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Monday, July 2, 2012

Gnayiru Eswaran temple

Gnayiru Eswaran temple is one of the oldest siva temple. The history of this temple is that due to curse sun god asked to worship lord siva in this temple and lord sun started to worship lord siva 1st tamil month chitrai(Starts from April 14th) behind this temple 
 There was small pond the water in this pond is said to be having medicinal power which will cure skin and eye related diseses.This temple is 16 km away from madhavaram bridge. frequent bus service are available from redhills and parrys to gnayiru. it was one of the beautiful temple situated in sub urban of chennai the temple was surrounded by paddy field.
About the Temple
Pushparatheswarar Temple at Gnayiru Gramam is one of the Navagraha temples around Chennai dedicated to Suryan.  The village itself gets its name from Suryan or Sun God, Gnayiru in Tamil means Sun.
Temple Gopuram
The temple has been renovated by local villagers and few other devotees.  It is very well maintained too. Work on the temple pond is still on.
Temple Pond
There is a rare tree here. Thiruvodu (begging bowl of the sanyasis) is a half of the outer shell of the fruit of these trees.  It is also used by them to drink or eat food from and is believed to prevent viral infections.
Thiruvodu Tree
Thee are a few interesting legends behind this temple.  A Chola King was returning after successfully waging a war on a kingdom in Andhra Pradesh.  He camped at Cholavaram.  He was a staunch Shiva devotee and went in search of lotus to perform his daily pooja.  During his search he saw a pond full of lotuses.  
One of the flowers was taller, bigger and more beautiful than the rest.  The King wanted this flower for the pooja and tried to reach the flower.  As the King neared the flower it moved away and was elusive.  After several futile attempts, the King was very angry and threw his sword at the flower.  
The sword broke into pieces.  One of the pieces fell on a Lingam which was in the pond.  The pond turned red in no time because of the blood that was oozing from the Lingam.  This scar can still be seen on this Shiva Lingam.  The King fainted there. His horse fled from the scene before fainting.  Lord Shiva then appeared before the King and blessed him.  The King apologized to the Lord.  
Lord Shiva asked the King to build a temple for the Lingam that was found in the pond.  The Shiva Lingam is a Swayambhu (self-manifested).  Here, Lord Shiva is known as Pushparatheswarar.  His consort here is Swarnabigai.  The God is also known as Poothereeswarar.  Both the names convey the same meaning; Poo or Pushpam means flower and ratham or ther means chariot.  
Since the Lingam was found in Lotus, He got this name. Lotus is the flower that is offered to the God here.
Sage Agasthiyar, the author of Ādityahṛdayam is believed to have stayed here and worshipped Lord Shiva. Ādityahṛdayam is a sloka recited by Agasthiyar to Lord Rama in the battlefield before the fight with Ravana. The sage teaches Lord Rama the procedure of worshipping Suryan for strength and to gain victory over the enemy. Recting this sloka of about 30 verses everyday is said to be highly beneficial.  Here is a nice link explaining everything about Ādityahṛdayam.
Surya Moola Mantram: Aum hram hrim hraum sah suryaya namah.

Surya Gayathri: om ashwadhwajaaya vidmahae padma hasthaaya dheemahi tanno surya: prachodayaath
The navagraha temples around Chennai are as follows.
    Suryan Sthalam – Gnayiru Gramam, Surya Sthalam & Agastheeswarar Kovil, Kolapakkam
    Chandran Sthalam – Somanatheswarar Temple, Somangalam
    Chevvai Sthalam or Angakaran Sthalam – Vaitheeswaran Kovil, Poonamalee
    Budhan Sthalam – Sundareswarar Kovil, Kovur & Karaneeswarar Koil, Saidapet
    Guru Sthalam – Ramanatheeswarar Koil, Porur & Thiruvaleeswarar Koil, Padi
    Sukran Sthalam – Valleeswarar Kovil, Mylapore, Valleeswarar Kovil, Mangadu
    Saneeswaran Sthalam – Agastheeswarar Kovil, Pozhichalur
    Rahu Sthalam –  Nageswarar Temple, Kunrathur
    Kethu Sthalam – Neelakanteswarar Kovil, Gerugambakkam
Address:
Pushparatheswarar Temple
Gnayiru Gramam
Via Cholavaram
Chennai 600 067
Phone: 044 - 29021016

Temple Timings: 7 AM to 12 Noon & 4 PM to 8 PM (3 PM to 8 PM on Sundays)

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