February 14, 2011

Tondiarpet Arunachaleswarar Temple - Chennai, India

Tondiarpet is a densely populated area of North Chennai city of South India. Only few would know that there is an old temple for Lord Shiva is located in this area. Arunachaleswarar is the name of Lord Shiva in the temple located near 0.5 kms from Apollo Hospital in Tondiarpet area of Chennai.

Tondiarpet Arunachaleswarar temple was built in 1779 AD. This is a small temple facing east direction without any tower. On the entrance of the temple, you can find Nardana Ganesha and Subramanya idols on either sides. The flag post is found once you enter into the temple, and a small Ganesha shrine is also found near the flag post. There is no entrance for main shrine opposite to the flag post. Instead, the entrance to the main shrine is located facing the southern direction.

The main shrine houses the sanctum of Shiv Linga named Arunachaleswara . The idol is very small. A small Nandi idol is found facing the sanctum. Adjacent to that, the goddess Abidakujambal is present in a separate shrine facing the east direction. Her idol is also too small. She is in standing posture with four hands.

The corridor has the idols of Bhairav, Surya, Ganesh, Nagas, and Nalvar. There is a shrine for Maha Ganapati and another shrine for Subramanya with Valli and Devasena. The wall surrounding the Arunachaleswarar shrine has the small idols o Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga, and Chandikeswara. The wall surrounding the Abidakujambal shrine has the idols of Ganambigai, Roudri, Vaishnavi, Brahmi, Chamundeeswari, and Chandikeswari.

There are separate shrines for Nataraj with Sivakami, Somaskanda, and Utsav idols. The outer corridor has the idol of Durga on the wall. The shrines of Shaneeswara and Navagraha are also found in the outer corridor of the temple.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Arunachaleswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Tondiarpet,Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: 18th century temple
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from almost all parts of India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Chennai city is well connected by roads from other cities/towns. Tondiarpet is located at the northern side of Chennai city; It is easily reachable by road
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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