Aadhanippakkam Sri Nandheeswarar

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Saravanan Iyer


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This ancient temple is located in Chennai near the St. Thomas Mount. The main deity is Sri Nandheeswarar and the Goddess is Sri Aavudai Nayagi (Gomathi in Sanskrit). Legend says there lived a Rishi named 'Bringi Munivar' in the nearby hill who was performing penance worshipping Lord Shiva. While 'Bringi' Rishi was residing there, the hill was referred to as 'Bringi Malai' which is today's 'Parangi Malai' or 'St. Thomas Mount'. Pleased by Bringi Rishi's worship, Lord Shiva gave him dharshan in the form of Nandhi in this holy place. Hence, the God here is known as Nandheeswarar.

During later days, the ruler of this land, a Chola king named "Aadhani Cholan", constructed this temple. As this territory was part of his kingdom, it was known as "Aadhanippakkam" which has become today's "Aadhambakkam". Located very close to the St. Thomas Mount Railway Station, this ancient, yet small and beautiful temple has a very holy ambience with ancient architecture and sculptures. There was a wall between Nandhi and the Sanctum Sanctorum which according to the Sastras is not good for the temple. Sri Chandrasekara Saraswathy, who is also called "Paramacharya", once visited this place and arranged to remove the obstructing wall between Nandhi and the main Diety.

Other deities located here are Pillaiyar, Sri Dhakshinamurthy, Maha Vishnu, Sri Durgai, Bairavar and Navagrahas. This temple attracts a huge crowd of devotees on Pradhosham days, as there are special poojas performed here promptly. The Bairavar here is also believed to be more powerful and a blessing for which many men and women pray to for marriage or child birth. This temple, although located amidst the crowded city, gives a feeling of bliss and provides peace of mind to de-stress ourselves from our demanding lives. This temple will be well worth the visit for devotees.