September 25, 2009

Shiva Vishnu Temple, T.Nagar, Chennai

Shiva Vishnu temple is located in South Usman Road between the T.Nagar bus stand and Mambalam Railway Station in Chennai. This is one of the popular temples of Chennai even though it is not an ancient or huge temple. The highlight of the temple is that this temple is a joint temple for both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.

The temple has two entrances, both facing the east direction. Both the entrances have towers. The small entrance would take us directly to the shrine of Vara Siddhi Vinayaka. Although, the temple is called as Shiva-Vishnu temple, in the sanctum Ganesh is found. The wall around the sanctum has the niche idols of Dakshinamurti, Vishnu and Brahma.

The section of the temple which can be reached through the main gate has two sub-section. One section has the idols and shrines related to Vishnu, whereas the other sub-section is dedicated to Shiva.

Lord Shiva is called as Kedareeswarar in this temple. He is found in his usual Shiv Linga form in a shrine. The sub-shrines of Parvati, Nataraja-Shivakami, Ganesh-Siddhi-Buddhi and Subramanya-Valli-Devasena are also located nearby.

Vishnu is found as Srinivasa Perumal in a separate shrine. The sub-shrines of Maha Lakshmi, Anjaneya, Garud, Ram with Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman are all located nearby.

In the prakara, the niche idols of Ganesh, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga, Krishna, another Ganesh and Lingodbhava are found. The idols of Surya, Chandra, Bhairav, big Shiv Linga, Navagraha and Chandikeshwara are also located in this temple.

Happy travelling.



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