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A view of the temple mandap at foot hill along with steps
A view of the temple mandap at foot hill along with steps
Kundrathur is located in Chennai
Location in Chennai, India
Coordinates: 12°59′51″N 80°05′48″E / 12.9974°N 80.0966°E / 12.9974; 80.0966Coordinates: 12°59′51″N 80°05′48″E / 12.9974°N 80.0966°E / 12.9974; 80.0966
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Kancheepuram
Metro Chennai
Population (2001)
 • Total 25,028
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 600069
Vehicle registration TN-85

Kundrathur is a suburb of the city of Chennai, Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Famous Kundrathur Murugan Temple is located in this town. This is an upcoming neighborhood of Chennai Suburban area, people from places like Mylapore, Mambalam and Nanganallur are seen migrating here. It is also a lesser known fact that Kundrathur is home to Navagraha Temples of Chennai / Thondai Naadu.

There are many ancient Vedic shrines located here which have recently been studied by a team of researchers at Yale University.

The area is one of the 163 notified areas (megalithic sites) in the state of Tamil Nadu.[1]


Tamil Poet Sekkizhar who compiled the life of all significant servants of Lord Shiva (Nayanmars numbering 63) in Tamil Nadu in the form of an Epic was born here and his birthplace was made into a Temple. He was the chief minister of Kulothunga Chozhan II alias Anabaya Chozhan. He later renounced his minister post and wrote Periapuranam. His young brother Palaravayar dug a water tank near his residence, which is now called ‘’Palaravayar Kulam’’.[citation needed]


As of 2001 India census,[2] Kundrathur had a population of 25,028. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Kundrathur has an average literacy rate of 72% (national average is 59.5%) male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 64%. In Kundrathur, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. A lot of working population is migrating to this place as this is close to two of the major work hubs Viz Sriperumbudur & Thirumudivakkam (Industrial Belt) and Porur (IT Hub).


Kundrathur Murugan Temple

A temple dedicated to Lord Murugan is situated on top of a hillock. This is the only Murugan temple in Tamil Nadu where the God is standing in a north-facing direction. This temple was constructed by King Kulothunga Chola - II. The specialty of this temple is that Lord Subrahmanya can be seen only with one of his consorts at a time, even though he is there along with both of his consorts. The Karthigai deepam festival celebration is famous here.

Sri Kamakshi Sametha Nageshwarar Temple

Sri Kamakshi Sametha Nageswarar is the presiding deity here. The Nagabharanam around the lingam is considered Ragu here. This temple is also called Vada Thirunageswaram (North Thirunageswaram). The temple also houses Kasi Viswanathar, Arunachaleswarar in the inner praharam and in the outer praharam, there is a temple for Lord Saneeswara. This temple is also considered as one of the Navakailasams in Tamil Nadu.

Sri Nagaimukavalli Sametha Kandazheeswarar Temple

Surya prayed to Lord Shiva to get his powers restored and hence the name. The Lord is seen here in the form of a huge Lingam and Goddess is seen facing South with the left foot forward, indicating that this temple is a parihara sthalam (place of atonement). The fact that the base of the shiva lingam is square in shape also indicates the same. The unique feature of the temple vimanam (dome above the presiding deity) is that it looks like an elephant's back (Gajaprushtam) that is seen in typical Kulothunga Chozha architecture. The uniqueness of this temple is that Lord Bhairava is seen in all three forms namely, Gnana Bhairavar, Aghora Bhairavar and Swarna Akarshna Bhairavar.

Sri Thiru-Uraga Perumal Temple

Thiru-Uraga Perumal and Thiru Iruntha Valli: A Temple of Kulothunga Chozhan Period dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort. The lord here is seen in the standing posture. This temple is located just about 100 meters before the Murugan temple. The main deity, Thiru-Uraga Perumal, is seven feet tall. The inscriptions found inside the temple indicate that this was well patronized during the reign of the Vijayanagar dynasty also.

Sree Ponniamman Temple

This temple is situated about 600 m North of Vada Thirunageswaram Sivan Temple. The main deity is Chandi called Ponniamman a goddess with a 'Soolam' - 3 forked spear. This goddess is worshiped as 'Kula Deivam' (principal deity worshipped by people in the same family tree, generation after generation) by many families in and around Kundrathur. Adjacent to the temple there is a pond belonging to Ponniamman Temple of about 1 acre area fenced with grills. Every year 'Theppothsavam' (Float Festival) is conducted here. Paal Kudam - carrying milk in silver or brass pots over one's head around the village from Thirunageswaram Sivan Temple to Sri Ponniamman Temple is also celebrated in grand manner every year.

Navagraha Temples in and around Kundrathur[edit]

Other Temples here are:

  • Sri Vembuliamman Temple
  • Sri Amaratheeswarar Temple at Sirukalathur
  • Sri Balambika Samedha Valeeswarar Temple on Natham Road
  • Sri Ramanatheswarar temple at Sirukalathur
  • Angala Paremeshwari Temple
  • Boopala Vinayagar Temple
  • Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple
  • Devi Mookambigai Temple
  • Siddhi Buddhi Sametha Vinayagar Temple
  • Kathyayani Amman Temple
  • Balambiga Sametha Sadaiyandeeswarar Temple
A view of the temple steps - another view
Murugan Temple @ Kundrathur
Front View of Thiru Nageshwaram Temple

Educational Institutions[edit]


  • Round Table 30 Viveka
  • Annai Pooranam Nursery & Primary School
  • Peace on green earth public school
  • Little Flower Matric. Hr. Sec. School

Child Day Care Center[edit]

  • SAIShishya


  • Chennai Institute of Technology, Sarathy Nagar, Kundrathur
  • Madha Group of Educational Institutions, Kundrathur Main Road, Kundrathur
  • Madha Medical College and Hospital, Thandalam-Kovur, near Kundrathur
  • Madha College of Physiotherapy in Somamangalam
  • St.Joseph College of Arts and Science, Kovur
  • Sri Muthukumaran Group of institutions, Sikkarayapuram, near Mangadu


Sekkizhar Park and Sambandam Nagar Park are the two parks in the locality.

Hospitals & Pharmacy[edit]

  • Dr. Nishar Child Specialist(Pediatrician), Kundrathur
  • Thillai nursing home poonamallee,4 km From Kundrathur
  • Ayyappa Clinic, Kundrathur
  • Smile Dental Clinic, Kundrathur
  • Government Primary Health Center, Kundrathur
  • Madha Medical College & Hospital, Thandalam-Kovur
  • Kanaga Hospital, Kovur
  • St. Thomas Hospital, Madanandapuram
  • Apollo Pharmacy operates 24 hours in Kundrathur.
  • ayushman nature clinic
  • Sri Lakshmi Child Care Center(Pediatrician), Kundrathur
  • Sri Muthukumaran Medical College and Research Institute, Sikarapuram, Kuundrathur


  1. ^ Madhavan, D. (20 December 2012). "National Institute of Siddha modifies expansion plan". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 23 Dec 2012. 
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.