June 19, 2011

Kolathur Agastheeswarar Temple - Chennai, India

Kolathur is a little known residential area of Chennai city in South India. Only few would know that there is an ancient temple for Lord Shiva located in this area. Lord Shiva is named as Agastheeswarar in this temple. It is believed that the Shiv Linga in this temple was orginally installed by the sage Agastya. This little but ancient temple of Agastheeswarar is located opposite to Ganga Theatre in Kolathur area of Chennai city. This temple doesn't have a tower. Instead, the idols of Agastya rishi worshipping Shiv Linga is depicted in the place
of tower.

The presding deity is found in the form of a  small Linga. The Goddess of the temple Akhilandeswari is found in a separate shrine. Both the shrines face the eastern direction. There is no flag staff or bali peeth in this temple. However, there is a small Nandi idol facing the main shrine.

The small prakara (corridor) of the temple has the shrines of Ganesha and Murugan with Valli and Devasena. The wall surrounding the main shrine has the niche images of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Lingodbhava, Brahma and Durga. Chandikeswarar is found in his usual location.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Agastheeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Kolathur, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: An unknown old temple in Chennai city; believed to have been installed by the sage Agastya

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: Public transport is difficult; Hire a auto rickshaw from Villivakkam 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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2 comments:

  1. sawasdee ka!! I come to visit naka...

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  2. Recently visited this temple and found how precious it is......... Found good peace of mind.... However the maintenance of this temple is really bad, Hope the authorities could probably something..

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