Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sri Thiruvetteswarar–Shenbagambikai temple Triplicane Chennai

For me  Triplicane evokes fond memories of Parthasarathy temple,its divine  prasadam ,  it is also the home of another ancient temple for Shiva the Thiruvetteswarar temple. Today after visiting the Pudupet temple I had an opportunity to visit


The temple is situated near the main Triplicane high road. I entered the Triplicane high road behind the new Omundurar medical college and turned right. As I proceeded straight I turned right into Mayor chittibabu street and a further left turn brought me in front of the temple20180114_101312


Arjuna obtained the pasupatha from Shiva and was returning back when he prayed here. Since he incurred a sin of opposing Shiva during the fight in the forest when both claimed  that the boar hunted belonged to them Arjuna was re born as Kanappa nayanar and is celebrated as a great Shiva devotee here

Thirunavukkarasar has sung about this temple but not visited

The savant Sundarar has a sannidhi here with both wives here

Goddess Lakshmi prayed to Shiva here for enabling her marriage to Mahavishnu here There is a carving on a pillar to substantiate this . there  is also a sannidhi for Lakshmi with Saraswathi inside in the praharamTiruvetteeswarar_005

(image courtesy TNHRCE from the temple website)

It is the place where Rahu and ketu prayed to Shiva for redemption. The roof of the inner praharam has a huge carving of the swallowing of sun and moon here

Image courtesy TH HRCE from the temples websiteTiruvetteeswarar_010

It is one of the few temples with a huge pond un encroached and with a large garden in this bustling concrete jungle

There are 3 dwaja stambhas in this temple one in front one in front of the Ambal sannidhi and one in front of the Murugan sannidhi

As you enter the Rajagopuram you see the main praharam entrance



The outer praharam has certain unique sannidhis like

the Vallabha Ganapathy who is thanked with coconut offerings and lamp lit with coconut oil20180114_101413

The Adhikara Nandi  sannidhi


The Southern side showing Dwajasthambam of Ambal sannidhi


The western and northern side have a nandavanam and also the huge pond which is dry now 20180114_10280020180114_10280420180114_10311520180114_103129

The main praharam has a single hall from where we can pray to both Shiva and Ambika .The temple has been re built inside to include a sannidhi for the utsava vigrahas  Thyagaraja swami and Parvathi as somaskandar. This somehow makes the sanctum look cramped but is well maintained

The Koshta  vigrahas are all small and there is a huge sannidhi for the 63 nayanmars which is well lit and organised. The Durga sannidhi is very well maintained with grill gate and the idol itself is warmly welcoming with a benevolent smile.

The outer praharam has a Bhairavar sannidhi


and a Navagraha sannidhi as below



A truly ancient oasis in the midst of the concrete metropolis Chennai

Sri Komaleeshwaran–Komalambikai temple at Komaleeshwaran pet @Pudupet Chennai

Today 14/1/18 being a local holiday due to Pongal  festival I had the opportunity to visit this ancient temple in the middle of Chennai. Pudupet is more known for the motor spares, scraps and automobile industry and an ancient temple here is a wonder.


The temple is situated on the arterial Adithanar salai the road from Egmore to Mount road leading to the Omundurar estate hospital.the temple is of a cul de sac on this road midway


A Kolam in front of the temple



The river Cooum which flows nearby changes direction  nearby and flows from west to North before changing directions to east.This is considered very holy.Its a sad fact that the Cooum then known as Ksheerasagaram (ocean of milk) is reduced to a sewer carrier now

The famous dubash of Madras patchaiappa mudaliar lived here and was supposedly taking bath in the river and praying to this lord daily.

