Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Suryeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram – Connectivity

Suryeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram – Connectivity

The Temple is located at about 750 meters from Kanchipuram Bus Stand, 1 Km from Kanchipuram East Railway Station and 1 Km from Kanchipuram Railway Station. The temple is situated in Dhamalvar Street in Periya Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is located at about 18 Kms from Walajabad, 31 Kms from Sriperumbudur, 40 Kms from Chengalpattu, 60 Kms from Chennai Airport, 67 Kms from Mahabalipuram and 72 Kms from Chennai.

By Road:

Kanchipuram is most easily accessible by road. The Chennai – Bangalore National Highway, NH 4 passes the outskirts of the city. Daily bus services are provided by the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation to and from Chennai, Bangalore, Villupuram, Salem, Tirupati, Thiruthani, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Coimbatore, Tindivanam and Pondicherry. There are two major bus routes to Chennai, one connecting via Poonamallee and the other via Tambaram.

The Tamil Nadu state government operated transport corporation runs buses from Kanchipuram to most major towns in Tamil Nadu. Buses from Chennai leave for Kanchipuram every fifteen minutes from the Koyambedu interstate bus terminal. There is also an air-conditioned bus service numbered Z576 from 5.00 AM to 6.00 PM, which departs from the T-Nagar bus terminal every hour. Buses from Bangalore leave for Kanchipuram seven times a day.

By Train:

The city is also connected to the railway network through the Kanchipuram railway station. The Chengalpattu – Arakkonam railway line passes through Kanchipuram and travellers can access services to those destinations. Daily trains are provided to Pondicherry and Tirupati, and there is a weekly express train to Madurai and a bi-weekly express train to Nagercoil. Two passenger trains from both sides of Chengalpattu and Arakkonam pass via Kanchipuram.

By Air:

Nearest domestic as well as international airport is Chennai International Airport.

Suryeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram

Suryeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram

Suryeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kanchipuram City in Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Suryeswarar and Mother is called as Kamakshi. The temple is situated in Dhamalvar Street in Periya Kanchipuram.


Legends

As per legend, Lord Surya worshipped Lord Shiva at this temple. Hence, Lord Shiva came to be called as Suryeswarar.

The Temple

This Temple is facing towards east with an entrance arch. The entrance arch has stucco images of Lord Shiva and Parvathy flanked by Nandis. Nandi and Balipeedam can be found facing towards the sanctum. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum and ardha mandapam. Sub shrines of Vinayaga and Murugan with consorts Valli & Devasena can be seen at the entrance of the ardha mandapam on either side. 

Presiding Deity is called as Suryeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. As in other temples in Kanchipuram, there is no separate shrine of Parvathi as it is believed that Kamakshi of Kanchipuram is the common Parvathi shrine for all Shiva temples. Sundara Vinayagar can be seen on the left side of the entrance arch. 

Connectivity

For brief details, please refer below link;

https://tamilnadu-favtourism.blogspot.com/2021/11/suryeswarar-temple-kanchipuram-connectivity.html

Location

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Kadapakkam Lighthouse, Chengalpattu

Kadapakkam Lighthouse, Chengalpattu

Kadapakkam Lighthouse is a modern light house, located in Kadapakkam Village near Edaikazhinadu Town in Cheyyur Taluk in Chengalpattu District of Tamil Nadu. The Lighthouse is about 100 feet tall. The lighthouse provides safe passage for the 30 fishing hamlets in this region. It also provides safe navigation for mariners. It is considered as the 24th lighthouse in Tamil Nadu on the East Coast stretch from Pulicat to Kovilthottam and the 186th lighthouse commissioned by the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) inventory.





