Saturday, December 17, 2016

Bhairava Temple, Thiruvadisoolam, Kanchipuram

Bhairava Temple, Thiruvadisoolam, Kanchipuram
Bhairava Temple is located at Thiruvadisoolam village near Chengalpet in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. The temple is under construction in a round shape facing east.  The inside shape is like Siva Lingam and bright lights were installed around the ceiling. The ten storey tall structure with the main and sub shrines completed in five and a half months. The circular sanctum sanctorum is in two levels. Twelve steps each were representing a sign of the zodiac (the twelve Raasis) lead to the higher level where the main deity of the temple - Sri Kshetra Paala Bhairava stands in all his glory.

Enshrined in a transparent glass enclosure, with strands of Rudrakshas on either side of the opening, the Bhairava can be approached from the stairs behind. In olden days, there were entrances on either side of the sanctum sanctorum so that visitors enter and exit the temple without showing their back to the deity. The construction of the stairs behind the deity ensures that visitors come around and pray and are able to descend without showing their backs to the deity.

Beneath the Bhairava, in the lower level are installed the Ashta Bhairavas, Saptha Rishis in the form of stones, and Saptha Kannis in the form of brass lamps. There are a number of little blue and white lights in the ceiling that is shaped like a dome which give an ethereal atmosphere when switched on. The steps represent the twelve signs of the zodiac and when one steps over them to reach the sanctum sanctorum all the doshas pertaining to the horoscope are cleared once and for all. A special “Padi Pooja" is performed on Chitra Pournami day which falls on the 14th of April every year.

The Sthala Vriksham “Peepal Tree" grows on a pedestal and a trident has been installed before it. Other deities like Pancha Mukha Anjaneya, Prathyankira Devi, Subramanya, Rudra Vinayaga, Vaishnavi Devi, and Naga Rudra Eswara are located in the Temple. The Temple has a unique custom of providing Vaikkarisi as Neivethanam. One cannot predict when and how their end would come and what kind of Bhairava Upadhai (suffering) will one have to undergo at that point. In order to avoid this, one must donate rice as Vaikkarisi during their life time. The rice so donated is used to feed the visitors to the temple. Visitors to the temple are expected to bring one handful of rice from every member of the family so rid themselves from any suffering during the last minutes of life.

No lights are allowed to light by devotees in this Temple. A lamp that is lit must be protected till the oil is burned and then the flame must be extinguished with the help of a flower. If a lamp is lit, and is extinguished immediately because it was left uncared for, it is not appropriate. Hence the temple does not encourage lighting of lamps in the temple other than those that are cared for by the volunteers at the temple.

Temple Opening Time
Currently the temple is open between 6 am and 8 pm. Over time, the temple will be open 24*7
Sri Maha Bhairavar Rudra Aalayam,
Sri Bhairavar Nagar,
Thiruvadisoolam Road,
Eechankaranai, Chengalpattu - 603 003
Mobile: +91 – 99403 92913 / 94444 60759
Turn into Mahindra IT city on the outskirts of Chennai. Drive down till 8th Avenue. You will find Parker Company on your left. Take a left turn and drive on till the road curves naturally to the right. You will find a board reading Kunnavakkam.  Drive down the dirt track till you see the board of the temple. Turn left and the temple is about 200 metres from the main road. There is a mini bus called Vishnu Priya which plies frequently to the temple.

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