Here are some temples that are undergoing renovation and need the attention of the devotees… It is not a matter of how much we give but it’s a matter of our participation, even if it is a Rs 100.
Haripad, Kerala, as you are aware of, is the sacrosanct abode of Sri Subramanya, whose celebrated idol here, was consecrated by Sri Hari himself.
Acknowledging this fortuitous Jeevanakalasabhishekam, Srimat Swami Nirmalananda Maharaj established the Haripad Sri Ramakrishna Math in 1913, the first Sri Ramakrishna Math in the whole of Kerala. This ashrama has hosted the much Revered Srimat Swami Brahmananda Maharaj (Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna’s spiritual son) adding sanctity to this place.
It’s been 100 years ……..and time has taken its’ toll. The Ashram building is in a highly dilapidated condition, unfit for use.
By Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna’s graceful sankalpa, a spanking new Ashram enclosure has been proposed at this very place. We have envisaged a grand temple, dining hall, quarters for serving and visiting monks, an office room, and rooms for service activities. The estimated expenditure for this divine construction is Rs 5,00,00,000.00 (Rs.5 Crores). We have come up with a novel proposal of collecting Rs 500.00 each from 1,00,000 (1 lakh) devotees, towards meeting the outlay, providing these devotees an invaluable stake in posterity.
We earnestly request devotees to wholeheartedly support us in this sacred mission aiding us in the early completion of this project. We also request you dear devotee to spread the word – recommend your friends and kin and help them partake of this divine bliss!
By Bhagavan and Holy Mother’s grace let us all realize that our hearts are always filled with divine bliss flowing from the Holy feet of Sri Hari our beloved Sri Ramakrishna.
Donations can be made through the following means:
1. By Bank Transfer:
Account Name : Sri Ramakrishna Math, Haripad,
Account Number : 30642551603
Account type : Savings
Name of the bank : State Bank of India.
Branch : Haripad
RTGS/NEFT/IFSC code : SBIN0010596
(Please note if you make a money transfer please email your name, postal address, pan number, phone number, date of transfer, transaction ID to firstname.lastname@example.org this is for accounting purposes)
2. By Account Payee Cheque / Demand draft / Money order:
Donations can also be sent by way of account payee Cheque / Demand Draft issued in favour of “Ramakrishna Math, Haripad”; for money order please mention your name, full address and phone number and send the same amount to:
Sri Ramakrishna Math,
South Nada, Opp: Asoka Petrol Pump,
Haripad – 690514,
District: Alleppey, Kerala,
Contact No: 09745325834
Arulmigu Sri Amudhambigai udanaaya Sri Somanatheswarar temple, Kulathur
Temple location: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=12.812889&lon=80.162843&z=18&m=b
Landmark: Near Mambakkam junction in the Kelambakkam=Vandalur route.
Legend of Chandra and Lord Somanatheswarar:
King Daksha’s 27 daughters – from Ashwini to Revathi were given to Chandran (Moon God) in marriage. Though Chandran married all 27, he was closer and partial only to 2 of his wives – Krithigai and Rohini. Hence his other wives became sad and argued with their father, King Daksha to solve this problem. Daksha became angry and cursed Chandra to lose all his light. Chandran then surrendered to Lord Shiva and worshipped Him. He created a pushkarani called the Chandra pushkarani and did abhisekam from that water. Finally Lord Shiva was pleased and granted him boon that, his light will increase day by day and again diminish in the same order. This cycle will happen every month. Since Lord Shiva blessed Soma (Chandra), the Lord got the name Somanatheswarar.
Legend of Amudhambigai:
When Lord Shiva swallowed the halahala poison, Devi Parvathi stopped it from entering inside by holding lord’s neck and converted it into nectar (Amudhu). Hence She got the name, Amudhambigai.
Rediscovery of temple and its present condition:
This ancient temple did not survive time like many other temples in India. In 1917, this temple came back to life when Raju Chettiar (when he was a 11 years old) was playing nearby and was removing thorns adored bushes and plants, found the lingam. He also found ambal idol. For several days he prayed and did basic puja to it. Once while desilting the temple well to perform abhisekam to the Lord, many other idols were found inside. They were idols of: Lord Maha Shastha, Chandikesar, Murugan-Valli-Deivanai, Vinayagar and Durga. With the help of devotees and villagers, a Shivachariyar was appointed to do daily puja to the lord as per agama shastra. The temple had big outer walls whose foundation only can be seen now is a pity of temple’s current state. There is a stand-alone stone inscription near the well which proves that this temple is ancient.
The complete photo set is here:
Raju chettiar’s Son Jeyavel Chettiar who is struggling to complete the reconstruction of temple is not having sufficient funds to continue the work. He is also sponsoring the daily puja from his own pockets. This temple requires funds for performing daily puja and to complete the reconstruction. Interested donors can contact:
Phone: 044-24936910/ 9841081482 (Chennai)
Added by me (Raju) as I thought it to be deserving:
Anatha Pretha Kainkarya Trust, started in 2001 is a charitable organization involved in performing honourable last rites to orphaned dead. The name, suggested by His Holiness Sankaracharya of Kanchipuram, means service to orphaned dead.
Added by me (Raju) as I thought it to be deserving:
TAPAS TRUST, SRI CHATHURVEDHA GANAPATHI VIDHYASHRAM
We are happy to share that a new Vedha patasala is coming up in Athur village – situated in the banks of river Palar, enroute Chengelput and Kanchipuram, under the care of Tapas trust – www.tapastrust.hpage.in. This has been conceptualised with blessings of acharya swamigal of both Kanchi as well as Sringeri. A two storey building has been dedicated with a capacity to accommodate upto 30 young boys. Also, there is already a functioning Goshala with 3 pairs of cows and a male calf inside the Patashala campus.
As Kanchi maha periyavaa has said there are two parts to Veda rakshanam -
(1) practice by self and
(2) supporting the vedha patasalas (oral tradition of learning in Guru sishya mode) and supporting the Vedha Vidhwans.
We would like to invite all asthikas with interest in Vedha Rakshanam to join us in our efforts and any contribution in cash and / kind are most welcome.
TAPAS TRUST(HDFC Bank Gopalapuram, Chennai 86).
SB A/c No. 06751450000127 IFSC Code : HDFC0000675.
The Trust maintains proper Books of Account and is subject to annual audit under the Trusts Act 1882 and under the Indian Income Tax Act,1961.
R Kamakoti, Chennai 9884402624 / S.Lakshminarayanan, Mumbai 9967894104
Patashala Address :
No. 28, “Sri Mahadhevam”, Krishna Gardens Layout, Aathur Village, Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram Dist. 603101
Regd Office :
86/131, I Floor, Lloyds Road, Royapettah, Chennai 600014
A Shiva temple at Mangudi needs attention:
I am privileged to have been an adiyar of Sri.Venkatraman (Sri Vathiar) of agasthiar ashram and have been associated since 1995, till his samadhi on 29th Jan 2008. with his blessings last early this week 14th and 15th visited some star temples near Tanjavur as advised by him long back and wanted to share the same with you. specially the temples which are under renovation and require larger patronage.
Sri Varadaraja Temple (kettai) and Pasupati Koil sivan temple. Contact Battar Shri Vijayan – 09790342581. Very Old temple.
Adi-Vaidyanatha Shiva Temple at Kalyana puram – Veera singham pettai (Kalyanapuram 2nd sethi Panchayat)- vasthram for all 276 lingams and performed small annadhanam of puliyodara. This temple is a very rare place (16 leaf vilvam) near ayyampettai, and kumbaishekam completed recently. very special place to see all the lingams at one place. (contact person, Sri.Senthil 09787874248 – local village head).
Thugili – Kodi Vedapureeswarar temple/ Ambal Vedavalli – the temple team was very happy about and mentioned about how with in 6 months they completed the kumbaishekam. Must for every woman a visit to this temple is in order.
Thirunindriur – anusham star temple Sri Lakshmipureeshwarar very old shiva temple. gurukal was so nice elderlyperson -contact 04634-320520.
Next day 15th Aug Wednesday – visited;
Thanjavur Peruvadaiyar koil in the morning, and spent good time.
Odayar koil – darshan and vasthram to Swami. Very rare temple with “Anuradha kramana Sarawathy” the deity for any one studying or working in computer field. This temple is under construction, they have collected adress and sought help for donors – contact Shri Dorai rajan – 09442346930.
next was mahimalai – and was so depressed to see the status of the temple. Left vasthram for swami and fruits. This temple needs real attention.
then we left for Kumbakonam – and on the way stopped at Pateeswarm by accident and blessed to visit the temple.
After lunch at Kumbakonam – reached Korukkai around 2.30 PM, with blessings we started the Chandan grinding along with my son and 2/3 local kids for pradhosham pooja. But, they have done balalayam only that morning and work has began for renovating this temple. This is a very rare siva temple, Sri. Brahma gana pureeshwarar temple. Brabhma visits this temple for every shani pradhosham. Temple needs donors. PFA booklet and some photo from my Black berry for your perusal.
An old Shiva temple near Peranamallur / Vandavasi is undergoing renovation and needs attention from devotees:
The renovation of the ancient Adipuriswarar Temple is mow going on and it is said to be Pariharasthalam for Rahu/Kethu Doshams . Shathanayagi Trust is doing the renovation. Temple is near Main Road – Pallikaranai Bus Stop – Everybody knows Sivan temple – in that area. No 249,Velachery Main Road, Narayanapuram , Pallikaranai , Chennai.
Contacts: 988423555, 98846397999
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The 2000 years old Kadir Narasinga Perumal Temple, situated at Devarmalai, 35 KM from Karur, Tamilnadu: