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Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple
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Pooja Cost : US$ 9.00 Leadtime : 3 Days
Location : Nanganallur, Chennai.
Main Deity : Lakshminarasimhar Other Deties: Lord Navaneeta Krishna, Sri Chakrattazhvar, Sri Vishvaksena, Svami Nammazhvar, Sri Ramanuja and Sri Vedanta Desika..
Nearest Town : Chennai District : Chennai State : Tamil Nadu
Nanganallur is well-known today as one of the growing suburbs of Chennai and home to a very large number of temples. Nevertheless it can be said that the Nanganallur is mostly famous nowadays only for the presence of a large number of temples. As the historical researches have revealed even during the 8th century A.D., the small place of Nanganallur was existed. It was also chosen by the Pallava monarchs of Kanchipuram as a site for an extensive Vishnu temple.

The archaeological surveys have excavated several artifacts, which bear the clear evidence of the fact that this place was the house of a number of sprawling Vishnu temples in the ancient times. These ancient artifacts include a beautiful stone image of Lord Narayana, approximately five and a half feet in height, and are portrayed in typical Pallava style. An image of Goddess Bhu Devi, with a bell, a plate and a lamp is extremely captivating. The metal bell found here with the imposing image of goddess Bhu Devi is a unique one, since the top of the handle contains the images of Sudarshana (the discus of Lord Vishnu) and Panchajanya (His conch) one inlaid within the other. Normally they are found on either side of the top portion of a bell.

The Principal deity of this temple is Lord Lakshmi narasimhar. Also there are shrines for Sri Chakrattazhvar, Sri Vishvaksena, Swami Nammazhvar, Sri Ramanuja and Sri Vedanta Desika.

The other significant sanctum stationed in this temple, which is dedicated to Lord Navaneetha Krishna. Here, the main image holds a ball of butter in His right hand while His left hand holds the conch (sankha). The utsava-vigraha here is that of Lord Venugopala, who is found flanked by His consorts, Rukmini and Satyabhama. The processional image or the utsava vigraha of the Andal shrine, which is at the rear of the main sanctum is kept next to these utsava-murtis and worshipped here. It is interesting to note that the shrine for Lord Krishna is octagonal (eight-sided) in shape. The myths and legends associated with the temple reveal that the octagonal design of the temple has a special significance. According to these stories since He (Lord Krishna) was the eighth child of Vasudev and Devaki, the shrine dedicated to the Lord is octagonal in design. Also erected in this temple is a separate sanctum for Lord Srinivasa, whose image is guarded with the tall dvajastambha. It is venerated as the gift from the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.

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