Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sreevaraham Lakshmi Varaha Temple,Thiruvananthapuram

Sreevaraham Lakshmi Varahamurthy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram is popular as 'Sree Varaham Temple' and is situated   near East Fort at 'Sreevaraham' and very near to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.Lord Mahavishnu's ten incarnations are very famous and the tenth one 'Kalki'(Khalgi) is yet to come and we know all  these incarnations
were taken by the God  for  genuine causes  mainly to save the earth or the humanity  from disasters.
 As per the legend  Lord Maha Vishnu took the first incarnation 'Matsyavathara' to regain Vedas, the second 'Koormavathara' to behold Mandhara
mountain in place at the time of churning of 'Palaazhy' for getting nectar.The third 'Varahavathara' was taken
to preserve the earth itself from danger.Varaham means 'boar'.
The temples of 'Varaha Murthi' in India are  very less.All over India Varaha Murthy temples are around 23 only.
In Kerala 3 temples are in this category,In Tamil Nadu  there are five temples,In Karnataka 3, In Orissa 2,
in Rajasthan 2, Andhra Pradesh 3 and so on.
In Kerala out of the three Varaha Murthi temples two are Laksmi-Varaha Murthi Temples means with the idol
of Varaha Murthi Lakshmi Devi's idol is also included and they are depicted together( Out of these 23 temples such temples are also a few).

In  Kerala Varaha Murthi temples are there at (1) Panniyoor Varaha Moorthi  temple in  Anakkara,Palakkad District, (2) at  Trivandrum Lakshmi Varaha Murthi  Temple at Sree Varaham,  Fort, in Thiruvananthapuram City
(3)Sree Varaha Murthi temple,Pannoor, Thodupuzha-Idukki Road.
The Lakshmi Varaha Murthi  Temple in Thiruvananthapuram  is an ancient one which dates back to more than 5000 years.The precedence can be felt there by the structures and the  devotee will feel a calm atmosphere which
relieves the tension inside the temple compound which lies in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram  city just 1.5 km from
 Central Railway station and Bus Station.The area where the temple is existing is known as 'Sree Varaham'.
Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple is only half km from here.
The idol of Sree Varaha Murthi  is in sitting posture and on his left thigh  is sitting Lakshmi Devi who is his consort.
It is believed that the Varaha Murthi of this temple is 'Yagna Varaha' and also  'Udyoka Karaka'.Because of that
by revering him unemployed devotees  may be blessed to get employment.Lakshmi Devi will provide  welfare and prosperity.

Thursdays are important here and more auspicious to visit the Lord.
Those who want employment can pray to him with the following mantra.
                  "Varaha Roopam Devam Loka Nadham Maheswaram
                    Medhiniyudharakam Vande Raksha Raksha Daya Nidhe"
Recite this as many times as possible every day  with full devotion thinking of  Sree Varaham Lakshmi Varaha
Murthi. May God bless the aspirant devotees.

This temple has the largest temple pond in Kerala having an area of 8 acres  and is known as Varaha Theertham.The priests coming for the 'Murajapam' ritual which takes place once in six years at Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple takes bath in this pond.In olden days it was connected with Karamana river.The pond was cleaned in 2012.During  Onam days for the past several years boat
races are held in this pond.
The temple has Kerala style design and architecture.The sanctum sanctorum is round in shape and 'Chuttambalam' (outer building of the sanctum) is square shaped.The roof of the sanctum is covered with copper plates.There is golden flag-staff in the temple.
The annual festival which is known as Painguni Ulsavam   is celebrated during the Malayalam month Meenam (March-April).Varaha Jayanthi which is in the same month Meenam is  also celebrated in a grand manner.
There are sub-Deities of  'Lord Ganapathy,Lord Sree Krishna,Nag Devtas,Yakshiamma etc.
The temple timings is  morning 5 a.m to 11.00 a.m and in the evening
5.00 p.m to 8.15 p.m.
The temple administration is by Travancore Devaswom Board.

'Eating one time  meal on his birthday(Varaha Jayanthi) and reciting  'Om Namo Narayanaya' many times and the above mantra as many times as possible can
be practiced by all to get the blessings of Lord Maha Vishnu and Lakshmi Devi.

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