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Sri Kurungaleeswarar(Kuchalavapureeswarar) temple
Moolavar: Kurungaleeswarar, Kuchalavapureeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Darmasamvardhani
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: Lavakucha theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Koyambedu
  District: Chennai
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Brahmmotsavam in Chithirai (April-May) and Arudra Darshan in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The Navagraha shrine (9 planets) in front of the Goddess is on a stage designed as a lotus. Sun appears on a chariot drawn by seven horses with his consorts Usha and Pradyusha. Charioteer Aruna is holding the reins. This is a rare form. Days are calculated on the basis of the journey time of Sun. It is said that worshipping Sun on special days as Ratha Sapthami in the Thai (January-February) month is very beneficial. The floor portion of the shrine is yellow, lower part is white, the Lotus part is red, chariot black and the deities are in green – five colours. This is a different temple design.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m  
  Sri Kurungaleeswarar Temple,Koyambedu, Chennai  
  +91-44 - 2479 6237 
 General Information:

There are Kabala Bhairava and Veerabadra under the tower.  Lord Dakshinamurthy is behind the sanctum sanctorum in the place of Lingodhbava, a rare design.  There are Jurakeswarar, Sastha, Lakshmi, Gnanasaraswathi and Nagar.  In a pillar outside the temple there is the carving of Sarabeswara.  Pooja is performed to Sarabeswara at the Rahukalam time (4.30 – 6.00 p.m) on Sundays. There is also a perennial lamp near Sarabeswara.


Those facing the anger of the Pitrus (departed elders of the family) pray to Lord, Goddess and the Navagrahas in this temple.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees offer Sari (Vastra) and perform abishek to the mother on realizing their prayers. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

Kurungaleeswarar and Goddess Samvardhani on the right side of the Lord are facing north.  As in the Meenakshi temple in Madurai, the Goddess is on the right of the Lord and has greater prominence.  The belief is that worshipping Goddess on the right side of the Lord would expedite delayed marriages.  Virgins worship the Goddess for early marriage life. It is said that the Goddess has taken the right position to come to the rescue of her devotees swiftly when they are in problems.

  Temple History:

After fourteen years of life in forest and winning Ravana in the battle, Sri Rama returned to Ayodhya and took charge of the kingdom.  During that time, some idle men spoke ill of Mother Sita about her fidelity.  Rama, bowing to gossips, sent sita to the woods where she gave birth to the twins Lava and Kuch in sage Valmiki’s ashram.  The twin grew without knowing that Rama was their father.  Rama performed an Ashwameda Yaga in Ayodhya.  Lava and Kucha who came to participate in the yaga as directed by sage Valmiki returned back as it was against the rules of Vedas to perform a yagna without the wife by the side and also they learnt the truth that their mother Sita was sent to woods by Rama unjustly.  The horse of the Ashwamedha Yaga came to the place where the brothers were living.  Lava and Kucha caught the horse and bound it.  Satrugna, the last brother of Lord Rama demanded the horse which the youth refused.  They won their uncle Satrugna in battle and also Lakshmana who followed Satrugna.  Sage Valmiki then explained the circumstances that compelled Rama to send Sita to the forests and said that Rama was none other a person than their own father.


Having opposed the father, Lava and Kucha had to incur Pitru dosha (the effect of opposing the parents) and got relieved of the dosha by worshipping Lord Shiva in this place as directed by sage Valmiki.  The deity came to known as Kuchalavapureeswarar.

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