440. Our visit to Chennai – VII

After finishing breakfast at Kancheepuram, we went by walk to Chithra Gupta temple.  It is one of the rare temples of the Hindu deity Chithra Gupta, considered to the assistant of Yama, the Hindu god of death.  Chithra Gupta is believed to have emerged from a painting and set as the accountant of good and bad deeds of human beings by  Lord Shiva. As per Hindu legend,  Shiva the Hindu god of destruction was discussing with his wife  Parvathi about maintaining Charma amidst all human beings in earth and maintaining good account of their deeds. He felt that he wanted to have someone to have a close watch on the people to prevent them from indulging in crime and involving themselves in good deeds. Shiva drew a picture in a gold plate – Parvathi was impressed and wanted Shiva to detail it. The picture turned into a deity by the divine grace of Shiva and Parvathi. Shiva entrusted the duty of maintaining the account of deeds of all human beings in earth. He came to be known as Chitraguptha as he was derived from a Chitra (piture) and Gupta (accountant).

Then, we caught an auto and went to Pavazha Vanna Perumal temple. It is one of the 108 divyadesams or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. Out of the 108 Divya Desam, It lies in the 54th place. Here Vishnu is worshipped as Sri Pavazha Vannar Perumal with his consort Pavazhavalli Thayar.  During a chat between Lord Vishnu ((Thirumal) and his consort Thirumagal (Lakshmi) in Vaikundam, She requested to the Lord that he might turn his dark complexion (karvarnam) to golden by getting the grace of Lord Siva who was executing the threefold job of creation, preservation and Destruction. The Lord agreed and left to the Kanchi shrine and created holy water in front of Veerattakasam using his chakra weapon. He took bath in Chakra Theertham every day and worshipped Veerattakasar with 14,000 lotus flowers. Lord Shiva, who was delighted, appeared with Uma Devi and granted his wish to change his complexion from dark color to golden color. Hence in this temple Lord Vishnu appears in golden(coral) colour.

From there, we came by walk to Pachai Vanna Perumal  temple. Lord Maha Vishnu graces in the temple in shining emarald green in a standing form and His consort is Maragathavalli Thayar.

As we had to catch a direct bus from Kancheepuram to Medavakkam, Chennai, we finished our temple visits at Kancheepuram. Next day, we visited Anjaneyar temple and our beloved Raghavendraswamy temple in Nanganallur.  The very next day we attended another function in Chennai and caught train for Coimbatore that day night.

This trip was really pleasant and exciting as could visit many temples.


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