Puja for Ancestors/
Forefathers on Amavasya at Nenmeli
Nenmeli is situated at about 6
kms from Chingleput, on the road leading to Mahabalipuram, near
Thirukazhukundram. Nenmeli is also known as Pundarikanallur or Pindam
vaiththa nallur as the Lord Srartha Samrakshana Narayanan at Sri
Lakshminarayana Perumal Temple here accepts offerings for the ancestors and
forefathers called pithrus. Any offerings made here are considered as
offerings made at Gaya for the pithrus
Lord Srartha Samrakshana Narayanan
Himself is considered to perform the annual rites and ceremonies for the
departed souls for and on behalf of the persons who are unable to offer
prayers, rites and ceremonies for their ancestors.
A couple by name Yagna Narayana
Sarma and Sarasavani lived in Nenmeli during the period of Nawab of Arcot. They
served Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal (the main deity) with devotion. Yagna
Narayana Sarma was Diwan under Nawab of Arcot. The couple was subjected to
capital punishment since they used up the money collected from public as tax,
to be given to the Nawab of Arcot, for religious purposes and for Lakshmi
Narayana Perumal and the temple. Since the couple did not want to face capital
punishment, they went to nearby Divya Desam (one of the 108 Abodes of Lord
Vishnu), Thiruvidanthai, and committed suicide in the temple tank there. They
died with a heavy heart, as there was no one to perform last rites and
periodical ceremonies for them since they had no issues.
Legend says that Lord Himself did
the last rites for the couple as per their last wishes. Further, according to
the wishes of the Diwan the Lord here performs srardha Himself for all who do not have any issues to
perform the rites and for and on behalf of people who are unable to perform them.
Accordingly, the Lord accepts
Puja once during a day, between 12 noon and 1 pm, which is called Kudapa
Kaalam and considered the time suited for the pithrus.
Any one who is unable to offer
srardhams or ceremonies or annual rites for the departed souls of their
ancestors and forefathers may do so at Nenmeli. You can send the details of the
persons to whom the rites have to be performed and puja can be performed on
their behalf at Nenmeli.
Curd Rice or Pongal ( Rice and
dhal) is offered during the puja along with black til & perandai. Lord
Srartha Samrakshana Narayanan, the festive deity here accepts these offerings
and keeps pithrus satisfied.
Pujas on Amavasya and Ekadesi
days or on days when the souls departed from the earth are considered as
srardhams done at the Holy Place of Gaya. Hence Nenmeli is also called as
This Puja can be performed for US $ 10 on Amavasya
days (new moon days), first days of all months according to the Tamil Calendar
(Maasa Pirappu), or any other day you wish to perform.