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Sri Karphaga Vinayakar Temple

Ganesha is one of the best-known and most widely worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations. Although he is known by many other attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacle and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles (Vighnesha, Vighneshvara), patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom. He is honored at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies and invoked as Patron of Letters during writing sessions.

Ganesh is one of the Gods whose presence is imminent and felt by many, readily involved anywhere and everywhere. It is customary in household ceremonies that Lord Ganesh is invoked in a form of idol made of sandalwood paste. He is also one of the many Gods whose is known in many names, one of them being “Sri Karphaga Vinayakar”.

Sri Karphaga Vinayakar. Karphagam is the tamil for the Sanskrit derivation of Kalpaga/ Kalpataru – the wish fulfilling mythological celestial tree spoken of in ancient literature. Standing under its shade, whatever one thinks will come to fruition. Likewise, Karphaga Vinayakar answers the prayers of true and sincere devotees.

The vinayakar/Ganesh chathurthi and sankadahara chathurthi that falls on every month was celebrated and a special event culminating in the Vinayakar/Ganesh Chathurthi of Avani which month of August/September was the biggest celebration of the year. Following this the special days in the Hindu calendar, like Navarathri, Skanthashashti, Thiruvembavai, Deepavali/Diwali, Shiv Rathri, Tamil and English New Year were also celebrated with great vigour. The Divine Grace of the Karphaga Vinayakar is being felt by many and there is a surge of devotion and support from the public. Volunteers gather to do the chores of the temple like developing a garden around the temple and cleaning the temple etc. Every Friday, Kootu Praarthanai by the devotees and volunteers take place with a lot of enthusiasm.

Cultural events, religious discussions and music recitals take place regularly. By the Grace of Karphaga Vinayakar, this temple is fast becoming a bastion of religious and cultural traditions. May the Lord Karphaga Vinayakar help us in this holy endeavor and guide us all to work for peace and harmony at all levels.

Deities

  • Ganesha/Ganapahty/Vinayakar
  • Shivan/Shiv Mandir* Parvati/Shakthi
  • Vishnu/Venkateshwar/Narayanan
  • Ayyapa/Dharma Shasta
  • Murugan
  • Navgraham/Navgraha
  • Bhairava/Bhairava