–கல்யாண்குமார், பத்திரிகையாளர், எழுத்தாளர்
வடபழனி முருகன் கோயிலுக்குப் போகிறவர்கள், அதே தெருவில் கோயிலுக்கு முன்னதாக வலதுபுறம் பரஞ்சோதி பாபாவின் சிறிய அறையைப் பார்த்திருப்பார்கள். அவரது தீவிர பக்தர்களில் ஒருவர் இளையராஜா! அவர் உச்சத்தில் இருந்த நேரத்தில்கூட, அடைமழையிலும் வந்து பாபாவை தரிசித்துப் போவதை வழக்கமாகக் கொண்டிருந்தாராம்.
அவரைத் தொடர்ந்து உலகப் பெற்ற டிரம்ஸ் சிவமணி, பாபாவின் டிவோட்டி. பத்து வருடங்களுக்கு முன், பாபா சமாதி அடைகிற நாளன்று அவரது விருப்பத்தின் பேரில் வடபழனியில் பாபாவின் முன்னிலையில் தன் கச்சேரியை நடத்தி இருக்கிறார். அந்தக் கச்சேரியில் சாக்ஸ் நாதனின் புல்லாங்குழல் இசையைக் கேட்டவாறே பாபா சமாதி அடைந்திருக்கிறார். இப்போது சாக்ஸ் நாதனும் பாபாவின் தீவிர டிவோட்டி.
பாபாவை அடக்கம் செய்ய இடம் தேடியபோது பாபாவின் அன்பர் ஒருவர், ஸ்ரீபெரும்புதூர் அருகே சிப்காட் பகுதியில் அமைந்துள்ள பால் நல்லூர் கிராமத்தில் இருக்கும் தன் சொந்த இடத்தை கொடுத்திருக்கிறார். அங்கே அடக்கம் செய்யப்பட்ட பாபாவின் சமாதி இன்று அவரது டிவோட்டிகளின் ஆதரவோடு ஒரு ஆலயமாக உயர்ந்து நிற்கிறது.
கடந்த பத்து வருடங்களாக அங்கே தினமும் நூற்றுக்கணக்கானவர்களுக்கு அன்னதானம் தவறாமல் வழங்கப்படுகிறது. அவரது நினைவு தினத்தன்று வருடாவருடம் சிறப்பு பூஜைகள் நடைபெறுவதோடு, டிரம்ஸ் சிவமணி மற்றும் சாக்ஸ் நாதனின் கச்சேரிகளால் அந்த தினமே களைகட்டுகிறது.
அவர் உயிரோடு வாழ்ந்த காலத்தில் வடபழனியில் இருந்த அவரது அறையில் அமைதியாக அமர்ந்தே இருப்பாராம். பக்தர்களிடம் அதிகம் பேசாத அவர், வருகிறவர்களின் பிரச்னைகளை முன்கூட்டியே தெரிந்து கொண்டு அதற்கு தீர்வளிப்பாராம். இப்போதும் பலரது கனவுகளில் வந்து ஆசீர்வதிப்பதாக நம்புகிறார்கள் அவரது பக்தர்கள்.
நடிகர் மோகனும் பாபாவின் பக்தர்களில் ஒருவர். அடிக்கடி தன் மனைவியோடு வந்து பாபாவை தரிசித்துப் போவாராம். ஒருமுறை உடனடியாக அவரது மனைவியின் சொந்த நாடான ஆஸ்திரேலியாவுக்கு போக வேண்டிய நிர்பந்தம். ஆனால் வீட்டில் பீரோவில் வைத்திருந்த பாஸ்போர்ட்டை காணவில்லை. பீரோவையே தலைகீழாக புரட்டிப் போட்டுப் பார்த்தும் கிடைக்கவில்லை. மறுபடி விண்ணப்பித்தால் உடனடியாக கிடைக்க வாய்ப்பில்லை. கவலையோடு பாபாவிடம் போயிருக்கிறார் மோகன். பாபாவோ அமைதியாக,
’’பாஸ்போர்ட் வீட்டில்தான் இருக்கிறது, கவனமாக தேடிப்பார்’’ என்று சொல்லி இருக்கிறார். வீடு திரும்பிய மோகன், பீரோவை மறுபடி தீவிரமாக ஆராய்ந்தபோது இருவரின் பாஸ்போர்ட்டும் ஒரு இடுக்கில் சொருகிக் கொண்டிருந்தனவாம்!
போன திமுக ஆட்சியில் நடந்த சம்பவம் இது. அண்ணாநகரில் வசிக்கும் மூத்த அமைச்சர் ஒருவர் அதே தெருவில் இருக்கும் ஒரு வீட்டின் மீது கண் வைத்திருக்கிறார். அங்கே வசிக்கும் வயதான தம்பதிகளிடம் அடிமாட்டு விலைக்கு அந்த வீட்டை கட்டாயமாக வாங்க முயற்சித்திருக்கிறார். விற்க மனசில்லாமலும் அமைச்சரை பகைத்துக் கொள்ள முடியாமலும் அந்த தம்பதி தவித்திருக்கிறார்கள். பாபாவைப் பற்றி யாரோ சொல்லி, அந்த தம்பதி பாபாவை நேரில் சந்தித்து தங்கள் பிரச்னையைச் சொல்லி இருக்கிறார்கள்.
‘’ நீங்கள் வீட்டுக்குப் போங்கள், எல்லாம் நல்லபடியாக நடக்கும்’’ என்று சொல்லி பாபா அவர்களை நம்பிக்கை அளித்து அனுப்பி இருக்கிறார்.
என்ன அதிசயம்! ஒரு வருடமாக இழுத்துக் கொண்டிருந்த அந்த அமைச்சர் பிரச்னை ஒரே நாளில் முடிவுக்கு வந்திருக்கிறது!
