June 25, 2011

Saligram Bala Vinayakar Temple - Chennai, India


Saligram is a popular residential area of Chennai city in South India. The temple of Bala Vinayak located in Saligram has become very popular nowadays. Although this temple is built in the recent times and very small temple, the temple got popularity mainly due to a tree inside this temple.

The main shrine of this small neatly maintained temple has the idol of Bala Vinayak (Ganesh). The wall surrounding the shrine has the small images of Dakshinamurti, Lakshmi Narayan and Durga. There are small shrines within this temple for Murugan will Valli and Devasena, Anjaneya and another shrine where the wax image of Chandrasekarendra Shankaracharya is found. The idol looks real.

The highlight of the temple is Arasu tree where the images of Lord Ganesha are naturally formed. One main image of Ganesha with crown, trunk and tusk is found. Apart from that there are many images of Ganesha are found around the tree. It is true that not all the images resemble Ganesha; however, the temple authorities claim they resemble the Ganesha form.

A calm and serene temple for an unique experience...don't miss this.

Happy travelling.


Fast Facts:
Site Name: Bala Vinayakar Temple
Site Type: Temple
Location:  Bharani Colony, Saligram area, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: Naturally formed images of Ganesha in the tree

Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable from any part of the city
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city


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