May 30, 2016

Kolapakkam Agasteeswarar Temple

Site Name: Agasteeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Kolapakkam, 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 

Kolapakkam is a lesser known locality near Chennai city. The nearest well known areas are Nandampakkam and Porur. The locality has an ancient temple of Lord Shiva called Agasteeswarar. There are so many temples in and around Chennai in the name of Agasteeswarar temple. This temple is very special among all those temples. Let us explore about this temple in this article. 


Highlights:

  • God Agasteeswarar 
  • Goddess Anandavalli
  • Teerth (Holy Water) - Amrudha Pushkarani
  • Sthala Vruksha (Holy Tree) - Peepul
  • It is a Surya sthalam and one of Navagraha sthalams of Chennai

Legend:

As per the legend, the sage Agastya had worshiped Shiv Linga idol and installed the same. Hence, the deity is called as Agasteeswarar.

It is also believed that Surya had worshiped Shiv Linga in this temple and this temple has become a Surya Sthalam.

A sage named Vageesa had also worshiped Shiv Linga of this site.

History:

Like most of the temple around Porur locality of Chennai, this temple was also built by the Cholas. Aditya Chola I of 9th century CE had renovated the temple. There were contributions by various kings such as Rajaraja Chola I, Rajaraja Chola II, Kulotunga Chola III, Sundara Pandya, Vijayakanda Gopala (Telugu Chola) and a King of SriVijaya of Sumatra Islands, as per the inscriptions found in this temple.


Temple Layout:

The ancient Chola era temple has almost lost its beauty thanks to modern day renovations and paintings. The temple is very small and does not have gopura.

The east facing shrine enshrines a small Shiv Linga called as Agasteeswarar. There is a separate south facing shrine for small idol of Anandavalli. 

Nandi Mandap is found facing towards the sanctum. There is no flag staff. Ganesh, Dakshinamurti, Lingodbhava, Brahma and Durga are found as the niche idols around the sanctum. Chandikeshwara is found in his usual location. The small idols of Ganesh and Subramanya are found at the entrance of the sanctum.

In the prakara, the sub shrines of Vishwanath-Vishalakshi, Ganesh, Subramanya-Valli-Devasena, Kruna Vimochana Linga, Bhairav and Surya. Surya shrine is very important as it is a Surya sthalam. Similarly, Bhairav is also very popular and special poojas are conducted for him on Sundays.

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