Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thalakkarai Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Coimbatore

Thalakkarai Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Coimbatore
Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu is located in Thalakkarai, Mangarasuvalaipalayam in Coimbatore District.

Temple Speciality
The object of Narasimha incarnation of Lord Vishnu was to destroy the Demon Hiranya. The demon had such a boon that he could not be killed by any power, any time, any weapon etc.  Using the loopholes in his boon, Lord Vishnu took the Narasimha form (human body with a lion’s face) and destroyed him. The Lord was too furious then so that nobody could go near him.  
Mother Mahalakshmi sat on his lap and the Lord became calm and graceful. Based on this truth, in all Narasimha temples, Sri Mahalakshmi is seen sitting on the lap of the Lord.  In this temple, Sri Mahalakshmi is in a separate shrine while Lord Narasimha is in another shrine.  This is a very rare form in a Narasimha temple.
The Temple
Lord Narasimha appears with his conch and discus in the sanctum sanctorum under Chandravimanam.  The philosophy is that Chandra, brother of Sri Mahalakshmi is taking care of the Lord.  In the sanctum sanctorum both Lord and Mother are in a standing form.  There is Sri Chakra in the seat (Peetam) of Lord Narasimha.  
There is a Salagrama in the Ardhamandapa which was originally worshipped as Sri Narasimha, called Aadhimurthy.  Special pujas are performed to the Lord on New Moon, Full moon, Ekadasi (11th day either from New Moon or Full moon day) days and on Thiruvonam star days.  
The Eagle vehicle of Lord Garuda is opposite in a worshipping form.  Lime and Tulsi are offered as Prasad, which devotees keep in their house for the welfare of the family. The temple is on the bank of a canal.  Thalam means a canal and Karai-bank, hence the place is known as Thalakkarai.
Sarpa Vinayaka:
In almost all Vaishnava temples, Lord Vishnu is found sitting on Adisesha the serpent bed.  In temples where the Lord is in a standing form, Adisesha serves him as an umbrella. In this temple, there is a shrine for Vinayaka in the Prakara with Adisesha serving him as an umbrella.  Hence, he is called as Sarpa Vinayaka.  As this a Vishnu temple, Lord Vinayaka is seen with Adisesha. Those facing adverse effects of planets Rahu, Ketu and Mars and those worried on the welfare of children pray to Lord Vinayaka in this temple.  Devotees perform Thirumanjanam with turmeric.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Festivals
Special pujas on Swathi Star days. Narasimha Jayanthi and all Saturdays in Purattasi month (September-October) are the festivals observed in the temple.
Prayers
Devotees pray to the Lord here for family prosperity, release from debt burdens, and develop calm qualities. Devotees perform Special Thirumanjanam applying sandal paste.
Contact
Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple,
Thalakkarai, Mangarasuvalaipalayam,
Coimbatore District
Phone: +91-4296 - 288 254
Mobile: 99422 75502.
Connectivity
The devotee should reach Avinashi 40 kms from Coimbatore and proceed to Chevur 7 kms far from there. One has to travel further 4 kms from there and reach Dandukaranpalayam. The temple is three kilometers far from this place. It is advised to take a cab from Chevur. Nearest Railway Station and Nearest Airport is located at Coimbatore. It is located near to Avinashi.

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