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Monday, March 26, 2012

Kurungaleeswarar Temple

Koyambedu is famous not only for market and bus terminus, but it has two ancient temples belonging to 12th century AD.
Kurungaleeswarar Temple is one of the twin temples of Koyambedu. The main deity of the temple is Kurungaleeswarar (Lord Shiva). As per the legend, Lord Rama's sons Kush and Luv worshipped Kurungaleeswarar. This place was named as Kusha Luva Puri which later got corrupted to Koyambedu.
It is also believed that the sage Valmiki lived here and he brought up Luv and Kush along with their mother Sita when she was exciled to the forest by Rama.
The temple also has shrines to Dakshinamurthy, Brahma, Chandikeshwarar, Vishnu Durga, Sastha, Vinayak, Subramanya and Nalvar. Dharmasamvardhini is the goddess whose left foot is projected forward. It is believed that a demon lived in this area and the goddess put her left foot forward before leaving her abode to kill him.
There is also a shrine available for Navagraha.

The temple is believed to be built by Kulothunga Cholan III during 12th century AD.The pillars of Kurungaleeswarar temple are artistic and has beautiful sculptures.
Sarbeswarar sculpture in a pillar has become very popular in the recent years and it attracts hundreds of people to this temple.

The temple is located very near to the Koyambedu bus stand and you can reach this place very well either in auto/taxi or by public transport.
Address :
Sri Kurungaleeswarar Temple,
Koyambedu,
Chennai
Phone : 044 - 2479 6237
Timing : The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m

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