26 August 2010

Temples of Chennai - Mallikeswarar Temple, Chennai

Mallikeswarar Temple is located at the Lingi Chetty Street of George Town area. 

Located at the heart of  Seethakathi Nagar, the temple is 700 years old. 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 and attracts foreigners. All the Navagrahs 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.

A temple not to be missed while in Chennai and the George Town area.  

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