25th March 2018.
While we passed through the entrance arch erected by the side of Kanchipuram to Arakonam Railway line, decided to visit this temple before proceeding to Govindavadi Konar Temple. Eventhough the actual distance between these temples are about 600 to 700 meters only, we have to detour for about 6 to 7 Km to reach Konar temple.
Presiding deity : Sri Dhakshinamurthy
Iraivan : Sri Kailasanathar
Iraivi : Sri Akilandeswari
Some of the important features of this temple are…
The Shiva temple is facing east with a Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi. Even-though Dhakshinamurthy is situated in one of the koshtam, he is considered as presiding deity aka Guru / Jubitor or Brahaspathi. Hence this temaple is called as Guru Sthalam. The other koshta moorthams are Vinayagar Vishnu, Brahma and Durgai. Vibhuthi kavadi is being taken as a prayer to Dhakshinamurthy by the devotees.
Dhakshinamurthy is little large not fitting in the niche, in a sitting posture on a pedestal supported by koorma or the tortoise. The Pedastal has 8 elephants, 8 lions and 8 ashtathikku balakas and 5 serpants. Behind Dhakshinamurthy there is no kallala ( banyan tree ), instead a mandapam representing Mount Kailash is shown.
In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Varasidhi Vinayagar, Balamurugan, Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Raghu Kethu & Nagars, Sandikeswarar, Kalabairavar, Navagrahas and Sridevi Bhoodevi samedha Govinda Raja Perumal.
The mandapam with Shiva sannadhi was built by Chozhas. The outer walls are adorned with kumbha panchara reliefs, of varios deities, Kings, yazhi, Hanuman, Garudan, etc…. The earliest inscriptions belongs to Rajendra Chozha-I ( 1012-1044 AD) mentions about the donation made to the Shiva temple of Takkolam, which is about 10 KM from Govindavadi. A latter period inscription speaks about one Yogananda Theerthaswami donated land for this temple.
As per the legend while Lord Vishnu using his discus or chakra in favour of his devotee, it slipped and fell down and lost loosing its power. Prayed Lord Shiva of Thirumalpur with 1000 lotus and got back his discus with full power.
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs. on Thursdays the temple will be opened between 04.00 hrs to 21.00 hrs with out break.
The land line number is 044- 27294200 and mobile numbers are 9380957562 and 9444754773
HOW TO REACH:
Govindavadi is About 18 KM from Kanchipuram.
The buses from Chennai to Kanchipuram via Arakonam passes through Govindavadi railway gate, and from there, can be reached through Auto.
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