Monday, 29 April 2013


29, April 2013
It was little uneasy to  me  when the Sunday approaches. Also I had planned to carry out some domestic work on Sunday. Since my wife agreed to follow up with the contractor,  planned to visit some of the Shiva Temples.  In this visit I want to test my self and my bullet bike, (which I transferred to my son.)  Prepared the list of temples  from Poonamallee to  Thakkolam.  Even though I had been  to these temples already, thought of making it once again.

Filled petrol for 4oo rupees and checked the air in the tyre after Porur, reached first to POONAMALLEE Sri Vatheeswararn Temple.  There was no crowd at 07.00 Hrs and the archakars were preparing for the abhishekam. Had the dharshan and proceeded to MAPPEDU.  In this temple also Archakar was called from his house and opened the main shrine. From there I went to COOUM and had a peaceful dharshan.  My next visit  was Ilumbayankottur. On the way I had been to NARASINGAPURAM  Perumal temple.  Luckily the archakar’s residence is in  the temple premises  at ILAMBAIYANKOTTUR and he opened the temple  (disturbed him from his morning sleep after breakfast around 11.00 Hrs ). During my last visit I had seen some of the students were practicing the vedhas. But this time nobody was there in the temple premises.    The road between Coovam and Ilumbyankottur was really tough also there was no traffic on this village route.  On the way to Thakkolam purchased vegetables from the roadside vendor. ( Purchased brinjal, Ladies finger each Rs 10 for ½ Kg. and drum stick 6 nos at a cost of Rs 10/- ). It was around 11.30 Hrs when I reached THAKKOLAM and the temperature was too hot. After dharshan returned to Chennai through PERAMBAKKAM.  The temple at Perambakkam was closed and the side gate was found opened. Along with a local devotee went round the prakaram.

When I reached Chennai  around 13.45 Hrs, I was completely exhausted, since I had skipped my breakfast and temperature was too high. The total distance I travelled was 133 Km and my bike didn’t gave any trouble.  Lord Shiva was with me throughout my travel and Thanks Lord.

I am splitting this post in to Two, one is for the Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalangal in THONDAI NADU and other for the  rest of the temples.


14. THIRUVIRKOLAM ( Now this place is called as Cooum )

This is the 14th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.
Iraivan        : Sri Thiripuranthaswamy, Sri Thiruvirkolanathar
Iraivi           : Sri Thiripura Sundarai, Sri Thiripuranthagi

Some of the important features of this temple are…
The Rajagopuram is on the south side, constructed during recent years. Ganapathy and Sri Valli Devasena sametha Subramaniyar at the entrance of Rajagopuram and the temple is facing east.

The ambal is in a separate temple at the entrance of Rajagopuram.
There are two Dwajasthambam one in front  Shiva and other in front of Ambal ( Simha vaganam in front of ambal instead of Nandhi ).
Natarajar Saba is in a separate sannadhi and the dance is called as rasha nadanam..

Moolavar vimanam is of Gajabirushtam type.
In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Brakadheeswarar, Achirutha Vinayagar, Shanmuganathar, Balasubramaniyar, Chokkanathar with Meenakshi, Sandikeswarar, Bairavar with out dog..

In koshtam Ganapathy, Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma, and Durgai.
In the outer prakaram Ambal Temple/ sannadhi, Navagrahas.
Moolavar is of sand under rudhraksha mandapam and theenda thirumeni. Abhishekam is done only for aavudayar. 

In old days the moolavar colour used to change depending on the natural calamities like flood, war etc.

Bus frequency is un predictable. Hence, get down at Coovan junction on the way to Poonamlee to Thakkolam / Arakkonam route from there 1 KM.

For more details Mr Balsubramaniyan of Naalvar Iraipani Mandram may be contacted on his mobile 9444808886.

Gajabirushta Vimanam
5 Tier Rajagopuram
 Ambal Sannadhi
 Raja Gopuram with Ambal Sannadhi Entrance
Urchava Moorthangal 
 Urchava Moortham - Chandra sekar 
It is not the National High way - The state highway between Poonamallee & Thakkolam  - forest on both sides. 
 Another stretch of highway with banyan trees on both side looks cool to pass through

13. ILAMBAIYANKOTTUR ( Now this place is called as Ilambaiyankottur )

This is the 13th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu. Thiruganasambadar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. 
Iraivan        : Sri Arambeswarar, Sri Deiva Nageswarar, Sri Chandrasekarar
Iraivi           : Sri Kanaga Kujambigai, Sri Kodenthu Mulaiammai.

