(Pic taken from the official website of the kamakoti peetam)
Today we went visiting this temple which was very peaceful and easily accessible from Chennai. It is about 55 kms from Chennai near oragadam.
How to reach:
Ezhichur is close to oragadam near Sriperumbudur.
1) from Chennai proceed on GST road after Perungalathur take the first over bridge turn right towards Wallajahbad.This is a six lane highway that goes all the way to Oragadam. Near the Renault factory over bridge you will see the road from Sriperumbudur joining. Proceed straight and then in about half a KM take the first small road to the left to Ezhichur . This can easily be missed. There is a provision store and bus stop on the main road. If you cross this the next building is the Maha meru peetam. So make sure you do not miss this peetam. On the left road proceed for about 2 kms and you will see a left turning cement paved road which leads you to the Temple.
2) On the Chennai Bangalore highway ,In Sriperumbudur Just after The Rajiv Gandhi memorial there is a road to left 6 lane which leads to Oragadam. This will meet the oragadam KOOT road turn right here and take the first left to Ezhichur
Legends and History of the temple:
The temple has been in existence since a very long time. It was initially built by The Cholas and later when the Vijayanagara kings were in power the temple Ezhichur and Vennagaram were presented to Shri Vyasachala Mahadevendra saraswathy the 54 th pontiff of the Kanchi kamakoti mutt. This has been found recorded on stone edicts which were unearthed during renovation and also in the copper plates in possession of the Kanchi Mutt and also verified recently by the ASI.
The temple tank is called Surya Pushkarani and was built by Lord Surya when he came to worship shiva here
The Temple also houses the Adhishtanam of Sri Vyasachala Mahadevendra Saraswati the 54 th Pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti peetam.
The hereditary trustee Mr..Ramamurthy said there were almost 31 samadhis in the Temple premises which are still to be unearthed properly.
For more details visit http://www.dharsanam.com/2008/03/ezhuchur-sri-nallinakkeeswarar.html.
As you enter the compound there is a vinayaka temple on the right called Vazhithunai vinayakar
In front of this shrine is the unique Rajo guna Nandhi
The uniqueness of the Nandhi is that he has blunt horns ,sharp ears and is supposed to be in Yogic meditation. He is chanting the Om namashivaya and Listening to Gayathri manthra here. The Idol is beautifully carved with shawl,Bells around the neck, Rudraksha mala and the Nose rope with the tongue licking the right Nostril. You can see the right back hoof and the tail curled from beneath the Nandi on to the left side . So three hoofs are seen .
( picture from http://www.dharsanam.com/2008/03/ezhuchur-sri-nallinakkeeswarar.html)
The main sanctorum houses a huge Shiva lingam with a massive avudiar . The lingam is about 5 feet . The Hall also houses sannidhis for Murugan and Deivambikai ambal . Murugan faces north and Ambal faces south seen on the right below.
There are many sthala vrukshas here. The main are the Azhinjal tree or the angora tree see my blog for further details (http://drlsravi.blogspot.in/2012/05/sri-nooreteashwarar-koil-chinnakavanam.html)
The Palmyra tree and the Arasa maram which is usually the seat for Dakshinamurthy
This palm tree behind the adhishtanam of shri Vyasachala mahadevendra saraswathy shows a palm tree which will not grow taller than the temple as seen in the last 3 generations as per Shri.Ramamurthy trustee.
There is a Vilva tree also behind.
The Sides of the garba gruha have the usual Narthana ganapathy and Dakshinamurthy, Mahavishnu and Brahma and Durga as the Koshta vigrahas.
The South east corner has a Vinayaka temple
and between this and the main temple is
the adhishtanam where in there is Chandramouleeshwara
There is also a separate sannidhi for Vallalar seen on the southern side
It is a very peaceful temple with lots of antiquity. For details contact
Shri Ramamurthy Hereditary trustee Cell No:+919442555187
for more details and for supporting the temple and activities please visit the official site of the ytemple here