Vaaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

Date built:
Deity: Vaaleeswarar
Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Locale: Mylapore
District:: Chennai
Address: Valeeswarar Temple,G N Street, Mylapore,Chennai – 600 004
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 Valeeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the Valeeswarar Koil Street in Mylapore in Chennai City of Tamilnadu. The Temple is located opposite to Kaaraneeswarar Temple and Kolavizhi Amman Temple. Vaaleeswarar Temple is fifth of Saptha Sthana (Seven) Shiva temples of Mylapore, the temples worshiped by seven great sages. Legends state that Sage Gautama worshiped here.

Architecture

Legend / Local stories

Vaali performed penance here:

Vaali performed a penance and got a boon from Shiva that he will get 50% of his opponents strength when he faces them in a battle. So, no one could defeat him. This is the Sathru Samhara Sthalam. Vaali got all his powers after his tapas towards Easwaran here. Hence, the deity is named after him as Vaaleeswarar. Vaali’s idol is also installed here.

Lord Hanuman worshipped Lord Shiva here:

Legend has it that due to a curse, Lord Hanuman was not aware of his own strength and power and to overcome that he worshipped Sri Valeeswarar.

Sage Govardana installed the Shiva Linga here:

It is also believed that a Rishi named Govardana installed the Shiva Linga originally.

Pancha Lingams:

Pancha lingams came out from the earth as seen in a separate shrine which is an appropriate place for meditation.

Sage Gautama worshipped Lord Shiva here:

Sage Gautama worshipped Lord Shiva here.

Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 06.30 AM to 11.00 AM and 04.30 PM to 08.30 PM.

Prayers

People pray for release from sins, for wisdom and intelligence, and remedy from the adverse planetary effects of Shani (Saturn). Married and pregnant women offer bangles to the Goddess before they wear them. They believe the prayer would ensure safe delivery of the child. They also pray to the mother for relief from adverse planetary effects from affecting their children. It is the faith of devotees that prayer to Lord Valeeswarar would reward them with a satisfied life and salvation at the end. Sri Valeeswarar is the Lord of strength and power. According to the Puranas, if you worship Sri Valeeswarar you will get good physical and mental health and pure heart. For protection women should worship Valeeswarar and children to get courage, respectively.

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How to Reach:

Valeeswarar Temple is in the Valeeswarar Koil Street, near the G.N Chetty Road, Mylapore, Chennai. From the Mylapore Tank bus stop, take the Kutchery Road and from there to G.N. Chetty Road. The Temple is located opposite to Kolavizhi Amman Temple and Kaaraneeswarar Temple. As you come out of the nearby Kaaraneeswarar Temple take a right and turn first left to reach Vaaleeswarar Temple.

The Temple is located at about 400 meters Marina AIR Bus Stop, 550 meters from Kutchery Road Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms Mylapore Bus Stop and 1.3 Kms from Mylapore Railway Station. Mylapore is located a few kilometers to the south of the British-built Chennai city. It lies between Triplicane and Teynampet in the west then across to the coast in the east. It is bounded by Royapettah to the north. Its southern frontier corresponds roughly with that of the River Adyar.

It extends for around 4 km from north to south and 2 km from east to west. Mylapore is in the heart of Chennai city and is linked with local trains and bus facilities. Mylapore is located at about 5 Kms from Triplicane, 3 Kms from Teynampet, 2.5 Kms from Royapettah, 6 Kms from Adyar, 6 Kms from T Nagar, 3 Kms from Marina Beach, 3 Kms from Santhome, 3 Kms from Alwarpet, 5 Kms from Nungambakkam and 7 Kms from Kodambakkam.

By Road:

Mylapore is connected to other parts of the city by MTC buses, with connections including Chennai Central, T. Nagar, Tambaram, Broadway. Mylapore is located at about 10 Kms from Koyambedu Bus Terminus.

List of MTC bus routes covers through in and out of Mylapore;

Route Number Start End Via
1 Thiruvottriyur Thiruvanmiyur Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
1A Thiruvottriyur Thiruvanmiyur Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
1C Ennore Thiruvanmiyur Thiruvottriyur, Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
1D Ennore Thiruvanmiyur Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
5B T. Nagar Mylapore Mandaveli, Adyar, Saidapet
12B Foreshore Estate Vadapalani Santhome, Kutchery Road, Luz, Alwarpet, Pondy Bazar, Kodambakkam
12C Saligramam Mylapore Vadapalani, Rangarajapuram, Panagal park, Adyar Gate, Mandaveli
M15 Tambaram East Mylapore Mandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools, Velachery, Pallikaranai
M15xt East Tambaram Mylapore Mandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools, Velachery, Pallikaranai, Medavakkam, Camp road
21 Mandaveli Broadway Mylapore, Royapettah, Central RS
21B Adyar Parrys Andhra Mahila Sabha, Music College, Foreshore Estate, Santhome, Chepauk, Madras University, Secretariat, RBI
21C Kannagi nagar Central (RS) Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools,
21G Broadway Tambaram Chepauk, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Kotturpuram, Gandhi Mandapam, Guindy, Kathipara, Meenambakkam, Pallavaram, Tambaram
29C Besant Nagar Perambur Adyar, Mandaveli, Mylapore, Stella Mary’s College, Nungambakkam, Chetpet
45G Guindy Anna Square Saidapet West, Mettupalayam, Srinivasa Theater, CIT nagar, Adyar Gate, Mandaveli, Mylapore, V. house

By Train:

Thirumayilai Railway Station, on the Mass Rapid Transit System network, connects Mylapore to Chennai Beach to the north and Velachery on the south. Mylapore is located at about 9 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station and 6 Kms from Egmore Railway Station.

By Air:

Nearest Airport is Chennai International Airport located at about 17 Kms from Mylapore.

Contact Details

Valeeswarar Temple,
G N Street, Mylapore,
Chennai – 600 004
Phone: +91 44 2498 1893