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PostSubject: Visit to Chinna Kavanam and Perumpedu, India   Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:28 pm

1. Visit to Sri Nootreteeswarar temple at Chinna Kavanam
Location:
Chinnakavanam is located to the east of Ponneri touching the Ponneri town en route Pulicat. When you take the Kolkatta highways, you will come across the Karanodai bridge and immediately after, the Tollgate. Go beyond that in the same direction till Thachur Cross road and turn right (east) towards Ponneri. After crossing the Ponneri town continue towards Pulicat and you will encounter the Rail under-bridge first and then a road bridge over the Brahma Aranya river. Immediately after the bridge the Chinna Kavanam village starts.
Distance details:
Padi junction (Chennai) to Thachur Cross road in Kolkatta Highways – 21 kms
Thachur Cross road to Ponneri – 9 kms
Ponneri to Chinnakavanam – 3 kms

Highlights:

  • Several thousand years old temple

  • The 108 sand Shiva lingams created by Sage Agasthiar got merged into a Swayambu Ankola Ganapathy

  • The seeds of a 2500 years old Eranzhil tree are getting attracted to the tree itself.

  • This is the birth place of Ramalinga Adigalar’s mother


The Temple:
The temple is in a calm corner of a busy village with the Gurukkal’s house just next to the temple. As we enter the temple, we can see a big 2500 years old Eranzhil tree (called Ankola in Sanskrit)The tree has a special significance that its seeds are getting attracted to the tree itself like a magnet. When the fruits of the tree fall on the round, after the fruit essence is eaten by ants and other insects, the seeds get attached to the main tree itself during lightning and thunder. What is more surprising is the fact that the seeds get attached even to the cement platform base of the tree. What a nature’s wonder! This signifies that the final destination of the human beings is the lotus feet of the lord. The season for the fruits/seeds is during the tamil month Chithirai and Vaikasi but you can see the seeds sticking to the tree and the base of the platform during any time. It seems the seeds also have the medicinal power for leprosy.
It is stated that there is a tree called Eru Azhinjil. Its fruit ripens, falls on the ground and breaks open. Then the seeds from the fruit, attracted as it were by a sort of force of gravity, move and attach themselves to the parent tree. Thereafter it is said that these seeds form part of the latter and disappear from sight. We, who have become separated from Bhagwan (God) should similarly gravitate towards Him; and ultimately become one with Him.”



Legend:

The place was called Chathurvethapuram and the main deity is called Chathurvedeeswarar with Goddess Sivagami Ammai. On his way to Kasi, Agasthiar came here to worship Chathurvedeeswarar when he got the divine message that worshipping a Shivalingam under the Eranzhil tree here for 108 days will be equivalent to going to Kasi. So he created a lingam everyday with the sand of the nearby Brahma Aranya river and worshipped them for 108 days. But on the final day, all the 108 lingams merged themselves into a single Vinayahar for the simple reason that he did not start the worship with a Vinayahar on day one. Then Lord Shiva gave dharshan to Agasthiar in the form of Vinayahar.

Worship benefits:


  • The Ankola Ganapathy grants the wishes for his devotees. After the wish is fulfilled, it is a custom here to offer Vadai malai to Him. Normally Vadai malai will be offered only to Anjaneyar and possibly this is the only place where Vadai malai is being offered to Vinayahar.

  • People, who want to get married, worship the Goddess on a full moon day with a rose garland for continuous 3 full moon days to get their wishes sanctioned.

  • Contact:
    H.Ganesh Gurukkal,
    24a, Sivan koil st.,
    Chinna Kavanam,
    Ponneri.
    PIN: 601204
    Ph: 27973061 / 9843708593



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PostSubject: Re: Visit to Chinna Kavanam and Perumpedu, India   Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:33 pm

Wow.. Informative..

FYI: Ponneri is a town, north of Chennai in Thiruvallur district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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