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Brief Descriptions of the Deities

Sri Vinayakar   Sri Vinayakar (Ganesha, Pillayar) is worshipped as the prime deity. Every ritual begins with a prayer and pooja offering to Lord Ganapathy. He is the remover of all obstacles in the proper conduct of Sacred Ritual. The physical form of Ganapathy with the elephant head denotes superior perfection. Lord Ganesha is associated with a mouse as his vahana (vehicle) which represents ego and the restless human mind. The act of sitting denotes control. It means that humility is acquired by controlling the ego and peace by controlling the mind. It is emphasized in the Tamil devotional book Thiruvarutpayan that one who earnestly prays to Lord Ganapathy will not have difficulties in his/her education. Pillayar Sathurthi is the most important festival during the month of Aavani (August-September).  
       
Sri Vinayakar   Sri Murugan, the Great God, could well be called the Emancipator, ever available to the call of the needy and those in distress. He is the manifestations of Lord Siva in action and King of Kings, the power in their scepter. His Vel (Lance) empowering the scepter of the rulers, also ensures that justice prevails, wisdom enriches the mind of citizens, It rains in abundance and crops florish. Valli and Deivayani are his Divine consorts. They represent Ichcha Sakthi (Energy of Will) and the Kriya Sakhi (Energy of Action) of the Lord. The worship of Lord Murugan is revealed in the oldest Tamil scripture Tholkapiyam in 2500 B.C. Important festivals for Lord Murugan are Skantha Shasti (six days of strict fasting) in the month of Aipasi (October-November) and Karthikai Theepam in the month of Karthikai (November-December).  
       
Sri Vinayakar   Sri Vengateswara (Lord Vishnu) is depicted as the great Preserver, sustaining God of the universe. Worship of Lord Vengateswara is the most prevalent form of Vaishnava religious worship and is inextricably intertwined with the cultural life of India from time immemorial. Lore has it that it was Lord Vishnu who incarnated as Sri Rama and then again as Sri Krishna. The two greatest epics in India, Ramayana and Maha Bharatha are the description of Life cycle events of Sri Rama and Sri Krishna respectively. Furthermore it is said that Sri Krishna expounded the most important moral and religious code of India called Bhaghavat Ghita to Arjuna, a warrior and participant in Maha Bharatha. Prominent festivity is Vaikunda Ekathasi on the month of Markazhi (December-January).  
       
Sri Vinayakar   Durgai Amman is a Sanskrit word which means Fort, a metaphor for security or protection. The Great Universal mother Goddess Durgai Amman is the feminine aspect of Lord Siva. She is the power, the force by which God creates preserves and destroys. Mother Durgai Amman is worshipped in numerous physical forms. She is the benevolent Looking mother to devotees, but can take the virulent form of Mother Kali to protect them from wicked forces. The weapons in her hands are for fighting against eight evils - hate, greed, passion, vanity, contempt of others, envy, jealousy and illusion with which one binds one self. Navarathiri is the famous festival for Durga in Purattasi (September – October)  
       
Sri Vinayakar   Sri Natarajar – Dancing Siva. Lord Siva is often depicted as Natarajah in the form of the Cosmic Dancer. The whole universe is in tune with the dance of the Lord. The dance is timed by the tempo of the universe, the seasons in the regularity, and the planets in their courses. Lord Siva in dancing form is shown with four hands. One hand holds a small drum by the sound of which he determines the time and the pulse of manifestation, evolution and renewal of the universe. In another hand are the flames which consume things in their eternal destiny. Third hand is Abhaya Mudra while the forth hand pointing downwards to the foot which represents the eternal moksha or muththi. The other foot is firmly established crushing the demom dwarf Muyalaka. Siva worship existed 4000 B.C. in Indus Valley civilization according to archeological evidence, the first historical signs of Saivaism, although it was more evident in the Indus Valley civilization of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro during 3000 B.C. The famous festivals are Sivarathiri in the month of Maasy (February-March) and Aruthira Thansanam (Thiruvembavai) in Markazi (December – January).  
       
Sri Vinayakar   Sri Bhairavar is one of the manifestations of Lord Siva. In Tamil tradition, he is considered the Guardian of the village or Temple and it’s a tradition to leave the temple keys at his feet at the end of the day. It is the first duty of the priest in the morning to take the keys from his feet after praying for his permission and blessings.  
       
Sri Vinayakar   Navagraham are the nine planets that govern our destinies. Hindus traditionally believe that the planets - Sooriyan (Sun), Chandran or Soma (Moon), Sevvai or Kuja (Mars), Puthan (Mercury), Viyalan or Guru (Jupiter), Velli or Sukkiran (Venus), Sani (Saturn) and other celestial features of Ragu and Kethu have considerable influence on the life of mankind and they are worshipped in all Saivaite Temples. Special pooja to Sani is very popular on Saturdays, especially in the month of Purattasi (September – October).  
       
Other Deities Include:
SRI ARUMAIJGAR, SRI SANDESWARAR, SIVALINGAM, PAARVATHY, SRI DAKSHINAMOORTHY, SRI MAHA VISHNU, SRI BRAHMA
       
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