Sundara Mahalakshmi Temple at Arasar koil
…..Continuation of the previous post – “Visit to little known temples near Chenglepat”
From Gidangarai, we then took the same road again through Salavakkam which took us to the Puthagathurai-Uthiramerur road, turned left (east) towards the Puthagathurai juntion at Chenni-Trichy NH, reached Puthagathurai, turned right (south) and travelled through NH to the Padalam junction. Here we turned left (east), reached a railway gate near Padalam station, travelled further for 3-4 kms to reach Arasar koil.
The google map location is here:
By then it was already around 8 PM and so could not take pictures. The temple is located just at the bank of the Palar river.The complete and elaborate information on the temple is available here from ‘Agasthiar Vijayam’:
A very short summary:
- Mother Sundara Maha Lakshmi is the Mother of all wealth and treasures. This form of the Mother is Aadhi Moola Lakshmi – the root form of all 64 Lakshmi avatars (each one governing one of the 64 forms of wealth, well being and prosperity). A true prosperity is not just the bank balance but the blessings with all the 64 aishwaryas
- This is a Kubera Sampath Shakti Temple and Mother Sundara MahaLakshmi brims with billions of Kubera Shaktis, Aishwarya Shaktis, Sukra shaktis, treasure shaktis and prosperity shaktis.
- Mother Sundara Mahalakshmi sports six toes in Her right leg. Six is Sukra’s number and Mother Lakshmi is Sukra’s Divine Controller, i.e., She controls Shukra’s power to bestow prosperity.
- Shukra worships at this shrine every Friday without fail. What form he might assume is beyond human comprehension, but he is one of the visitors to this shrine every Friday.
- This is a perfect shrine for propitiating the navagrahas. Each of the nine Navagraha lords and their consorts worshipped Mother Sundara Mahalakshmi at this shrine in nine different Lakshmi forms.
- Make it a point to worship Mother Sundara Mahalakshmi at this temple on Varalakshmi Vrata days and Fridays, particularly those Fridays that occur in the months of Aadi (July 15 – August 15) and Thai (January 15 – February 15) and especially during Sukra hora.
We were just mesmerised by the beauty of the Sundara Mahalakshmi with the ‘chubby cheeks’ like a baby. Especially, sitting in the Padmasana Lotus posture with both hands in abhaya hastham, the real meaning of ‘Sundaram – the beauty’ has been understood. She was matched by a beautiful and sincere alankaram as well. I thought it was a special day but the Bhattar told us it was just a normal day alankaram only.
The Perumal shrine had been demolished totally to bring up a new one. I was in tears to see Sri Kamala Varadharaja Perumal lying under the heap of paddy grains in a room. I wish and pray He goes back to His proper place at the very earliest.
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I made my next visit to Arasar koil along with REACH foundation Chandrasekar on a day which incidentally happened to be my birthday (I got his appointment only on that day). First, we visited Arasar koil and I took the photos since I visited here last time during night and could not take photos. Here are the photos:
Shrine of Sundara Mahalakshmi
Front mandapam of the Perumal shrine with the shrine of Sundara Mahalakshmi at the background
This is the place where original sanctum of Perumal stood. The ancient stone construction has been ruthlessly dismantled to construct the ultra modern sanctum but is lying half-baked at this stage for a long time now.