November 20, 2010

Swarnapureeswarar Temple, Ashok Nagar, Chennai, India

Ashok Nagar, one of the busiest localities of Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state of India, has a beautiful small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which remains unknown to most of the citizens of Chennai city. The name of that unknown temple is Swarna Pureeswarar temple.

Swarnapureeswarar Temple, Ashok Nagar, Chennai
Behind the famous Hotel Saravana Bhavan restaurant near Ashok Pillar in Ashok Nagar area, the temple of Swarna Pureeswarar is located in a small street (45 th street corner).

The temple is around 40 years old and well maintained. The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva in the form a big Shiv Linga named as Swarna Pureeswarar in this temple. The goddess Swarnambigai is located in a separate shrine and the goddess is found with two arms in the standing posture.

This small temple also houses other shrines for Nava Siddhi Vinayak, Anjaneya, Ayyappa, Vallabha Ganapati (Ganesh with his consort and with ten arms), Lakshmi, Bala Murugan, Navagraha and Kalyana Murugan (Subramanya with his consorts Valli and Devasena). The wall surrounding the shrine of Swarna Pureeswarar has the niche images of Nardana Ganapati (the dancing Ganesh), Dakshinamurti, Lingodbhava, Brahma and Durga. Chandikeswara is found in his usual location. The wall surrounding the shrine of Swarnambika has the niche images of Icha Shakti, Kriya Shakti and Gnana Shakti.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Swarnapureeswarar Temple 
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Ashok Nagar area, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: A prominent temple at the heart of the Chennai city
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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