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Re: Worship of Sri Renuka

km.narayanan_at_averydennison.com
Date: Mon Apr 02 2001 - 17:38:27 PDT

Sri Venkata Gurave Nama:
Sri.Bala,

As you said correctly, the Practice of "Renuka" worship is there in parts
of North Arcot/TVM dists.
In fact, my hometown, Kazhiyur(Near cheyyar) has a Renuka temple. Some
people say, the village name(Kali+ur) is attributed to that.


Well, comeing to the point, these worship is a part of Village God worship
for commoners, found in different dists of TN.
These worships as you are aware does not have any Sanction from our
sampradayam. These are part of
Village Demi god worship type.

You can also witness "Draupadi Amman" temples in these areas. Villagers
Worship 'Draupadi' as their
Village Demi God. Though Draupadi is well associated with Mahabaratha/Sri
Krisha, these sort of worship is
restricted only to villagers and does not have a sanction from our
elders/Poorvacharyas.


Regards

KM Narayanan









"Bala Sundaram" <dbsundaram@hotmail.com> on 03/29/2001 10:57:43 PM

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Subject:  Worship of Sri Renuka


I would like to know whether there is any sastric support for the worship
of
Sri Renuka, wife of Sri Jamadagni Rishi and the mother of Lord Parasuram.

The worship of Sri Renuka is widely prevalent in Tamil nadu, particularly
in
Arcot Districts and In Coimbatore. The most famous of these temples is A K
Padavedu in Tiruvannamalai District. Though Sri Renuka is worshipped, in
none of the temples there is a sannidhi for Sri Jamadagni and Lord
Parasuram. Nor there is a worship for them. As a matter of fact, in
Padavedu, there is Shiva Temple in the compound of Sri Renuka Temple which
has come up recently. The prasadam given in SRi Renuka temple is vibhoothi.

There is sthala puranam for Padvedu temple as also for other SrI Renuka
Temples which are substantial extensions of the episodes in Srimad
Bhagavatham. The sthalapuranams donot have much to do with Lord Parasuram
as
well.

Many castes, like the kammas in Coimbatore, worship Sri Renuka as their
kuladeivam.

I would like to know the history of the development of this "cult". i am
raising the question in this forum as the claim to fame by Sri Renuka
would rest on being the mother of an Avathara of Lord Narayana. I may also
like to point out that there is no worship of mothers of any other
avatharas.

Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan

D Bala sundaram


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