August 11, 2009

Virupaksheeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

Site Name: Virupaksheeswarar 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

Virupakesheeswarar temple is the fourth Sapta Sthana Shiva temple in Mylapore, Chennai. (Please read my earlier posts to know about the first three Sapta Sthana Shiva temples - Karaneeswarar temple, Theerthapaleeswarar temple, and Velleswarar temple.) This temple is located near to Karaneeswarar temple. You can find the details on how to reach Karneeswarar temple from my earlier post on Karaneeswarar temple.

Virupakesheeswarar temple is one of the oldest temples in Mylapore. It is believed that it was built by a devotee named Shivanesan Chettiar. As per the popular legend, his daughter Poompavai died and the great saint Tirugnana Sambandhar brought her back alive from her burnt bones.

The main deities of Virupakesheeswarar temple are Virupakesheeswarar (Lord Shiva) and Vishalakshi Amman. The Shiva Linga idol is slightly bigger in size. Virupakesheeswarar means 'one with three eyes'. Although the temple is supposed to be very old, the current structure might have been constructed in the recent years.

Some of the other sub-shrines and deities in this temple include:

  • Nataraja
  • Nalvar
  • Navagrahas
  • Ganesha (Selva Pillaiyar)
  • Dandayudhapani
  • Shaneeswara
  • Surya
  • Bhairava
  • Utsava idols (festival idols)
  • Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Bala Vainayaka, Brahma and Durga as the niche idols
  • Chandikeshwara
  • Shamukha with Valli and Devasena


There is a tank inside this temple and the belief is that a dip on this will cure the people of their diseases.

When you go to Mylapore, don't miss this small beautiful temple.

Happy travelling.

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