Lalithambikai Temple at Gingee in Tamil Nadu – Selva Lalithambikai Temple

Lalithambikai Temple is located at Chellapiratti near Gingee in Tamil Nadu. The Selva Lalithambikai Temple houses a unique manifestation of Mother Goddess – the murti worshipped in the temple has the combined Shakti of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

The popular belief is that Sage Rishyashringa offered prayers in the temple.

The murti of Lalithambikai worshiped in the temple has eight hands with a crescent moon on forehead. A five-headed serpent forms a canopy over her head. This is a peaceful form of Mother Goddess. She sits with her left leg folding and the right leg hangs down. Her one hand is Abhaya Hasta and another shows her feet.

She holds Akshamala and Kamandala attributed to Mother Saraswathi, discus and conch attributed to Goddess Mahalakshmi and the rope and Ankusa related to Goddess Parvathi.

There is a stone plate in the temple which is believed to be a manifestation of Goddess Lalithambikai – Sage Rishyashringa is believed to have worshipped Mother Goddess on the plate. The stone plate is four feet tall. With 12 squares containing letters of the Beejakshara Mantras of Lalithambikai. There is a trident at the central point.  Today a three-foot murti of Goddess Lalithambikai is worshiped near the plate.

The temple also has murtis of Siddhi Vinayaka, Mahaganapati and Muruga. There are three separate shrines dedicated to Shaktis of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma in the temple.

A five tier Rajagopuram based on Chola architecture is a highlight of the temple.

Gingee Lalithambikai Temple Timing
6:00 AM to 11:00 AM
4:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location
Gingee is 38 km from Villupuram. Chellapiratti Koottu Road is 5 km from Gingee.