Vadamalleeswarar Temple, Oragadam, Kanchipuram
Vadamalleeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Oragadam in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. There is one more Oragadam near Sriperumpudur and don’t get confused with that. This small Sivan temple is built on a small hillock and is located amidst beautiful setting- a huge Banyan tree at the base and a big tank opposite to this banyan tree adds to the serenity.
Presiding deity is called as Vadamalleeswarar and Mother is known as Amrudhavalleeswari. Both the sannidhis are adjacent to each other. There is a huge Sivan Statue in sitting posture on a small rock seat and a small Sannidhi for the Tamil poet saints ‘Naalvar’ next to it. The priest visits this temple early in the morning and performs pooja and again visits it in the evening only.
Thirukazhukundram Hill temple is visible from the road at the entrance of this village. This is a rather interesting place, unique in the way of having a deity for Lord Brahma which we may not find many in this country. The temple was built sometime during the 7th Century AD, by the Pallava king Nandivarman II.
Interestingly there are idols for Iccha Shakthi (Power of Desire), Gnana Shakthi (Power of Knowledge) and Kriya Shakthi (Power of Action) in the form of Goddesses. Opposite the hillock, there is a Lotus pond. The local people use this water for drinking and other domestic purpose.
Oragadam is located at a distance of 9 Kms on Chengalpattu - Thirukazhukundram Road. Chengalpattu is about 30km from Tambaram. Off the Chengalpattu - Thirukazhukundram road, there is a sign board (which is almost invisible, hidden by posters and stickers) showing the direction of the temple.