July 1, 2011 Chaitra Purnima the Kumbabhishekam for this temple is performed. Thousands of devotees and Swami Kanchi Jayendra Saraswathi from Kanchipuram and Durga Prasad Swamiji from Vijayawada or Bejawada joined this auspicious function and made it as a Grand success. Now the temple is well known.
The temple is east facing. Huge stone lamp pillar can be seen after entering the Temple. Anjaneya Swamy is carved in the base of this lamp pillar. Subsequently, an excellently carved camel, the vahanam of Sri Anjaneya, can be seen on a raised platform just in front of the lamp pillar facing the Garbhagraham. The vahana is carved so well that despite being in sitting posture, camel looks as if it is ready to move. There is a huge mandapam, which has a beautiful arch on the top decorated with Sri Rama Parivar and Sri Panchamukha Hanuman and Veera Hanuman on either side.
The Garbhagraham is in the west side of the mandapam. On the south west corner there is a Sannathi for Valampuri Vinayakar, and in North West corner there is a Sannathi for Sri Rama Parivar. Lord Sri Anjaneya Swamy of this Kshetra has been carved on the big rock boulder of a hillock itself, in the form of an ‘ardha shila’. Lord is seen walking northward with his right lotus foot adoring nupuram and thandai in the front. His left lotus foot is seen slightly raised from the ground.
His left-hand adorning bracelet is seen resting on the right hip and in his hand, he is holding the stem of sowgandika flower. The flower is seen above his left shoulder. He is wearing ornaments which adore his bosom. With his raised other hand, he showers blessings on his devotees. The tail of the Lord rises above his head with a curved end. Lord is wearing ear-studs and his Kesam is neatly tied. His eyes are glowing and emitting karuna on the devotee. With such bright glowing eyes Lord of the Kshetra is bestowing the blessings to his devotees.
Devotees can also take up a Vrata deeksha called Anjaneya malaadhaarana for a period of 40 days and perform the rituals at the end either at Hanuman Temple in the village or at Vijayawada. Every full moon day and on Hanuman Jayanti people celebrate the occasion in a very auspicious manner, people from many other villages, towns and cities visit the temple in a large number every month. Every month people in and around the village visit this temple and celebrate Purnima and perform poojas.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 6 Kms from Paradarami, 25 Kms from Gudiyattam, 30 Kms from Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh and 41 Kms from Vellore. The Temple is located approximately 1 Km from the border with Andhra Pradesh. The Temple is situated between Gudiyattam to Chittoor State Highway 88. From Paradarami one can reach D.P Palayam by Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Town service buses, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, Kalaimagal Transport private bus, and also number of Share Auto services frequently available for the public transportation. Nearest Railway Station is located at Vellore (42 Kms) and Nearest Airport is located at Chennai (174 Kms).