Seated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Chinmaya Tarangini is a one of its kind meditation park and temple dedicated to Sri Matsya Narayana, the first avatar of Sri Vishnu.
Seated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Chinmaya Tarangini is a one of its kind meditation park and temple dedicated to Sri Matsya Narayana, the first avatar of Sri Vishnu. Within a few years of its establishment, Chinmaya Tarangini has evolved into a popular destination for devotees not only from Chennai but from around the world. Located at Uthandi, ECR, Chinmaya Tarangini is a dedication of the Chinmaya Mission at the lotus feet of the great master and spiritual revivalist, Poojya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.
The Matsya Narayana temple stands as a fitting tribute to the lord who brought back the knowledge of the supreme from the depths of disuse and certain oblivion. The towering statue of the lord is a divine sight against the background of the ocean with devotees enjoying breathtaking views of Sunrise and Sunset. The entire temple is open to the sky and allows a blend of all the five elements, setting the perfect stage for the experience of oneness.
Every deity that Chinmaya Tarangini houses is visually magnificent and exuberates great spiritual appeal. The majestic idols of Sri Mukthi Vinayaka, Mrityunjaya Shiva, a unique installation of the Navagrahas and the mighty Vikrama Hanuman are a few examples. Another stellar installation in the meditation park is the Geeta Ratham, a chariot driven by the Masters across the ages- Sri Krishna, Bhagwan Veda Vyasa, Adi Sankaracharya and Swami Chinmayananda.
There are 108 pillars inscribed with the 1000 names of the lord from the Vishnu Sahasranamam, each a precious indicator of the nature of the self, calling out to all to meditate on the same. Hours turn into seconds for devotees who go from pillar to pillar chanting the name of the lord. The names of Swami Chinmayananda from the ashtothra are also inscribed on the pillars invoking in us, a sense of gratitude to our Guru who inspires us on this path towards the Divine.
The pradhakshana around the main deity affords an opportunity for the devotees to walk on a pebble path that serves the body the benefits of accupressure by triggering pressure points on the feet as they meditate on the lord.
A creatively conceptualised space of worship exclusively for children below the ages of 12, Kutty’s Kovil houses child-size avatars with illustrative panels in the background of Hinduism’s most popularly worshipped deities, namely – Shiva, Skanda, Krishna, Hanuman, Ram, Sita and Ganesha.
The aim of this innovation is to allow children to roam on their own, without fear or intimidation, as they slide down in joy to reach a cave like space to see Lord Krishna hold up the Govardhan mountain. As they move from place to place, they listen to stories connected to each deity, familiarise themselves with the right incantations and prayers to invoke the Grace of each of the deities. This alluring environment full of fun, is sure to appease every one of a child’s doubts with regards to worship and religion.
Every Sunday at 5.30 AM, a Gayatri Homam is performed, which is open for all devotees to participate in. Additionally, a special Arati is performed at 6PM for the main deities and a unique Sagara Arati is dedicated to the Oceans, on the weekends. Devotees and volunteers are welcome to visit, contribute and participate in all the events at the Chinmaya Tarangini.
For devotees looking forward to purchasing memoirs of the temple, there is a dedicated book store housing books and several other items of spiritual interest such as Rudraksha malas, incense sticks, fridge magnets with pictures of deities, and much much more.
While spiritual books of Chinmaya mission require no introduction in terms of the depth of spiritual knowledge coupled with simplicity of language, the children’s books with stories of deities are popular all over the world for the fun way in which they are created. They are certainly a must have in all homes where parents are keen on introducing core Hindu values to their children at an early age.
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