Sunday, 1 October 2017

Unique Idol Of Lord Lakshmi Hayagriva (The Lord With The Horse’s Face) - Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva Perumal Temple - Muthialpet, Puducherry

Sri Lakshmi Hayagreeva (the Lord with the horse’s face) Haya-horse: greeva-neck:, in Hindu Vaishnava belief is considered as the presiding deity for all knowledge. This is one other avatar of Lord Vishnu apart from his Dashavathara, here Bhagavan (Lord Hayagreeva) restored the Vedas to Lord Brahma. The idol of Lord Hayagriva is made of Salagrama stone. Lord and mother are embracing each other with their left and right hand respectively. Generally idols are made showing Mother alone embracing Lord Hayagriva. As this idol shows both embracing each other, it is believed that worshipping the Lord and Mother in this form ensures stronger marital affinity among couples.

Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva Perumal Temple Gopuram
Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva Perumal Temple Gopuram
It is noteworthy that the temple lies in between the Tiruvahindipuram Lakshmi Hayagriva temple and the Chengalpat Chettipunniam Lakshmi Hayagriva temple. Lord graces the devotees with His right eye while the left eye is set on Mother. Mother graces the devotees with Her left eye keeping the right on the Lord. A yantra (a disc made of gold, silver or copper with diagrams incorporating the meaning and effects of Mahamantras) is installed under the presiding deity. Saint Lakshmi Kumaradatta Desika Swamigal, fed with the wisdom milk of Mother in the Sarangapani Temple of Kumbakonam has his due place in the temple. It is said of him that he used to chant Ramayana without any gap and had the darshan of Sri Anjaneya.

Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva Perumal Temple Vimanam
Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva Perumal Temple Vimanam
Baghwan Vishnu, at the time of Pralaya the end of the world then, kept all the beings in his belly, slept on the banyan leaf bed in the ocean. Later, for the re-creation of the world, he created Brahma from His Naval Chord and taught him the four Vedas. Brahma began the creation. Two water drops appeared on the naval leaf of Lord changed into two demons. As they were thus born to Lord Vishnu, they summed up the courage to snatch the creation profession from Brahma, stole the Vedas from Him and hid them in the deep underground- Pathala Loka. Brahma surrendered to the Lord.

Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva Perumal
Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva Perumal
Lord came to Pathala Loka and found the demons as two horses and therefore, He also took the form of the horse and began the war with the demons Madhu and Kaidapa. He defeated the demons and recovered the Vedas and returned them to Brahma. The Vedas felt that their sanctity was affected due to the touch of the demons and entreated the Lord to restore their dignity. Lord smelt them. The Vedas got back their sacred status. As the Lord was furious after the war against the demons, it is said that Sri Mahalakshmi was requested to cool him. Installing Mahalakshmi on His lap, the Lord came to be known as Lakshmi Hayagriva. Hayagriva-Lord with horse face. Lord Hayagriva is worshipped as Lord of Wisdom as He recovered the Vedas from the demons. Where there is wisdom, wealth joins there. The Lakshmi Hayagriva form combines wisdom and prosperity.

Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva Perumal Procession Deity
Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva Perumal Procession Deity

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 08:00 AM To 11:00 AM
Evening Timings : 06:00 PM To 09:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

The temple is in the heart of Puducherry in Muthialpettai. Muthialpet is an Assembly Constituency in the union territory of Puducherry, in India.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva Perumal Temple,
East Coast Road, Ramakrishna Nagar,
Puducherry,
Pin Code : 605 003,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 0413 2260096 ; 0413 2222928 ; 90954 28302 ; 94431 04383

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