Sri Valeeshwarar Temple is located at Gopathy Narayana Street, Mylapore, Chennai. The temple is located near Kolavizhi Amman Temple and opposite to Sri Karaneeshwarar Temple.
This temple is fifth of Sapthasthana (Seven) Shiva temples of Mylapore, the temples worshiped by seven great sages. Legends state that Sage Gautama worshiped here.
About The Temple
Worshipped by Sage Gautama, this temple is 2000 years old. Vaali got all his power after his tapas towards Shiva here. Legend has it that due to a curse, Lord Hanuman was not aware of his own strength and power and to overcome that he worshipped Sri Valeeshwarar.
There are shrines for Vinayagar, Nataraj, Goddess Sivagami, Muruga with Valli and Deivanai, Chandeeshwar, Anjaneya, Vishnu, Durga and Ayyappa. Navagrahas (nine planets) with their respective vahanas (vehicles) and Saneeshwarar separately are present in different shrines. In the southwest of the outer praharam (corridor), a lizard has been carved to indicate that this is a Parihara sthalam (place for removing one’s curse).
About The Deity
The Valeeshwarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva known as Valeeshwarar and his consort Shakti as Periyanayagi Ambal. The presiding deity Sri Valeeshwarar graces in the form of Suyambulinga facing west. The rays of the sun fall on the idol on certain days in the Tamil month of Chithirai (April-May).
People pray for release from sins, for wisdom and intelligence, and remedy from the adverse planetary effects of Shani (Saturn).
Married and pregnant women offer bangles to the Goddess before they wear them. They believe the prayer would ensure safe delivery of the child. They also pray to the mother for relief from adverse planetary effects from affecting their children.
It is the faith of devotees that prayer to Lord Valeeshwarar would reward them with a satisfied life and salvation at the end.
The nearest airport is Chennai Airport.
Thirumyilai Railway Station is the nearest railhead.
Mylapore is connected to other parts of the city by govt buses.
G N Street, Mylapore, Chennai,
Tamil Nadu, India,
Pin code – 600 004.
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.
Morning 6 AM to Evening 9 PM.