Sunday, March 18, 2018

Othandeeswarar Temple, Thirumazhisai, Thiruvallur

Othandeeswarar Temple, Thirumazhisai, Thiruvallur
Othandeeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thirumazhisai Town near Chennai City in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple was built during the 11th century by Chola king Kulothunga Chola II. Shiva is worshipped as Othandeeswarar and his consort Parvathi as Kulirvithanayaki. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines. The temple has a five-tiered Rajagopuram, the gateway tower. The Vijayanagar and Nayak kings made further expansion to the temple during the 16th century. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.










Legends
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History
The temple has many inscriptions from the Chola period during the 11th century. Kulothunga Chola II is believed to have built the temple and the shrines in the current form. The temple exists before 11th century and Somaskandar believed to be of Pallava Period. Historians believe that the shrine of Vishnu seems to be later addition. The Vijayanagara kings, who ruled the region, have done benevolent endowments to the temple. Sengunda Mudaliyars built many shrines in the temple and refurbished the tank. The samprokshanam was performed in 1995. In modern times, 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 6.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Religious Practices & Festivals
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Prayers
It is believed that people who are left helpless in life, when prayed to lord here gets a helping hand from him, for sure. The faith is strong among the devotees that unity among the couple would be closer if they worship Lord Nataraja and Mother Ambica both looking at each other ensuring happiness in life. People pray for mental peace and forgiveness for wrongs committed. Devotees perform special pujas to Lord offering vastras.
Contact
Sri Othandeswarar Temple,
Thirumazhisai,
Thiruvallur District – 600124
Mobile: +91 98415 57775
Connectivity
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