11th March 2017
During my stay at Jaffarkhan Pet, a part of Ashok Nagar, I used to Visit this temple regularly. After a long gap, again on 11th March 2017, had been to this temple. The temple had undergone many changes, which includes construction of Rajagopuram and tiling of floor. This temple escaped from demolition of Ashok Nagar Metro station, whose east side entrance is very close to the temple.
Iraivan : Sri Mallikeswarar
Iraivi : Sri Maheswari
Some of the important features of this temple are..
The temple is facing east with a 3 tier Rajagopram. The sanctum sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Artha mandapam and muka mandapam. Nandhi and Palipedam are in the muka mandapam.
In the parakaram sannadhi for Sandikeswarar, Navagrahas, Stucco images of Natarajar, Saneeswarar, Bairavar, Bhakatha Jaya Anjaneyar ( I was told that the Anjaneyar was installed by Sri Sankarachariyar Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamikal ), Ramar, Sathya Narayanar, Chandran and Suryan.
In Koshtam, Veerabathirar, Dhakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Vishnu, Brahma, Saraswathy, Mahalakshmi and Durgai. The sanctum is in a rectangular shape. Sri Mallikeswarar is at the center, Sri Sakthi Ganapathy is on the right and Sri Visalakshi Samedha Sri Viswanathar ( in the same sanctum ) is on the right. Sri Maheswari is facing south.
It was told that Sri Thopa Swamykal, a siddhar stayed here and done pooja to Sri Mallikeswarar about 400 years before. His jeeva Samadhi is at Saidapet, near Vellore.
To prove it’s antiquity, the roof of the sanctum was built with granite stone. Completely modified during the present renovation and tiles were laid on the walls and floors and kumbhabhishekam was performed during 2016.
The temple will be kept open between 06.30 to 10.30 Hrs and 17.00 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs
Mr Durai who is taking care of the temple may be contacted for further details on his mobile 9444855380
HOW TO REACH:
The temple is next to Ashok Nagar Metro Station, east side entrance.
Just a walkable distance from Ashok Pillar bus stop.
Lot of Town buses are available to Ashok Nagar and the Stop name is Ashok Pillar, from various parts of the city.
Sri Mahalakshmi, Durgai and Saraswathy in koshtam
Sri Veerabathirar, in koshtam
Stucco images of Sri Natarajar, Sivakami and Munivars
Bhaktha Jaya Anjaneyar
Sri Thopa Swamykal
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