Mahadevar Temple, Edayarpakkam, Kanchipuram
|Date built:||11th century|
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Address:||Mahadevar Temple,Edayarpakkam, Sriperumbudur Taluk,Kanchipuram District – 631553|
|Phone||+91 91714 45632|
Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 08.00 AM to 12.00 Noon and 03.00 PM to 04.00 PM. Regular one kala pooja is being carried out
Legend / Local stories
The is a small east facing stone temple built during the reign of Kulothunga Chola I in the 11th century CE. The temple is very small and does not have gopuram or flag staff. The historical name of the village is Raja Vidyadhara Chadur Vedi Mangalam. It was also called as Idaiyattrup Pakkam in those days. The actual name of the presiding deity is Tiruppada Kadudaiyar. He is called as Mahadevar nowadays. The Chola period Mahadevar shrine is two tiered vimana and an ardha-mandapam. The entire temple structure is made out of granite.
The east facing sanctum measures 3.05 m in width in the north-south direction and 4.65 m in length in the east-west direction. The sanctum entrance is 1.35 cm in width. The sanctum houses “Tiruppadakkadu Udaiya Mahadevar” in the form of Shivalingam. This temple just has the main shrine and there are no other sub-shrines. A small Vishnu idol is also found in the shrine. This idol was found during an excavation in the recent past and someone has placed Vishnu adjacent to Shiva Linga. Hence, this temple of Shiva has Vishnu also in the main shrine.
The upper portion of the vimana is broken and only half of the Vimana exists today. The Vimana is built as per the Gaja Brushtam style. Nandhi and Vinayaka and Dhakshinamoorthy on the southern Koshta and Brahma and Durga in the western Koshta is found. The place where the Lingothbavar is situated in the west Koshta has been destructed and not found now. There is no Chandikeswara shrine in this Temple.
There is no idol of shrine for Goddess. Nandi idol and bali peetha are found facing towards the main shrine. A newly made or found small Ganesha idol is found below a tree in the temple complex. During the days of King Kulothunga Chola I the temples did not have an Amman Sannidhi. The temple has a Thamarai kulam (Lotus pond) at front.
How to Reach:
This temple is situated in the extreme corner of the village. The Temple is located at about 9 Kms from Thakkolam, 27 Kms from Sriperumbudur, 25 Kms from Kanchipuram, 18 Kms from Sunguvarchathram, 22 Kms from Arakkonam, 10 Kms from Perambakkam, 27 Kms from Tiruvallur and 64 Kms from Chennai. Edayarpakkam is the remote village and less traveled destination. The temple is also lesser known to the public. Public transport is not available. Rental cabs can be hired from Sunguvarchathram or Sriperumbudur or Kanchipuram. There is no railway station near to Edayarpakkam in less than 10 km. Arakkonam Railway Station is located at about 20 Kms from this Temple. Nearest Airport is located at Chennai (58 Kms).
Edayarpakkam, Sriperumbudur Taluk,
Kanchipuram District – 631553
Mobile: +91 91714 45632