• Ganesh

Sri Vinayagar Temple

Overview :Sri Vinayagar temple of God Ganesha is located in Keralapuram village of Nagarcoil district in Tamilnadu, India. The temple is around 500 to 1000 years old. There is a historical story about this temple.The King of Keralapuram had been to Rameswarm. He found the idol of God Ganesha on the beach and handed it over to the king of Rameswaram. He instead returned it with another huge emerald idol. During the Mughal invasion the emerald one was taken away. According to the local priest the idol must be around 2300 years old while the temple is constructed around it in 12th century. The temple has many interesting things to note.It is called miracle Ganesha temple because the Ganesha idol changes colour every six months. During Uttarayana ( from March to June) the idol is black in colour while during Dashinayana (from July to February ) it turns white. The colour of the water in the well which is in the temple premises too changes, from black ( when the idol is white ) to white ( when the idol is black). The idol of God Ganesha is under the banyan tree instead of inner chamber of the temple. Devotees wishing to get married or wishing to have children offer coconut and rice dumplings.The temple is typically in Kerala style with no gopurams and huge pillars.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Auspicious beginnings of work
  • Removal of obstacles
  • Renewal of energy
  • Success
  • Wisdom
  • Agricultural productivity
Shlokas

Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada

Meaning -I pray to thee O Lord, who has a curved trunk and a strong body, the shine of a million suns, to remove all the hurdles that may block me from all the tasks I intend to perform.

Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Aharnisham Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey

Meaning -The sun to Mother Parvati's lotus face, I worship Lord Ganesh, with the elephant face, the one who grants a lot of wishes, the one with the single tusk, I salute thee to grant my wish.

Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam

Meaning -Oh elephant-faced Lord, who is served by all the Ganas, who consumes the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala, His favourite fruits, who is Uma's son, who destroys the gloom of His devotees, who handles hurdles, we worship your lotus feet.

Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Vakratundaaya Dheemahe Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat

Meaning -We meditate on the great power, we call upon the single tusked Ganesh, who grants wishes.

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