January 23, 2011

Nandikeswarar Temple - Bull Temple of Chennai

Chennai, the gateway to South India, has a lot of important tourist sites including temples. Tiruvottiyur is a locality located at the northern part of Chennai city, which has Tyagarajar temple, the oldest and the biggest temple in and around Chennai city. Apart from Tyagarajar temple, there are few ancient temples too located in Tiruvottiyur. Nandikeswarar temple is one among those ancient temples located in Tiruvottiyur.

I would call Tiruvottiyur as a temple town, which has the gigantic Tyagarajar temple and few others rare and ancient temples. Nandikeswarar temple, located at the north car street (northern side of Thyagarajar temple) in Tiruvottiyur, is around 600 years old. This is one of the rare temples dedicated to Nandi, the bull god, the vahan of Lord Shiva. You can find few temples of bull God in the neighboring Karnataka state. However, they all have big statues of Bull as the deities. However, this temple in Tiruvottiyur has a small idol of Nandi, in the human form. The idol of Nandi is in the standing posture with folded hands as if he is worshiping the Lord.

Nandikeswarar temple is very small temple. Apart from this small shrine, there is no other shrine or idol located in this temple. This temple is hardly known to anybody including the people living in Tiruvottiyur. The sad part is that this temple is kept opened only for a very short time daily.

When you visit the famous Tyagarajar temple of Tiruvottiyur, ensure that you visit this unknown temple and make it as popular.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Nandikeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Tiruvottiyur,near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: A rare temple for Nandikeswara - bull temple 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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