August 18, 2014

Bhagavathi Siddhar Peetham

Site Name: Bhagavathi Siddhar Peetham aka Kalyana Bhagavathi Temple
Site Type: A Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess
Location:  Madambakkam, near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A temple with so many rare idols and unique features
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Chennai
Hotel: Go to Chennai or Tambaram where there are lot of options 
Restaurants: Go to Chennai or Tambaram where there are lot of options

Madambakkam is a locality in East Tambaram near Chennai city in South India. There is a temple dedicated to Bhagavathi which has so many unique features and rare idols. Let us explore about this site in this article.

  • Goddess Kalyana Bhagavathi
  • The idol of Nandi with three heads
  • 13 Jyotir Lingas are present instead of 12
  • Ayyappa idol believed to be found out by Lord Parashurama
  • Shiva Linga made of ghee
  • Oil lamp burns continuously for more than 90 years

Temple Layout:

Bhagavathi Siddhar Peetham aka Kalyana Bhagavathi Amman Temple is a popular temple in Madambakkam and Selaiyur localities of East Tambaram in Chennai, South India. The temple is located in the border of Madambakkam area near Selaiyur Camp Road. 

The presiding deity of the temple is Kalyana Bhagavathi. It is a swayambhu idol (found on its own). The Goddess is found with Shiva Linga behind her. It is said that half of Shiva Linga and the lower part of body of the Goddess are submerged underground. Facing the Bhagavathi, we can find the idol of her mount lion, which is usual. However, in addition to that, there is also an idol of Ganesha. Ganesha facing towards the Goddess is a unique feature. Moreover, similar to the presiding deity, Ganesha is also a swayambhu idol.

In the prakara surrounding the main shrine, the small sub-shrines of Sai Baba, Vithala, Balaji and Padmavathy are located. A small Garuda idol facing Balaji's shrine is also there. There is also a serpent idol named 'Paambeeswarar' found. It is said that this serpent was the friend of Swamiji who found out the swayambhu idol of Bhagavathi and also built this temple. 

The Ayyappa shrine in this temple is one of the highlights. Similar to Sabari Malai site, this shrine too has 18 steps. It is believed that the idol of Ayyappa was discovered by Lord Parashurama and later it was discovered by Swamiji who built this temple. 

There are so many big stucco idols and large mural paintings depicting various deities all over the entire temple.

Another unique feature of the temple is three headed Nandi idol facing the Sahasra Lingam. It is very rare idol; similar idol is found in Hampi.

Some of the other shrines found in this temple:
  • Siva Subramanya-Valli-Devasena
  • Mani Ganapati
  • Hanuman
  • Kamakshi - Narmadeshwarar (Goddess' face is found submerged as a part of Shiva Linga idol)
  • Chandramouleeshwarar (in this shrine, there are 13 small Jyotir Lingas are present; it is a unique feature as there are only 12 Jyotir Lingas)
  • Ganesha with his consort; he has ten arms
  • A big Shiva Linga made up of Ghee; it has not melted since it was made in 1988 CE; small meru mountain and Kamakshi metal idols are also located nearby
  • Anna Pooraneshwari (metal idol)
  • Ganesha in the form of Dakshinamurti
  • Prasanna Bhagavathi Mari Amman
  • Utsava  idol of Bhagavati
  • Danvantari Ganapati
  • Narayanan
There is an oil lamp placed in this temple which is believed to be burning continuously for the past 90+ years.

Around 0.5 km from this temple, there is a temple named Mappillai Vinayakar temple which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This temple is very popular in this locality. In this temple, behind the Shiva Linga idol, there are idols of Sundareshwarar and Meenakshi. Shiva is always found in the Linga form in South India. It is very rare to find him in human form. Meenakshi holds parrot in her arm.

Around 1 km from this temple, there is a Kerala type temple of Guruvayurappan which is also popular in this locality. In this temple, there is a stone idol of Ayyappa. Finding Ayyappa in stone idol is very rare.

Happy travelling.

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