மறுநாள் வீட்டுக்கு வந்த அமைச்சரின் ஆட்கள். ‘’உங்கள் வீட்டை வாங்க வேண்டாம் என்று அமைச்சருக்கு மேலிடத்தில் இருந்து உத்தரவு வந்திருக்கிறது, அதனால் உங்கள் பத்திரமெல்லாம் நீங்களே வைத்துக் கொள்ளுங்கள் ‘’ என்று சொல்லி கட்டாயமாக வாங்கிப் போன ஒரிஜனல் பத்திரங்களை திருப்பிக் கொடுத்துவிட்டுப் போயிருக்கின்றனர்.
ஒரே நாளில் அந்த ’மேலிட உத்தரவை’ பாபா பிறப்பித்ததாகவே அந்த தம்பதி நம்புகிறார்கள். பாபா மீது அவர்களுக்கு இருந்த அதே நம்பிக்கை இன்றும் தொடர்கிறது. அவரது சமாதியில் நடக்கும் அன்னதானத்திற்கு அந்த தம்பதிகளின் பங்களிப்பாக அரிசி மூட்டைகள் மாதாமாதம் வந்து இறங்குகின்றன.
ரம்மி படத்தின் இயக்குனரும் தயாரிப்பாளருமான பாலகிருஷ்ணன், மாதம் இருமுறையாவது பாபாவை தரிசிப்பதை வழக்கமாகக் கொண்டிருக்கிறார். ’’ அங்கே போய் ஒரு மணி நேரம் இருந்து விட்டு அன்னதானம் சாப்பிட்டு வந்தால் மனதுக்கு அமைதி கிடைக்கிறது. அது உலகில் வேறு எங்குமே கிடைக்காத ஒன்று’’ என்கிறார் அவர்.
சினிமாக்காரர்கள் மட்டுமின்றி தமிழகம் முழுக்க இருந்தும் பலவிதமான தொழிலதிபர்கள், அரசியல்வாதிகள் பாபாவை தரிசிக்க வந்து போகிறார்கள், அங்கே லட்சம் ரூபாய் செலவில் அமைக்கப்பட்டிருக்கிற, சேரில் அமர்ந்திருக்கிற மாதிரியான பாபாவின் சிலை, தத்ரூபமாக பாபாவே நேரில் காட்சி அளிக்கிற மாதிரி இருப்பது, இதன் விசேஷம்.
நீங்களும் ஒருமுறை பாபாவைப் பார்க்கலாம் வாருங்களேன். . .
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is a Hindu temple located in the neighbourhood of Mylapore in Chennai, India. It is dedicated to the Indian saint Sai Baba of Shirdi.
The temple was built in 1952 by one Narasimhaswami, a Salem and Sai Baba devotee, out of money donated by a Chettiar merchant. This is considered the most trusted temple in India. The temple is the headquarters of the All India Sai Samaj.
Pilgrims would be captivated witnessing the amazing idol of Lord Shridi Sai Baba sitting on a silver throne in the sanctum sanctorum. The golden arch above the idol adds charm to the shrine. There is a huge picture of Shirdi Sai Baba hanging just above the Garba griha.
Other noteworthy shrines include that of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. It also houses the tomb of Narsimha Swamiji.
An interesting feature of the sacred complex is that it still accommodates the light lit by Shirdi Sai Baba himself. It is worshipped by the devotees and pilgrims by doing Agni Pooja. There is a large hall where people can sit and do meditation.
The All India Sai Samaj is an organization founded by Sri Narasimhaswamiji seven decades backs, its main object being propagation of the life and teachings of Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi. Through two decades of tireless preaching, during which he traveled almost the entire Bharat, Sri Swamiji made the name of Sri Sai Baba as familiar as that of Siva, Rama and Krishna. Sri Swamiji authored many books highlighting that Sri Sai Baba’s mission was to bring together two communities opposed to each other – the Hindus and Muslims – within a common fold, that Baba promoted a religion of love with peace and harmony, and that Baba belonged to no particular religion or faith, that he was neither Hindu nor Muslim, with his birth and early life shrouded in mystery.
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Timings
Day Timing Monday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wedesday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday 5:00 am – 1:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All India Sai Samaj
Mylapore, Chennai-600 004,
Tamilnadu. Tel-044 24640784
How to Reach
Thiru Mayilai local train stop. Buses to Mylapore are 12C, 29K, 29C, S12B, SA01, 12BET
Thyagaraja Temple as Vadivudai Amman Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu godShiva. It is located in Tiruvottiyur in the northern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The presiding deity is Aadhipureeswarar is in the form of a mud mound covered by an armour. On the day of the full moon of the Tamil month karthigai, the armour is removed and the representation of the god is visible to devotees. The Lord is anointed with punugu, javvadhu, and sampirani oils. There is a Durga shrine in the northern side of the temple. The temple is revered by the Tevaram hymns of Saivanayanars, the 7th century Tamil saint poets and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.All the Three of Thevaram Moovar(Appar, Samandar and Sundarar) has rendered Thevaram songs in this temple. The temple is closely associated with the saint poet Sundarar and Pattinathar. The temple has been in vogue from the Pallava times of the 7th century and widely expanded by Chola kings during the 11th century. The temple has a seven tiered gateway tower, a tank, with the overall temple area covering 1 acre. The temple is administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The temple draws parallel with the Thygaraja temple in Tiruvarur as both the temples were expanded by Rajendra Chola I and both have the same dance poses of Shiva. The temple is one of the 51 Sakthi Peetams in the country.
The temple was the centre of learning, with the halls inside the temple acting as venue for religious discourses in subjects like vyakarna (translation), Somasiddantha (philosophy) and Panini’s grammar. There was a hermitage attached to the temple during the 9th century, presided over by Caturananas Pandithar. The temple also had philosophical discourses and expositions on grammar. There are references to recital of Prabhakara, Rudra, Yamala, Purana, Sivadharma, Panchanga and Bharata Lands were granted to learned scholars and their generation like Vedavritti, Bhattavriti, Vaidyavritti and Archanavritti.
