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Ancient Temple for Lord Vishnu in the Chola region in Chennai

Ancient temple carrying Historical importance located in Chennai

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Chennai, 18th February 2017: Three important temples are located in the ancient Ayanavaram region of Chennai. Two of these are for Siva while the third one is a Temple for Lord Vishnu. The Ayanavaram region is the same as the Ayanapuram mentioned in an inscription from the 12th century.

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The Vishnu Shrine has been dedicated to Kariya Manikka Perumal Temple. In the central sanctum of the temple, the image of Karia Manikka Perumal, stands with Sri Devi and Bhu Devi on each side, under the Kumbhakar Vimanam. While his upper left and right hands hold the Charkha and the Sankha, the lower right hand is in the gesture of blessing (Abhaya Hasta) and the lower left hand rests on his waist (Kati Hasta).

Lord Vishnu, Source: Wikimedia

The Vestibule (Antarla) that connects the Main Shrine and the Mandapa, holds a processional image (Utsava Murti), just like the main one, the only difference being that the lower left hand is in the gesture of Boon-Giving (Varda Hasta) unlike the main shrine where it rests on the waist.

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In the Vestibule, the Azhvars are also in worship. Also, interestingly, a rare image of Vikhanasa Maharishi- founder of the Vikhanasa Agama, can be spotted at the same place.

In front of the main Sanctum, the Mandapa holds granite pillars. Traces of Antiquity are also visible here in spite of the modernisation that has taken place over the years. The entrance galores a few Stucco Sculptures and the temple holds a modern, five storey Gopuram too.

All the sanctums and the temple as a whole follow the codes of Vikhansa Agama. Some of the other sanctums are for goddess Lakshmi (Kanakavalli Thayar), Andal, Sudarsana (the discus of Vishnu) and Hanuman.

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The Temple is not only extraordinarily peaceful and serene; but also a treat for the eyes with its breathtaking beauty.

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A temple full of secrets and filled with millions of visitors daily, is also the one of the richest

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The Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is unique as it is called as the crown of Travancore, Wikimedia Commons
The principal deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu. Wikimedia Commons

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the fascinating temples in Kerala. In terms of its architecture, the story of its installation and prolonged historical significance, the temple is a top tourist place. It has found the reference in many historical books, including the Vedas which count it as special. Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the most prominent Hindu temples in India and even across the world.

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Many facts have led to the popularization that magnetizes millions of visitors, here are a few of them:

1. It is the richest temple in the world with treasure worth $1 trillion.

2. The walls and design of the temple are Dravidian styles, one of the rarest and most fascinating designs.

3. It has 5 chambers, out which Chamber B cannot be opened as it is believed to be cursed.

4. The Temple has a dress code of dhoti or mundu for men and saree for women.

The Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is unique as it is called as the crown of Travancore, Wikimedia Commons
The Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is unique as it is called as the crown of Travancore, Wikimedia Commons

5. The temple has Z security mark, it is the most secure temple with foolproof plans.

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6. The temple has three and a half feet gold statue of Mahavishnu in the chamber which weights 30 kg.

7. The temple is mentioned in Brahman Purana, Mahabharata, Skanda Purana and Varaha Purana as a shrine.

8. The temple has an image of Lord Vishnu which is sketched with 12,000 fossilized shells of Gandaki River.