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Monday, April 8, 2013

Acharapakkam Aatcheeswarar Temple

"முப்புரம் எரிசெய்த அச்சிவன் உறை ரதம் 
அச்சது பொடி  செய்த அதிதீரா"

என்று அருணகிரிநாதரால் போற்றி வணங்கப்பட்ட முழுமுதற்கடவுளாம் விநாயகப்பெருமான் வீற்றிருக்கும் தலம்.   அச்சரபாக்கம் /அச்சிறுபாக்கம் என்று அழைக்கப்படும் இந்த கிராமம் சென்னையில் இருந்து சுமார் 100 கி.மீ தொலைவில் உள்ளது.  சென்னை - திண்டிவனம் நெடுஞ்சாலையில் மேல்மருவத்தூரில் இருந்து சுமார் 5 கி. மீ.

For the last four years we have been getting regular invites every year from Acharapakkam to help them in cleaning up the temple for their Chithirai Festival. We take up the assignment with fervent  devotion as this gives us an opportunity to visit and pray at the shrine of அச்சு முறி விநாயகர்.  Our previous blog posts linked herein details A SHORT INFO about the temple and also details of our last visit and work.

This year too,  Shri Parthiban of SBI took care of all the arrangements for our stay and food.  More than thirty of us reached on the night of March 23rd itself, so as to commence our cleaning work in the morning.  An equal number joined us on 24th March.

Bush-cutter being used
Like the previous years, we mainly did the clearing of bushes in the outer praharam that had almost turned into a wild growth.  Shri Natarajan of Thiruvallur had brought in his bush-cutter equipment which made our job a bit easier.  The usual cleaning of inner praharams  and the temple pooja vessels was also done.

Women volunteers cleaning the brass pooja articles

Cleaned Kudams, sombu and lamps

A cleaning touch to the Kodimaram base
Frequent power cut being a regular problem in most of these villages beyond Chennai, we had to properly plan the work of cleaning the inner praharams using our pressure pumps.  By 2.00 pm the work had reached a finishing stage.  After having a Pooja & Darshan inside the temple, we had our lunch and wound up the proceedings.  

In the meantime, we had collected another Rs.17,500/- for Chitrambakkam temple renovation work.  The members of the renovation committee called on us at Acharapakkam temple and the amount was handed over to them.

More photos available at: Acharapakkam-March 2013

Our next Uzhavarappani is on 21.04.2013, Sunday at Kashi Viswanathar Temple, Nazarethpettai, Poonamalle, Chennai.

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