This is an ancient padal petra sthalam by Thirunavukkarasar as well as Gnanasambandar. It is a place where Lord Vishnu prayed to Lord shiva to obtain his Chakra. Since perumal also prayed to Shiva here Garudaseva is also a famous festival here. Both Perumal and Shiva are found facing each other here.
How to reach:
From Chennai to Bangalore On NH 4 Cross Kanchipuram and you will reach the “Vellai gate” an old name for the new railway over bridge do not climb but take the road under the bridge and turn right this is the road to arakonam and crosses govindawadi on the way(refer my blog on the temple
Legends of the temple:
The Sivalingam is a sand lingam created by Parvathy who did penance for Lord shiva here. The moolavar has a Silver Kavacham for which abhishekam is done. Vridha seera river which flows nearby was in floods hence parvathy embraced the Lingam and prayed to her brother who diverted the river towards Kanchipuram to save his sister
Once Lord Vishnu who was Assisting a king called Kugan who did not like sage dadeechi he employed the chakra which got damaged after touching the rishi. In repentance of this action Vishnu prayed to Lord Shiva here with 1000 lotuses daily. One day he found he was one lotus short and plucked out his right eye to offer shiva Siva was pleased and gave a boon to Vishnu here that he will be known as Kamalanayanan, He also gave Vishnu his chakra which he had used to kill Jalantharan . So this place is also known as Harichakra where hari got his chakra.
In the main sanctum we can see Vishnu with his hands folded inn prayer in front of Shiva behind the Nandi
Once Ravana came here to meet Shiva and was prevented from seeing Shiva by Nandi so he cursed Nandi to have a monkey face: Adhikara Nandi who is found here in the wall. Nandi in turn curses Ravana that he will be defeated in war
There are a few special vigrahas here like
Kulathunga Chola installed a Choleshwara linga here facing west which is a rarity
Ashta bhuja Durgai is also very famous and rare sculpture
the anajanakshi ambal sannidhi is seen on the right
The Lord in the sanctum is a very tiny Lingam swayambhu with a Silver kavacham
The outer praharam has the choleshwara and the Koshta Vigrahas already alluded to. Ganapathy Dakshinamurthy , Perumal, Brahma and Durga complete the picture. There is also a large Natarajar in Bronze.
There is a statue of Appar
Ambal sannidhi has a smiling standing anjanakshi amman with a navagraha sannidhi in the fore court.There is a simha vahanam for the ambal seen below
Sthala Vruksham is the Vilva tree
As I was leaving the temple I saw this huge Anjaneya outside