Connectivity

The lighthouse is located at about 4 Kms from Kadapakkam Bus Stop, 14 Kms from Cheyyur, 20 Kms from Marakkanam, 39 Kms from Melmaruvathur, 41 Kms from Melmaruvathur Railway Station, 48 Kms from Tindivanam, 49 Kms from Puducherry, 55 Kms from Mamallapuram, 66 Kms from Chengalpattu, 105 Kms from Chennai Airport and 111 Kms from Chennai. Edaikazhinadu is situated on ECR road connecting Chennai and Puducherry. Buses connecting Chennai and Puducherry on ECR stops at Kadapakkam Bus Stop. Autos can be hired from this Bus Stop to reach this lighthouse.

Location

Kariya Manicka Perumal Temple, Cheyyur – The Temple

Kariya Manicka Perumal Temple, Cheyyur – The Temple

This Temple is facing towards east with an entrance arch. The entrance arch has stucco images of Lord Vishnu along with his consorts Sridevi & Bhoodevi flanked by garuda. Nandavanam can be seen in the prakaram immediately after the entrance arch on the left side. Balipeedam and Dhwaja Sthambam can be found immediately after the entrance arch in front of the mukha mandapam, facing towards the sanctum.

Shrine of Garudazhwar can be seen in the mukha mandapam, facing towards the sanctum. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antrala, maha mandapa and mukha mandapa. The mukha mandapam is supported by intricately carved pillars with sculptures of Vira Hanuman, musicians and geometric motifs.

The sanctum enshrines the presiding deity, Kariya Manicka Perumal in standing posture along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi on either side. His upper hands holds the Sankha and Chakra and lower right hand shows abhaya hastha & lower left hand in kati hastha. Utsava idols can be seen in the antrala. Inscriptions can be seen on the base of the outer wall of the sanctum.

Mother is called as Perundevi Thayar. She is housed in a separate east facing shrine. Her shrine is situated on the south west corner of the temple. There is an east facing shrine for Andal on the north west corner of the temple premises. There is a shrine for Hanuman in the temple premises. There is a shrine for Vinayaga on the left side of the entrance arch outside the temple.

Kasi Viswanathar Temple, Kadapakkam, Chengalpattu

Kasi Viswanathar Temple, Kadapakkam, Chengalpattu

Kasi Viswanathar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kadapakkam Village near Edaikazhinadu Town in Cheyyur Taluk in Chengalpattu District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Kasi Viswanathar and Mother is called as Visalakshi.



History

The Temple is believed to be around 500 years old. Potti Pathan served as the chief goldsmith of the mint in Alamparai fort of Nawab Dost Ali Khan. He built a choultry for the benefit of the devotees who went for pilgrimage to Kasi and also fed the pilgrims with foods. He purchased agricultural lands and ensured that the revenues generated from the land would be utilized for the maintenance of the choultry. These properties were called as Potti Pathan Chathiram Manyam. His descendants maintained the temple and choultry after his demise. Narasimha Achari, descendant of Potti Pathan registered the properties to the temple in 1911 CE. All these properties were encroached by the miscreants currently.



The Temple

This Temple is facing towards east. The Temple consists of sanctum, antrala and maha mandapam. Stucco images of Rishabaroodar flanked by Murugan and Vinayaga can be seen on top of the maha mandapam. The sanctum enshrines Kasi Viswanathar in Lingam form. Navagraha Shrine can be seen adjacent to the temple. There is a huge temple tank in front of the temple. There is a small temple dedicated to Lakshmi Narasimhar can be seen next to this temple.



Connectivity

The Temple is located at about 1 Km from Kadapakkam Bus Stop, 5 Kms from Thenpakkam, 12 Kms from Cheyyur, 17 Kms from Marakkanam, 36 Kms from Melmaruvathur, 39 Kms from Melmaruvathur Railway Station, 45 Kms from Puducherry, 45 Kms from Tindivanam, 46 Kms from Tindivanam Railway Station, 63 Kms from Chengalpattu, 103 Kms from Chennai Airport and 108 Kms from Chennai. Kadapakkam is situated on ECR road connecting Chennai and Puducherry. Buses connecting Chennai and Puducherry on ECR stops at Kadapakkam Bus Stop. The Temple is situated at a walkable distance from this Bus Stop.

