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Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur is one of the many ancient temples of Chennai. The 1 ½ ft tall Shiva Lingam here is a self manifested one or a Swayambhu.

Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

Marundheeswarar is facing West. His Consort Thirupurasundari is present in a separate mandapam and is facing South. The shrines of Lord Vinayaka and Lord Muruga are facing East. Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur is one of the 275 padal petra sthalangal. Appar and Thirugnana Sambandar have sung hyms in praise of Lord Marundeeswarar, confirming its existence during their time. Thus the temple is at least 1200 years old. Arunagirinathar has stayed at this temple and has sung eulogising Subramanya here. Stone inscriptions belonging to the 11th century AD are seen in this temple.

Marundeeswarar Temple, TiruvanmiyurMarundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

Lord Brahma, Lord Hanuman, Sage Markandeyar, Sage Valmiki, Sage Agasthya, Suriyan, Chandran and Indiran are all believed to have worshiped the Lord at this temple.

One of the legends of Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur is connected to Sage Agasthya ending demon Vatapi’s life. Two demons Vatapi and Ilvala were brothers. They would slay all Sadhus by employing a peculiar ruse. The elder brother Ilvala would turn Vatapi into a goat and serve its meat to the visitor. Once someone ate the meat, Ilvala would yell out the name of Vatapi. Now, Ilvala knew a divine mantra to bring back someone to life from dead. Vatapi would then come out by tearing open the stomach of the person and as a consequence killing him. Their ploy yielded results until Sage Agasthya was once lured by the brothers to have a meal. However, Agasthya digested Vatapi before Ilvala called for him. Sage Agasthya is said to have developed severe stomach pain and was cured of the pain at this temple. Agasthya wanted to have comprehensive information of the variety of diseases that trouble human beings and their cure. Lord Shiva passed on the knowledge of the herbs and their curative powers to Sage Agasthya and hence the deity came to be known as Marundeeswarar or Aushadeeswarar. Marundu or Aushadam in Tamil means medicine. The devotees firmly believe that the abhishegam milk given by the priest after at Marundeeswarar Sannadhi has the power to cure any disease.

Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

Once Sage Vashishta was in a state of Penance, Indira sent the Celestial Cow, Kamadhenu the divine cow to be with the sage and take care of his needs.  On one occasion, the cow was late to dispense the milk for puja.  The annoyed sage cursed it to turn into a normal cow losing its celestial standing.  He also recommended Kamadhenu to go to this temple and worship Lord Shiva beneath the Vanni tree to get back its holiness.  Kamadhenu bathed the Lord with her milk and her celestial stature was restored. She is supposed to be delivering milk to the lingam every day and the lingam is therefore white in colour. Because of the white colour, He is also known as Paalvannanathar – Paal meaning milk and Vannam meaning colour. The Lord here is also known as Vedapureeswarar. The Goddess is known as Chokkanayaki and Sundaranayaki apart from Thirupurasundari.

Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

The Mahamandapam that houses the Presiding Deity has 108 lingams. There are also replicas of  the Panchabootha Lingams. This mahamandapam also has the statues of the 63 nayanmars or the 63 of the most revered Shivaite Saints.

Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

There is Mummudi Vinayagar Sannadhi just opposite to the Mahamandapam, where three Vinayagars are present side by side. In some temples rettai vinayagar or two Vinayagars side by side can be seen. This is even rarer. This type of Vinayagar can be seen in Periyakalanthai Atheeswarar Temple, near Kinathukadavu in Coimbatore District and Tharamangalam Kailasanathar Temple near Salem. The three Vinayagars represent the past, present and future. There is a belief that praying to Mummudi Vinayagar will absolve one of all sins committed. He also bestows happiness and well being in the present and in the future.


Mummudi Vinayakar

Mummudi Vinayakar

There are no Nvagrahas in this temple. This indicates that the temple is very ancient.

Theppa Kulam, Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

The Sthala Vruksham is Vanni maram and the holy theerthams are Jenmanasini, Kamanasini, Pavanasini, Gnanadhayini and Motchadhayini.

Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur

Temple Location:

The temple is located on the ECR in Chennai. It is five minutes walk from the Tiruvanmiyur Bus Terminus. All buses plying on ECR stop very close to the temple. This temple is well connected with all parts of the city.

Temple Timings: 6 AM to 12 Noon & 4 PM to 9 PM

Other temples nearby:

Ashtalakshmi Temple, Besant Nagar

Madhya Kailash, Adyar

Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore

Ananthapadmanabaswamy Temple, Adyar

Karaneeswarar Temple, Saidapet

Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur Address:

The Executive Officer,

Arulmigu Marundeeswarar Temple, Tiruvanmiyur,


Temple Phone:

044-24410477. 044-24422688


Vanchinathaswamy Temple, SriVanchiyam

Vanchinathaswamy Temple, SriVanchiyam

Srivanchiyam is the last temple we visited on 1st January 2010.  Srivanchiyam, is a small Village in Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu, between Mudikondan and Puttar rivers.  The presiding deity here is Vanchinathan and His consort is Mangalambika. The Shivalingam is a Swayambhu (self manifested) and faces both West and East; hence puja is performed here in both the directions. There are two Nandhis in this temple, one on the East and one on the West. This lingam is supposed to have existed even before the pralaya (the Great Deluge) and was facing west when Suryan worshiped him. The Shivalingam here is considered to be the oldest among the 64 swayambhu lingams in the world.  Sandalwood is the sthala vriksham here and sandal leaves are used to perform the puja to the Lord. Usually vilva leaves are used in puja for Shiva.  Brahmandam, Skandam, Samboban and Agneya Puranas talk about this sacred place.


