Karaneeswarar Temple, Saidapet – The Temple
This temple has a seven tiered Rajagopuram with two prakarams (closed precincts of a temple). The stucco idols in the tower are very attractive. The temple tower is south-faced. Presiding Deity is called as Karaneeswarar. Presiding Deity is housed in the form of Shiva Linga in the sanctum. The sanctum is east facing. The Dwarapalas at the entrance of the sanctum are big and beautiful. The entrance also has the idols of Ganesha and Murugan. Dhakshinamoorthi, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are the niche idols located around the sanctum walls.
The flag staff, bali peetha and Nandi are found facing towards the sanctum. Ganesha, Chandikeswarar is situated on his usual location. Mother is called as Swarnambikai and is facing east. The shrine of the goddess is located next to Karaneeswarar sanctum, At the entrance of the courtyard Kodi Mara Vinayaka and Bala Subramanya are found. Facing the tower, there is another idol of Ganesha.
The idols of Ganesha, Sekkizhar, 63 Nayanmars, Shiva Lingam, Bhairava, and Surya are found in the prakara. There are shrines for the Utsava (metal) idols of Nataraja – Sivakami, Karaikal Ammaiyar, Somaskandar, Nalvars, Chandrasekhar, Bikshadana, Shanmuga with Valli & Devasena and Murugan with Valli & Devasena. All the idols are exceptionally good; especially the idol of Karaikal Ammaiyar is very lively.
The outer prakaram is wide and large. There is a shrine for another Shiv Linga in the outer prakaram - this Linga idol is bigger than the main deity Karaneeswarar. The name of the deity is Vedagiriswarar. He is found along with his consort Tripura Sundari. There is a separate shrine for Saneeswarar and another for Anjaneya. Navagraha idols are also found here.
There is a shrine for Veerabhadra and Nandi idol is found opposite to Veerabhadra, which is generally not the case in other temples. There are two more shrines in the outer prakara - one for Palani Andavar and another for Siva Subramanya found along with his two consorts Valli and Devasena.
A large and beautiful temple tank is found west of the temple. The Temple tank is located little away from the main temple and on the steps of the tank a shrine for Lord Ganesha - who is in a standing posture along with his consorts siddhi and Buddhi can be seen. This temple has Nandavanam (Garden) as well.