How to reach:
while proceeding from Chennai to Trichy when you reach Tindivanam bypass the road will have three exits. Take the far right one and proceed for 4.2 kms into the town. The temple is seen on your right
Legends and Story:
The whole area was initially a tamarind forest (Thindri vanam in sanskrit) and the lord is called Thindrivaneshwarar the eashwara (lord of this place). The temple was probably built by the Cholas and there is history of Vyasa having built the rajagopuram.Various ancient rishis like Valmiki, Vyasa, Dhindi, Killi, Killali, prayed here. The place has also been visited by the saivate savants like Appar Sundarar, Manickavasagar , Thirugnana sambandar ,and Arunagirinathar as per local history.
As you enter the Dwajastambam is seen with the Nandi in front.The area has been covered recently
The main sannidhi is seen in front of the Nandi which looks very aged. The lord is facing east
The main sannidhi has A large Shivalingam blessing the devotees. There are two corridors to cross before we can see the lord.
The inner praharam around the lord’s shrine has a lot of painted murals with the Koshta vigrahas of Selva ganapathy, Dakshina murthy, Vishnu, Brahma,Durga and Chandikeshwarar. The temple being repaired recently, there is lot of work left to be done, the Dakshinamurthy and Durgai also have a separate small enclosure which has a grilled door that can be best viewed from the outer praharam
There are murals of prahalladha and the surutupalli temple painted on the wall as seen above. There were also few dogs sleeping inside to escape the heat.!! as seen in the photo above at about 9 AM.
The Koshta Vigrahas are seen below in the inner praharam ( under repair)
( The saivaite savants)
The outer praharam has Vinayaka, Murugan, Anjeneyar and Navagrha sannidhis
(Ganapathy above and murugan below)
( Navagraha sannidhi above and Anjeneya sannidhi below)
( Maragadhavalli ambal sannithi is seen above to the left of the main sannidhi facing east )
The bhairavar and suryan flank the inside entrance of the Gopuram
An old temple with a modern make over with a new anjeneyar sannidhi .