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Sri Araikasu Amman temple
 
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Moolavar: Araikasu Amman
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Ratnamangalam
  District: Chennai
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Annual abishek festival in Aadi (July-August) and Purattasi Navarathri in September-October are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Mother helps the devotee recover what he/she lost.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Araikasu Amman Temple, Ratnamangalam, Vandalur, Chennai – 600 048.  
   
Phone:
   
  +9144 2431 4572, 94440 20084. 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Mother Araikasu Amman is in sitting form gracing the devotees.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Mother helps the devotee recover what he/she lost.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees, on realizing their wishes, offer garlands made of lime and chant Ambica Ashtothram (108 names of Ambica). 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

The deity representing the powers of Mother Parvathi has four hands holding Pasam and Angusam (a rope and a stick) and is in a sitting form.  The crown is of snake design (Naga kreedam) with crescent moon and She holds trident in one hand.  Mostly Ambica is dressed in yellow vastras.  The Lion vehicle is in front of the shrine.  Special pujas are performed on Sundays, Tuesdays, Fridays, new moon and full moon days.  A dollar with the emblem of Araikasu Amman is given as Prasad.  There is also a yantra with 108 numbers which devotees touch and know their effects on them.   Jaggery is the main nivedhana offered to Amman.

 

It is the belief of the devotees that what they had misplaced due to forgetfulness can be traced or anyone missing in the family will return safe, if they pray to Amman.  When they get back the thing lost, they make a Vinayaka in jaggery and make a drink with dry ginger and jaggery offering them as nivedhana.

 

There is a separate temple for Lakshmi Kubera nearby.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Kings of Pudukkottai were worshipping Mother Prakadambal as their Ishta Devatha in Tirukokarnam. During Navarathri festival, they gave rice, jaggery and a coin – Araikasu- then in circulation as Prasad.  Thus Ambica came to be known as Araikasu Amman.  Once, the king prayed to Amman to get back a thing he lost and had his prayer granted.  Since then, the deity is worshipped to help getting back the lost ones.

 

There is no temple in Tamilnadu for Araikasu Amman.  It is said there is a shrine in some temples for the deity.  Having Araikasu Amman as the presiding deity, this temple is built here.

 
     
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