• Shiva

Dakshinamurthy Swami Temple

Overview


The Dakshinamurthy Swami Temple is located in Tiruvottriyur and is dedicated to God Dakshinamurthy. This is a unique temple of God Dakshinamurthy with the idol facing the north, the direction of the God of wealth, Kubera. The God holds Agni (fire) in the right hand and a serpent in the left. Another specialty of this temple is the presence of the 18 maharishis around the God. An elephant can be seen outside worshipping the God. There is Banalinga in the front hall of the temple.


About the Temple


This is a sacred place dedicated to Guru (Jupiter) facing north, the direction of Kubera the Lord of Wealth. It is believed that worshipping here benefits the devotee with all prosperity.


Legend and Stories


There was a Siddha living in this region running a school to teach Vedas to students. He made an idol of Lord Dakshinamurthy, the origin of Vedas. Traditionally, Lord Dakshinamurthy is seen facing south. Rarely, He is facing north, thus making this place more sacred as Vada Guru Sthalam (North Jupiter Land). The installation of the deity is on the basis of Jupiter facing north among the nine planets.


Festival


Chitra Purnima in April-May and Jupiter transit days.


How to Reach Dakshinamurthy Swami Temple


Road

Bus facilities are conveniently available from any corner of Chennai city. Also the devotee can reach Beach from Central by local train and get bus to reach the temple. It is 12 km from Beach.


Railways

The nearest Railway Station is Beach Station.


Airways

The Nearest Airport is Chennai airport.


Temple Address


Dakshinamurthy Swami Temple,
Sannathi St, BKN Colony,
Gopal Nagar, Tiruvottiyur,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 600019.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • When they buy / build a new property or land
  • To do well in education and performing and non-performing arts
  • Relief from ill effects of Guru
  • People facing obstacles in getting married
Shlokas

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.

Timings

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. On Thursdays, the temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. continuously.

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