Tamilnadu, South India as everyone knows, is famous for hospitality, arts, culture, worship, ancientness, and conservation. Kanchipuram is the oldest beautiful city some kilometers away from the capital Chennai. It was the center of learning “GURUKULAM” to most of the Kings’ families. This holy pilgrimage site is visited by the tourists from across the globe. Every corner stands with at least one gopuram (Tower). The city was called as “the city of 1000 temples”. But, the number was reduced to 150 after the Muslim invaders. However, the city still reflects the pride of our country by keeping the temples as immortal monuments. In this article, I share some of the magnificent, powerful religious hubs and pray the almighty to be blessed all with health and wealth.
Sri Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple
This is a famous temple in Kanchipuram. Kanchi Kamakshi Amman is the main deity who sits in the padmasana posture here. The goddess carries sugarcane bow in the left upper arm, parrot, and lotus in the right arm. Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple encompasses a Kalabhairavar deity on the left and the goddess Mahishashura Mardini on the right. Moving from the entrance, next to Lord Vinayaka, the deity Kamakshi is visible. In the temple, there is a Sri Kamakoti Peetam ( Srichakra yantra) which was established by Sri Adisankaracharya in front of the deity. The goddess showered her blessings and made to speak the dumb who was called in the name of Mookan. He wrote over 500 poems praising the goddess, and the poems were called Mooka Panchashasti. In the month of Maasi (February-March) the annual festival is celebrated in the temple. “Sanbagam” is the Sthala vruksham.
Ulagalandha Perumal Temple
The temple is located about 200 meters from Kanchi Kamakshi Temple. The four divya desams such as Thiru Neeragam, Thirukkaragam, Thiru Karavanam and Thiru Ooragam are enshrined in the temple. Amudhavalli is the Thaayar of the temple and the festival deity of the temple is Loganathan. The lord Ulagalantha Perumal is over 35 feet in height, 24 feet width and his left leg at a right angle to the body and parallel to the ground. He lifted his left leg up to the skyline. He is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There is a side room in the Garbagriha where Adisesha blesses the devotees with his darshan. This is the famous ritual centre for Raghu & Ketu Dosham. Brahmotsavam, Navaratri and Vamana Jayanthi Festivals celebrated in the temple grandly.
Besides Lord Shiva and Vishnu shrines, Kanchipuram has a dedicated Lord Chitragupta temple. In mythology, Chitragupta is considered as the chief accountant and he is minister to the god of demise (Lord Yama). Chitragupta carries the entire good and bad deeds of every person, that help them to send to either heaven or hell. Lord Chitragupta is said to be the Athi Devathai for Kethu, who is a planet in the Navagrahas. Most of the devotees visit this temple throughout the year to attain health and prosperity.
Full moon day pooja is popular here. Chitra Pournami is celebrated in a grand manner here annually. The temple is still maintained by Karuneegar Community. The main deity Chitragupta is in sitting posture and keeping a pen in the right hand. In left-hand palm leaf is held. In 1918 the last kumbhabhishekam was performed. In 1944 some repair works had been carried out. Vinayagar, Durga, and Navagrahas are other deities in the temple.
Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Sankara Mutt
Shri Adhi Shankara installed totally six mutts out of which Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam is one among them. The Wax idol of Sri Chandrasekarendhra Swamigal (Periyava) and the Brindhavanam are the important attractions apart from the current two Sankaracharyas. Daily at noontime, the Chandramouleeswara pooja was performed by the Sankaracharya. There is no any specific time to get the darshan of Sankaracharyas. As the other two are boarding at the mutt, the devotees can visit them at any time to get blessings.
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