Abodes of Shiva
Arulmigu Seethalambikai sameda Othandeeswarar Temple, Thirumazhisai
|Mulavar||Othandeeswarar, Agastheeswarar, Kai Thanda Piran|
|Ambal||Seethalambikai, Kulirnda nayaki|
|Direction||Lord facing east and Lordess facing south|
|Theertham||Agasthiyar Theertham, Kalyana Theertham|
|Sthala Vruksham||Azhinjil, Vilvam, Paarijadam|
Thirumazhisai is situated about 25 kms west of Chennai. It can be reached on the road to Thiruvallur from Poonamallee. The temple is situated on the road-side just near the Thirumazhisai Bus Stand.
While traveling in Southern region, Sage Agasthiyar worshipped Lord Shiva at Velankaadu (today’s Thiruverkaadu), where he wished to see Sri Shiva Parvathi wedding ceremony. The Lord too gave dharshan of the whole wedding ceremony to Agasthiyar there. On realizing this, Pulasthiyar, who is the primary disciple of Agasthiyar and all other disciples, requested Agasthiyar that they too wish to see the wedding of the Lord. Sage Agasthiyar along with his disciples came walking towards south of Thiruverkaadu and stayed in this place, which was a forest filled with Azhinjal trees. As Azhinjal tree is considered most sacred, Sage Agasthiyar installed a Shiva Lingam and worshipped Lord Shiva here. God, pleased with Agasthiyar’s prayers again gave dharshan of His wedding ceremony to Agasthiyar and all his disciples.Sage Agasthiyar overwhelmed by the mercy of the God, requested God to take abode in this place in Kalyaana Kolam (posture as just wed couple). As wished by Agasthiyar, Lord Shiva and Parvathi took abode here as Uma Maheshwara just behind the Shiva Lingam, worshipped by Agasthiyar.
There are 3 places of then
‘Thondai Mandalam’, where Sage Agasthiyar had worshipped Lord Shiva under
Azhinjal tree. They are Azhisoor near Kanchipuram, Thirumazhisai near
Poonamallee and Chinnakkaavanam near Ponneri. The divine coincidence is all
the 3 temples lie on a straight line.
According to some inscriptions, it is said that this
temple had been renovated later by Chozha Kings during 10th century. The
sanctum is built in Gajabrishta or Thoongaanai Maadam shape, looking like
the back of the sleeping elephant, which is seen in many of the temples
built in Thondai Naadu, by Chozha kings.
Address : Arulmigu Othandeeswarar Temple, Thirumazhisai, Chennai. Pin Code :