Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kolinjivadi - A Place of Tradition

Kolinjivadi - One of the ancient Brahmin establishments in Tamilnadu. It is a beautiful agraharam situtated by the banks of the river Amaravathi (Aan Porunai in Tamil). Here, the speciality of Amaravathi is, she is flowing as Uttaravahini (towards north).

This village is situated in the Kongu Region of Tamilnadu and the biggest brahmin establishment among the K-Villages(Kolinjivadi, Kaniyur, Kadathur, Kozhumam, Komaralingam, Kannadiputhur, Karathozhuvu) situated by the bank of Amaravathi.

The nearest town is Dharapuram(Viratapuram of Mahabharatham Period) of Tiruppur District. River Amaravathi seperates Dharapuram and Kolinjivadi.


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In ancient days, we have dense mango gardens by the sides of amaravathi and hence she got the name derived from the sanskrit word aambra(mango) vathi.

There is a temple dedicated to Lord Kameshwaran and Kamakshi by the banks of the river. Facing south, a beautiful Dakshinamoorthi is there within the temple premises. Scholars claim that the god is of type Medha Dakshinamoorthi.


Kolinjivadi is a well planned and well formed village having a beautiful Krishna temple to its centre as a nucleus. The presiding deity is Rukmani Sathyabama samedha Venugopala Krishnan. The moolavar Krishna is standing in a posture of playing flute and being accompanied by Rukmani and Sathyabama having encircled with a herd of cows.

At this temple, every year during April, we have a grand celebration of Sri Rama Navami Utsavam for ten days followed by Seetha Kalyanam and Anjaneya Utsavam. This celebration is being practiced for more than 85 years.

Great Bhagavathas and Vaidheegas will take part of the celebration and present their pravachanams time to time. Kuthcheri's of eminent classical musicians were also be a part of the Utsavam.

To the east of the agraharam, we can see lush green paddy fields. By the other end of the fields there is a huge temple of Pandya period. The presiding deities are Meenakshi and Sokkanathar. Nearby villages Meenakshipuram and Sokkanathapalayam were named after the deities of this temple. There is a canal catering the paddy fields flows, to the east of the temple.

The whole agraharam of kolinjivadi lies in between the amaravathi river to the west and the Meenakshi Sokkanathar temple to the east.

To the extreme north of the village there exists Thillapuri Amman Temple. This is the place where Pandavas hide their belongings during their Ajnana Vasam.

42 comments:

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  2. Hey my ancestry belonged to Kolinjivadi, though I belong to the first generation to be born and brought up in Chennai. Good to see a blog about K(C)olinjivadi. Have you heard of patnam ramasubramania iyer and sriram iyer (sriram palayam is named after him)? both belonged to kolinjivadi some 100 to 150 years back?

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    1. Hi mks,
      I enquired my father regarding the details you have posted. My father knows and heard of Pattnam Ramasubramania Iyer. Their house at Kolinjivadi was some where in the street with place holder :7.
      Ref:http://kolinjivadi.blogspot.in/2012/07/kolinjivadi-topography.html

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    2. exact location of our house(the old one actually)!!! btw Ramasubramania iyer(my great grandfather) was a Mudradikari of Sringeri mutt for kolinjivadi and so was his father(parasurama iyer).He was a good astrologer too. Parasurama Iyer had the opportunity to do pada puja for three consecutive sringeri acharyas. That was way back to the beginning of the previous century :) Sriram iyer was his father. that should be somewhere in the 1870's. lol.

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    3. Oh goood! Thank you for the valuable information!

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    4. I am also from kolinjivadi (born in 1942)
      Lineage: father N. Ramaswamy iyer
      Grandfather K.P. Narayana Iyer
      Great grandfather. Parasurama Iyer
      Lived at 74 Double Street. a couple of houses from Krishna temple on the right side looking from temple toward Karur road

      R. Chandrasekaran
      Plano, tx, USA

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    5. Hi,
      I think your house is next to Sri C.S.Nataraja Iyer's house. If it is so, currently a branch post office is operating there!

      thanks
      Ambarish

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    6. I remember Sri. Nataraja Iyer from when I was six or so.
      Sri. Vembu visited us in Bombay after I moved there and my father brought him to IIT Bombay where I studying. In 1960--63. In an another place in this blog, I have given details on my mothers side from Kaniyur.

      Thank you for maintaining this blog

      Brings back childhood memories.

      R. Chandrasekaran

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    7. Nice to hear from you. Sri. Vembu mama passed away recently. I will keep this blog updated time to time. Sure, i will try to collect information about your maternal connections from kaniyur.

      Ambarish.M

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  3. Glad to meet you! I never heard such a reference behind Seerampalayam(SriramPalayam). I heard Patnam is a village near Thiruvaiyaru from where the great musician Patnam Subramania Iyer hailed to. Any how, i will check with the elders living in Kolinjivadi and keep you posted on this.

