Mappedu is a small village located near Chennai city in South India. The nearest landmark to this village is Kadambattur. This tiny village has an ancient temple for Lord Shiva called as Singeeswarar. It was built by Aditya Karikala Chola, the elder brother of the great king Raja Raja Chola who constructed the most popular Brahadeeswara Temple at Tanjore.

Sri Singeeswarar Temple Raja Gopuram
Sri Singeeswarar Temple Raja Gopuram
Lord Shiva as Sri Singeeswarar graces the temple along with Goddess Pushpagujambal. This is a recently renovated ancient temple and is a special temple for people born in ‘moolam’ star. There is a vigraha of Sri Hanuman in front of Lord Singesswarar shrine playing the Veena, an ancient divine musical instrument of India. People, who seek skill in music, pray to him.

Sri Singeeswarar Temple Kodimaram
Sri Singeeswarar Temple Kodimaram
There is an idol of Sri Anjaneya playing the Veena. Those aspiring skill in music pray to him in particular. He belongs to Moola star. It is noteworthy that the birth star of Kalaivani-Saraswathi, the Goddess of Wisdom is also Moola. It is said that Mother Saraswathi wrote the Singanatha seed letters (Beejakshara – Beeja means seed, Akshara-letters) on the tongue of Sri Anjaneya with the stem of a lotus flower. This gave the Indian Herculeus clarity in his speech and an ability to protect people in distress using tactics needed for the time. He was celebrated as Sollin Selvan in Tamil and Nava Vyakarna Pandit in Sanskrit. Moola people are advised to pray in this temple for gaining excellence in education and speech.

Sri Singeeswarar Temple Complex
Sri Singeeswarar Temple Complex
There is a shrine for Sri Veerabaleeswara in the northeastern corner of the temple the antiquity of which dates back to 5000 years. If one prays to the presiding deity and Nandhi (the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva) simultaneously at Pradosham hours (4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. each day) standing on the Nava Vyakarna stone, they will be cured of all bone and joint related diseases, it is believed. People would realize their wishes if they pray to Mother Durga for 42 weeks continuously by lighting lamp in the shrine.

Vimanam Of Main Deity Sri Singeeswarar
Vimanam Of Main Deity Sri Singeeswarar
The temple was built by Aditya Karikalan II in the year 976. He is the father of Rajaraja Cholan who built the Thanjavur Big Temple. Later during the reign of Krishnadevaraya, his viceroy Dalavai Ariyanadha Mudaliar used his influence and built the Rajagopuram - Main Tower, compound wall and 16 pillar Mandap in the year 1501.

Amman Vimanam At Sri Singeeswarar Temple
Amman Vimanam At Sri Singeeswarar Temple
Sri Nandi Deva, also known as Singhi, played the Mridangam an accompanying instrument to the dance of the Lord at Tiruvalangadu, one of the five Sabhas related to Shiva Dance. In his deep professional attention, Nandi was playing the instrument closing his eyes, hence lost viewing the dance. He begged the Lord to dance for him again to enjoy His performance. Pleased with his professional bhakti, Lord asked Nandi to come to Meipedu on Earth. Nandi came here, worshipped the Lord where He performed the dance again. As Singhi-Nandhi worshipped in the place, the place is named as Singheeswaram and the Lord Singheeswarar. Mother is worshipped in the name of Pushpagujambal-Poomulainayaki related to fragrant flowers.

Sri Singeeswarar Temple Tank
Sri Singeeswarar Temple Tank
Elandhai Tree: This is the Sthala vruksham here. During Aarudhra season, since this fruits are abundant, it has become a mandatory practice to add this fruit in Pancha-amirtham during abhishegam. People born in Moola star are supposed to visit this temple, and light 5 ghee lamps. Since Lord Shiva has 5 faces, this prayer is aimed at praying Him to remove our troubles at least through one of the five faces.