Some of the important features of this temple are….
The temple is facing east and there is no Rajagopuram, only entrance from west.
The Dwajasthambam is standing separately without kavasam. Nandhi and Palipeedam are at the ground level under a small mandapam.

There are two Ambal sannadhi one is in the inner prakaram and other is outer prakaram.

In the Outer prakaram sannadhi for Vinayagar and Subramaniyar.
In the inner prakaram sannadhi for ambal ( Kanaga Kujambigai ), Suryan and chandran.

In koshtam Nirutha Ganapathy, Yoga Dhakshinamoorthy ( Right hand on the left chest – a rare moortham ), Maha Vishnu ( in place of Lingothbavar ) Brahma and Durgai.

Moolavar is Theenda Thirumeni and covered completely with Nagabaranam. Through vibhuthi hole the red colour of the moolavar is visible.

From Coovam Ilambayankottur is 5 KM via Narasingapuram. Route is little tough and there is no proper road.
Auto is available from Perambakkam.

Gurukkal may be contacted on his mobile  9600043000 and 9444865714. 

 Dwajasthambam with front mandapam
 Front mandapam
 Nandhi with Palipeedam
 Un installed damaged statutes

12. THIRUVOORAL  ( Now this place is called as Thakkolam )
This is the 12th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva sthalam in Thondai Nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. 
Iraivan        :Sri Jalanatheswarar
Iraivi           :Sri ThirirajaKannigambal.

Some of the important features of this temple are …..
The Rajagopuram is of 3 tiers on the west side of the temple and the temple is facing east. 

Sudhai sirpam of Lord Shiva kicking Yaman for markandeyar is worth to see.
In the outer prakaram Sannadhi for Subramaniyar,  Thirukkulam ( not maintained properly and there is no drop of water ), Palipeedam, Dwajasthambam, Nandhi and Ambal Sannadhi.

There is no direct entrance from East only stone jolly work window.
The main entrance to maha mandapam is from south side and Sannadhi for Natarajar Saba, Navagrahas, Dharma Sastha and Subramaniyar.

In the inner prakaram sannadhi for Sabthamatahkkal, Naalvar, Valli Deivanai Samedha Sri Subramaniyar, Ganapathy, Ganapathy with 10 hands ( One hand found broken), Bairavar, Mahavishnu, Suryan, Chandran.In koshtam Ganapathy, Dhakshinamoorthy, Mahavishnu  ( in place of Lingothbavar ), Brahma and Durgai ( In standing like Kannan playing flute ). Dhakshinamoorthy, Mahavishnu and Brahma are in sitting posture very rare to see.

Moolavar is of sand ( prithivi) Theenda Thirumeni. 
The place is called as Thakkolam, because, Thakkan cried ( oolam -ஓலம்  ) by sensing the end of his life.

Direct bus is available from Poonamalee bus stand.
Arakkonam bus from Chennai passes through Thakkolam.


 Maha vishnu in sitting posture - in place of Lingothbavar - Right hand abaya hastham and left hand on his thigh.
 Vinayagar one hand was damaged - with sidhi on his left side
 Brahma  also in sitting posture beautiful to look
Vishnu  Durgai - watch the standing posture - like kannan  playing flute
 Un-installed damaged statues
 Dwajasthambam, palipeedam and Nandhi - granite stone window to see moolavar
 Front entrance of Main shrine
 Entrance of Ambal sannadhi
Three tier Rajagopuram of west side 

Iraivan        :  Sri Vaidheeswarar
Iraivi           :  Sri Thaiyal Nayagi

Some of the important Features of this temple are…
The temple is facing east and Sun worships Lord Shiva during Tamil Masi Month ( dates  21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.) There is a  Small entrance at the east with thirukkulam with proper fencing.
The Rajagopuram  is on north side and there is a Shiva Lingam at the entrance near compound wall.

PaliPeedam, Dwajasthambam and Nandhi are at the entrance of Maha mandapam.
In koshtam Narthana Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Mahavishnu in place of  Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgai.

In the inner Prakaram Sannadhi for Navagrahas, Urchava moorthangal, Veeran, Ganapathy, Kashi Viswanathar, Visalakshi, Kumbeswarar, Kailasanathar, Annapoorani, Mahalingeswarar, Aadhi Sankarar installed Srichakkaram, Shiva Chakkaram and Shunmuga Chakkaram, Subramaniyar, Mahalakshmi. Natarajar Saba, Bairavar, Naalvar, Chandran and  Suryan,
Ambal is in a separate sannadhi.
In the outer prakaram has only Ko-salai.

