August 22, 2009

An ancient temple - Mangadu Velleeswarar Temple, Chennai

Site Name: Velleswarar Temple
Site Type: Ancient Hindu Temple
Location:  Mangadu, Near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
A little known ancient temple near Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India

Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road 
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

In my previous post, I wrote about the famous Kamakshi Amman temple of Mangadu near Chennai. In this post, I am going to introduce you to an ancient temple, located just behind the Kamakshi Amman temple. The beautiful small ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Velleeswarar (Shiva). As per the legend, Shukracharya worshipped this Shiva linga and hence the deity got the name Velleeswara (Vellee means 'Shukra' in Tamil language).(There is another Velleeswarar temple in Chennai, about which I have already written.)

The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva named as Velleeswarar. There is no Goddess in this temple as she is present in the separate temple (as Kamakshi) nearby.

The ardha mandapa has the idols of Ganesh holding mango and Subramanya with his consorts sculpted in a single stone.

It is believed that Kamakshi performed penance in this temple. Hence, the footprints of Kamakshi is found near the Nandi idol.

The temple originally belongs to Pallava period. It appears that the original brick temple was reconstructed as the stone temple.

Ganesh, Dakshinamurti, Lingodbhava and Durga are found as the Koshta (niche) idols. Vishnu and Brahma are seen in the sitting posture with folded hands on either sides of Lingodbhava, which is not usually seen in the other temples.

Some of the other idols and sub-shrines in the temple include Kasi Vishwanath and Vishalakshi, Kala Samhara Murti, Nalvar, Nataraja, Surya, Bhairav, movable (utsav) idols, Siddhi Vinayaka, Veerabhadra, Subramanya with his consorts, Balambikai and Navagrahas.

I wish people who visit Kamakshi temple should also visit this beautiful temple.

Happy travelling.

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