January 23, 2011

Tiruvottiyur Thyagarajar and Vadivudai Amman Temple - Part 7

I have been writing about the ancient gigantic temple of Tiruvottiyur Thyagarajar and Vadivudai Amman temple located near Chennai city in the past 5-6 blog posts. This post is a continuation to those posts, where I am going to write about Tiruvottreeswarar shrine located inside the Thyagarajar temple.

Thyagarajar and Vadivudai Amman temple of Tiruvottiyur is so huge and it has a lot of shrines and idols, which we have been seeing. Now, I am going to take you to the Tiruvottreeswarar shrine located on the west corridor of the temple. This shrine can be considered as a mini temple located within the main temple.

The shrine starts with an artistically arch and hall (mandap) with full of architectural pillars. Once you enter beyond the mandap, you will reach the main shrine where a big Shiv ling named Tiruvottreeswarar is located. There is a small prakara (corridor) that surrounds this shrine. The corridor has a shrine for Ganesha and another for a Shiv ling named Ramanathar. All 63 nayanmars (the main devotees of Shiva) are in the form of processional metal idols.

The corridor also houses a dedicated shrine where all the processional (utsav) metal idols of various Gods and Goddesses are located. Some of the idols are really mind blowing such as Rishaba Vahanar, Vishnu doing bhajan, Brahma doing yagna, and Shiva with folded hands as if he is worshipping someone. In addition, the corridor also houses two Ganesh idols and 13 Shiv ling idols, and a Muruga idol. The wall surrounding the shrine has the idols of Ganesh, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga, and Chandikeswarar. There is a shrine where Lord Subramanya is found along with his consorts Valli and Devasena.

The goddess of Tiruvottreeswarar shrine is Parvada Vardhini who is found in a separate shrine within the main shrine.

The description of Tiruvottreeswarar shrine is over. Let me move on further.

Till then...Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Thyagarajar 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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