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This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva – also known as the Eashwaran Dharmaraj Koil – is located on M.G. Road, adjacent to the Varadaraja Perumal Temple. Its 75 feet tall colourful ‘gopuram’ is adorned by statues of gods and goddesses like most temples in South India.
In 1748, during Governor Dupleix’s rule, the original temple – Vedapuri Iswaran Koil – was demolished and razed to the ground. Its reconstruction – in the current location – was completed around 1788 and was funded by Dubash Kandappa Mudaliar with public support.
The presiding deity is a ‘swayambu Linga’ – meaning the idol manifested on its own and was found in its current form. It is said that the presiding deity was shifted to this temple from the Mission Street Samba Easwaran Temple 100 years ago. There is a special temple for Lord Dakshinamurthy within this temple on the southern side. Lord Muruga in this temple is praised by Sri Ramalinga Swamigal in his hymns.
Devotees perform ‘abhishekam’ – an ancient sacred Hindu custom of bathing a deity in water, milk, honey, ghee, fruit juice and other liquids. This resulting mixture is intended to be served as ‘prasadam’ to the devotees who offer their prayers. The pouring of these liquids symbolizes the pouring of a devotee’s purest love for God. Performing this ceremony, with a pure mind, faith and conviction, results in washing away of sins, and purification of the devotee’s own heart and mind.
On auspicious days like – Kruthika, Sankatahara Chaturthi, Adi Kruthikai, Thai Kruthikai, Chitra Poornima, Adipooram and Pradosham days – the temple is thronged by hundreds of devotees.
Deepavali, Pongal and Tamil New Year are a few more of the important days.
6:30am – 12:00pm and 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Feb – Mar (Masi): Sivarathiri
May – Jun (Vaikasi): Brahmotsava (18 days)
Sep – Oct (Purattasi): Navarathiri (10 days)
Oct – Nov (Aipasi): Annabhishekam