A brief on Sankatahara Ganapathi Temple
Managed by Vasundhara Enclave Sarveswara (VESS) Regd. New Delhi,
In ancient India when south part was ruled by Cholas, Pallavas and Pandian, temples
were built keeping in mind travelers and economically weaker section people could
come and take shelter in it. Now the trend is changed. When people settle down for
their profession sake in other than their native land where the culture could also
be different, they build a temple of their own culture and structure. Thus
a temple has come up at Vasundhara Enclave of Indian capital city where amidst 56
dwelling apartments a good number of south Indians have settled down for their profession
In the year 1999 some of the south Indians residing in the said locality got together
and formed a cultural society called “Vasundhara Enclave Sarveswara Samaj” (VESS)
with a vision to build a temple based on their own culture and traditional architecture.
They acquired a land measuring 375 sq meter at a cost of Rs.8,44,397 in the year
2003 and started construction of the temple based on their own south Indian architectural
As a main idol for worship (Moolavar) the temple has got in its sanctum sanctorum
“Sankatahara Ganapathy” installed performing formal consecration “Avarthana Ashtabandhana
Maha Kumbha Abhishekam” based on ‘Agama sastras’ on April 22, 2005.
Besides the main idol, other idols like Dakshinamurthy, Maha Vishnu, Goddess Durga,
Navagrahas and Hanuman were also installed in the same premises as per ‘agama sastras’.
As may be known to many of us, Sri Sankatahara Ganapathi is one among the 32 different
appearance made by Lord Ganesa at various stage. The installed idol here is a very
huge idol weighing 450 kilograms.
A well versed Sivacharya (Priest) has been accommodated in the temple premises providing
him a dwelling place, extending all facilities for devotees to perform various poojas
as per their own wish, besides conducting Navagraha Samashti Homam on the second
Sunday of every month and Ganapathi Homam on all Sankatahara Chathurti of every
month. Besides, in the weekly congregations of recitation of Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam,
Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam and Sri Hanuman Chalisa participation of more and more
devotees are on the increase.
Apart from the above festivals throughout the year event will be celebrated, like
Makara Vilakku, Thyagaraja Aradhanai, special poojas and abhishekam to Lord Sankatahara
Ganapathi(Moolavar) on all Fridays falling in the Tamil month of Thai (January-February),
Maha Sivarathri in February-March,Sri Rama Navami festival,
Panguni Uthiram, Shankara Jayanthi in March-April, Tamil New Year Day, Ugadi Pandigai,
Vishu in April-May, Special abhishekam and aradhanai to Lord Sankatahara
Ganapathi on the day (Vaikasi) Visakha star falls in May-June,
Adi Kruthigai, Adi Amavasai, All Fridays of Adi (July-August) are
auspicious and on these days special alankaram to Lord Sankatahara Ganapathi is
done, Avani Avittam is observed at the temple premises in August-September,
Navarathri festivals, Vilakku Pooja are performed in September-October,
on Deepavali day special abhishekam is performed to the Moolavar in October-November,
Ayyappa Mandala pooja is performed in November-December
so as the south Indian population living in this locality to feel as if they are
at their home land.
The temple is now being visited by devotees from adjacent colonies like Mayur Vihar
Phases I, II and III, NOIDA and Ghaziabad besides Vasundhara Enclave.
As the temple activities are quite convincing for the contributions made by the
devotees, more and more people come forward and work for the growth of the temple
by contributing their service and/or money.
President of the Samaj, R.K. Vasan, added that the idol of Lord Ganesha is unique
in many respects; it is the only idol holding Goddess Shakti on his left lap, one
of the 32 manifestations of Lord Ganesha. The idol which is carved in a single granite
stone is 4 ½ feet in height and weighs 450 kilograms, a largest monolithic idol
in the entire north India.
The process is unending and now the VES Samaj is in the process of acquiring the
adjacent plot of the existing temple and restructure the whole area (combining both
the plots) in identical to a temple as in South India with huge Raja Gopuram as
well a Satsang Mandapam (Hall) to have Carnatic and Light Music, Bhajans, Discourse