Dedicated to the Sun God, this temple is said to have been built over 1300 years ago. Legend has it that along with the Sun god even Sage Agasthiyar worshipped Lord Shiva here, and hence it has been named as Sri Agatheeswarar temple. The Sun God is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple. The main deities in this temple are Sri Agatheeswarar, sometimes known as Sri Vaakeesa Mahadhevar and Sri Aanandhavalli. The shrines of all the deities in this temple face the shrine of Lord Shiva.
The temple of Sri Somanaadheeswarar is dedicated to ‘Chandra Bhagwaan’ or ‘moon god’ and is said to have been built as early as 1073 AD. Legend has it that after getting cursed by Dhakshan, the moon god lost all the divine powers that it possessed, along with all sixteen art forms that were acquired by him. He created a pond and worshipped lord Shiva for years and got back all his powers and beauty. In Sri Somanaadheeswarar Temple, Lord Shiva is in the form of Nataraj and is shrined in as Chathura Thaandava Murthy, which is very rarely found.
Poondhamalli Sri Vaidheeswarar, dedicated to Angaarangan, is more than 1000 years old. At this temple, one can spot Sri Angaarangan’s footmark right under a sculpted palm tree. The main deities of Sri Vaidheeswarar are Sri Vaidheeswarar and Sri Thaiyyal Naayagi. The architecture of this temple is highly acclaimed, and the beautiful and intricated carvings portray excellent craftsmanship. Lord Shiva is present in this temple in the form of the Lingam.
Built during the Chozha period back in the 7th century, Kovur Sri Sundhareswarar has deities of Sri Sundhareswarar and Sri Soundharaambigai. Legend has it that Goddess Kamakshi wanted to marry Lord Shiva and was praying intensely for that. The level of her penance made the earth extremely hot and unbearable. But Lord Shiva, however, was not aware of any of this due to his meditation. This made Goddess Sri Mahalaxmi worship Lord Shiva to open his eyes which saved the world. It is said that praying in this temple can cure one of his ailments.
Porur Sri Ramanaadheswarar has an interesting tale related to the Ramayana. According to Legends, Lord Rama rested in Porur before heading to Lanka. Unknowingly, he touched a Shivalingam by his feet. To make up for his wrongdoings, he penanced for four long days, which pleased Lord Shiva, who gave Viswaroopa Dharshan to Lord Rama. Sri Ramanaadheswarar’s idol in this temple is a gigantic one and is an absolute masterpiece.
Maangadu Sri Velleeswarar is a temple dedicated to Sri Velleeswarar and is the Sukran Sthalam among all the Navagraha temple in Chennai. Sri Sukran is the God of prosperity, fame, wealth and social status and the idol of this temple is exceptionally beautiful and intricately carved. This beautiful place is one of the best Navagraha temples in Tamil Nadu
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Built-in the Chozha period, Pozhichalur Sri Agatheeswarar temple is an extremely religious place for those having a tough time in life, known as ‘Shani’ or Saturn. So, people often come here to get rid of all the bad things in their life. The main deities in this temple are Sri Agatheeswarar and Goddess Sri Aanandhavalli. It is said that Sage Agasthiyar and Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan worshipped Lord Shiva here.
People often visit Gerugambaakkam Sri Neelakandeshwarar to get rid of Ketu ‘dosha’ on their horoscope. This temple is semi-finished due to foreign invasion during the Chola period and never got completed. The main deities of Gerugambaakkam are Sri Neelakandeswarar and Goddess Sri Aadhi Kamakshi. Being one of the best navagraha temples in Tamil Nadu, the temple is famous for performing kuja shanti puja.
Kunrathur Sri Naageswarar is more than 800 years old and is said to have been built by Sri Sekkizhaar, a famous poet, who was a huge devotee of Lord Shiva. Hence, he built a temple in the place of the north of Lord Shiva. It is home to the deities of Sri Naageswarar and Goddess Sri Kamakshi. People often come to this Navagraha temple in Tamil Nadu to get rid of Rahu doshas.
Sooriyanar Kovil Temple is dedicated to the Hindu Sun God and is situated in the town of Kumbakonam. This is the only temple in Tamil Nadu which has shrines of all nine Navahrahas and hence is quite a unique one. The tower of this temple is around 16 meters and consists of three tires. Within the temple sanctum, Suryan is portrayed on his vaahanam or chariot. The architecture of this temple is quite a treat to the eyes.
Kailasanathar Temple is located in the village of Thingaloor. Although this temple is dedicated to the God of the moon or ‘Chandra’, the main idol is of Lord Shiva or Kailashnath. The architecture of this temple is genuinely marvellous with five tiers large raja gopuram and two parikramas surrounding it. -Kailasanathar Temple, Thingaloor
Vaitheeswaran Kovil temple is dedicated to ‘mangal’ or mars. This is one of the most famous Navagraha temples in Chennai and is said to be more than a thousand years old. This temple is dedicated to the God of Mars, also known as Anagaaragan or Angaraaka. Vaitheeswaran Kovil is frequently visited by couples who wish to strengthen their marital relationship as Mangal is said to be the God of strong marital relationships. The marvellous and intricate carvings are an absolute visual treat for the eye.
Located in Kumbakonam, Abadhsagayeswaraswamy Temple is regarded as a 'Gurustalam' and is said to be the 98th in the series of Tevara Sthalams in the Chola region south of the river Kaveri. At this temple, Dakshinamurthy is held, which attracts large crowds when Jupiter transits between all the zodiac signs. This stalam is considered to be one of the 9 Navagraha sthalams of the Chola region.
Sri Nganathaswamy or ‘Rahu’ temple is believed to have been built way back in the 9th Century AD, by Aditya Chola 1. It is dedicated to Rahu and is one of the nine Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu. The temple has deities of Arulmigu Giri Gujambika Sametha Naganathaswamy and has a separate shrine for Rahu, who is seen with his two consorts Nagakanni and Nagavalli. Here, the gods are seen with Human faces, which is quite unique as in other places, Rahu is usually seen with a serpent face.
Each of these Navagraha temples in Tamil Nadu has a great religious significance. Do visit these beautiful Navagraha temples and also let us know your experience in the comment section below.