Saturday, October 20, 2012
Siruvapuri Murugan Temple - Red Hills, Chennai
Siruvapuri is located about 40 kms from Chennai on Chennai Tirupati highway. The temple is located about 3 km off the highway. One will be astonished to see the way leading to the temple town from the main road has lush green fields and banana plantations on either side. Yes! this place is very near to the concrete jungle of Chennai but untouched (till date to an extent). History of the temple has that Lava and Kusa, the sons of Rama lived in this place. Once when Rama was passing this place, they have fought a war with Rama himself without knowing that he was their father. As the young children waged a war here, the place was called as Siruvar Por Puri. (Siruvar means children, Por Puri means waging a war, in Thamizh). This place is now called as Chinnambedu, which originally was Siruvar Ambu Edu (children who took their arrows for the fight). This temple has close links to Kusalapuresshwara Temple, Koyambedu Some hundreds of years back there lived a lady called Murugammai in this village. She had been a very ardent devotee of Lord Muruga here. She always used to chant His name and praying Him, for years. Her husband who didn't like her worshipping all the time was warning her to stop it. But she never listened to him and her husband one day cut her arms off out of anger. Even then, Murugammai cried for help only with Lord Muruga. The Lord who was pleased with her bhakti, made her hands join even without the signs of any wound. Lord Muruga here is called Śrī Balasubramanyar and is said to be powerful, granting the wishes of devotees. This beautiful temple also has Śrī Annamalaiyar (Lord Shiva) and Śrī Unnamulai Amman. The utsava moorthy of Lord Muruga is seen as Valli Manalar in a wedding posture with Śrī Valli. Lord Muruga here is believed to grant wishes for those intend to buy or construct a house. Many people who wish to buy a house visit Lord Muruga here for blessings to fulfill their wish. A unique feature of this temple is the Maragatha Mayil (Peacock) the carrier of Lord Muruga made of green stone.
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