Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, Mylapore, Chennai
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Legend / Local stories
According to Hindu mythology, Veerabhadra is a God, who was born out of Lord Shiva’s wrath to destroy Daksha. In all ancient South Indian Shiva temples, you can find the idol of Veerabhadra. However, it is very rare to find the temples with Veerabhadra as the presiding deity. There is one such rare temple dedicated to Veerabhadra in Mylapore area of Chennai in South India.
The north facing temple does not have a tower but just an arch at the entrance. The north facing sanctum enshrines the big idol of the presiding deity, Veerabhadra who is found along with the small image of goat headed Daksha. In Maha Mandapam, the shorter flag staff, bali peetha and Nandi are found facing towards the sanctum. Small shrines of Bala Vinayaka and Subramanya are located on either side of the main shrine. The Goddess of the temple is Abhayambikai who is found in a separate shrine adjacent to the sanctum.
There are so many small sub-shrines located on either side of the sanctum. Some of the other shrines that are found near the sanctum include Virupaksha-Vishalakshi, Sivasundara Vinayaka, Sarabeswarar, Murugan-Valli-Devasena, Perumal and Adi Shankaracharya. At the entrance of the Maha Mandapam, the idols of Bala Vinayaka and Bala Murugan are located. The prakara around the sanctum has few shrines such as Dyana Anjaneya, Saneeswara, Navagraha, Vishnu Durga, Shiva Durga, Chandikeswara and Dhakshinamoorthi.
It is believed that if you perform pooja with water and Vilva Bhadra leaves to Veerabhadra Swami on Ashtami Tithi, he will be pleased and your desires will be fulfilled.
How to Reach:
Veerabhadra Swami Temple is located near Madhava Perumal Temple in VSV Koil Street, Mylapore. The Temple is located at about 850 meters from Mylapore Bus Stop and 700 meters 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.
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;
|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|
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.
Nearest Airport is Chennai International Airport located at about 17 Kms from Mylapore.