April 3, 2011

Mylapore Veerabhadra Swamy Temple

According to Hindu mythology, Veerabhadra is a God, who was born out of Lord Shiva's wrath to destroy Daksha. In all ancient South Indian Shiva temples, you can find the idol of Veerabhadra. However, it is very rare to find the temples with Veerabhadra as the presiding deity. There is one such rare temple dedicated to Veerabhadra in Mylapore area of Chennai in South India. The nearest well known landmark is Madhava Perumal Temple.

The north facing temple does not have a tower but just an arch at the entrance.

The north facing sanctum enshrines the big idol of the presiding deity, Veerabhadra who is found along with the small image of goat headed Daksha.

In Maha Mandap, the shorter flag staff, bali peetha and Nandi are found facing towards the sanctum.

There are so many small sub-shrines located on either sides of the sanctum.

The Goddess of the temple is Abhayambikai who is found in a separate shrine adjacent to the sanctum.

Some of the other shrines that are found near the sanctum include Virupaksha-Vishalakshi, Sivasundara Vinayak, Sharbeshwara, Murugan-Valli-Devasena, Perumal and Adi Shankaracharya.

At the entrance of the Maha Mandap, the idols of Bala Vinayak and Bala Murugan are located.

The prakara around the sanctum has few shrines such as Dyana Anjaneya, Shaneeswara, Navagraha, Vishnu Durga, Shiva Durga, Chandikeshwara and Dakshinamurti.

Some of the idols that are found in the temple:

1) Ganesha, Shiv Ling and Nandi under a tree

2) Palani and Mariamman idols under another tree

3) Ganesha reading a book (rare idol)

4) Ganesha in relaxing posture (different posture - rare idol)

When you go to Mylapore, along with the popular temples, do visit this temple too.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Veerabhadra Swamy Temple
Site Type: Temple
Location:  Near Madhava Perumal Temple, Mylapore, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: A rare temple dedicated to Veerabhadra

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 as this is centrally located in the city; local train facility is also available in Mylapore area
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. i appreciate the efforts made to identify such rare temples. god bless this type of investigators

  2. i appreciate the efforts made to identify such rare temples. god bless this type of investigators