May 23, 2016

Sekkizhar Mani Mandap - Kundrathur

Site Name: Sekkizhar Mani Mandap
Site Type: Monument
Location:   Kundrathur, Near Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A building in the memory of Sekkizhar
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 

Kundrathur is a peaceful locality near Chennai city, which is popular mainly due to its hilltop Murugan temple. The village has an ancient and big temple of Lord Shiva called as Nageswarar temple. Near that temple, Sekkizhar Mani Mandap is located. Let us discuss about this site in this article.

The famous Tamil scholar and poet Sekkizhar was from this village named Kundrathur. He lived in the 12th century CE during the period of Kulotunga Chola II. He was the author of Periya Puranam, which talks about the lives and greatness of 63 Nayanmars in detail. The temple of Nageswarar was built by Sekkizhar.

In memory of this great poet, a big mandap (hall) was constructed near Nageswarar temple in the recent past. This mandap is called as Sekkizhar Mani Mandap. This big hall has a statue of Sekkizhar in the middle. There is a Dyana mandap situated inside the Mani Mandap. This hall is very well maintained and looks clean and neat.

The open space outside the hall has beautiful gardens and the villagers visit this site during the evening time to enjoy the pleasant weather and breeze.

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