Dharmalingeswarar Nanganallur

Dharmalingeswarar Nanganallur

Saivite Temples, Chennai District


Dharmalingeswarar, facing east


Sarvamangalambigai, facing south

Other Gods

Vinayaka, Muruga with consorts, Naagar, Anjaneya, Naalvar, Meikandaar, Arunandi, Umapathysivan, Sekkizhar, Arunagirinadar, Senthanar, Thirumoolar, Karaikkal Ammayar, Nandanar, Bhairava, Navagraha, Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga, Chandikeswara, Sarvamangala Vinayaka, Guru Vinayaka, Surya, Chandran, Veerabhadra, Nataraja

Dharmalingeswarar Nanganallur is a small temple, constructed mostly anew, with a 3 tiered Rajagopuram at the east and a 5 tiered Gopuram at the southern entrance. The temple has two Prakarams today, one outer and one inside around the sanctum sanctorum. The Muruga shrine faces west on a raised platform of about 6 feet. A temple car has also been made. Descriptions of the history of the temple published by the temple authorities describes the beautiful environment of this land in the ancient days – a stark contrast to today’s situation. Dharmalingeswarar Nanganallur temple seems to have had a lot of a land in ancient times which have all been divided up for residences in recent times.

Holy water (Theertham) – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Dharmalingeswarar Nanganallur dates back to the sixth year of the rule of Rajaraja Chola. A single line stone inscription discovered in 1970’s indicating the donations of land by his vassal king Kariyadityan towards procurement of musical instruments and their regular conduct to wake up the lord in the morning, confirms the presence of this temple even before that period. The ancient name of the temple is Dhanmisar Semponkoil. Remnants of the temple itself was discovered only in the 1960’s and since then a group of people have brought it up to its present condition with contributions and donations from the public. Today, however, the temple is quite popular and well maintained.


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Dharmalingeswarar Nanganallur is between the first and second Easwaran Koil streets which is north of MMTC Colony Main road. We recommend using the map below to visit all the temples in this area as it can get confusing for new visitors. There are many other temples in Nanganallur, most of which are of recent origins – Arthanareeswarar, Hayagrivar, Guruvayoorappan, Lakshmi Narasimha, Navaneetha Krishna, Rajarajeswari, Anjaneya, Ayyappa, Amman and more. All these temples are beautiful and popular. Plan for half a day to visit them as desired.

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