Velleeswarar Temple

Navagraha Temple



Maangadu Sri Velleeswarar temple is a very ancient and beautiful temple for Lord Shiva. The main deity here is Sri Velleeswarar. There is no Ambaal in this temple, as Sri Kamakshi Amman is present nearby.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and derives its name being as the Lord was worshiped here by Sukra .The Planet Venus as per Hindu mythology. Lord Sukra is the guru of Asuras. Special poojas are hence offered by devotees on Fridays - the day dedicated to Mercury. This temple forms part of the Navagraha temples around Chennai.Devotees offer white field beans as a special offering signifying the cereal in relation to Sree Sukra.
According to the legend, when Goddess Sri Kamakshi performed Thapas here in Maangaadu, Lord Shiva came down to earth to give dharshan to Her and then marry Her. It is said that, Sri Sukran worshipped Lord Shiva here. When Sri Kamakshi came here to have dharshan of Lord Shiva, she saw Sri Sukran worshipping the Lord. The Goddess went back as She did not want to disturb the penance of Sukran.
Later, Lord Shiva directed the Goddess to come to Kanchipuram and married her there. As Sri Sukran  worshipped Lord Shiva here, the Lord came to be known as Sri Velleeswarar and also known as Sri Bhaargaveswarar. This temple is Sukra Sthalam among the Navagraha Temples of Chennai. Sri Sukran blesses people with wealth, prosperity, good family, vehicles, fame and social status.
Lord Shiva graces the devotees from a square shaped stage-peeta.  Velli is another name of planet Venus-Shukra.  As Lord granted darshan to Velli the Shukra, He is praised as Velleeswara.  As the name Bhargava also is for Shukra, Lord is also known as Bhargaveswarar.  As Ambica is in the Mangadu temple, there is no Ambica shrine here too as in Kancheepuram temple.  Only the feet of Ambica are before the Lord’s shrine.  People use to light lamps in Lord’s shrine in coconut shells.Lord Vinayaka in the front mandap enjoys special attention.  He is holding paddy stalks in His left upper hand and a mango in the lower hand.  Farmers offer paddy and mango as nivedhana to Him praying for good farm yields.  Another Vinayaka in the goshta has an umbrella and fan-Shamara in hand.  There are two Vinayakas in the temple in different forms.
The main deity of Sri Velleeswarar is huge and looks very grand, facing east. Lord Ganesha and Lord Muruga are seen at either side of the entrance of the sanctum. Lord Ganesha here is holding a Mango fruit in His hand and is called ‘Maangani Vinayagar’. The place Maangaadu itself had got its name as it was once a vast Mango forest. Lingothbavar is seen on the outer wall behind the sanctum. Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu are present on either side of Lingothbavar worshipping Him. There is a separate shrine for Sri Veerabadhrar behind the sanctum. Sri Veerabadhrar is said to have been created from the sweat of Lord Shiva in order to defeat Dhakshan who was the father in law of Lord Shiva.
Sri Subramanya's shrine is present at the north-west side of the outer praakaaram. Sri Subramanyar is beautiful and is seen with His consorts - Sri Valli and Sri Dhevasena. All the 3 deities are made of a single stone. Lord Muruga’s Vaahanam (carrier) peacock is present outside the shrine facing the shrine. A beautiful Nandhi is present outside the sanctum, facing towards west. It is said that people visiting Sri Kamakshi Amman temple should also have dharshan at Sri Velleeswarar temple and Sri Vaikunda Perumaal temple in Maangaadu, as all these three temples are interconnected with the history of Sri Kamakshi Amman.
The Temple sports no raja gopuram as was the case with the other 2 temples of Sree Kamakshi and Vaikunda Perumal – both of which the Raja Gopurams have been erected recently. On entering the temple one comes across the Bali Peeta or the sacrificial altar and Nandi mantapa. Further down the temple one can enter the Artha Mantapa where there are idols of Lord Ganesha and Lord Subramanya installed just on the sides of the entrances to the Garbagriha. Here Lord Ganesha sports a mango fruit in his hands instead of the regular Modak which is signifies that this area was once a mango grove. The Idol of Lord Subramanya is a stellar piece of sculpture as the Lord and his consorts Valli and Devasena are carved out of a single stone.
Across from this one can enter the Maha Mantapa and see the Darshan of Lord Velleeswarar or Lord Sukreswara in the Linga form. The Lord himself is a 6 feet tall shivlinga sporting a square avudaiyar. This is the case with all Shiva temples where Sree Kamakshi is the presiding deity in the town.
Elsewhere in the Temple are the figurines of Lord Dakshinamoorthy and an exquisite Lingodhbhava and Sree Durga just after the Chandikeswara shrine. The temple also has separate shrines for Lord Ganesha, Lord Veerabhadra, Lord Subramanya as well as shrines for Lord Kasi Viswanatha and Lord Sundaresa along with their consorts Visalakshi and Meenakshi respectively.
Temple Timing: 6.30 am to 1.00 pm and 4.30 pm to 9.00 p.m.
How to Reach,
Road Way: The temple is around one and a half km from the Mangadu bus stop, and is located in Velleeswarar Koil Street. While going towards Poonamallee from Porur, Mangadu can be reached by taking the left turn at Kumananchavadi and going around 3-4 km towards Kundrathur.
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airpoet: Chennai International Airport


Tamil Nadu
Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu, Kanchipuram, Chennai 602101
Contact Info
Phone: 91- 44 - 2627 2 ,2649 5883
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Chennai Central (MAS)
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Chennai International Airport
latitude : 12.990005490 longitude :80.169296260
Corporation : Chennai
Open Year
1000 years old
Visiting Hours
6.30 am to 1.00 pm and 4.30 pm to 9.00 p.m.

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