Thiruvaaleeswarar Srivanchur

Thiruvaaleeswarar, Srivanchur

Saivite Temples, Chengalpet Taluk


Thiruvaaleeswarar, facing east


Thirupurasundari, facing south

Other Deities

Lakshmi Narayana, Muruga, Vishnu with consorts, Vinayaka, Chandikeswara, Naagar

Thiruvaaleeswarar Srivanchur is an ancient temple which has been almost completely lost over time. The remains were discovered by a local old man and members of a temple revival group (Hindu Aalayangal Suththam Seiyum Iraipani Sabhai) have been coming ever since from Chennai to perform the rituals on important days. Members who come to this temple for this purpose include economically weak, but strong minded and devoted people including flower sellers from Chennai. They have erected a shed with contributions and a kitchen area. The temple has a temple tank opposite which has been taken up and cleaned by Eicher Group. The Sanctum Sanctorum inside ceiling is hexagonal. Lakshmi Narayana and Muruga are located outside the sanctum like Dwarapalakas on either side. Two Naagar idols are further outside the entrance and are considered the guardian deities of this temple. The Vinayaka here is seen with the Elephant as his mount and not the usual Mouse. On the step in the outside stone entrance is carved the snake and moon concept depicting an eclipse. The area is bare and no trees are found except the lone neem tree and weeds. Twice in a year during the transit of the Sun its rays fall through the holes in the outer wall on the Lingam.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Temple tank

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Neem (Azadirachta indica)


Thiruvaaleeswarar Srivanchur is an ancient temple which has been completely lost. It is said to have been built by the Pallavas. Historical information us not available as of now.


Valee of Ramayana is believed to have installed and worshiped the Lingam here at Thiruvaaleeswarar Srivanchur. During out visit the above mentioned group were present and they informed us that crows are never found this temple and that a snake which hides here comes out and curls around the Lingam when people are not present. These people have also seen many snakes here.


Thiruvaaleeswarar Srivanchur is about 6 kilometers northwest of Kattankulathur and the temple is after you cross the village.

Stay and Food

None locally. Kattankulathur and the GST are the best options.

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