Friday, August 14, 2015

Vanni Tree-Shiva and Shani Eshwara .

Tree-Shiva and Shani Eshwara .

 Vanni Trees at the North West  Corner -bearing the Fruit -adjacent to the Naga stathala , at Marundeeshwar Temple Tiruvamiyur Chennai.( pic taken on 16th Jan 2010 Mattu Pongal day)
 Vanni Tree at the North West  Corner -at the Naga stathala 
The BILWA , trifoliate leaf to Lord Shiva -
TR/Dt 17th Jan 2011. 
Posted after  "Som Pradosh" at 8pm today.
The Vanni-(tamil) or Shammi (sanskrit) ,
Indian Mesquite (English)
WE attended the evening Darshan at Shree Shree Marundeeswar Temple -Tiruvanmiyur Chennai on  Sunday, 16th Jan 2011 on "Mattu Pongal" day and paid respects at all the shrines-inc. the Sarveshwara pooja conducted between 4-6pm.

The Vanni Tree  in north west corner of the temple is a wonderful sight to behold bearing fruits at this time of the year. This Tree is  mentioned in the annals of this temple and is linked to Lord Shiva’s anugraha kripa  with links to Agastya Muni in temple history.

This is an extremely  serene temple compound , which is lined with so many varieties of trees inc the Vanni- (Shammi) tree seen in the north west location. Entry into the main courtyard starts with Shree Tripura Sundari - Chockayanayaki on right side (North side), Shree Vinayaka, Shree Subramanya adjacent and in front and then the main Shiva sanctum sanctorum -
The gate at the western side has the Sthamba  and Nandi -vahaan of Lord Shiva facing the main deity.
The Pradakshina of the temple is so soothing as it has a quietude and peace that transcends all and impacts as the entire  boundary is  lined with so many  varieties of trees. The temple book by Shri M.Rajagopalan mentions the origin of "Sthala vriksha", when trees were indeed respected. In time, when cities took over from an agrarian and forest culture at least the main trees were carefully protected and so it is here. The Vanni trees in the North East area are worshipped in this beautiful ancient temple that exudes total Peace and Tranquility.
Shiva and Shani- Eshwara are linked in some our prayers quoted below-in our scriptures - Shiva Roopa & Rudra Roopa. Rudra means energy of heat-fire and so it is with this Vanni Tree which scholars have researched and state  has the capacity to store  heat energy. Thus it is prescribed for Vedic Homas. Also for other purposes inc. medicinal and takes special  place in the Panchavati group viz. meaning a group of 5 sacred trees.
Om Vrikhsha Naam - Pataye Namaha; Harikese byo as in Sri Rudram Chanting where the very hair (locks) of the Lord is compared to Trees dancing as in the symbolic Dance of Lord Shiva. The Bilwa Tree and Vanni Tree are both most associated with Lord Shiva. The sacred Bilwa trifoliate sees the bilwa stotra of Sri Adi Sankaracharaya dedicated to Lord Shiva.The  Vanni (Shammi tree)  is especially seen in Southern Temples in temples and associated with Lord Shiva, Lord Subramanya and to Shani deva.- the Navagraha Lord Shani-Eshwara,  the Karaka of discipline, removal of ego and ignorance as in  Rudra Roopa of lord Shiva to bring in Order and Justice especially in Kali yuga .



Namasthe Konasaunsthaya Pingalaya Namosthute
Namasthe Shiva Roopaya Bhairavaya
Namasthe Vishnu Roopaya Krishnaayacha
Namasthe Bhabru sadnaya Suryaputraya
Namasthe Rudra Dehaya
Namasthe Kaalakajaye Namasthe Yamasanjaya
Shanishwaraya Namosthute.
Naashayii twachaayacha,
Papani Tathani Rogani Prayaschattu,
Prasadam Kuru Devescha
Dinaisya Pranathaswayacha.

Shani Deva's names include.

Bhabruhu 'Reddish'  as in the Sri Rudram.

Roudraya has many meanings ; one is Destroyer of ills & remover of sorrows by strict discipline –when ignorance is removed.

From Mahabharat Epic
-During exile period the Pandava Arjuna 's weapons are kept hidden in a Shammi tree it—
Then in last part of the exile in Mahabharata on Vijayadasami day, when the exile period is over,  Arjuna takes out his Weapons & Divya Astras..


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