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Sunday, June 19, 2005

With love from New york...

He is the lord of healing all troubles. An intriguing combination of human and pachyderm forms
Vinayaga alias Pulliyar alias Ganesha.

Right from every door step to hill tops , he adornes every hindu household and temple alike. Known by various names depending on his core competencies
- Varasidhi, Vidya Ganapathi, Valampuri, Selvaganapathy.

Based on his geographic location
Pulliarpatti, to Malaikottai in Trichy and he is not a South Indian phenomenon alone.

Ganapathiphule, in West India attracts more tourists for the god with the little tummy than for its virgin beaches.

But what I got to see at ArupadaiVeedu, Chennai was something I had never expected.
New york - Manhattan Varasiddi Pullayar.

History has it, that the temple construction was stalled for want of funds. (Indians in India had too many temples to donate to ) Thats when a summer visitor from New york stepped in with $ donations , and the rest as they say is history.

So New york Manhattan Varasiddi Pullayar, sits surrounded by his family

Subramanya in Tiruchendur( a sea shore temple in Tamil Nadu)
Parents Shiva and Parvathi in Kailasam, Himalayas
Uncle and Aunt Narayana, Lakshmi in Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh.

If Santa wanted to see divine globalisation, he should visit Aru padai Veedu near Ashtalakhmi Temple, Besant Nagar ,Chennai 90 (facing the Bay of Bengal).

If you visit chennai, please do make a trip to this temple.

9 comments:

Kaps said...

Wud visit the place during my next trip.
Thanx 4 the pointer. How old is this temple?

Vijay Krishna said...

Good one there. Very funny.

Anu said...

This temple is about 4-5 years old, nuthin historic abt it .. but no jarring red blue paints , it is made out of plain black stone "karrungal" with intricate sculptures

Jupe said...

You really should write that series of articles for the Indian express about Chennai.. You come up with the most amazing trivia abt the city...will drop in at this temple next time pucca...

Harry Potter said...

AUM EKADANTAYA VIDMAHE VAKRATUNDAYA DHEEMAHI,
TANNO TANTHI PRACHODAYAT.

chant this mantra when in doubt ..
May the force be with u ..

And BTW ... have u been to pillayarpatti yet...

very close to trichy u know ..

Harry Potter said...

not to forget ganpathi baaba maurya ...
our good old siddhi vinayak at prabhadevi mumbai ...

legend has it that he was my next door neighbour .. i could see his Highness from my kitchen ...

Nothing better that chilling out after office hours in his presence ...

Yo.. Is the lord facing the sea at besant nagar .. pls check ..

Harry Potter said...

yo

the arupadai vidu temple is located at kalakshetra colony ... closest to the beach ... one of the few places where the tsunami left unscathed ..

lord muruga is the principal deity in this place ..

guess am rite this time ...

Anu said...

Yepp , Puttar

The lil guy does face the sea .. and yepp it is a temple for his bro.

Sometime when u get to visit hep places like b.nagr , when not in paris and chetpet !! say hi to this vinayaga !!

Will remind u of good ol days !

rvp said...

an agnostic may recall the old saying "sun who temple salt flour needle gone"!!
(pillaiyar koil uppuma oosippochchu)