Location

Kamadenu Eswarar Temple, Kalavakkam, Chengalpattu

Kamadenu Eswarar Temple, Kalavakkam, Chengalpattu

Kamadenu Eswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kalavakkam village near Thiruporur Town in Thiruporur Taluk in Chengalpattu District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Kamadenu Eswarar and Mother is called as Kokilambal.

History

The Linga was found near the compound wall of SSN College. A temple was built later as per the advice of Kanchi Shankaracharya to house this Shiva Linga.

The Temple

This Temple is facing towards east. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, ardha mandapam and mukha mandapam. Presiding Deity is called as Kamadenu Eswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. Vinayaga, Dakshinamoorthy, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are the koshta idols located around the sanctum walls. Mother is called as Kokilambal. There is no idol for Kokilambal in the temple. A temple tank can be seen near the temple. A Vinayagar shrine can be seen near the temple. 

Contact

Kamadenu Eswarar Temple,

Kalavakkam, Thiruporur Taluk,

Chengalpattu District – 603 105

Mobile: +91 95660 89413 / 99625 96849

Connectivity

The Temple is located at about 750 metres from Kalavakkam Bus Stop, 3 Kms from Thiruporur, 4 Kms from Thiruporur Bus Stand, 7 Kms from Kelambakkam, 19 Kms from Sholinganallur, 19 Kms from Mamallapuram, 28 Kms from Chengalpattu, 30 Kms from Chengalpattu Junction Railway Station, 30 Kms from Thiruvanmiyur Railway Station, 30 Kms from Thiruvanmiyur, 33 Kms from Tambaram, 40 Kms from Chennai Airport and 43 Kms from Chennai. Kalavakkam is situated on the Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), just 3 Kms before Thiruporur. Buses from Broadway – Thiruporur and Tambaram – Thiruporur stops at Kalavakkam.

Location

Chenganmaaleeswarar Temple, Chenganmaal – The Temple

Chenganmaaleeswarar Temple, Chenganmaal – The Temple

This Temple is facing towards east with an entrance arch. The entrance arch has stucco images of Lord Shiva & Parvathi in Kailasha flanked by Vinayaga and Murugan. The entrance arch is in the form of a mukha mandapam. Balipeedam, Dhwaja Sthambam and Nandi can be seen immediately after the entrance arch, facing towards the sanctum. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, ardha mandapam, maha mandapam and mukha mandapam.


Idols of Vinayaga and Murugan can be seen on either side of the entrance of the sanctum. Presiding Deity is called as Chenganmaaleeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam on a square avudaiyar. The Lingam is said to have been made of Salagrama stone. The Salagrama stone is generally associated with Lord Vishnu. Vinayaga, Dakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are the koshta idols located around the sanctum walls.


Chandikeswarar shrine can be seen in his usual location. Mother is called as Periya Nayagi / Brihan Nayagi. She is housed in a separate south facing shrine. Her shrine is situated immediately after the entrance arch. Her shrine consists of sanctum, ardha mandapam and mukha mandapam. Shrines of Selva Vinayagar, Murugan with consorts Valli & Devasena, Gaja Lakshmi, Jyestha Devi, Navagrahas, Bhairavar and Suryan can be seen in the outer prakaram.


There is an Urchava mandapam made of stone pillars adjacent to the Selva Vinayagar shrine. There is temple bell tower situated adjacent to the Suryan shrine. Theertham associated with this temple is Vishnu Theertham. It is a large pond situate to the right side of the temple. Sthala Vriksham is Vilvam Tree. A Peepal tree can be seen in front of the entrance arch. Naga Idols can be seen below this tree.


