Thirumullaivoyal Masilamanishwarar Temple
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Thirumullaivoyal is a fast developing residential neighbourhood in Chennai Metropolitan Area (Tamil: சென்னை மாநகர பரப்பு) in India. It is part of west Chennai, 2 km (1.2 mi) from Ambattur. With its close proximity to Ambattur on its south-east and Avadi to its south-west, it has become a popular residential neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is served by Thirumullaivoyal railway station & Annanur Railway Station.
Thirumullaivoyal is well connected by both railways and roadways to other parts of Chennai and the Chennai Metropolitan Area. Thirumullaivoyal sits on National Highway 205 (India) and is 25.0 km (15.5 mi) from Chennai International Airport and 20.0 km (12.4 mi) from Chennai Central.
The Metropolitan Transport Corporation runs a mixed fleet of regular and deluxe buses through Thirumullaivoyal. All the buses operating in the 70 Route, which runs from Avadi to Tambaram through CMBT serves residents of Thirumullaivoyal. Some of the important routes include 70, 70A, B70, D70 EXTN, and 77.
Chennai suburban railway, a commuter rail system operated by the Southern Railway, serves Thirumullaivoyal. It connects the residents of Thirumullaivoyal to various parts of the city by providing access to Chennai's complex railway network. Thirumullaivoyal railway station sits on the rail network, which connects Chennai with Bangalore, Arakonam, West and southern parts of Tamil Nadu and also neighbouring states of Kerala and Karnataka. It is part of West Line in Chennai Railway Network. Senthil Nagar Bus Stand is available next to the Thirumullaivoyal Railway Station.
On 4 October 2013, the Tamil Nadu Highways department issued a GO extending the entire stretch of the road till Tirutani to 6 lanes at a cost of ₹ 1,680 million, by means of land acquisition from 12 villages. In the first phase, the road will be widened to 100 ft (4 lanes) with center median at a cost of ₹ 980 million.
Thirumullaivasal is one of the many temple towns in the state which is named after the grooves, clusters or forests dominated by a particular variety of a tree or shrub and the same variety of tree or shrub sheltering the presiding deity. The region is believed to have been covered with Chamapaka forest and hence called Chamapakavanam.
In ancient times, the forest surrounding Thirumullaivoyal was occupied by two Kurumbars named Vanan and Onan. King Thondaiman who was the emperor there tried to end the atrocities by waging a war against them. En route to the war-field, his elephant's leg was surrounded by mullai creepers. The king, while cutting those climbers,found blood oozing out of it and later found that it was the Siva linga from which the blood was oozing. The king was deeply worried; but, according to the Temple History, the Lord appeared before him and pacified the king saying, 'In spite of the blood I am Pure' -- hence the name Masilamani. The king duly defeated the kurumbas and brought with him the two white-erukku pillars from their palace and used them while building the temple for Masilmaninathar.
It is believed that the Lord supported him in destroying the Kurumbas by sending the Nandi. The unique feature of the temple is the Nandi facing eastward against Lord Shiva. Also this is one of the few temples where the positions of the Lords are interchanged. This is believed to be because of the urgency in providing darshan to the local king.
In recent times, a majority of the portion of land was acquired by Lala Family and was given to the farmers of the village to help the poor villagers and to keep the land fertile.
There was a huge growth in the population of this area, as the people living in the cities are migrating towards the place.
Temples built by ancient kings
Thirumullaivoyal has rich heritage Temples.
One of Chennai's most renowned and famous temples, Pachai Amman Kovil, is located in Thirumullaivoyal. The other famous temple incarnated by the hymns of Sundarar, Ramalinga Adigalar and Arunagirinathar is the Masalimaneeswarar Sivan Kovil and Sholingakeswarar Sivan Kovil. These 2 temples are co-located together. Vaishnavi Temple is also a popular temple located in Thirumullaivoyal. Thirumullaivoyal is a Padal petra stalam which is part of the 274 temples that are revered by the verses of Saiva Kuravars and are amongst the greatest Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu.
- Tiruvudai Amman, Melur: Icha Shakthi
- Kodiyidai Amman, Tirumullaivoyil: Kriya Shakthi
- Vadivudai Amman, Tiruvotriyur: Gnana Shakthi
Every year in the month of Chittirai, on Sadaya nakshatra, the Santhana kappu is refurbished with Veru kappu. This is believed to be the treatment for the blood that oozed out because of the king's attack.
Some images of the Temple
On the way to Masilamaneeswarar Temple, one can also visit another famous temple - Muneeswaran Temple.
The next bus stop from Thirumullaivoyal towards Avadi is Vaishnavi Nagar which is very famous for Vaishnavi Shrine for the Goddess Vaishnavi Maatha.Pacchai Amman temple is also a very famous here.
Famous Siddhar Samadhi's
Sri Neela Ammaiyar Jeeva Samadhi Alayam Located near the Kodi idai Amman koil, north mada street.
Sri Masilamani Swamigal Samadhi Alayam Located at Cholampedu thamarai kulam, in Anjaneyar koil
Puzhal Lake Back End
If you travel 1 km from Masilamaneeswarar temple, you can end up in lake view ( Poondy Canal - Reservoir). At seasons, you would be lucky enough to view lot of birds and experience the cool & pure breeze. It is a wonderful place for an evening walk. There are stories from local bodies that there is going to be a connection road from Avadi to Ambattur along the lake side. If it is real, this road will be a spectacular one. Best suitable for an evening drive too.
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- "Encroachments along CTH Road removed". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 27 Oct 2013.
- Reddy, G.Venkatramana (2013). Alayam - The Hindu temple - An epitome of Hindu Culture. Mylapore, Chennai: Sri Ramakrishna Math. p. 10. ISBN 978-81-7823-542-4.
- Media related to Thirumullaivoyal at Wikimedia Commons