History :

Established in 1945, the Samaj has been propagating the cherished ideals of our ancient heritage in respect of 'Bhakti' and 'Dharma'. The activities are mainly congregational worship and prayers, spiritual discourses on philosophical subjects, cultural activities portraying the noble purposes of human endeavor in order to emphasise the influence of ethical precepts and practices on the orderly conduct of social and community life.

The Temple Complex:
The Samaj has constructed a Temple Complex with a Community Development Centre on a plot of 2300 sq. yards at Chheda Nagar, Chembur, a northeastern suburb of Mumbai. The multipurpose temple complex was consecrated in 1980.

People from all walks of life contributed a major portion towards this Rs.1 Crore project, apart from munificent donations from philanthropic individuals, institutions, corporates, religious and charitable trusts..

An 'Ashtamangla Prashnam' (the complex and accurate puranic astrological reading based on place, time and omens) conducted at the temple site before starting the construction work revealed that centuries ago this salt pan was a dense forest where Maharishis worshipped many deities. Hence it was only a befitting move to house the deities Ganesha, Dharmasastha, Guruvayoorappan, Anjaneyar and Goddess Durga with Lord Murugan being the presiding deity.

The Architecture:
The structure, a blend of the traditional and modern architectures- the temples in blue granite stones in traditional style stand on a concrete structure made of RCC. Nearly 800 tonnes of granite specially picked from Pattimalai Kuppam near Kancheepuram was carved in ritualistic fashion in Wallajabad and Mahabalipuram near Chennai and transported to Chembur. They were then assembled, block-by-block, by experts in the temple art to form the intricate structures. The 26-feet tall Rajagopuram is seated on the 51-feet high RCC structure.
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Traditionally the six abodes of Lord Kathikeya in different parts of India are located on hills. Likewise this temple with Lord Muruga as the presiding deity is located on an elevated site. The sanctum sanctorum of all deities are placed on RCC structures rising from the ground level so that they adhere to the religious prescription that the sanctum sanctorum should maintain contact with earth (bhoosparsham).

A dedicated band of craftsmen, under the supervision of Shri. Kumaresa Sthapati, an authority on temple architecture and the winner of the President's Award executed the intricate work on the sanctum sanctorum, idols and Raja Gopuram strictly in accordance with Agama Shilpa Shastras.

The Maha Kumbhabhishekams:

The Maha Kumbhabhishekam for the temple was performed on 24th January 1980 in the immediate and benign presence of His Holiness Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamiji of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, who for the first time visited Mumbai by Pada Yatra for this purpose.

According to the Agama Shastras, Ashtabandhana Kumbhabhishekam for all temples is to be performed once in twelve years to preserve the sanctity of the temples. The Jeernordharana Ashtabandhana Maha Kumbhabhishekam was performed on 12th December 1991. On this occasion 'Swarnabandhanam' for Lord Muruga and Gold plating of 'Dwajasthambham' were done. The Junior Pontiff of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamiji visited Mumbai for the first time to participate in the Kumbhabhishekam along with His Holiness Sri Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji.

Golden Jubilee and Golden Chariot:
The Samaj celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1995-96. To commemorate this event, a Golden Chariot (Thanga Ratham) was dedicated to Lord Muruga. The 14.5 feet tall Chariot is made of 8 Kgs of Gold embedded on copper plates engraved on wooden base. Lord Muruga, adorned in the Chariot is taken in procession around the temple on every Kirthikai day.

In association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the Samaj, on this occasion, set up a Pusthak Bharati at the Temple Complex.

Sponsored by ICICI, a Day and Night Ambulance Service was introduced for the benefit of the public on this occasion.

The Third Mahakumbhabhishekam:

The Jeernordharana Maha Kumbhabhishekam was performed as part of Golden 55 Celebrations of the Samaj on 27th March, 2000. Jagadguru Sankaracharyas of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham H. H. Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji and H. H. Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamiji graced the occasion as was done in earlier two Kumbabhishekams.
It is unique that the Samaj has the rare privilege of the Pontiffs' benign presence on all the three Kumbhabhishekams.

Vaira Vel (Diamond Spear):

On the Third Mahakumbhabhishekam, Lord Muruga was adorned with a Vaira Vel (Diamond Studded Vel) and Swarnabandhanam was done for Goddess Valli and Goddess Devasena. The 4-feet Vaira Vel is made of 51 carrots of white diamonds embedded on Gold base.

Governing Council:
The Samaj is managed by an elected committee of 15 members, with day-to-day working is being looked after by elected office-bearers. (The list of committee members is given separately).

Sivacharyas and Nambudris:
The Poojas are performed by learned Sivacharyas and Nambudris, chosen from Agama Veda Padashalas from Tamil Nadu and Tantriya Vidya Peetam from Kerala. (The profile of Sivachayas and Nambudris is given separately).