23rd October 2017.
After Perumal Temples visit, this week’s Sunday Shiva’s dharshan was at Sri Kasi Viswanathar Temple of West Mambalam. This temple is also called as Mahabilva Kshetra.
Iraivan : Sri Kasi Viswanathar
Iraivi : Sri Kasi Visalakshi
Some of the important features of this temple are..
The temple is facing east with a 7 tier Rajagopuram and 3 tier Rajagopuram on the south. Palipedam, Dwajasthambam and Nandhi are immediately after the east side Rajagopuram.
The temple is constructed with Sanctum and a mahamandapam. Ambal sannadhi is facing south on the same mandapam. The mandapam was built for multipurpose, for annadhanam, relious discourse etc. Beautiful stucco reliefs of design and flowers are made on the ceiling of the mandapam. On the north wall of the mandapam stucco images of Shiva’s dance as Natarajar & Urthuva thandavar on both sides of Shiva & Parvathy Kalyana kolam. On one of the Mandapa pillar statues of Nandhi, Sakaranarayanan, Sarabeswarar, Prithyangara devi, Yoga Narasimhar, Sanjeevirayar ( Hanuman), Garudalwar, Kamakshi Amman and Artha Nareeswarar. In Koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Maha Vishnu, Brahma and Durgai.
In the outer prakaram 63var, Naalvar, Arunagiriyar, Sekizhar, Pattinathar, Sandikeswarar, Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Kala Bairavar, Navagrahas and Nagaras under a Bhodhi tree. The Temple’s Chariot is kept in a shed at the end of the temple street.
As per the legend the place was called as Mahabilam, latter turned to Mambalam. The original temple is said to be of 400 years old Vijayanagara Nayak Period (17th Century ) and reconstructed during 2003. It was learnt that the Nayak King who built the Thenkasi Shiva temple also built this temple.
The temple will be kept opened between 06.30 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.15 hrs to 20.45 hrs.
The land line number of the temple is 044 2489 0018
The temple web site address : http://www.westmambalamkasiviswanathartemple.tnhrce.in/
HOW TO REACH:
This temple is very close to Sri Kanchi mutt and at the end of madley road bridge.
The temple is about a KM distance for Mambalam Sub-Urban railway station and 2 KM distance from T Nagar Bus terminus.
Statues on the pillar
Stucco images on the mandapam wall and ceiling
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---