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Mangadu is about 6.5 Kms from Porur Junction towards Poonamalee. Mangadu is the site for three temples; the famous Kamakshi Amman Temple, Velleeswarar Temple and the Vaikunta Perumal Temple. This whole area was once a mangrove and hence it is called Mangadu; Manga is mango and kadu is forest.

Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

Kamakshi Amman Temple. Mangadu

Kamakshi Amman Temple. Mangadu

 

Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

The Velleeswarar Temple is one of the Navagraha Temples around Porur. This is a Sukran Pariharam Sthalam. As with all temples, there are a few interesting legends associated with this temple too. Velleeswarar temple and the Kamakshi amman temple together are supposed to be one temple. Hence there is no shrine for Ambigai at the Velleeswarar temple and there is no Shiva Lingam at the Kamakshi Amman temple. Velleeswarar temple is just about half a kilometre from the Kamakshi Amman temple. Vaikunth Perumal temple is stones throw from the Kamakshi Amman temple. All the three temples have a common legend.

Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Mangadu

Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Mangadu

Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Mangadu

Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Mangadu

Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Mangadu

Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Mangadu

The legend goes thus; Goddess Parvathi was in a playful mood and she closed Lord Shiva’s eyes. Suryan and Chandran are the Lord’s two eyes. Since these two were closed the whole world plunged into darkness. This angered Lord Shiva and He cursed Goddess Parvati to be born in the Earth. He also said that He would come there and marry Her. Accordingly, the Goddess was born in Mangadu as Kamakshi. She performed penance here on fire.

Sthala Puranam, Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

Sthala Puranam, Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

Sthala Puranam, Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

Sthala Puranam, Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

Temple History, Kamakshi Amman Temple. Mangadu

Temple History, Kamakshi Amman Temple. Mangadu

Sthala Puranam, Kamakshi Amman Temple. Mangadu

Sthala Puranam, Kamakshi Amman Temple. Mangadu

Around the same time, Sukracharya the Guru of the Auras was also performing pooja to regain his eyesight (The story about this follows later). Lord Shiva gave preference to His devotees first and hence went to the puja being performed by Sukracharya. He also asked Kamakshi to go to Kanchipuram where He said he would come and marry Her. She is supposed to have had a darshan of Lord Shiva before She went to Kanchipuram. There is a Kamakshi Paadham at Velleeshwarar temple from where She had Her darshan.

Kamakshi Paadham. Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

Kamakshi Paadham. Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

Image of Vishnu in the main Vimanam. Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu.

Image of Vishnu in the main Vimanam. Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu.

 

Image of Perumal in the main Vimanam. Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu.

Image of Perumal in the main Vimanam. Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu.

 

She and Lord Shiva were married at Kanchipuram on Panguni Uthiram day. Vaikunta Perumal is supposed to have done the kanyadhan.

The Goddess can be seen at Mangadu temple as Tapas Kamakshi who is standing on Her left leg with Her right leg raised to Her left thigh. She is seen standing on fire. She is seen holding a jabamala above Her head in Her right hand.

10 23 Sri Chakram

In Her hurry to go to Kanchipuram, the Goddess left without putting out the fire. This made the whole area very hot and the people and all life forms were affected. Adhi Sankara who visited this village during the course of a journey installed Sri Ardhameru Sri Chakram. This brought relief to the humans and other living beings in the proximity. The lowest part of the Sri Chakra is in the form of a tortoise. This was made out of Ashta Kantham and hence no abhishegam is performed. Instead, application of sandal and punugu is done. Ashishegam is done only to the Kamakshi made of Panchaloha or five metals. This idol was installed by Sankaracharya.

Now, let us come back to the story of Sukracharya. When Lord Vishnu asked Bali for 3 steps of land in Vamana Avataram, Sukracharya tried to dissuade Bali from granting the boon. He took the form of a bee and blocked the mouth of the Kamandalam (a type of Jar, usually carried by rishis) from which Bali would pour water to signify the grant of the boon. Vishnu used a dharba to clear the blockage in the Kamandalam and in the process blinded Sukracharya in one eye. Vamana then took the Vishwaroopam and covered the whole universe in two steps. The 3rd step was placed on Bali. Sukracharya prayed to Lord Shiva in various temples to get back his eyesight and this is one of them. It is believed that praying at the Velleeswarar temple here will cure one of eye related ailments.

Sloka for Left eye. Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

Sloka for Left eye. Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu

Sloka for right eye. Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu.

Sloka for right eye. Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu.

