Consecration will be performed on May 2.

Sri Balambikai Samedha Sri Mrityunjayar temple, is a Siva shrine, located at Elambakkam about 12 km on the Sunguvarchathiram-Mapedu route in Kancheepuram district, Tamil Nadu. The presiding deity is Lord Mrityunjayar, who is facing east, and the Goddess Sribalambigai, is facing south. The Goddess is seen in a standing posture with aksharamala on her right hand and lotus flower on her left.

Generally the Aavudaiyar is round in shape whereas in this temple it is in the shape of a square, which according to the Agama sastra, must have been installed by a rishi. The temple’s vimanam had been built in the shape of Gajaprashta.

New additions at the temple are idols of deities such as Nardhana Ganapathy, Dakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Brahma and Vishnu Durgai. Separate niches for navagrahams, Kalabhairavar and Chandikeswarar and Nandi mandapam are to be constructed at the earliest.

The renovation work at this ancient temple are almost complete and the members of the kumbabishekam committee have proposed to perform the punaravardhana jeernodharana ashtabandhana mahakumbabishekam for Sri Baalambikai Samedha Sri Mrityunjayar and parivara devathaigal on May 2, between 7.31 and 8.35 a.m.

Pattam Halasianatha Sivachariar, chief priest at the Tiruvannamalai temple, will perform the consecration. Yagasala pujas (four kalams) will be performed for three days from April 30. Donations are solicited from devotees to finish the renovation task at the earliest.

For details write to S. Varadarajan, 18/15, Sundareswarar Street, Mylapore, Chennai – 600004, or call 044-2461 1244/94449 17124. Email: ucovardu@yahoo.com