Archive | October 1, 2013

The temple in a house

The Vijayakumars wanted to gift their house in Perambur, Chennai, for the Brindavana of  Sri Raghavendra Swamy which they wanted to come up on the premises.

P.M. Vijayakumar had a dream in which Rayaru is supposed to have asked him to set up a temple on the premises. Vijayakumar decided to fulfill the dream but how. He and his wife, Saroja, first went to the managements of the Raghavendra Swamy temples in Chennai and told them about his dream. He asked them to start a temple in his house but none agreed.

The Vijayakumars continued to stay in the house on Srinivasan Street in Perambur and their dream of ensuring that a Brindavana came up there remained unfulfilled for several years-13 years to be precise.

In May 2003, Vidyagasara Madhava Theertha Swamy, the junior pontiff of Majjigehali Matha in Thambihalli near Kolar came to Chennai. (Thambihalli is about 79 kms from Bangalore and it is located just before Mulabagal on the Bangalore-Tirumala road).Thambihalli is 80 km from Bangalore on the Tirupathi road before Mulbagal When the Vijayakumars met him and told him about the dream, the seer on May 25 happily agreed to take over the house and construct a Brindavana.

Incidentally, the Swamiji was camping at the SriRaghavendraSwamyTemple at Ayanavaram, Chennai, where the Vikayakumars met him.

Vidyasagara Madhava Theertha was then the junior seer of the matha. The senior pontiff was Prasanna Shura Madhava Theertha. (He was the pontiff from 1996-2010 and he passed away on Ekadashi at Thambihalli on December 31, 2010). Once the two gift deeds for the property were made and the house gifted to the Majjigehalli Matha, work on transforming the house into a Rayara Matha commenced.     

The temple of Raghavendra Swamy soon came up and so did the Brindavana. Today, this temple is located behind the Perambur Bus Terminus and it has idols of  for Rama, Seetha, Hanuman, Madhvacharya, Madhava Theertha, the founder of the Majjigehalli Matha (It is also called Thambihalli Matha in Karnataka) in Kolar and one of the four direct disciples of Madhwacharya, Sripadaraja of Mulabagal, Prahalada, the first avatar of Raghavendra Swamy, and Vijaya Dasa.  

Regular poojes, seves and festivals are held at the temple. As expected, Thursdays are special here too. The temple is located at 14/15, Srinivasan Street, Perambur, and it can be contacted on telephone no 25518385

The temple also has a seven-foot idol of Lord Venkatesha.

The Majigehalli Matha has its office in Bangalore. The address is Sriman Madhava Teertha Moola Maha Sansthana, 222-A 1st Main Tala Kaveri Nagar, Vibhootipura Layout, Bangalore 560 037. Mobile Nos: 94485 58354 or 94441 86832.

The branch at Perambur is called Sri Varada Venkateswara and Avatharatraya Sri Ragavendra Swamy Matha, 14, Srinivasa Mudali Street, Perambur, Chennai 600011. Phone: 2551 8385.

Perambur is in the northern part of Chennai. It is about four kms from Chennai Central. It houses the Integral Coach Factory of the Railways.

The locality has three suburban railway stations-Perambur, Perambur Carriage Works and Perambur Loco works stations.