Kattankulathur Kalatheeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram
Kalatheeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Kattankulathur in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. This temple is situated to the west of GST road. This temple is famous as Rahu and Kethu Sthalam. Kattankulathur is a small village on GST Road (the highway connecting Chennai & Trichy) located near Neyveli (outskirts of Chennai). This temple is considered equivalent to that of Kalahasti temple and the belief is that it can cure problems caused due to snake (sarpa dosham).
Kalatheeswar (Lord Shiva) is the main deity of the temple. The goddess is Gnanambikai. There are idols of other Gods and Goddesses such as Ganesha, Subramanya with Valli and Devasena, Bhairava, Vishnu, Durga, Chandikeswara, Brahma, Dakshinamurthy, and others. The highlight of the temple is it doesn’t have Navagraha (nine planets). Instead, it has two idols of Raghu and Kethu alone. The temple remains closed almost for the entire day as hardly anyone visits this temple.
The best way to reach this place is either by taxi or on your own vehicle. The other option is local train. The village is at a distance of around 48 km from Chennai. Once you enter into the Kattankulathur village from GST Road, you can reach the temple within 300 meters in a lane.