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The main Deity in this Kanakadhara Temple complex is MAHALAKSMI in the centre. Sri Maha Ganapathy is to the right of Mahalakshmi and Adi Sankaracharya to the left. Goddess Lakshmi is the Main Deity and is facing East.

At the centre of the temple complex, the main installation is that of Mahalaksmi in sitting pose with four hands, two holding lotus flowers and the other two in Abhaya and Varada pose.

MahaLakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity.  She is the spouse of Maha Vishnu, one of the principal deities of Hinduism and the Supreme Being in the Vaishnavism tradition.  With Parvathi and Saraswathi, she forms Tridevi, the holy trinity.  Lakshmi as the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity, was represented on the oldest surviving sculptures, stupas and cave temples.  The Goddess of abundance and fortune, Sri Lakshmi, reflected the accumulated wealth and financial independence for the people.  As revealed by the astrologers during the Ashtamangalya Deva Prashnam, performed on May 2 and 3, 2007 in the temple premises, the idea of this temple in fact is the Divine plan to specially manifest in this part to bless and shower grace on all to have a healthy, prosperous and peaceful life.

Mahalakshmi is the source of well being and power of Mahavishnu.  During Dwapara yuga, Vishnu and Lakshmi incarnated as Krishna and Rukmini respectively.  During the visit of Sudama (Kuchela) to Dwaraka, she was the divine power to help her spouse to provide wealth to the former.  She is also the goddess who never had any antagonism with her spouse, thus earning the position of goddess of marital bliss.  When Mahalakshmi is pleased with a devotee, the latter not only becomes prosperous but also gains marital bliss.

Sri Maha Ganapathy installation is to the right of Mahalakshmi, South side.

Sri Maha Ganapathy (also known as Ganesha or Vinayaka) is one without a superior and the first to be worshipped for an obstacle free life, in Hindu mythology.  Ganesha is the most important deity and here the installation is Lakshmi Ganapathy, the special manifestation for bestowing wealth without impediments and interference.  Here the deity is with elephant trunk to his right side.  He is also the patron of writers, artists, students, commerce, and blesses all who pray for a simple and smooth life with difficulties and obstacles getting washed away for sure.

Sri Adi Sankaracharya is located to the left of Mahalakshmi.

Born in 8th century A.D., Adi Sankaracharya was the only son of a devout Brahmin couple, Sivaguru and Aryamba.  He grew up in Kaladi, Kerala.  The couple, childless for a long time, had prayed for a child at the Shiva temple(Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur).  It is said that Lord Shiva appeared in the couple’s dream and promised them a brilliant son whose life would be short lived or many sons who would live long but be of mediocre intelligence.  The couple chose to have a brilliant son who turned out to be the unparalleled Spiritual Guru propagating the Advaitha philosophy of non-dualism that everything is ONE and the world is an illusion or MAYA and the way to realize the Truth is to move from the state of ignorance to that of enlightenment by proper systematic process.  He established the SHANMATHA or eight fold methods of worship.

So great was Adi Sankara’s thirst for the Truth that he took Sannyasa when he was eight years old.  By age 16, he had not only mastered Upanishads, but also written commentaries on the ten important Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita and other prominent Vedic texts.  These commentaries known as Bhashyas stand at the pinnacle of Indian philosophical writing.  He ascended the Sarvajna Peetam, the seat of wisdom and was revered for the real outstanding achievements.

The message of Adi Sankaracharya is a message of hope, truth and love.  Through his life, Sankara taught us to live by the Truth, and today, many years after him, his life remains an inspiration not only for generations of Indians but to all generations of people all over the world.

Let Acharya’s blessings ensure and hasten the process of Self Realisation/Enlightenment in this life.