Gangadhareswarar. Velleeswarar Temple Mangadu

Gangadhareswarar. Velleeswarar Temple Mangadu

Nandhavanam. Velleeswarar Kovil. Mangadu

Nandhavanam. Velleeswarar Kovil. Mangadu

Since Goddess Kamakshi performed penance here before getting married to Lord Shiva, it is a belief that hurdles in marriage will be eliminated by praying to Mangadu Kamakshi. Devotees must come to the Kamakshi temple here for seven consecutive weeks. They can start it on any day of the week. However, they must come on the same day of the week for the remaining six weeks too. It is said that those seeking employment should worship at the Kamkshi temple here for six consecutive Tuesdays. Childless couple are blessed with progeny upon praying at the Kamakshi temple here for seven consecutive Fridays. The childless couple also tie a toy cradle with baby opposite to the Sanctum Sanctorum. This is usually done on the first and last Fridays. People undertaking this seven week prayer procedure must inform the priest about their intention in the first week. You will be taking with you a set of things required for the puja. This set should be available at the shops outside the temple. The priest will give you one lemon from the two in the puja set. This lemon has to be kept in the puja at your home and to be brought back the subsequent week along with two more fresh lemons. You will be given one fresh lemon by the priest every week and remember to take that back to the temple the subsequent week. You will not be given a lemon by the priest only in the last week.

Temple Location:

Mangadu temple is located approximately 6.5 Kms from Porur Junction. These are the bus routes for reaching Mangadu.

 

Route From To
154 T.Nagar Pattur
17B Broadway Mangadu
17B Cut Koymabedu Market Mangadu
53E Broadway Mangadu
53P Broadway Pattur
54M High Court Mangadu
54P T.Nagar Poonamallee
66 Tambaram Poonamallee
M49B T.Nagar Poonamallee
M53E Broadway Mangadu
M66 Tambaram Poonamallee
266 Dlx Avadi Tambaram
566A Dlx Tambaram Thiruvallur
578 Dlx Kundrathur B.S Sriperumpudur
PP66 Dlx Vandaloor Zoo Poonamallee

 

Temple timings:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays : 6 AM – 1.30 PM
3 PM – 9.30 PM
Sunday, Tuesday and Fridays : 5 AM – 10 PM (Without Break)

Abisheka Time
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 11 AM – 12.45 PM

Temple address:
Mangadu Sri Kamakshi Amman & Sri Vaigunda Perumal Vagayara Devasthanam
Mangadu,
Chennai – 600 122
Telephone: 91 44 26790053 / 26791883
E-mail:srikamakshimangadu@gmail.com

Temple Website: http://mangadukamakshi.com/

Sundareswarar Temple, Kovur is one of the Navagraha temples in Chennai. It is the temple dedicated to Budhan. This temple dating back to the 7th century AD was built by Kulathunga Cholan. The 7 tiered Rajagopuram of this temple faces South. The Presiding Deity Sundareswarar and His Consort Sowndarambika also go by the names Thirumayileeswarar and Thiruvudainayaki respectively.

Sundareswarar Temple, Kovur

Sundareswarar Temple, Kovur

The Legend goes that Goddess Kamakshi was in penance at neighbouring Mangadu to win the hand of the Lord in marriage. The intensity of the penance was such that it radiated lot of heat. This heat was too much for the people and the live stock of the neighbouring villages. At the same time Lord Shiva was also in penance and hence did not respond to Goddess Kamakshi’s prayers. The sages and the Devas approached Mahavishnu and sought help in getting relief. Mahavishnu directed His Consort Mahalakshmi to do the needful and save the people. Accordingly, Mahalakshmi was born as a cow and worshiped Lord Shiva here. Soon Lord Shiva opened His eyes and the whole place started cooling down. Thus the people were saved from the heat generated by the penance of Goddess Kamakshi. This place was called Gopuri because Mahalakshi had taken the form of a cow here. Gopuri, however, over a period of time has now become Kovur.

Sundareswarar Temple, Kovur

Sundareswarar Temple, Kovur

Veerabadhrar, Lord Murugan with His Consorts Valli & Devasena and Navagraham are some of the other sannadhis in this temple. Aruipathimoovar or the 63 Naayanmaars (Shivite saints) are also present in this temple.

Sundareswarar Temple, Kovur

Sundareswarar Temple, Kovur

 

Sundareswarar Temple, Kovur

Sundareswarar Temple, Kovur

Saint Thyagaraja, the great music composer and poet was once passing through this village while on his way to Tirupati. He was attacked by a few dacoits. He got down from his palanquin and told the dacoits that he was not a rich man and they would not get anything from him. The dacoits asked Saint Thyagaraja about the identity of the two young men who threw stones at them. Saint Thyagaraja said that he was the only one traveling by the Palanquin. The dacoits insisted that they saw two young men. The saint immediately realised that it must have been Lord Rama and Lakshmana. He realised that this place had some divinity to it and visited the temple. During this visit he wrote and composed five songs in praise of Lord Sundareswarar. The Kovur Pancharatnams are “Ee Vasudha” (Sahana), “Kori Sevimpa” (Karaharapriya), “Sambo Mahadeva” (Pantuvarali), “Nammi Vachina” (Kalyani) and “Sundareswarun” (Sankarabharanam).

