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SRI OONTREESWARAR TEMPLE

Poondi, Tamilnadu, India

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God

The main diety of this temple is Oontreeswarar, who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva facing East direction. Oontreeswarar is a swaymabu lingam.

Goddess

Minnoli Amman is the consort of Lord Shiva. Mother Minnoli Amman’s shrine is facing the main entrance and is built in such a way that the devotee can worship both lord and mother simultaneously. The Goddess Minnoli appears with four arms and in the standing posture in a separate shrine facing South direction.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit this temple is Winter season. The best months to visit are October to Febuary.

Weather

Highest - April to June (38°C during day and 24°C during night)Average - May (37 °C during the day and 25 °C during night)Lowest - October to February (30 °C during day and 21°C during night)Monsoon season - August to September

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • These rules are applicable for foreigners also. Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.
  • Pilgrims/visitors will not be allowed inside the temple if dress code is not followed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at temple.
  • Smo​king is strictly prohibited inside the temple premises.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
Periapalayam Bus Stand
27.5 KM 1800-419-4287
Tiruvallur Railway Station
13 KM 9445061324
Chennai International Airport
48.6 KM 044-22560551

Architecture

Lord Shiva gave Sundararamurthy Nayanar a walking stick (Oontrukol), hence the lord here is named “Oontreeswarar”. The temple has two entrances at East and South directions. The entrance has a flat entrance tower facing South direction acts as the main entrance now a days. The temple was built in Dravidian style of architecture. No main tower (Raja gopuram) but has arches on South and East sides. This temple has two corridors. A beautiful new flag post (Dwajasthambam) was also erected here during this recent consecration ceremony. The shrines of Vinayaka, Murugan, Navagraha, Chandikeswara and Durga are located around the precinct of the main shrine.

There are inscriptions from later Chola emperors like Rajaraja Chola-I (985–1014), Kulothunga Chola-I (1070–1120) and Rajendra Chola-III (1246–1279). The central shrine is approached through a Maha mandapam and Artha mandapam. There is a koneru in this temple called as theertham (Holy water), Kailaya theertham. The Panchaloha (metal) idols of somaskanda are located behind the main deity.

Religious Significance

The legend is that Saint Sundarar left Thiruvotriyur to proceed to Thiruvarur after abandoning his wife Sangili Nachiyar and breaching the promise that he had made to her. On his way to this temple, it is believed that he lost his eye sight due to his failure of keeping his promise to Sangili Naachiyar. While entering the temple, he asked the lord in annoyance whether he was inside and further argued that if the lord cannot solve his devotees problems, then what is the reason for his being there? he further pleaded to the lord to restore his vision for which Lord Shiva politely replied “yes I’m inside”, but instead of restoring his vision, he gave Sundarar a walking stick and asked him to leave. Angered and dejected Sundarar threw the stick back which hit the Nandhi’s right horn and broke it. You can see the idol of Saint Sundarar with closed eyes and a sad expression on his face and holding a stick in his left hand. The idol of Nandhi can be seen with its right horn broken. Both these idols are in front of Lord Shiva’s shrine. In Sundarar’s pathigam at this temple, it is evident that Sundarar was heartbroken when the Lord Shiva refused to restore his vision. At this place, Lord Shiva replied to Saint Sundarar by saying “Ulom Pokeer”. It is believed that this could be the reason why this place got its name “Thiru vulam-pudur”.

History

The temple was contributed by Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Government of Tamilnadu. It is said that Goddess Parvathy helped him reach Kancheepuram by providing him light by the way of flashes of lightning. Hence, she is praised here as “Minnoliyammai” (Minnal in Tamil means lightning). It is further said that Goddess Parvathy consoled Sundarar by saying that life goes in accordance with one’s good or evil deeds and assured him that he would get back his vision in the due course of time. Hence, she is also praised as “Kanivai Mozhi Nayaki” the goddess who gave assurance.

The present masonry structure was built during the 16th century. The temple was relocated here (Poondi) by the authorities in 1968. Earlier this Shiva temple was situated on the banks of river Kusashthalai in a village called Thiruvulampudur. During the year 1942, Tamilnadu Government acquired and took over many villages including Thiruvulampudur for construction of the Poondi water dam. The Government provided alternative land at Thiruvenpakkam (Poondi) for construction of a new temple in place of the old one at Thiruvalampudur. The idols of deities except the moolavar, pillars and sculptures were removed from the old temple of Thiruvulampudur and reinstated at the new location. For this new temple, the consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 5th July, 1968. It is further said that some portion of the old temple’s main tower can still be seen from the banks of the Poondi Lake. It is said that the second consecration of this temple took place in the year 2000. Recently, this temple was renovated and on 14th September, 2016 the third consecration ceremony took place. The original complex is believed to have been built by Cholas.

Local Beliefs & Local Customs

Devotees facing obstacles in marriage proposals can worship Lord Oontreeswarar and seek his blessings. Also, people with eye sight related problems can worship Goddess Minnoli Ammai for remedy & It is strange tradition in the temple that Vada Mala (a garland made of vada the popular dish of Tamilnadu) on new moon and full moon days.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 05:00 AM - 12:00 PM 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM

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Airports

Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
Lorem Ipsum 12 KM

Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
MGBS 35 KM
CBS 28 KM
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757

Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757

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