Jai Bolo Sri Sri Sri Siva Shankar Matha Ji Ki Jai
Success knew no bounds for Baba’s community living concept as an adjacent piece of land was acquired for expansion and christened Sripuram. Baba casually mentioned His wish of installing an Ambal idol at Sripuram. The Grand Master’s plans were realized in a short period of time and the temple arose at a God-decided rapid pace.
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 Mahisasuran 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.
What an ambience She is enshrined in! Beautiful gardens, lush lawns, a large hall with a seating capacity of 200, and a Yaga Salai with a similar capacity. 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, Sashti, 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.
Adjacent to the temple is a well stocked free library containing 20,000 books – on spiritualism and a wide range of other topics.
At 6 am everyday, the Goddess is woken up by the chanting of Vedas and singing songs in Her praise. Nitya yagnam is performed at the Yaga Salai by chanting Chandika Hrudaya parayanam and Devi Mahatmiya parayanam. The yagnam lasts for about an hour from 7:30 to 8:30 am. Pooja to the deity consists of abishekam to Meru with milk followed by the chanting of Lalitha Sahasranama, Devi Mahatmiyam, Nava Dalam, Chandi parayanam, and, Mahalakshmi and Saraswathi namavali. Daily evening at six, Vishnu Sahasranama is recited followed by Pallaku (palanquin) and Oonjal (swing) seva. Durga is put to sleep around 8 pm with “Taalelo” song of Siva Shankari.
Apart from the above mentioned activities, special “Ragu Kaala” pooja, Bhagavat Sevai, and special Gayathri Yagna are performed on various days of the month.
Nine days of special Yagam and 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.