The 7th century temple in Chennai Posted on September 30, 2016 by Saibala Grand

The Chola dynasty existed for the longest time in South India. The Cholas excelled in religion, art and music. They constructed magnificent temples in and around South India. The Tamil dynasty have constructed beautiful temples in Chennai, one of them being Thyagaraja Temple, Tiruvottiyur. The Thyagaraja temple was initially built by the Pallavas during the 7th century, later in the 11th century it was expanded by Rajendra Chola I. The temple is spread across 1-acre of land which houses a huge tank in the premises. The main deity worshipped in this temple is Lord Shiva, the temple is also associated to few great poets; Sundarar, Pattinathar and Shankaracharya. There are many inscriptions on the walls of the temple with dates which showcase the temple’s significance.

The 7th century temple in Chennai(Image Credits : Mohan Krishnan (

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are the holy trinity of Hinduism and worshipped by many people in the Hindu pantheon. Vishnu is a guardian of dharma and preserver, Brahma is a creator and Shiva is the destroyer. Devas fought against the demons using the powers of the Vedas while the demons used their muscle powers to fight back. Madhu and Kaithaba tricked the Devas and stole the Vedas, split them and hid them under the sea. Lord Vishnu fought against the demons with the help of the powers granted by Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu took the form of a fish (matsya) and brought back the Vedas to Thyagaraja temple.

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