12 August 2009
SHKATHI STHALAMS - KARUMAARIAMMAN TEMPLE AT TIRUVERKADU
The Karumaariamman temple at Tiruverkadu near Chennai is one of the most revered and visited temples in the vicinity of Chennai. It enshrines an image of Karumaariamma, discovered in an anthill. This shrine was enlarged and rebuilt in the middle of the 20th century. There are shrnies here to Vinayakar, Subramanyar, Surya, Chandran, Maduraiveeran, Vaattavaraayan, the navagrahams and Perumaal.
An image of Renuka Parameswari, is also enshrined in the sanctum, in front of Devi Karumaari Amman. A tank is located in front of the temple entrance. The stalavriksham here is the neem tree, or the Veppa maram.
The temple has been designed so that the rays of the sun illuminte the sanctum in the months of Thai and Aadi. The Aadi Utsavam, Thai Poosam, and Chitra Pournami are the festivals celebrated here.
Tiruverkaadu is also home to the Tevaara Paadal Petra Stalam Tiruverkadu - glorified by the hymns of the Nayanmars, enshrining Vedapureeswarar.