Goddess Ugra Prathiyankira Devi

Facing the Sannidhi of Lord Veera Sarabeswara is the 12-foot panchaloka icon of Goddess Ugra Prathiyankara also known as Atharvana Bhadrakali. She is also referred to as Aparajitha – the invincible. She is believed to have emerged from the fire emanating from the third eye of Lord Sarabeswarar. It was Goddess Prathiyankara who aided in subsiding the anger of Lord Narasimha. She is lion – faced and is seated on a lion. Her four hands bear a noose in the form of a snake, trident, hand-drum and bowl (kabaala paathram). She wears a garland of skulls. In this Kali yuga, where evil is manifest in varied forms, Goddess Prathiyankara is regarded as the saviour of mankind, alleviating the sufferings of humanity. She possesses the power to offset the influences of black magic. Though fearsome in appearance, she is the very embodiment of benevolence and grace to her devotees.

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Navadurgas `Sri Sailaputri, Sri Brahmacharini, Chandrakande, Kushmande, Skandamatha, Kathayayini, Kalarathri, Mahagauri and Sidhithathri’ are installed around this sannadi. This gopuram represents the Tamilnadu type of architecture.

Special day : New Moon Day,Ashtami
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Lord Veera Sarabeswarar

Lord Sri Veera Sarabeswarar

According to Hindu mythology Lord Shiva sends Veerabhadra to quell the anger of Lord Narasimha after the latter had vanquished the demon King Hiranyakashipu. Unable to control the turbulence of Lord Narasimha, Veerabhadra pleads to Lord Shiva for help. A shaft of light enters Veerabhadra who assumes the magnificent form of Lord Sarabeswara. The 12-foot icon of Sri Veera Sarabeswara at Chennai Skandasramam is half-bird and half-beast, with two wings bearing Goddess Prathiyankara and Goddess Soolini on either side. The face is that of a Yali. Sarabeswara bears a deer, battleaxe, snake and fire in his four hands. He also bears Bhairava and Agni in his abdomen. Two of his four feet rest on a mountain. The benign grace of Lord Veera Sarabeswara is said to protect devotees from all kinds of malevolent forces.

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The Asta bhairavar’s `Achithanga Bhairavar, Ruru Bhairavar, Chanda, Krodana, Kabala, Unmatha, Bheeshana, Samkara, svarnakarshana Bhairavar are installed around the Sannadhi. This gopuram represents the Tamilnadu type of architecture.

Special day : Every Sunday Raghukalam (4.30 P.M – 6.00 P.M)
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