Location:Aranvoyal village, Near Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights:Pallava period ancient lesser known temple
Nearest Major Railway Station:Chennai
How to reach:The village is reachable by road; public transportation is not dependable; it is a little known remote place and the roads are not in good condition;
Hotel: Go to Chennai where there are lot of options
Restaurants: Go to Chennai where there are lot of options
Aranvoyal is a small village located at a distance of around 40 kms from Chennai. The nearest well known locality is Tiruvallur, which is at a distance of around 13 kms from this village. The village has an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is called as Tirutaleeswarar in this temple. Let us discuss about this temple in this article.
God - Tirutaleeswarar
Goddess - Maragadambikai
Pallava period ancient temple
It is believed that the temple was originally built during the Pallava period and later renovated during the Chola period. Aditya Chola period inscriptions are also found in the temple.
The south facing temple does not have gopura. The ancient temple has been renovated recently and looks more like a modern day temple. At the entrance of the temple, an old idol of Ganesha is found, which looks attractive. The east facing sanctum enshrines a small Shiv Linga called as Tirutaleeswarar . There is a separate south facing shrine for the Goddess Maragadambikai. The bali peetha, flag staff and Nandi mandap are found facing towards the sanctum.
The sculptures of Ganapati, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are found as the niche idols. Chandikeshwara is found in his usual location. The temple has many pillars with beautiful sculptures. The prakara has the sub shrines of Ganesha, Kartikeya with Valli and Devasena, Vishalakshi and Vishwanatha, Nataraj-Shivakami, Meenakshi-Chokkanathar, Somaskanda Murti and of Utsav idols such as Uma, Chandrasekhar, Ganesha, Murugan with his two consorts, The idols of Surya, Chandra, Manickavasagar and Bhairav are also found in the prakara. There is a special shrine where Vishnu is found along with Lakshmi on his lap. He is called as Bhoga Murti.