April 3, 2011

Mylapore Veerabhadra Swamy Temple - South India

According to Hindu mythology, Veerabhadra is a tiny God, who was born out of Lord Shiva's wrath to destroy Daksh. 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 main deity. There is one such rare temple dedicated to Veerabhadra in Mylapore area of Chennai in South India.

Veerabhadra temple in Mylapore of Chennai is an old temple located near the famous Madhava Perumal temple. Although the temple is small, there is a huge number of idols found in this temple. The main shrine has the main deity Veerabhadra. The dhwajastambha and Nandi idol are located in front of the main shrine. On either sides of the main shrine, you can find small shrines of Bala Vinayak and Subramanya. There is a small prakara (corridor) surrounding the main shrine. The goddess of the temple is Abayambikai who is present in a separate shrine near the main shrine.

Other shrines in the temple:

1) Anjaneya

2) Shaneeswara

3) Navagraha

4) Virupakeshwar

5) Perumal (Vishnu)

6) Sivasundara Vinayak

7) Sivasubramanya along with Valli and Devasena

8) Adi Shankaracharya

9) Dakshinamurti

10) Vishnu Durga

11) Durga

12) Chandikeswarar

Some of the idols that are found in the temple:

1) A rare idol of Sarbeswarar

2) Ganesha, Shiv Ling and Nandi below a tree

3) Palani and Mariamman idols below another tree

4) Ganesha reading a book (rare idol)

5) Ganesha taking rest (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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3 comments:

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

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

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