Monday, April 7, 2008

Gerugambaakkam Sri Neelakandeswarar

Gerugambaakkam is located about 20 kms west of Chennai. While going from Porur towards Kunrathur, one should take left to reach Gerugambaakkam.

Gerugambaakkam has an ancient temple for Lord Shiva, which belongs to Chozha period. The main deity is Sri Neelakandeswarar and Goddess Sri Aadhi Kamakshi.

This temple is one of the Navagraha temples of Chennai (or Thondai Mandalam) devoted to Sri Kethu Bhagavan. There is a separate shrine for Kethu Bhagavan on the southern side of the sanctum. Special Poojas and Homams are performed to Sri Kethu Bhagavan during Raahu Kethu Peyarchi. This is also a Parihaara Sthalam for people having ill effects in their lives because of Kethu’s position in their Horoscope.

The main deity Sri Neelakandeswarar is situated in a small and beautiful sanctum. The Lord got His name Neelakandeswarar, as he swallowed the Aala Kaala Poison which evolved during the churning of the ocean, after which His neck turned blue. In Thamizh ‘Neela’ means blue and ‘Kanda’ means neck.

It is said that the Nandhi in front of the Lord is so powerful, as he absorbs the poisonous breath of the Lord after He consumed poison.

Sri Aadhi Kamakshi is present just outside the main sanctum, facing south. Sri Aadhi Kamakshi is tall and looks very beautiful. She is said to be the first among 5 forms of Kamakshi.

Navagraham is present at the north east side corner of the temple. There are carvings of image of snake on the ceiling of Navagraha shrine, which indicates that this temple is a Parihaara Sthalam.

There is an old and vast temple pond adjacent to the temple, which definitely requires attention.

The entire temple itself is now in a poor condition with lack of funds. It is said that when the temple was being constructed during the Chozha period, it was kept on hold due to some foreign invasion. So, the temple looks semi finished.

Recently, Tamilnadu Tourism has made arrangements to organize package tour to all 9 Navagraha Sthalams around Chennai and hence the turnout of people is gradually increasing here.

This lovely temple amidst a calm village has more to be uncovered.



    gd afn saravanan,

    here is Nandhi Bagwan is famous because he absorbs tge poisonous breath of Siva and saved the world. great pa.
    happy to hear that the govt has made it as tourist place but they have to take care of the temple also.

    with love


  2. Thank you very much

  3. From porur to kundranthur main road reach gerukambakkam busstop in left side. take a left here move further take a again left you will reach this temple

  4. any one please provide the phone numbers of all these chennai-navagraha temples.

  5. any one please provide the phone numbers of all these chennai-navagraha temples

  6. If you go from the MIOT hospital side to manapakkam road. if you see the Nursing collage in the Gerugambakkam then turn right. then your second right is the temple.

  7. whether material required for parikara pooja available in temple itself?

  8. Saravanan,

    Great job. Is there any phone number of the temple available? Regards

  9. Can anyone share the Phone numbar ... Pls

  10. Contact: Vaidyanatha Gurukkal @ 99404 38264