Sunday, 16 July 2017


09th July 2017.
This 400 years old Shiva temple is little  off from Adiththanar main Road in the busy market area of old automobile parts, at Komaleeswaranpet, Pudupet on the banks of Vriddha Ksheera River, now called as Holy river Koovam.

Iraivan : Sri Komaleeswarar
Iraivi    : Sri Komalavalli

Some of the important features of this temple are....
The temple is facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram. Dwajasthambaam, Palipedam and Nadhi are immediately after the Rajagopuram. In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Navagrahas, Bairavar and Agasthiya Vinayagar. The temple complex consists of  Sanctum, Arthamandapam and mahamandapam, In the inner prakaram sannadhi for  Sankadahara Chathurthi Vinayagar, Naalvar, Navagrahas, Natarajar with Sivakami and Sri Komalambigai / Komalavalli.

In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma and Durgai. Moolavar is swayambu. As per the legend a cow was shedding milk on an anthill on the banks of Vriddha Ksheera River also now  called as Koovam River.  On seeing this the boys herding cows chased the cow. In the process of running the cow’s utter hits the anthill  and broke a portion of it. Hence Shiva Lingam inside the Anthill was called as Komadiswara ( Ko – cow, Madi – utter ), which turned in to Komaleeswarar.

The temple was constructed by The King Chandragiri  about 400 years before and latter Rajagopuram was added. One of the specialty of this temple is paavai Vilakku ( Lady holding the lamp made of brass ). The pillars has the relief of cow shedding milk on Shiva Linga, The king worshiping Komaleeswara, etc,. The ceiling has the reliefs of crocodiles and Solar and Lunar eclipse by showing the  snakes swallowing the sun and moon.

A saint lady Chakkarathammal / Anandhammal or Sakkarai ammal, an young widow lived in a madam outside this temple and gained remarkable powers by worshiping Lord Shiva and practicing yoga. With the powers she, used to fly around the temple during nights. On hearing this many people has became her devotees  and one  Dr Nanjunda Rao extended support with materials to her. She attained jeeva Samadhi at the age of 47 and  her Samadhi was built near Kalashetra in Thiruvanmiyur. Also it was told that Pachaiappa Mudaliyar,  takes bath in the river Koovam before worshiping Lord Komaleeswarar. 

As per the inscriptions renovation of madapalli was carried out  by Mrs Kuppamal, wife of Babu Sah, a Saurashtrian textile merchant in the year 1818 AD. The sthala viruksham is the mahavilvam a rare vilva tree. 
( Some of the details Ref: The book on 'The Gods of Holy River koovam' by Priya Baskaran )

The temple will be kept opened between 06.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs to 21.00 hrs.

Chandrasekara Gurukkal may be contacted on his mobile 9884198142 for further details.

Just walk-able distance from Pudupet ( old automobiles shops) bus stop and behind Police help booth.
Town buses are available from Various parts of the city and the bus stop is Pudupet.
Chintadripet  suburban railway station is about 2 KM.



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