Saturday, October 1, 2016

Thirupuleeswarar & Vaikuntanatha Swamy (Shiva-Vishnu) Temple, Voyalur, Kalpakkam, Kanchipuram

Thirupuleeswarar & Vaikuntanatha Swamy (Shiva-Vishnu) Temple, Voyalur, Kalpakkam, Kanchipuram
Thirupuleeswarar & Vaikuntanatha Swamy (Shiva-Vishnu) Temple is located at Voyalur Village near Kalpakkam Town in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. Voyalur is in Chennai – Pondicherry East Coast Road (ECR) and about 5 kms from Kalpakkam. It is on the left side while going from Chennai just before the big Palar Bridge.

The Temple
This Temple Complex has two temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu named as Thirupuleeswarar and Vaikuntanatha Swamy in the same complex. The temples are currently under the control of ASI. Hardly anyone visits the temples. The entire complex is a huge open space amidst trees.

The temple doesn't have tower or ceiling covering the corridors. There are pillars with beautiful sculptures and carvings found inside the temple. There are two main shrines Thirupuleeswarar (Shiva) and Vaikundanathar (Vishnu). Balipeetham and Nandi are located facing the Shiva shrine.

Inside the shrine, apart from Shiva Linga there are few bronze idols (Utsava idols) located. The other shrine has small idols of Vaikundanathar along with his two consorts. All of them are small beautiful idols found in the sitting posture.

Few statues excavated are also found in this shrine. A small beautiful idol of Garuda is found facing the main shrine.  The temple also houses three sub shrines: Angayarkanni the Goddess, Ganesha and Arumugam (Skanda with six heads and 12 hands) with his consorts sitting on the peacock, the idol of Skanda is extremely beautiful.

The shrine of Shiva is built in Gajaprashta architectural style (Thoonganai the back side of elephant). The idols of Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are found in the form of Goshta deities. The entire temple complex gives an antique feel. Neither the history nor the legend about this site is known.

It is believed that the temple was built during the period of Mahendravarma Pallava (7th century beginning). Inscriptions are there at the Adhistanam of Sri Thirupuleeswarar sanctum. The most important feature of the temple is the pillar to the right at the temple entrance. It’s filled with names of the Pallava kings beginning from Lord Brahma - the creator, written all around the pillar beginning from the bottom, in Pallava Grantha script.

Useful Info
·        Gate Keeper Phone Number: +91 89391 33769
·        Wednesday is holiday (Temple will be closed)
Voyalur is located just before the big Palar Bridge, 4 kms away from Kalpakkam and the temple is on the left side of the ECR while going from Chennai at about 300 meters inside.  

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