|Balasubramania Swami temple - Murugar Temple|
Information collected from the Tamil monthly Penmani, July 2007 issue
The Balasubramania Swami temple at Siruvapuri,
also known as Chinnambedu is located along the Chennai - Kolkatta Highway
on the Gummidi Poondi route, 33 kms from Chennai. Lord Muruga punished
Brahma, the Lord of creation for his pride and ignorance and took on the
process of creation from this sthalam.
is believed that Lava & Kusa, Lord Rama's sons worshipped Siva &
Muruga at Siruvapuri. Lava & Kusa held Rama's Ashwamedha yaagam
horse & tied it up. When Lord Rama requested them to release
the horse, they refused & fought with him. Sita appeared on the
scene and put an end to the fight, explaining that Lord Rama is their father.
The name Siruvapuri is derived from
Siruvarpuri or Siruvar por puri (Siruvar-young lads Lava & Kusa, por-war,
puri-place, the place where the young lads fought with Rama).
The name Chinnambedu is derived
from Lava Kusa ambu edu (ambu-arrow, edu-take, Lava & Kusa, take the
The temple is situated about 3 kms
distance from the entrance arch. There is a five tier raja gopuram.
Near the Kodimaram (Dgwjastambam), there is a beautiful emerald (maragada)
There is no peacock along with the
Moolavar (main deity) who gives darshan in a standing pose with his vel.
He holds a jabamlai (rosary) in his upper right hand and a kamandalam in
his upper left hand like Brahma. Devotees can gain knowledge and
gnananam by worshipping this Muruga in the Brahma Sastha posture. The Maragada
Vinayakar Sannadhi (Raja Ganapathi) can be seen at the South-East corner.
There is a green emerald Ganesha idol here. There are sannadhis for
Chandikeswarar, Aadhimoolar, Naagar, Bairavar, Navagrahams. All the
Navagrahams can be seen along with their vahanams (vehicles). On
the South, there is a sannadhi for Annamalaiar and Unnamulai Amman (emerald
idols). There is also an idol of Muruga with Valli.
In the mukha mandapa, there is a
scene depicting Arunagirinathar singing the praise of Lord Muruga.