August 10, 2009

Velleeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

Site Name: Velleeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  South Mada Street, 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

Velleswarar temple is the third Sapta Sthana Shiva temple (most important seven temples) of Mylapore in Chennai. (The first and second Sapta Sthana Shiva temples are Karaneeswarar temple and Theerthapaleeswara temple.) The temple is located at the South Mada street very close to the famous landmark of Chennai - Kapaleeswara temple.


Lord Sukracharya was made blind by Lord Vamana (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Sukracharya prayed to Lord Shiva (Velleeswarar) of this temple and got his sight back.

Temple Layout:

The south facing temple has a three tiered Raja Gopuram (tower). Although the temple is supposed to be very old, the current structure seems to be new.

The main deity of the temple is Shiva Linga named Velleeswarar and the Goddess is Kamakshi. Both are found in two separate shrines. Shiva's shrine is facing east whereas the Goddess is facing south.

Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Lingodbhava, Brahma and Durga are found as the Koshta (niche) idols on the outer wall of the sanctum.

Some of the other idols and small shrines found in this temple:

  • Ganesha
  • Sapta Matas
  • Veerabhadra
  • Lakshmi and Saraswati
  • Few Shiva Lingas
  • Nalvar
  • Sekkilar
  • Ulagalantha Perumal
  • Pratyingira
  • Sharbeshwara
  • Durga
  • Navagraha
  • Shaneeswara
  • Sundareswarar

The sculpture of Eka Pada Murti - Shiva with a single leg and Brahma and Vishnu emerging from his either sides, is notable one.

Happy travelling.

1 comment:

  1. You have been depicting a very enchanting series on temples in Chennai. But I get puzzled why you mention the names of all these temples with addional "ar" e.g.Velleswarar. But sometimes you write Kapaleeswara and not Kapalees(h)warar, i.e. with "ar" to it.
    I belong to Maharashtra, but have stayed in South for couple of years.I have great respect about Tamil culture, despite its own rigid ways of pronouncing many Indian words.I look at it w/o any bias.Pl explain, since I feel you have some good knowledge about tamil language and culture thru' study.
    Waman Karnik