August 13, 2009

Vaaleswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

Site Name: Vaaleswarar 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
Vaaleswarar Temple in Mylapore, Chennai, is the fifth Sapta Sthana Shiva temple (seven important temples) in Mylapore. The first four Sapta Sthana temples are:

1) Karaneeswarar Temple
2) Theerthapaleeswarar Temple
3) Velleswarar Temple
4) Virupaksheeswarar Temple

The main deity of the temple is Vaaleswarar (Lord Shiva). The Goddess of the temple Periya Nayaki. She is found in a separate shrine. The temple is very small and doesn't have a tower. However, like the other traditional South Indian temples, it has flag staff, bali peetha and Nandi idol facing the main shrine.

The following idols and shrines are also found in this temple:
1) Bala Vinayak
2) Surya
3) Shaneesvar
4) Navagraha
5) Nalvar (the four main devotees of Shiva)
6) Chandra
7) The rare idol of Vaali worshipping the Shiv Linga
8) Bhairav
9) Hanuman
10) Subramanya-Valli-Devasena
11) Chandikeshwara
12) Veerabhadra

The wall surrounding the main shrine has the niche images of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Lingodbhava, Brahma and Durga.

The temple also has a shrine for Pancha Lingam (five Shiv lingams together). This is one of the ancient temples of Chennai. The speciality of this temple is that it is believed that Vaali of Ramayan period worshipped Shiva in this temple and hence the main deity obtained the name Vaaleswara (or Vaaleswarar in Tamil). The temple is located near Karaneeswarar temple and Kolavizhi Amman temple in Mylapore.

Do visit this temple and become as powerful as Vaali.

Happy travelling.

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