Monday, November 1, 2021

Chozhanthangal Shiva Temple, Chengalpattu

Chozhanthangal Shiva Temple, Chengalpattu

Chozhanthangal Shiva Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Chozhanthangal village near Kayar in Vandalur Taluk in Chengalpattu District of Tamil Nadu. This Temple is a small shed housing a Shiva Linga without the avudaiyar. The Bana Linga was huge in size. The base of the Linga could not be found even after digging around 10 feet depth. The Linga seems to the remnant of an ancient temple once stood in this place.

Contact

Chozhanthangal Shiva Temple,

Chozhanthangal, Thiruporur Taluk,

Chengalpattu District – 603 110

Mobile: +91 78711 52813 / 97910 08175 / 90805 62340

Connectivity

The Temple is located at about 3 Kms from Kayar, 10 Kms from Mambakkam Koot Road, 11 Kms from Mambakkam, 11 Kms from Kelambakkam, 12 Kms from Thiruporur, 14 Kms from Pudupakkam, 21 Kms from Guduvanchery, 23 Kms from Guduvanchery Railway Station, 24 Kms from Vandalur, 28 Kms from Chengalpattu, 29 Kms from Tambaram, 30 Kms from Chengalpattu Junction Railway Station, 37 Kms from Chennai Airport and 47 Kms from Chennai. The Temple is situated at about 10 Kms from Mambakkam Koot Road on the way to Kayar on Vandalur to Kelambakkam route. Buses plying on Tambaram to Kayar route stops at Chozhanthangal.

Location

Nandeeswarar Temple, Nandivaram – The Temple

Nandeeswarar Temple, Nandivaram – The Temple

This temple is facing towards east with an entrance arch on the southern side and has two prakarams. There is an entrance available at the eastern side also. Balipeedam and Nandi can be seen in the outer prakaram, facing towards the sanctum. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, ardha mandapam and maha mandapam. Vinayaga and Murugan can be seen at the entrance of the sanctum on either side.


There is a south facing Nataraja sabha in the maha mandapam. Presiding deity is called as Nandeeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam on square avudaiyar. Narthana Ganapathy, Dakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are the koshta idols located around the sanctum walls. Chandikeswarar shrine can be seen in his usual location. Mother is called as Soundara Nayaki / Azhagudai Nayagi / Azhakoleer Nayagi.


She is housed in a separate south facing shrine in maha mandapam. She is about 4 feet tall and is in standing posture. Simha, her mount and Balipeedam can be seen facing towards her shrine. Shrines of Valampuri Vinayaga, Murugan with his consorts Valli & Devasena, Arumugam, Gajalakshmi, Veeerabadhra, Bhairavar and  Suryan can be seen in the inner prakaram. Shrines of Lord Vishnu and Navagrahas can be seen in the outer prakaram.


The Vishnu idol might be probably displaced from the koshta during an earlier renovation. There are pillars with sculptures of Vishnu facing towards west and Anjaneya facing towards east in the temple. Theertham associated with this temple is Nandi Theertham. It is a large tank situated in front of the eastern entrance. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwam Tree. There is an old cannon ball tree (Nagalinga Maram) in the outer prakaram. A 9th century Nandi can be seen under the Nagalinga Maram.


Nandeeswarar Temple, Nandivaram – Literary Mention

Nandeeswarar Temple, Nandivaram – Literary Mention

The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns sung by Appar had a mention about this temple. The Temple is mentioned in 6th Thirumurai in 71st Patikam in 8th Song.

Appar (6-71-8):

நாடகமா டிடநந்தி கேச்சுரமா காளேச்

சுரநாகேச் சுரநாகளேச் சுரநன் கான

கோடீச்சுரங் கொண்டீச் சுரந்திண் டீச்சுரங்

குக்குடேச் சுரமக்கீச் சுரங்கூ றுங்கால்

ஆடகேச் சுரமகத்தீச் சுரமய னீச்சுரம்

அத்தீச்சுரஞ் சித்தீச்சுர மந்தண் கானல்

ஈடுதிரை இராமேச்சுர மென்றென் றேத்தி

இறைவனுறை சுரம்பலவும் இயம்பு வோமே.