Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Temple Trees- Marundeeshwar Temple at Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai

This holy, ancient temple of Lord Shiva is "Shanti Swaroopa "Shantam"- Peace and Tranquility abounds. 
Marundeeshwar (Oushadeeshwar) is truly medicinal for mind and soul ---Om Namaha Shivaya- 

The Vanni -Shammi trees in the North East area are worshipped.
At Shree Marundeeswar Temple -Tiruvanmiyur Chennai - an extremely  serene temple area, which is lined with so many varieties of trees inc the Badam, Teak, Coconut Palms, Neem.
The Sthala Vriksha " Vanni"-Shammi trees are in the north west location are worshipped   in this beautiful ancient temple that excudes complete Peace and Tranquility.
Entry into the main courtyard starts with Shree Tripura Sundari - Chockayanayaki on right side (North side), Shree Vinayaka, Shree Subramanya adjacent in front and then the main Shiva sanctum sanctorum -
The gate at the western side has the Sthamba  and Nandi -vahaan of Lord Shiva facing the main deity
.(See Temple book by M.Rajgopalan  ) -
The Pradakshina of the temple is so soothing as it has a quietude and peace that transcends all and impacts.
The entire temple boundary is  lined with so many  trees and the peace that it exudes really impacts us as we do the Temple Pradakshina. 
The origin of "Sthala vriksha" and its special place in temples of earlier times is maintained so well and here we see all trees cared for and well  respected. When city constructions took  over from the traditional village life of and the  agrarian - forest culture, thankfully- at least these temple trees were carefully protected and so it is here. God be praised -
Om Nama Shivayah


  1. FROM Chennai Spider site:
    QUOTE" Sri Marundeeswarar temple situated in South Chennai in Thiruvanmiyur is about 1300 years old. This deity is also known as Aushadeeswarar (Aushadha means medicine) and Valmikanathar. It is believed that the epic poet Sri Valmiki worshipped this deity and was blessed by the Lord. The Thiyagaraja –Somaskanda manifestation of Lord Shive is enshrined in this temple.
    The two famous saivite saints Appar and Sambandar had visited this temple and sung about the glories of the Lord .

    Marundeeswarar means the divine physician is the presiding deity of this temple. There is a separate shrine nearby for Thripurasundari the consort of Lord Shiva .
    Two small shrines are there for Sri Ganapthy and Sri Subramanya.
    Also there is a shrine for the poet saint Thyagaraja .

    The temple is situated in a land of about one acre. There are two Raja gopurams (five tiered) on the eastern and western entrances. The main deity Marundeeswarar is seen facing west. There are two spacious mandapams housing Sri Marundeeswarar and Sri Thiyagarajar.
    About 36 massive pillars adorn the Thiyagaraja mandapam with decorative carvings.

    Marundeeswarar is worshipped in the form of Shiva Linga of about one and half feet high. Inside the Mahamandapam the images of the 63 saivite saints (Nayanmars) are found. Besides this you can see 108 Shiva Lingams here and five massive Lingams representing the five elements.

    Four services are offered to the deity at 7.30, 11.30 a.m and 5 p.m and 9 p.m. These are known as Kalasanthi pooja,Uchikalam, Sayarathachai and Ardhajamam. Temple is open from 6 a.m to 11.30 a.m and 4 p.m to 9 p.m.

    Important festivals are Brahmotsavam celebrated in March –April and Thiruvadirai during Dec-Jan months. Vanni tree is the sacred tree here. Five sacred tanks or thirthams are associated with this temple .They are Papanasini, Janmanasini,Kamanasini, Gnanadayini, and Mokshadayini out of which Gnanadayini ceased to exist. Kamanasini and Mokshadayini are in the form of wells. Janmanasini is the temple tank situated near eastern tower. Papanasini is a massive tank which is a little away from this.

    ACK thanks

  2. site:
    For all details see M.Rajagopalan's Book and
    also at this site:
    For details -of Temple


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