11th March 2017.
This shiva temple is in Puliyur, one of the 24 kottams or division of Thondai mandalam ( Puliyur kottam was in and around Chennai ) of Chozha period. This is a Pallava Period Shiva temple. But the temple was completely modified and could not see any Pallava period old structure and inscriptions.
Iraivan : Sri Bharatvajeswarar
Iraivi : Sri Sornambagai
Some of the important features of this temple are….
The temple is facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram on the south Side ( constructed during 2015). Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi are on the east side.
The Sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Arthamandapam and a mahamandapam.
In the prakaram sannadhi for Alangaramandapam ( Somaskandhar was kept ), Bhaktha ganapathy, Sri Valli Devasena Vedha Subramaniyar, Ramanathar, Sandikeswarar, Bairavar, Navagrahas, Yaga salai, Manimandapam, Bharathvajeswar, Vaali, Dwajarosana 4 pillar mandapam, Siva Suryan and saptha mathas ( in a single panel ). On the compound wall 8 ( ashta Thikku balakars reliefs in yanthra form ) and stucco images of Rambai, Thilothamai, usha, Sundari, Kanchana, Srividya and Kamavardhini.
In koshtam, Dhakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Brahma and Vishnu.
In sanctum Moolavar Sri Bharat Vajeswarar and the entrance is small. Ambal is facing east and Natarajar & Naalvars are in artha mandapam. Since Maharishi Bahrathvajeswarar installed this Shiva Linga, moolavar is called as Sri Bharatvajeswarar. Valli worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple and temple is called as Valeeswararm. Sri Ramar and Seetha also worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple.
The temple will be kept open between 06.30 to 10.30 Hrs and 17.00 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs
Satish Gurukkal may be contacted on his mobile 9946430750 for further details.
HOW TO REACH:
The temple is at Puliyur, a part of vada Palani
About a KM distance from Vadapalani Metro station and Power House Bus stop on Arcot Road at vadapalani. .
Town buses are available from Various parts of the city to Kodambakkam.
Front arch for Ambal sannadhi
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