June 19, 2011

Appar Swamigal Temple - Mylapore, Chennai, India


Tamil Nadu, the southern state of India, is full of temples. The capital city of Tamil Nadu state, Chennai, is also full of temples. In this city full of temples located in the state of temples, there is an area named Mylapore mainly famous for its temples. The most popular temple of Chennai, Kapaleeswarar temple, is located in Mylapore locality. Let me introduce you to calm and peaceful temple named Apparswamigal temple.

Opposite to Sanskrit college, the temple of Apparswamigal is located. In the 19th century AD, there was a saint named Appar Swamigal in Chennai. After he died in 1851, his disciple Chidambara Swamigal built a tomb (samadi) and also installed a Shiv Linga on the samadi. In 1853, the temple was built with this Shiv Linga as the main deity. (Please note that this Appar Swamigal is a different saint - not Appar, the one among 63 nayanmars).

The temple has a huge open corridor with few trees which makes the environment serene. The fusion of neem and peepul tree in this temple is a rare sight. The well maintained temple has Nandi idol, flag staff and bali peeth facing the main shrine, although tower is not there.

The main deity is Viswanath in the form of a big Shiv Linga. The corridor (prakara) surrounding the main shrine has the stucco images of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Durga, Brahma and Chandikeswarar. There is a separate shrine for the Goddess of the temple, Vishalakshi (a very big idol).

In the open corridor, the shrine of Needi Vinayakar is found - there are three idols of Ganesha in one row. It is believed that these deities solve the legal problems. There is a shrine for Jaya Subramanya along with his consorts Valli and Devasena.

The temple also houses the following idols:

1) Sekkizhar
2) Navagraha
3) Thayumanavar
4) Nalvar (4 main devotees of Shiva)
5) Bhairav
6) Apparswamigal (on whose tomb this temple is built)
7) Natraj-Sivakami along with a lot of bronze idols
8) Shaneeswarar
9) Jaya Ganesh

Don't ever miss this temple whenever you pass by Sanskrit college locality of Mylapore.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Appar Swamigal Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Mylapore, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: A famous temple in Chennai which is built on the tomb of a saint

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; local train facility is also available in Mylapore
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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