Weekend Darshan - 11
Sri Balasubramina Swamy Temple, Siruvapuri
Yesterday we had been to this nice temple dedicated to Lord Muruga. The history of this temple dates back to the period of Ramayana. It is believed that Lava and Kusa fought with their father Lord Rama here over the Ashwameda horse. Hence the name "Siruvar pOr puri" - siruvapuri. Arunagirinathar has sung about this place in "Thriupugazh"
But around here, this place it is known as "Chinambedu" which has been derived from "Chinna ambu edu". We googled for a road route to this place, but couldn't find one. So we called Mr.Sundaram, whose telephone number we got from here. He was very helpful and patiently explained the route to us.
Siruvapuri is situated 50kms from Chennai along the Chennai - Kolkatta highway. As you proceed from RedHills, you will come across a toll booth after a bridge at Karanodai. Travel for another 6kms along the highway and there is a "Siruvapuri" name board on the left hand side. Take left there and proceed for another 3-4 kms to reach the temple.
Although the temple is neat and well maintained, thanks to copious funds that it is recieving, the people here do not seem to understand that temples need to be calm and peaceful.