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SRI SIVANANDESWARAR TEMPLE

Thirukkandalam, Tamilnadu, India

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God

The main diety of this temple is Sri Shivanandheswarar, who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva facing East direction and is a small Austere Shivalingam. Shivalingam with a square Avudayar. Lord Shiva here is a Swayambhumurthy.

Goddess

Anandavalli is other deity here consort of Lord Shiva is facing East direction.

Interesting Facts

  • The unique feature of this temple is that the idol of Dakshinamurthy here is in the form of Shakti Dakshinamurthy.

Best Season To Visit

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

Weather

Highest - April to June ( 39°C during day and 25°C during night)Average - May (37 °C during the day and 20 °C during night)Lowest - October to February ( 28 °C during day and 17 °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
10.6 KM 1800-4194287
Avadi Railway Station
16.3 KM 139
Chennai International Airport
38.6 KM 044-22560551

Architecture

Shiva was in the midst of kalli trees and so the name of the place is called Tirukallil, he is called Tirukalleeswarar. Temple is facing East direction and built in Pallava style of architecture. This temple has a huge Raja gopuram with 5 tiers, Dhwaja Stambham is placed infront of the temple. The Vimana (roof tower) of the sanctum sanctorum is designed in the “Gaja Brishtam” style a form of architecture that is exclusive to the Pallava dynasty. In this style, the roof top looks like the rear of a sleeping elephant (Gaja meaning elephant and brishtam meaning rear). This is also called as “Thoonganai Maadam” in tamil where thoong (um) means sleeping, Aanai means Elephant and maadam refers to the top of a temple. Inscriptions from the Chola, Pandya and Vijayanagar emperors are seen here. There are many inscriptions found at the base of the sanctum of that one belongs to Vikrama Chozha. Nandhi theertham / Sivananda theertham are located in front of the temple.

Religious Significance

The legend is that Saint Thirugnanasambhanthar came to Thirukkallil after visiting Thiruvenpakkam, another Paadal Petra sthalam. When he was taking a dip in the Kushasthali river, his belongings a pooja box and vibhoothi (sacred ash) bag went missing. Searching for his belongings, he found a Shiva lingam in the midst of kalli trees with his missing items near it. In his pathigam, he sang of the lord of this temple “Lord Sivanandeswarar” as a thief (Kalvan).

Sage Brugu worshipped Lord Shiva here : Sage Brugu has the habit of worshipping Lord Shiva only. He went to mount Kailash to worship the lord, Lord was with mother Parvathi. The sage worshipped lord only ignoring mother which hurt her, mother sat very close to lord to make the sage worship her also. But the sage took the form of a fly and circumambulated Lord Shiva only. To teach the sage a lesson that Shiva and Shakti are but one, lord granted darshan in the Arthanareeswara form (half male and half female). Yet, the sage still thought that Shiva alone was supreme, the sage then came down to earth on a pilgrimage and reached this place. He worshipped the Shivalinga once worshipped by sage Agasthya with kallil flowers. Lord Shiva told the sage that Shiva and Shakti were inseparable and one power alone could not act. Lord kept mother on his lap and the sage understood the truth, he begged the pardon of Ambica for his folly. Too pleasant with the prayer of the sage, mother said that he would always be in a state of bliss (anandam), hence as bliss boon giver, mother is called Anandvalli. As Brugu worshipped lord with Kalli flowers, he is also named Irukalleeswarar and the place Tirukallil.

Lord Shiva granting wedding darshan to Sage Agasthya: The ground level of north went deeply down due to the weight of the crowd gathered to witness the wedding Lord Shiva and mother Parvathi. Lord Shiva asked sage Agasthya to go to South to balance the earth level equally. Sage Agasthya implored the lord that he should grant him the wedding darshan at any place he asks for. The sage was relaxing at Tirupalaivanam. Lord appeared in the dream of the sage and showed this place. Lord Shiva granted not only his wedding darshan but also the Somaskanda darshan along with Lord Muruga. Agasthya prayed to lord that this darshan should ever be available to all devotees. Granting the boon to Sage Agasthya, Lord Shiva rose from here as swayambu linga and assumed the name Shiva Nandi Easwara.

History

The temple was built 1000 years ago by Chola kings.

Local Beliefs & Local Customs

It is believed that the differences between married couples can be resolved if they worship Lord Shiva here also, it is believed by the devotees that worshiping the lord here will remove hindrances in marriage proposals. It is said that devotees who worship Lord Shiva here with kalli flowers, especially on thursdays, will be blessed with wealth and wisdom. Those who have lost their belongings perform abishek to Bhairava with chilli powder hoping to get them back and perform abishek with milk after recovery.

Temple Timings

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