Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Chidambareswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||Tripurasundari, Sivakamasundari|
|Timing:||to & to||Parikaram:|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Koovathur||District:||Chengalpattu|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Kanchipuram (77 km)||Chennai (89 km)|
|Tiruvallur (99 km)||Cuddalore (107 km)|
Sthala puranam and temple information
This ancient Siva temple is believed to be from the Pallava era, making it nearly 1400 years old. When we visited this temple in December 2020, it was closed due to an ongoing court matter. However, one of the locals allowed us to enter through a side gate and spoke to us about the temple.
The temple’s administration is / was a matter of dispute between the temple’s local administrators, and the state administration (which I believe has been recently ruled in favour of the state).
A priest visits the temple once a day (timing not certain), for the daily puja. Other than this, there are no festivities celebrated at this temple, not even the fortnightly pradosham.
Inside the temple is a single prakaram, with separate shrines for Vinayakar, Murugan, Bhairavar, Suryan, Chandikeswarar, the Tevaram moovar plus Manikkavasagar, and also a Navagraham shrine. The sculptures and architecture here are said to be unbelievably beautiful, particularly the ashta digpalakas represented on the vimanam.
Other information for your visit
The temple’s pitiable and dilapidated state makes it relatively unknown even to the locals, and definitely not reachable easily using a map. In the map location above, I have identified the exact location, since we were able to at least find the place and enter the temple premises.
Very close to this temple – virtually next door – is the more well-known Tiruvaleeswarar temple.
Durai: 9787271053; Udayakumar 9894789875; Sankar 989489885.
Contact the residents of the house opposite the southern gate of the temple.