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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Parrys Sri Marahathambal Sametha Sri Mallikeswarar Temple

Mallikeswarar Temple is 700 years old. The temple is Located at the Lingi Chetty Street of Seethakathi Nagar. The temple is hardly 3 kms from the Chennai Central Railway Station.

 Once this temple was completely buried under the ground and the temple Kalasam just showed up during a digging. On further digging, the complete temple came into light and now the temple is present 2 meters below the ground level. When the temple was uncovered, fresh jasmine flowers were found on the Shivalingam and so the deity is called Mallikeswarar. Goddess is considered to bless devotees with boons.

The temple Gopuram is very artistic. Once you enter into the complex, you can find a mandapam with pillars full of small sculptures. Following the mandap, the Rajagopuram which is artistically beautiful is located.  After that, you can find a big tank along with a shrine for Lord Ganesha. There is a small shrine for Ananda Vinayaka before you enter the main shrine.

Lord Shiva in the form of Linga called as Mallikeswarar is the main deity of this temple. The beautiful idol of the main goddess of the temple Maragadambal is located in a separate shrine next to the shrine of Lord Mallikeswarar. One can find the idols of Lord Ganesha and Murugan in front of the entrance of the goddess shrine.

Around the main shrines, there is a small corridor which houses the idols of various gods and goddesses such as Vinayak, Lingam, Dakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga, and, Chandikeswarar. There are also small shrines of Viswanathar with Vishalaxi, Mahadeva, another Mahadeva, Shanmuga, Shanmuga in Utsav form, Kailasanathar, Adhipuriswarar, Saraswathi, Nalwar and Natraj along with Sivakami. There are also idols of Lakshmi and Vishnu, Ganapathi, Murugan, various nagas, and 63 nayanmars. All the Navagrahas are present with their respective vahanas. Aswametha and Neem tree are grown together as a single tree. During the first Sunday of Chithirai month, 63 Nayanmars festival is being conducted in a big way, during which many Thevara groups sing Thevarams together as in the famous Thyagaraja Aradhanai at Thiruvaiyaru.

Opposite to Mallikeswarar shrine, you can find small idols of Surya, Chandra, Sani, and Bhairav. There is a big corridor surrounding the entire temple, where you can find the shrines of Ananda Vinayaka, Bala Vinayaka, and Bala Muruga. There is a shrine for Navagraha and the highlight is that all the planets are found along with their respective vahanas, which is a rare sight.

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