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  4. From the words of Mahabharatham, the possibilities of Dharapuram being Matsya Desam is very clear. Pandavas spent their ajnana vasam in this region. During the period of Mahabharatham, Dharapuram (Viratapuram) was under Pandyas.

    Matsya Desam is another name for Pandya Desam,as they have fish(Matsya) as their symbol of bravery.

    In the Kottai temple, the presiding deity is Uththara Veera ragava Permual. The son and daughter of Virata King are named after the deity as UththaraKumaran and Uththira respectively.

    Apart from that, we have lot of evidences to show Viratadesam is nowhere but the present day Dharapuram.

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  5. Thanks Bhuvana. Will update the blog with my latest posts.

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  7. Hi Everyone,
    Nice to see blog about K villages and Dharapuram.
    I am from Kadathur village. I am grand son of Sri Viswanatha Sastry and son of Sri Ramamoorthi.
    I am settled in Hyderabad.
    Anyone connected with my father/ grand father can share their memories. It seems we had more than 100 acres of land but my father had to sell that due to some problems. I do not remember anything about that so I would like to know more about it.
    Venkataraman

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  8. Hello Mr.Venkataraman,

    I will try to get some details regarding Sri.Ramamoorthi and Sri Viswanatha Sastry through my friends from Kadathur.

    thanks
    Ambarish

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    1. Dear Mr.Ambarish,
      Thanks for your reply.

      Which K village are you from ?

      Regards
      venkataraman

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    2. My mother Mrs. Savithri Ramaswamy Iyer was originally from Kaniyur
      Maternal grandfather. Sivssubramania Iyer
      Maternal grandmother. Jagambal
      Maternal uncles etc. K.S. Venkatraman aka Thanthoni Mama
      K.S krishnaswamy Iyer
      Any information about this family would be greatly appreciated

      R. Chandrasekaran
      Email rchandra55@gmail.com

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    3. I will try to get details about your maternal connection through my friends who are residing there from long past.

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  9. i have once visited your agraharam, very peaceful place., like very much, i came to sri thillapuri amman temple. very fine place. i like it

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    1. Is it? Nice to hear! You are always welcome to our agraharam.

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  10. Hi

    I am also a first generation born and brought up in chennai but my ancestry is Colinjivadi. My Great Grandfather was C N Ramasamy who finally left the village 100 to 150 years back to Nagpur along with his brothers Chellam Iyer & C N Ramadurai.My Great Great Grandfather was C M Nanjudeshwara Iyer who were actively involved in Siva puja and temple activities. Our Family Deity is situated at Nerur(near karur) Angalamman Temple. Nice to see this blogspot.

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    1. Glad to hear that your roots are from Colinjivadi Agraharam. Do you have any siblings or any other relatives still living in or around Colinjivadi? If so, kindly let me know the details. i will try to get in touch with them. By the way, have you ever visited our Agraharam?

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    2. Yes I have visited our Agraharam twice, once in the year 2006 and the next in 2008 after my marriage. We have stayed at Mr.Ganesa Iyer's house who passed away 3 or 4 years back after donating his house to Kanchi Mutt since they were childless couple. One of our ancestral relations are K R Anantharaman whose Dad K V Ramasamy was my Great Grandfather C N Ramasamy's Cousin. Mr. Anantha Raman's nephew Shiv Shankar is my friend over here at Chennai. I visited his house at Kolinjivadi after my marriage. Since my great grand mother was from Kumaralingam, a native village we were able to trace roots to some extent.

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  11. Thanks for the information. Yes i am staying in Colinjivadi. Sri Ganesa Iyer's house is currently with a Christian Missionary. Earlier he planned to donate the house to Kanchi Madam, but he changed his mind later and sold the house. I think Sri K R Anantharama Iyer is a registered medical practitioner. His father was also a compounder. Please confirm.

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    1. The house that was a witness to so many yagnas and homas is now with a Christian missionary?? Btw our( my periyappa's actually) house was just to the left of Sri Ganesa Iyer's house...

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    2. Sadly, yes it is now in the hands of a Christian missionary. I know your house very well it seems. But, it was owned by a person named Mr.Sri. Parasuraman. He had two sons and settled in Madras i think. Correct me if i am wrong!

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  12. So Sorry to hear the news about Ganesa Iyer's house. I went to his home immediately after my marriage visiting our kula deivam at Nerur first and then performing abhishekam at Meenakshi Sokkanathar temple in 2008. You are right about the details of Anantharama Iyer. His Father was Compounder Ramasamy who was my great grandfather's first or second cousin. They used to keep Common names those days for siblings sons. Do you stay in the same street? May I know your good name please?

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    1. I am Ambarish. I am residing in our ancestral home at Kolinjivadi. It is in the street which takes you to the Dakshina Moorthi Temple.

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    2. Nice to know about you Ambarish. For how many generations people stay at your home?Bye the bye what are you into at kolinjivadi?Are you in FB?If so, shall we share Friend requests in Facebook?

