Article by @shivmusik
Ishwaran Kovil is an ancient temple that was destroyed by Tipu Sultan, now being reclaimed and rebuilt in the Ramani-mudali-pudur village near Pollachi, Tamilnadu.
This temple housing Lord Shiva was originally constructed by Veeranarayana Chola in the year 816 CE. Today its referred to as “Ishwaran Kovil” in Ramani-mudali-pudur village Kaliyapuram panchayat, South Pollachi. The temple was destroyed during Tipu Sultan’s conquest of Travancore (1770-1800 CE), however the temple Acharyas then managed to protect the Shivalinga and the Nandikeshwar murthi burying them in near by agricultural fields.
Its was in year 1996 a Sanyasi (Thiru Sivanesan Adigalar), from Agasthiya Sishya parampara came to visit the place (Pollachi) all the way from Thiruvannamalai (Agni kshetra Shiva kovil) by Divine ordain (Sage Agasthiyar Adviced so, in his swapna-sthitthi). Adigalar could sense divine presence in the said area, where after excavations the Shivalinga and the Nandikeshwar murthis were unearthed beneath a Vaagai tree (dated 750yrs old).
Since then, regular poojas have been going on at the site. At present a makeshift temple houses the Lingeshwar and Nandi, while a permanent temple is also being constructed.
Beyond the social media, beyond the news studios, beyond the political rallies, Hindu Samaj is quietly rebuilding the Hindu temples than came under the sword of Muslim invaders.
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