Sundara Mahalakshmi Sametha Kamala Varatharaja Perumal Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Arasar Koil Village in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. This temple is located at Arasar koil about 1.5 km from the Vyagrapureeswarar temple. It is said to be older than the Kancheepuram Varadaraja temple.
About the Temple
Sundara Mahalakshmi Temple the ancient temple of Sundara Mahalakshmi is said to represent the mother of all the 64 forms of the Goddess Lakshmi and each form represents wealth; wellbeing and treasures. The temple is edged with Aishwarya Shakti, Shukra Shakti and Kubera Shakti. Sundara Mahalakshmi has 6 toes on the right leg Six is Shukra’s number, hence it is believed that Mahalakshmi rules Shukra’s power to bestow prosperity.The temple of Sundara Mahalakshmi also has a shrine of Perumal. Next to the main shrine is the Gayathri vastu Mandapam hall which consists of 24 Gayathri Beejakshara Shakti pillars. The shrine of Thayar appears as a separate temple which is consist of small but beautiful Mandapam. The shrine has musical pillars which are made of echoing stones. It produces musical notes when tapped. The images of Vishvaksena, Sri Vedanta Desika and Sri Manavala Mamuni can be seen in this temple.
The temple entrance is known as Shree Purandhan vassal doorway. The main shrine as well as temple faces west. A huge Mandapam can be seen in the front of the main sanctum. The temple walls are engraved with messages and writings. All the inscriptions are dated to the Chola times. The temple is also an ideal place to worship navgrahas. Each of the nine lords represents the navgrahas and their consorts worshiped Shri Sundara Mahalakshmi at this temple.There are many temples dedicated to God Varadaraja situated near the Palar. The best among them is the Sri Vardaraja Swami Temple in Kanchipuram.
About the Deity
The main deity is Sri Kamala Varadharaja Perumal who is believed to be a saligramma. The Kamala Varadaraja Perumal idol is in the standing posture with four arms. His upper arms hold the conch and the discus while lower right hand holds a lotus and lower left hand has a mace. The Goddess Sundara MahaLakshmi is seen in the seated Padmasana Lotus posture with both hands in abhaya hastham.
Legend and stories
The inscriptions are dated to the Chola times of the 13th century A.D. This quotation, dated 24th August 1237 A.D., which belongs to the time period of Rajaraja Chola 3 (1216 to 1250 A.D.), is engraved on the north, west and south walls of the main place of worship. There is another quotation of the Chola times etched on the north wall of this main place of worship states that three cows and calves were gifted by an individual as a twilight lamp to the deity Tiruvarasur Emberuman. The great Pandiyan emperor is remembered for all his bounteous donations to the Sri Ranganatha Swami temple in Srirangam found in a long quotation there. The other Pandiyan quotation is of the Sundara Pandyan 2 time period dated 18th August 1291 A.D. and records the sale of land to this temple. There are also several quotations of the Vijayanagara times. Shukra worshipped at this temple on every Friday. There are few popular legends based on this temple such as, God Brahma performed penance under the peepal tree and prayed to God Narayana to appear before him. God Perumal appeared before him with his consorts Bhu Devi and Sri Devi. According to another legend, once God Brahma collected earth from River Palar to make an altar to sacrifice at Kanchipuram the images of Kamala Varadaraja Perumal and his consorts were uncovered, and he kept them in this temple and worshiped them.
A special puja is organized in the temple during the the days of Varalakshmi Vrata and on every Friday.
Especially the Fridays during Shukra Hora and during the Tamil month of Aadi and Thai has a significant importance. It is the auspicious time to pay tribute to the goddess.
The temple is in Padaalam village which is 15 km from Chengalpattu. Bus service is available from Chennai to Chengalpattu. Taxis and autos are available from Chengalpattu to reach the temple. The nearest railway stations are Padaalam and Otivakkais which are 13 km from Tirukalukundram city. Chennai airport is the nearby domestic as well as an international airport, located at a distance of 72 km.
Sundara Mahalakshmi Sametha Kamala Varatharaja Perumal Temple
Pincode - 603303
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Business growth
- Wealth gain
- Material gain
- Stable wealth
- Economic problem solution
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.