Friday, September 28, 2018

Nandeeswarar Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai

Nandeeswarar Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai
Nandeeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Adambakkam in Chennai City of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Nandheeswarar and Mother is called as Aavudai Nayagi (Gomathi in Sanskrit). The temple has two entrances one in the east, and another in the south. There is a tank situated outside the southern entrance, though not in use. The Temple is situated close to St. Thomas Mount Suburban Railway Station. The special feature of this temple is that on all Pradosham days a cow goes around the sanctum.



Legends
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History
This temple is the one of the oldest Temple in Chennai dating back to 950 AD. Although, it is believed that the temple was built by a Chola prince named Aadhani Chola and renovated by Kulothunga Chola III, there is no symbol of Chola's architecture found in the current structure of the temple. It completely looks like a temple built in the 20th century CE. Many stone inscriptions found in the Thiruvotriyur Temple refer to the existence of this temple about 800 years back. It includes land leases given by Third Kulothunga Chola. Many sculptures and carvings in the pillars, a fish carved on the ceiling all indicate the very old nature of this temple.



An 12th Century Inscription in this Temple dated to Kulothunga Chola III reveals that, this temple has a connection with Aavudai Nayagi Temple of Thiruvotriyur. The inscription also reveals that a land was donated to Sri Prabhahara Bhattar’s wife for raising the flowering plants for Thiruvotriyur Temple from this temple land. From the Inscription available at Thiruvotriyur Temple there was mention about this temple also.  The temple became fame after Kanchi Sri Shankaracharya’s Visit.



The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 06.30 AM to 10.30 AM and 05.00 PM to 09.00 PM.
Poojas & Festivals
Special poojas are conducted on days like Pradoshams, Shivaratri and Somavaram (Mondays). Arudra darshan is yet another famous religious event here. Also, other special pujas are conducted on days significant to Lord Subramanya and Lord Ganesha. Pradosha pooja is very special here and a cow comes around during the Pradoshams even today. There will be lot of cows roaming around here. Cow represents Avudai and Bull represents Nandhi.
Prayers
People who are facing obstacles in getting married come here and worship and present two rose garlands to this temple for five Pradosham days. It is said these obstacles are removed and they get married soon.
Contact
Nandeeswarar Temple,
Adambakkam, Chennai – 600 088
Mobile: +91 9841006251
Connectivity
The Temple is located just opposite to St. Thomas Mount Railway Station and St. Thomas Mount Railway Station Bus Stop. The Temple is located at about 200 meters from St. Thomas Mount Metro Station, 19 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 14 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 8 Kms from Chennai International Airport and 17 Kms from Chennai. The Temple is well connected by MTC Buses, Metro Trains and Trains to rest of Chennai City. The Temple can be reached by the bus numbers M9M, 52K, 18D, B51, M51F, M14, M51S, M51M of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation.

Nandeeswarar Temple, Adambakkam – Legends

Nandeeswarar Temple, Adambakkam – Legends
Nandheeswarar:
Legend says that, there lived a Rishi called Bhringi Munivar in the nearby hill and was performing penance worshipping Lord Shiva. As Bhringi Rishi was residing, the hill was called as Bhringi Malai which is today's Parangi Malai or St. Thomas Mount. Pleased by Bhringi Rishi's worship, Lord Shiva gave darshan to him in the form of Nandhi in this holy place and hence the God here is known as Nandheeswarar.
Adambakkam:
During later days, a Chola king called Aadhani Cholan who was ruling this part of the land, constructed this temple. As this territory was part of his then kingdom, this place was known as Aadhanippakkam which turned to be today's Adambakkam.
Guindy:
It is said that Bhringi Rishi kept his pitcher, a Kamandalam like jug. In Tamil it is called Kindi at a certain place during prayers. Over a period of time this place has come to be known as Kindy which gradually became Guindy.
Parangi Malai:
It is generally believed that St. Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ lived and was eventually killed in Chennai city, South India. The locality was thus believed to be named as St. Thomas Mount and even there is an old Church in this area claimed to have been built on the same spot, where he was killed. The Tamils used to call the foreigners as "Parangi" in those days and thus the place was called as "Parangi Malai" (the hill of foreigners) in Tamil language.

Nandeeswarar Temple, Adambakkam – The Temple

Nandeeswarar Temple, Adambakkam – The Temple
This Temple is located very close to St. Thomas Mount Railway Station. This is an east facing ancient temple. The temple has an entrance on south and east sides. The Temple is a small one without a tower and flag post. The temple has just one prakara. A small Nandi and Balipeedam face towards the sanctum. There was a wall in between the Nandhi and the Sanctum Sanctorum which according to the Sastras is not good for the temple. Sri Paramacharya once visited this place and arranged to remove the obstructing wall between Nandhi and the main Diety.



