January 4, 2011

Ravishwarar Temple - Vyasarpadi, Chennai, India

Chennai, the gateway to South India, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state of India, has a lot of important tourist sites and religious places. There is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, named Ravishwarar, located in Vyasarpadi in North Chennai, which remains unknown to the most of the public residing even in Chennai. The Ravishwarar temple belongs to the Chola period. However, it is not known which Chola king built this temple or the history of the temple.

As per the legend, Surya worshiped Lord Shiva here and took bath in the temple tank to get rid of his Brahma hatya Dosh (a kind of curse). Hence, Lord Shiva in this temple is named as Ravishwarar (Ravi means 'Sun' in the Sanskrit language), and the temple tank is called as Surya Teerth. The place was originally called as 'Bhanu Puram', whereas Bhanu means 'Surya' in Sanskrit. Later, as Ved Vyas lived in this locality, this place was also referred as Vyasarpadi.

The Ravishwarar temple is located in the main road near Ambedkar College in Vyasarpadi area of North Chennai. As North Chennai is under developed, this ancient temple remains unknown to the Chennai citizens nowadays. There is a small Raja gopuram (tower) for this temple. The temple tank is located on the other side of the road.

The east facing sanctum enshrines a big Shiv Linga called as Ravishwarar. Nandi, flagstaff and bali peetha are found facing towards the sanctum.

Adjacent to the sanctum, the Goddess Maragadambal is found in a separate south facing shrine.

The entrance of Ravishwar sanctum has the idols of Ganesha and Murugan on either sides.

The idols of Surya and Chandra are also found in the main shrine. Additionally, various deities such as Bhairav, Nalvar, utsav (metal) idol of Nataraj-Sivakami, and various other utsav idols are too found in the main shrine.

In the prakara, the sub shrines of Sundara Vinayak, Subramanya-Valli-Devasena, Ramalinga Swamigal, Munnai Kaththa Perumal (Vishnu)-Sri Devi-Bhoo Devi, Iyappa, Hanuman, Chandikeshwara and Navagraha are located. Interestingly, the idol of Ved Vyasa is also found in the prakara.

Nardana Vinayak, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are found as the Koshta deities on the outer walls of the sanctum.  Koumari, Brahmamukhi, Vaishnavi, Maheswari and Varahi are the Koshta deities of Maragadambal.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Ravishwarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Vyasarpadi, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: One of the important temples of North Chennai; believed to be worshipped by the Sun God; believed to be the site where the saint Vyasa lived for sometime
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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1 comment:

  1. Thanks a lot, I am planning to visit today with my family!