Last week, we attended two functions in Chennai, one on 16th of July 2018 and another on 22nd of July 2018. We made a plan to visit some temples in between. After attending the first function, we went to Tirupathi. There we had very good darshan of Venkatachalapathi and Padmavathi Thayar.
On 17th evening, from Tirupathi, we came to Kancheepuram. Every time, when we go to chennai, we will make one day visit to Kancheepuram. There, we used to visit Valakarutha Easwan temple, Ulagalandha Perumal temple and sri Kamakshi amman temple. On 18th morning, we went by walk to Ulagalandha Perumal temple. Since it was early morning, there was no crowd. From there we walked to Sri Kamakshi Amman temple. Every time when we reach Sri Kamakshi amman temple, there will be heavy rush and we could stand before the Goddess for few seconds only. This time, being early morning, we could spend about 15 to 20 minutes before the Amman.
Then, again by walk, we came to Chathubhuja Anjaneya temple. From there, we went to our favourite temple ie., Valakarutha Easan temple. There, we could see Abhishekam. Since it was a Monday, there was heavy rush in the temple. We lit 16 Agal vilakku and made 16 Pradikshana Namaskara.
From there, we went to Ekambaranathar temple. This is dedicated to Lord Shiva and in Pancha bhootha Sthalas, this is Prithvi Sthala. His consort is known as Gowridevi Amman. The temple’s inner walls are decorated with an array of 1,008 Siva lingams. The sthala-virutcham is a 3,500 year old mango tree whose branches are said to yield four different types of mangoes. Legend has it that once Parvati was doing tapas under the temple’s ancient Mango Tree. In order to test her devotion Lord Shiva sent fire on her. Goddess Parvati prayed to her brother, Lord Vishnu, for help. In order to save her, he took the Moon from Lord Shiva’s head and showed the rays which then cooled down the tree as well as Parvati. After that, Lord Shiva again sent the river Ganga to disrupt Parvati’s tapas. Parvati devi prayed to Ganga and convinced her that both of them were sisters and so should not harm her. And so Ganga did not disturb her penance after that. Then Parvati made a Shiva Linga out of sand and got united with Lord Shiva.
We returned to the lodge for having our lunch. We felt hungry as we skipped breakfast.