Monday, 23 September 2013


23, September 2013
This week end  on 23-09-2013, I had been to Sitharkadu Shiva temple.  After knowing the  temple is a swathi star temple ( my son’s birth star is swathi ), thought of visiting the temple. As usual started early in the morning  reached Pattabiram by train and reached the temple through share auto  and walking to a distance of about a KM from the national hi-ways bridge. Since Sitharkadu is a small village, purchased pooja materials from  Pattabiram. When I reached the temple,  the temple was not opened, The temple is under renovation  and Swamy is kept in a separate mandapam.  Swamy Looks cute and small. Sivachariyar came around 8.45 Hrs ( His house is opposite to the temple ). In the mean time spending the time by looking the reliefs carved on the pillars at the entrance and in the mandapam. Reliefs  also chiseled on the beams of the mandapam,  is an unique  of  this temple.    Since the day happened to be Sunday, the main shrine was kept closed  due to holiday to the workers, who are doing the renovation  jobs.

Sitharkadu Shiva Temple is believed to be constructed by Pandya king Jadavarma Sundara Pandian-I (King  of  Pandyan Dynasty) dating back to 9th Century on the banks of sacred river Coovam..

Iraivan : Sri Dhathreeswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Prasuna Kundhalambigai

Some of the important features of this temple are ….
  1. The temple is under renovation. The Moolavar and Ambal are kept in a mandapam facing west and main Temple is facing east.
  2. In the outer prakaram Nagars and a small amman sannadhi.
  3. Rajagopuram is of 5 tiers.
  4. The entrance arch with sudhai sirpam is under construction, Somaskandhar is at centre.
  5. At the entrance to the main temple Dwajasthambam, Palipeedam and Nandhi mandapam.
  6. The main temple entrance was constructed with bricks must be belongs to Chozha Period.
  7. There is a stone pillared mandapam on the right side of the entrance where we could find lot of relief and some siddhars too on the pillars.
  8. The mandapam beams are also chiseled with relief looks beautiful.
  9. The temple is a “Swathi Nakshathra” temple.
  1. The temple is kept open between 08.00 Hrs 10.30 Hrs and 17.00 Hrs to 20.00 Hrs 
  1. Pattabiram is on the Chennai to Thiruvallur main road and also on the railway route.
  2. From Pattabiram at the end of the bridge on the south side Share autos are available up to National hi-way bridge.
  3. Sithukadu is about 1.5 KM from the bridge.
  4. Poonamallee to Pattabiram bus route nos 54C passes through Pattabiram.
  5. From CMBT Bus terminus route no 153 passes through Pattabiram.
  1. Sivachariyars Viswanathan 9444562335 and Kumaran 9444793942 and T P Ramesh 9445603942 can be contacted for further details.
  2. More details can be obtained from the Temples web site : or
  3. மின்னஞ்சல் முகவரி: /  
5 tier Rajagopuram after renovation

5 tier Rajagopuram after renovation

Ambal sannadhi vimanam

Dwajasthambam , Palipeedam and nandhi mandapam

View of the temple from south side

Relief on the dwajasthambam

Relief on the dwajasthambam

Relief on the dwajasthambam

Relief on the ceiling of the mandapam


Relief on the beams too

Reliefs on the pillar

Sidhars on the Pillars
Symbolic representation of solar and lunar eclipse
Relief on the ceiling at the entrance of rajagopuram 
 Relief of snakes on the entrance pillar

After dharshan at Sitharkadu returned back to Pattabiram around 10.00 Hrs. Thought of trying my luck  for the dharshan of Lord Shiva  at the temple THIRUKKALLIL, which is about 20 KM from Pattabiram.  During patha yathra to Thirupathi I used to think of making a visit to this  Shiva Temple, when we pass Kannigaipair.  Since there is no direct bus from Pattabiram,   reached Kannigaipair Via Periyapalayam.  Through a share auto reached the temple around 12.00 Hrs, from Kannigaipair. To my luck the temple was kept open. Learnt that the Sivachariyar is staying in that temple and sleeping in a house in the village. He must be 90+ years but very much active. The Locals told me that he is 100+.  

Had the dharshan of Lord Shiva and the Sivachariyar used the coconut from his stock and gave me the prasadam.  After dharshan  he asked me to wait in the mandapam, I do not know why?.  After few minutes the temple housekeeper gave me coffee prepared by the Sivachariyar.  Since morning I had not taken any food, hence the coffee was  like Lord Shiva’s gift to me. The secret of getting the rain is due to Sivachariyars, like him,  who does this type of service to Lord Shiva and his devotees.    

18 – THIRUKKALLIL ( Now this place is called as Thirukkandalam )

This is the 18th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.

Iraivan : Sri Sivanantheeswarar
Iraivi     : Sri Ananthavalli

Some of the salient features of this temple are …
  1. The Rajagopuram is of 5 tiers and the temple is facing east with a thirukulam in front.
  2. Dwajasthambam, Palipeedam and Nandhi mandapam are at the front in outer prakaram.
  3. In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Naalvar with Sekizhar and Suryan, Sri Anjeneyar, Nagars under Nelli ( amla ) tree, Sundara Vinayagar, Kaalathi Nathar,  Balasubramaniyar without usual Valli devasena, Sandikeswarar, Sri Sakthi Dhakshinamoorthy, Kaala Bairavar and Navagrahas.
  4. In koshatam Natana Ganapathy, Dhashinamoorthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma, Vishnu Durgai.
  5. Moolavar vimanam is of Gajabirushtam type.
  6. Ambal is in a separate sannadhi facing east.
  7. Most of the sannadhi and mandapam are built  in recent years.
  8. There are many inscription found at the base of the sanctum of that one belongs to Vikarama Chozha. 
  1. The Place Kannigaipair is on the way to Chennai to Periyapalayam. And from there Thirukkandalam is about 3 KM.
  2. Share auto is available from Kannigaipair.

Temple view from South side - please note that the bell tower is being supported by bootha ganas

Sri Sakthi Dhakshinamoorthy

Gajabirushta type vimanam

Entrance view

Nandhi mandapam

5 tier Rajagopuram

Sudhai sirpam of dwarabalakars on the Rajagopuram Right and Left side.


Naalvar with Sekizhar and suryan

Sri Sakthi Dhakshinamoorthy

After dharshan of Lord Shiva at Thirukkallil ( Thirukandalam ), started back to Kannigaipair. It was too hot and I do not know  when the share auto will come.  So walked slowly. After reaching half of the distance a passerby gave me a lift on his TVS 50 up to auto stand at Kannigaipair. Reached home via Redhills, Koyambedu  and Guindy. 

Had been to this temple again on 25th February 2017,  in connection with the Pulicat Heritage visit. For the details  Click here

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