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Lalithambikai Temple at Gingee in Tamil Nadu – Selva Lalithambigai Temple

Lalithambikai Temple is located at Chellapiratti near Gingee in Tamil Nadu. The Selva Lalithambigai 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 Rishyasringa 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 Saraswati, discus and conch attributed to Goddess Mahalakshmi and the rope and Ankusa related to Goddess Parvati. There is a stone plate in the temple which is believed to be a manifestation of Goddess Lalithambikai – Sage Rishyasringa is believed to have worshipped Mother God