Samayeswarar Temple, Pulicat, Thiruvallur
Samayeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Pulicat in Ponneri Taluk in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Samayeswarar and Mother is called as Anandhavalli. The Temple is said to be built in the same period as the Adhi Narayana Perumal Temple, This Shiva temple is also in a bad shape.
The front entrance to the temple is dilapidated condition with trees grown on it. The roots came up to ground and formed like another pillar. The roof is supported by wooden pillars and the terrace is of madras type terrace. The temple is facing east with Nandhi and Pali Peedam are at outside facing sanctum sanctorum. The temple was built with sanctum, Arthamandapam and Mahamandapam.
Presiding Deity is called as Samayeswarar. Mother is called as Anandhavalli. Mother is housed in a separate shrine facing east with two shrines on the back side on the left side of the man sanctum sanctorum. There is a mandapam adjacent to Mother Shrine may be used for Urchavams and celebration of festivals. It is worth look at the reliefs chiseled on the pillars. In the front mandapam on the ceiling in addition to the regular symbolic representation of reliefs of Solar and lunar eclipse there reliefs of lizards and fish with wings.
Intricate carvings like the Narasimha emerging from inside the pillar, a monkey hanging upside down on the pillar, Kannappa Nayanar, a cow ringing a bell – depicting the story of Manu Neethi Chola can be found in the Mandapam Pillars. There is a step well in the Temple made of bricks and lime mortar, the circular well has an adjoining podium from which descend a flight of stairs into a tunnel, giving closer access to the water below. This is unique to the temple, as this kind of arrangement elsewhere in Tamil Nadu temples.
Temple Opening Time
Since one kala pooja is conducted the time of opening is unpredictable.
Pulicat, Thiruvallur District – 601 205
Mobile: +91 86828 21200
The Temple is located at about 650 meters from Pazhaverkadu Bus Stop, 1 Km from Pulicat Bus Stand, 9 Kms from Thirupalaivanam, 9 Kms from Karungali, 20 Kms from Ponneri, 20 Kms from Ponneri Railway Station, 74 Kms from Thiruvallur, 70 Kms from Chennai Airport and 55 Kms from Chennai. Town buses are frequently available from Ponneri and Red Hills.