Agatheeswarar Temple

Navagraha Temple

 

Overview

 
Agatheeswarar Tempel is about 3 kms from Pallaavaram Railway station off the road towards Kunrathur.This beautiful temple is one among the Navagraha temples of Chennai.Dedicated to Lord Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan.
 
According to legend, Lord Shiva directed Sri Agasthiyar to go towards south to balance the earth during His wedding at Mount Kailash. As per the God’s direction, Sage Agasthiyar came down to the southern part to balance the weight of the earth. While he was on his way to Podhigai hills, he stayed here for many years and worshipped Lord Shiva, a Swayambhu (self evolved) Lingam at this place.
 
The temple enshrines Agastheeswarar as the presiding deity along with his divine consort Anandavalli. The sanctum of the Lord faces east and that of his consort faces south. Though Agastheeswarar Temple doesn't match to the grandeur of the ancient Chola temples, the architecture style denotes that the temple belongs to 12th century. The style of construction with the Gaja-Brashta-Vimana (resembling the shape of an elephant's behind) and the stone inscription stands as a testimony to this fact.This temple is about 800 years old and has a big pond on the western side of the temple. This Tamil Nadu temple is called as Agastheeswarar temple as Agasthiyar is said to have worshipped Shiva here on his return from Himalayas, the Amman is called as Anandavalli.
 
The temple enshrines Agastheeswarar as the presiding deity along with his divine consort Anandavalli. The sanctum of the Lord faces east and that of his consort faces south. Though Agastheeswarar Temple doesn't match to the grandeur of the ancient Chola temples, the architecture style denotes that the temple belongs to 12th century. The style of construction with the Gaja-Brashta-Vimana  and the stone inscription stands as a testimony to this fact.
 
Sri Aananda valli Sametha Agatheeswarar Temple. This beautiful temple is one among the Navagraha temples of Chennai.During the 12th century when chozha kings were ruling their land: this temple was built up by our ancestors at a private land which belonged to our ancestors. When the saint Agathiya returned from Himalayas to podhigai mountain: he had stayed here for a short period of time and was offering worship to God. And hence, the deity here is known as Agatheeswarar and the goddess Aananthavalli. There is another specific aspects to this temple: Moorthi, Sthalam, Theertham, all these aspects are combined as one and its importance is well-known.
Lord Ganesha is seen under a peepul tree at the south west corner of the temple. At southeast of the sanctum, Lord Anjaneyar has a separate shrine.The Sthala Viruksham for this temple 'Maa Maram'  is at the north western side of the temple.a beautiful Shiva Lingam under the Mango tree along with Sri Nandhi.
 
In this temple, the God is facing the east and the Goddess is facing the South. In the month of Chitirai. Only on these dates 7,8,9 when the sun rises in the east, its rays fall only on the Sivalingam, which is inside this temple and there is a entrance gate to this temple facing North. This temples is managed by Hereditary Trustee in particular family member hailing from vellalar community.
 
Raahu Kaalam, Pradhosham, Aarudhra Dharsanam, Sivarathri, Sani Peyarchi and Karthigai Deepam are few of the special days in this temple.
 
Temple Timing:5.30am to 12.00pm and 3.00pm to 9.00 PM 
 
How to Reach,
Road Way: Numerous bus services are available to Chennai, from various places of South India. All local buses passing through Guindy and Tambaram, stops at Pallavaram, from where direct buses to Pozhichalur are available frequently. Taxis, Share Autos and Auto rickshaws are the other options of local transportation.
 
Nearest Railway Station: Pallavaram Station
 
Nearest Airport: Chennai International Airport

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Kanchipuram
Location
Polichalur
Address
Sri Agastheeswara Swami Temple, Pozhichalur, Kanchipuram, Chennai - 600 074.
Contact Info
Phone: +91 44 226314 ,+91 44 325640
Mobile : +91 93818 1794
Fax :
Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Pozhichalour
Nearest Railway Station
Chennai Egmore (MS)
Nearest Airport
Chennai International Airport
IN
latitude : 12.990005490 longitude :80.169296260
Corporation : Chennai
GPS Code : VOMM
Open Year
12th century
Dedicated To
Chola
Visiting Hours
5.30am to 12.00pm and 3.00pm to 9.00 PM

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