July 13, 2017

Thazhuva Kuzhaindeeswarar Temple - Padappai

Padappai is a small developing town located near Tambaram in the southern outskirts of Chennai city in South India. Padappai is classified into two parts, Keezh Padappai and Mel Padappai. In Mel Padappai, an ancient temple for Lord Shiva, called as Thazhuva Kuzhaindeeswarar is located. Let me discuss about this temple in this article.


As per the legend, the Goddess Parvati was born as human due to a curse. She did severe penance towards Shiva in Mangadu village. As per the direction from Shiva, she moved towards Kanchipuram. On her way to Kanchipuram, she had visited this site and installed a Shiv Linga. As the idol was about to be washed away in water once, she embraced the Linga tightly. Hence, Shiva is called as Thazhuva Kuzhaindeeswarar, which refers to embracing in Tamil language.

Some stories that are told about the other Shiva temple, Veeratteswarar, are told for this temple too. It is believed that Sambandhar has referred this temple in his hymn and hence it becomes a Devara Vaippu Sthalam. It is also believed that it is one of those 108 Shiva temples which was consecrated by Nandi Varma Pallava on the same day.

Temple Layout

The ancient temple is majorly renovated. The east facing temple has three tiered tower. The idols of Bala Ganapati and Bala Murugan are found at the entrance of the tower.

The east facing sanctum enshrines small Shiv Linga called as Thazhuva Kuzhaindeeswarar. In Ardha Mandap, the idol of Ganesha is found.

The Goddess Kamakshi is found in a separate south facing shrine. Her shrine has a separate small Mukha mandap.

The flag staff, bali peetha and Nandi Mandap are found facing towards the sanctum. The tower of Nandi Mandap has four interesting stucco images of Nandi in different postures.

The shrine of Ananda Nataraja and Sivakami (small metal idols) is located in Maha Mandap.

There is only one prakara. The sub-shrines of Ganesh, Subramanya-Valli-Devasena, Veerabhadra, Bhairav, Sharbeshwara, Shaneeswara and Navagraha are located in this prakara.

The idols of Surya and Chandra are found in the opposite direction of the sanctum.

There is a shrine of Paleeswarar (Linga) along with his consort. There is another small Linga and Nandi with the stucco idols of Shiva and Parvati behind.

The relief image of Shanmukha is found near the Sthala Vruksham, Mango.

Ganesh, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are found as the Koshta Murtis of the sanctum. Saraswati, Lakshmi and Vaishnavi are the Koshta Murtis of Kamakshi's shrine. Chandikeshwara is found in his usual location.

Happy travelling.

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