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Kolapakkam Shiva Temple

Chennai Kolapakkam  - Sri Agastheeswarar Temple 

Agasteeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Kolapakkam, a suburb of Chennai, India. While the presiding deity is Shiva, this temple is considered as one of the Navagrahas temple (Suryan sthalam) around Chennai region.
Agastheeswarar Temple at Kolapakkam
Kolapakkam Agatheeswarar Temple
Kolappaakkam temple is said to be one of the oldest temples of India, as it architecture dates back to 1000 years ago. The deity presiding in the temple is Lord Shiva but the prominence has been given to Sri Surya Bhagvan. As, it is believed that Sri Surya Bhagvan worshipped Lord shiva here and is one of the Navgrahas temple of Chennai which is devoted to Sri Surya Bhagwan. Similar to the legends, is the built of the temple, where Sri Surya Bhagwan’s shrine is facing the lord to the west while Sri Agatheeswarar is facing east.
Navagraha temples around Chennai - Suryan Temple
Kolappaakkam Agatheeswarar Kovil
And the temple building is south facing, whereas, all the other important deities are facing towards Sri Surya Bhagwan, signifying the prominence of Sri Surya Bhagwan in the temple. Ambaal Sri Aanandhavalli, who is standing and also facing south same as the building is Lord Shiva’s the consociate. Loyal devotee Nandi is facing east towards Lord Shiva.
Chennai Kolapakkam  - Sri Agastheeswarar Temple
சென்னை கொளப்பாக்கம் அகத்தீஸ்வரர்  திருக்கோவில்
Main Deity
Lord Shiva
Name
Sri Agastheeswarar
Goddess Name
Sri  Aanandhavalli
Location
Kolappaakkam Near Porur  
Significance
Chennai Navagraha Sthalam for Suriyan,
Sage Agasthiyar had worshipped Lord Shiva
Ancient
1000 Years Old
Travel Base
Chennai
 Other deities like Sri Ganesha, Sri Dhakshinamurthy, Sri Mahavishnu, Sri Durgai and Sri Sandigeswarar can be seen around the sanctum. A separate shrine of lord Ganesh known as Raja Ganapathy, is also present. At southwest portion of the temple are the shrines of Sri Kaasi Viswanathar and Sri Visaalakshi, which are facing east. Lord Subramanyar shrine in the temple has a green peacock made of granite, known as Maragatha Mayil.

A temple whose construction is 13 centuries old survived till this date is because many kings have provided their aegis to this temple and got it renovated. Firstly, King Aadhithyan renovated the temple during 878 AD. Then Raja Raja Chozha I, Raja Raja Chozha II (1152 AD), Kulothunga Chozha III (1188 AD), Sundara Pandiyan (1200 AD) along with Veera Rajendra Chozha, and also Telugu Chozha king called Vijayakanda Gopala have made their contribution for life of the temple.
Kolapakkam Agatheeswarar Temple History 1
Kolapakkam Agatheeswarar Temple History 2
An inscription found in the temple stated that, A king by name Sri Vijaya Maharaja of Sumatra Island (Indonesia) has gifted 250 Kuzhi (Thamizh is a unit to measure lands) of lands to Sri Agatheeswarar at Kolappaakkam, during the 8th year of his reign. Sri Vijaya Maharaja was contemporary to Raja Raja Chozha and had very cordial relationship with the then Chozha kingdom. The inscription revealed details of Buddhist activities nearby the temple and Sri Vijaya Maharaja was a Buddhist.
Chennai Kolapakkam Agatheeswarar Temple
It is said that, apart from Surya Bhagavan, Sage Agasthiyar too had worshipped Lord Shiva here and hence the name Sri Agatheeswarar. Another Rishi called Vaakeesa Muni also had worshipped Sri Agatheeswarar here.

How To Reach : The Kolapakkam shiva temple is located 18 kms from chennai. To reach Kolappaakkam one has two road routes, one from Porur to kolappaakkam via Gerugambaakkam and the other road is diagonally opposite to MIOT Hospitals off. Mount Poonamallee Road to Kolappakkam.
Address: Kolapakkam Sivan Kovil, Sivan Koil Street, Kolapakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600116, India.

Chennai Navagraha Temples : There are 9 temples at the outskirts of Chennai dedicated to the Navagrahams. Similar to Kumbakonam navagraha temples.
Navagraha Temples in Chennai
Location
Planet
Temple Name
Kolapakkkam
Suryan
Agatheeswarar Temple
Somangalam
Chandran
Poondhamalli
Angaragan
Vaidheeswaran Temple
Kovur
Budhan
Porur
Guru
Ramanaadheeswarar Temple
Mangadu
Sukran
Pozhichalur
Shaneeswaran
Gerugambakkam
Kethu
Kundrathur
Rahu
 Chennai Navagraha temples are located in and around Kundrathur.
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