The Sthala Vruksham at this temple is Mahavlvam. Each stalk of this Mahavilvam tree has 27 leaves. The vimanam of the Sanctum Sanctorum is Gajaprushta Vimanam like the one at Madambakkam Dhenupureeswarar koil, Somanatheeswarar Temple at Somangalam or the Ramanatheeswarar temple at Porur.

The worship benefits at this temple includes alleviation of the malefic effects of an unfavourably placed Budhan in ones horoscope, childless are blessed with progeny, the hurdles in getting married are cleared, good agricultural yield and career growth. Budhan bestows wealth and wisdom on his devotees. Students who are weak in studies can pray here and reap the benefit. Businessmen can pray here to improve their business.

Location: Kovur is on the Porur Kundrathur road. It is just about 4.5 kms from the Porur junction. Here is the link giving the details of MTC buses connectivity to Kovur.

Other Temples nearby:

The navagraha temples of Chennai are in fact around Porur and are at a radius of about 10 kms from Porur.

  1. Suryan Sthalam – Agastheeswarar Kovil, Kolapakkam
  2. Chandran Sthalam – Somanatheswarar Temple, Somangalam
  3. Chevvai Sthalam or Angakaran Sthalam – Vaitheeswaran Kovil, Poonamalee
  4. Budhan Sthalam – Sundareswarar Kovil, Kovur
  5. Guru Sthalam – Ramanatheeswarar Koil, Porur
  6. Sukran Sthalam – Valleeswarar Kovil, Mangadu
  7. Saneeswaran Sthalam – Agastheeswarar Kovil, Pozhichalur
  8. Rahu Sthalam –  Nageswarar Temple, Kunrathur
  9. Kethu Sthalam – Neelakanteswarar Kovil, Gerugambakkam

There are also alternate temples for some of the navagrahas. See my post on Kolapakkam to view the list.

Temple Timings: 7.00 AM – 12.00 Noon & 4.00 PM – 8.00 PM. 

Temple address:

Arulmigu Soundarambiga Sametha Sundareswarar Alayam

Kovur

Chennai 602101

 Phone: 044-24780124

About a month back I visited a couple of temples on the outskirts of Chennai, Gnayiru Gramam and an hitherto unknown temple near Poondi.  Pushparatheswarar Temple at Gnayiru Gramam is one of the Navagraha temples around Chennai dedicated to Suryan.  The village itself gets its name from Suryan or Sun God, Gnayiru in Tamil means Sun.

Temple Gopuram

Temple Gopuram

I had first visited this temple about 8 years back and it was a balalayam.  It was unknown too. During that visit I had waited for an hour for the temple priest to come after finishing the rituals at another temple in a neighbouring village.  Today, the temple is getting popular.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the temple has been renovated thanks to the efforts of the local villagers and few other devotees.  It is very well maintained too.  I would say that it is one of the better maintained temples that I have visited.  Work on the temple pond is still on and hopefully it should be ready in about 6 months.  I also found a rare tree here, in fact, the first time I have seen this tree.  Thiruvodu (begging bowl of the sanyasis) is a half of the outer shell of the fruit of these trees.  It is also used by them to drink or eat food from and is believed to prevent viral infections.

Thiruvodu Tree

Thiruvodu Tree

Thiruvodu Tree

Thiruvodu Tree

Thee are a few interesting legends behind this temple.  A Chola King was returning after successfully waging a war on a kingdom in Andhra Pradesh.  He camped at Cholavaram.  He was a staunch Shiva devotee and went in search of lotus to perform his daily pooja.  During his search he saw a pond full of lotuses.  One of the flowers was taller, bigger and more beautiful than the rest.  The King wanted this flower for the pooja and tried to reach the flower.  As the King neared the flower it moved away and was elusive.  After several futile attempts, the King was very angry and threw his sword at the flower.  The sword broke into pieces.  One of the pieces fell on a Lingam which was in the pond.  The pond turned red in no time because of the blood that was oozing from the Lingam.  This scar can still be seen on this Shiva Lingam.  The King fainted there. His horse fled from the scene before fainting.  Lord Shiva then appeared before the King and blessed him.  The King apologized to the Lord.  Lord Shiva asked the King to build a temple for the Lingam that was found in the pond.  The Shiva Lingam is a Swayambhu (self-manifested).  Here, Lord Shiva is known as Pushparatheswarar.  His consort here is Swarnabigai.  The God is also known as Poothereeswarar.  Both the names convey the same meaning; Poo or Pushpam means flower and ratham or ther means chariot.  Since the Lingam was found in Lotus, He got this name. Lotus is the flower that is offered to the God here.

