10th December 2017.
During my search for the Mambalam Village Guarding 8 deities, came across this 300 years old Sri Muthalaman Temple on the south end of Lake view Road. The Gurukkal was preparing the pooja when I visited. Went along with him and told that he is doing pooja for the past 30 years in this temple. He told me that this is one of the 8 Mambalam Village boundary ( ellai ) guarding deities. He also claimed that this temple was once a Pallipadai Temple similar to Pamban Swamikal temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Pondy Bazar Sri Agastheeswarar Temple, Appar Swamikal Temple and Pamban Swamikal Temple. For the proof he showed me the Hero Stone and a Muthalaman Stone installed at the back side of the sanctum. In the course of time the old temple was ruined and this new temple was built on the same place with Amman as a presiding deity.
Iraivi : Sri Muthalaman
Some of the important details are as follows…
The temple is facing east with out any entrance arch or Rajagopuram. The Sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Antarala and Arthamandapam. Amman is seated on a 4 feet pedestal under Cobra snake hood. Amman is holding Damaru, soolam, Sword and Kapala in four hands. Under the base Amman’s head statue, which was found out from the near by lake. Simha vahana and Palipedam are in the mandapam. In koshtam Gowmari, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Brahmi and Durgai. At the entrance of the sanctum Ganapathy and Valli Devasena Subramaniyar on both sides
There is an interesting story that the Amman statue was made for a Singapore temple and some how stayed at harbor. Latter installed at this temple. It was also learnt that some devotees from Singapore visits this temple even now.
In the prakaram Sannadhi for Kathavarayan, Veerapathirar are at the entrance Gate, Bala Ganapathy & Balamurugan, Anjaneyar, Hero stone and Navagrahas. Nagars are under the peepal tree. Two panels consists of Amman face and Hero stone are installed at the back side of the sanctum. Gurukkal claimed that originally this temple might have been built for a person, who died in a war and temple was built with a small Amman’s head as a presiding deity. In the hero stone the hero is riding on a horse with a sword on his hand.
Interestingly happened to see a Kanthu ( believed to be the male consort of Amman ) and a stone at the entrance of the Temple.
It is a temple for Poosa nakshathira. Special poojas are conducted on Kiruthukai, Shashti, Navarathiri. Annual kool vaarthal festival is also conducted on 4th Sunday of Adi month.
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.30 hrs to 20.30 hrs. Timings may change during festival and Fridays.
C Balasubramaniya Gurukkal may be contacted on his mobile 9444462116 and his address is 5/1B, Kavarai street, West Mambalam.
HOW TO REACH :
This temple is on the south end of Lake view street, in West Mambalam,
The nearest bus stop is MettuPalayam, Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Temple and Postal Colony.
The nearest Sub-Urban Railway station is Mambalam and the temple is about 3 KM.
The Sthala Viruksham with nagars
The reliefs of Muthalamman and Hero Stone
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