Sri Prasanna Venkatesaperumal temple
Sri Prasanna Venkatesaperumal temple
Moolavar : Prasanna Venkatesar
Urchavar : Venkatesa Perumal
Amman / Thayar : Alarmelumangai
Thala Virutcham : –
Theertham : Varaha Pushkarini
Agamam / Pooja : Vaikanasa
Old year : 500 years old
Historical Name : –
City : Sowcarpet
District : Chennai
State : Tamil Nadu
10 days Utayavar Utsavam in Chithirai, 10 days’ festival for Varadar in Vaikaasi, Aadip Pooram, Brahmotsavam in Purattaasi, Vaikunta Ekaadasi, Thirukkalyaanam on Panguni Uthiram day, Sri Rama Navami.
She-Garuda Vehicle is used in this temple.
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m to 12.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Arulmigu Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Koil, Bairagi Matam, General Muthiah 6th Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai – 600 079.
+91-44- 2538 2142, 2539 2869.
The vimaanam of this holy place is known as ‘Padmavimaanam’.
Couples pray for issues here.
When the prayers materialize and when the couples are blessed with offsprings, they perform thirumanjanam for the Lord and tie cradle as offering.
Greatness Of Temple:
Day with no darshan: Here the poojas are performed as per the regulations opted at the Tirupati temple. In the sanctum sanctorum there are five perumals called ‘pancha perars’. The Lord wears on his chest a chain engraved with 108 Lakshmi figures. On the Saturdays of the Purattaasi month, special pooja is performed by adorning the Lord with medicated camphor. At the front mandapam appears Lord Renganatha. On the first day of the Purattasi Brahmotsavam, Sri Ramanuja and Chakrathaalwar go for the Flag-hoisting function. This is quite significant. On the fifth day of the festival, the ceremony of the Lord garlanding Thaayaar with the Lakshmi-engraved chain is conducted. At that time the doors of the sanctum are closed and the devotees cannot have the darshan of the Lord. This is done on the basis that the Lord should be worshipped along with Thaayaar only. That night ‘Garuda Seva’ is performed. On the Panguni Uthiram day, the Lord appears along with Sridevi, Bhudevi, Alarmelumangai Thaayaar and Aandaal.
Thaayaar ‘Garuda Seva’: Alarmelumangai Thaayaar is in separate sanctum. She is donned with the garland worn by the Lord and is beautified. Generally, in the Vishnu temples the Lord alone appears in the ‘Garuda Seva’. But, in this temple, Thaayaar appears in ‘Garuda Seva’. During the Karthigai month, the ‘theertha utsavam’ for nine days is performed for the Thaayaar. At that time She alights on the Garuda carrier and goes around the prakaaram. There is a separate female-Garuda carrier for this purpose.
Significance of the Utsavar: Laldas was worshipping the Lord after building the temple. Once the Lord appeared in his dream and indicated that He was lying as an image in the nearby garden. Laldas recovered the image and installed here. During the Purattasi Brahmotsavam, the Utsavar is taken to that place from where he was retrieved. At that time He is called as the ‘Lord who goes to his birthplace’ – ‘pirappitam chellum Perumal’. Special poojas are performed there.
Special poojas are conducted to ‘sayanaperar’ for three days during Vaikaasi. When this pooja is performed, without anybody seeing it, the Lord is veiled with seven curtains. After all the poojas are completed the Lord is placed near the Utsava moorthi and worshipped by offering Him seven types of fruits. During that time only we can worship Him.
Significance of the sacred water: Lord Lakshmi Nrsimhar is in separate sanctum facing west. Under His feet is the ‘Nrsimha Yantram’. Generally, in the temples the abhishekam water will be given to the devotees in their hands. But in this sanctum, the water is sprinkled on the devotees. The belief is that the water will cure diseases. There are sanctum for Varadarajar, Ramar, Varaahar, Aandaal and Renganathar. In a separate sanctum is Tirumangai Alvar with his wife, Kumudavalli. The frontage of the temple mandapam is sculpted in the form of a chariot. In Sanskrit ‘bairaagi’ means ‘sanyaasi’. Since Perumal appeared before a sanyaasi, this holy place is known as ‘Bairagi Venkatesa Perumal Koil’.
Many years ago a Vishnu devotee, Laldas, a sanyaasi lived in this area. Everyday he would commence his work after meditating on and praying to the Lord of Tirupati. He also had the habit of rendering service as far as he could, to those devotees who went on pilgrimage along this way. For a very long time he nourished a wish in his mind, to go to Tirupati and worship the Lord. But it could not be fulfilled. In course of time this desire became a longing in his mind. The Lord decided to grace him. One night the Lord appeared in Laldas’ dream and asked him to erect a temple in the place where he lived. The happy sanyaasi commenced this work. But he had no money and so asked the people to help him build the temple. None was prepared to help him. So, by using his magical skill, he converted copper into gold. With the money by selling that gold, he began building the temple. People now understood his worth and then gave him money to build the temple. Then an image like that of Tirupati Venkatachalapathi was made and the temple was erected. The Lord manifested in the mind of Laldas and appeared before him. And thus gained the name ‘Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal’.