Veenai Anjaneyar At Sri Singeeswarar Temple
Veenai Anjaneyar At Sri Singeeswarar Temple

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening Timings : 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

The Singeeswarar temple is located in the village of Mappedu is 45 km from Koyambedu in Chennai on the Thakkolam road and 22 km from Poonamalle on the Perambakkam road. In the Bangalore highway, once you cross Poonamallee and Savitha Institutions, you will have EMPEE distilleries, a huge blue colored structure to your right. There will be a road passing by its compound, which will lead you to “Thakkolam” sthalam from here. Travel in this road, and this temple is exactly in the 18th KM from the NH, to your left.

Closer View Of Veena Anjaneyar At Sri Singeeswarar Temple
Closer View Of Veena Anjaneyar At Sri Singeeswarar Temple

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Singeeswarar Temple,
Mappedu - 631 403,
Thiruvallur district,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 044 27608065 ; 94447 70579 ; 94432 25093

This is Lord Murugan temple situated in a small hill. One has to climb around 200 steps to reach the temple. Vehicles can also take people to the top of the hill. The place is very scenic and a great view during Sunrise and Sunsets. This temple is a unique place because of 2 things. One, Lord Murugan has Sugarcane in hand instead of the usual "Vel". Secondly, there are steps to ascend and descend separately. A must visit place when you go around Trichy/Perambalur.

Sri Chettikulam Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple
Sri Chettikulam Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple
The presiding deity is a swayambumurthi. On 3rd, 4th and 5th days of Masi (February-March) the rays of setting Sun fall on the deity. During the setting time, the rays will fall on the deity from foot to the face. Lord Dhandayuthapani graces here with hair in His head. The idol is 4 feet tall holding a sugarcane with 11 parting lines called kanukkal, a form no where available in Muruga temples. The temple has 240 steps to mount on and 243 steps to come down. The speciality of the temple is that Lord Muruga faces the other Chettikulam temple belonging to His father Lord Shiva. The chief of Muruga’s army, Veerabagu graces here as Veerabadraswami.

Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple Archways
Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple Archways
Tonsuring, carrying Kavadi, offering things equal to their weight (Tulabaram), contributing cattle are the prayer commitments followed by devotees. Those getting the child boon realized, make cradles of sugarcane and tie them in the temple. Some offer Vel – the weapon of Lord Muruga- made of silver and offer it to the Lord. Abishek is offered in milk, curd, green coconut, lime fruits, sandal, panchamirtham made of five ingredients, oil etc. They perform Kalasabishekam (kalasa-small metal pots) on Sashti days – 6th day either from new moon or full moon days. Shanmuga Homa is devotionally performed by devotees. Feeding the visitors and usual abisheks are also performed by devotees.

Steps Leading To Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple
Steps Leading To Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple
Lord Muruga in Dhandayuthapani form has tonsured head in all temples. Against this established principle, Lord Dhandayuthapani in this temple appears in a beautiful hair style. He is 4 feet tall holding a sugarcane with 11 partition lines. This is the only temple where devotees can have this darshan. Lord Muruga granted darshan to Sage Againsthya as a bangle seller called Valayal Chetty. (Valayal-Bangle, Chetti- trader). Lord Muruga is also said to have guided Paranthaka Chola and Kulasekhara Pandiya and helped them quell the fury of Kannaki and calm her in the form of Madhurakali. The place is also known as Vadapalani as Lord Muruga graces in a form as in Palani in south. The significance lies in the Lord’s swayambumurthi form. He is holding a red sugarcane, an exclusive form here only. The Panchanadhi River is always full of water. The rain water flows into the river through the herbal plants on the hill and has all medicinal properties. The prayer commitments to Palani can be executed here. Sage Agasthya worshipped here. Saint Arunagiriar had praised the temple in his hymns.

Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple Kodimaram & Vimanams
Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple Kodimaram & Vimanams
The Devas appealed to Lord Shiva in Kailash to protect them from the terrorism of the demons. Mother Parvathi was also present in the court. Lord Muruga rose up and promised to destroy them and got the Shakti weapon called Vel from His Mother. He returns back to his Mother to announce his victory over the demons and the destruction of their chief Sura. As a token of Her congratulations to the victorious son, She gave the sugarcane held by Her. Lord Muruga came to this temple with this sugarcane.

Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple Complex
Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple Complex
People pray here for happy wedlocks, child boon, for remedy from illness and other physical problems, favourable results in litigations, recovery of things lost, trade problems etc. and they strongly believe that Lord Muruga offers just solutions. The other natural advantage is that devotees go by steps to the temple breathing the healthy herbal breeze. Dhandayutapaani who appeared as a Siddhar here is enshrined in a hill temple in the vicinity. The Lord Muruga Idol has Uchhi Kudumi(Tuff of Hair on top of Head). Also his darsan is in the Aandikola form.

Main Deity Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani
Main Deity Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani
Childless couples make their wish on Shashti day by doing Milk Abhishekam. When their wish gets fulfilled they bring their child in a sugarcane cradle and do circumambulation of the temple.

View Of Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple Hill
View Of Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple Hill

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Alathur is 15 km from Perambalur on the Trichy route. The temple at Chettikulam is 8 km from Alathur. It is located at Chettikulam in Tamilnadu which is 6kms from Alandur. Alandur is about 44kms from Trichy, on Trichy-Perambalur highway.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Temple,
Chettikulam,
Perambalur district,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04328 268008 ; 99441 17450 ; 98426 99378

The temple is situated about 30 km from Thanjavur on the way to Kumbakonam, if one takes a short detour. The temple is said to be about 2000 years old. The Lingam is a Suyambhu Lingam (originated on it's own from the ground without anyone carving it or installing it). The temple tank is considered to have powers equal to that of the Mahamaha tank in Kumbakonam. The Lord is said to appear in five different colours every day, depending upon the time of the day. Hence, also called PANCHA VARNESWARAR.

Front View Of Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple
Front View Of Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple
Nallur Shivan temple is a very beautiful temple where the God Shiva is called Kalyana Sundereswarar as it is believed that this temple is the place from where the Sage Agasthya witnessed the marriage of the God Shiva and Parvathi. The Goddess is called GiriSundari. According to the legend, at Thiruvanaikaaval, a spider and an elephant both prayed to Shiva, in their own way. While the elephant poured water on the lingam in the day, the spider covered the lingam with its web in the night. Every morning, the elephant would be angry to see the spider webs on the lingam he had cleaned the day before, and the spider would be angry to see the web destroyed every morning. Finally, when they both left their bodies and passed on, the spider was born as a king, and remembered his past life. He spent his life building temples where elephants would never be able to enter the sanctum.. Other temples built the same way are at Kudavasal, Nannilam, Chaayavanam, Thalaichangadu, Valivalam, Ambar (Ambal) and Thiruveezhimizhalai

Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple Raja Gopuram
Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple Raja Gopuram
Vayu gets angry after adiseshan is praised as being better than him. Adiseshan says that he can cover Kailayam and threw up a challenge to Vayu to remove one stone from the Meru Mountain through his power. Vayu blew air as powerfully as he could. Everyone was in a shocked state and went to Lord. As adiseshan turned his head for a fraction of a second, Vayu’s capitalised on this momentum lapse and his power sent several pieces scattering from the mountain. One piece fell here in Thiru Nallur. This is a swayambu moorthy.

Inner Entrance Tower And Kodimaram Of Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple
Inner Entrance Tower And Kodimaram Of Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple
The entire set of devotees of Shiva congregated in the North to witness the celestial wedding of Shiva and Uma Devi. The weight tilted the balance of the earth as the excess weight on the Northern side led to rising of the Southern side. Realising this imbalance, Shiva directed Sage Agastya to head South to bring about a balance between South and North. As Agastya expressed unhappiness at his missing the celestial wedding, Shiva promised to provide a similar darshan in the place down south if he helped bring about this south-north balance during the period of his wedding. Agastya reached Thiru Nallur and with an idol of Shiva performed pooja everyday. This idol is seen even today inside the sanctum south of the Swayambu Moorthy. In a thankful gesture, Shiva provided ‘Kalyana Kolam’ darshan to Sage Agastya here at South Kailasam. Also, seen inside the sanctum are Vishnu and Brahmma in a standing posture. This is a special temple for the first Darshan of Vishnu, Brahmma and Shiva together. Ancient paintings are seen on the walls of the Sanctum.

