I had a great opportunity to go to this maha-kshetram during my recent India trip. It was a great darshan I had. This is one of the temples I had been planning for a long time. Thanks to Smt Mahalakshmi Mami who helped me with the darshan. This kshetram is not new to the blog. We posted lots of articles during recent kumbabishekam for this temple. Please read this post for sthala Puranam and the greatness of this kshetram. It seems that Mahaperiyava had said that only who have done poorva janma punyam could get darshan from Lalithamba….
I was welcomed by Sivasri Vedavageesa Gurukkal when I reached the temple. In his mid-30s is very very passionate about serving for Lalithambal. He seems to be working earlier in Chennai and decided to go to village and do kainkaryam. The moment he came to this kshetram, he was completely absorbed in the grace of Lalitha and have decided not to leave this place. He is extremely committed to this temple and wants to dedicate his life for this temple. Also on top of that he has decided all his kids to be given to veda mata and to serve Lalitha – what a great thought!
He narrated two incidents during my conversation –
(1) One day a small girl suddenly came to him and asked, “aren’t you the mama who gives payasam as prasadam? What happened today? There is no payasam?”. Sri Gurukkal was taken aback and immediately ran to his house, asked his family to make prasadam immediately and started giving payasam as neiveidhyam on each Friday (I think) as he thinks that the small girl is none other than Lalitha.
(2) Recently one day he was preparing for amble’s abishekam and started applying oil etc on Her and realized that the water from outside has not arrived. Ambal ended up “waiting” for a long time for the water to get to the temple from somewhere outside for her snanam. Sri Gurukkal was very upset that ambal had to wait for her snanam and decided to put a bore-well to eliminate external dependency for water on a daily basis. Towards that initiative, he has already spent some money but he needs additional funds to complete this project. I urge you all to reach out to him (9444350759) to see how you can support this noble cause. With our contribution, we can be a small part of ensuring that ambal does not have to wait anymore for her snanam.
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He was kind enough to give me a walkthrough of the sthala puranam of this kshetram. I captured some audio, and some photos wherever allowed. Here are some for your viewing.
If you have not been to this kshetram, please visit. Once you see ambal, you will not feel like leaving this kshetram – she is absolutely majestic, graceful and so beautiful…..
Om Sri Matre Namaha
Goddess Durga here has an uniqueness where she will have a parrot on her left hand. That parrot is none other than Suka Brahma Maharishi. It is believed that one prays to Durga, Sukar carries that message to ambal inside and they will be taken care.
Unique pose of Lord Vishnu praying Parameswaran.
One view of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Parameswaran.
This sculpture is absolutely brilliantly made. Ambal when looked from the left will appear like smiling and seen from the right side will look angry. There is a story behind that too!!