Gunaseelam Sri Prasanna Venkateshwarar Temple
Gunaseelam a small hamlet is about 24km away from Trichy, on the Trichy to Salem Road. It is situate on the north bank of river Cauvery. It is a place for worship festivals and also for mental relief or alleviation.
Thaalpiya Maharishi along with his disciple gunaseela Rishi once went to the Himalayas. On his way back, Gunaseela Rishi stayed back at Tirupati and was so attracted to Lord Venkatachalapathy that he wanted the Lord to appear in Gunaseelam and bless the devotees.
He came back bathed in Cauvery and undertook severe penance here in his ashram in Gunaseelam. Impressed with his sincerity, the Lord appeared before him along with Goddess and promised to remain here till end of Kali Yuga.
The most important feature in this temple is the special grace that the Lord Bestows on the mentally unsound. The temple priests splash holy water on all the devotees, first on the mentally unsound, twice a day to cure them of their problems, and then on the others. It is believed that staying for 48 days and taking the “Theertham” (holy water) twice a day will cure insanity.
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