THRI NETHRA DASA BHUJA SRI VEERA ANJANEYA SWAMI TEMPLE, ANANTHAMANGALAM, TAMIL NADU...
The highway connecting Myladuthurai and Nagapattinam runs via Tharangambadi and Thirukkadaiyur in the Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu. Ananthamangalam is located about a kilo metre from the highway connecting Tharangambadi and Thirukkadaiyur.
Tharangambadi [known then as Tranquebar] was a famous harbor along the eastern coast used by Portugese. Thirukkadaiyur houses the famous temple of Abirami [Ambal in a child form]. Abirami threw her ear ring to make it look like a moon on the sky with a view to upholding a mistaken statement made by her ardent devotee Sri Abirami Battar. Sri Battar had told the then king of that place that the moon will appear on the sky though actually it was a new moon [Amavasya] day.
Thri Nethra Anjaneya Swami of Ananthamangalam
Ananthamangalam is famous for the temple housing the Anjaneya Swami, having three eyes and ten arms holding different armament. The temple is located in the pleasant looking environment adjacent to Sri Rajagopala perumal temple, and was built during Vijayanagara kings' period. Anjaneya Swami with chathurbuja [four arms] holding shanku, chakra, navaneetha, and pasham is housed in the main temple and is north facing while Sri Rajagopala perumal temple is east facing. The tank in front of the temple is known as Haunmar thirtham and is believed to cure many of the illnesses. The idol of "Thri Nethra Dasa Bhuja Sri Veera Anjaneya" [Veera Anjaneya with three eyes and ten hands] is about four and half feet tall and made of panchalooka [alloy made of five basic metals]. This 'uthsava moorthi' [the deity taken out in procession] is so pleasing spreading 'Aanandha' to the devotee, one would never want to take his eyes off from the deity. The Veera Anjaneya is south facing in the Sri Rajagopala Swamy temple.
Anecdote of The special roopa
The story behind this special roopa of Anjaneya goes like this:
After killing Ravana, Sri Rama and Seetha start back for Ayodhya for the Pattabhisheka when the sage Narada discreetly informs Sri Rama of some impending danger for him from two of the rakshasas belonging to the Lanka dynasty. While all the rakshasas of Lanka were killed in the holy war, two of them - Raktha Bindu and Raktha Rakkadhan - survived the war and wanted to avenge the killings of their people by destroying Sri Rama and his army. For achieving this end the two had undertaken a severe penance by placing themselves at the bottom of the Ocean. If they complete the penance they will get powers to destroy the world and therefore sage Narada tells Rama to fight them before leaving for Ayodhya. Even as Rama is inclined to complete this task, he remembers that his brother Bharatha is waiting for his return to Ayodhya, and if the return is delayed Bharatha is likely to commit suicide by falling into the fire he has set for this purpose. Appreciating this predicament of Sri Rama, Anjaneya offers to fight the two demons and Sri Rama agrees. All the Devas, who were concerned because of the penance undertaken by the to demons, were pleased with this development and blesses Anjaneya for his victory over the two demons.
Thri Nethra Dasa Bhuja Anjaneya
Sri Rama gives his peerless bow [Kothandam] with arrows and a weapon called Navaneetha to Sri Anjaneya to fight the two demons. Vishnu helps by giving the conch [Shanka], Chakra [Sudarshana] and also a weapon called Maththaksham. Brahma gives him a powerful Ankusha. Siva gives his third eye and his Trishul to Anjaneya. Parvathi Devi gives him her whip [Pasham]. Laksmi gives Padmam and Garudan gives his wings to Anjaneya. Thus Sri Anjaneya armed with all these weapons acquires the form of "Thri Nethra Dasa Bhuja Sri Veera Anjaneya" [Veera Anjaneya with three eyes and ten hands]. This form of Anjaneya is what is depicted by the deity presiding the temple at Ananthamangalam. He carries in his five right hands the Sudharshana, Trishulam, Ankusham, Arrows and Maththaksham. His five left hands carry Shanka, Padmam, Pasham, Kothandam and Navaneetham. The third eye decorates his forehead. He carries a quiver full of arrows on his back.
Aanandhamangalam | Ananthamangalam
Because of the blessings he got from the foremost of the Gods he was able to imbibe their capabilities as well and thus was able to defeat the two demons with ease, by acquiring his famous vishwaroopa [collosal] form. The size of the form was such that normal eyes would not be in a position to fully visualize the entire form. After accomplishing the task of killing the two demons he decides to be with His Lord Rama [full of Aanandha] who is chief deity at Mangalam by the name of Rajagopalan. This village was originally named as Aanandhamangalam but later came to be known as Ananthamangalam. Thus the Anjaneya deity of this place has a special significance for all the devotees.
While a visit and prayers at Tirupathi will bring about a change in the circumstances in which a devotee is placed in his personal life, a visit and prayers at Ananthamangalam brings about cheer and happiness to the devotee.
May His blessings be to all those who just read about his special deified form described above.