There are a number of inscriptions inside the temple dating back to Pallava period. Sankaracharya, the 8th century scholar in the advaita school of Hinduism is believed to have visited the temple to put down the power of evil. The temple was originally built by Pallavas and later rebuilt by Rajendra Chola I. The inscription dating 954 CE, the fifth year of the Chola king Gandaraditya indicates 90 sheep for burning lamps and ilavilaku, a lamp made in Sri Lanka). The inscriptions dating from 1046 CE reveal that 64 bronze nayanmar statues were installed in the temple. There were equal number of dancing girls called Devadasi in the temple, who were divided into two groups – the valankai dasis danced for Thyagaraja, while the idangai dasis danced for Vadivudaiamman. During the reign of the Malik Kafur, much of the temple was destroyed and the bronze idols present now in the temple were installed during the Vijayanagara period of the 15th century. A 13th-century inscription indicates the practise of animal sacrifice to the goddess, which continued along with offering intoxicating drink till the early 2000s. Famous saints like Pattinathar, Topeswamigal and Ramalinga Swamigal lived in this town and prayed Thyagaraja in this temple. This place is also home to Thiruvottiyur Thyagayyar who is a carnatic composer and poet. The temple had been a centre of learning as seen from the inscriptions in the temple. The inscriptions indicate specific subjects like Purvamimansa styled as Pravahakarma. There were also provisions made for feeding and maintaining for teachers and students.
“வெள்ளத்தைச் சடையில் வைத்த வேதகீ தன்றன் பாதம்மெள்ளத்தா னடைய வேண்டின் மெய்தரு ஞானத் தீயால்கள்ளத்தைக் கழிய நின்றார் காயத்துக் கலந்து நின்றுஉள்ளத்து ளொளியு மாகு மொற்றியூ ருடைய கோவே.”
06:00 AM IST – 12:00 PM IST 04:00 PM IST – 08:30 PM IST
Thyagaraja Swami – Vadivudai Amman Temple,
Sannathi Street, Tiruvottiyur, Kaladipet,
Tamil Nadu Pincode – 600019.
ISKCON Temple Chennai, also known as the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Mandir, is a Vaishnava temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is located on the East Coast Road at Akkarai, Sholinganallur in southern Chennai. Built on 1.5 acres of land, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Chennai is the largest Radha Krishna temple in Tamil Nadu. It was formally inaugurated on 26 April 2012.
ISKCON Temple Chennai is part of the Centre for Spiritual Art and Culture and is located off the East Coast Road at the Hare Krishna land, Sholinganallur. The deities worshipped in the temple include those of Radha Krishna Lalita Vishaka, Jagannath Baladev Subhadra, and Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga.
ISKCON founder A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who carried the message of Lord Chaitanya to various parts of the world, was very keen to establish strong centers in India. In 1971, when he returned to India after his success with Krishna consciousness in the Western world, he directed Giriraj Maharaj to go to Madras and preach activities, resulting in many enlisting as life patrons. Prabhupada wrote in a letter,
In Madras we wanted to start a center and it was almost settled that the Chief Justice (Veeraswamy) would give us a place. So actually, if it is possible to open a center in Madras that would be very nice.
Prabhupada visited Madras in February 1972 and delivered lectures. In 1975, a centre was opened at 50 Aspiran Gardens, 2nd Street, Kilpauk, which was later shifted to Kilpauk Garden Road. In 1988, the centre moved to T. Nagar, where the congregation of Chennai ISKCON increased greatly. During a morning walk on 18 December 1975, Prabhupada remarked: “Now our European and American boys are preaching in South India and big, big acaryas have received them.”The central prayer hall
In January 1976, Prabhupada visited Madras again and lectured in AVM Rajeswari Kalyana Mandapam, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai and in the house of the then Chief Justice Veeraswamy. Inspired by the positive response to Krishna consciousness in Madras, Prabhupada wrote a letter to his disciples in Madras:
In Madras we have to construct a very gorgeous temple… Now immediately find out some land and begin the construction. Never mind what the cost will be. We are not concerned with the amount of money, but we want a very attractive temple. The money should come from the gentlemen of Madras.
However, the effort to fulfill the desire of Prabhupada to build a “gorgeous temple” in Chennai did not prove fruitful until 2000 when devotees serving under the leadership of Bhanu Swami located 6.5 acres of land in Injambakkam and acquired immediately for construction of the temple. The temple was built solely on donations received from people in Chennai. The construction of the first phase of the project began on 17 March 2002. The temple has been built with the support of about 8,000 life patrons and contributions from devotees. Built on 45,000 sq ft of land, the temple cost ₹ 100 million.
The prana pratishtha (deity installation) ceremony, when the idols of Lord Krishna and Radha and their sakhis—Lalitha and Vishaka—were installed in one of the three teak-wood altars in the main hall, and Kumbhabhishekam were performed on 26 April 2012. After the Kumbhabishekam and Maha mangala arati—the first decorated darshan of the deities—flowers were showered from a helicopter over the gopurams built in the Kalinga style with a Sudarshana Chakra on the top of the tallest tower. The idols in the temple on Burkit Road, T. Nagar unit have also been shifted to this temple.
At the time of inauguration, the temple was still under construction with a 90-ft-long construction, which was to function as the kitchen and annadhan hall, nearing completion.
By Air: Chennai Airport is connected to all the major airports of India. There are daily flights that fly between Chennai and other cities in India. From the airport, one can hire a private cab to ISKCON Temple. Also, one can opt for the government buses from the airport to ISKCON Temple.