The  temple is .5 Km off from main road before bus stand.
The Contact Phone number is 044 26491444. 

 View of temple complex from the north side Rajagopuram
 Dwajasthambam with mahamandapam
 East side 3 tier mini Rajagopuram
 Pudai siram on the entrance wall of Rajagopuram

 North side Rajagopuram

Iraivan        : Sri Singeeswarar
Iraivi           : Sri Pushpakujambigai

Some of the important features of this temple are…
The Place Mappedu was originally called as Meipedu.
The Rajagopuram is on the south side and the temple is facing east. There is a Dhakshinamoorthy moortham on the left side of the Rajagopuram entrance.

In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Aasthana Vinayagar, Subramaniyar, Aadhikesava Perumal, Veerapaaleeswarar, Bairavar, Veenai Anjaneyar ( A veena is on the hands ), Suryan.

Palipeedam, Dwajasthambam and Nandhi  are on the east side entrance of main shrine but the door is kept locked. We have to enter through south side entrance.
In artha mandapam Vinayagar on both side and there is no other moorthams.
Natarajar Saba is in Mahamandapam.

In koshtam Rudhra Ganapathy, Dhakshinamoorthy ( Mahavishnu in place of Lingothbavar), Brahma and  Vishnu Durgai.
On moolavar vimanam, sudhai sirpam of Shiva’s Narthanam, Gajasamkara moorthy, Veena Dhakshinamoorthy, Pitchadanar, Naalvar, Kannappar, Egapaatha moorthy, on the east side Shiva and Parvathy on the Rishaba Vakanam are worth to see.

It was believed that the temple was constructed during Chozha King Aadhithya Karikalan (AD 967).
Why Shiva is called as Singeeswarar - refer my latest post on Tripurantaka lecture by Chitra Madhavan ....CLICK HERE

The Mappedu is on the bus route Poonamalee to Thakkolam.

Sivachariyar Sridhar Gurukkal may be contacted on his mobile 9444943644 and 94443225093.


 View of Temple complex
 East side view of temple complex
 Dwajasthambam with palipeedam and nandhi

 Entance to the main shrine
 5 tier Rajagopuram
 Moolavar Vimanam
Sudhai sirpam on the moolavar vimanam 
Pudai sirpam at the entrance of raja gopuram - The lengthy one with Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma with their vahanas. 

Iraivan        : Sri Lakshmi Narasinga swamy
Iraivi         : Sri Maragatha valli.

Some of the important features of this temple are….
The Village is named after the Lord of this temple. The Rajagopuram is of 5 tiers and the temple is facing east. Lot of cows are in front of Rajagopuram.

Moolavar is Narasimhar (one of the avatharam of Lord Vishnu ) in sitting posture and Sri Lakshmi on his left thigh. In the mahamandapam Aalwar’s thirumenikal. At the entrance of Rajagopuram Palipeedam, Dwajasthambam and Garudalvar.

Thayar is in a separate temple/ sannadhi facing east in standing posture. There is also a separate temple/ sannadhi for Aandal. In prakaram Moortham of Ashta Lakshmigal constructed separately.

2 KM before Perambakkam on Poonamllee to Thakkolam / Arakkonam bus route.
Mid way between Coovam to Elumbayankottur and 2 KM from Coovam after colony. 



 Moolavar Vimanam

 Main entrance
5 tier Rajagopuram 

Iraivan        : Sri Choleeswarar
Iraivi           : Sri Kamkshi Ambal.

Some of the important features of this temple are….
There is no Rajagopuram and only there is an entrance arch.
Ambal sannadhi is in mahamandapam.

In outer prakaram, sannadhi for Sakthi Vinayagar, Kashi Viswanathar, Sri Subramaniyar, Bairavar, Navagrahas, Suryan, Chandran, Iyappan, Prathosha Lingam.
In koshtam Ganapathy, Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma, Durgai.
Perambakkam is about 33 KM from Chennai on Poonamallee to Arakkonam route and 5 KM before Thakkolam. ( The Place is not on the main road )


 South side entrance
 Dwajasthambam with palipeedam and nandhi - No entrance from east side
 Moolavar Vimanam
Brahma in Koshtam 

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