Thursday, November 1, 2018

Mallikeswarar Temple, George Town – The Temple

Mallikeswarar Temple, George Town – The Temple
The east facing temple has a big front side mandapam. There are many shops, mostly flower vendors, are located in this mandapam. It should be noted that this temple is located in Flower Bazaar locality. There is no tower for this temple. Instead, a lintel with many stucco images are found at the entrance. There is a passage in the outer prakara that connects the temple with the adjacent Chenna Kesava Temple. The temple tank is located between both the temples. Both the temples share the temple tank as well as the car (Ratha).

Presiding Deity is called as Mallikeswarar / Malleeswarar / Mallikarjunar. Presiding Deity is housed in the east facing sanctum in the form of big Shiva Linga. Two Ganeshas called as Dwara Ganapathis are found at the entrance of the sanctum. Nandi is found in the Maha Mandapam. Another Nandi idol is found along with the flagstaff and bali peetha in the outer courtyard.

Ganesha, Dhakshinamoorthi, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are the niche idols located around the sanctum walls, Chandikeswara is found in his usual location. The sanctum 2 tier vimana is of rectangular shape with 3 kalasams on the top is unique. Mother is called Brahmarambika. The Goddess is found in a separate east facing shrine, located in the outer prakara. The vimana has few interesting stucco images.

There are Shrines of Maha Ganapati, Tatpurusha Linga, Agora Linga, Vamadeva Linga, Kasi Linga, Bala Murugan, Nataraja with his consort Sivakami (Utsava), Bhikshatana (Utsava) and Somaskanda (Utsava) in the inner prakara around the sanctum, Also, Bronze idols of Nalvar, Two Ganeshas, 63 Nayanmars, Ishana Linga and Sekkizhar are also located in this prakara. Navagraha is also found in the same prakara.

There are shrines of Siva Surya, Prasanna Vinayaka, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Valli and Devasena (Utsava), Bhairava, Adi Shankara and Ramalinga in the outer prakaram. There is a small mandapam located in the north-east corner of the outer prakara. The pillars in this mandapam are full of beautiful sculptures. Ganesha idol is located within this mandapam.

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