Presiding Deity is called as Nandeeswarar and is facing east. Narthana Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Maha Vishnu, Brahma and Durgai are the Koshta Idols located around the sanctum walls. Mother is called as Aavudai Nayagi and is facing south. There are shrines for Sundara Vinayagar, Nagars, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Valli & Devasena, Navagrahas, Chandikeswarar and Navagrahas in the Temple premises.


The idol of Chandikeswara is big and looks very old. Idols of Ganesha, Surya and Bhairava are located inside the maha mandapam.  The Bhairavar here is also believed to be more powerful and blessing for which many men and women pray to him for marriage or child birth. The idols of Ganesha and Subramanya are found near the entrance of the main shrine.



The temple history, slogans and Thiruppavai are printed on the walls of the temple. There are exquisite sculptures of Kannappa Nayanar, Kamadenu, Anjaneya, Narasimha and Vinayaka on pillars of this temple. There is a tank situated outside the southern entrance which is now not in use. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwam Tree. This temple attracts a huge crowd of devotees on Pradoshams days, as there are special poojas performed here promptly.


Kalyana Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai

Kalyana Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai
Kalyana Srinivasa Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Adambakkam in Chennai City in Tamil Nadu. The Temple is situated in Telephone Colony, Ganesh Nagar, Adambakkam, Chennai suburb. The Temple is located at about 400 meters from N.G.O. Colony Bus Stop, 600 meters from Netaji Road Junction Bus Stop, 3.5 Kms from Velachery, 4 Kms from St Thomas Mount, 4.5 Kms from Velachery Railway Station, 1 Km from St Thomas Mount Railway Station, 1 Km from St. Thomas Mount Metro Station, 18 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 15 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 9 Kms from Chennai International Airport and 16 Kms from Chennai. The Temple is well connected by MTC Buses, Metro Trains and Trains to rest of Chennai City.

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Devi Navasakthi Karumariamman Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai

Devi Navasakthi Karumariamman Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai
Devi Navasakthi Karumariamman Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Mother Shakti located at Adambakkam in Chennai City in Tamil Nadu. The Temple is situated in Balaji Nagar, Adambakkam, Chennai suburb. The Temple is located at about 100 meters from Shakthi Nagar Bus Stop, 200 meters from Adambakkam Bus Stop, 500 meters from A.G.S. Officer Colony Bus Stop, 4 Kms from Velachery, 5 Kms from St Thomas Mount, 3 Kms from Velachery Railway Station, 2.5 Kms from St Thomas Mount Railway Station, 4 Kms from St. Thomas Mount Metro Station, 20 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 18 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 7 Kms from Chennai International Airport and 18 Kms from Chennai. The Temple is well connected by MTC Buses, Metro Trains and Trains to rest of Chennai City.


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Devi Nagamuthu Mariamman Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai

Devi Nagamuthu Mariamman Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai
Devi Nagamuthu Mariamman Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Mother Shakti located at Adambakkam in Chennai City in Tamil Nadu. The Temple is in EB colony, Adambakkam, Chennai Suburb. The Temple is also called as Vada Thirunallaru because of the presence of Viswaroopa Sarva Mangala Sani Bhagavan in a separate shrine in this Temple.


History
The Temple was constructed in 1984 and Mahakumbabishekam was performed. In 1997, a six-ft. high statue of Sarva Mangala Saneeswara Bhagavan was installed. In 2011, the committee members decided to renovate this temple completely and initiated the works. After the renovation works got completed, as per the tradition Kumbabishekam was performed on 25th April 2013.
The Temple
The temple has 38 feet high 3-tiered Rajagopuram in front of the Mariamman temple in addition to a Gopuram for Saneeswarar shrine. The Mother is in an elevated position with the shrines of Lord Vinayaga and Lord Murugan with his consorts Valli and Devasena at the entrance. Durgai, Chamundeeswari and Vaishnavi are the niche idols located around the sanctum walls.


Stucco Images of Ashtalakshmi’s are also installed around the inside wall. Viswaroopa Sarva Mangala Sani Bhagavan is unique in this temple with life size Idol in a separate Shrine. Devotees used to gather early morning on Saturdays for Dharshan. There are also shrines for Anjaneya, Aiyappan and Navagrahas in the Temple premises.


