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Aavundeeswarar Temple, Nemam, Thiruvallur

Date built:11th Century
Architectural style:Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Address:Aavundeeswarar Temple, Nemam Post, Poonamallee Tehsil,
Chennai – 602 107, Thiruvallur District
Phone+91 98407 70248 / 9840760019 / 9444122680
 It was built by Jayamkonda Chola (Rajadhiraja Chola I) in the 11th Century. Over the years this temple lost its glory, and has been only recently reconstructed again at the turn of the 21st Century. (1999 – 2010). After 80 years of closure, the temple was opened with the blessings of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in 1999.

Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 08:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm.


Monthly Pradoshams, Maha Shivaratri, Navaratri are the main festivals celebrated in this temple in a grand manner.


Solving problems related to wedding, child birth, family troubles. This temple is also supposed to be a Parihara Sthalam for the people born under Makam and Pooram Stars. Those girls seeking suitable marriage alliances, offer garlands of glass bangles to the Goddess Amirthambigai on Fridays and during Navarathri. Childless couples seeking child boon perform Go Puja, circumambulate them 12 times, and offer Abhishekam to the Lord and Goddess with the fresh milk and take the milk as prasadam. After childbirth, they perform the Abhishekam again as a gesture of gratitude. It is desirable for every woman born in this world to worship Goddess Amirthambigai at least once in their life time.


Legend / Local stories


After the Pralaya ended, creation of new life was supposed to happen. Lord Brahma, the creator, started his tasks of creation of life again. While in the process of creation it is believed that it is at Nemam that he first sprinkled the holy nectar (Amritam). The Devas had also offered the Amritam first to Goddess of this place, Amirthambigai. Henceforth this Kshetram had been known as the Amirtha Janma Bhoomi.

Being a Janma Bhoomi from where creation started, the Goddess grants prayers of childbirth with kindness and compassion. Over time, the temple had been covered by sand and Lord Shiva waited patiently for the time to come to show himself to the world again. During this time, the cows that were being grazed through this area, used to shower their milk over the hidden lingam.

The cowherd did not understand why the cows were showering their milk on a sandhill. In a fit of anger, raised his whip and started beating the cows. It is believed that Lord Shiva rose from the sandhill and hugged the cows close whereby the whiplashes fell on him. Till today, the marks of a whip striking against him can be seen on the Murthi. As he protected the cows, he came to be known as Aavundeeswarar.

Amrita Shakthi:

Goddess Amirthambigai at Nemam blesses the devotees with the amrita shakti needed for surviving in this world and leading a good life. To get us the above 3 types of amrita shakti, Mother Amirthambigai did severe tapas in this sacred spot and requested the grace of Lord Aavundeeswarar. The Lord not only blessed her with this shakti, He also married her here.

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How to Reach:

The Temple is located at about 4 Kms from Vellavedu, 4 Kms from Vellavedu Bus Stop, 9 Kms from Thirumazhisai, 21 Kms from Thiruvallur, 4 Kms from Narasingapuram, 11 Kms from Poonamallee, 19 Kms from Mangadu, 15 Kms from Avadi, 13 Kms from Pattabiram Railway Station, 10 Kms from Thiruninravur, 10 Kms from Thiruninravur Railway Station, 32 Kms from Chennai, 33 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 31 Kms from Egmore Railway Station and 32 Kms from Chennai Airport.

The Temple is situated between Thirumazhisai and Tiruvallur route. (In Chennai – Bangalore highway, after Poonamallee, highway turning right towards Tirupathi). Nemam can be reached by bus from Chennai, Poonamallee and Sriperumbudur. You can also reach Nemam from Vellavedu which is on the Poonamallee – Tiruvallur road. It is 4 Kms from Vellavedu.

All buses from Chennai to Tiruvallur pass though Vellavedu Bus Stop. One can get down there and take an auto to reach Nemam Temple. If one is coming from Chennai after crossing Vellavedu and Sri Krishna Sweets, one must take left in the Chennai Tiruvallur Main Road near Ambedkar Statue and Nemam Green Board on Left Hand Side of the Road. The Road is smooth till one reaches a stone wall and then one must take left and then right. The Temple is visible there afterwards.

Contact Details

Aavundeeswarar Temple,
Nemam Post, Poonamallee Tehsil,
Chennai – 602 107, Thiruvallur District
Mobile: +91 98407 70248 / 9840760019 / 9444122680
Web: www.aavundeshwarar.com


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