April 9, 2011

Chintadripet Adi Pureeswarar Temple

The twin temples of Chintadripet area in Chennai city of South India were built by a dubash working under the British East India Company in 1740s. Hence, these two temples which are dedicated to Adipureeswarar (Shiva) and Adi Kesava (Vishnu) are called as Company shrines.

Adipureeswarar temple, one of the two twin temples, has big Shiv Linga as the main deity. The entrance of santum santorum has Ganesha and Murugan idols on either sides. The east facing sanctum has big and beautiful dwarapal idols also in the entrance. The main shrine has the separate sanctum for the Goddess Tripura Sundari which is facing the southern direction.

This temple has dhwajastambha, Nandi and bali peeth in front of the main shrine. Also, the idols of
SundaraValampuri Vinayak and Murugan are found in the entrance of the main shrine. Apart from the
sanctumsanctorums of Adipureeswarar and Tripura Sundari, the main shrine also has the idols/small
shrines of Surya,Ganesh, 63 Nayanmars, bronze utsav deities, important Shiva devotees, the king
Cheraman, Nalvar, Ganapati, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Naga, Murugan with his consorts Valli and Devasena, Palani Andavan, bronze idol of Arumugam, Shankaracharya, Agastya, Valluvar, Ramalinga, Kachiappa, Kumaraguruparar, Bhairav,Thayumanavar, and Chidambaram Swamigal.

The wall surrounding the sanctum sanctorum of Shiva has small idols of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga and Chanikeswarar. The temple also has a separate shrine for Sasta with his consorts Poornaand Pushkala. There is another separate shrine dedicated to Adi Vinayak.

A tank common to both the temples is found outside the temple.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Adi Pureeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Chintadripet, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: An old temple of Shiva belonging to British period

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 from any part of the city
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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