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Sri Selva Lalithambikai temple

Moolavar : Selva Lalithambikai
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : NA
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : NA
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Chellapiratti, Gingee
District : Viluppuram
State : Tamil Nadu




   Navarathri in September-October is grandly celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   There are temples where Mothers Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi grace together individually. But this is a temple where the features of all the three mothers are combined in a single idol.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


   Sri Selva Lalithambikai Temple, Chellapiratti-604 210, Gingee, Villupuram district.


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General Information:

   Sri Siddhi Vinayaka graces the devotees coming to the temple. It has a five tier Rajagopuram and a Vimana in the sanctum sanctorum representing the Chola architecture. There are Shiva Shakti, Vishnu Shakti and Brahmma Shakti in the prakara along with shrines for Lord Maha Ganapathi and Lord Subramania-Muruga. Maharshi Rishya Shrunga had worshipped Devi in this temple.


   Worshipping Mother Selva Lalithambika, the devotee derives the benefit of worshipping Mothers Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi simultaneously.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek and offer sari to Mother Selva Lalithambikai.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Ambica Selva Lalithambikai graces with Her eight hands with a crescent moon on forehead and a five headed serpent above the head and holding a trident.? She is seated with Her left leg folding and hanging the right in a smiling ? Shanta form.? Ambica?s right hand assures protection to devotes-Abhaya Hastha while the left shows Her feet, an asylum to devotees.? In other hands, she is holding an Akshamala and Kamandala attributed to Mother Saraswathi, discus and conch attributed to Mother Mahalakshmi and the rope-Pasa and Ankusa related to Mother Parvathi.
The devotee derives the benefit of worshipping Mothers Durga, Lakshmi and saraswathi simultaneously. The devotee can also experience the sound of Ohm while meditating from the Dhyna Mandap.
There are eight Shkti temples around this temple. They are, Sri Kanchi Kamakshi in the north, Mylapore Sri Kolavizhi Amman in northeast, Sri Kadumbadi Amman in east, Sri Tiruvakkarai Vakrakali in southeast, Sri Samayapuram Mariamman in south, Sri Gingee Kamalakanni in southwest, Sri Melmalayanur Angala Parameswari in west and Padavedu Renuka Parameswari in northwest. Mother Selva Lalithambika is the central deity surrounded by these eight Shaktis.

Temple History:

   Maharsi Rishya Shrunga was the presiding priest in the conduct of the Puthrakameshti Yajna performed by Emperor Dasatha seeking child boon.? Son of Maharshi Vipandaka, Rishya Shringa had a stone plate which he was worshipping as Ambica.? It is said that stone plate had come to this place.? Based on this story, the antiquity of the temple goes back to a millennium.? This plate is installed later with an Ambica idol.? When Sri Adi Sankara was travelling to Kancheepuram, Ambica guided the route to him, it is believed.? There is an idol of Maharshi Rishya Shringa in the temple.
Mother Selva Lalithambika is personified in this plate. There was a time, which is followed even now in the form of Yantras, when powerful mantras were inscribed on them and worshipped as God or Goddess. This stone plate is four feet tall. With 12 squares containing letters of the Beejakshara Mantras (beej in Sanskrit means seed, Akshara means letters) of Parashakti. There is a trident at the central point. While Sun occupies the right top of the plate, Moon is at the left. Combining the features of Mothers Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasathi, the presiding deity-Selva Lalithambia- is beautifully painted in the plate.
With due regard to tradition, a three feet Ambica idol is installed below the stone plate.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based:?There are temples where the three Goddesses, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi grace the devotees either jointly from a single shrine or from separate shrines. But this is a temple where all the three goddesses are in a single form.?

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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