Othandeeswarar Temple in Thirumazhisai, a village in Tiruvallur district, Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is located 22 km from the state capital Chennai.
About The Temple
Othandeeswarar temple has a seven-tiered rajagopuram, the gateway tower piercing the rectangular granite walls around the temple. The presiding deity Othandeeswarar, in the form of Lingam is housed in the sanctum. The sanctum is approached from the main entrance through the flag staff hall, Maha mandap and Artha mandap. The flag staff is located in the flagstaff hall axial to the sanctum. An image of Nandi faces the main shrine in the Maha Mandapa. There are shrines of Vinayaka, Muruga before the Mahamandap and the sanctum is guarded by Dwarapalas. The shrine of Kulirvithanayaki is located in the second precinct. The temple has a shrine of Nataraja (dancing form of Shiva) and his consort Sivakami facing each other. The vimana, structure over the sanctum is in the form of Gajabrushta, the shape of an elephant in its sitting posture. Vinayaka in the temple is called Prasanna Vinayaga. There is a shrine for Vishnu in the second precinct. There also shrines of Shani, Vrusabha Nayaka, Durga, Chandikeswara, Dakshninamurthy and Navagraha around the sanctum.
About The Deity
The Othandeeswarar Temple is dedicated to Sri Shiva as Othandeeswarar or Kai Thanda Piranand Divine Mother Shakti as Kulirndha Nayaki.
Legend and Stories
As per another legend, Cholaking Kulothunga Chola II was hunting in the forest and while returning from Thirumullaivasal, found a blockade on his way. He tried to remove it using his sword and found blood stain in it. He later found that it emnated from the image of lingam (an iconic form of Shiva) in the place. The king wanted to expiate his sin of cutting the image and cut his hand. Shiva was pleased with the devotion and appeared to him at this place as Othandeeswarar along with his consort Parvathi as Kulirvithanayaki. Othandeeswarar also restored the hand of Kulothunga Chola and hence got the name Kai Thantha Piran. The presiding deity at the temple is still believed to have a scar on it.
The temple has many inscriptions from the Chola period during the 11th century. Kulothunga Chola II is believed to have built the temple and the shrines in the current form. Historians believe that the shrine of Vishnu seems to be later addition. Sengunda Mudaliyars built many shrines in the temple and refurbished the tank. The Vijayanagara kings, who ruled the region, have done benevolent endowments to the temple. In modern times, the temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
Brahmmotsavam in Panguni _March-April, Karthikai in November-December and Sani – Saturn transit days – occurring once in two and half years are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
The temple rituals are performed four times a day: Kalasanthi at 8:30 a.m., Uchikalam at 11:30 p.m., Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m., and Sayaratchai between 8:00 - 8:00 p.m. Each ritual has three steps: alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai(waving of lamps) for both Othandeeswarar and Kulirvithanayaki. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.
People pray for mental peace and forgiveness for wrongs committed.
How To Reach Othandeswarar Temple, Thirumazhisai
The nearest airport is Chennai.
The nearest railway station is Tirunindravur and Chennai Egmore.
Tirumazhisai is 25 km from Chennai on the Chennai-Tirupati route. Buses are available from Chennai Koyambedu and Poonamalle
Sri Othandeswarar Temple,
Thirumazhisai, Tiruvallur District,
Chennai Suburb, Tamil Nadu, Pinode - 600124.
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 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m