28th December 2015.
There are many temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in and around Chennai. Some of them are grouped as Padal Petra sthalangal, Saptha sthana sthalangal ( Mylapore and Triplicane area), Navagraha sthalangal ( West of Chennai between Porur , Poonamalle, Kundrathur to Pozhichalur ) and Pancha Bootha sthalangal. The pancha bootha sthalangal in Chennai are on the northern side ( 1. Sri Kalatheeswarar – Pavalakara Street, near Thambu Chetty street, 2. Sri Arunachaleswarar - Anna Pillai Street, Chennai 79, 3. Sri Ekambareswarar – Mint Street, 4. Sri Gangatheswarar – Purasaivakkam and 5. Chidambareswarar, Avathana Papaiah Street, Soolai – People used to call this temple as Natarajar Temple ). On seeing my Aruthra dharshan post on Facebook, my friend Mr Krishna kumar T K (a blogger under the name Indian Coloumbus ), informed me that there is a temple dedicated to Lord Natarajar in Chennai, which has equal power of Chidambaram Natarajar. Made a visit to this temple on this Sunday 27th December 2015.
Iraivan : Sri Natarajar
Iraivi : Sri Sivakami
Some of the important features of this temple are ….
- The temple is facing east with an entrance arch with sudhai dwarabalakars, between two concrete buildings.. The front mandapam arch has the sudhai sirpams of Vinayagar, Sri Vallidevasena Subramaniyar, Natarajar, Shiva and Parvathy sitting on rishabam, Ambal on Rishabam, Nandhiammperuman, Brahma, Manikkavasakar, etc,.
- Palipedam, Nandhi and dwajasthambam are after the main entrance.
- Sannadhi for Vinayagar, Navagrahas, Govindaraja Perumal with Sridevi & Boo Devi in sayanakolam, Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Naalvar, Sri Umayambigai samedha Sri Thirumoolanathar ( Ambal in a separate sannadhi).
- Abishekam is conducted 6 times in a year to moolavar and daily two times ( Morning 08.30 Hrs and 20.30 Hrs ) abhishekam is done for spadika Lingam kept in a box. Most of the procedures followed are very much similar to Chidambaram Sri Natarajar Temple. 10 days Bramorsavam, once in a year is celebrated.
- Moolavar Natarajar with Sivakami is on an elevated sanctum and people are not allowed on the platform in front of moolavar for dharshan.
- Even though the Sivachariyar claims the temple is of 200 years old, but must be more than 100 years, since Sri Venkatesa Mudaliyar ( Paramparai Dharmakarthakkal ) established this temple during the year 1912, as per record.
- The temple is under the control of Tamil Nadu, HRCE department.
TEMPLE TIMINGS :
- The temple is kept open for dharshan between 07.00 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 16.30 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs.
- Sivachariyar Prasanna may be contacted through his mobile number 9940155930
- This temple is called as Natarajar temple.
- The temple is about 3 KM from Chennai central Railway station and on the road opposite to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
- Town bus nos 7E, 37 d, 37G, 38C, 138C, 34, 159A, 159B, 59 are passes through the bus stop at the starting point of the A.P.Street ( Avathana Papiah Street) from various parts of the city.
Godhanramar temple on the same street
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