February 14, 2011

Dakshinamurti Temple - Chennai, South India

Dakshinamurti is a form of Lord Shiva, who appears in the sitting posture and preaching the saints. He is the symbol of knowledge, and he is being referred as Guru. Basically, Dakshinamurti is the Gnana Guru.

You can find the idol of Dakshinamurti in almost all Shiva temples of South India. There are few temples where Dakshinamurti is found in a separate shrine. When it comes to dedicated temple for Dakshinamurti, it is further rare. You can find one temple in Alankudi and another in Tiruvottiyur for Dakshinamurti. There is another temple dedicated for Dakshinamurti, which is located in Chennai city. Ayapakkam is a lesser known area near Ambattur in north Chennai. There is a new temple dedicated to Lord Dakshinamurti in Ayapakkam.

Ayapakkam Dakshinamurti is called as Ayapakkam Guru Sthalam. The highlight of the temple is the gigantic image of Dakshinamurti. The idol is 16 feet tall. The temple is small. Y There is a big hall infront of Dakshinamurti idol. It's an ideal place to do meditation in front of Gnana Guru.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Dakshinamurti Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Ayapakkam,near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: A rare temple for Dakshinamurti; gigantic idol of Dakshinamurti
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: Chennai is reachable by road, train, and flight; Ayapakkam can be reached by road, though only on own transportation or taxi; the local transportation facility is bad as this is a remote area located near Ambattur industrial estate
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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