A local rich merchant and his wife Sri Sah had renovated this temple in the 1800 as per stone edicts in the temple

A large number of mystics have stayed here

A few cowherds saw a cow dripping milk on to an ant hill and when disturbed he ant hill revealed a Shiva lingam which was installed in a temple here

the legend


The Rajagopuram leads to the dwajasthambam and main sanctum where there is an east facing Swayambu Shiva and a south facing Komalambikai amman 20180114_09530020180114_095839

On the left there is a  Agastya vinayagar


The courtyard around is very serene 20180114_095331

Entrance to Ambal sannidhi as seen from outside


The Sanctum has the following Koshta vigrahas










A notice asking people not to clap in  front of Chandikeshwara who is in Dhyana


A rarity Hanuman in a Shiva temple seen on the northern side


Navagraha enclosure


A neatly maintained ancient temple

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sri Shaniswarar Temple–Kalpattu near Vizhupuram

I had to attend a medical camp at Neyveli on 17 Dec 2017 it was 2 days before the Sani peyarchi and I knew that the shani temple in Thirunallar would be crowded. I then came to know there is another Shaniswarar temple near Vizhupuram in the village Kalpattu hence I decided to visit this place

How to Reach:

Kalpattu is a sleepy village on the Vizhupuram Tirukoilur road via Mambalapattu.There is no access from the NH 45 hence I entered Vizhupuram town and next to the bus stand took a turn into theTirukoilur road  popularly referred to as Mambalapattu road in about 15 kms I reached Mambalapattu and saw the temple board20171217_093039

A turn to the left here and a couple of Km later we arrived in front of the temple


This is a prayer centre. The temple was built by a swamiji  His Holiness Brahammananda Swamigal. The temple is about 500 years old but it was all modern construction

. The Pranava Ganapathi at the entrance was found from a tank here believed to have been worshipped by Desingu Raja. It was obtained while renovating a pond nearby.


The temple is still under construction below is the prayer hall in front of the shani vigraham


notice about cost of puja etc


The majestic 21 feet Shanishwara with his right foot resting on the crow his vahanam


The gentleman in the fore front is the present head of the ashram and he shooed me for coming into the inner chamber but I was not aware it was a restricted area

.Ravana had held all the devas captive during the birth of Inderjit his son as he did not want any malefic eye of the navagrahas to fall on the child but shani somehow cast his eye and thus in anger Ravana broke Shani’s right leg which resulted in a deformity and so it takes him a slow 7 1/2 years to go around the sun

The Main temple building houses gigantic vigrahas

11 feet tall Panchmukha Easwarar (Bhuvaneswarar)20171217_09443320171217_094452

, Gopalakrishnan


18 feet tall Ashta dasa bhuja Durga


8 feet tall Dandayuthapani20171217_094524

The temple is in a small hamlet and the local folk were getting ready to handle the crowd  for the Saturn transition in the next few days .

Sri Vaideeswarar koil Chintamani near Vizhupuram Also known as Raja Raja Cholan kovil

I glanced upon this exquisite temple by chance on the maps and proceeded here on 17 Dec 2017’

The temple is quite ancient and is known as Raja raja chozan koil locally.this refers to a descendent of the great Raja raja Chola  who assumed his ancestors’ name as a title and was the son of Kulathunga chola I .He is credited with ascending the throne before he was 10 years old,ruling alongside his father for many years and finally re annexing Vengi nadu after defeating the chalukyas.Edicts about him are found in Sidlaghatta near Tumkur  and he was a great devotee of Shiva ,lived in Chidambaram in a palace near the temple and was alsoknown as Parakesari


The temple is just off the NH45  while travelling on the GST road after crossing the Vikravandi toll and the Mundiyambakkam  exit leading to the Vizhupuram Medical college, a small tiny road leads to this temple in a place called Chintamani. You will need to travel 2 kms on this village road withamazing scenery20171217_084944

The temple is in peaceful surroundings with many rare Koshta vigrahas as seen below.The small temple has two east facing sannidhis for Vaideeswaran and Thayalnayagi

As you enter there is a huge idol of hanuman on the left facing west it was Hanuman Jayanthi when I visited and a gala pooja was planned for the evening


Next was the main sannidhis closer to us is the Amman sannidhi on the right


The Thayal nayagi amman Sannidhi


A nice view of the main Goddess who is blessing her devotees with a smling face


Next was the Nandi and the Sivan sannidhi


The unique Koshta vigrahas around the Garba graha



Bhikshandar and Urchista Ganapathy


Oordhuva Thandavar –Nataraja with left leg raised








Durga and Bhairavar


Pradhosha moorthy Siva and Parvathi together standing


suryan sannidhi


I came away pleased at visiing this gem of a temple with such unique idols  and so pristine .