Kurungaleeswarar (Kuchalavapureeswarar) Temple, Koyambedu, Chennai

Sri Kurungaleeswarar(Kuchalavapureeswarar) temple is based in the settlement area cited as Koyambedu, in the district of Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The chief deity of this temple is Kurungaleeswarar, Kuchalavapureeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Darmasamvardhani.

The holy tree of this temple is Jack tree. The holy water of this temple is Lavakucha theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is just 500 years old in this region. The historical name of this village is none.

The chief festivals of this shrine are Brahmmotsavam in Chithirai (April-May), Iypasi Annabishekam (October-November), Arudra Darshan in December-January, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai (December-January), Mahashivarathri in Masi (February-March), Theerthavari in Masi full moon day, New Year days and Masi month special days plus Deepavalli and Pongal.

Abhishekams and homams are performed to the Lord on all the auspicious days and other festive days related to Lord Shiva. These festivals are marked with special pujas and rituals at this shrine.

According to the local legends, The Navagraha shrine (9 planets) in front of the Goddess is on a stage designed as a lotus. Sun appears on a chariot drawn by seven horses with his consorts Usha and Pradyusha. Charioteer Aruna is holding the reins. This is a rare form. Days are calculated on the basis of the journey time of Sun.

It is said that worshipping Sun on special days as Ratha Sapthami in the Thai (January-February) month is very beneficial. The floor portion of the shrine is yellow, lower part is white, the Lotus part is red, chariot black and the deities are in green and five colours. This is a different temple design.

Address – Sri Kurungaleeswarar Temple, Koyambedu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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