Arthanareeswarar Temple of Shiva 4th Main Road,, Nanganallur, Chennai-600061

In this Hindu temple, Shiva blesses the devotees in a Shiva Linga form, mounted on a Avudayar (seat or Peeta) of 3.5 feet radius. The Sri Durga Idol in this temple in India is about 8 feet height.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
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    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
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    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
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    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
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    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
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    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction


About Arthanareeswarar Temple

This Hindu temple is located in Nanganallur, Chennai and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

According to the historical legend, an old man once tried to clean the tank or pond in his land. While cleaning, he found idols of the temple in the tank submerged and buried. These idols were immediately cleaned and moved to a tent with a thatched roof. At the beginning, worshipping of these idols began by the lighting of lamps. The Hindu temple was built later on. 

As the deity's idol was under water for a long period, he is known as Jalakandeswarar( Jal standing for water). Later on the name was changed to Arthanareeswara. Arthanareeswara is the form of the supreme being representing both male and female forms at the same time. The devotee worshipping the Linga found at this Indian temple, accept the concept of worshipping Shiva and Devi together.

The temple faces east with a spacious Maha Mandap, Bali Peeta and Nandhi Mandap. The Shivalinga is big in size compared to normal Shiva temples in India, with a radius of 3.5 feet which is mounted on a platform.  Out of many forms of  Lord Shiva , Arthanareeswara belongs  to satyojatham which  faces west.  The mother goddess Tripura Sundari is found at a separate shrine, next to the lord facing south.  The Navagraha ( 9 planets/sun ) shrine is nearby.

In this temple, devotees can also find the Sri Ashtabuja Durga idol which is big (8 Ft. Tall).  
 

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