The Vadapalani temple became famous due to the patronage of the cinema industry ,the samadhis of the 3 siddhars (founders of the temple) were neglected and in a bad condition. At this juncture, Lord Muruga chose a kaliyuga siddhar Dr. A. R. Varadharajanar, a doctor by profession, to continue the noble deeds of his predecessors.
Dr. Varadharajanar, even during his school days used to walk or take a bus all the way from his house in Triplicane to Vadapalani to worship Muruga. His bhakti for Muruga grew day by day and even as he was practicing, his father got him a house at Kodambakkam, which enabled him to visit the Vadapalani temple often. Dr. Varadharajanar, affectionately called “GURUJI”, had to undergo a lot of problems both financially and domestically. At one stage, he lost his beloved daughter (a staunch devotee of Murugan) and lamented his problems at Siddhar Peedam. He begged the Siddhars to take his life as no purpose was served to live anymore with so much loss in life.
All the 3 Siddhars appeared before Guruji and asked him to continue the poojas done by them and when Guruji hesitated Lord Muruga appeared before him showing him Guruji’s daughter (who passed away at an young age) and instructed him to begin “Pournami” pooja and to propagate Muruga Bhakthi. Bestowed with blessings and powers of 3 siddhars and Lord Muruga Guruji continues to solve the problems of his devotees through Arul Vakku. He not only provides solace to the troubles of the devotees, he also provides Annadhanam to all who visit the siddhar peedam.
Guruji conducts puja every Sunday at
Siddhar Peedam, where the samadhis of the 3 Siddhars is located. Regular
Abishekam and Annadhanam are performed.
The pooja and annadhanam that are conducted at the Siddhar Peedam are also held at the Murugan temple at Vanagaram on Pournami, Kiruthigai, Sashti, Pradosham. Arulvakku and blessings continue at the temple on Pournami, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Thousands of local village people and devotees from far away places in Chennai area also throng there on these days to get their problems solved and diseases cured. Free poor feeding is done on special occasions and on the above days.
In the development of Lord Murugan's temple at Vanagaram, Guruji's family has been involved right from the beginning, initially by way of meeting the major capital expenditure such as purchase of land, idols and constructions of various sannadhis. Guruji's only son Sri. A.V. Sampath Raman, an engineer by profession and a staunch devotee of Lord Muruga and the Siddhars from his early days, has been involved with the temple from its inception. He continues to do so even now in a significant way.