Agneeswarar Temple, Cuddalore, Kalpakkam, Kanchipuram
Agneeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Cuddalore Village near Kalpakkam in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. This is one of the ancient temples completely built with granites. It is located at a distance of 10 km from Kalpakkam, in Kanchipuram district.
The presiding deity is called Agneeswarar and Mother is called as Chokkanayagi. The temple dates back to second century A.D. which is evident from an inscription on a Kuthuvilakku that states the lamp was donated by one Thiripura Ammal in 333 A.D. Lord Siva here is surrounded by Bhairavar, The Sun God, Ganesa and Arumugar. An exception in this temple is the absence of the shrine of nine planets.
The temple is open once a day. The sacred tank is named as Brahmma Theertham. Renovation is on the cards and hence a transit temple is built nearby. People of the village say that there is a tunnel that leads to Fort St George, Chennai. But nobody has ventured into it.
There is place called Lingamedu, which as its name denotes a sand duke with a lone Sivalingam and a Nandhi in front of it. A neem tree has sprouted from the base of the lingam.
Pradosham, Arudra Darshanam, Annabhishekam, Sivarathri and Karthigai Deepam festivals are celebrated with pomp. Also 10 days festival of Sri Manickavasagar is celebrated every year.
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It is located at a distance of 10 km from Kalpakkam, in Kanchipuram district. The temple could be reached by bus from Mathuranthagam 100 C, 85. Private buses also ply enroute to Pondicherry.