Thursday, March 27, 2008

An appeal for Temple Renovation

An Appeal

It has been ordained by Lord Sri Ram to have a Sannidhi constructed for Him within the premises of Sri Varadaraja Swami temple at Miralur, Chidambaram Taluk, Cuddalore District.

Miralur is a small village on the banks of Vellar River, a branch of Kollidam River. It is 10 km from Chidambaram, a famous temple town of Sri Nataraja and Sri Govindaraja Swami, en route to Vriddhachalam. It is 6 km from Bhuvanagiri and is in between Bhuvanagiri and Cross Road, near Sethiathoppu. Sri Raghavendraswami was born at Bhuvanagiri and a temple is constructed there for him. Miralur is nearer to Valayamadevi and Srimushnam. Agriculture is the main occupation of the village people.

Miralur village is blessed with 4 temples, Sri Varadaraja Swami Temple, Sri Agastheeswara Swami temple, Sri Mariamman Koil and Sri Theniamman Koil on the outskirt of the village. Sri Varadaraja Swami temple is said to be more than 500 years old.

The presiding deity is Sri Varadharaja Swami and His consorts Sri Sri Devi and Sri Bhudevi. A separate sannidhi for Thayar Mahalakshmi and Sri Garudan are also there. Sri Srinivasa Perumal with His Proyoga Chakra removes the difficulties of the devotees and blesses them with Happiness, Peace and Prosperity. One must have darshan at the temple to enjoy the bliss and the beauty of the Deities, which is not possible to be described through words.

People in and around the village worshi Mariamman Koil in the months of Adi and Thai with prayers to protect them and their wards from epidemic ailments.

The temple is managed by a family of hereditary trustee. Samprokshanam for the temple was conducted last in September 1997 after a gap of 60 years, mainly due to the efforts of the present trustee, Shri K.Venkatesam Pillai who took over after the demise of his father, Sri S. Kuppuswami Pillai. Sri Venkatesam Pillai, who hails from this village, is a retired official from Annamalai University.

A request has been made with Sri Subbiah Sthapathi, Asthana Sthapathi of Sri Sankara Mutt, Kanchipuram to have the idols prepared according to Agama Shastras and he has assured to provide the Vigrahas before 20th May 2008.

It is proposed to have the Samprokshnam during the last week of May 2008 or first week of June 2008. The exact date of Samprokshanam would be communicated after finalising with the Vedic Scholars.

Devotees are requested to participate in the Samprokshnam and receive the Blessings of Sri Ram.

Ambition (Long Range Plan):

i. Collect donations from the willing donors for Samprokshanam and utilise the amount judiciously
ii. Invest the surplus funds after the Samprokshnam in some mutual funds/fixed deposits
iii. Ensure daily pooja and celebration of yearly festivals without any omission including Sranavanam, Janma Natchathiram of Sri Ramar Punarvasu etc. At present Thirumanjanam is performed every Sravanam every month.
iv.Encourage the children/students to learn rabhandam/Thevaram/Thiruvasagam etc.
v. Educate the people about the health awareness especially the ill effects of drinking habits and arrange for the treatment of alcholic addicts.
vi. Involve all the people in the village to work together for common cause and take care of the destitute.

Contact Address:
Plot 82 Third Street
Ashtalakshmi Nagar
Chennai 600087
Tel: 044 24765367
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