October 5, 2009

An unknown ancient temple near Chennai - Guduvanchery Nandeeswarar Temple

Nandivaram is a small village near Guduvanchery town. Guduvanchery is located at a distance of around 35 kms from Chennai (in GST road - on Chennai-Chengleput route). (When I wrote this blog post in 2009, the village was not known much. Now, due to Government's announcement on moving the inter city bus stand to this village, this has gained significance. Also, I find this content of mine has been copied by many bloggers now.)

The main attraction of Nandivaram is the ancient Nandeeswarar temple. The exact date of the construction or the history about the builders of the temple is not known. The temple is located at a distance of around half a km from Guduvanchery bus stand.

The main deity of the temple is Nandeeswarar (a name for Lord Shiva). The idol of Nandeeswarar (Shiv linga) is big and attractive. The name of the Goddess is Soundara Nayaki who is found in the standing posture in a separate shrine. There are also other idols in the prakara such as Ganesh, Shanmukha, another Ganesha, Chandikeswarar, Surya, Bhairav and Veerabhadra. There are separate shrines for Lord Ganesha and Lord Subramanya with his consorts Valli and Devasena. There is a separate shrine for Navagraha.

Ganesh, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are found as the Koshta idols.

As per the legend, Lord Brahma advised to churn the celestial sea to obtain “amrudha” which would help the Devas to become immortal. Devas, unable to churn the ocean alone, sought the help of the Asuras. In the beginning, poison came out of the ocean. Lord Shiva consumed the poison  and saved this universe. At the end of the churning, Dhanwantari appeared with Amrudha pot in his hand. After the brief quarrel with the Asuras, the Devas were able to retrieve the pot and consume Amrudha. The Devas started singing, dancing and enjoying and they totally forgot Lord Shiva due to who they were alive. After some time, they realized their mistake and apologized to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva forgave them and danced in the middle of his vahanNandi's (bull) horns, and hence he got the name Nandeeswarar. Even though the temple is old, it should have been rebuilt multiple times as there are no antique signs in the temple except for the idols.

Visit this ancient beautiful temple near Chennai. Happy travelling.

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  1. Hi KK., Nice info. How you came to know abt this temple? Its really rare to get this info. I find it so interesting everytime when u explore these kind of places. :):)

  2. Hi this information is very much intresting and new one. Many people in this area it self they didnt know about this information. Thank you for this information.

  3. Hi this is very useful infomation thank you.