Gnayiru Gramam, Praharam

Gnayiru Gramam, Praharam

Landscaped Praharam

Beautifully Landscaped Praharam

Here is the story on why this place got the name Gnayiru Gramam.  A Chola King was on a Pilgrimage to Kasi and was passing through this village.  He saw the beautiful lotus in the pond and as he tried to pluck the same he was blinded.  He prayed to the Lord that he would build a temple here on his way back from Kasi.  Immediately, his eyesight was restored in one eye. As promised he came to the village on his way back.  Lord Shiva appeared to the King and shone brightly on the lotus as Suryan.  The King then built a temple as instructed by the Lord and got back his eyesight in the other eye as well.  Since then, this place is known as Gnayiru Gramam and came to be known as a Surya Sthalam.  People come here to get themselves cured of eye related ailments.

Temple Tank

Temple Tank

The ancient temple here had shrines for Pushparatheswarar and His Consort Swarnambigai apart from shrines for Karaneeswarar, Kapaleeswarar, Jambukeswarar and Hiranyeswarar.  Inscriptions here suggest that some additions were also made by the Pandyas and Vijayanagar Kings.

In my earlier post on Suryanar Koil near Aduthurai, I had narrated the story behind the Navagrahas being cursed by Lord Brahma, as a result of which Suryan was afflicted with leprosy.  Suryan, during his pilgrimage to get absolved of the curse also visited this village.  He saw a pond filled with lotuses and was enamoured by its beauty.  Some of the lotuses even had a thousand petals.  Surya decided to stay here and offer His prayers to Lord Shiva.  As time passed, one fine day Lord Shiva was pleased with Suryan’s devotion and appeared as a Lingam in one of the lotuses and blessed Suryan.  A grateful Suryan built a temple for Him here.  Since Lord Shiva appeared from a lotus or a flower, He is known as Pushparatheswarar. Lord Shiva also gave Suryan an Akshaya pathram (a bowl which is always full).  Suryan blesses His devotees who pray to Him here with prosperity, good health and happiness.

Dhwaja Sthambam

Dhwaja Sthambam

Sage Agasthiyar, the author of Ādityahṛdayam is believed to have stayed here and worshipped Lord Shiva. Ādityahṛdayam is a sloka recited by Agasthiyar to Lord Rama in the battlefield before the fight with Ravana. The sage teaches Lord Rama the procedure of worshipping Suryan for strength and to gain victory over the enemy. Recting this sloka of about 30 verses everyday is said to be highly beneficial.  Here is a nice link explaining everything about Ādityahṛdayam.

Surya Moola Mantram: Aum hram hrim hraum sah suryaya namah.

Surya Gayathri: om ashwadhwajaaya vidmahae padma hasthaaya dheemahi tanno surya: prachodayaath

The navagraha temples around Chennai are as follows.

  1. Suryan Sthalam – Gnayiru Gramam, Surya Sthalam & Agastheeswarar Kovil, Kolapakkam
  2. Chandran Sthalam – Somanatheswarar Temple, Somangalam
  3. Chevvai Sthalam or Angakaran Sthalam – Vaitheeswaran Kovil, Poonamalee
  4. Budhan Sthalam – Sundareswarar Kovil, Kovur & Karaneeswarar Koil, Saidapet
  5. Guru Sthalam – Ramanatheeswarar Koil, Porur & Thiruvaleeswarar Koil, Padi
  6. Sukran Sthalam – Valleeswarar Kovil, Mylapore, Valleeswarar Kovil, Mangadu
  7. Saneeswaran Sthalam – Agastheeswarar Kovil, Pozhichalur
  8. Rahu Sthalam –  Nageswarar Temple, Kunrathur
  9. Kethu Sthalam – Neelakanteswarar Kovil, Gerugambakkam

Location:


Gnayiru Gramam is located at a distance of about 10 Kms from Red Hills (Chenkundram).  There are buses available from Red Hills to Gnayiru Gramam.  Route numbers T 57, 58 A and 58 G ply from High Court to Gnayiru Gramam.

Click here for the map

Travel Base: Chennai.

Temple Timings: 7 AM to 12 Noon & 4 PM to 8 PM (3 PM to 8 PM on Sundays)

Temple Address:

Pushparatheswarar Temple

Gnayiru Gramam

Via Cholavaram

Chennai 600 067

Phone: 044- 29021016, Mobile: +91- 99620-34729.

PS:  After worshipping at this temple, we proceeded towards Poondi to visit Shree Agneeswarar Temple at Neyveli (near Thiruvallur).  The story behind its discovery and the subsequent events are quite interesting.  I came to know about this temple through Raju’s blog.

Here are a couple of photos of this temple from that visit.

Location of this temple – view Map

Shiva Lingam covered by Cement bags

Shiva Lingam covered by Cement bags

Temple under Construction

Temple under Construction