Shrine of Sri Mahashodasi, Thennangur, Thiruvannamalai
Shrine of Sri Mahashodasi is located at Thennangur Village in Thiruvannamalai District of Tamilnadu. Sri Mahashodasi Ambal is the presiding deity of Jyotir Mutt like Sri Kamakshi for Kanchi Mutt and Sri Sharadha for Sringeri Mutt. She is one of the incarnations of Shakthi. The Sanctum sanctorum of Ambal lies on the left side of the Brindavanam facing north. Devotees can have their wishes fulfilled through different arjitha Sevas like Homam, Archana etc.
Sri Chakra and Maha Meru, manifestations of Sakthi, are taken for upasana of Ambika all along and for the first time, a rupa or form is manifested of Devi viz Maha Shodasi with all its Anga, Prtyanga Devathas such as Ganapathy, Murugan, Rudra, Varahi, Vaishnavi etc. A Goddess with twelve hands, like Thiripura Sundari holding Angusam, Pasam, Karumbuvil, and Panjapushpa Panangal, like Saraswathi holding Veena, Manikka malai and Book, Like Mahalakshmi having a Lotus, Abayamuthirai in one hand and Varadhamuthirai in one hand, she sits majestically in this temple.
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