Thiruvaalangadu – Sri Vadaranyeswarar Temple

Thiruvaalangadu is located near Chennai in the Chennai-Arakonam route. It can also be accessed by road on NH205 (Chennai-Tiruvallur route) The temple, built by the Cholas during the 12th century, (though inscriptions evidence the 5th century) is regarded as a sacred Shaivaite temple in that it is one of the 5 majestic cosmic dance halls (pancha…

ThiruMullaivoyil – Masilamaniswara Temple

ThiruMullaivoyil is located near Chennai.King Tondaimaan built this temple. The vimana (roof) of the sanctum sanctorum is designed in a special way that is exclusive to Pallava architecture – the Gaja Prishtam, that looks like the rear of an elephant (Gaja – elephant, prishtam – rear). The temple is incarnated by the hymns of Thevaram and…

Acharapakkam – Aatcheeswarar Temple

Archarapakkam Aatcheeswarar temple is located 100 km from Chennai. This temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. The temple has two presiding deities Atcheeswarar and Umai Atcheeswarar gracing the devotees from two separate sanctum sanctorums. Also, two Mother-Goddesses Ilangili Ammai and Umayambigai grace from their respective sanctums. Lord Shiva is a Swayambumurthi. Saivite Saint Tirunavukkarasar…

Thakkolam – Chalanatheeswarar Temple

Thakkolam is located near Thiruvaalangaadu (near Kanchipuram and Arakonnam). The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saivite Saints Gnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar.   This is the 12th Lord Shiva temple in Thondai Mandalam region praised in Thevaram hymns. As divine cow Kamadenu worshipped here, prayers offered here bring 100 fold benefits to the…

Thirumaalpur – Manikandeswarar Temple

This is an ancient padal petra sthalam by Thirunavukkarasar as well as Gnanasambandar. It is a place where Lord Vishnu prayed to Lord shiva to obtain his Chakra. Since perumal also prayed to Shiva here Garudaseva is also a famous festival here. Vishnu (called Tirumal) is believed to have worshipped Shiva in this temple and hence…

Thiruvalam – Vilwanatheswarar temple

This temple is located is the town of Vellore/Katpadi with a large Nandi facing away from the shrine. This town was known as Teekaali Vallam and the waters of the Ponnai were once known for their healing powers. Tiruvallam is referred to as a Muktistalam. The Ambal shrine is said to be of great significance…

Thirukachur – Sri Kachabeswarar Temple

Tirukachur is located in Chengalpat, near Chennai. The temple is praised by saint Sundarar in his Thevaram hymns. Lord Shiva facing west is a swayambumurthy. Saint Sundarar after visiting Tirukazhu Kundram came to Tirukachur on his way to Kancheepuram.  Due to long journey, Sundarar and his team were very tired and hungry.  They stayed here…