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Ashta Dasa Buja Durga Lakshmi Saraswathi

Motherly Love

A grandiose reception was organized on March 11, 2011 to welcome the majestic and awe-inspiring idol of Ashta Dasa Buja Durga Lakshmi Saraswathi. Standing tall at 10.5 feet atop Mahisasura on a three feet lotus pedestal, the 18-handed Durga has a weapon in each hand to combat and rout the evil forces. But Her most powerful weapon is Her gentle genuine smile. She radiates nothing but pure motherly love.

The temple construction was being carried out in full swing and it was as if She had decided to come early to oversee that Her abode was being shaped up – as per Her will. The Kumbabishekam ceremony of Her beautiful temple was performed on April 17, 2011 amidst a lot of pomp and grandeur.

Her Abode

What an ambience She is enshrined in! Beautiful gardens, lush lawns, and a Yaga Mandapam that can accommodate 200 people. Across the temple are Gayatri Devi (the Goddess of Vedas and Wisdom) and Lord Siva overseeing the daily Yagam and other poojas such as Bhagavati Pooja (the day after Pournami) Navarathri, etc. Lord Ganesha is situated across the deity on a Hamsa Vahanam (Swan). A replica of Durga is placed on the roof of the temple.

A very unique feature of the temple is that the Navagrahas are housed in a Ardha Mandapam on the ceiling of the temple hall just outside the Sanctum Sanctorum. Worshipping Goddess Durga implies the worship of the Navagrahas.

Special Occasions 

Apart from regular day-to-day activities, special “Rahu Kaala” pooja, Bhagavati Sevai, and special Gayathri Yagam are performed on various days of the month.

Nine days of special pooja mark the Navarathri celebrations at the temple. The Goddess is imaginatively decorated with different alankarams on each of the nine days. Kanya pooja, Suhasini pooja, and Annadhanam are performed on the final couple of days of Navarathri.

The Motherly Looks That Says It All

One would have never seen such a beautiful deity with a unique smile on Her face – which never lets one focus his/her glance away from Her. She is simply pleasing and magnetic.

In fact, Durga has her right foot placed ahead of her left foot symbolizing the fact that she is always ready to rush to the help of her children.

 

Durga in Gold Kavacham
Contact Details and Hours

Sree Ramarajya
Off Vandalur Road, Kelambakkam
Tamil Nadu – 603103, India
Phone: +91-44-2741 4000; +91-44-2741 4877

Monday – Friday: 6 – 9 AM and 4 – 8 PM

Saturday & Sunday: 6 AM – 12 PM and 4 – 8 PM

No Donation. No Fee.

What makes Sree Ramarajya most unique is that “no donation or fee of any kind is accepted”. Whether it is carrying the Palanquin, drawing the Silver Chariot, participating in the monthly Thiruvonam Laksha Deepam event, or any other pooja, everything is free of cost.