The wishes of modern man have changed and so has the grants of Gods. There was a time when we listened to stories of man wishing for good wealth and prosperity. Now, there seems to be one wish that has become more than just common. And that is to clear the ‘Visa Procedures’ soon and properly.
The religious sentiments of our people are so strong that it is not surprising to find ‘Thideer kovils’ all over the Tamilnadu. We embarked on one such journey to find our modern Gods and we bumped upon Visa Ganapathi at Pazhavanthangal.
Since the deity is worshipped by devotees mainly for getting a visa to go abroad, this temple is being called by the devotees as Sri Lakshmi ‘Visa’ Ganapathi temple .
The tiny east-facing temple situated outside a house, consists of a sanctum sanctorum housing the divine image (moolavar) of lord Sri Lakshmi ‘Visa’ Ganapathi in a sitting posture. Mr. R. Jaganaathan, who owns the house says, “Around 23 years ago, my father got the little idol of Lord Ganesh from Mahabalipuram to install it outside our house. The frenzy though started only around 5 years ago when people from the neighbourhood started to pray to the Lord for getting visas soon and voila! he did grant them! “.
Now, they have renamed him as Visa Ganapathy and is quite a crowd puller.
Jaganaathan has many incidents to narrate about the famous temple at his doorstep. “Every day somebody has a story to say or a prayer to offer. Recently a young man had come to offer prayers to the Lord to get a visa to the UK and within weeks of his prayers, he got the visa,” says Jaganaathan. What just started as a neighbourhood practice has now spread and people now flock in from all parts of TamilNadu to get his blessings.
Well, Visa Vinayagar is not alone. To complete the package, there is an America Anjaneyar in the Laskminarashimhar Temple in the same locality, who is believed to make your American dreams come true. Quite popular with the locals, devotees offer butter to the Lord and pray to fly West with ease.