Ancient Temple of Chennai- Marundeeswarar TemplePosted on September 20, 2016 by Saibala Grand

The Marundeeswarar temple is located in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai which is very close to the sea. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was expanded by the Cholas during the 11th century. The temple is widely spread across 1 acre land and houses a huge water tank as well.

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The temple is built in a Dravidian style of architecture, there are two entrances to the temple; one from the east coast road and the other from west tank street. There are 36 massive pillars which have various carving and inscriptions on them. The temple also houses small shrines of Lord Ganesha and Lord Muruga. There are three forms of Lord Shiva- Nataraja (shiva in his dancing posture), Theyagaraja and Marundeeswarar. Lord Shiva is accompanied by Goddess Parvati in the form of Goddess Thirupurasundari. There are many inscriptions on the walls of the temple that date back to the 11th century during the regime of Rajendra Chola. People believe that Lord Marundeeswarar can cure all the diseases and this place is considered as a curative holy land. Sage Valmiki also visited this temple to seek blessings from Lord Shiva, there is a small shrine also dedicated to sage Valmiki near ECR. Earlier Thiruvanmiyur was known as Thiruvalmikiyur, now the place is also known as Valmiki nagar.

One can find many temples in and around Chennai, with some of them being very sacred and ancient temples. Visit these shrines during your visit to Chennai. Enjoy a comfortable stay at the best hotel in Chennai near airport- Saibala Grand- to feel relaxed and refreshed.