Our Saraswati Temple is located on the grounds of a beautiful rural Durga temple a few km outside of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, South India.
This temple has an interesting history. Many years ago, Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, the Shankaracharya in Kanchipuram who lived to be 100 years old, was walking to Chennai when he passed the area in which this temple is located. He stopped for a few minutes and indicated where those who accompanied him should dig down several feet. When they did, they found a beautiful Durga statue (below) that was about 3 feet tall.
The temple was built on that spot to house the newly discovered murti. An additional large granite Durga was installed behind her. The temple has grown over the years with smaller temples for Ganesha, the Navagraha (nine planets) and Ashta-Lakshmi (eight forms of Lakshmi). We've used them all over the years for our yagya program. Additional temple photos follow below.