Thursday, 9 February 2017

Navagraha Temple In & Around Chennai Dedicated To Lord Sani - Sri Agatheeswarar Temple, Pozhichalur, Chennai

Pozhichalur is about 3 kms from Pallaavaram Railway station off the road towards Kunrathur. It has an ancient Shiva temple belonging to Chozha period. The main deity here is Sri Agatheeswarar and Goddess Sri Aanandhavalli. This beautiful temple is one among the Navagraha temples of Chennai (or Thondai Mandalam) dedicated to Lord Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan.

Entrance Of Sri Agatheeswarar Temple
Entrance Of Sri Agatheeswarar Temple
According to legend, Lord Shiva directed Sri Agasthiyar to go towards south to balance the earth during His wedding at Mount Kailash. As per the God’s direction, Sage Agasthiyar came down to the southern part to balance the weight of the earth. While he was on his way to Podhigai hills, he stayed here for many years and worshipped Lord Shiva, a Swayambhu (self evolved) Lingam at this place.

Sri Agatheeswarar Temple Kodimaram
Sri Agatheeswarar Temple Kodimaram
Sage Agasthiyar had a boon that wherever he worships Lord Shiva, he will get the dharshan of the Lord’s marriage with Goddess Parvathi. Sage Agasthiyar is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here and got His dharshan in this place. Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. As Sri Saneeswara had been giving ill effects to people, he had gained Dhosham out of it. Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan, wanting to be relieved of his dhoshams, prayed Lord Shiva for help.

Sri Agatheeswarar Temple Vimanam
Sri Agatheeswarar Temple Vimanam
Lord Shiva asked Sri Sani Bhagavan to come to this place and worship Him. As directed, Sri Sani Bhagavan came to this place, created a pond called ‘Sani Theertham’ and worshipped Lord Shiva and got relieved of his problems. Hence, Sri Sani Bhagavan here is believed to be Mangala Saneeswarar with no dhoshams or ill effects. People having problems because of Sani (Saturn), worship here to reduce the ill effects. This place is also called ‘Vada Thirunallaaru’.

Sri Agatheeswarar Temple Praharam
Sri Agatheeswarar Temple Praharam
The main deity, Sri Agatheeswarar is seen facing the east and Goddess Sri Aanandhavalli facing south. The temple is facing north and does not have Rajagopuram. Sri Sani Bhagavan is facing west towards the main deity in the sanctum. This temple is also a Parihaara Sthalam for Raahu and Kethu. This temple had been renovated during Chozha period. The sanctum is built in Gajaprashta shape (also called Thoongaanai Maadam) shape.

Lord Sani At Sri Agatheeswarar Temple
Lord Sani At Sri Agatheeswarar Temple
Lord Ganesha (Vinaayagar) is seen under a peepul tree at the south west corner of the temple. At southeast of the sanctum, Lord Anjaneyar (Sri Hanuman) has a separate shrine. The Sthala Viruksham for this temple 'Maa Maram' (Mango tree) is at the north western side of the temple. There is a beautiful Shiva Lingam under the Mango tree along with Sri Nandhi. The Theertham of this temple is called ‘Sani Theertham’ which is located a little away from the temple. Raahu Kaalam, Pradhosham, Aarudhra Dharsanam, Sivarathri, Sani Peyarchi and Karthigai Deepam are few of the special days in this temple.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM to 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

The Agastheeswarar temple in Pozhichallur a suburb of Chennai behind the Meenambakkam Airport is a famous old temple .This temple has been in existence for more than 1500 years.Pozhichallur is Pugazh Chola Nalloor (meaning Famous town of the Chola Kingdom, in Tamil). On the GST road proceeding from Kathipara after the airport look for the right turn after areva signal and Pallavaram bus stand take this road for about 2 kms you will skirt Pammal and come up to the junction of pozhichallur road and kunrathur road take a right turn here and proceed about 2 kms as the road winds you can see the on the right hand side. The approach road is being laid so it is very rugged.You may miss the approach road as there is a shopping complex built there. The temple cam also be reached from Kunrathur. You can also reach this temple from Gerugambakkam, kolapakkam from the porur side.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Agatheeswarar Temple,
Polichalur Main Road, Ramanathan Nagar,
Pozhichalur,
Chennai - 600074,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 044 22631410; 044 32564022 ; 93818 17940

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