Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu, Chennai
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Address:||Velleeswarar Temple,Mangadu – 602 101Chennai, Kanchipuram District|
|Phone||+91 44 2627 2053 / 2649 5883|
Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 06.30 AM to 01.00 PM and 04.30 PM. to 09.00 PM.
Tirukarthikai in November-December; Arudra Darshan in December-January and Shivarathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Those with impaired vision pray to Lord and Mother for relief. Devotees perform special abishek to Lord and Mother and offer Nivedhana prepared with a pulse called Mochai Payaru in Tamil.
Legend / Local stories
The history of Velleeswarar is but part of the history of Mangadu Kamakshi temple. Mother Parvathi had to land on Earth due to the curse of Lord Shiva as she covered his eyes in playful mood resulting in a standstill of the activities of the world. She came to this place, stood on one leg amidst five types of fire, seeking the grace of Lord to take her back. It was at the same time, planet Venus-Shukra too performed penance on Lord Shiva in this place to have his eye back which he lost for blocking the charity offered by Mahabali – 3 feet land – to Lord Vishnu.
Lord Vishnu then covered all the worlds in 2 feet and the for the third, Mahabali offered his own head to honour his promise to Lord. When Lord Shiva came to grace Mother Parvathi, He granted his first blessing to Shukra the devotee, establishing the rule that priority goes for devotees than for his own consort. As Shukra was then performing Shiva Puja, Lord could not leave the place to bless Mother Kamakshi. He advised her by a voice to go to Kancheepuram to continue the penance. Ambica followed Lord’s advice, continued penance at Kanchi and joined her Lord.
Lord granting darshan and eye to Shukra-Velli, stayed in the place as per Shukra wish. As Sukra worshipped Lord Shiva here, the Lord came to be known as Sri Velleeswarar and also as Sri Bargaveeswarar. This temple is Sukra Sthalam among the Navagraha Temples of Chennai (or Thondai Mandalam). Sri Sukra blesses people with wealth, prosperity, good family, vehicles, fame and social status. Special poojas are hence offered by devotees on Fridays – the day dedicated to Venus. Devotees offer white field beans (Mochai) as a special offering signifying the cereal in relation to Sri Sukra.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at 500 meters from Mangadu Kamakshi Amman Temple, 700 meters from Mangadu Bus Stop, 7 Kms from Gerugambakkam, 6 Kms from Porur, 7 Kms from Porur Junction, 4 Kms from Poonamallee, 5 Kms from Kundrathur, 16 Kms from Meenambakkam Metro Station, 14 Kms from Guindy Railway Station, 16 Kms from Meenambakkam Railway Station, 15 Kms from Tirusulam Railway Station, 22 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 18 Kms from Tambaram Railway Station, 19 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 17 Kms from Chennai Airport and 21 Kms from Chennai.
Mangadu is located off the Chennai Bangalore highway on the way from Poonamallee to Kunrathur. While going from Chennai city on Mount Poonamallee road, one must take left from Kumananchaavadi junction to reach Mangadu. This temple is located very close to Mangadu Bus Stop. Frequent Bus services available from Poonamallee, Porur, Tambaram, and Pallavaram.
- From Egmore: M53E, M53P
- From Central: M53E, 17B, M53P, 54M
- From Koyambedu: M17BCT
Mangadu – 602 101
Chennai, Kanchipuram District
Phone: +91 44 2627 2053 / 2649 5883
Mobile: +91 94444 61383