Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Metraleeswar Temple (Kanchi Metrali), Kanchipuram

Metraleeswar Temple (Kanchi Metrali), Kanchipuram
Metraleeswarar Temple (also called Kanchi Metrali) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, located in the town of Pillaiyar Palayam Kanchipuram, Kanchipuram district in TamilnaduIndia. Metraleeswarar is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam, the 275 temples revered in the canon. This is the 2nd of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.



This temple is in Pillaiyar Palayam (Kanchi), in Thirumetrali Street, 2 km from Ekambareswarar temple. On one side of the street, there is a temple in honor of Thirugnana Sambhandar (also called Aaludaiyapillai and hence the name Pillayar Palayam) and on the other side is the Thirumetrali temple. The Uttruketta Mutheeswarar temple stands between the two temples.



The temple is believed to have expanded during the 13th century by Later Cholas as indicated in the inscriptions. The temple has four daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and three yearly festivals on its calendar, of which the Thirugnana Sambanda Gurupuja and Panguni Uthiram during March - April being the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu.



Legends
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History
There is no historical evidence to assess the exact time the temple was built. There is an inscription in the temple indicating benevolent contributions from during the 13th century by Later Cholas to expand the temple.
The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Worship & Religious Practices
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Festivals
Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Panguni Uthiram in March-April; Skanda Sashti in October-November and Tirugnana Sambandar Gurupuja Ambica feeding the child with wisdom milk are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Singers
Saint Sundarar in his Thevaram hymn says that how he could praise a Lord other than him gracing from Thirumetrali as he enters the heart sooner thought of as a light, sweet as honey and nectar. This is the 2nd Shiva Temple in Thondainadu region praised in Thevaram hymns. Appar and Sambandar, the 7th-century Tamil Saivite poet, venerated Metralinathar in one verse each in Tevaram, compiled as the First Thirumurai. As the temple is revered in Tevaram, it is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam, one of the 275 temples that find mention in the Saiva canon. Sundarar mentions that Shiva prefers to reside at this most happening place.
Prayers
Lord Shiva gave himself to Lord Vishnu. Lord Tirumettraleeswar grants all boons to his devotees. Devotees perform special abishek to Lord, offer vastras and nivedhanas.
Contact
Sri Tirumettraleeswar Temple,
Pillayarpalayam-631 501,
Kancheepuram District
Mobile: +91- 98653 - 55572, +91- 99945 – 85006
Connectivity
The temple is about 2 Kms from bus stand. The Temple can be reached through auto. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kanchipuram. Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.

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