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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Vinayaka at Ainavilli and ... Lord Hayagriva at Chettipunniyam

Recently, there was this report in The Hindu titled ‘authorities conduct ‘pen puja’ ritual at Ainavilli’    Ainavilli is located at a distance of 72 Km from Kakinada (Via Yanam, Amalapuram and Mukteswaram), 55 Km from Rajahmundry (Via Ravulapalem, Kotapeta and Vanapalli) and 14 Kms from Amalapuram (Mukteswaram).

 Students from various parts of East and West Godavari districts descended on this tiny village of Konaseema  to get at least one ‘lucky’ pen at the popular Varasiddhi Vinayaka temple here. Children were seen waiting in long queues from the early hours and each of them was determined to obtain at least two pens ahead of their examinations. Every year the temple authorities conduct pen puja ritual with more than one lakh pens on ‘magha bahula chaviti’ day and this year it was done on January 24. However, the pens would be distributed on the third day. Ainavilli ZPTC member Kasi Annapoorna and MPP Pullaiah Naidu along with priests distributed the pens to students who were waiting in long queues. Students believe that those who write the examinations with these pens will get good marks.

It is somewhat akin to Chettipunyam, a village nearer Singaperumal Kovil, about 30 kms from Tambaram on GST Road, as you proceed towards Chingleput. 

It is an ancient temple of Sri Varadha Raja Perumal with siginifance to Sri Yoga Hayagreevar.  Thayar here is Sri Hemambuja Nayaki.   Sri Hayagreeva is the God of Education and it is natural that students and their parents throng this temple to get blessing of the Lord.  Hayagreeva is generally seen with Sri Mahalakshmi – here He is in meditating Yogic posture with legs folded across.

Legend has it that in this temple of Sri Varadhar, during 1848, the idols of Sri Devanaadha Perumal and Sri Yoga Hayagreevar  were brought from Ahindai (Thiruvahindirapuram near Cuddalore – a Divyadesam) to safeguard from invaders.   Thiruvaheendrapuram (near Cuddalore) to safe guard them from invaders.

It is a serene beautiful temple ~ the Lord here is a benevolent provider of boons. Being closer to Public examinations, the place reverberates with tourists – perhaps the only thing to be curbed is ‘scribbling on walls – the roll nos. and wishes’.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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