IMG_20171215_163709_edited, Thirumoolanathar Temple, Puzhal, Thiruvallur
IMG_20171215_163709_edited, Thirumoolanathar Temple, Puzhal, Thiruvallur

Thirumoolanathar Temple, Puzhal, Thiruvallur

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Architectural style:Dravidian architecture
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Address:Thirumoolanathar Temple,Puzhal,Thiruvallur District – 600 066
Phone+91 9566258425
 Thirumoolanathar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Puzhal, a Chennai Suburb in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Thirumoolanathar and Mother is called as Sornambigai. This Temple is situated in the road just opposite the Puzhal prison. This Temple is famous for cure of persons affected by mental (psychological) problems.


Legend / Local stories

Sundarar, Thirumoolar worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple (Hence Lord Shiva is called as Thirumoolanathar).  Agasthiyar also had Lord Shiva’s Kalyana Kolam darshan here.

It was believed that the temple is 1300 years old and constructed during Pallava period.

The temple is facing east with Dwajasthambam, Palipeedam and Nandhi facing the sanctum. Presiding Deity is called as Thirumoolanathar. The Lingam is big and faces east. Lord is a Swayambu Moorthy looks beautiful in Nagabarana kavasam. Niruthiya Lingam, Dhakshina Moorthy, Maha Vishnu (in place of Lingothbavar), Brahma and Durgai are the Koshta Idols located around the sanctum walls. On Purnima days special abhishekam is performed for curing Mental illness.

Mother is called as Sornambigai. She is housed in a separate shrine with Mahendri Varahi, Brahmini, Maheswari and Narayani as Koshta Idols around the sanctum walls. There are shrines for Maha Ganapathy, Sri Anjaneyar, Maha Prathiyangara Devi, Sarabeswarar, Kasi Viswanathar & Visalakshi, Nagar, Navagrahas, Bairavar, Sandikeswarar in the outer prakaram.

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There are shrines for Sakthi Ganapathy, Shiva Lingam, Gajalakshmi, Veera Bhadra, Lord Murugan with his consorts Valli and Devasena, Ashtothra Lingam, Maha Saraswathy, 63 Nayanmars, Swarna Akarshana Bairavar, Chandran, Suryan and a mandapam in the inner prakaram. There is an underground passage and it is believed that it goes to Thirumullaivayil and Thiruvotriyur. There is a temple tank opposite to the temple. There is ample parking space near the tank.

Temple Opening Time

The temple remains open from 06.30 AM to 11.00 AM and 05.00 PM to 08.00 PM.


If the mentally affected people come here and offer worship they will get cured. The best time for the cure is the Pournami (full moon) day of the Mithuna masa (Gemini zodiac – normally falling in the 2nd half of May month of English calendar). On this day the idol of the deity will be having special abhisheka (sacred bathing of the idol). The Abhishek is done with a mixture of extracts (juices) of 64 medicinal plants. People with mental trouble should visit on these occasions and witness the abhisheka and take the prasad (a material substance that is first offered to a deity and then consumed). The prasad is the juice used for the abhisheka of the idol.

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How to Reach:

The Temple is located at about 700 meters from Puzhal Jail Bus Stop, 7 Kms from Redhills, 10 Kms from Korattur Railway Station, 9 Kms from Villivakkam Railway Station, 14 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 15 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 14 Kms from Koyambedu Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, 28 Kms from Chennai Airport, 41 Kms from Thiruvallur and 14 Kms from Chennai. Puzhal is on the way to Red hills on the Nellore route and lot of town buses are available from Koyambedu. Get down at overhead tank bus stop (opposite to Puzhal new prison) and the temple is about 700 meters off main road.

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Contact Details

Thirumoolanathar Temple,
Thiruvallur District – 600 066
Mobile: +91 9566258425

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