January 10, 2011

Kumara Kottam Murugan Temple - Chennai, India

Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, which is considered as the gateway to South India, has a lot of important old temples. Kumara Kottam Murugan temple aka Siva Subramanya temple located in the busy and the densely populated area called Sowcarpet is one of such important temples of Chennai city.

Siva Subramanya temple, which is called as Vani Subramanyar temple by local people, and referred as Kumara Kottam of Chennai, is located at NSC Bose Road in Sowcarpet area of North Chennai. The temple is located at a distance of around 2 kms from Central Railway station. Siva Subramanya temple is not ancient but must be 300-400 years old, and is quite popular in Sowcarpet area for the past few hundred years. However, there are people who believe that Lord Muruga in this temple was worshipped by the saint Agastya.

Siva Subramanya temple is a small temple with Subramanya (Muruga) as the main deity who is found along with his two consorts - Valli and Devasena in the main shrine. Adjacent to the main shrine of Subramanya, you can find the shrines for Ganesha, Valli, and Devasena. There is a shrine for Lord Shiva named Arunachaleswar and another for his consort Abhidagujambal. There are also shrines for Navagraha, Shanmukha with his two consorts, Nataraja with Sivakami, and Nalvar (the four devotees). Near the temple entrance, you can also find the idols of Veerabhadra and Arunagiri on the walls. There is a pillar of Sharbeswara - the form of Shiva who killed Narasimha, which has become quite popular in the last one decade in this temple. There are devotees who visit this temple just to visit Sarbeswara.

One noticeable thing is that Valli in this temple has four arms, whereas the other consort of Lord - Devasena has just two hands. In front of the main shrine, you can find elephant instead of peacock. As per the belief goes, you can also find the idol of Agastya in the corridor of the temple. The idols of Ganesha, Nagaskanda, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Durga, Narayani, Subramanya, two Chandikeswarars, Brahma are all found in the wall of the temple. There is a separate shrine for Palani and another for Muruga procession idol (utsav idol). The idols of Idumba and Kadamba are also found in this temple.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Kumara Kottam Murugan Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Sowcarpet,Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: One of the popular Murugan temples in Chennai
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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