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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chettipunyam Sri Yoga Hayagreevar temple

Chettipunnyam village is three km west of Singaperumalkoil, near Chengalpattu.

It is difficult to take one's eyes off the images at this temple, not only those of Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and Anjaneya, but also those of Lord Devanathan, Goddess Hemabjavalli, Yoga Hayagriva, Lord Varadaraja and Andal. Though known as Devanathaswami Temple, it originally had only the Moolavar and Utsavar images of Lord Varadaraja of Kanchipuram. The temple's history dates back to 400 years though it could have existed even before that. The village got the name of Chettipunnyam as Chettiar weavers and dyers lived there in large numbers and they used to dry the dyed yarn and cloth in the nearby hill.
It was in 1848 that the idols of Hayagriva and Devanathan, which were worshipped in underground chambers at Thiruvahindrapuram, one of the 108 holy places near Cuddalore, were brought by Dewan Rangachar to this village to be safeguarded during alien invasion. Though not mentioned in the Azhwar's hymns, the idols, as they were brought from Thiruvahindrapuram, are considered no less holy.

Hayagriva images are generally found along with Goddess Lakshmi. But the idol at Chettipunnyam temple, though small in size, is that of Yoga Hayagriva, which is said to be a rarity.

The temple rituals are conducted according to the Vaikanasa Agama.
Address :
Sri Yoga Hayagreevar Temple,
Chettipunniyam,
Kanchipuram District,
Phone : 044 - 274631731, 28173263

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