Saturday, 11 February 2017

Navagraha Temple In & Around Chennai Dedicated To Lord Rahu - Sri Nageswarar Temple, Kundrathur, Chennai

Kunrathur is located about 25 kms from Chennai city. One can reach Kunrathur by taking the road off GST road from Pallavaram. One can also take the road from Porur junction leading to Kunrathur. Kunrathur has an ancient temple for Lord Shiva which is over 800 years old. The main deity is Sri Nageswarar and Goddess Sri Kamakshi.

Sri Nageswarar Temple Entrance
Sri Nageswarar Temple Entrance
This temple was built by the famous poet Sri Sekkizhaar who wrote the popular ‘Periya Puranam’. Sekkizhaar was born in Kunrathur itself. Once Kulothunga Chozha II wanted to know his intellect and tested him with his questions. Sekkizhaar answered the king perfectly and the king was amazed. The king made Sekkizhaar his minister at his capital. Sekkizhaar was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and was regularly worshipping Lord Shiva at Thirunaageswaram near Kumbakonam.

View Of Sri Nageswarar Temple Gopuram From Inside
View Of Sri Nageswarar Temple Gopuram From Inside
During later stages, Sekkizhaar built a temple for Lord Shiva at Kunrathur which is very similar to the Thirunaageswaram temple. He installed the deity (Shiva Lingam) with Naagaabaranam (snake as an ornament) around the Shiva Lingam and named the Lord as Sri Naageswarar. This temple is also popularly called as Vada Thirunaageswaram. A few years ago, the Shiva Linga installed by Sekkizhar was damaged. Devotees removed it and put it in the Surya Theertha and replaced it with a new Linga. At night, Lord Shiva appeared in the dream of a Shiva devotee and directed him to install the original Linga itself again in the sanctum sanctorum. The order of the Lord was duly carried out and the new Linga was placed behind the shrine. The new Linga named Lord Arunachaleswarar is also revered as the presiding deity.

Sri Nageswarar Temple Kodimaram & Nandi Madapam
Sri Nageswarar Temple Kodimaram & Nandi Madapam
This temple is considered the Rahu Sthalam among 9 Navagraha Temples of Chennai (or Thondai Mandalam). The Naagar around the deity is considered the ‘Rahu’ for worship. Pariharams (remedial worship) for Rahu are done here, especially during Rahu Kethu Peyarchi and also during Rahu Kaalam (4.30 pm to 06.00 pm) on Sundays. The temple is very huge and wonderful. The vast prakarams add beauty to the temple. Sri Nageswarar is seen facing east and Goddess Sri Kamakshi is facing south. Sri Sekizhaar also has a separate shrine inside the temple.

Sri Nageswarar Temple Praharam
Sri Nageswarar Temple Praharam
A magnificent Dwajasthambham is located on the eastern side of the temple, straight to the entrance. Sri Nandhikeswarar is seated in a small stone mandapam and is facing east towards the sanctum. Sthala Viruksham (holy tree) for this temple is ‘Shenbaga Maram’ and Theertham is ‘Surya Pushkarani’. Surya Pushkarani is very large and beautiful which is seen outside the temple on the south eastern side.

Sri Nageswarar Temple Vimanam
Sri Nageswarar Temple Vimanam

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

This temple is a famous Rahu Parihara Sthalam near Chennai. The temple is situated right behind the bus stand of Kundrathur and very easy to find. (Kunrathur can also be easily reached from Porur where if you follow the extension of Arcot road you will reach the town in 04 kms or you can also reach it from Mangadu/Poonamallee).

Sri Nageswarar Temple Tank
Sri Nageswarar Temple Tank

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Nageswara Swamy Temple,
Vada Nageswaram,
Kundrathur,
Chennai - 600069,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 044 24780436 ; 93828 89430

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