Kuthambakkam Thirupuranthageswarar Temple
This temple is situated about 75 km from Chennai the capital of Tamilnadu in South India. The main god here is Lord Shiva. Here he is called as Thirupuranthageswarar. The goddess is Thirupurasundari.
History of the temple
This temple belongs to the 12th century. It was built by a king but the exact person who built this temple is not known. The temple was started to build in 1128 and completed at 1149. The god here is called Thirupuranthageswarar because a cow used to regularly shed its milk on the linga here and a snake used to guard the linga. Later the linga was taken and a temple was constructed.
Architecture of the temple
Although the temple is maintained well inside by the temple priest the surrounding is filled with bushes without maintenance. The temple still has not got a gopura it looks like a half-constructed temple. At the entrance to the left is the idol of Lord Ganesh outside the wall. On looking straight is the temple for goddess Thiripurasundari. The main idol is about 6 ft tall made of black stone. The god is well dressed by the temple priest. On turning to your left is the temple of Lord Shiva. On the left to the entrance of lord Shiva is the idol of Lord Ganesh and to the right is the idols of Lord Muruga along with his consorts Valli and Deivanai. Straight in front of, the lord is the idol of his Vahan Nandi. On the wall in the entrance is engraved the idol of a cow shedding its milk on the linga with the snake protecting the linga.
The linga is really big and well decorated. The temple for navagraha is to the right inside the main praharam. But the rule of this temple is to first go around the temple and only then go around the navagraha. Ongoing to the right as in other lord Shiva temples are the idols of Lord Ganesh, lord Dakshinamoorthy, Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, lord Chandegeswarar who has a seperate small temple and that of goddess Durga.
The is another Nandi outside the praharam facing lord Shiva but the Nandi’s neck is little tilted to signify that here Nandi is looking at the lord. The flagpost of the temple is in front of the Nandi.
One more specialty of this temple is the trees of the 27 Tamil stars is present here.
There is more linga below the peepul tree behind the temple but due to too much overgrowth of vegetations, it is not approachable. The temple of Nagaraj is also present underneath that tree
Benefits of praying here
If we pray anything in this temple in front of the goddess it will definitely be granted.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge