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Sunday, June 10, 2012

அருள்மிகு அகஸ்தீஸ்வரர் திருக்கோவில் , நுங்கம்பாக்கம் 

The month of May in Chennai is extremely hot and usually our group's activities are at its lowest ebb during this period.  Now that the period of Agni Nakshatram is over, we have planned our next Uzhavarappani on 17.06.2012 at Shri Agastheeswarar Temple Nungambakam.

This is a 600 year old trio of temples--Shri Agastheeswarar, Shri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal and Shri Asalathamman temples, which were all part of the same Temple Complex in the early days and administered by the family of the hereditary trustees..  But with the expansion of the city,  the Perumal Temple now remains on the other side of the main road, behind Nungambakkam police station.  Last month on 25.05.202, the Maha Kumbabhishegam of the Asalathamman Temple ( Swayambu Amman) was held in a grand manner. The temple has a huge, magnificient and well-maintained temple tank, which serves as the main water source to recharge the wells of the surrounding  area.

Legend:  King Bommarajan who ruled this place once, got Sula disease( a form of fever) and he prayed to Perumal.   Perumal guided him to take bath in the temple tank and worship Lord Shiva here and he got cured.  Goddess Akhilandeswari  here has got a separate shrine, next only to Thiruvanaikaval.

Besides the main shrine, the other deities in the temple are  Maha Ganapathi, Murugan,  Brahma, Vishnu, Dakshinamurthy, Bairavar,  Visalakshi Sametha Kasi Viswanathar,  Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Annapurrani,  Iccha Shakthi, Kriya Shakthi, Gnana Shakthi, Chandikeswarar and Navagrahas.   Inside the Gopura vasal, you  can find Suryan and Chandran on either side. There is also a shrine for Agasthyar and Lopamudra.  One can also find the deities of Saiva Kuravargal and Santhana Kurarvargal in this temple.

Our group did white washing and painting last year around this time.  This year too, the hereditary trustees Shri Kalyana Raghavan and Shri Radhakrishnan have offered us all the help in executing  our uzhavarappani.  Our work will commence by 07.30 am on 17.06.2012.  All are requested to participate and seek the blessings of Lord Agastheeswarar.

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