The Neelakantheswarar Temple is a Hindu shrine located at Gerugambakkam, a suburban locality of Chennai. Gerugambakkam is approximately 3 kms from Porur and lies in the Kundrathur Road.
About The Temple
This temple is one of popular Navagraha temples located in Chennai (or Thondai Mandalam) that is devoted especially to Sri Kethu Bhagavan. A separate shrine for Kethu Bhagavan is found in the southern side of the main sanctum. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva who graces here as Lord Neelakantheshwarar while the Ambal here is called Sri Aadhi Kamakshi. She graces from a separate shrine present just outside the main sanctum, facing the direction south. The goddess who looks tall and gorgeous, is believed to be the first among 5 forms of Goddess Kamakshi. The Navagraha (planetary gods) are present in the northern corner of this temple. It has many snake carving on its ceiling, which indicates that the temple is a Parihaara Sthalam. The temple also has a vast pond adjacent to it. The pond is considered quite old and requires proper maintenance.
About The Deity
The Neelakantheswarar Temple is dedicated to Sri Shiva who graces as Lord Neelakantheswarar and Divine Mother Shakti as Adi Kamakshi. The Lord appears as a Linga within a small yet beautiful sanctum. The divine Lord is called Neelakandeswarar as he swallowed the deadly “Hala Kaala” poison that appeared out when churning of the milky ocean. His neck is said to have turned blue on swallowing the poison. The word ‘Neela’ in Tamil means blue while ‘Kanda’ denotes the neck.
The Nandhi Deva found in front of the Lord is considered powerful since he intakes the poisonous breath of the Lord after he consumed the deadly poison.
Special Poojas and Homams are performed to Sri Kethu Bhagavan during the Raahu Kethu Peyarchi. Thee temple is a populat Parihaara Sthalam for those afflicted by key hi dosha.
How To Reach
The closest Airport is the Chennai International Airport which plies flights connecting a number of national and international destinations.
The Nearest located major railway station is the Chennai Central station.
The temple is located close to the Gerugambakkam Bus Stop. Gerugambaakkam is lies about 20 kms west of the Chennai city. The place is situated at the Porur- Kunrathur road.
Gerugambaakkam Sri Neelakandeswarar Temple,
Chennai Navagraha Sthalam for Kethu,
Gangaiamman Koil St, Balakrishnan Nagar,
Balaji Nagar, Tharapakkam, Chennai,
Tamil Nadu, Pincode - 600122.
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 from 7.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm.