March 26, 2016

Paduvanchery Konatchi and Kailasanathar Temples

Site Name: Konatchi and Kailasanathar Temples
Site Type: Hindu temple, Village deity
Location:   Paduvanchery, Near Tambaram and Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: Little known village deity
Nearest Railway Station: Tambaram
Nearest Airport: Chennai
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

Paduvanchery is a small village located near Selaiyur. It is at a distance of around 10 kms from Tambaram. There are two temples located in this village. Let us explore them in this article.

If you take the road that connects Selaiyur and Medavakkam-Mambakkam High Road, you can find the temple arch on your left side. At around 200 meters from the arch, the temple of Kailasanathar is located.

Kailasanathar Shiva Linga is believed to be very old idol. The temple is constructed recently. All other idols in this temple are new.

The temple does not have tower. There are flag staff, bali peetha and Nandi mandap facing towards the main shrine. The main shrine enshrines the big Shiva Linga and it faces the eastern direction. At the entrance of the main shrine small idols of Ganesha and Kartikeya are found.

There is a separate south facing shrine for the Goddess Tripura Sundari. She looks very beautiful.

In the single prakara around the temple, the shrines of Ganesha, Shanmukha with his two consorts, Navagraha, Hanuman, Surya, Chandra, Bhairav, another Shiv Linga and Chandikeshwara are found.

The wall around the main shrine has the niche images of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga.

Next to this temple, in the middle of the field, there is a village temple dedicated to Konatchi Amman. Konatchi is the Tamil name for Raja Rejeswari. The temple is small. Apart from Konatchi, the temple enshrines Sapta Matas and a big stucco idol of Muneeswaran.

Happy travelling. 

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