November 12, 2010

An unknown temple at the heart of the city - Egmore Ardhanareeswarar Temple, Chennai, India

Egmore is a popular area in Chennai city, the gateway to South India. Egmore is popular mainly due to its Railway Station that connects to many major cities of India. About one km from Egmore Railway station, near the popular Dasprakash Hotel in Poonamallee High Road, the ancient temple of Ardhanareeswarar Temple is located. The very next small lane after Dasaprakash Hotel will take you to this ancient temple.

Egmore Ardhanareeswarar Temple, Chennai
Even though it is believed that the famous saint Tirunavukkarasar has sung about this temple, this temple remains unknown to the most of the Chennai citizens today. As it is believed that Tirunavakkarasar has sung about this God, this idol, if not the temple, should be 1300 years old. It seems Tirunavukkarasar refers this place as 'Ezhum Oor' meaning 'awakening'. Hence, this temple becomes a Devara Vaippu Sthalam.

This is a very small temple which enshrines Shiva in the form of Linga. Ardhanareeswarar is the name of Lord Shiva in this temple. Ardhanareeswara is the form depicted as half Shiva and half Shakti.  However, in this temple, the God is present in the form of Linga. The name of the Goddess in this temple is Tiripura Sundarai. There is a separate shrine for Lakshmi Narayana in this temple. The idols of Surya, Sukra, Navagraha, Ganesha and Murugan are also found in this very small but ancient temple.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Ardhanareeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Egmore, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
1) 1300 year old idol

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, train, and flight
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

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1 comment:

  1. This temple is open between 7:00am to 11:00am and 5:00pm to 8:30pm in regular days.