Author Sai Kumar comes out with new book on historic temples in TN

Chennai: Renowned history author, K Sai Kumar, a resident of Jai Nagar, Arumbakkam, who writes spiritual travel guidebooks about temples across India, has come out with another collection.

His latest book, ‘Thalaimuraigalai Kakkum Thamirabharani Thalangal,’ was released recently by popular astrologer Harikesanallur Venkatraman. Orator, writer and mridangam exponent K V Sridharan received the first copy.

Sai Kumar has been donating the proceeds from the books for the upkeep and maintenance of historical temples that lack money for conducting even day-to-day rituals.

Speaking to ‘News Today‘ Sai Kumar shared information about his work on spiritual sites around Thambirabharani.
Here are the excerpts.

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS BOOK?

It is a guidebook containing information about 300 temples in Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts. The book will be re-launched in the backdrop of the Thamirabharani Pushkaram to be held between 12 and 23 October.

The book also has ‘theertha, snana, parihara’ details of Lord Siva and Lord Vishnu followers.

GIVE DETAILS ABOUT THE TEMPLES FOCUSED IN THE BOOK

This is a handy book containing details of Nava Tirupathi, Nava Kailasam, Pancha and Nava Guru Thalangal, Pancha Krosa, Pancha Peeta, Dasa Veeratta, Pancha Nataraja, Pancha Bhootha, Panchaasana, Navalinga, Nava Samuthira, Pancha Yagna and Pancha Linga temples in Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts.

APART FROM TEMPLES, WHAT OTHER INFORMATION DOES YOUR NEW COLLECTION CONTAIN?

The book is a complete package and will have phone numbers of the temples, sthala puranams, Swami and Ambal details, temple operation hours, parihara details of 149 theertha kattams of Thamirabharani along with exclusive maps of the location.

HOW DID YOUR JOURNEY INTO WRITING BEGIN?

It is all about the three services to society that Kanchi Maha Periyavaa considered to be exemplary – helping the needy, taking care of dilapidated temples and performing final rites for orphans. This advice has been accepted in spirit in all my books. There are innumerable patrons for urban temples and places of worship that are famous.

However, the number of patrons are very limited for temples in villages even though their historical significance is huge. That is why I work towards the development of these temples.

HOW FAR HAVE YOU COME IN ACHIEVING YOUR MISSION?

I have visited and documented information on nearly 4,000 temples in India in the last 10 years and written 20 guidebooks as on date. My book, ‘Padal Petra Thalangal‘ (temples that find a mention in the songs of Nayanmars and Alwars) has sold 25,000 copies and is currently in the 10th edition of its publication.

For details, contact Sai Kumar at 93828 72358/ 86100 47416.

Santhosh Mathevan