A confluence of 108 Sakthi Peet Temples
In the wee hours of Sunday, we headed to Shree Swarna Kamakshi Temple in Kannanthangal, a village 40km away from the city, to witness a one-of-a-kind Maha Kumbabishekam of 108 Sakthi Peeta Temples, three gopurams, and the raja gopuram, all at the same time. As soon as we took a turn off the Madhuramangalam Road, we noticed the temple’s raja gopuram a few metres away, decked with garland for the ritual. “Each of the Sakthi Peet Devi has a temple dedicated as per the Shilpa Sastra, a temple tradition. This campus is called Mangalapuri. Come and soak yourself in this divine campus,” announced a volunteer. Hordes of visitors from different villages from in and around the neighbourhood thronged the venue. “We have come from Sunguvarchatram to witness this auspicious event. Where else can you see all the Sakthis together!” said a 65-year-old Rajalakshmi. Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit presided as the chief guest of the event, and the Maha Kumbabishekam took place under the presence of Vijayendra Saraswathi, the 70th Jagadguru of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. “Today, in this Mangalapuri, people from the city, villages, and devotees from other parts of the world have come together to witness the synergy of all Sakthis. It’s not an easy feat to bring 108 Sakthis under one roof, but here we are — blessed to see them all in the same campus within 15 minutes... The campus has been doing several good services including annadanams (free meals), abhishekam and satsangs. Many such wonderful activities are set to happen here,” he said. The temple, the brainchild of Kamakshi Swamiji, has been conceptualised in four layers, reflecting the four Purusharthas or human aspirations — Dharma (righteous life), Artha (wealth), Kama (desires) and Moksha (liberation). The third level encompassing the ‘108 Sakthi Peetam temples’ around the main temple commenced after 2014. The temple is built entirely with rock stones as per Shilpa Sastra under the supervision of Padma recipient Muthiah Stapathi.
The campus has been giving annadanam (free meals), doing abhishekam and satsangs. Many such wonderful activities are set to happen here
Devotees from different villages participated