June 1, 2016

Pozhichallur Agasteeswarar Temple

Site Name: Agasteeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Pozhichallur, Near Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: One of Navagraha Sthalams of Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Tambaram
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 

Pozhichalur is a lesser known locality near Chennai city. It is situated at a distance of around 5 kms from Pallavaram railway station. In this village, there is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva called as Agasteeswarar temple. Let us discuss about this temple in this article.

Highlights:

  • God Agasteeswarar
  • Goddess - Anandavalli
  • Teerth (Holy Water) - Shani Teerth
  • Sthala Vruksha (Holy Tree) - Mango
  • It is a Shani sthalam and one of Navagraha sthalams of Chennai
  • This temple is also called as 'Vada Tirunallaru'
  • It is a Parihara sthalam for Rahu and Ketu

Legend:

As per the legend, as all the celestial beings went to Himalayas to attend the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the earth lost its balance. To balance the earth, Shiva asked the sage Agastya to travel towards the southern direction. Due to greatness of this sage, he was equivalent to all the celestial beings and as soon as he moved to the southern direction, the earth was balanced back.

Agastya did not miss to attend the wedding. With the help of Lord Shiva, he got the divine sight and watched the divine marriage in many sites in South India. Pozhichallur is one such site where he got the darshan of divine marriage. Shiv Linga was also installed by him and hence it is called as Agasteeswarar.

As per another legend, Shaneeswar got sin as he affected a lot of people will ill effects. To get rid of his sin, he came to Pozhichalur and worshiped Shiv LInga here. He also created the pond which is called as Shani Teerth.


History:


The temple belongs to Chola period.


Temple Layout:

The north facing temple does not have gopura. The sanctum is facing towards the east direction. It enshrines a big Shiv Linga called as Agasteeswarar. The flag staff, bali peeth and Nandi mandap are found facing towards the sanctum.

The Goddess Anandavallis is found in a separate south facing shrine.

The frontside mandap is big with few pillars carved with sculptures.


The vimana of the sanctum is of Gaja prshtha style. Ganesh, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma and Vishnu Durga are found as the niche idols on the exterior walls of the sanctum.

The idols of Agastya, Shani and Surya are found diagonally opposite to the sanctum. The idols of Bhairav and Navagraha are found near the shrine of Anandavalli. The idols of Ganesh and Subramanya-Valli-Devasena are also found in the mandap. 

Under the holy trees the idols of Shiv Linga, Nandi, Nagas and Ganesh are kept.

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