Posted by: raju0704 | April 10, 2010

Visit to Sundara Mahalakshmi Temple at Arasar koil

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':
http://www.agasthiar.org/NKN-2006/08-04.htm

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.

Contact:

Kannan Bhattacharyar: 96985 10956
Pichaimuthu Mudhaliar: 93817 44615

Arasar Koil Sundara Mahalakshmi (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Second Trip

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:

Road side (by Raju's Temple Visits)
Outer entrance (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8455 (by Raju's Temple Visits) Main entrance - from inside the temple (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Andal shrine, Perumal shrine and Mahalakshmi shrine (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Shrine of Sundara Mahalakshmi

IMG_8462 (by Raju's Temple Visits)
Back side of the Mahalakshmi shrine (by Raju's Temple Visits) Mahalakshmi shrine 2 (by Raju's Temple Visits) Mahalakshmi shrine 1 (by Raju's Temple Visits) Mahalakshmi shrine (by Raju's Temple Visits) Vinayagar at the entrance of the Mahalakshmi shrine (by Raju's Temple Visits) Entrance to the Mahalakshmi shrine (by Raju's Temple Visits) Onthe walls of the Mahalakshmi shrine 1 (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8501 (by Raju's Temple Visits) IMG_8465 (by Raju's Temple Visits) Musical Pillars (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Perumal sanctum

Entrance to the Perumal sanctum (by Raju's Temple Visits) Main mandapam (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Front mandapam of the Perumal shrine with the shrine of Sundara Mahalakshmi at the background

Main mandapam 1 (by Raju's Temple Visits)

On the walls of the Perumal sanctum (by Raju's Temple Visits) On the walls of the Perumal sanctum 1 (by Raju's Temple Visits) From inside the Perumal sanctum (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Left side praharam 1 (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Left side praharam (by Raju's Temple Visits)

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.

Backside of the temple and the dismantled Perumal sanctum (by Raju's Temple Visits) Dismantled Perumal sanctum (back side) (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Empty Perumal sanctum (by Raju's Temple Visits) Dismanted Perumal sanctum (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Andal shrine (by Raju's Temple Visits)

Palar river behind the temple (by Raju's Temple Visits) Palar river (by Raju's Temple Visits)

The travelogue continues in the next post


Responses

  1. I visited this temple and it is in very pathetic condition.I think that kannan priest is not worth to be a priest there.He is giving loose talk to all devotees and i think because of him only,there is no good support from any devotees.such a great temple is in such a poor condition.The priest dont even take care to even clean the temple so that we can see the vinayagar idol.He is having infiriority complex and because of that he keeps blabbering about his personal life asks silly questions about subjects as if he is a quiz master.Not reciting any manthras properly.Iam totally not satisfied.I think if they change him and do proper pooja,automatically divine grace will flow there.moreover the school children play songs and fully chatting in that temple.because of this i’m terribly disturbed.In big big temples also they used to request us for help and get it done.But here he acts so stylish and he dont care about this temple at all.I visited this temple in december 2012.I wanted to help.first thing i wanted to clean the bushes and remove stones ,so that atleast the temple will look clean.It may take around 2000 rs.But lakshmi will live only in clean environment.I request the trut to please put some office there and make arrangement in such a way that,the temple shoud be constructed fast.also indulge some workers to maintain the temple.If they cannot do that,let them give to some private trust.They will take care.first change that kannan immediately as he is not a normal person.Atleast with govt money try to put some floers for lakshmi stone idol.He dont even care to take me to akshaya vinayagar or that lakshmi statue.I myself went and prayed as the priest was not so particular to show.very bad experience with him.

    • Dear Rajkumar,

      Please try to visit the temple now. Last month some cleaning works completed.
      Thanks
      Bala

    • The temple is in the same situation.

  2. we have approached the hrce for permission to form a committee and restart the renovation will ensure goddess and temple is restored a devote

  3. Anybody transferred funds for restoration of the temple? How to go about it?

  4. my wife visited this temple on 31st august 2012, and when she discribed about the temple i was immensly curious to know about this temple history and this article came handy and is wonderfull. congratulation on the work done.

  5. Raju sir, really u r great. Yesterday only i visited the temple with high cold and fever. In spite of that am very happy. But punarudanam is going on. I want to see my kamala MahaLakshmi and Varadarajara perumal with highly rich in look.

  6. Great So happy to know about this sthalam.
    Thank you so much sir.

  7. pls provide details of banck account for money transfer

  8. You are doing a job of excelling beyond excellence. Please continue to render your these sort of holy services. Also I wish to state that I expect your visit and information about the Parihara Sthalas in Andhra Pradesh & / or Tamil Nadu about Sri Narasimha Swamy. Further I also desire to say please publish your web information in printed book form so that every one can treasure it and read it as & when required.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing the details. I am new to south india but my love for temples and the utmost respect for the vedic tradition here owe me my life. Thanks for creating the blog this will really help me a lot.

  10. dear sir, i would like to help in the reconstruction of the great temple- can you pls put us in touch with the correct temple administrators- pls give us the name and email address – is it kannan bhattacharya- ?? – which is the official body entrusted to do the renovation work? pls guide- regards- hiro bachani and family

  11. Raju,
    It is true service for humanity’s spiritual salvation. I am tears hearing Sri Perumal is thrown in a shack.

    May the time is right now, we may build this back up. May the Mother permit us to do this.

    Thank you for kindness.

    mathi

  12. Very Beautiful Temple and very powerful goddess

    we visited the temple and we found it was a relaxing day.

  13. your are doing an excellent job. this is really useful. can you ask you that bhattachari to come
    on email so that we can help him for rennovation

    thanks

    vijaykumar

  14. IT IS TRUE.i feel her presence

  15. Excellent Detailed report, You are doing a gr8 service to people with spiritual interests.

  16. Very interesting. Thanks for the details.


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