By Bus: The nearest bus stop near ISKCON Temple is VGP Bus stop, which is around 2 km from the temple. The MTC (Metropolitan Transport Corporation) buses run from different corners of the city to VGP Bus stop. These buses are run by the government and hence, they are cheap. The frequency of the buses is quite good but one would also experience traffic on the busy streets of Chennai which will eat up your time.
By Rail: Trains from all corners of the country come to the Chennai Central railway station. Although, one will have to change trains from Chennai Central and take the local train to Kodambakkam station. From Kodambakkam station, ISKCON Temple is around 3 km.
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Sri Rama acquired a Dhosham since His feet came in contact with the Lingam. Hence, he undertook a penance to Lord Shiva for 48 days with just one Amla fruit as his food, to recover from the Dhosham and to bring out the Shiva Lingam. Lord Shiva pleased with Sri Rama’s penance came out from the earth and gave Viswaroopa Dharshan to Sri Rama. Sri Rama overwhelmed by the Lord’s mercy named the Shiva Lingam as Sri Ramanaadheswarar and worshipped Him. Sri Rama acquired a dhosham as his feet came in contact with the Shiva Linga. Goddess Parvathi too appeared and gave Dharshan to Sri Rama as Sri Sivakaama Sundhari. Sri Rama with sincere prayers worshipped Lord Shiva as His Guru and got to know the directions to reach the place where Sri Sita was kept under custody of Raavana and headed towards Sri Lanka.
As Sri Rama worshipped Lord Shiva as His Guru, this place became a Guru Sthalam among 9 Navagraha Temples of Chennai (or Thondai Mandalam). Here Lord Shiva Himself is worshipped as Sri Guru Bhagavan. Also this place is called Uthara Raameswaram, as Sri Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here, similar to Raameswaram. Also according to temple sources, it is said that Porur was called as Uthara Raameswaram in ancient days. It is also said that, this temple is equivalent to Raameswaram and those who are not able to undertake pilgrimage to Raameswaram could visit this place and be blessed by the Lord. The main deity Sri Ramanaadheswarar is gigantic and beautifully decorated, facing east. This huge deity is a Swayambhu Lingam (self evolved). Goddess Sivakaama Sundhari has a separate shrine in the temple.
The sanctum is built in Gajabrishta shape or Thoongaanai Maadam type which is a unique feature of Chozha temple architecture. Sri Vinayagar, Sri Dhakshinamurthy and other Koshta Murthies are found around the sanctum. This temple does not have Rajagopuram at the entrance and Vimanam above the sanctum. Nandhigeswarar is found on the outer praakaaram facing the sanctum. Here Sri Sandigeswarar is seen in a peculiar position near Nandhi facing south. The practice of offering Theertham and Sadaari are generally seen only in Vishnu temples. But, this is probably the only Shiva temple, where Theertham and Sadaari are offered to the devotees. The Sthala Viruksham is Vembu (Neem tree) which is seen on the southern side of the praakaaram.
Arulmigu Ramanatheswarar Temple- Fetivals
Festivals Specials Maha Shivratri 4 kala Abhishekam poojai Navarathri 10 days Festival Karthika Somavaram 108 Sangabisekam Panguni Uthiram Thiru Kalyanam
Arulmigu Ramanatheswarar Temple- Poojai Time
Temple TimingsAll Days :
7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The idol was installed in 1989 and consecrated in 1995. Sri Maruthi Bhaktha Samajam Trust, consisting of people with high spiritual beliefs, wished for this temple. The Kanchi Paramacharyar entrenched the 32-foot idol of Anjaneyar in 1989 and consummated the Kumbabishekam in 1995. The distinguished factor of the 32-feet idol is that it was molded out of a single rock.
The main shrine houses Anjaneya inside a Temple Tower 90 feet tall. Anjaneya is facing west, and thus the main entrance is on the west. There is an auxiliary entrance on the southern side used during temple festivals. The main temple building has path-ways all around the sanctum sanctorum and also a large covered space (Mandapam) for devotees to assemble in front of the deity for offering worship.
On the northwest corner, a full-fledged Sannidhi for Lord Rama has been built and here He has taken abode with Seetha and Lakshmana with Anjaneya in attendance. The gods are facing east. Rama’s role as the protector and ruler is signified here as Rama is seen carrying his bow, hence the name “Kodanda Rama” for the lord here. On the southwest, a Sannidhi for Lord Krishna with Rukmani and Satyabhama, all facing east has been built. Even though a Sannidhi for Lord Rama is normally built in Anjaneya temples, rarely a Sannidhi for Lord Krishna is built. In this temple, Krishna Sannidhi is built to remind the devotees that among the gods it was only Anjaneya who was present in both the Indian epics—in Ramayana as a direct disciple of Rama, and in Mahabaratha in the flag of Arjuna’s Chariot as ordained by Lord Krishna to save it from destruction by the opponents. In the northeast part of the temple, on a small platform, “Vinayaka” is housed facing east and to his left on a yet another platform ‘Naga’ has been installed. Saint Raghavendra has taken his abode facing Lord Krishna.
The temple was run by a private trust – Sri maruthi bhaktha samajam trust – since consecration on 1995. However, widespread allegations of financial irregularities in the administration of the temple and the trust resulted in several complaints and petitions to the Government of Tamil Nadu. This prompted a review and enquiry by the government and upon unsatisfactory response and evidence from the trust, the Hindu Religious and Charity Endowment Department (HR&CE) declined exemption and took over the administration of the temple since July 2013. Predictably, this action was severely criticized by Sri Maruthi Bhaktha Samajam Trust, the former management, which was accused of the financial irregularities.
- Sri Ramanavami
- Sri Krishna jayanthi
- Navarathiri Urtsavam
- Sri Hanumanth jayanthi
Arulmigu Anjaneyar Temple – Poojas Fees Details
Worship Timing :
Monday To Friday :
Morning: 05:00 A.M to 12:00 A.M
Evening : 04.30 P.M To 09.00 P.
