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In need of funds

THE KUMBABHISHEKAM of Sri Vedanayaki Sametha Vedapureeswara Otheeswarar temple in Madipakkam was performed in 1998. Shrines for all the deities including Ambikai were installed.

Once Vedavyasa was said to have been troubled by a demon, who performed a penance to get rid of it.

The penance was long and rigorous as he not only warded off the evil but was also able to perform his rituals peacefully.

The shrine therefore came to be known as Vidyaranyam. It has another name, `Otheeswaram' and the Lord is known as `Otheeswarar.'

According to legend, Lord Indra once lived a luxurious life. In the bargain, he lost the `Vajrayudham' and also his mental equilibrium.

To atone, Indra along with a saint went to Vidyaranyam and performed pujas sincerely.

Soon, his prayers were answered and he got back the Vajrayudham.

Culverts amply bear the name Maradibakam and the Lord is known as Mazhuvudayar, Madulam Kanni Ammai and Ullidamkondar which dates back to Pallava regime.

Another legend talks about the sorrow of the ruler of the land, who prayed to the Lord.

King Sarvajith was so heartbroken by the spell of drought his country was going through, he went to the shrine of Lord Mazhuvudayar and stood praying fervently. He was surprised to find someone also praying to the Lord in the same vein.

The Lord and Goddess appeared and told him that his companion was none other than Adiseshan who was unable to bear the weight of the earth.

"Your agony will end and you will get relief immediately." So declaring the Lord and disappeared. And prayers were indeed answered.

The temple authorities have decided to construct a Rajagopuram of 36 ft and a `Vimana Gopuram' of 12 ft for Otheeswarar, and of nine ft for Ambal.

Contributions may be sent by cheque/DD in favour of `Arulmigu Otheeswarar Aalaya Rajagopura Tiruppani Committee,' Eswaran Koil Street, Madipakkam, Chennai-600 091.

T. MADHAVAN

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