Nandi facing East in the Outermost Praharam behind Vanchinathaswamy's Shrine.

There is a separate shrine here for Yama Dharmaraja. He is given preference in daily worship. Legend has it that, Yama Dharmaraja was very worried and felt overwhelmed with all the sins accumulated in the course of performing his duty. He wanted a solution for this.  As per the advice of Brahma, Yama went to a place by the banks of the Cauvery, where he could find Gandharanyam (Sandal Forest), and propiate to Lord Shiva.  Lord Shiva was pleased with his devotion and instucted Yama to have a temple built Him at here.  He also wanted Yam to be His vehicle. Accordingly, Yama stayed at this temple which he built at SriVanchiyam. The Lord also granted Yama’s wish for a shrine for himself at SriVanchiyam. Usually, Vinayakar is the first deity to be worshiped in all Shiva temples, but here at Srivanchiyam, Yama is worshiped even before prayers are offered to Vinayakar.  The Sannidhi to Lord Yama is in the first Praharam (circumambulatory path). On entering the temple, the temple tank called the Gupta Ganga Temple Tank is situated on the right hand side. Yama’s Shrine can be found on your left hand side. This small shrine faces south.  Kubera can be seen standing next to Yama at this shrine.  Those who pray here are considered to be free from the sufferings preceding their death.

This is a Mukthikshetram (where you attain salvation). The holy tank (theertham) here is Gupta Ganga. Ganges was once very worried that people were taking bath in the Ganges to get rid of their sins and she was accumulating all their sins. She is supposed to have taken bath here at the Gupta Ganga as advised by Shiva to purify herself. A dip in the tank supposedly absolves you of all the sins and there is no rebirth.


Gupta Gangai, SriVanchiyam

Gupta Gangai, Sacred water that is holier than The Ganges

Tharpanam on the banks of Gupta Gangai

This photo is a late addition to the post. My friend Bharath performing tharpanam at Gupta Gangai.


Niches for Vinayaka and Bala Murugan can be found at the entrance to the inner praharam (circumambulatory path). In the inner praharam is the shrine for Goddess Sughandha Kundalaambigai. There is Vennai Pillayar in a pillar in the first praharam (circumambulatory path). People smear butter on His stomach to get cured of their stomach ailments.

Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu are believed to have prayed the Lord here to get united. Bhairavar is in a separate shrine in the inner praharam (circumambulatory path). He is in Yoga posture without his vahanam (Vehicle) – the dog. Pujas are performed to the Yoga Bhairavar using Vanni leaves.  Consumption of the powder made from the vanni leaves used in the puja is believed to cure all nervous ailments. One can to get rid of all evils directed towards them if they perform puja to Yoga Bhairavar.  The prayers of the childless are answered after they perform puja for 6 consecutive Krishnapaksha ashtami days (eighth day of the waning Moon).  One can succeed in all his endeavours and business if he makes an offering of Curd Rice, Coconut rice and Honey on Amavasya days (New Moon days). This is also parihara sthalam (place for remedial worship) for the malefic effects of Rahu & Kethu. Rahu and Ketu appear in the same niche here. This is next to Yoga Bhairavar.  Rahu Kala Puja on Sundays with offerings of vada made of lentils and ghee is believed to remove the obstacles in getting married. Like in Thirunageswaram, milk turns blue in colour during the rahukala abhishegam (ablution during rahukalam).

Opposite Yoga Bhairavar is the shrine for Mahishasuramardhini. Mahishasuramardhini here gets rid of all evil. Since this is a very ancient temple and has been in existence before the advent of Navagraha worship, there is no shrine for the Navagrahas here. However, Saneeswarar has a separate niche. Goddess Mahalakshmi has a separate shrine and her elephant has four tusks. I wonder if this was an ancient cousin of the present day elephant.

In almost all temples, if there is an unfortunate event like a death, the pujas are not conducted.  At SriVanchiyam it has no bearing on the conduct of daily pujas and rituals, they continue.

Shashtiabthipurthi & Sadhabhishekam can be celebrated either at Srivanchiyam where the temple is specifically meant for the safety of soul or at Thirukadaiyur where the temple is specially built for the safety of body.

Performing tharpanam (ritual to pay tribute to ones ancestors) on Amavasya (New Moon day) here is considered very special. Srivanchiyam is one of the 7 pithru kadan nivarthi (absolution of ancestral debts) sthalams.  The other six are Kasi, Rameswaram, Thiruvenkadu, Gaya, Thiriveni Sangamam & Thilatharpanapuri. Some consider Srivanchiyam to be holier than even Kasi.


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Srivanchiyam is 25 kms from Kumbakonam and one km from Achuthamangalam on the Kumbakonam Nagapattinam route. It is 16kms from Tiruvarur on Tiruvarur Nannilam route.

Other Temples Nearby:






Boarding & Lodging:

There is a Brahmin household in the Sannidhi Street that runs a mess.  There is also a kalyana mandapam where you can stay.  If you prefer a more comfortable accommodation, Tiruvarur is the nearest town.

The temple timings are 6.00 Am to 12.00 Noon & 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM

Temple Address

Arulmigu Sri Vanchinathaswamy Kovil
Sri Vanchiyam 610110
Nannilam Taluk
Tiruvarur District

Temple Phone number is 04366-228305

Sri Raja Raja Gurukal’s phone numbers: 91-94424-03926, 91-9788-75933, 04366-354108

Vegetarian Mess

Sri Mangalambiga Vilas

No, 2 -17 Sannadhi Street

Sri Vanchiyam