Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sri Agneshwarar sametha Oushadambikai Koil–Vanagaram Chennai

I travel very frequently on the Tambaram Maduravoyal bypass and  I was always keen to visit the temple seen from the bypass.Today morning I was given the opportunity do so.The one word to describe the visit was PEACE

HOW TO REACH:

The temple is open to the elements and can be seen west of the bypass. The service road which exists between PH road (Near Jesus calls ) and Chettiyar agraharam near the toll booth gives us access to the road leading to the temple, There is no proper road  up to the temple but the ground is motor able. You can also enter the temple from inside Chettiyar agraharam on the westIMG_20170604_083656

LEGENDS AND INTERESTING THINGS:

There was a huge Shivalingam which was more than a 1000 years old apparently lying in the open.It is thought to be the Jiva Samadhi of a sage. It was moved into the present garbhagraha  in 1960IMG_20170604_084512

The Original place where this lingam was found is still in worship but pilgrims are allowed only on the pradosha days  and on Sivarathri days all are allowed to worship the lord with our own hands offering Maha vilvam(9-12-15 leaved Vilvam leaves)

Originally daily these vilvam leaves would be brought from the Kovoor temple but now a days there are two trees in the temple itselfIMG_20170604_084825

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There was also a 3 faced rudraksha tree which unfortunately dried up this summerIMG_20170604_085218IMG_20170604_085230

The temple in itself is a very peaceful small structure with small enclosures for the Agnishwarar, Oushadambikai, Ganesha and murugan.The Mahishasura mardhini is exquisite

The Shivan sannidhi is in front and the Ambal sannidhi is on the right in the pic below

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The Koshta vigrahas

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Vinayaka below

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Mahishasura mardhini above

Navagraha sannidhi below

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The legend of Parvathy saving the lord from the hala hala poison  hence she is called Oushadambikai

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A short visit which was very pleasantIMG_20170604_084046