Location: Ratnamangalam, near Vandalur, near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights:A powerful village deity in the locality; 108 idols of Goddess found in the temple
Nearest Railway Station:Chennai
How to reach:Well connected by road from Chennai
Hotel: Go to Chennai or Tambaram where there are lot of options
Restaurants: Go to Chennai or Tambaram where there are lot of options
Ratnamangalam is a small village located near Vandalur, which is near Chennai city in South India. This locality has a temple dedicated to Araikasu, which is located near the popular Lakshmi Kubera temple. Let us explore this temple in this article.
Goddess - Araikasu Amman
An important temple for village deity
108 Amman (Goddess) idols in various forms are present in this temple
Araikasu Amman Temple is a unique temple located in Ratnamangalam village near Vandalur in Chennai city. It is a temple of powerful village deity.
The temple is small. At the entrance, a rare idol of eight armed Ganesha seated on a lion is found.
The main shrine has Araikasu Amman; she is in sitting posture and is found with four arms. Her idol is moderately big in size.
Facing the main shrine, the mount of Amman, lion and Meru mountain are located.
The wall surrounding the main shrine has the following niche idols:
Saraswati Hayagreeva (Hayagreeva with his consort - not sure why she is called as Saraswati and not Lakshmi in this temple)
Lakshmi and Narayana
Swayamvara Lingam - Shakti hugging the Shiva Linga
There are two sub-shrines dedicated to Ganesha and Ayyappa.
The highlight of the temple is that there are 108 Amman (Goddess) idols that are found across the temple. They are in different forms and different postures. They are the presiding deities of different towns and villages of India and abroad.
The list of 108 Goddess idols and the towns that they represent is given below. The last idols is the main deity Arai Kasu Amman who is found in the main shrine.