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The Deities
Ever since the formation of two the colonies of Gandhinagar and Kasturibanagar, many residents therein expressed a keen desire to have a place of worship near at hand. At the above meeting the residents met informally expressed the view that a temple in a centre place of Adyar to be brought forth with the co-operation of all concerned. On Dhivakara Maharishi's will, Sri Padmanabha shrunk himself to a smaller form. The Lord also told the sage that he should be worshipped through three doors. Through the first door, we can have the Darshanam of the Thirumukhamandalam (face) of SriPadmanabha and Lord Shiva under His Thirukaram (hand), through the second door we can worship Lord Brahma seated in a lotus that is originating from the navel of the lord, and through the third we can worship the Lord's Thirupaadham (lotus feet) which are the ultimate destination of every soul.
These three doors have a lot of significance to the life of people. The three doors symbolize the birth, life and the death of a person. . The 1st door represents 'Sthithi' (the preservation) as it is said that the Lord being the mother of every soul protects his children (souls) by his divine glance and we can see the Lords Thirumukhamandalam (face-eyes) through this door. The 2nd door is considered to represent 'Shrishti' (the creation) as all life originates from Lord Brahma and he is seen through this door. The 3rd door represents the final part of human life as after leaving the body, the soul reaches the Lord's lotus feet. We can see Brahma worship SriPadmanabha from the navel lotus along with all the Devas. The presence of Lord Shiva under the hands of SriPadmanabha is said to be related to the story of Lord Vishnu vanquishing the demon Keshi. Some also say that it is related to the story of the demon Bhasmasura. Thus to symbolize the protection of Lord Shiva, we can see the Shivalinga under the hands of the Lord SriPadmanabha (SriPadmanabha Daasa Maharaja Swathi Thirunaall says this in his Keerthanam "Chinthayaami the padhaneeraruham" as "Anthakaari Kamalaasana Sevitha"). 33 crore demi-gods along with the Navagrahas are also bowing before the Supreme Lord SriPadmanabha inside the sanctum sanctorum. One can also have the Darshan of sage Bhrigu and sage Markandeya as well as SriDevi and Bhoomi Devi inside the sanctum sanctorum. There are Separate shrines for Lord Vinayagar, Garuda, Anjaneya, Sudharshana, LakshmiNarasihma, Ashtadasabhuja MahaDurga and the Navagrahas in the temple.
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