Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sri Logambikai sametha Paleeshwarar temple– at Pazhaverkadu near Ponneri

I had a quick trip to this temple today morning. The temple was built by Raja Raja chola in his grandmothers name, It has been rebuilt by other kings and bears a very serene atmosphere. I had crossed this temple while visiting Pulicat but made it today.It is a Vaipu sthalam which is referred to by Saint Manickavasagar in his poems
How to Reach:
The temple is about 15 kms from Ponneri towards Pulicat.Alternatively you can reach it from Minjur via Minjur Pazhaverkadu road,It is  approximately 45kms from the Padi Flyover in Chennai on the Kolkata highway.
IMG_0069There is a huge pond in front
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There is a 16 pillared mandapam in front with carvings on the pillars and the huge door  has a wonderful stone carved border all-aroundIMG_0007
The temple courtyard is neat IMG_0008IMG_0011IMG_0066
The temple plan is shown here with sivan sannidhi on the right and ambal on the left facing eastIMG_0012
Thirumadhi Lokambikai sannidhi seen below with the goddess about 4 feet tall standing and pleasant faced blessing devotees.
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The entrance to the sivan sannidhi is to the right where we see a huge Nataraja and the Nandi is on the east
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We can see the huge Siva lingam with whitish colour  in the garbha gruha below.
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The entrance to this sannidhi is guarded by Ganesha and a DakshinamurthyIMG_0020IMG_0021
The praharam around the Shiva has various Koshta vigrahas and much moreIMG_0022IMG_0023IMG_0024IMG_0025IMG_0026IMG_0027IMG_0028IMG_0032IMG_0033IMG_0034IMG_0035
The outer praharam has  a  neat garden and Compound.  IMG_0045IMG_0050IMG_0053
There was a Maha vilva tree with leaves extending up to 11 in number from the normal three we find in the usual Vilva treeIMG_0061IMG_0062IMG_0064
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A very serene temple with peace written all over so quiet and still not too far away from the city of Chennai