Temple Opening Time
Sunday to Friday:
·        Morning: 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM
·        Evening: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday:
·        Morning: 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM
·        Evening: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Rahu Kala Pooja Timings
·        Tuesday: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
·        Friday: 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
Festivals
Adi Pooram and Navaratri festivals are regularly conducted here and Sani Peyarchi is celebrated with great devotion.
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 700 meters from Brindavan Colony Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Murugan Kalyana Mandapam Bus Stop, 3 Kms from Velachery, 5 Kms from St Thomas Mount, 3.5 Kms from Velachery Railway Station, 2 Kms from St Thomas Mount Railway Station, 3 Kms from St. Thomas Mount Metro Station, 18 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 16 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 9 Kms from Chennai International Airport and 18 Kms from Chennai. The Temple is well connected by MTC Buses, Metro Trains and Trains to rest of Chennai City.
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Bhuvaneshwari Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai

Bhuvaneshwari Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai
Bhuvaneshwari Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Mother Shakti located at Adambakkam in Chennai City in Tamil Nadu. The Bhuvaneswari Amman Temple is in Andal Nagar, Adambakkam, Chennai suburb.



History
The temple was constructed during the year 1982AD and maintained by Sri Bhuvaneswari Bhaktha Mandali. Sri Shanthanantha Swamigal was instrumental in establishing Sri Bhuvaneswari peetam of Pudukottai. 


The Temple
The temple is facing south with an entrance arch. Presiding Deity is called as Bhuvaneswari Amman. Amman is in sitting posture. Mazhu and Pasam are in upper hands. Lower hands are in abaya and Vara hastham.  Pancha Muga Anjaneyar, Durgai and Aiyappan are in the koshtam. Maha Meru is in front with Urchavar. Varahi and Rajamadangi are at the entrance of the Sannadhi in addition to Vinayagar and Subramaniyar. Shrines of Vinayagar, Shanthanantha Swamigal, Dhathreyar foot prints, Navagrahas, Shiva Lingam with Nandhi under Vilva tree can be found in the prakaram.



Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 06.30 AM to 10.30 AM and 05.30 PM to 08.30 PM.
Festivals
Navarathri is celebrated in this Temple with much fanfare.
Contact
Bhuvaneshwari Temple,
Adambakkam, Chennai
Phone: +91 44 2253 2323
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 100 meters from Andal Nagar Bus Stop, 200 meters from A.G.S. Officer Colony Bus Stop, 3 Kms from Velachery, 5 Kms from St Thomas Mount, 2.5 Kms from Velachery Railway Station, 3 Kms from St Thomas Mount Railway Station, 3 Kms from St. Thomas Mount Metro Station, 20 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 16 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 10 Kms from Chennai International Airport and 19 Kms from Chennai. The Temple is well connected by MTC Buses, Metro Trains and Trains to rest of Chennai City. The temple comes in the route of the buses going between T. Nagar and A.G.S Colony.
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Adinath Digambar Jain Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai

Adinath Digambar Jain Temple, Adambakkam, Chennai
Adinath Digambar Jain Temple is a Jain Temple located in Indira Gandhi Street at Vanuvampet area in Adambakkam in Chennai City in Tamilnadu. The Temple is located at about 600 meters from Vanuvambedu Bus Stop, 5 Kms from St Thomas Mount, 2 Kms from St Thomas Mount Railway Station, 3 Kms from St. Thomas Mount Metro Station, 20 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 18 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 9 Kms from Chennai International Airport and 19 Kms from Chennai. The Temple is well connected by MTC Buses, Metro Trains and Trains to rest of Chennai City.






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Govindaraja Perumal Temple, Chidambaram, Cuddalore

Govindaraja Perumal Temple, Chidambaram, Cuddalore
Govindaraja Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Chidambaram Town in Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu. The Temple is also called as Thiru Chitrakoodam. The temple is situated inside the premises of famous Thillai Nataraja Temple, constructed in Dravidian style of architecture. The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Govindaraja and his consort Lakshmi as Pundarikavalli.


A major shrine of Lord Shiva worship since the classical period, there have been several renovations and offerings to Chidambaram by the Pallava, Chola, PandyaVijayanagara and Chera royals in the ancient and pre-medieval periods. The temple as it stands now is mainly of the 12th and 13th centuries, with later additions in similar style. The temple is believed to have been relocated outside the temple complex during the period of Kulothunga Chola II and reinstated later by king Krishnappa Nayak (1564–1572).


