Sri Neelakandeswarar Temple



History :

Gerugambaakkam Sri Neelakandeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Gangaiamman Koil St, Balakrishnan Nagar, Balaji Nagar, Tharapakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. This temple is one of the Navagraha temples of Thondai Mandalam (Chennai) devoted to Sri Kethu Bhagavan. There is a separate shrine for Sri Kethu Bhagavan on the southern side of the sanctum. Special Poojas and Homams are performed to Sri Kethu Bhagavan during Raahu Kethu Peyarchi. This place is a Parihaara Sthalam for people having ill effects in their lives because of Kethu’s position in their Horoscope. The main deity Sri Neelakandeswarar is situated in a small and beautiful sanctum. The Lord got his name Neelakandeswarar, as he swallowed the Aala Kaala Poison which evolved during the churning of the ocean, after which his neck turned blue. It is said that the Nandhi in front of the Lord is so powerful, as he absorbs the poisonous breath of the Lord after he consumed poison.

Sri Aadhi Kamakshi is present just outside the main sanctum, facing south. Sri Aadhi Kamakshi is tall and looks very beautiful. She is said to be the first among 5 forms of Kamakshi. Navagraham is present at the north east side corner of the temple. There are carvings of image of snake on the ceiling of Navagraha shrine, which indicates that this temple is a Parihaara Sthalam.There is an old and vast temple pond adjacent to the temple

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