Last week I visited Swarna Vinayaka Temple near Ponnai town, located in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. This place is about 30 kms from Chittoor district. Ponnai is a small town in the border region of Andhra Pradesh(AP) and Tamil Nadu. Chittoor is the southern most district of AP where in the world famous Tirumala Tirupati Temple is located.
On the eve of Ganesh Chathurti, we visited this temple last week. The Swarna Vinayaka Temple near Ponnai is a beautiful temple. Here in this temple, you get to see 2 idols of Lord Ganesha (Vinayaka) inside the sanctum. Of these one is man made and another one is swayambhu (Sanskrit word meaning naturally grown in the shape of a god). This temple has a great architecture, take a look at the pics of this temple here. Since the temple is about 2.5 kms from the town, you still get to feel the village sceneries around with agricultural farms around. Due to this, the premises adjacent to temple is very peaceful without any noticeble external noise. The special pooja’s are offered to the god here in the form of “Maha Ganapati Homa“.
Also, there is a Navagraha Kottai temple (Planets God’s Fort) next to this Ganesha temple. Speciality of this place is that all the 9 planet gods along with their wife/wives are set up individually. At this place, one can perform Navagraha pooja in the form of a ‘homa‘. Rahu-Ketu pooja is done with all proper rituals. Many suggest this place as an alternative to Srikalahasti for the same pooja since all devotees are paid individual attention unlike other temples. Of all the things, my attention was at the internal design and theme of these two temples. I am sure, you would have figured it out by looking at the pics by now. Nice place to visit for sure… Feel free to visit this place sometime.