Temple Complex Cheddda
Tel Nos : 528 0303 /
of Spiritual, Social, Cultural and
The Samaj is purely a service organisation without any profit motive and wholly dedicated for the promotion of Spiritual, Educational, Cultural activities and Community Welfare.
During the past five decades, the Samaj has been propagating the cherished ideals of our ancient heritage in respect of 'Bhakti' and 'Dharma'. The activities are mainly congregational worship and prayers, spiritual discourses on philosophical subjects, cultural activities portraying the noble purposes of human endeavour in order to emphasise the influence of ethical precepts and practices on the orderly conduct of social and community life.
To fulfill the long-felt need of thousands of devotees, the Samaj has constructed a Temple Complex with a Community Development Centre on a plot of ~ 2300 sq. yards at Chheda Nagar, Chembur, a north-eastern suburb of Mumbai. The multi-purpose temple complex was consecrated in 1980.
The middle class families of the city contributed the major portion of this Rupees One Crore project. The Samaj also received munificent donations from philanthropic individuals, institutions, corporates, religious and charitable trusts.
A happy feature of the temple complex is the sacred presence of six deities: Lord Ganesha, Presiding Deity Lord Muruga, Lord Dharma Sastha ( Ayyappa), Lord Guruvayurappan, Lord Anjaneyar and Goddess Durga. An Ashtamangalya Prashna (the complex and accurate Puranic astrological reading based on place, time and omens) conducted at the temple site before starting the construction work revealed that this large salt pan was a dense forest centuries ago, where Maharishis worshiped many deities.
The Maha Kumbhabhishekam for the temple was performed on 24th January, 1980 in the immediate and benign presence of His Holiness Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamiji of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, who for the first time visited Mumbai by Pada Yatra for this purpose.
According to Agama Shastras Ashtabhandana Kumbhabhishekam for all temples is to be performed once in twelve years to preserve the sanctity of the temples. The Jeernordharana Ashtabhandana Maha Kumbhabhishekam was performed on 12th December 1991. On this occasion Swarnabhandanam for Lord Muruga and Gold plating of Dwajasthambam were done. The Junior Pontiff of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamiji visited Mumbai for the first time to participate in the Kumbhabhishekam along with His Holiness Sri Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamiji.
The building in itself is a mixture of tradition and modern trend - the traditional temples in blue granite stand on a structure made of RCC. Some 800 tonnes of granite specially picked from Pattimalai Kuppam, near Kanchipuram, and carved in Wallajabad and Mahabalipuram, near Chennai, amid rituals of ancient traditions, were brought to Chembur. They were then assembled, block by block , by experts in the temple art to form the intricate structures. The Rajagopuram rising to 26 feet sits on 51-foot-high RCC structure.
The unique construction not only helps to accommodate community welfare activities but also fulfills the traditional aspect - the temples for the presiding deity, Lord Muruga ( also referred to Lord Subramaniya, Shanmukha, Kartikeya) are at an elevated level or on top of a hillock.. Religious code has prescribed that the sanctum sanctorum should rest on the ground to give bhoosparsham. To fulfil this, all sanctum sanctorums are placed on RCC structures rising from the ground level filled with sand.
The idols, the carvings and the sculptured gopurams were executed by one of the most outstanding authorities on temple sculpture, Shri Kumaresa Sthapathi, a Presidents award winner. His band of dedicated craftsmen are confined to only a few chosen families who follow the `Shastra right from the selection of granite to the final touch of the chisel on the carving.
The activities of the Samaj are overseen by an elected committee of 15 members. Day-to-day working is being looked after by elected office-bearers. (The list of committee members is given separately).
The Committee has set up several corpus funds in order to conduct the on going activities on a permanent basis. Devotees can take part by contributing to the corpus of Nirantara Puja Fund, Annadhanam Fund, Manav Seva Fund, Brahmotsavam Fund, Festival Fund, Prathishta Day Fund, Sapthaham Fund and Golden Chariot Procession Fund.
Best Viewed in 640x480 e.com
( India ) Pvt. Ltd