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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Apparswamigal Temple

Apparswamigal temple is a calm and peaceful temple. The temple is located opposite to Sanskrit college. In the 19th century AD, there was a saint named Appar Swamigal in Chennai. After he died in 1851, his disciple Chidambara Swamigal built a tomb (samadi) and also installed a Shiv Linga on the samadi. In 1853, the temple was built with this Shiv Linga as the main deity. This Appar Swamigal is a different saint and not Appar, the one among 63 nayanmars.
The temple has a huge open corridor with few trees which makes the environment serene. The fusion of neem and peepul tree in this temple is a rare sight. The well maintained temple has Nandi idol, flag staff and bali peeth facing the main shrine, although tower is not there.

The main deity is Viswanath in the form of a big Shiv Linga. The corridor surrounding the main shrine has the stucco images of Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Durga, Brahma and Chandikeswarar. There is a separate shrine for the Goddess of the temple, Vishalakshi.

In the open corridor, the shrine of Needi Vinayakar is found - there are three idols of Ganesha in one row. It is believed that these deities solve the legal problems. There is a shrine for Jaya Subramanya along with his consorts Valli and Devasena.

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