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Sri Ravieaswarar temple
Moolavar: Ravieaswarar
  Urchavar: Somaskandar
  Amman / Thayar: Maragadambal
  Thala Virutcham: Vanni
  Theertham: Surya theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: Banumapuri Pattanam
  City: Vyasarpadi
  District: Chennai
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Aani Brahmmotsavam in June-July, Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November, Makara Sankaranthi falling almost on January 14 or a day before or after occasionally in some years, Masi Magam in February-March and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals of the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The Indira Vimanam above the Shiva shrine is constructed as a nest without any support. This is visible if one stands close to the shrine and look at the vimana. Lord Shiva is facing east. There is no entrance to this shrine. The devotee has to come through the entrance in the south. On the wall against the Shiva shrine there is a hole designed as a Shiva Linga. Sri Nandi is in front of the shrine. The rays of Sun fall on the presiding deity through the Shiva Linga hole as if Sun God performs the first puja to Lord Shiva. Only then other morning puja – Kala Sandhi Puja- is performed. Sun God graces from the front mandap of the temple. Special pujas are performed to both Lord Shiva and Sun on Sundays, the first day of Dakshinayana and Uthrayana Punyakala days and on Makara Sankaranthi and Ratha Sapthami the seventh day of Sankranthi when the rath of Sun actually turns towards north. Those facing any adverse effects due to Sun planet perform special pujas to Lord Shiva and Sun.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.  
  Sri Ravieaswarar Temple, Vysarpadi, Chennai. Sri S. Sivakumar Shivachariar, 56, Murthinga Iyer Street, Vyasarpadi,Chennai – 600 039.  
  +91-44 2551 8049, 99418 60986. 
 General Information:

The Vinayaka of this 3 tier Rajagopuram temple is known as Lord Sundara Vinayaka.  The spring (theertha) created by Sun God is outside the temple.  The Vanni tree-sacred tree of the temple-is behind Lord Shiva Shrine.  There are shrines for Lord Nataraja, Bhairava, Lord Sundara Vinayaka, Lord Muruga with Valli and Deivanai, Lord Aiyappa and Sri Anjaneya.


Devotees seek the pardon of Lord Shiva for sins committed unknowingly, pray to Maharshi Acharya Veda Vyasa for excellence in education and to Lord Vishnu for wise children.  Unmarried women pray to Mother Maragambal for early marriage.   Those facing adverse effects due to aspects of serpent planets pray to the Nagar under the tree with turmeric powder and perform abishek with milk.  Women tie mangalsutra (yellow thread)to the tree praying for sustaining their Sumangali status, avoiding widowhood in life.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek to the Lord with Vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

In earlier days, there was the shrine for Lord Shiva only.  The king of this region prayed to Lord to bless him with a child.  Lord Shiva advised Ambica to be born as the daughter of the king.  Ambica came to the garden of the king where she was crawling as a child under the Magizham tree.  The king was too happy to have the child, named Her Maragadambika and brought Her up.  When She attained the marriageable age, Lord Shiva had Her hand.  The Mother Shrine thus came later.  This wedding festival is celebrated along with Aani Brahmmotsavam.


Mother Ambica is facing south.  10 day Navarathri festival is dedicated to Mother Maragambika.  Tenth day Mahisha Vadam (killing of demon Mahisha) is famous festival in the temple.  The stem of a plantain tree tied with leaves of Vanni tree is personified as the demon which is axed then as killing of the demon.


This is the place where Maharshi Veda Vyasa worshipped Lord, hence the place is called Vyasarpadi.  Sage Veda Vysa gave us the 18 puranas and the Vedas under four titles.  There is a shrine for the Maharshi behind the Shiva shrine.  He appears in a sitting form on a tiger hide with folded legs one upon the other – Padmasana – holding the palm leaves.  Special pujas are performed to Him on full moon days with a Vilwa garland.  Before admitting children to school, parents bring them here and pray.  It is believed that Maharshi Vyasa worships Lord Shiva on Ratha Sapthami day.


Perumal-Lord Vishnu in the temple – is called Munaikatha Perumal as he helped to keep the Sharpness (Munai) of the tusk of Vinayaka who wrote Mahabharatha to the dictation of Maharshi Vyasa.  Perumal comes in processon on Purattasi Saturdays in September-October and on Vaikunda Ekadasi day in December-January.

  Temple History:

Samugna Devi, wife of Sun God left Him as she could not bear the heat emanating from Him.  She left her shadow called Chaya Devi with Sun.  Chaya Devi was impartial to Samugna’s sons.  Sun came to know of this only later.  On His way in search of his wife, He bypassed a place where Brahmma was conducting a Yagna.  Brahmma, not knowing his mission cursed him to be born a human on Earth.  To relieve himself from the curse of Brahmma, he installed a Linga in this place and worshipped Lord Shiva.  Pleased Lord Shiva appeared before Sun and relieved him from the curse and also merged in the Linga worshipped by sun.  Hence, Lord Shiva got the name Ravi Easwara, Ravi-Sun.

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