Steps Leading To Main Shrine
Steps Leading To Main Shrine
Having thrown his first son into the river, Kunti was seeking liberation from the sin of having thrown her first son into the river. On the occasion of Maasi Magam she met Sage Narada who suggested that it was sacred to have bath on this auspicious day. Kunti invoked the blessings of Lord Shiva who brought the Saptha Sagara Theertham here at Thiru Nallur. In memory of this event, one finds the idol of Kunti in a posture of invoking the blessings of Lord Shiva. The story goes that the ‘Magam’ began here and Maha Magam in Kumbakonam.

After having secured the idol of Lord Thyagaraja of Thiruvarur from Lord Indra, Musukanthan was directed to place the idol here for three days before taking it to his abode at Thiruvarur. Hence Thiru Nallur is credited with the historical event of a 3day pooja being performed for Thyagaraja before finally resting at Thiruvarur.

Main Deity Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar
Main Deity Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar
The main deity is Kalyana Sundarar, for Shiva is believed to have granted Sage Agasthya a vision of his marriage here. Behind the lingam are the images of Shiva and Parvati shown getting married, with Brahma performing the rites of marriage on the left, and Vishnu, giving away his sister Parvati in marriage, on the right. The lingam itself is unique, for it is made of an unknown material and changes colours five times a day, and is thus also known asPanchavarneswarar. The lingam has 3 portions – the lower portion which joins the Avudaiyar, and is smooth, the middle portion, which is rough, and the top, which is again smooth, and is the most prominent part of the lingam. Each of these parts changes colour every 2 ½ hours.

1. Morning 6:00 AM to 8:24 - Thamira Niram (Copper Color)
2. 8:25 to 10:48 AM- Ilam Sivappu (Light Red)
3. 10:49AM to 1:12 PM- Orukkiya Thangam (Molten Golden)
4. 1:13 PM to 3:36 PM- Maragatha Pachai (Emerald Green)
5. 3:37 PM to 6:00 PM- Unknown color (We cannot determine the color of the God during this time)

Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple Vimanam
Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple Vimanam
Seeking the Lord’s feet before his death, Saivite Saint Poet Thirunavukarasar (Appar) began his trip from Thiruvathigai and had darshan at Chidambaram, Sirkazhi and Thiruvidamaruthur. Pleased with his sincere prayers, Lord Shiva directed him to come to Thiru Nallur. On reaching here, Appar received Thiruvadi Deekshithai with Lord Shiva placing his feet on the head of the great Saint Poet. In memory of this event, Shataari, which is placed on the head of a devotee as a blessing of Lord Vishnu in Perumal temples, is placed on a devotee at this temple as well. This placing of Shataari on the devotee is a unique feature at the Thiru Nallur temple.

View Of Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple Complex
View Of Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple Complex

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 07:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Evening Timings : 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Thiru Nallur is about 2kms South off the Thanjavur-Kumbakonam highway near Sundara Perumal Koil. Town Bus every half hour from Kumbakonam and Papanasam till Sundara Perumal Koil. One can take Auto from there. One can also get down at Uththani Railway Gate on the Kumbakonam-Thanjavur highway and take an auto (1km) to reach the temple. Thirunalloor is 2 km from Kumbakonam to Tanjore, Papanasam junction on Valangaiman road.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple,
Thirunallur,
Valangaiman - 614 208,
Thanjavur district,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04374 312857 ; 93631 41676

Pataleeswarar Temple is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva in the town of Cuddalore. It was constructed during the Pallava and Medieval Chola periods. The Saivite saint Appar is believed to have adopted Saivism at this temple. There is a belief/myth that by worshiping this God single time is equal to 16 times worshiping the Shiva in Kasi, 8 times in Thiruvannamalai and 3 times in Chidambaram. Thirupathiripuliyur in Cuddalore is one of the ancient temples in Tamil Nadu. It is named after the Pathiri Tree and the Puliyur, a tiger-legged saint who obtained absolution in the area.

