Arulmigu Balasubramanya Swamy Temple is located in Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
This Temple is Approximately 500 years old. In south Chennai this Temple is very famous & important among people. At present this Temple is called as Balasubramaniya swamy Temple. But originally earlier this Temple was called as Ramalingeswarar Temple ( Lord Shiva ) by people. Approximately 50 years before Lord Murugan with Valli, Deivanai " Sannathi " & a huge " Raja Kopuram " was built. After that people used to call as " Sri Balasubramaniya Swamy & Alaiamman Thirukovil " by people.
About the Temple
The specialty of this place is the peacock made in emerald stone. The Prime Deity Balasubrahmanya is about 4.5 feet height and appears in standing posture. Opposite him is the sanctum of Saint Arunagirinathar. It is of significance to note that all the god-images except that of Muruga are sculpted in emerald stone. On the right side of Lord Muruga is the sanctum of Annamalaiyaar and Unnamulai Ambal. Between them stand Lord Muruga and his spouse Valli hand in hand and grace us – this is a special feature and a rare sight. The belief is to worship this Bridegroom of Valli on the Poosam star day, one gets married quickly, because it is said that the wedding of Valli and Murugan happened on the Poosam star day. At Tiruttani, the wedding of Valli is performed on the Poosam star day of Maasi month.
Legend and Stories
Lord Brahmma during His visit to Kailash ignored Muruga as He was a little boy. Muruga intercepted Brahmma and enquired about His position and qualifications. Generally, one who questions the other would be either old in age or one holding a higher position. Here, it was vice versa. While questioning the Creator, Lord Muruga had both His hands on the hip with a senior look and proved that He was more learned than the Creator.
Lord Muruga appears in this posture in the temple. Later some poor people (Aandi) were worshipping Him. A devotee on his pilgrimage stayed here and wanted to have a bath and worship the Lord and asked the Aandis for a river or well. They said there is none such nearby. A little boy came there, took the traveler to a place and punched the earth with Vel at a place. A spring came up and the traveler’s joy knew no bounds. Lord Muruga granted darshan to him and stayed as Lord Balasubramanya.
After the ‘Pattabhishekam’ Lord Rama sent away his pregnant wife Sita because of the people’s abuse. Lava and Kusa were born there. Lord Rama then performed ‘Aswamedha Yaagam’. To perform a Yaagam without the wife is against the rules prescribed for conducting the Yaagam. So, the Yaaga horse sent to different countries was imprisoned and tied up. Since the horse did not return Lord Rama sent Lakshamana to release it. Hence Lord Rama himself went in person and got released the horse. This is the information of the Ramayana period. This historical information can be got in the Thiruppugazh song that two small boys confronted Rama with bow and his retinue in this victorious place. The history of this holy place says that both Lava and Kusa fought with Lord Rama and that place is Siruvapuri alias Chinnampedu. Siruvar+ ambu+etu became Chinnampedu. ‘Pedu’ is the quiver. Kai kotutha kai (Hand that gave hand): Murugamaiyaar, a Muruga-devotee who lived in this sacred place was always in meditation of Lord Murugan. Her husband who doubted her chastity, cut off her hand. But she continued to be in meditation. Lord Muruga appeared before her and graced her. Her hand got attached and she regained her original physical self.
- Kalasandi Pooja - 06:00 am to 07:00 am
- Ucchi Kala Pooja - 10:45 am to 11:00 am
- Saiyarachi Pooja - 05:00 pm to 06:00 pm
- Arthajamam Pooja - 08:45 pm to 09:00 pm
Every month conducted star kiruthigai star day subramaniyar veethi ulla.
Sukala sathurthi veethi ulla.
Kandha sasti is main festival. In the Kandha sasti yaga salai poojai, valli deviyanai marriage urchavam, 7th Day kandha shasti laksharchanai, 8th Day Thirukalyanam.
Aaruthradharshanam,In this month star thiruvathirai 1st day night Maha Abisegeam and morning natarajar sivakami ammal alangaram vimenapattraiil vedha ulla. 10 day's Before Aaruthra urchavam they conduct the maanickka vasagar urchavam. Margali month fully every morning 6:00 A.M Dhanur matha poojai conducted.
Chitira Pournami Puspha pallaku.
Aadi urchavam 2nd and 4th week special pooja.
Aadi month 4 friday's celebrate the pongal and sunday's Alaiamman alangaram, Shimma vaganathil veethi ulla and bhootha vaganathil veethi ulla conducted very specially.
Day 1 swamy purapaddu.
Pongal Festival -Mattu pongal they conducted the ambal pattraiil vimana purapadu veethi ulla.
Every month pradhosa thithti day Special Abisegeam and ulpurapadu conducted for Shiovan.
For People those who have not got married & marriage getting delayed. If they come and worship Lord Murugan with Valli, Deivanai they will get married soon. On Prathosham times, If married woman's worship Lord Shiva they will be " Dheerka Sumangali Bhava " happily they will live with their husband for long years.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport.
The nearest railway station is Chennai Central Railway Station.
The nearest bus stand is Koyambedu bus stand.
Arulmigu Balasubramanya Swamy Temple,
Eldams Road, Teynampet, Chennai,
Tamil Nadu, Pincode – 600018.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To overcome hurdles in weddings
- To be blessed with children
- For prosperity
Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye
Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.
Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham
Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.
Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam
Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.
Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney
Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.
The temple is open from 06:00 am to 11:00 pm and from 05:00 pm to 09:00 pm.