The Kandaswamy Temple of Chennai is in Cheyyur, 29 kilometers from Madurantakam. You can reach the temple from Chennai either by bus, rail or road. The nearest railway station to Cheyyur is the Chenglepattu. Taxis are available from there.
The village of Cheyyur was built during the regime of Veera Rajendra Chola and Kulothungan-III. Besides this settlement, these rulers constructed three temples, among which the Kandaswamy Temple of Chennai is the most well-known.
The Kandaswamy Temple of Chennai is located in between the Shiva and the Vishnu temples. Lord Kandaswamy or Shiva is the principal deity of this temple. Besides, there are the shrines of:
Muthukumaraswamy, also popular as Samharamurthy.
There are several other deities as well, for instance the Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy and Chandikeswara. You shall also find the deity of Murga, known to be a son of Lord Shiva. These five postures are known by specific names such as:
Brahma Sastha (created from Brahma)
Nrutta Skandar (dancing Muruga)
Balaskandar (child Shanmuga)
Pulinthar (vedan hunter)
Sivagurunathar (teacher to Siva)
The Kandaswamy Temple of Chennai attracts tourists due to the different figures standing in specific postures. This temple does not contain mere deities. Here one may also notice the image of Kazhukundran who designed an exquisite temple chariot in 1521 AD.
The Kandaswamy Temple at Chennai is a very sacred shrine in the vicinity of Chennai.
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