Location: Mampakkam, Near Tambaram and Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights:Little known ancient temple
Nearest Railway Station:Tambaram
How to reach:Well connected by road from Tambaram and Chennai
Hotel: A lot of options across Chennai
Restaurants: A lot of options across Chennai and Tambaram
Mampakkam is a village located near Vandalur-Kelampakkam High Road. It is located at a distance of around 18 kms from Tambaram Railway station. The village has an ancient little known temple called Muruganatheeswarar temple. Let us talk about this temple in this article.
The temple, as it is not renovated in the recent times or not painted with different colors, looks antique and extraordinarily beautiful. The east facing temple has a huge tank on its backside. There is no tower for this temple, which is believed to be around 800 years old. The highlight of the temple is that it is not a granite temple but a brick temple. Bricks and limestone were the building materials of this temple. It is definitely a later period temple. But, nothing is known about the history of the temple. The east facing sanctum enshrines a small Shiv Linga called as Muruganatheeswarar. At the entrance of the sanctum, the small idols of Ganesha and Kartikeya are found.
There is a separate south facing shrine for the Goddess Deivanayaki. The idol is very small in size. The prakara has the sub-shrines of Ganesha and Kartikeya with his two consorts. Only two niche images are found - Dakshinamurti and Durga. The other niches remain empty. Bhairav, Chandikeshwara, Navagrahas and Hanuman are also found in this small but attractive temple. The Vimanas of all the shrines look very old and beautiful. Happy travelling.