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Monday, July 18, 2011

Sri Karaneeswarar Temple

Sri Karaneeswarar Temple is located in the Bazaar street of Karaneeswararpet and it is worshipped by Sage Vasishta. This temple belongs to 12th century. Karaneeswarar temple is at a distance of 0.5 km from the famous Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore. The temple is located at Bazaar road in the middle stretch of the popular Kutcheri road in Mylapore.
Karaneeswara temple is one of the Sapta Sthana Shiva temples in Mylapore (one of the seven sacred Shiva temples in Mylapore). As per the legend, there used to be a young Brahmin in Mylapore who used to perform poojas to Shiv Linga. Through his penance, the young Brahmin found out that Lord Shiva was the cause of creation, protection and destruction of this universe. Thereafter, the Shiv Linga (the main deity of this temple) was called as Karaneeswara. (Karaneeswara means one who has causes).

The Shivalingam here is in square shape as seen in only Thirukkadaiyur and Kalahasthi. The main deities of the temples are Karaneeswara (Shiva) and his consort Porkodi Amman. Both the deities are found in two separate shrines. The temple has a small tower and as per the tradition followed in all old South Indian temples, this temple also has bali peeth, flag staff and Nandi idol facing the main shrine. The entrance of the main shrine has the idols of Ganesha and Dhandayudhapani (Subramanya).

The belief is that a visit to this temple would cure you from all your diseases.

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