Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Metraleeswar Temple, Kanchipuram

Metraleeswar Temple, Kanchipuram

Metraleeswar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Pillaiyarpalayam, a well-known locality in Kanchipuram City in Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu, India. There are two presiding deities namely Metraleeswarar and Odha Urugeeswarar housed in respective sanctums in this temple. Mother is called as Metrali Nayagi / Parasakthi. This Temple is considered as one of the 108 Shiva temples mentioned in Kanchi Puranam.

This Temple is considered as one of the shrines of the 276 Paadal Petra Sthalams (Shiva Sthalams) glorified in the early medieval Thevaram poems. Appar and Sundarar, the 7th Century Tamil Saivite poet, venerated Metralinathar in their Devaram hymns. This temple is considered as the 2nd Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu. The temple is closely associated with Saint Thirugnana Sambandar, but strangely, the hymns of Sambandar on Lord Shiva of Metraleeswarar temple are not yet found.


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The Temple is believed to be built by Pallavas and said to have expanded during the 13th century by Later Cholas as per the inscriptions. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

The Temple

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Temple Opening Time

The temple remains open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Worship Practices

The temple priests perform the puja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. The temple rituals are performed four times a day; Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 12 p.m. and Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m and Arthajamam at 8:00 p.m. Each ritual comprises four steps: abhisheka (sacred bath), alangaram (decoration), naivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Metraleeswarar and Metrali Nayagi.


There are weekly rituals like Somavaram (Monday) and Sukravaram (Friday), fortnightly rituals like Pradosham and monthly festivals like Amavasai (new moon day), Kiruthigai, Pournami (full moon day) and Sathurthi. Thirugnana Sambanda Guru Pooja and Panguni Uthiram during March - April are the most prominent festivals celebrated in the temple.

The Tirukarthikai during (November - December), Mahashivaratri during February - March and Kandasashti are the other major festivals celebrated in the temple. Festivities pertaining to the Kachabeswarar temple in Kanchipuram are linked with this temple. During Kachabeswarar Utsavam, Utsava Idol of Goddess Parvathi will be brought to this temple and poojas will be conducted in the mandapam before Mother shrine.

Literary Mention

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Lord Shiva grants all boons to his devotees. Saint Tirunavukkarasar praises Kancheepuram as a city of boundless education (Kalviyil Karai Illadha Kanchi Ma Nagar). Hence, worshipping Lord Shiva here the devotee is gifted with good education. Devotees perform special abishek to Lord, offer vastras and nivedhanas.


Metraleeswar Temple,

Pillaiyarpalayam, Kanchipuram,

Kanchipuram Taluk,

Kanchipuram District – 631 501

Mobile: +91 98653 55572 / 99945 85006


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