August 13, 2009

Malleeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

Site Name: Malleeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Mylapore, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: 
One of seven Sapta Sthana temples of 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

Malleeswarar temple in Mylapore, Chennai is the sixth Sapta Sthana (seven important temples) temple in Mylapore. The temple is located in a small lane in Bazaar street near Karaneeswarar temple. The temple's main deities are Malleeswarar (Lord Shiva) and Maragadambal. The Shiv linga in this temple is very huge. The temple is very small, but beautiful. There is a belief that if an unmarried person visits this temple, his/her marriage gets fixed.

This temple is one of the ancient temples of Chennai. Unfortunately, only very few people know about this temple. If those who visit the famous Kapaleeswara temple in Mylapore (the seventh Sapta Sthana temple) visit all the other six Sapta Sthana temples too, it would really be great.

Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Lingodbhava, Brahma and Durga are found as the Koshta (niche) images in this temple.

Some of the sub-shrines and idols that are found in this temple:


  • Maha Ganapati
  • Hanuman
  • Ayyappa
  • Subramanya with Valli and Devasena
  • Nataraja
  • Shaneeswara
  • Bhairav
  • Navagraha
  • Nalvar


The seven Sapta Sthana temples of Mylapore are:

1) Karaneeswarar Temple
2) Theerthapaleeswarar Temple
3) Velleswarar Temple
4) Virupaksheeswarar Temple
5) Vaaleswarar Temple
6) Malleswarar Temple
7) Kapaleeswarar Temple

Happy travelling.

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