Friday, August 31, 2018

Karaikandeswarar Temple, Poondi, Thiruvannamalai

Karaikandeswarar Temple, Poondi, Thiruvannamalai
Karaikandeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Poondi Village in Kalasapakkam Taluk in Thiruvannamalai District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Karaikandeswarar and Mother is called as Periyanayagi Amman / Brahannayaki. This Temple is considered as one the Saptha Kailaya Sthalams established and worshipped by Lord Muruga on the northern bank of river Cheyyar. Like the other Karaikandeswarar Temple, here also Cheyyar river flows towards North and hence this is considered equivalent to Kasi. Poondi is also famous for the Jeeva Samadhi of Poondi Mahan. The Temple belongs to Chola period.

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The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Karaikandeswarar. Dwajasthambam and Nandhi can be found facing the sanctum. Mother is called as Periyanayagi Amman / Brahannayaki. Mother is housed in a separate shrine. There are shrines for Bala Vinayaga, Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingodhbava, Bhairava, Durga, Venugopala with his consort Rukmini, Lord Murugan with his consorts Valli and Deivanai, Balasubramanya Swamy and Nataraja in the Temple premises. There is an Agastheeswarar Temple nearby. There is a practice followed by devotees here, after worshipping Agastheeswarar only, Karaikandeswarar will be worshipped.

Karaikandeswarar Temple,
Poondi, Kalasapakkam Taluk,
Thiruvannamalai District – 606 751
Mobile: +91 97870 51251 / 94872 29930 / 99521 50303 / 94876 01866
The Temple is located at about 3 Kms from Elathur, 6 Kms from Villvarani, 3 Kms from Kalasapakkam, 3.5 Kms from Kalasapakkam Bus Stand, 9 Kms from Agaram Sibbandi Railway Station, 12 Kms from Polur, 32 Kms from Thiruvannamalai, 31 Kms from Thiruvannamalai Railway Station, 166 Kms from Chennai Airport and 180 Kms from Chennai. The temple can be reached either from Polur – Thiruvannamalai Road or from Kalasapakkam Vilvarani Road. While coming from Polur on the Chengam road, around 650 meters after Vilvarani Murugan temple, you have to take a left turn and travel further for another 5 Kms to reach the Temple.


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