Sri Sundareswara temple

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Overview

Kovur Sri Sundareswarar Temple is a famous Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and considered as one of the Navagraha Sthalam for Planet Mercury, Situated in Chennai.Kovur Sri Sundareswarar Temple is a massive temple for Lord Shiva built by king Kulothunga Chola, dating back to the 7th century
 
Kovur Temple for Lord Shiva built by Kulothunga Chozha, dating back to the 7th century. The main deity of this temple is Sri Sundhareswarar and Goddess Sri Soundharaambigai.
 
According to mythology, Goddess Sri Kamakshi was performing thapas on panchagni in Maangaadu for Lord Shiva to marry her. Her penance was so great that the entire surrounding became hot and all living beings suffered because of the enormous heat. Lord Shiva was meditating deeply with his eyes closed. Sages and devas begged Lord Vishnu to save the world from the heat of the penance. Lord Vishnu asked Mahalakshmi to save the world. Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi came down to this place in the form of a cow and worshiped Lord Shiva to make him open his eyes. Satisfied with her prayers, Lord Shiva opened his eyes, after which the heat of the place subsided and it became cooler. As Sri Mahalakshmi worshipped here in the form of a cow, the place came to be known as "Kopuri" and later came to known as "Kovur". 
 
The temple is facing south with a beautiful 7 tiered Rajagopuram. The entire Sannadhi street itself is so beautiful with shady trees and ancient houses. This temple is one among the Navagraha temples of Chennai for Sri Budhan. Lord Sri Sundhareswarar and Goddess Sri Soundharaambigai are said to be so beautiful here and hence they are called so. It is said that, by worshipping Sri Sundhareswarar, one would be cured of many ailments. The temple has undergone Kumbhabhishekam recently and looks fresh and new.
 
Other deities present in the temple are Sri Veerabadhrar, Sri Valli Devasena Samedha Sri Subramanyar and Navagrahams. All 63 Naayanmaars are also present in this temple. Sri Sekkizhaar, who was born in a nearby place ‘Kunrathur’, started writing ‘Periya Puranam’ from this temple only. Another rarity of this temple is the Sthala Viruksham which is the Maha Vilvam tree. The Maha Vilvam of this temple is a very rare one that each stalk of Maha Vilvam has 27 leaves to it. This Maha Vilvam also has many medicinal properties in it. The Theertham for this temple is called Siva Gangai Theertham. This temple also has a beautiful chariot which requires renovation. Such a marvelous temple, standing tall across centuries is definitely a boon to pilgrims.
 
Saint Thyagaraja has visited this temple on his way to Thirupathi. It is said that Saint Thyagaraja traveled on a palanquin towards Thirupathi and passed through this place. He also visited this temple on his way. A local headman called Sundharesan asked the saint to compose and sing some songs on him. Thyagarajar refused and said that he won’t sing praise of any individual and he will sing praise of God only and left Kovur.
 
Saint also realized that there is some holy power to this place and again came back to Kovur temple and sung 5 compositions called ‘Kovur Pancharathnam’. The local headman was too proud thinking that Saint Thyagaraja sung in praise of him only. But the saint explained him that the 5 compositions were made in praise of the Lord Sri Sundhareswarar and not the individual called Sundhareswaran. The Kovur Pancharatnams are "Ee Vasudha" , "Kori Sevimpa", "Sambo Mahadeva" (Pantuvarali Raagam), "Nammi Vachina" and "Sundareswaruni".Most of the compositions of Saint Thyagaraja are in praise of Lord Rama only. This is one of the few places where he had composed Keerthanas on other Gods.
 
The sthala vruksham Maha Vilvam tree of this temple is a rare tree in which each stalk of Maha Vilvam has 27 leaves on it. This Maha Vilvam also has many medicinal properties in it.The Theertham for this temple is called Siva Gangai Theertham. 
 
Important Festivals,
The festivals like "Thiruvembavai" and the "Arudhra"festival of Tamil month of Margazhi, Sashti Soora Samharam, Skanda and Sivarathri are celebrated in the temple, where thousands of devoteed surrender their prayer during the Thirukkalyanam festival which is held on Vaikasi Visakam day. And on this day a procession is taken from the temple along with the presiding deities and the Panchmurthis.
 
Temple Timing: 6.30am to 12.00pm and 4.00pm to 9.00pm
 
How to Reach,
Road Way:The temple is around 1 km away from the Kovur bus stand. Kovur is a small town located in Chennai suburb between Porur and Kundrathur. The temple is located about 200 meters off the main road.
 
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
 
Nearest Airport: Chennai International Airport

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Kanchipuram
Location
Kovur
Address
Sri Sundareswara temple, Koil Street, Near Kundrathur Main Road, Near Post office, Kovur, Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 600128
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Kovur
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
7th century
Dedicated To
Kulothunga Chozha
Visiting Hours
6.30am to 12.00pm and 4.00pm to 9.00pm

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