Sri Thyagarajaswami temple, Thiruvotriyur

Thiruvotriyur Thyagarajaswani temple is one of the ancient Shiva temples in Chennai.

This temple is one of the three important Shivasthalams (places where Lord Shiva is worshipped) other than Thiruvanmiyur (Marundeeswarar) and Thirumayilai (Kapaleeswarar). This temple is situated in North Chennai .

About the Temple: The Thyagarajar temple of otriyur is associated greatly with dance of the Lord which is known widely as “Sundaranatanam” means dance of Sundarar (another name of Lord Shiva). The most impressive thing in the temple is its Rajagopuram and mandapams. The temple is situated in a vast compound. The inscriptions on the pillars of the mandapams are dated back of 12th century . The Chola kings who were reigning the Thondainadu (old name of this place) patronized the worship of Shiva . King Rajendra chola rebuilt the central shrine of Adipureeswarar and erected vimanam with black stone .

Great Saivite saints Pattinathar , Ramalinga Adigalar, Appar , Sambandar had visited this temple and sung the glory of the Lord.

About the Deity: Main shrine is known as Adipureeswarar is a lingam of earth and covered with a Kavacham. This kavachan is opened only on the day of Karthikai full moon There is also one Tripata Trimurthy shrine which combines Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma and shown as Vishnu and Brahma engaged in the worship of Shiva. A separate shrine for Vadivudaiyammai is also there which large crowds during the month of Adi, and during Tuesdays and Fridays. “Muttarukal” means doing away with the difficulties and worries is one of the main pujas here . There are separate shrines for other deities like Ganapathy, Subramanya etc. You can also see the images of the 63 Saivite saints inscribed around the main shrine of Adipureeswarar.

Festivals: Festivals in this temple are celebrated with great significance are related to the dance of Thyagarajar. The saivite saint Sundarar’s association with this temple is also celebrated with great reverence.

Timings: Morning 5.30 a.m to 11.30 a.m & evening 4 p.m to 8.30 p.m

Samadhi temple of Pattinathar who was a great Saivite saint is also located nearby.

How to reach: You can reach this temple in North Chennai either by bus, autorikshaw or call taxi. State transport buses ply from all areas of Chennai city to Thiruvotriyur.

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