Saturday And Sunday:
Morning: 05:00 A.M To 12:00 A.M
Evening : 04.00 P.M To 09.00 P.M
Arulmigu Aadhi vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple
No : 1, 8th street Ram Nagar,
Chennai – 600 061.
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The Parthasarathy Temple is an 6th-century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Vishnu, located at Thiruvallikeni, Chennai, India. The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th to 9th centuries CE and is classified as among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu. The name ‘Parthasarathy’ means the ‘charioteer of Arjuna’, referring to Krishna’s role as a charioteer to Arjuna in the epic Mahabaratha.
It was originally built by the Pallavas in the 6th century by king Narasimhavarman I. The temple has icons of five forms of Vishnu: Yoga Narasimha, Rama, Gajendra Varadaraja, Ranganatha and Krishna as Parthasarathy. The temple is one of the oldest structures in Chennai. There are shrines for Vedavalli Thayar, Ranganatha, Rama, Gajendra Varadar, Narasimha, Andal, Hanuman, Alvars, Ramanuja, Swami Manavala Mamunigal and Vedanthachariar. The temple subscribes to Vaikhanasa agama and follows Thenkalai tradition. There are separate entrances and Dwajastambhas for the Parthasarathy and Yoga Narasimha temples. The gopuram (towers) and mandapas (pillars) are decorated with elaborate carvings, a standard feature of South Indian Temple Architecture.
As per Hindu legend, Saptarishis, the seven sages worshipped five deities Panchaveeras, namely, Venkata Krishnaswamy, Rukmini, Satyaki, Balarama, Pradyumna and Aniruddha. As per Mahabharatha, Vishnu, in his avatar as Krishna was acting as charioteer for Arjuna, the Pandava prince during the war with Kauravas. Krishna did not take any weapons during the war. During the fight between Arjuna and Bhishma, Krishna was injured by the arrow from Bhishma. The mark in the image in the temple is believed to follow the legend. The place is called Allikeni, meaning a pond of lily as it is believed that historically the place was full of lily ponds. The place is the only place where the presiding deity is sported with a mustache. As per another legend, the place was once a Tulsi forest. A Chola king named Sumati wanted to see Vishnu in the form of Parthasarathi and prayed at Srinivasa temple in Tirupathi. Srinivasa directed the king to visit the temple here built by sage Atreya and worshipped with another sage called Sumati.
The temple was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century, subsequently expanded by Cholas and later by the Vijayanagara kings in the 15th century. The temple has several inscriptions dating from the 8th century in Tamil presumably from the period of Dantivarman, who was a Vishnu devotee. Thirumangai Alvar, the 9th-century alvar also attributes the building of temple to the Pallava king. From the internal references of the temple, it appears that the temple was restored during 1564 CE when new shrines were built. In later years, endowments of villages and gardens have enriched the temple. The temple also has inscriptions about the Pallava king, Nandivarman of the 8th Century.
The temple was extensively built during the Chola period and a lot of inscriptions dating back to the same period are found here. The outer most mandapam is replete with sculptures of various forms of Vishnu, especially the avatars. One can also see inscriptions of Dantivarma Pallava of the 8th century, Chola and Vijayanagara in the temple. The first architectural expansion of the temple took place during the reign of the Pallavas (Tondaiyar Kon) as vividly described by Tirumangai Azhwar. Reminiscent of this is the inscription of the Pallava King Dantivarman (796-847 A.D.), which is preserved in the temple.
The temple witnessed a major expansion during the rule of the Vijayanagar kings like Sadasiva Raya, Sriranga Raya and Venkatapati Raya II (16th century). Many subshrines and pillared pavilions (mandapas) like the Tiruvaimozhi Mandapa were added.
A Pallava king built the present temple in the eighth century. The gopuram was also built by a Pallava king – Tondaiman Chakravarthy. There are inscriptions that record the contributions of the Chola kings Raja Raja and Kulottunga III, Pandya King Maravarman and many rulers of the Vijayanagar dynasty including Ramaraja Venkatapathiraja and Vira Venkatapathy. For a while the East India Company administered the temple.
The pushkarani is called Kairavani and five sacred teerthams are believed to surround the tank – Indra, Soma, Agni, Meena and Vishnu. Seven rishis – Bhrigu, Atri, Marichi, Markandeya, Sumati, Saptaroma and Jabali – performed penance here. All five deities in the temple have been extolled by Tirumangai Azhvar. There is also a separate shrine for Andal, one of the 12 Alvars who is also considered as a consort to the presiding deity.
It is one of the very few shrines in the country dedicated to Krishna as Parthasarathy, charioteer of Arjuna and to contains idols of three avatars of Vishnu: Narasimha, Rama, and Krishna.
Unusually, he is depicted with a prominent moustache and carries a conch in his hand. Also unusual is the iconographical combination found in the sanctum. Here, Krishna is seen standing with consort Rukmini, elder brother Balarama, son Pradyumna, grandson Aniruddha and Satyaki. Because of the association of the temple with Krishna, Tiruvallikeni came to be regarded as the Southern Vrindavana. He also mentioned about the Telliya Singar shrine within the temple.
Month Festival Details Chithirai: SRI PARTHASARATHY BRAHMOTSAVAM, & VIDAIYATRI FESTIVAL.SRI UDAYAVAR FESTIVAL (Concluding and Leave – Taking Ceremony). Vaigasi: SRI GAJENDRA VARADAR UTHSAVAM (10 DAYS) VASANTHA UTHSAVAM – Spring Festival for Sri Gajendra Varadarajar, Sri Ranganathar, Sri Vedavalli Thayar. NARASIMHA JAYANTHI. Aani: SRI NARASIMHA SWAMY BRAHMOTSAVAM and KODAI UTHSAVAM (Summer festival) Aadi: THIRU AADI POORAM FESTIVAL – Birthday of SHRI AANDAL on Her Zodiac cal Star.SRI GAJENDRA MOTSHAM.
