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This beautiful temple that is dedicated to Sri Anjaneyar is located on top of the Gajagiri hills in Pudupakkam village, on the Kelambakkam- Vandalur road. The temple can be reached by climbing the 108- step stairway which also offers a magnificent view of the surroundings. The hill has several trees and plants and the ambience is peaceful and serene. The temple is considered very important to Sri Anjaneyar devotees. The temple is also known as Sri Veera Anjaneyar Temple and gives positive vibrations and energy.
In the epic Ramayana, Sri Anjaneyar is the only entity to have visited Lanka thrice. The first time he went in search of Sita Devi and found her in the Ashoka Vanam. He identified himself with the Kanayazhi (wedding ring) she had given Sri Rama and received her Choodamani as evidence he had met Sita Devi. He met Ravana, king of Lanka, and played the role of a wise diplomat and persuaded Ravana to hand over Sita Devi back to Rama with all honor. When Ravana was unrelenting, Sri Anjaneyar set fire to Lanka, a reflection of his might and a warning to Ravana of the consequences.
The second time was the march of the Vanara Sena (monkey army) and the building of the Sethu Bridge. Sri Anjaneyar arrived for the second time in Lanka, this time around with Sri Rama and his brother, Lakshmana.
The third time, he left Lanka during the battle to bring the miracle Sanjeevani herb for reviving an unconscious Lakshmana, felled by the magical arrow of Indrajit (Ravana’s son) applied with serpent Mantra. On his way back carrying the Sanjeevi mountain, Sri Anjaneyar assumed his Sandhyavandanam(evening prayers). He is said to have halted at Pudupakkam, where the temple is located on Gajagiri Hills.
The temple has a 6 foot- tall statue of Sri Anjaneyar with his head North facing towards the Sanjeevi mountain and his body facing East. His right leg is placed on the ground while his left leg is ready to take flight. His hand is in Abhaya Mudra position, reassuring the devotees of his protection, and there is a bell at the end of his tail raised above his head, which is unique to the Sri Anjaneyar statue located here.
The other deities present here are Sri Rama, Sita Devi, and Lakshmana, directly opposite to the sanctum sanctorum. It is believed that Madhva saint Sri Vyasatirtha built 108 temples for Sri Anjaneyar, and it is on this belief that the temple has 108 steps.
Devotees perform Vennai Kappu- Hydration pooja with butter and offer garlands of beetle leaves to Sri Anjaneyar.
The temple has a close link to the Sri Nitya Kalyana Perumal Temple in Thiruvidanthai, and they follow an annual tradition where certain things are carried in procession from Sri Anjaneyar Temple to Sri Nitya Kalyana Perumal Temple during festival days.
Devotees worship Hanuman (Sri Anjaneyar) to get relief free from evil spirits, chronic health problems, obstacles in marital life, mental or psychological issues like depression, anxiety, and fear. They offer prayers to overcome a negative attitude, bad habits, and to induce courage and confidence. They offer prayers to realize all their wishes in life.
Hanuman Jayanthi- Birthday of Hanuman and Sri Rama Navami- Birthday of Sri Rama in March- April, are the two most important festivals celebrated here.
Morning: 06.00 am - 10.00 am
Evening: 05.00 pm - 08.00 pm
Chennai International Airport is nearest to the temple at a distance of 35 kilometers.
The nearest railway station is Vandalur station, which is 22 kilometers from the temple.
The temple is located on the Tambaram- Kelambakkam road, 12 kilometers from Vandalur.
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