Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bodyguard Muniswaran Temple, Park Town, Chennai

Bodyguard Muniswaran Temple, Park Town, Chennai
Bodyguard Muniswaran Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Muneeswarar located in Park Town area of Chennai, the capital of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This is a small temple located in the main area of Chennai Metropolitan Area.

Pallavan Salai was originally called as Body Guards Lines Road. The body guards of the British Governor used to live here. Probably, due to this reason, the people started referring this deity as Body Guard Muneeswarar.
In 1919 CE, labourers from North Arcot district brought the idol of Lord Muneeswarar to Madras city (present Chennai). They placed it under a neem tree adjoining the military barracks of the Britishers. One of the British Commander showed his objection. Same day he met with an accident. He started believing that the idol has some powers so he allowed it to be there. From the day many devotees around Chennai worships this Lord and constructed a temple around the idol. They believe that the main deity of the temple Lord Muneeswarar will save them from accidents. So, the deity got the name of Bodyguard Muneeswarar. This temple is now visited by thousands of devotees each day.
The Temple
Muneeswarar is a popular village deity of Tamil Nadu. This is a small road side temple on Pallavan Salai near Central Railway Station, which has a peculiar name. It is called as Body Guard Muneeswarar. This temple is very small, but it is always crowded. Whoever owns a vehicle in Chennai, would have visited this temple or at least heard about this for sure. It is believed that the temple protects the vehicles from road accidents. Pallavan Salai is always crowded with the vehicles mainly due to this temple.

People who buy New Vehicles will come to this place for worship. Many believe that Muneeswaran, apart from ensuring well-being, specifically protects against road accidents. Some patrons believe the deity guards you — they feel that is how it got the name ‘bodyguard’. But, it might have derived its name from what the place was earlier called — the Bodyguard Lines Road. Right next to the temple is a bus depot, from which vehicles regularly exit. Just as the buses make their way atop the bridge, they stop for a brief moment in front of Muneeswaran and you can spot the drivers and passengers whisper a quiet prayer — for a smooth journey. Mostly devotees offering drinks, hen, goats and cigar to the god. In the temple premises they offer red and black color rope, if we tie the knot it will keep away us from all the evil things.
This Temple is situated in Pallavan Salai in Park Town Area. The Temple is located at about 200 meters from Pallavan Salai Bus Depot, 350 meters from Park Town Railway Station, 850 meters from Chennai Central Railway Station, 1 Km from Government Estate Metro Station, 3 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 12 Kms from Koyambedu Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus and 18 Kms from Chennai Airport. The Temple is located very close to Chennai Central Railway Station. You can proceed on foot to this Temple from the station. From other parts of the city, you can take a Cabs, Auto Rickshaw, Bus, Local Trains and Metro Trains to reach the Temple.