January 2, 2011

Parasurama Lingeswarar Temple, Ayanavarm, Chennai

The Parasurama Lingeswara Temple located at the Ayanavaram area of Chennai city in South India is believed to be around 1000 years old temple.

Chennai, the erst while Madras, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state of India. Chennai city has a lot of tourist attractions as well as religiously important sites. Parasurama Lingeswarar Temple, located in Ayanavaram area, is around 1000 years old temple. Even though the current structure of the temple doesn't seem to be very old, the presiding deity - the Shiv linga (who is named as Parsurama Lingeswarar) is believed to be at least 1000 years old. As per the legend, Parasurama, the incarnation (avatar) of Lord Maha Vishnu, killed his own mother. In order to get rid of his sin, Parasurama worshipped Lord Shiva which is called as Parasurama Lingeswarar. As per another legend, Lord Brahma aka Ayan took bath in this temple tank and worshipped Lord Shiva; hence, the place was called as Ayanpuram and later it became Ayanavaram.

The east facing temple has a tower.

The sanctum enshrines a thin but tall Shiv Linga called as Parasurama Lingeswar. The vimana is Gajaprshtha.

At the entrance of the sanctum, the idol of Ganesh is located.

The flagstaff, Nandi mandap and bali peetha are found facing towards the sanctum.

The sub-shrines of Nataraj-Sivakami, Maha Ganapati, Murugan, utsav deities, Bala Subramanya and Nalvar are found.

The Goddess Parvatambika is found in a separate shrine in the prakara.

Ganesh, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are found as the niche deities. Chandikeshwara, Patteeswara Shiv Linga, Navagrahas, Surya, Chandra, Bhairav and Shaneeswara are some of the deities found in this prakara.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Parasurama Lingeswarar Temple 
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Ayanavaram, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: The temple which is believed to be worshiped by Lord Parasurama
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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