Friday, 10 February 2017

Navagraha Temple In & Around Chennai Dedicated To Lord Kethu - Sri Neelakanteswara Temple, Gerugambakkam, Chennai

Gerugambakkam is located about 20 kms west of Chennai. While going from Porur towards Kunrathur, one should take left to reach Gerugambakkam. Gerugambakkam has an ancient temple for Lord Shiva, which belongs to Chozha period. The main deity is Sri Neelakandeswarar and Goddess Sri Aadhi Kamakshi.

View Of Sri Neelakanteswara Temple Complex
View Of Sri Neelakanteswara Temple Complex
This temple is one of the Navagraha temples of Chennai (or Thondai Mandalam) devoted to Sri Kethu Bhagavan. There is a separate shrine for Kethu Bhagavan on the southern side of the sanctum. Special Poojas and Homams are performed to Sri Kethu Bhagavan during Raahu Kethu Peyarchi. This is also a Parihaara Sthalam for people having ill effects in their lives because of Kethu’s position in their Horoscope. The main deity Sri Neelakandeswarar is situated in a small and beautiful sanctum. The Lord got His name Neelakandeswarar, as he swallowed the Aala Kaala Poison which evolved during the churning of the ocean, after which His neck turned blue. In Thamizh ‘Neela’ means blue and ‘Kanda’ means neck.

Nandi At Sri Neelakanteswara Temple
Nandi At Sri Neelakanteswara Temple
It is said that the Nandhi in front of the Lord is so powerful, as he absorbs the poisonous breath of the Lord after He consumed poison. Sri Aadhi Kamakshi is present just outside the main sanctum, facing south. Sri Aadhi Kamakshi is tall and looks very beautiful. She is said to be the first among 5 forms of Kamakshi. Navagraham is present at the north east side corner of the temple. There are carvings of image of snake on the ceiling of Navagraha shrine, which indicates that this temple is a Parihaara Sthalam.

Sri Neelakanteswara Temple Praharam
Sri Neelakanteswara Temple Praharam
It is said that when the temple was being constructed during the Chozha period, it was kept on hold due to some foreign invasion. So, the temple looks semi finished. Recently, Tamilnadu Tourism has made arrangements to organize package tour to all 9 Navagraha Sthalams around Chennai and hence the turnout of people is gradually increasing here. There is no gopuram here as Kethu bhagawan is supposed to lord over the universe. Though the priest said the Shiva lingam is the manifestation of Kethu I did find a small sannidhi of a snake carved on stone representing Kethu.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening Timings : 04:30 PM to 07:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

On the Porur Kunrathur road before the intersection of the bye pass you will see Gerugambakkam bus stand, take a left here and along the narrow cement track take the second left road and the right turn at the Y intersection you will stumble upon the temple.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Neelakanteswara Temple,
Gerugambakkam,
Chennai - 600122,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 044 24780124 ; 96771 55245 ; 9443107809

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