Kalyana Veerabhadrar Temple, Chennivakkam, Thiruvallur
Legend / Local stories
In days of yore, some traders in gems came to south for business. The group also included an old woman. As an Ambika devotee, she was ever carrying an idol of Mother and used to do worship in all places of the group’s stay. The traders stayed in this place one day. When the old woman tried to take the idol back after usual worship, she could not. The traders too could not move the idol. They stayed there for a day more postponing the journey. Ambica appeared in the dream of the old woman and pointed out a place near the idol and said that Lord Veerabadras was also there. When she informed her dream to the traders, they dug the ground and found the Veerabhadra idol. They installed him and built the temple. As they got the Lord through Ambica, He is praised as Kalyana Veerabhadra.
Presiding Deity is called as Kalyana Veerabhadra. As Lord Veerabhadra was found from the ground here, He is praised as Than Thondri Veerabhadra. Nandhi Vahana is in the mandapam opposite to Lord Veerabhadra along with Vinayaka’s Moonjuru and Muruga’s elephant vahanas. Special pujas are performed on Pradosha days. Abishekams are offered to Vahanas also. Chandikeswara is on the left of Lord Veerabhadra in a separate shrine.
The flag post is opposite the shrine of Lord Veerabhadra in the temple. Mother is called as Maragatha Badhrambikai. The idol of Mother Badrambikai is made of Maragatha stone, hence praised as Maragatha (emerald) Badrambikai. Mother is holding trident, sword, Udukkai and Dhandam in her hands. An old woman-Moodhatti is nearby worshipping Mother.
Akora Veerabhadra is in the prakara. Pujas are offered to him after pujas to presiding deity. There are shrines for Lords Somasundarar, Bhairava, Mothers Sundarambikai, Mahalakshmi, Gangadevi and Sani Bhagwan. Lord Sakthi Vinayaka graces the devotees in the temple. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa Tree.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Those visiting during noon may contact the priest of the temple on phone in advance.
Chitra Poornima in April-May, Aipasi Annabishekam in October November, Tirukarthikai in November-December and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January. As Veerabhadra is but Shiva himself, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November is dedicated to him and special pujas on Tiruvadhirai day in December-January. Special abishekam and pujas are performed on Tuesdays. As a tradition, during festival and important days, Lord appears in Somaskanda form – along with Ambika and Lord Muruga on Nandhi Vahana. But in this temple, Lord Vinayaka occupies the place of Muruga on Chitra Poornima day and grants darshan near the Kushasthala River. It is said that Vinayaka enjoys a prominent position in the temple.
Devotees pray here for fearlessness, for welfare of children and for solutions for problems arising in wedding efforts. Realizing their wishes, devotees offer sandal abishek, betel garlands, various Nivedhanas as sarkarai Pongal, pepper Pongal, pepper Vada, Sundal etc. They also offer betel garlands and Mangal Sutra to Ambica.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 700 meters from Thatchoor, 2 Kms from Pancheshti, 2.5 Kms from Pancheshti Bus Stop, 3 Km from Thatchur Koot Road, 7 Kms from Ponneri, 6 Kms from Ponneri Bus Depot, 7 Kms from Ponneri Railway Station, 11 Kms from Chinnambedu, 31 Kms from Chennai and 44 Kms from Chennai Airport.
After crossing Red Hills and Karanodai on the highway, you must take a right turn before Thatchur Cross road to enter this village. The temple is just 2.5 Kms off the highway. Frequent Buses available from Broadway and Koyambedu. No Direct buses from Broadway and Koyambedu. You can get buses going to Ponneri and get down at Pancheshti Bus Stop and take auto to reach this temple. Go to Redhills from there you can get frequent buses.