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Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka

It was with the blessings of H.H. Swami Chinmayananda, Chinmaya Gram was founded in Koyambedu, a quiet village in those days, far from the city, more than 50 years ago. It is said that Mahatmas divinise a place with their presence. Our Gurudev blessed Chinmaya gram devotees by consecrating the idols of Sri Varasiddhi Vinayakar and Sri Navaneetha Krishna. The former smoothens our life path and the latter charms his way playfully into our bosom.


Koyembedu as a punya sthala, has its own historical significance. It was here that the Saint Valmiki lived in the Koyembedu forest. After Matha Sita Devi gave birth to Lava and Kucha, it was here that they worshipped Lord Shiva. It is believed that these events are recorded in palm leaves. It is also said that Sri Kanchi Mahaperiyava visited Koyambedu in the 1930s. All these significant happenings were responsible for our Pujya Gurudev to have chosen this place for the creation of Chinmaya Gram stage 1.

It was in the year 1968, a few families moved into this Gram and in just a few years, many families started settling in. The old devotees also cherish the memories of Gurudev's visit to their houses and were blessed.

In the year 1971, Varasiddhi Vinayakar temple was built with the blessings of Pujya Gurudev. On 6th May 1993, the Maha Kumbhabishekam was conducted in the presence of Gurudev.

Later that year, Sri Krishna temple was added and the deity of Navaneetha Krishnan was installed.

Main Deities

Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka is considered to be very powerful and all the residents feel that they are really blessed  by his presence in that area. The main road leading  into Chinmaya Gram stage 1 is called by His name.

Sri Navaneetha Krishna shrine is adjacent to Vinyakar shrine, which was consecrated on the demands of the Mission devotees. Satsang classes after the Pujas are also being conducted. 


Sub Deities

Ambal Sannadi: At the back of Main Shrine under the Neem tree a small shrine is built for conducting Raghukala Pooja.

Navagraha Sannadi: In the north east corner of the temple Navagrahas are installed in a small shrine.

There is a beautiful Nanda Vanam in front of Sri Krishna's Sannadi where lot of flowers blossom everyday and give a feeling of Brindavan as they have lot of Tulasi plants.

Few rare varieties of trees and a small lotus pool are also maintained. In the olden days the temple was identified  with the tall coconut trees which were more than 20, now they are reduced in number but yield coconuts for Pujas.

Shankatahara Chathurthy Puja and Sathyanarayana pujas are conducted every month.

Raghukala Puja is conducted every Friday.

On Hanuman Jayanthi, a special puja is conducted.

During the month of Karthikai, Iyyappan Puja is conducted in which Sabarimala devotees take part.

Krishna Thulabaram being offered by devotees.

Ganapathy Homam is conducted on a daily basis.

Sudarshana Homam is also a regular feature.

Special pujas for birthdays and weddings are arranged.

As Vinayaka Chathurthi and Krishnashtami  are important days for Vinayakar and Krishna and both fall in the month of Aavani, they are celebrated together on a grand scale starting from Sri Krishna Jayanthi to Vinayaka Chathurthi. The temple is decorated beautifully with lights and festoons and also in our traditional way with banana and mango leaves and coconut kuruthu, in those 12 days of celebrations. Ganapathy Homam and Sudharshana Homam are conducted followed by Abishekam to both the Lords in which a large number of devotees take part. Alankaram is the special feature in the evenings with flowers, vegetables, turmeric, kumkum, Chandan, Vibhudi, even with currencies in the colourful vastrams adorned with jewellery.


Cultural programmes by prominent singers, concerts by upcoming artists, bhajans and chantings  are arranged on those 10 days.


Veedhi Ula is also arranged on Krishnashtami and Vinayaka Chaturthi day.


Navararthri celebrations are also conducted. A Kolu is arranged in the Pillaiyar Sannadhi and special pujas and alankarams are arranged for Ambal and other main deities. Several cultural programmes are also arranged during Navarathri.


Gurudev's Jayanti Day and Gurudev's Aradhana Days are observed with Gurudev's Ashtothra Namavali and chanting of the Bhagavad Geeta.

Mornings: 6am - 10am
Evenings: 6 pm - 8pm


Note : Currently following Government Covid protocols

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