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Arulmigu Marundeeswarar Temple - Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai

The Temple of Marundeeswarar is situated in Chennai, in the Thiruvanmiyur. It is one of the 276 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where during the 7th-8th century the three most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints), Appar, and Tirugnana Sambandar glorified the temple with their verses.

During the 11th century, the temple was extensively enlarged by Chola rulers. For people with disabilities, the Marundeeswarar temple has become a place of curative worship.

  • Moolavar: Marundeeswarar.
  • Urchavar: Thyagaraja.
  • Amman / Thayar : Tiripurasundari.
  • Thala Virutcham: Vanni.
  • Theertham: Pancha Theertham
  • Agama / Pooja: Kameekam
  • Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  • Historical Name: Tiru Vanmikiyur
  • Location: Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


Recognizing the penance of Sage Vasishta on Lord Shiva, Indira sent his Kamadenu the divine cow with the sage. Once, the cow delayed pouring the milk for pooja. The angry sage cursed it to become an ordinary cow losing its divine status..

He also suggested the cow to go to this place and worship Lord Shiva under the Vanni tree to recover its divinity. Kamadenu poured the milk on the Lord and got back its original supremacy.

Hence, the Lord has the name Paalvanna Nather. Paal in Tamil means milk. When Sage Valmiki came there to worship Lord Shiva, Kamadhenu ran in fear pressing its feet on the head of the Shivalinga, the scar of which is still visible on the presiding deity…

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