SRI PARTHASARATHY SWAMY JESHTABISHEGAM.
Jyeshta means Chief-in-Brethren; Abhishegam-means pouring on-in of selected Holy Liquid and Item on the Lord.
Thiru Pavaadai Utsav – Anointing of Epicurean Offerings on His Holy Physique.
THIRUPPAVADAI UTHSAVAM:- Anointing of Epicurean Offerings on His Holy Physique.
SRI NARASIMHAR’S JESHTABISHEGAM
Aavani: THIRU PAVITHRA UTHSAVAM ( Sanctification Ceremony).SRI JAYANTHI UTHSAVAM. Purattasi: LAKSHARCHANAI FOR VEDAVALLI THAYAR during NAVARATHIRI (Festival of Nine Nights).
MYLAI PEYAZHVAR VISIT TO TRIPLICANE.
Iyyppasi: SRI MANAVALA MAMUNIGAL UTHSAVAM.
DEEPAVALI (Festival of Lights)
ANNA KOODA UTHSAVAM (Offering of Variety Rice).
Karthigai: THIRUKARTHIGAI DEEPAM UTHSAVAM ( Various and Varied Lights).
THAILA KAAPPU – Means Anointing of Several Medicinal Oils on His / Her Corporal. SRI ANJANEYAR EKADINA LAKSHARCHANAI.
Margazhii: PAGAL PATHU UTHSAVAM (Ten days)
SRI VAIKUNTA EKADASI (Entering into Heaven).
RAAPPATHU UTHSAVAM (Ten days)
ANDAL NEERATTU UTHSAVAM,
Thai: SRI PARTHASARATHY SWAMY YEGADINA LAKSHARCHANAI
RATHA SAPTHAMI (Ratha means Car; Sapthami means Seventh Lunar Occasion).
Masi: THEPPA UTHSAVAM (FLOAT FESTIVAL)
MAASI MAGAM (Parthasarathy swamy Theerthavari festival at sea shore)
Panguni: EKKADUTHANGAL UTHSAVAM
SRI RAMA NAVAMI UTHSAVAM
PANGUNI UTHIRAM (Uthram Star Day in Panguni).
SRI NARASIMHAR EKADINA LAKSHARCHANAI.
TIMINGS POOJA 5.50 A.M. THIRUMANJANA KUDAM 5.55 A.M. SUBRABHADHAM. 6.00 A.M. VISHWAROOBAM 6.15 A.M. THIRUVARADHANAM 8.00 A.M. KALASANTHI THEERTHAM 11.00 A.M. UCHIKKALA POOJAI. 12.30 P.M. THIRUKKAPPU (CLOSING) 4.00 P.M. THIRUKKAPPU OPENING. 6.00 P.M. NITHYA ANUSANTHANAM. 7.30 P.M. THIRUVARADANAM (NIGHT POOJAI) 9.00 P.M. ARTHAJAMAM (Except Saturdays and special days.)
Sri Sankaranarayana Swamy Temple is a famous Hindu temple situated at Sankarankovil in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. Sankarankoil is a distance of 16 km from Thirumalpuram and 56 km from Tirunelveli. Lord Sri Sankaranarayana is the main deity in the temple. Once the devotees of Lord Hari (or Vishnu) and Lord Shiva quarreled with each other to determine whose god is powerful. Then Lord Shiva and vishnu appeared as Sankaranarayanar to make there devotees to understand that both Hari and Shiva are one and the same.
Sankarankovil is a 900 years old temple devoted to Sankaranarayana who is the mixed expression of Siva and Vishnu. There are two other shrines devoted to Siva and Parvati. The name Sankara becoming a member of with the name Narayana has given increase to a name Sankaranarayanan. In southern Pandya nation, there is a position where the worshipped picture (moorthi) is the picture of Siva and Vishnu in one whole body displaying their unity. That picture is known as Sankaranarayanan. The position is known as Sankaranarayanan Koil.
The deities of this temple are Sri Sankareswarar, Sri Gomathi Amman and Sri Sankara Narayanar. Sankarankovil is also said to be home to the deity named Avudai Ambal-RR. The general belief is that the Holy Sand “Puttrumann” (Puttru = Ant Hill, Mann = Sand) that one gets from this temple is capable of curing all the diseases. Devotees believe that Sankarankovil‘s Nagasunai (sacred tank) have been dug by serpent kings named Paduman and Sangam which has a miraculous power to heal those who bathe there. The Annadhanam scheme is being conducted in the temple when daily noon meals are being provided for around 100 devotees.
Temple cars are chariots that are used to carry representations of Hindu gods. The car is usually used on festival days, when many people pull the cart. The size of the largest temple cars inspired the Anglo Indian term Juggernaut (from Jagannath), signifying a tremendous, virtually unstoppable force or phenomenon.
The procession of the Asia’s largest and greatest temple car of Thiruvarur Thiyagarajar Temple in Tamil Nadu features prominently in an ancient festival held in the town. The annual chariot festival of the Thygarajaswamy temple is celebrated during April – May, corresponding to the Tamil month of Chitrai. The chariot is the largest of its kind in Asia and India weighing 300 tonne with a height of 90 feet. The chariot comes around the four main streets surrounding the temple during the festival. The event is attended by lakhs of people from all over Tamil Nadu.
The Aazhi Ther is the biggest temple chariot in Tamil Nadu. The 30-foot tall temple car, which originally weighed 220 ton, is raised to 96 feet with bamboo sticks and decorative clothes, taking the its total weight to 350 ton. Mounted on the fully decorated temple car, the presiding deity – Lord Shiva – went around the four streets with the devotees pulling it using huge ropes. Two bulldozers were engaged to provide the required thrust so that devotees could move the chariot.
