On nungambakkam village road (valluvar kottam road)when you are proceeding away from Valluvar kottam towards Sterling road junction you will cross the police station on the right at that point on the left is the road leading to this old temple about 500 yrs old. It has a beautiful pond brimming with water and serene
View as you enter
View from the Back side of the pond in front the temple entrance
King Bommarajan who ruled this place once, got Sula disease ( a form of fever where he was burning hot)and prayed to Perumal. Perumal guided him to take bath in the Agastheeswarar temple tank and worship Shiva here. He did the same and got his disease cured. Goddess Akilandeswari has a separate shrine here next only to Thiruvanaikkaval. At one corner of the temple tank is present the Swayambu amman Asalathamman.The amman temple is being rebuilt now
Actually king Bommirajan was a vaishnavite and he also built the perumal temple at nungambakam which is on the other side of the road. Apparently it was all a single complex but the expanding city has swallowed up the temple complex and seperated the temples.
View of the gopuram
As you enter you can se the main praharam with a mandapam in front
This mandapam has beautiful paintings on the roof
They are all painted with Vegetable dyes
The main praharam has the Agastheeshwarar sannidhi facing the east. Till recently I believe there was a snake in attendance in the sannidhi !!. The base of the sivalingam has constant water percolating like in Thiruvanaikaval . When they tried digging up to 20 feet during the kumbabhishekam they could not go to the base of the lingam and encountered water welling up ,and this has been led to a well nearby and the priest informed me that this is the source of water for the entire complex and the surrounding area also!!
The ambal sannidhi is to the right facing the south . Akhlandeshwari is in standing pose . The walls of the amman sannidhi have Iccha shakthi, Gnana shakthi and Kriya shakthi as idols on all three sides .
The inner praharam has sannidhis for Vinayakar, murugan, the saivate saints appar, sundarar, manickavasagar and Thirugnanasambandar. The walls of the sannidhi has dakshina murthy, Sivan, Durgai . There is a separate shrine for Natarajar.
The North side has many sannidhis as seen below
for lakshmi, durga, saraswathy, Vishnu, and bhairavar
There are also documents available from the British period of 1700’s which have been engraved and kept here