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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Navagraha Temple In & Around Chennai Dedicated To Lord Angaraka - Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple, Poonamallee, Chennai

This temple is very similar to the Vaidheeswaran Koil temple near Kumbakonam, which is one of the Navagraha Sthalam for Angaaragan (Mars in English or Chevvaai in Thamizh). This temple is one among the Navagraha temples of Chennai (or Thondai Mandalam) for Angaaragan. It is said that Sri Angaaragan worshipped Lord Shiva at this place.

Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple East Side Gopuram
Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple East Side Gopuram
Sri Angaaragan’s Paadham (foot mark) is found in the temple just outside the sanctum under the Panai (Palm) tree sculpted on stone. This temple is a Parihaara Sthalam for Chevvaai Dhosham. Special Poojas are done here on Tuesdays for Sri Angaaragan. The temple is so huge with very vast prakarams. The main deity is facing east in the form of Shiva Lingam. Goddess Sri Thaiyyal Naayagi is facing south.

Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple Kodimaram
Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple Kodimaram
In the inner prakaram - Sri Dhakshinamurthy, Sri Brahma, Sri Subramanyar, Sri Sandigeswarar and Sri Durgai are seen. There are 3 Chakras installed by Sri Aadhi Sankarar in the Prakaram called Sri Chakram, Subramanya Chakram and Shanmuga Chakram. On the northern praakaaram there is a Baana Lingam installed facing the entrance.

Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple North Side Gopuram
Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple North Side Gopuram
Though there is an entrance at the eastern side, the temple has its main entrance and Rajagopuram facing north. There are some beautiful carvings on either sides of the entrance. The Sthala Viruksham for this temple is Thaazhi Panai Maram (Palm tree). The temple pond (called Vinai Theertha Kulam) is located on the eastern side of the temple.

Carvings On Either Sides Of The North Gopuram Entrance
Carvings On Either Sides Of The North Gopuram Entrance
Surya Pooja happens in this temple in the Thamizh month ‘Maasi’. On the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th of Maasi, Sun’s rays directly fall on the main deity around 6 am in the mornings. This amazing act happens only on these 5 days of the year and never repeats again. This temple is also called 'Vaitheeswaran Koil'. A wonderful temple with amazing architecture.

Inside View Of Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple
Inside View Of Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 08:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Evening Timings : 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Poondhamalli is about 25 kms from Chennai city and has an ancient temple for Lord Shiva, which is more than 1000 years old. The main deity here is Sri Vaidheeswarar and Goddess Sri Thaiyyal Naayagi. Like the one near Kumbakonam this is also a Navagraha ,Sevvai kshetram (Mars /Angarakan). On the Chennai Bangalore highway branch off left at Saveetha Dental college and travel up to the Mount Poonamallee road. Take a right turn into poonamalle town. After about 1-1.5 kms you will reach the Bus stand and Sundar hospital on the right. A left turn here leads you directly to the temple.

Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple Tank
Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple Tank

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Uthara Vaidheeswaran Temple,
Sundar Nagar, Poonamallee,
Chennai - 600056,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 044 26491444

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