May 29, 2016

Gerugampakkam Neelakantheswarar Temple

Site Name: Neelakantheswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Gerugampakkam, Near Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: One of Navagraha Sthalams of Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Chennai
Hotel: A lot of options across Chennai
Restaurants:  A lot of options across Chennai 

Gerugampakkam is a lesser known locality near Chennai city. The nearest well known area is Porur. The locality has an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. Let us explore about this temple named Neelakantheswarar temple in this article. 

Neelakantheswarar temple is one of Navagraha Sthalams of Chennai. It is a Ketu Sthalam.

The temple is supposed to be a Chola period temple. However, the current structure is very small without any major signs of Chola period.

The east facing sanctum enshrines Shiv Linga called as Neelakantheswarar. There is a separate south facing shrine dedicated to the tall idol of Adi Kamakshi. Her idol is very beautiful and attractive. It is believed that she is the oldest among five different forms of Kamakshi.

There is a separate shrine for Ketu. Navagraha and Kalinga Nardana Krishna are found in the prakara.

There is no gopura, flag staff or bali peetha. 

In the main shrine, Ganesh, Nandi, Bhairav and Chandikeshwara idols are all found. 

An important temple which lost its glory due to negligence.

Happy travelling.

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