Friday, June 27, 2014

Bala Samudram Ahobila Varadaraja Perumal

Dasavathara Idols inside the Perundevi Thaayar Sannidhi is a special feature
One finds 12 Raasis sculpted on a single stone on top of the Maha Mandapa
Located 6kms South of Palani Dhandayuthapani temple is the 500year old Ahobila Varadaraja Perumal temple in Bala Samudram. The temple in its current form and structure is believed to have been built in 1504AD by Obula Kunda Nayak, who ruled this region. He was originally from Ahobilam and was keen to build a Perumal temple here. Indication of the centuries old existence is the strong granite structure of the complex housing Lord Varadaraja Perumal that is so symbolic of ancient temples. 

In memory of his home town, the Lord here came to be referred to as Ahobila Varadaraja Perumal.

The handsome looking Varadaraja Perumal is seen in a standing posture with Sri and Bhoo Devi by his side.

Dasavathara Idols
A special feature at the temple is the presence of ancient Dasavathara idols inside the Perundevi Thaayar Sannidhi.

Liberation from Doshams
Another feature is the presence of 12 Rasis sculpted on a stone in the Maha Mandapa. Visiting this temple and offering sincere prayers here is believed to relieve one from doshams.

11day Brahmotsavam in Avani- Chariot Festival on Avani Revathi
11day Era Pathu Utsavam in Margazhi following the Paramapada Vaasal opening

On Puratasi Saturdays, a bhajan takes place from 9pm on Saturday evening till 7am Sunday morning.
On the moolam day in Margazhi, there is a special abhishekam for Anjaneya.
A homam is performed in Vaikasi on the occasion of Narasimha Jayanthi.

Every month, on Swathi there is a special Abhishekam for Lord Narasimha between 6am and 730am.

Ancient Vahanas
There are four Vahanas that date back several centuries. During the Brahmotsavam, Lord Varadarajan goes out on a procession around the streets of Bala Samudram on the Garuda Vahana, Hanumantha Vahana and Sapparam

Parikara Sthalam
As a solution to real estate problems, a special pooja is performed with ground nut invoking the blessings of Varaha Perumal.

A three Raja Gopuram is being planned at the Eastern entrance.

Quick Facts
Moolavar         :Ahobila Varadaraja Perumal in an east facing standing posture
Thaayar           : Perundevi Thaayar
Time                : 8am-12noon and 4pm-8pm
Contact            : R. Raghavan@ 99409 06500

How to reach

Town bus every 30minutes from Palani bus stand to Bala Samudram. Also, mini buses ply between Palani and Bala Samudram every half hour. Auto from Palani bus stand to the temple will cost Rs. 100-120.

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