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Ramapuram Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Perumal Temple Aani Brahmotsavam

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The 19th year Brahmotsavam at Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Perumal Temple in Ramaapuram, Chennai was celebrated grandly between 17th of June 2013 and 28th June 2013.

Some of the photographs taken during the utsavam can be viewed below

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Utsavam Invitation can be read from: http://anudinam.org/2013/06/13/ramapuram-sri-lakshmi-nrusimha-perumal-temple-brahmotsavam/

According to the sources connected with the history of this temple, it was originally constructed during the tome of the pallava ruler, narasimhavarman II in the 8th century AD. However, the pillars of the temple, especially those in the mandapa, point to this being a creation of the chola times, subsequent to the pallava era. Whatever be the exact antiquity of this temple, the fact remains that for a long time it remained neglected with many parts of the shrine in a dilapidated condition. Luckily, enthusiastic devotees arranged for the renovation of this temple and the consecration (samprokshanam) was performed in 1983. the second samprokshanam was performed in 1994 when the dhvajasthambam was installed and the third samprokshanam was held in November 2007. the street leading to the temple has been known, from the ancient times, as iyengar street, revealing that people of the srivaishnava community had settled here long back. The entire area was known as brindaranya kshetra as there was a large tulasi garde here.

 Architecture

The entrance to this medium-sized temple, as well as the main shrine, faces east. Worshippers enter the temple through a spacious mandapa with the dhvajasthabam, in front of which, directly facing the main shrine, is a tiny image of  sri vainateya or garuda with palms together(anjali hasta). Then there is another pillared mandapa containing the pillars of the chola era. Enshrined in the main sanctum is the small but very powerful image of sri lakshmi narasimha perumal. Like most images of this deity,here too he  is seen with goddess lakshmi seated on his left thigh. His upper hands hold the counch(sankha) and discus (chakra). His lower left hand encircles the waist of the goddess while his right hand is in the posture of assuring his devotees that he will save them from all harm(abaya hasta). Interestingly, this image is of greenish stone (pachaikkal) of a resonanat nature. Sri lakshmi narasimha perumal wears a salagrama garland of 38 salagramas, of which 25 are sri santanagopala saligramas and the rest are sri lakshmi narayana salagramas. The deity is enshrined under the ananda vimana. There is a small images of lord santanakrishna in this temple and it is belived that those who hold this deity in their hands and perform worshp(archana)will be blessed with offspring.

Agamam and festivals

All the rituals of this temple are conducted according to the vaikhanasa agama.the brahmotsavam, which is celebrated in the tamil month of ani (june – july ) during sravanam nakshatra, was started in 1994. on swathi nakshatra every month,there is a procession for sri Lakshminarasimha perumal.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing these photos. Extremely wonderful! I have been to this temple 7 years back. This brought back my memories. Though there are space constraints, the temple committee has taken immense effort in making the Utsavam a grand success. May Lord bless everyone with prosperity throughout their life.

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