As of 2004, Tamil Nadu had 515 wooden carts, 79 of which needed repairs. Annamalaiyar Temple, Tiruvannamalai, Chidambaram Natarajar Temple are among the temples that possess these huge wooden chariots for regular processions. The Natarajar Temple celebrates the chariot festival twice a year; once in the summer (Aani Thirumanjanam, which takes place between June and July) and another in winter (Marghazhi Thiruvaadhirai, which takes place between December and January). Lord Krishna of Udupi has five temple cars, namely Brahma ratha (the largest), Madya ratha (medium), kinyo (small), and the silver and gold rathas.
Gomathi amman is one of the manifestation of Adhi shakthi. The temple is popularly known as Sankaranayinarkoil (or Sankarankovil) and she is the consort of vanmikanathar and seen along with sankaranarayanar(the unification of shiva and vishnu). This temple is 900 years old and was built by Ukkira Pandian a king from Pandiya dynasty. Adi Thabasu is very famous festival celebrated there every year.
There is a circular hole in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Goddess with a design of Sri Chakra inside it. There is a popular belief that any one afflicted with mental disorder worships the deity sitting on the hole will be cured of the disease.
Maavilakku (offering made of rice) is an important offering to this amman. Those who to come visit this temple also offer miniatures of snake, scorpion and other reptiles to get rid of curses.
“Aadi Thapasu”is one of the important festivals of Gomathi amman celebrated in the Tamil month of Aadi in a grand scale. The story on this: Sri Gomathi Ambal did Thapas at Punnai kshetra and Lord Shiva gave Her darshan as Sankaranarayanaswamy on the Uthirada day in the month of Adi (July–August) and thereby indicating that God Shiva and God Vishnu are same. Further to prove this theory, it is also said that Sankaranarayanasami gave darshan to Sankan and Padman. It is in practice to make the psychiatric patients, or those suffering from diseases and persons believed to have been haunted by evil spirits, to sit on Sri Chakra peetam, in front of Goddess Gomathi Amman continuously for 40 days so that they could be cured.
- Chithhirai Bramotsava ( 10 days ) Every April
- Adi thapasu festival ( 12 days ) August
- Iyppasi Thirukkalyanam festival ( 10 days ) October
- Theppam floating festival – Thai last Friday ( Every February )
Sri Sankarankovil Temple Puja and Aarti Timings Sri Sankarankovil Temple Puja and Aarti 06:00 AM Morning Puja 06:30 AM Vilapucai 08:30 AM Kalasanthi 12:30 PM Noon Puja 05:30 PM Sayarakshai 09:00 PM Arthasamam
Temple Timings All Days :
5:30 AM to 12:30 PM
4:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Karaneeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located in the neighborhood of Saidapet in Chennai, India. This temple has a 7-storied Gopuram with two prakarams. It is dedicated to Shiva. This is an ancient Temple presently managed by the HR & CE department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The main shrine houses a lot of very beautiful idols. The idols of Ganesha, Sekkizhar, 63 Nayanmars, Shiv Lingam, Bhairav, and Surya are found. The Goddess is known as “Swarnambika” (The Golden Mother). Apart from this, there are separate shrines for Lord Ganapathi,Lord Karthikeya and other Parivara Devtas. This temple is located next to the Saidapet Railway station.
Lord Indra having given his divine cow ” Kamadhenu” to Sage Vashishta is worried as she has not returned even after a long time. He find out that she has been cursed into becoming an ordinary one because she had created obstacles during Pooja and Prayer of Sage Vashishta. He consults his Ganas and on that basis finds out that the Holy Cow Kamadhenu can be redeemed if he constructs a Temple to Lord Shiva in
between Mylapore and Thiruvanmiyur on the North western direction. He then ordains the clouds (Kar) to rain and cool the area thereby creating a wonderful green pasture. He installs a Linga and prays to the Lord Shiva – who redeems the holy cow and also blesses Lord Indra by granting him the status of Gopathi ( Lord of Cows). The tank made by Indra is known as Gopathi Saras. It is said that people who take a ritual bath in this tank on full moon days get cured of many of their illnesses.
The temple boasts of a hoary mythology. Lord Indra having given his divine cow ” Kamadhenu” to Sage Vashishta is worried as she has not returned even after a long time .He find out that she has been cursed into an ordinary one because she had created obstacles during Pooja and Prayer of Sage Vashishta. He consults his Ganas and on that basis finds out that the Holy Cow Kamadhenu can be redeemed if he constructs a Temple to Lord Shiva in between Mylapore and Thiruvanmiyur on the North western direction.
He then ordains the clouds (Kar) to rain and cool the area thereby creating a wonderful green pasture. He installs a Linga and prays to the Lord Shiva – who redeems the holy cow for him and also blesses him by granting him the status of Gopathi ( Lord of Cows). The tank he made is known as Gopathi Saras. It is said that people who take a ritual bath in this tank on full moon days get cured of many of their illnesses.
This temple has a 7-storied Gopuram with two prakarams(closed precincts of a temple). This temple has a beautiful tank. We come across the shrine for Ganesha and as we move further after circumambulating the temple we come across the Shrine for Lord Karthikeya and further as we move towards the Dwajasthamba we cross the shrine of Lord Vedagiriswara. We enter the main precinct of the Temple where the main Shrine of Lord Karaneeswara and the Goddess Swarnambika are situated.
We find beautiful idols of Lord Dakshinamoorthy and Nayanmars installed inside the inner Prakara (Precinct). There are also separate shrines for Lord Palani Andavar, Lord Virabhadra and Lord Surya inside the temple. Beside the Temple is the temple tank and on the steps of the tank we can find a shrine for Lord Ganesha – who is in a standing posture along with his consorts siddhi and Buddhi.This temple has nandavanam (Garden) as well.
