06th November 2016
Still I remember my last visit to this temple on the Tsunami day in 2004, when I was staying at Jaffarkhanpet. After a gap of 12 years visited the temple on 6th November 2016. Lot of things has changed inside the temple prakaram and sub sannadhis are also added.
Iraivan : Sri Karaneeswarar
Iraivi : Sri Swarnambigai
Some of the important features are..
The temple is facing east with 7 tier Rajagopuram on the south side. The dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi mandapam are in the outer prakaram on the east side sanctum entrance.
In the outer prakaram sannadhis for Vinayagar, Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Sri Thiripura Sundarai samedha Sri Vedhagiriswarar, Saneeswarar, Palani Andavar, Anjaneyar, Akora Veerabathirar.
In the inner prakaram 63var, Urchavars and 63var seppu thirumenikal, Natarajar Saba and Bairavar
In koshtam Ganapathy, Dhakshinamurty, Vishnu in place of lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgai. The Sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Arthamandapam and mahamandapam. Ambal Swarnambigai sannadhi is in the mahamandapam facing south.
Sudhai or the stucco images of Kayilai view with Shiva’s family, Thiruvannamalai, Thiruvalaikkaval, Chidambaram and Thirukalathi are on the back side wall of the sanctum in the outer prakaram.
The temple is under the control of Tamil Nadu HRCE Board. The mudaliyar community had done lot to this temple and they controlled the temple before HR& CE took over.
As per the legend,the temple history goes like this… Indira gave Kamadhenu to Vashista for his yagam. The Kamadhenu was not returned even after long time and understood that Kamadhenu was cursed to become an ordinary cow, because it obstructed the poojas and Homam. So as per his Gana’s advise he constructed a temple for Lord Shiva between Thirumayilai and Thivuvanmiyur on the banks of river Adyar and prayed. He also ordered Clouds ( Kar ) to rain in this place to become green with trees. Lord Shiva gave back Kamadhenu and granted the status of Gopathi. The pond created is called Gopathi saras.
Even though it was claimed that temple is very old and no concrete evidence was found, except two inscription dated 1887 and 1919 CE. The inscriptions speaks about the donation for conducting regular poojas and functions.
The temple is kept open between 06.00 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 16.00 Hrs to 21.00 Hrs.
CONTACT DETAILS :
The temple web site : CLICK HERE
Telephone numbers are 044 23811668 and 23811665
HOW TO REACH :
A walkable distance from Saidapet sub-urban railway station.
Nearest bus stop is Saidapet Bus terminus and the temple is about 1.5 KM and lot of autos are available.
LOCATION :CLICK HERE
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