30th July 2017.
Sri Thaanimaraththu Muneeswarar is in the premises of Sri Dilli Paalaachi Amman Temple, a village deity of Kovilanchery near Tambaram and Medavakkam. Sri Thanimaraththu Muneeswarar is 51 feet tall and one of the tallest stucco statues available in & around Chennai and sitting under open to Sky. ( Nandambakkam Muneeswarar is 48 feet ). Near to this there is a small Karuppanaswamy installed on the banks of the temple tank.
One day Sri Thaanimaraththu Muneeswararan came in the dream of Sri V. Vinayagam Swamikal one of the devotee, to install a tall statue for him. With the public contribution Sri V. Vinayagam Swamikal installed this statue of 51 feet high and painted with light green colour in the year 2014 AD. Sri Thaanimaraththu Muneeswararan is in sitting posture on a pedestal with his right leg resting on a demon. The pedestal has the image of Arjuna with a chariot and horse. In addition to this the seven forms of Muneeswarar, Ganesha, Amman sitting on a lion & Subramaniyar, female goddess, are found around the pedestal. Elephants, Horses, Nandhis, Swans are also found in the pedestal.
He is holding a sickle in his right and a mace in the left. He looks ferocious & eyes wide open with a big mustache. The images of Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma on all four sides of his crown. In his ornament images of Sakthi Amman ( may be Dilli Paalaachi Amman ), Hanuman and Gajalakshmi. At the base of the Pedestal a Shiva Linga with Muneeswarar face with Nandhi. It is believed that Shiva Linga is Sri Thaanimaraththu Muneeswarar.
HOW TO REACH:
Kovilanchery is about 5 KM distance from Medavakkam and 15 KM from Tambaram.
From Medavakkam to Mambakkam via Pomar bus get down at Kovilanchery and the temple is about a KM distance off the main road.
Sri Dilli Paalaachi Amman temple
The team of heritage enthusiasts
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