Last updated on October 19th, 2019 at 01:06 pm
The great Marundeeswarar Temple located at Tiruvanmiyur is nearby Chennai. This temple has a shrine of Marundeeswar or Aushadeeswarar which is a form of deity Lord Shiva, a God of all Medicines. This temple has architecture of Dravidian style; also this is one of the popular temples to visit in Chennai. The people believe that from the blessing of the god Marundeeswarar, those who are sick or suffering from various diseases could be cured. This temple includes 5 theerthams – Janma Nasini, Kama Nasini, Papa Nasini, Gyana Dhayini and Moksha Nasini. These are considered to have initiated from the “Jada Mudi” of Lord Shiva. There are total of 108 deity Lingams that you can be seen at the temple.
Legend of Marundeeswarar Temple
- Sage Valmiki, who has great poetry wrote the Ramayana, visited the Marundeeswarar temple to worship Lord Shiva.
History of Marundeeswarar Temple
The temple was glorified by the Nayanars (Saivite Saints), Thiruknana Sambandar and Apper in the 7th to 8th centuries and then the 11th century this temple was extended by the Chola kingdom. Likewise, the name of temple Marundeeswarar derived from the form of “Marundhu+ Easwara” which means “Medicine+God of Medicines”. The offering prasadam here is a combination of sacred ash, water, and milk, which is supposed to the medicine of all kind of ailments. One has to visit to confront the miraculous power that is attributed to the temple.
There are many legends linked with this temple, one of them describes why Lord Shiva was called Marundeeswarar for the reason, he is supposed to must be taught a great medical Sage Agastya about magical medicine. The temple is also famous for its one and a half feet self-expressing Shivalinga. This place also enclosure the statues of Lord Ganesha and Lord Muruga.
The temple has two main entries, one from West Tank Street and another on East Coast Road. Both of these entrances are embellished by a 5-tiered Gopuram or the tower of Gateway. The entrance of West Tank has three gates however the East Coast Road has a single gate.
- Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March – April
- Shivrathri in February-March
- Vinayaka Chaturthi, Skanda Sashti in October-November
- Pournami or Full moon days – Every Month.
Daily and Special Pooja Timings
Timing: 5.30 AM to 12.00 PM and 04.00 PM to 08.30 PM.
How to Reach Temple
Mode of Transport: Bus