Friday, September 30, 2016

Chenganmaaleeswarar Temple, Chenganmaal, Thiruporur, Kanchipuram

Chenganmaaleeswarar Temple, Chenganmaal, Thiruporur, Kanchipuram
Chenganmaaleeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Chenganmaal Village near Thiruporur in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. Chenganmaal village lies about 40 kms from Chennai on the OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road), just 2 kms before Thiruporur. Presiding deity is called as Chenganmaaleeswarar and Mother is known as Goddess Brihannayaki.


Etymology
In Thamizh, Chenganmaal (செங்கண்மால்) denotes the name of Lord Vishnu. It is said that Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Shiva here and hence the deity got the name, Chenganmaaleeswarar and the village, Chenganmaal.


It is also said that, as this temple was built by an ancient Chozha king called Ko Chenganan (who built Thiruvanaikkaval temple); this place got its name after the king Chenganan.
Legends
Temple legend has it that Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Shiva here offering 1008 lotus flowers. He was praying Lord Shiva with utmost devotion. Lord Shiva made a trick and made one flower vanish from 1008 lotuses. When Lord Vishnu was about to offer the last flower, He was shocked to see that there was no more flowers. Lord Vishnu immediately owed himself as the last flower to complete the Pooja.

The Temple
This temple is believed to have been built during 12th century. This temple does not have a Rajagopuram. The Lord here is facing east. Goddess Brihannayaki is beautiful and is facing south. This small temple has a beautiful Prakaram on which Lord Ganesha is on the south west corner. Lord Ganesha is seen here as Sri Selva Vinayagar. There is an Urchava Mandapam made of stone pillars adjacent to Sri Selva Vinayagar shrine.



Other deities are Sri Subramanyar, Sri Dhakshinamurthy, Sri Brahma and Sri Durgai. Surya Bhagavan has a small shrine facing west adjacent to the main entrance. There is a tall concrete Mandapam adjacent to Surya Bhagavan shrine for the temple's bell. An old, tall Dhwajasthambham adds attraction to the Prakaram. There is a big pond outside the temple on its northern side, which serves as Theertham for this temple and is called as ‘Vishnu Theertham’. The Sthala Viruksham here is Vilvam.



Temple Opening Time
·        07:00 to 12:00 (All days of the week(Morning))
·        16:00 to 19:00 (All days of the week(Evening))
Connectivity
Chenganmaal village lies about 40 kms from Chennai on the OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road), just 2 kms before Thiruporur.

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