Saturday, October 16, 2021

Tiruvalleeswarar Temple, Tiruvalidhaayam - (Padi, Chennai)

Location of the templeLocated at Padi in Chennai City
Lord Shiva known asTiruvalleeswarar, Validaayanathar
Female deity known asJagathambikai, Thaayammai
How to reach This temple is located at Padi in Chennai (12 Kms from Chennai Central Station) and is well connected by town buses from every part of Chennai city. One has to get down at Lucas TVS bus stop at Padi and walk ahead for about 100 meters to reach Padavattamman Temple. The perpendicular road opposite to Padavattamman Temple leads us to Tiruvalleeswarar temple.
Temple addressArulmighu Validaayanathar Temple
PIN 600050

This temple is located at Padi on the Chennai - Avadi Main Road near Lucas TVS Factory at Padi and is about 1/2 Kms inside from the main road. Sambandar has composed hymns at this temple. The east gopuram (tower) with 3 tiers is the main entrance to the temple. Inside the main entrance there is broad inner courtyard on all the four sides of the main shrine. A Nandhavanam along the walls of outer corridor adds beauty to the temple. Entering the inner mandapam, the main sanctum sanctorum of Lord Shiva is situated. The sanctum is semi-circular in shape at the back. This type of architecture is called Gaja Brishta Vimana or Thoonganai Maadam in Tamil as this resembles the back of a sleeping elephant. The main deity is known as Tiruvalleeswarar and He is facing east and to the right is the shrine for the female deity Jagathambikai. Ambal is seen here facing towards south. A beautiful Simha Vaahanam and Palipeetam faces the Goddess from the southern outer corridor (see photo). There is a separate shrine for Guru (Jupiter) - one of the Navagrahas - in the eastern outer corridor and this temple is also considered as a Guru Parikara Sthalam. Guru Bhagwan is seen here facing towards west.

On the 4 walls of the inner corridor encircling the main sanctum sanctorum, there are sculptured images of Sun God, Balasubramania with 4 hands, Vinayagar, Dakshinamoorthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma, Durgai etc. There are separate shrines inside the temple for Somaskandar, Murugan with his concerts Valli and Deivanai, Anjaneyar and Meenakshi Sundareswarar. There is also a sivalingam supposed to have been worshipped by Sage Bharadwaj Maharishi. The pillars in this temple have beautifully carved images of Natarajar, Murugan, Kothandaramar, Machavathara Moorthy, Koormavadhara Moorthy etc. The sthala viruksham (temple tree) is Paadhiri and the theertham is Bharatvaja Theertham.

According to mythology, Lord Brahma's two daughters Kamali and Valli wished to marry Lord Shiva. Knowing that their wish is very diffuclt to be fulfilled, Lord Brahma sent them to worship Lord Shiva on the banks of river Paalaru. Shiva, being pleased with their penance, appeared before them and told them that it is not possible for them to marry Him as He is already married to Parvathi and advised them to marry Lord Ganapathy. Accordingly Lord Ganapathy, after conquering the demon king Gajamukasuran, came to Thiruvalidhaayam and married Kamali and Valli.

Tiruvalidhaayam Tiruvalleeswarar temple photos

East tower and entrance

Eastern outer corridor - Nandi mantapam, Palipeetam and Kotimaram

Kotimaram, Palipeetam and Nandi mantapam - another view

View of the southern outer corridor

View of the western outer corridor

View of the northern outer corridor

Navagraham Sannidhi on the eastern outer corridor

Guru Bhagwan Sannidhi on the eastern outer corridor

from the southern outer corridor to Jagathambikai and Tiruvalleeswarar sannidhi

Palipeetam and Simha Vaahanam in front of the southern entrance from the outer corridor to Jagathambikai and Tiruvalleeswarar sannidhi

Tiruvalidhaayam Tiruvalleeswarar temple is open from 6-30 AM to 12 Noon and from 4-30 PM to 8-30 PM.

Other paadal petra sivasthalam temples situated in and around Chennai

1. Tiruvanmiyur
2. Tiruvotriyur
3. Tirumullaivayil
4. Tiruverkaadu
5. Tirumayilai

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