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Monday, July 18, 2011

Sri Theerthapaleeswarar Temple

Sri Theerthapaleeswarar Temple is located in the Dr.Natesan street of Krishnapet, Triplicane Mirsahib market area opposite to mosque. It is said that the Sage Adri  Worshipped this temple. Theerthapaleeswarar temple is the second Saptha Sthana Shiva temples of Mylapore in Chennai (seven great temples of Mylapore).
Even though this ancient temple is considered as one of the important temples of historically rich Mylapore area, the temple falls under current Triplicane area in Chennai. The current temple is around 500 years old. However, as per the legend, the temple was worshipped by sages Agasthya and Athri. The main deity of the temple is Theerthapaleeswarar (Lord Shiva). The temple is very small and you cannot find any other deities apart from Shiva in this temple. The temple has significance that when the seven deities of the Sapthasthana temples take bath in the sea during the Theerthavari festival in the tamil month of Masi, this deity takes the first place.

By looking at the current state of the temple, anyone hardly would believe that this temple had very significant importance in the past.

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