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Oondreeswarar Temple


This Shivastalam  is located at a distance of 11 km from Tiruvallur near Chennai. The first site of the temple is presently submerged under the Poondy store and the gods are housed in a temple on its shores. This is the 17th of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India. The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Sundarar.  In a hymn, Sundarar appeals to God Shiva for a remedy to his impaired vision and feels sure that the God had assured him His grace and asked to proceed.Masi Mahashivrathri in February-March, Aipasi Annabishekam in October- November, Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

About the Temple

Sri Valampuri Vinayaka worships the temple. Initially, the temple was close to a lake in Tiruvalampudur close Poondi. Later, it has been moved to a focal spot in Poondi. Mother Minnoli Amman's hallowed place is confronting the principle spellbind and is implicit such a path, to the point that the lover can venerate both all the while. There are places of worship of Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Navagrahas the nine planets in standing frame and Mother Mahalakshmi in the prakara the hall. Shri Bhairava with His eight hands is confronting south. Unique pujas are performed for him amid Ashtami times. It is foremost that celebrated Lord Shiva temples commended in Thevaram psalms are close to this temple in Koovam and Tirupasur.

About the Deity

Mother Minnoli Ambal was prepared to go with visually impaired Sundarar attempting to stroll with his stick yet Lord Shiva kept her from doing as such. Showing this occasion, we see the left leg of Mother in a forward movement. Mother told Sundarar that life runs as per one's great or malice deeds. "Despite the fact that you have lost your vision now, you will recover it presently with the Lord's beauty" She guaranteed Sundarar. To assist the with sainting, She likewise made a light as lighting-Minnal in Tamil. Henceforth, Mother is adored as Minnoli Ambal and Kanivai Mozhi Nayaki – Mother with guaranteeing words. Those having no hold in life, discouraged, enduring because of absence of advancements in callings are encouraged to go to Lord earnestly for an outlook change in life. To those reasoning that life is yet precisely dull, Ambica demonstrates the light and impart in them fearlessness. Ruler and Mother in this temple drag them from gloom. Henceforth, the temple is incredibly applauded as Nambikkai Koil – Trust Temple.


Saint Sundarar hitched Paravai Nachiar in Tiruvarur. He additionally wedded Sangili Nachiar in Tiruvottriyur who was a staunch Shiva enthusiast furthermore guaranteed her that he won't abandon her. witness to the marriage and the guarantee. Sundarar broke his guarantee and continued to Tiruvarur. While he was crossing the outskirts of Tiruvottriyur, he lost his vision. He comprehended that he was rebuffed for abusing his guarantee and spoke to did not react to the request to God. Sundarar continued to Tiruvarur confronting all battles and resulted in these present circumstances place in transit and rehashed his speak to kept mum however Sundarar was tenacious. He asked the Lord whether He was truly there and assuming this is the case "give me my vision." however sympathized with His affectionate fan, gave Sundarar only a mobile stick saying that He was there just and he could continue with the stick's assistance. Bhakti-dedication has four branches. Satputra Marga, Dasya Marga, Mathura Marga and Saka Marga, as a child, as a hireling, as a beau and as a companion individually. The relationship in the middle of Arjuna and Lord Krishna is of Saka Marga class furthermore that of Saint Sundarar and ought to elegance him as a companion however the Lord was enduring. Sundarar got to be furious and contended with the Lord boisterously however futile. In an attack of indignation, Sundarar tossed the strolling stick allowed to him which hit the right horn of Nandhi breaking it. Sundarar continued unfortunately towards Kancheepuram. Sundaramoorthy Nayanar who had lost his eyesight was blessed with a pole to aid him walk, here. On his way to Kanchipuram, Parvati appeared in the form of lightning, every now and then, hence the name Minnaloliammai. The Pushpagireeswarar temple located nearby, celebrates Arudra Darisanam each year.


Masi Mahashivrathri in February-March, Aipasi Annabishekam in October- November,Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Significance :

Shiva, as Swaymabu Linga is confronting east. As He gave a mobile stick (Oondrukol) to holy person Sundarar, He is commended as Oondreeswarar. It is weird convention in the temple that Vada Mala (a wreath made of Vada the well known dish of Tamilnadu) on new moon and full moon days. The right horn of Nandi the bull vehicle of Lord is discovered broken. Holy person Sundarar with his stick in the left hand is standing close-by. The model shows Sundarar miserable with visually impaired pray to God and Mother for remedy.


This shivasthalam temple is located 12 Kms from Tiruvellore town at Poondi. Town bus services Nos. T-41 and T-52 ( via Neyveli Koot road) are available from Tiruvellore bus stand to go to Poondi. The temple is very near to the bus stop. Another way to reach the temple is to travel by bus going to Othukottai and get down at Neyveli Koot road and go by auto or walk about 2 kms.to Poondi to reach the temple.


Sri Oondreeswarar Temple,
Poondi-602 023, Tiruvallur Dist.


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

  • Salvation
  • Wealth
  • Relief from diseases
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Gain Knowledge

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).


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. As the security of the temple resides within the temple campus, devotees can worship the Lord any time.

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