Location: Ponmar, 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
Ponmar is a village located on the Medavakkam - Mambakkam High Road at a distance of around 15 kms from Tambaram. In Ponmar, at a distance of around 0.5 kms from the Main Road, a little known ancient temple of Satyapureeswarar temple is situated. Let us explore about this temple in this article.
The historic name of Ponmar is Tyaga Vinoda Nallur. The temple might have been built during the Vijayanagara period. No proper records about the temple are available. It is believed to be around 400 years old.
There is no tower or flag staff for this temple. The stone temple is surrounded by open space and is located within an enclosure. The entrance of the temple is south facing. Opposite to the temple, there is a big beautiful lotus pond situated.
The sanctum sanctorum enshrines Shiva Linga called as Satyapureeswarar or Shaktipureeswarar. The Linga is slightly bigger in size. This shrine faces the eastern direction.
At the entrance of the main shrine in the Maha Mandap, the beautiful idols of Ganesha and Kartikeya are found.
The south facing shrine of Goddess Satyapureeswari or Shaktipureeswari is also found in the Maha Mandap.
The ceiling has few sculptures of fish and snakes. The pillars in the Maha Mandap also have many sculptures.
Bhairav idol is also located in the Maha Mandap.
A small Nandi is found facing towards the main shrine and it is also located within the Maha Mandap enclosure.
The niches around the temple wall are empty except for one niche having Brahma idol. This idol appears to be of recent period.
A separate shrine for another Shiva Linga called as Kasi Vishwanath is found in the prakara.
The temple is located in a calm atmosphere and the devotees could feel peaceful.