July 16, 2013

Tiruvallur Teerteeswarar Temple - A Shiva temple in the land of Vishnu

Site Name: Theertheeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Tiruvallur, near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: An ancient Shiva temple
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Chennai; Local train facility is available at Tiruvallur
Hotel: Go to Chennai where there are lot of options 
Restaurants: Go to Chennai where there are lot of options



People know very well and visit the famous Veera Raghava Perumal temple in Tiruvallur near Chennai city of South India. However, only few know about the ancient Shiva temple located adjacent to the Perumal temple. It is located facing the huge temple tank of Veera Raghava Perumal temple.

This ancient temple is moderate in size. The temple has its main entrance and tower facing the east direction. The highlight of the temple is that both the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Shiva (Theertheeswarar) and the shrine of Goddess Tripura Sundari are located facing the east direction.

The wall surrounding the sanctum sanctorum has the Koshta images of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga and Chandikeshwara. 

The sub-shrines of Mal Vinai Theertha Lingam along with Vishnu, Palani Andavan, Subramanya with his two consorts, Navagraha, Aastana Vinayaka and Ayyappa.

The temple has just one prakara.

The images of Surya, Bhadra, Bhairav and Ramalinga Adigalar are also found in this temple.

As usual, the flag staff, bali peetha and Nandi idol are located facing the sanctum sanctorum.

Few Naga statues are found below the holy tree.

Happy travelling.

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