Saivite Temples – Villupuram

Saivite Temples - Villupuram

Aabathsahayeswarar, Senthamangalam

This is a 13th century massive east facing temple with 3 Praharas.

Arthanareeswarar, Rishivandhyam

The Shiva Lingam here reveals the image of goddess Parvathi when bathed with honey.

Padaleeswarar, Brahmadesam

This beautiful temple was built by Rajendra I (c.1014 – 1044 CE).

Kailasanadar, Villupuram

This is an ancient east facing temple with a 5 tier Rajagopuram on the west side.

Matheeswarar, Thirupalapandhal

A sad sight, this once large and glorious temple is now almost totally dilapidated!

Rishabapureeswarar, Melsevur

Goddess Mangalambigai, also known as Gunasamvardhini, is believed to have emerged from a sacrificial pit and married the Lord here.

Aadaleeswarar, Munnur

Once 300 Brahmins are said to have performed yaga here and hence the name of the village is ‘Munnootru Mangalam’, ‘Munnur’.

Chozheeswarar, Pakkam

This temple represents Fire (Agni). The other temples in this group are Devabandalam (Earth), Mookanur (Sky), Kaduvanur (Air), Raavuthanallur (Water).

Kailasanathar, Ulundurpet

This is an east facing temple with an entrance Arch and no Rajagopuram.

Vaitheeswaran, Chintamaninalloor

This small and beautiful temple was built by Vikrama Chola in 1127 AD.

Agastheeswarar, Vikravandi

This temple is about 800 years old and is west facing with entrance from east.

Bhuvaneswarar, Vikravandi

This is an old east facing temple with entrance from west

Brahmapurisvara, Brahmadesam

In the olden days this place was called as Rajaraja Chaturvedimangalam.

Ardhanareeswarar, Elavanasoorkottai

Rajaraja Chola while hunting, found this Lingam and built the temple in the midst of the forest.

Ramanatheswarar, Esalam

Many inscriptions dating back to the Chola period have been discovered here.

Valeeswarar, Kolianoor

Unlike other temples this temple does not have a Rajagopuram and a Dwajasthambam (flag staff) intentionally.

Thandavaneswarar, Mookanur

The holy tree here is a rare Mahavilwam and has 7-9 leaves in a petiole unlike the normal 3 leaves.

Somanatheeswarar, Somandarkudi

Aadhi Shankara is said to have stayed and worshiped in this temple.

Nidhiswarar, Annamputhur

Kubera, the god of wealth is believed to have worshiped Lord Shiva here and hence the name of the lord is Nidhiswarar.

Thirukunthankudi Mahadevar, Madagadipet

This temple was built by Raja Raja Chola (985-1016 CE) as per stone inscriptions found here.

Thirunaadheeswarar, Devanur

The huge stone gateway at the eastern entrance lead into a large stone mantapa with nicely carved pillars.

Atheswarar Avanipur

A beautiful temple where the Navagrahas have separate shrines around the main sanctums.

Jambunadaswami Kizhsevur

An ancient temple full of stone inscriptions from the past and some beautiful sculptures.

Talagireeswarar, Panamalai

This temple was built by Narasimhavarma Pallava II (700 – 728 CE) and one of the earliest Pallava Temples.

Tindrineeswarar, Tindivanam

The whole area was once a Tamarind forest (Thindri Vanam in Sanskrit) and hence the name of the town Tindivanam.

Arasaleshwarar, Vanniper

This is an old temple, neglected over time, but set in a beautiful and peaceful location.

Mukthyajaleswarar, Perumukkal

The Sita Cave situated west of the temple has Petroglyphs considered by some to be of Sita.

Saleeswarar, Perumukkal

The Shiva Lingam is a tall idol. There are many broken idols including Muruga, Ganesha and Nandi here.

Idumbeswarar, Perumukkal

The idols of two Shiva Temples are kept here. Idumban faces one of the Lingams here instead of Nandi.

Chandramouleeswarar, Keezhpasar

This is a lost temple that has been revived by the efforts of a single lady.

Aadhi Valeeswarar, Villupuram

This is a small and ancient temple with a wealth of inscriptions on its sanctum sanctorum walls.

Thirukameeswarar, Villianur

This is is a very large and ancient temple with three Prakarams enclosing a large temple tank.

Kasi Viswanathar, Villianur

This is a small and beautiful temple situated in a lonely and peaceful spot.

Bhoomeeswarar, Marakkanam

This is an ancient temple built and renovated by Rajaraja Chola.

Agasteeswarar, Kallapuliyur

This is an ancient temple that has completely dilapidated over the years.

Chidambareswarar, Kazhumaram

This is a small and beautiful temple with many inscriptions and carvings on the walls.

Manicka Easwarar, Dadapuram

This is an ancient temple built by Kundavai the elder sister of Rajaraja Chola.

Kasi Viswanathar, Jambai

This is an ancient temple in an area where indications of a Megalithic settlement are found.

Mangaleswarar, Irayanur

The ancient Shiva Lingam was found buried in the earth and the temple was built up.

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