Sundararaja Perumal Temple, Sitharkadu, Thiruvallur
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Legend / Local stories
Lord Vishnu along with his consort Lakshmi gave darshan to Lord Brahma:
In the olden days, this village was in the form of a forest with a lot of Sowgandhika flower plants. Hence, it was called as Sowgandhika Puram. Lord Brahma liked this beautiful forest much and started his penance towards Vishnu in this site. Vishnu along with his consort Lakshmi gave darshan to Brahma. Brahma became excited and called them as Sundararaja and Sundaravalli as they appeared to him extremely beautiful. (The word ‘Sundara’ means beautiful).
It is believed that the village was originally called as Tirumandram or Harisaranalaya Nallur. Tirumandram has become Tirumanam nowadays.
It is believed to be the site where Tirumazhisai Alwar performed penance towards Lord Vishnu.
The sculpture of Garudakkodi Siddhar found in a pillar in the mandapam of Andal shrine. It is believed that this Siddha lived in this village and was a great devotee of Garuda. It is believed that a prayer to this Garudakkodi Siddhar will cure all eye related problems. There are instances of complete cure for even chronic diseases without operation/surgery.
Since the place featured Siddhas who prayed and performed penance, the town, which was once dense in vegetation, came to be called Siddhar Kaadu, which means forests of the Siddhas. Later, the name became Chithukadu.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 1 Km from Sitharkadu Bypass Bus Stop, 4 Kms from Vellavedu, 5 Kms from Pattabiram Railway Station, 7 Kms from Thiruninravur, 9 Kms from Poonamallee, 9 Kms from Avadi, 9 Kms from Thirumazhisai, 24 Kms from Thiruvallur, 30 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 29 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 27 Kms from Chennai Airport and 29 Kms from Chennai.
While travelling from Chennai on the Chennai – Poonamallee Bypass. On the left-hand side, you will find a brewery and RRB Energy factory. On that signal, turn right. There is a Board which shows the direction towards Pattabiram before you turn right. Go down that not-so-good route for about 8 kms. You will come across a bridge being constructed and a board which says Sitharkadu. Take left there – you would be able to see the Rajagopuram from there itself. You could also go upto Thirumazhisai and turn right at Vellavedu and go down 4 kms to reach here.
Sitharkadu can be reached via Poonamallee, Tirumazhisai and taking a turn to right while going from Chennai. Shared auto-rickshaws are available from the back side of the Poonamallee bus terminus. Buses are also available for Sitharkadu from the Poonamallee bus terminus but they are infrequent. Sitharkadu can also be reached from Vellavedu which is around 4 Kms from there. Before the Vellavedu bus stop, the right turn leads to Sitharkadu. However, there are no buses or shared-autorickshaws in this route as of now.
Pattabiram is on the Chennai to Thiruvallur main road and also on the railway route. From Pattabiram at the end of the bridge on the south side Share autos are available up to National hi-way bridge. There are buses too upto Pattabiram from Koyambedu Bus Stand – M153 and from Poonamallee – M 54C which goes via Sithukadu. Nearest Suburban train station is Pattabiram from where one can take a share auto. Share autos are available up to bridge and from there can be reached through a small walk.