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Samprokshanam of Venkatachalapathy temple

ONE OF the many abodes of Sri Narayana is in Maavattakudi, a village in Tiruvarur district. `Ma' denotes greatness and kudi means temple. The place is called Then Tirupati and the deity is considered as powerful as the Lord of the Seven Hills. Sri Rama is said to have hunted deer (maan) here and hence the name Maanvettaikudi that became Maavattakudi.

The village is surrounded by rivers on four sides — Vennar in the north, Harichandranaru in the south, Adhiviraramanar in the west and Kadu Urutti in the east. It is east of Rajamannargudi and north-west of Tirukollikadu, famous for its Saniswara temple.

Built in 1800, the structure collapsed and the deity was housed under thatched roof. Rebuilt with a new mantapam and sanctum sanctorum Kumbhabhishekam was conducted in 1929.

Thanks to the efforts of the local residents and those away and abroad for whom the deity is kula deivam, renovation started in 1987 and kumbhabhishekam was held in 1992. This time the additions were the Mahamantapam and a shrine for Garuda.

The moolavar, Sri Venkatachalapathy stands majestic facing east, armed with shanku and chakra. Sri Devi and Bhu Devi are on either side of the Lord. Utsavar is Sri Prasanna Venkatachalapathy, handsome as the name suggests, again holding his disc and conch. Pujas and rituals are conducted as specified in the Pacharatra Agama text. At present puja takes place once in a day. The holy tank is known is Perumal Pushkarani. The vimanam is Ananda Nilayam. Sthala vriksham is Makizhampu, but the tree has withered for lack of attention. Main festivals are Purattasi Thiruvonam and the 10-day Navaratri. The temple is said to be one of the favourite places of worhsip of the Paramacharya, who, it is said, once spent 10 days in the serene atmosphere of the village.

Close by is the temple for Mahamariamman. Also there is a temple of Kailasanadha and one of Sapthamatha.

Devotees have once again organised themselves into a group and started renovation of the Venkatachalapathy temple with the blessings of Sri Jayendra Saraswati of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Pitam. This includes making the structure water proof. It has been planned to build a resthouse for pilgrims.

The work on the temple is almost complete and samprokshanam is scheduled for May 31. For details contact V. Jayaraman (52026591) and S. Soundararajan (9840485438). Contributions may be sent to Mavattakkudi Sri Venkatachalapathy Seva Sangam, Adhichapuram, Tiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu.

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