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    3. We have been staying here for almost 200+ years(minimum 6 generations). My great grand father renovated our house 100 years before. I am working as a software architect in coimbatore. Shuttling to and fro to office daily. You can send an FB friend request to https://www.facebook.com/ambarish.mohan

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    4. Thank you very much Ambarish. At last I am able to get my first friend from our ancestral place. Definitely then you will be able to trace our roots. How long is the travel time from Coimbatore to Kolinjivadi? How do you commute daily?

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  13. hello, my name is meenakshisundaram named after my paternal grandfather from kozhinjavadi. i request your email id to communicate.

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  14. Even I belong to the Kolinjivadi lineage should be more than 500 years as I am in the 10 generation of Dinamani sastri family tree, we have traced back most of the male names in this tree, many we see were VAO's of Kolinjivadi during 1800 to 1950 periods, other jobs we are not able to trace. one of my great great grandfathers maintained the records which we have started updating now. should any one be interested we can connect the tree is available in Geni.com too - ramkumar

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    1. Happy to hear from you. By the way, can you please let me know about your ancestors of 1950s. It will be helpful for me to gather more information.

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  15. hai ambrish,

    I am suresh S/o Late T.V.Ramachandran, I left kolinjivadi in the year 1993 and used come to the village very often. My last visit was 6 years back. We were residing at Double street, No. 22. Previous Owner of the house was Kasi's father Parasumama.
    My brothers are staying at Kvadi only. Your father knows them well and me also. If I am correct your family is residing next to appakudal Ramu mama's house. Convey our enquries to your father. Kindly inform me about the family of Radhakrishana mama. (Present owner i think pannadi gounder). I hope your father is around 70 years old. Please paste the photo of single street also. I have seen the photo's of Rqthnappa 's house, Sundaram house, Rajam Iyer house,and baskaran's house, pannadi's house and ramani's house. paste the photo's parasuma's street also

    with regards.
    R.Suresh

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    1. Hi Anna,

      I know you very well. TVR mama, baaga chitthi, mahesh and murali anna also very much know to me. When i was a kid we used to play in front of your house. You are correct about the location of my house. I will try to collect some other photos of single street and post ASAP. By the way, can you please provide more details on radhakrishna mama. I know Radhakrishnan Sir (Kannada brahmin) and one more radhakrishnan of Ramadurai iyer's family. Kindly,let me know which Radhakrishnan you are referring to.

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    2. Radhakrishnan mama was residing next to ramani house. Opposite house to the post office. They have got rice mill called meenakshi rice mill. His son Mr. Kannan and the daughter was Devi. Devi is no more now. They are the persons who are authorised to do the annaabishagam at Meenakshi and Sokkanathar. temple. Whether sundu is performing pooja at temple or other persons are doing. Ramanavami performed this year. I have not received the invitation. One viewer Bhuvana has informed that she is doing catering. Whether she is the sister of Murali S/0 Thirumoorthi mama (Vembumama's Brother inlaw). I use to go to Kancheepuram very often and meet Savithiri Mami who is residing at mutt itself. How is your father. How is your chitappa. Ragavan mama and his brother is no more now. Who is taking care of krishnan koil. How many houses at kvadi has been renawated. Convey my enquires to Mr.Jayaraman and his brother. (Your nehibours). I hope that anjaneyar koil function are over. Rice mill ramalingam is available at k'vadi. I hope that only few brahmins are residing at k'vadi now. Presently the agraharam has lost the old traditions, due to migration of the next generations. I attend the marriage of Gramasevai Ramamoorthi Mama's grand daughter marriage last week. I met the age old couple. (Sundari mami and mama were residing last house of your road in 1975-1980). Sundarai mami use to take classes for the youngstars in carnatic music. your father know's them very well. Pl keep in touch. My cell no. 9445634954

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    3. I think Radhakrishnan mama is no more now. Mr.Kannan is in Madras i hope. Not sure about their whereabouts. That house was owned by a pannadi family for almost 2 decades. Now, they sold the house to some other person. Meenakshi amman temple poojai is being taken care by Babu Mama (Harihara sivachariyar). Sundu along with his brother sundharam, performing poojai at Agastheeswarar temple (Akkarai kovil). Regarding rama navami, have you seen my latest post in this blog? Ragavan mama's son Ramu is the current priest.Echchanna Mama's son-in-law is also taking care of Krishnan Kovil on rotation basis. I am not sure about this catering Bhuvana.Need to check. Anjaneyar koil function is yet to arrive. Somewhere in the mid of May the Car festival is being scheduled. Rice mill Ramalingam and his family moved to Dharapuram. They sold their houses and shops located in Karur Road.About sundari mami and mama , my father knows them very well. Even my mother learned veena from her for some time. My Chithappa Mr.Kumar has been passed away recently. Otherwise, every one doing well here. Yes, our agraharam is losing its tradition and colour. But it is the destiny everywhere. Sure,i will be in touch and keep this blog updated as much as possible. If you have an FB account, please do send a friend request. You can find my profile https://www.facebook.com/ambarish.mohan. We can share mobile numbers through personal message.

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