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Agastheeswarar Temple

Agastheeswarar Temple is a beautiful shrine situated at Pozhichalur, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple enshrines Agastheeswarar as the presiding deity along with his divine consort Anandavalli. The sanctum of the Lord faces east and that of his consort faces south.

Though Agastheeswarar Temple doesn’t match to the grandeur of the ancient Chola temples, the architecture style denotes that the temple belongs to 12th century. The style of construction with the gaja-brashta-vimana (resembling the shape of an elephant's behind) and the stone inscription stands as a testimony to this fact.

Most noteworthy feature of the shrine is that the temple has a shrine dedicated to Lord Sani; the shrine of Sani is considered to be next to that of Thirunallar.

Traditionally, all the temples visited by Sage Agastya are known as Agastheeswaram. It is said that the temple was visited by Sage Agastya; hence the name Agastheeswarar Temple.

Mahashivaratri, Karthikai Deepam, Sani Peyarchi and Guru Peyarchi are the major festivals celebrated amid much pomp and splendor. Thousands of devotees visit the shrine every year.

Pallavaram Railway Station is the nearest railhead.

Updated on 21st April, 2015
District: Chennai
Location: Pozhichalur


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