Image with a difference
The Vinayaka with the images of the nine planets. (Right) The other side has the image of Yoga Narasimha.
VINAYAKA IS worshipped in various forms. But the deity found at Sri Ramanuja Yogavanam is special in that the idol also contains the images of the nine planets.
The other side of the Navagraha Vinayaka, as this deity is referred to, has the image of Narasimha with a serpent hood. The Gajakesari concept is unusual and the shrine is located in the serene atmosphere of Ramanuja Yogavanam in Amruthapuri.
It is located on the Chengalpattu-Maduranthakam Road (6 km from the Pattalam crossroads point towards Vedanthangal).
At this place, shaped with the blessings of Sitaram Swami, cows and calves abandoned by their caretakers are sheltered. Also medical care is provided for the poor in the village.
Spectacles are supplied and marriages conducted for the financially backward.
The yogavanam, run by Sri Srinivasa Niketan in Nungambakkam, Chennai, also performs the last rites for those who have no kith or kin.
The organisation plans to construct a Prasanti Nilayam for devotees.