Sri Padaleswarar Temple Raja Gopuram
Sri Padaleswarar Temple Raja Gopuram
In almost temples, the Lord comes to the Palli room. As the Goddess performed penance here in an invisible manner and wedded the Lord, She comes to room herself in this temple. Here the Lord appears too handsome, the Goddess performed the penance to get him. There will be no weapons in the hands of Vinayaka but 1000 Pathiri flowers, a scene nowhere could be seen.

Sri Padaleswarar Temple Tank
Sri Padaleswarar Temple Tank
When thrown into the sea by king Mahendravarma (AD 600-630) binding him with a stone, Saint Thirunavukkarasar in his hymn firmly said that the Lord will come to his rescue when his name was chanted even when thrown into the sea. The hard rock turned into a boat and brought the saint to the shore. The people in the shore were wonderstud when the miracle happened. Thirunavukkarasar came to the Thirupathiripuliyur temple and prasied the Lord in his hymns as his Father and Mother. The particular place where the saint landed is named as Karaieravittakuppam, meaning the place that brought the saint to shore.

Kodimaram Of Sri Padaleswarar Temple
Kodimaram Of Sri Padaleswarar Temple
Siva was Siddha here playing and placed his hand on the sand where Sivakarai holy spring appeared. The other speciality is that this spring is in the Northeast direction (Eesana corner) according to Vasthu rules. This is the only temple where Thirunavukkarasar – Appar Adigal could be seen in a sitting posture. Of the 22 shiva shrines in Nadu Naadu region, Thirupathiripuliyur is the 18th.

Madyanandana Rishi prayed for tiger legs that would be convenient to climb the Pathiri tree to pick up flowers for his Shiva Puja. Saint Gnansambandar greeted Appar Adigal here. Saint Arunagiriyar sang in praise of Lord Muruga here. Upamanaya, Adhiraja worshipped the Lord in this temple. Vyakarapatha, the tiger legged Muni attained salvation here, hence the name Thirupathiripuliyur. The temples of Sapthamadhas are very near the temple. The temple was very famous among the devotees even before the period of Thirunavukkarasar and Thirugnanasambandar. The Lord is also known as Thondrathunainathar. According to historians the temple is 1300 years old.

Main Deity
Main Deity
Lord Shiva thought of playing a game for the benefit of the beings of the world. He played dice with the Goddess and successively lost. But the Lord claimed that he was the winner. Devi covered Lord’s eyes with her hands and the whole world became dark. Realizing her mistake, she begged the pardon of the Lord. The Lord asked her to go to Earth and perform penance and assured that He would join her in a place where she feels a twinkling in her left eye and the shoulder. After having the darshan in various Shiva shrines, when the Goddess came to Thirupathiripuliyur, she experienced the feeling in her left eye and the shoulder. Invisibly to others, She performed penance here and got the Lord back. Lord himself was here in a Siddha guise and eliminated the hardship of the beings.

Lord Vinayaka Without Weapons
Lord Vinayaka Without Weapons

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM to 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

The temple is in the midst of the town itself. Thirupathiripuliyur is 50 kms from Villupuram, 22 from Pondicherry and 50 from Chidamabaram. It is centre of the new Town Cuddalore and very near to bus-stand and railway station. Frequent buses are available from all the major cities of Tamil Nadu to Cuddalore.

Sthala Vriksham
Sthala Vriksham

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Padaleswarar Temple,
Thiruppathiripuliyur,
Cuddalore - 607 002,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04142 236728 ; 98949 27573 ; 94428 32181
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