2nd July 2017.
Thought of visiting new temples on Sunday the 2nd July 2017. Also so far I didn’t visited the 2nd Thevara vaipu sthalam of Chennai at Egmore ( the other one is Thiruvetteeswarar Temple at Triplicane). Appar referred Lord Shiva of this temple in his 6th Thevara Thirumurai. This temple is on the banks of Holy River Koovam. I was fortunate to attend milk abhishekam to Lord Shiva during my visit.
Iraivan : Sri Arthanareeswarar
Iraivi : Sri Tripurasundari
Some of the important features of this temple are....
The temple is facing east with out any Rajagopuram or entrance arch or even Dwajasthambam. The temple is very small and has sannadhi for Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal ( Lakshmi is on the lap of Sri Narayanar ), Ambal Tripurasundari, Bairavar, Navagrahas.
Palipedam and nandhi are in front of the sanctum . In koshtam Dhakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Siva Durgai. Arthanareeswarar statue is behind Shiva Lingam. Shiva lingam is little large by 3 feet high and 3.5 feet avudayar said to be older than 7th Century. The Koovam river runs as Uttaravahini ( flows towards North direction ). The Shiva lingam was unearthed about 200 years ago from a dry tanks bed along with Ganesha, Lakshmi Narayana Perumal by Aravamudhu Naidu and latter build a Temple. It was told that this Lakshmi Narayana Perumal might be previously at LNP ( Lakshmi Narayana Perumal ) Street where Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple now exists. Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Sannadhi is on the right side of Lord Shiva. At the sanctum entrance left side Mahaganapathy and Senthilanathan is on the right side.
As per the legend Lord Shiva was worshiped by Saptha rishis- Brigu, Athri, Bharatwaj, Kaashyapa, Viswamitra, Gautama and Vashista.Hence this place was called as Ezhor ur and was referred by Appar as Ezhu mur and latter turned to Ezhumbur ( Egmore – British Period ).( Ref The Gods of Holy Koovam by Mrs Priya Baskaran )
The temple had lot of properties and all were encroached and now stands squeezed between flats and residential buildings.
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 Hrs to 11.00 hrs and 17.30 Hrs to 20.30 hrs.
The mobile number 9791055080 may be contacted if not MadhanSivan gurukkal may be contacted on his mobile 9940166691.
HOW TO REACH:
This temple is on the Aaramudhan Street, off Poonamallee High Road next to Hotel Sudha ( formerly known as Dashaprakash )
Adjacent street to Sivakasi Hindu nadar Higher Secondary School.
Just 1 KM from Egmore Railway Station.
Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Sannadhi
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---