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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sri Mundakkanni Amman Temple

Located at about half a kilometer north of Kapaleeswarar Temple and at a few hundred meters to the east of Sanskrit College, this is a very popular and powerful Amman temple. Mundagakanni amman temple is situated towards the north side of mylapore kapaleeswarar temple and near to madhava permal kovil, the temple is about 1300 years old and still attracts many people and people in mylapore start their family occasion after performing special prayers to mundakanni amman, though the temple is small in size the miracles of the amman are countless, in the month of aadi the temple is busy as people perform special prayers to her.
Mundakanni amman is said to be a form of saraswathi who blesses people to excel in thier fine arts,amman is also known to relive naaga dhosham as the temple is the residing place of snake anthill along with banyan tree behind the sanctum sanctorum of amman,it is belived that naagam(snake) still worships amman everyday.

On entering the temple via the main entrance, before that get a packet of milk a egg for worshiping naagam and arali flowers which is the used for the worship of the amman, once you enter the temple, you can worship amman, the statue is said to formed naturally (not carved by man) the moolavar or the main deity resembles a lotus bud and beneath which you can see soolam engraved on it, above this you can see a silver roof with amman's face on it (donated by music director ilayaraja) abishegam is done to amman from morning till the noon, the main shrine (moolasthanam) is build naturally with thatched roof as amman loves to be surrounded by nature.

Behind the main shrine is the banyan tree which is belived to be the place of the temple naagam and also have a separate sanidhi for naagam with the statue of snake in it, people offer milk and eggs to the tree and the statue to get relived from naagadhosam, there is a separate sanidhi for temples uttsavar, next to this is the sanidhi of sapthakannis. In left side of the main shire there are many statues of naagam and ammam which is installed here in the temple for get relived from the clutches of naagadhosam, nardhanavinayagar, murugar, iiyappan, hanuman, raamalinga adigal, dhakshinamurthy along with kasi vishwanathar and annapoorani have seperate sanidhis here.

Mundakanni amman is considered to be the powerful god and god for the common, in the temple viboothi (collected from the ashes of cowdung) kungumam, manjal and theertham is distributed as prasadam for the devotees, theertham given here is belived to cure chickenpox and neem leaves from the sanidhi is used to cure the pustules caused by chickenpox. Aadi masam is considered to be the more auspicious month for worshiping amman.
The imporatnt festivities in the temple includes aadipuram, chitra pournami, newyear, vijaya dhasami and the last friday of thai masam (jan-feb) women from all parts of chennai participate in carnival were they carry 1008 milk pots or flower baskets to worship amman and pray for their well being. Apart from these lighting deepaam in lemon using ghee as fuel and with cotton wick, distributing food to the poor will please amman and grant wishes for which people visit the temple.

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