January 29, 2011

Kaveripakkam Pancha Lingeswarar Temple

On the Chennai - Bangalore high road in South India, near the famous Kanchipuram temple city, there is a small place named Kaveripakkam. In Kaveripakkam, in an area named Konda Puram, there is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is found. In this temple, as there are five Shiv Lingas  found, the temple is called as Pancha Lingeswarar temple.

As per the legend, the Goddess Kamakshi installed five Shiv Linga idols representing Pancha (five) Bhootas such as earth, water, fire, air and sky, before doing penance at Kanchipuram. This small ancient and beautiful temples has five shrines each having one Shiv Linga. Apart from that there are two shrines enshrining  Kamakshi idol. There is also a shrine for Ganesha and another for Shanmukha with Valli and Devasena. The walls of the temple have the niche images of two Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, and Brahma. Navagraha is also found in this temple.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Pancha Lingeswarar Temple 
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Kaveripakkam, near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: Five Shiv Lingas in a single temple; Established by the Goddess Kamakshi
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 from Chennai or Bangalore
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai; Many decent and budget hotels are available in Vellore
Restaurants: Saravana Bhavan in Vellore is one of the good vegetarian restaurants in Vellore; apart from that, there are only few good options available in Vellore

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