Brahmapureeswarar Temple, Thenambakkam, Kanchipuram
Brahmapureeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Thenambakkam in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. This Shiva temple is located near Kanchipuram. This temple was in ruins and was restored by the great saint Sri Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal of Kanchipuram. Behind the Shiva Linga, we could see Lord Shiva, Parvathi along with Lord Ganesh as a sculpture. Usually in south Indian temples, it would always be Lord Murugan who is seen in this place. Dakshinamoorthy in this shrine is unique. We can notice a smile on his face.
We can see another Lord Ganesh which was sculpted for the Paramacharya in one day. It is today called as "Chandrasekara Ganapathy". The temple has a Gaja Brushta Vimanam, which is an indication of Pallava style of architecture. So, this temple must be more than 1000 years old. Sri Maha Periyaval chooses to live in exile for more than a year in this place.
Maha Periyava did Thapas for about a year inside this temple inside a small 10×10 room. For the whole of the period he never came out of the room. In His own words he describes this place as “இது என்னுடைய இடம்” (It is my place). The room is maintained in the same way it was several years ago. A small well separated his room with the next room of similar dimension and the outside world.
Indira Gandhi and some foreign delegates visited him only from the room on the other side of the well. Indhra Gandhi is said to have got the election symbol of “Hand” for her Congress only through the blessings of Periyava here. Today, there is Veda Patashala running in this place and also a small temple for Maha Periyava.