Sri Soumya Damodara Perumal temple
Moolavar : Soumya Damodara Perumal
Urchavar : –
Amman / Thayar : Amirthavalli
Thala Virutcham : –
Theertham : Amirtha Pushkarini
Agamam / Pooja : Vaikanasam
Old year : 500 years old
Historical Name : Vilwaranyam
City : Villivakkam
District : Chennai
State : Tamil Nadu
Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam in February-March,Gokhulastami in August-September, Navarathri in September-October, Masi Magam float festival in February-March and wedding festival in Panguni Uthiram are the festivals of the temple.
Devotees see the Lord only as Child Kannan. The rope scar is visible both on the presiding and procession deities.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
The Executive Officer, Sri Soumya Damodara Perumal Temple, Konnur, Villivakkam, Chennai – 600 049.
+91- 44 – 2617 3306, 2617 0456, 94448 07899.
Lord Perumal is gracing the devotees in a standing form. The Vimana (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) is Ananda Vimanam. The temple greets devotees with a three tier Rajagopuram. There are shrines of Lord Sri Rama, Kannan, Sri Andal, Sri Anjaneya, Nammalwar and Acharya Sri Ramanuja.
It is the faith of the devotees Lord Soumya Damodara Perumal would grant their prayer for a wise child boon.
Devotees perform special Tirumanjanam to Perumal and offer Milk Porridge and butter as nivedhana.
Greatness Of Temple:
Incarnation festival of Lord Vishnu is celebrated in the month of Chithirai (April-May). As in Tirupati, the Amirtha Pushkarini sacred spring is in the north side known Kubera (Lord of Wealth) direction. Gajendra Moksha (coming to the rescue of elephant Gajendra to save it from the clutches of a crocodile) festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Aadi-July-August. Lord appears on his Garuda Vahana to save the elephant. On Makara Sankranthi day-Pongal, falling almost on January 14 or a day before or after occasionally in some years, Lord appears as Raja Mannar as in Srivilliputhur with Mother Sri Andal, a darshan the devotee cannot afford to miss.
Mother Amirthavalli graces from a separate shrine. Having the attributes of Mother Sri Mahalakshmi appearing from the nectar ocean, She is reverently named Amirthavalli. Amirtham means nectar. Reminding the Mohini Avthar of Lord to teach a lesson to the proud sages of Tharukavana, Lord appears as Mohini (an enchanting worman) in festival days in other Vishnu temples. This Alankara – dressing is offered to Mother in this temple in a festival on the fourth day in Thai month – January-February. Mother is seated in the garden of the temple on this day for darshan.
The birth star festival of the first three Alwars are celebrated for three days, while festivals for Perialwar, Nammalwar, Tirumangai Aalwar, Sri Ramanuja, Sri Desika are celebrated for 10 days.
The word Damodara is elaborately explained in Vaishnava philosophies. In short, it means that Lord can be controlled by pure love. During the childhood of Krishnavatara, He was terribly mischievous boy and Mother Yasodha could not bring Him to order. She bound Him by a rope, yet he moved with the rope in between two trees, broke them and granted salvation to two demons. The scar of the rope stayed on His waist deeply showing His willingness to be bound by a mother’s love. Damam in Sanskrit and Thambu in Tamil mean rope. Udharam means belly. The rope scar is around the belly, hence Damodara. Soumya means ever smiling and looking handsome. Hence, the name Soumya Damodara.
Villivakkam is 8 km from Chennai Egmore. The temple is near the bus stand. Bus facility is available from all corners of Chennai city.
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