Gangaikonda Choleeswarar Koozhamandal

Gangaikonda Choleeswarar, Koozhamandal

Saivite Temples, Thiruvannamalai District


Uthira Gangaikonda Choleeswarar, facing east


Visalakshi, facing south

Other Deities

Dakshinmamurthy, Pitchadanar, several forms of Shiva and some of Vishnu around the outer walls. Sanctum Niches – Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Lingotbavar, Brahma, Durga

Gangaikonda Choleeswarar Koozhamandal is an ancient east facing temple under the maintenance and control of Archaeological Survey of India. There are two large Prakarams and a temple tank at the north-east side. The Nandi is a very beautiful sculpture and before that are pillars, remnants of a Mantapam in the past. A beautiful Mukha Mantapam and Ardha Mantapam precedes the Sanctum Sanctorum. The Vimaana is 3 tiered and the idols in the sanctum niches are all beautiful specimens. The Shiva Lingam is a large and beautiful one more than 4 feet in height from the base and with a Naaga Abharana (Snake Armor). The minor and miniature carvings of various ornamental designs and other representations are also beautiful works. Many idols are also installed around the Prakaram. The sanctum walls and base are full of inscriptions. There is a large stone vessel to collect water from ablution to the main deity.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Temple Tank

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Gangaikonda Choleeswarar Koozhamandal was built by Isana Siva Pandita, the spiritual guru of Rajendra Chola I (reign 1014 – 1044 CE).


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Gangaikonda Choleeswarar Koozhamandal is about 21 kilometers north of Vandavasi and 17 kilometers south of Kancheepuram in the road connecting the two towns. The temple is about 400 meters east off the main road.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest is Kancheepuram or Vandavasi depending on your travel plan.

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