Festival of Karaneeswarar Temple
Month Urchava Details Chithirai Pramochavam 11 days and Vasantha Urchavam 26 days Vaikasi Visakam Urchavam Aani Aani Thirumanjanam Srimanthnatarajar Urchavam Aadi Aadipuram And Lachcharchanai Aavani Avani Moolam Natarajar Abishekam Purattasi Pournami Day Neraimanikkatchi Ippasi Aswni Natchathirathil Annabishekam and Kantha Sasti Vaibavam Karthikai Karthikai Somavaaram, Mankalavaaram, 108 Sankabishekam and Karthikai Deepam Markazhi Mankkavasakar Urchavam and Arudra Urchavam Thai Makara Sankaraanthi, Thai Poosa Theppa Thiruvila Maasi Maasi Magam Theerthavaari, Chandrasekar Urchavam Panguni Panguni Uthiram
- Temple Timing 05:45-23:00 (Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Sat,Sun)
- Temple Timing 16:00-21:00 (Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Sat,Sun)
- Temple Timing 05:45-12:00 (Fri)
- Temple Timing 16:00-21:00 (Fri)
- Palliarai Pooja 05:45
- Kalasandhi Pooja 06:30-07:30
- Uchi Kala Pooja 11:00
- Sayarakshai Pooja 18:00
- Arthajama Pooja 21:15
How to Reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Transport Information for Bus :
S.No. Route Route No 1 Thiruvanmiyur To Perambur 47D, 47A, 147 2 Thiyagaraya Nager To Mylapore 5B 3 Bradway To Tambaram 18, 18A, A18 4 Bradway To Poonthamalli 54
Transport Information for Train :The closest railway station is located at Saidapet and the nearest bus terminus is at Anna Salai.
Chennai – well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Transport Information for Air :Chennai has both national and international airports
Mangadu is known for the temple of “Tapas Kamakshi” or the Kamakshi (The Goddess) performing penance. This is the place where the goddess performed her penance to marry and re-unite with Lord Shiva. All 32 types of Dharmic rituals were performed here by the goddess.
The background is that when Lord Shiva and Parvati where in Mount Kailash the Goddess playfully closed the eyes of the Lord Shiva and as a result the whole universe fell into eternal darkness. So the Lord ordained her to perform Tapasya.
The Goddess came down to this place and performed penance amidst “Panchagni” resting her left leg on the sacred fire and folding her right leg. She holds a “Japamala” or rosary in her hand as she meditated on Lord Shiva who asked her to come to Kanchipuram for marriage.
After the goddess left the place, the heat of the fire that she had created caused great discomfort and became unbearable for all living beings there. The Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have visited Mangadu and installed a Sri Ardhameru Chakram at this place. This was done to calm down the heat of the fire created by the Goddess and at the same time make it into a place that is soothing for all living beings.
We can even today see the “Chakra” in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and poojas are performed regularly to this Chakra. This Chakra is considered to be a Tantric form of the Goddess herself and hence Mangadu also finds a unique place amongst worshippers of the Tantric sect as well.
The temple sports the Chola style of Architecture and construction. The Raja Gopuram was a recent addition to the Temple. The Raja Gopuram or the Main entrance faces South and is 7 tiered with great sculptures on it, But the east entrance is still used by many devotees as there is a market along the road leading to the east gate. People buy the flowers, Lemons and other pooja items as they walk through the market into the Temple.
As we enter the Temple, we find the Ganapati Shrine to the left of the main entrance. We pay our respects and as we walk further enter the Main Hall of the Temple. We straight proceed to the Sanctum where we can see the ” Ardha Meru Maha Yantra ” and an idol of Goddess Kamakshi in the Main Shrine. The Ardhameru Sri Chakram is the chief divinity in this temple. Only Kumkuma archana is performed and no abhishekam is done for Sri Chakram, as it is made up of herbs.
After this we proceed to walk back, we came across the Shrine of “Tapas Kamakshi” – This was installed at the behest of Kanchi Paramacharya. We can also see the various other deities like Lord Surya etc., in the outer courtyard. As we circumbulate the Temple, we can see Sapta Matrikas installed right behind in the Main outer courtyard and walk through to the Dwajastambha installed in the Eastern side. This completes the visit to the Temple. People come here to pray for Marriage, child birth etc.
After the visit to the Kamakshi Temple, people must proceed to the Vaikunta Perumal Shrine or the Shrine of Lord Vishnu which is about 500 meters away to complete the Visit/pilgrimage. Here Lord Vishnu can be seen in a seated posture along with his 2 consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi holding a ring in his palm that he has brought for the marriage of his sister Kamakshi. This is a small temple with separate shrines for Goddess Lakshmi, Sri Andal and Lord Hanuman.
Benefits of Visiting Mangadu Kamakshi Amman Temple
This shrine is famous for people who practice Tantric penance and meditation. This temple is highly powerful for people to offer their prayers. People come here to pray for Marriage, childbirth. The belief upon this temple has been growing period, and people across the globe come to visit this shrine. As the deity appears with a crescent moon, it is highly auspicious for children appearing in exams, or job aspirants come and offer prayers before their interviews. Once the wish is fulfilled, they come and offer a saree to the Goddess.
Arulmigu Kamakshi Amman Temple Pooja Details, Mangadu
Poojas are conducted for five times in these three special days “Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.”On Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, the temple is open from morning till night continuously.
S.No Pooja Name Pooja Time 01. Ushakkalam 5 AM 02. Kalasanthi 9 AM 03. Uchikalam 1 PM 04. Sayarakshai 6 PM 05. Ardhajamam 10 PM
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Address : Sri Kamatchi Amman Temple, Mangadu – 602 101, Kanchipuram Dt.
Telephone Number : +91- 44 – 2627 2053, 2649 5883.