November 20, 2010

Mallikeswarar Temple, Ashok Nagar, Chennai, India

Ashok Nagar is a prominent locality in Chennai city in Tamil Nadu state of India. Almost all Chennaites would know about this busy locality and the popular land mark called Ashok Pillar in this area. However, hardly anybody know about the Mallikeswarar temple located near Ashok Pillar landmark in Ashok Nagar area of Chennai. Inside the Police training college complex, opposite to Hotel Saravana Bhavan restaurant, this old temple of Mallikeswarar temple is located.

Mallikeswarar temple is also called as Thoppaswamy temple, as this temple was worshipped by a Siddha named Thoppaswamy. Thoppaswamy lived in the period of 1780 - 1830 CE and this temple of Mallikeswarar is believed to be at least 300 years old. This is unfortunate that such an old temple is located well within the heart of the city but hardly anybody in Chennai knows about this.

Mallikeswarar Temple, Ashok Nagar, Chennai
The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Shiv Linga called as Mallikeswarar in this temple. The main shrine has series of small shrines. The first shrine has Shakti Vinayakar, the second shrine has the presiding deity of the temple Mallikeswarar, the third shrine has another Shiv linga called as Viswanath; along with Viswanath the idol of goddess Vishalakshi is also found; this Shiv linga is bigger in size than the presiding deity. There is another shrine dedicated to the presiding goddess of the temple, Maheswari. In the entrance of these series of main shrines there are two small shrines - one for Lord Ganesha and another for Lord Murguan. This small temple also houses small shrines for other deities such as Surya, Chandra, Shani, Bhairav, Hanuman, Garud, Rama along with Lakshman and Sita, Ayyappa, Navagraha and Satya Narayana. Satya Narayana is a form of Lord Vishnu, which is rarely found in temples.

When you pass by Ashok Nagar, Chennai, go and visit this small and beautiful temple of Mallikeswara.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Mallikeswarar Temple 
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Ashok Nagar area, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: 300 years old temple
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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