January 12, 2011

Tiruvotriyur Agasteeswara Temple

Tiruvotriyur is a small town located near Chennai city, the city which is considered as the gateway to South India. The history of Chennai city can be dated only to few hundred years back. However, the neighborhood Tiruvotriyur is an ancient town. Tiruvotriyur is famous mainly because of the magnificent temple of Tyagaraja (Lord Shiva) and Vadivudai Amman. In the street where the temple of Vadivudai Amman and Tyagaraja is located, you can also find a small old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The name of this small temple is Agasteeswara temple. It is believed that the great saint Agastya visited this temple and hence the deity is called as Agasteeswara.

Even though Agasteeswarar temple of Tiruvotriyur is believed to be an ancient temple, the current structure of the temple seems to be new. It is not known who built this temple and the year when it was built. The temple is a small beautiful temple facing the north direction.

The presiding deity of the temple is Agasteeswarar aka Kubera Lingam, which is small in size and faces the north direction similar to that of the temple entrance. Near the sanctum of Kubera Lingam, there is a separate shrine for the goddess Akhilandeswari.

The wall around the sanctum has the niche images of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga. Chandikeshwara is found in his usual location.
The inner prakara of the temple has the idols of Selva Ganapati, Subramanya with Valli and Devasena, Surya, Bhairav, Nalvar (four main devotees of Lord Shiva), Kaliyamurti Nayanar - an important devotee of Lord Shiva, and Agastya - the saint who visited this temple.

The outer corridor (prakara) of the temple has the idols of Selva Ganapati, Nagas (snakes), Vinayaka and Murugan.

When you go to Tiruvottiyur, apart from visiting the famous Tyagaraja temple, do visit this temple too.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Agasteeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Tiruvotriyur,near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: The temple visited by the saint Agastya
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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