Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sarveshwara Dhyana Nilayam Temple, Thamaraipakkam – The Temple

Sarveshwara Dhyana Nilayam Temple, Thamaraipakkam – The Temple
Sarveshwara Dhyana Nilayam temple, situated at Thamaraipakkam, has a massive Shiva Lingam which stands 65 ft tall. In fact, it is one of the tallest Shiva Lingams in the world and is very unique. The temple is surrounded by 8 acres of land with facility for housing the aged, a Charitable medical centre, a free school, playgrounds, a go-shaala (cowshed), paddy fields, a meditation room, beautiful woods where people can walk in solitude and rooms for mission acharyas, a scintillating aquarium and an auditorium. The temple was constructed and run by the Chinmaya mission.

Inside the temple is a rare Spatika Lingam an endless form in crystal, encrusted with a diamond studded crest, mounted on a special glass case. There is also a granite Lingam beside it. Abhishekam of the Spatika Lingam is done annually on Mahasivarathri day, while daily puja including Abhishekam is performed on the small granite Lingam. Lord Sarveshwara is believed to take the avatar of Dhanavanthri every Sunday. Hence, a free medical clinic is held every Sunday for the villagers of the neighborhood.

It is home to the Anant Medical Centre, the Pitha Maha Sadan Complex, a unique Sarveshwara temple and prayer hall, the Geeta Satsang Hall and the Hari Hara school for village children between the ages three and five. The Pitha Maha Sadan complex which consists of several cottages ready for occupation by senior citizens is another unique feature. The cottages are two-in-one units with a common verandah, a bedroom, bath-area, a kitchenette and an alcove. Over 100 cottages are due to come up in this community village.

There is a school called Free Harihara school in the campus. The school is based on the ancient Gurukula system wherein not only education but also the other developmental needs such as food, clothing, medication etc. of the village children are taken care of. The Geeta Satsang Hall on the ground floor is a well-ventilated circular prayer hall neatly furnished with a dais, suitable for meditation, discourses, bhajans, satsangs etc.

The Anant Medical Centre, named after a devotee of Swami Chinmayananda, was started in 1987 in a small way under a banyan tree. Around 20 patients were seen each Sunday by two doctors. Later with Saraswathi Anant donating the entire amount for building a hospital, in memory of her husband Anant, the project received a shot in the arm.

Today, the centre operates at a spacious building (from Friday to Monday) with emergency, examination and waiting rooms and counters for dispensing medicines. About 700 patients from over 50 villages (Thamaraipakkam, Velliyur, Vengal, Avadi, Periyapalayam, Thinnanur, Paganmedu and Magaral among others) are examined and treated every week. A nominal fee of Rs. 2 is charged for per patient.

A panel of 12 senior specialists offer their services. Specialties include pediatrics, general medicine, gynecology, diabetes and ophthalmology. Special camps are conducted for hypertensives, diabetics, asthmatics and those with orthopedic problems. Quarterly eye camps are also held. Immunization for children at the pediatric clinic, antenatal care for pregnant women, treatment of medical emergencies and ambulance services for the villages are the other value additions.