Govindaraja Perumal Temple is located inside the premises of Thillai Natarajar Temple is similar to Ekambareswar temple in Kanchipuram wherein Lord Vishnu’s shrine named as Sri Nilathingal Thundathan Perumal Temple or ‘Thiru Nilathingal Thundam’ is located inside a Shaivite temple. Six daily rituals and two major yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Chittirai festival, celebrated during the Tamil month of Chittirai (March–April), is the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.


Legends
For brief details, please refer below link;
History
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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 06.30 to 12.00 Noon and from 05.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Festivals & Religious Practices
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Literary Mention
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Prayers
People pray here to be fair on their part in their endeavors. Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Lord and offer vastras.
Contact
Govindaraja Perumal Temple,
Tiru Chitra Koodam, Chidambaram – 608 001
Cuddalore District
Phone: +91 4144 222 552 / 220 425
Mobile: +91 98940 69422 / 94423 88820
Connectivity
For brief details, please refer below link;
https://tamilnadu-favtourism.blogspot.com/2018/09/govindaraja-perumal-temple-chidambaram-connectivity.html

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Govindaraja Perumal Temple, Chidambaram – Connectivity

Govindaraja Perumal Temple, Chidambaram – Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 1.5 Kms from Thillai Kali Amman Temple, 9 Kms from Bhuvanagiri, 14 Kms from Pichavaram, 14 Kms from Achalpuram, 20 Kms from Sirkazhi, 25 Kms from Kattumannarkoil, 26 Kms from Vaitheeswarankovil, 44 Kms from Cuddalore, 65 Kms from Puducherry and 216 Kms from Chennai.
By Road:
The Temple is located at about 1.5 Kms from Chidambaram Bus Stand and 42 Kms from Cuddalore Main Bus Stand. Chidambaram is well connected to Cuddalore, Puducherry, Nagapattinam, Tindivanam, Chennai, Villupuram, Neyveli, Vadalur and Mayiladuthurai. Buses every 15 minutes from Madras via Tindivanam, Cuddalore – one can reach in about 5 1/2 hours. By car, one can reach Chidambaram in under 4 hours from Madras via East Coast Road.
By Train:
The Temple is located at about 2 Kms from Chidambaram Railway Station and 38 Kms from Cuddalore Port Railway Junction. Daily trains are available from Chennai Egmore to Chidambaram including a day express.
By Air:
The Temple is located at about 68 Kms from Puducherry Airport and 212 Kms from Chennai Airport.

Govindaraja Perumal Temple, Chidambaram – Literary Mention

Govindaraja Perumal Temple, Chidambaram – Literary Mention
The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu. Thirumangai Alwar and Kulasekara Alwar has sung hymns (Mangala Sasanam) on Lord Vishnu of this Temple. Thirumangai Alwar had sung 32 Paasurams and Kulasekara Alwar had sung 11 Paasurams.
Thirumangai Azhvaar’s praise:
Thirumangai Alwar found Govindaraja to be still like a portrait or picture enchanting himself in the stunning dance of Lord Nataraja here at Ponnambalam - Chidambaram. So, among the 32 Paasurams he composed, the first 10 are of the Sankarabharanam Raga.  Sankarabharanam Raga is the favourite raga of Lord Shiva.
“Don’t take the pain of performing penance for long years by eating fruits alone, suffer under speedy winds or stand amidst five types of fire for the grace and darshan of Lord. Simply keep Lord with Mahalakshmi in his chest in your thoughts, go to Thillai Tiru Chitra Kudam, where his temple exists with sounds of Vedic Mantras and smoke of sacred Yajnas”, says Tirumangai Azhwar.
Thirumangai Azhvaar has praised, in his Paasurams, Nandivarma Pallava’s contribution to this temple.
பையின் பொன்னும் முத்தும் மணியும் கொணர்ந்து
படைமன்வைன் பல்லவர் கோன் பணிந்து
செம்பொன் மணி மாடங்கள் சூழ்ந்து
தில்லைத் திரு சித்ரா கூடம் சென்று சேர் மின்களே
Kulasekara Azhvaar’s praise:
Kulasekara Azhwar mentions this temple as Thillai Chitrakoodam and equates Chitra Kooda of the Ramayana fame with this shrine. Kulasekara Alwar considers Govinda Rajan as Sri Kalyana Rama and composed all his 11 Paasurams posing Govindaraja as Sri Rama only. Listening to Kulasekara Azhvaar’s praise of the Chitrakoodam Lord is equivalent to listening to the entire Ramayana.