Weekend Darshan - 9
Over the weekend, we wanted to go somewhere nearby Chennai and came to know about this place called Madambakkam. It is oddly 5-10 kms from Tambaram. (Forgetful me, did not notice the exact distance)
There is an old temple belonging to the Chola period, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The lord is referred as "Thenapureeswarar" here. We were completely taken aback by the serene ambience in that place. It is a calm and peaceful place to visit in the morning. The temple has undergone renovation over the years and we can observe the concrete ceilings and painted walls, which have marred the originality of the otherwise beautiful temple.
A few interesting observations about this place
- Although the history and the external architecture(with 'kumudam' and 'jagadhi') point to the Cholas, the inner walls of the sanctum sanctorum is semicircular in the rear side, reminding me some of the Pallava temples in Kanchipuram.
- Among the inscriptions found on the south side wall of the sanctum sanctorum, we found the name "Sundara Pandian". This is the first time in our limited experience that we find a non-Chola name in a Chola temple.
- There is deity of five headed Hanuman on one of the pillars. We could see more images of Lord Vishnu depicted as baby Krishna, as Ranganthar in this temple. Also there is a deity of Sarabeshwarar in this temple.
Here are some pics of Madambakkam
Outer wall at Madamabakkam
Here's the history
Historic details about the temple can be found here...
From there we went to a place called Tirukachur, which is 5 kms off NH 45 from Singaperumal Koil near Chengalpet. There a couple of temples again belonging to Chola period. More about this place is available in Ferrari's blog here
Something amusing was waiting for us here too. On one side of the walls, we found an image of two fishes facing each other. Fish being a symbol of Pandyas, we couldn't quite guess the reason, why it was there. May be it was inscribed much later???
Fishes facing each other
The difference in archiectural style can be well observed by comparing these two images of Lord Subramaniam
Madambakkam & Tirukachur
Until now I didnt know that there were such good places around Chennai