Marundeeswarar Temple is located at Tiruvanmiyur, near Chennai city, Tamilnadu.
Marundeeswarar Temple is glorified in epic Tevaram and revered as one of the Paadal Petra Sthalam, temples that are revered in the verses of Saiva Nayanars in the 6th-9th century CE and are amongst the greatest Shiva temples of the continent.
The temple is built in a Dravidian style of architecture and has a seven-tiered Rajagopuram (gateway tower).
Marundeeswarar temple is said to be largely contributed by the Chola Kingdom during the 11th century AD.
The legend says that Lord Shiva has imparted the knowledge to cure the diseases of peoples by using properties of various herbs and plants. And hence Lord Shiva is worshipped here by the name Marundeeswarar. (Marundu means medicine).
It is said that the sage Valmiki, the author of the epic Ramayana, who lived in the first millennium BCE and he is celebrated as the harbinger-poet in Sanskrit literature, have visited this temple and blessed by Lord Shiva. Since then the place is called as Thiruvalmikiyur, which later changed into Thiruvanmiyur.
There is also a small temple built for Valmiki, as an honour of dedication, which is located near Marundeeswarar temple.
Marundeeswarar temple along with Mylapore Kapaleeshwarar temple and Thiruvottiyur Thyagarajaswamy temple are considered to be the famous Trinity Sea Shore temples of Thondai Mandalam.
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Marundeeswarar (Lord Shiva) in the form of a lingam, which is said to be self-manifested.
And the goddess of the temple is Thirupurasundari (Goddess Parvati), also called as Goddess Chokkanayagi and Goddess Sundaranayagi.
Kamadenu, the divine cow, is said to have provide milk for the presiding lingam. And hence the lord is also called as Paalvannanathar (Paal means ‘milk’ and vanna means ‘color’), and the lingam is found white in color.
The other names of the presiding deity of this temple are Oushadheeswarar, Marundheesar, and Vedapureeswara.
The other deities of the temple are Lord Ganesha, Lord Murugan, and a separate shrine of Lord Shiva which contains three forms of Lord Shiva namely Lord Thyagaraja, Lord Marundeeswarar, and Lord Nataraja.
The temple is said to have 108 lingams. And five lingams are said to be the replicas of five major elements. And the temple comprises the Samadhi of Pamban Swamigal, was a Saivite saint and poet.
The temple also has the carvings of Lord Dakshinamurthy, Lord Shanmuga sitting on an elephant, Lord Sarabadeva, Lord Narasimha, Lord Vishnu, Lord Hanuman, Goddess kamakshi, sage Valmiki, Kannapa, Palani Andavar, and kamadhenua etc.
- Kaala Shanthi Pooja – 7.30 AM
- Uchi Kaala Pooja – 10.30 AM
- Sayartchai Pooja – 4.30 PM
- Ardhajama Pooja – 8.30 PM
- Palliyarai Pooja – 9.00 PM
- Karthikai Deepam Festival – November/December
- Margazhi Tiruvadhirai – December/January
- Panguni Brahmmotsavam – March/April
- Maha Shivrathri – February/March
- Skanda Sashti – October/November
- Vaikasi Brahmotsavam – May/June
- Navarathri – September/October
Location and Transportation
The nearest airport to reach the temple is the Chennai International Airport.
The nearest railway stations are Thiruvanmiyur railway station and Chennai central station, which provides access to other major cities as well as many other smaller towns across India,
It is connected to other Indian cities by four major National Highways (NH) that originate in the city. They are NH 4 to Mumbai (via Bengaluru, Pune), NH 5 to Kolkata (linked via NH 6) (via Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar), NH 45 to Theni (via Villupuram, Tiruchirapalli, Dindigul) and NH 205 to Madanapalle (via Tirupati).
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