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Nandikeswarar Temple

The Nandikeswarar temple is located in Tiruvottiyur and is dedicated to God Nandikeswarar. It is about 600 years old. This is one of the few temples dedicated to Nandi, the bull god, who is the Vahana or vehicle of God Shiva.Unlike other temples for Nandi, this temple in Tiruvottiyur has a small idol in the human form. The idol of Nandi is seen in a standing posture with folded hands as if he is worshipping the God. Thyagarajar temple and few others rare and ancient temples. Nandikeswarar temple, located at the north car street (northern side of Thyagarajar temple) in Tiruvottiyur, is around 600 years old. This is one of the rare temples dedicated to Nandi, the bull god, the vahan of God Shiva. You can find few temples of bull God in the neighboring Karnataka state. However, they all have big statues of Bull as the deities. However, this temple in Tiruvottiyur has a small idol of Nandi, in the human form. The idol of Nandi is in the standing posture with folded hands as if he is worshipping the God. Nandikeswarar temple is very small temple. Apart from this small shrine, there is no other shrine or idol located in this temple. This temple is hardly known to anybody including the people living in Tiruvottiyur. The sad part is that this temple is kept opened only for a very short time daily.

Significance

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

  • Strength
  • Faith
  • Consistent belief
Shlokas

Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te

Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.

Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha

Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.

Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi

Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.

Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam

Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).

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