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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).

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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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Hindus In Delhi Push For A Temple On The Ruins Of a Mosque

The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad gather during a rally in New Delhi, Dec. 9, 2018. The group gathered thousands of supporters to demand the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque was attacked, demolished in 1992. VOA

Tens of thousands of hardline Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city.

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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A close ally of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

Its advocates want parliament to introduce a law bypassing legal hurdles blocking the temple before Modi’s term ends.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader, told AFP. (VOA)