The deity of God Shiva is worshipped at the Arthanareeswara temple located in Nangainallur at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. A Shiva Linga is enshrined in the temple on a 3.5 feet radius Avudayar (Peeta or seat). The deity of Goddess Durga is also installed in the temple and it is of 8 feet in height.
The deity is known to the devotees as Jalakandeshwarar as it remained underwater since a long time. The idol was afterwards renamed and called Arthnareeswara, referring to a being demonstrating both female form and male form at the same time. The devotees accept the notion of worshipping both the Goddess and God Shiva together in this temple.
About The Temple
The temple is constructed in a way that it faces East direction and comprises of a Nandi Mandap, Bali Peera and a Maha Mandap. A Shivalinga with a radius of 3.5 feet is enshrined on a platform in the temple. Arthanareeswara is among the several forms of God Shiva which belongs to the Satyojatham facing West direction. The deity of Goddess Tripura Sundari is installed in the next shrine facing South direction. The deity of God Navgraha and God Sri Ashtabuja Durga are also enshrined in the temple. The deity of God Sri Ashtabuja Durga is about 8 feet tall.
Legend and Stories
As per a legend associated with this temple, once an old man was trying to clean the pond or tank located in his land and while doing so, he identified some deities buried in it. He quickly cleaned the deities and decided to keep them in a tent with thatched roof. Initially, the people of the town began worshipping these deities by lighting the lamps but then later built a temple around it.
The Chennai Airport is nearest to the temple
The devotees can arrive at the temple by travelling via local trains or by arriving at nearest Palavanthangal railway station.
Frequent bus services are available for the devotees to reach this temple. The bus stop of Nanganallur is nearest to this temple.
4th Main Rd, Nangainallur,
Tamil Nadu 600114.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open every day of the week from 7 o’clock in the morning till 10 o’clock at night.