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Vaitheeswarar Temple



Vaitheeswarar or Pushpagiri Temple is located at Poonamalle in Kanchipuram District. The temple is about 20 km from the Central Chennai. The place, also known by the name Navalingasthalam is the birthplace of the famous Maghan Thirukkachi Nambigal. Built during Chola period, this ancient temple has a Rajagopuram facing towards the north and a sacred tank named Mangal Teertham situated in front of the gopuram. Balipeedam, Dwajastambam (Flag Staff), Nandi Mandapam and Kalyana Mandapam are also seen here.

At the entrance of the temple, there are sanctums for Ganapathy and Muruga. There are separate shrines for Goddess Thaiyalnayaki, Muthukumaran Valli Deivanai and Utsav Murthy. The specialty of the temple is its architecture. It is constructed in such a way that the sunís rays fall directly on the Shivlinga during the 21st to 25th of the Tamil month of Masi (mid February Ė mid March). The main festival is the Brahmotsavam celebrated in of Vaigasi month (mid May - mid June). The temple can be easily accessed from Chennai by Chennai-Tirupati buses.



Updated on 19th December, 2014
District: Kanchipuram

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