January 23, 2011

Tiruvottiyur Tyagarajar and Vadivudai Amman Temple - Summary

Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state of India, is considered as the gateway to South India. This city has a lot of tourist spots including many ancient temples. Out of all the temples that are located in and around Chennai city, as far as my knowledge goes, Tyagarajar and Vadivudai Amman temple of Tiruvottiyur should be the oldest and biggest temple.

Tiruvottiyur is a locality in North Chennai region, which is an ancient town. The locality is famous due to the gigantic temple of Thyagarajar. This huge Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is one of the 275 important temples of Lord Shiva, and is around 1300 years old. Lord Shiva is found in this temple in three main forms - formless, physical form and also in an indescribable form. The goddess of the temple, Vadivudai Amman, is very powerful, and she is one of the three main goddesses of Chennai region.

The main shrine of the temple has the big Shiv Linga named Adi Pureeswarar. Hence, this temple is also named as Adi Pureeswarar temple. Adjacent to the main shrine, the shrine of Tyagarajar is located. Vadivudai Amman is seen in a separate shrine. Apart from these three main shrines, there are a lot of shrines in this temple. Some of the notable shrines are 27 star Shiva shrines and Tiruvotteeswarar shrine. The temple has a tree which is supposed to be 1300 years old.

The temple is also historically rich, as there are a lot of historical incidents have happened in this temple. There are two huge tanks for this temple, one within the temple complex, and the other outside the temple. The seven tiered temple tower and the beautiful sculptures of this ancient temple are some of the highlights of this great Shiva temple.

Happy travelling.

To know the complete details of history, architecture, and structure of this temple, read the following blog posts.

1) Tiruvottiyur Thyagarajar & Vadivudai Amman Temple - Introduction
2) Tiruvottiyur Thyagarajar & Vadivudai Amman Temple - Part 1
3) Tiruvottiyur Thyagarajar & Vadivudai Amman Temple - Part 2
4) Tiruvottiyur Thyagarajar & Vadivudai Amman Temple - Part 3
5) Tiruvottiyur Thyagarajar & Vadivudai Amman Temple - Part 4
6) Tiruvottiyur Thyagarajar & Vadivudai Amman Temple - Part 5
7) Tiruvottiyur Thyagarajar & Vadivudai Amman Temple - Part 6
8) Tiruvottiyur Thyagarajar & Vadivudai Amman Temple - Part 7
9) Tiruvottiyur Thyagarajar & Vadivudai Amman Temple - Part 8

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Tyagarajar and Vadivudai Amman Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Tiruvottiyur,near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: 1300 years old temple; one of the biggest and ancient temples of Chennai region; historically and religiously rich temple; one of 275 paadal petra sthalams of Lord Shiva
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. PART 3 Correct Link : http://indiancolumbus.blogspot.com/2011/01/tiruvottiyur-thyagarajar-and-vadivudai_27.html

    PART 7 Correct Link: http://indiancolumbus.blogspot.com/2011/01/tiruvottiyur-thyagarajar-and-vadivudai_33.html

    PART 8 Correct Link: http://indiancolumbus.blogspot.com/2011/01/tiruvottiyur-thyagarajar-and-vadivudai_33.html

  2. Excellent Article and Blog series. I visit Tiruvottiyur Vadivudai amman temple very frequently. I always used to search for Sthala Purana book or something related to that in and around the temple, but never found one (surprising...) even enquired for any guide who can take us around the temple and explain the history behind each artifact. While searching in net I found this page and got to know good details about the temple and temples inside temple.

    Thank you so much Krishnakumar. God Bless you.

    1. Thank you very much, sir. I am happy to know that you find my blog useful.