Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple situated at a small village called Vayalathur, a small agricultural village which is 15 kms south of Kanchipuram (Kanchi- the spiritual capital of South India), Tiruvannamalai District, Tamil Nadu
Sri Mahalingeshwarar is present along with His consort Sri Brigu Sundaragujambal. It is a 9th Century Temple built during the Pallava Reign. Over the years, due to natural and human negligence the Temple got depleted and left in shambles. It was in 2015, a committee was formed with the help of local villagers and renovation work started to reconstruct the Temple structure. On 10.06.2016 the Maha Kumbabhishekham was performed in a grand manner and on 31.07.2016 Mandal Abhishekham was performed.
Praharas of the Temple:
Temple has Dwarabalaka Vinayagar , Subramaniyar (Karthikeya Bhagwan), Koshta Gods (Nardhana Vinayakar (Dancing Ganapathi), Dakshinamoorthi, Maha Vishnu, Brahma, Durga are present around the Mahalingeshwarar Sanctum;
(Brahmi, Vaishnavi, Chamundi are present in the Ambal Sanctum) and there are separate Praharas for Chandikeshwarar, Navagrahas and Kala Bhairav.
Sattology of the Temple:
During the reign of Pallavas in the 9th Century, then the new building of bricks was used to build this temple. The reign of Pallava dynasty and then the Chola dynasty took over the reins of the Temple in the 11th century during which the construction of the Temple was completed. The Temple was took care by two merchants in the 11th century. This Temple is older than the Tanjore Brahadeeshwarer Temple. It seems that a heavy flood on the river Cheyyar has damaged the Temple then. Taking advantage of the situation, Samanites damaged the Temple further and ransacked its wealth leaving only Sri Mahalingeshwar Linga and His Consort Sundaragujambal statue/idol behind.
- Restoration of the Temple premises
- Nagabaranam for Mahalingeshwarar
- Kireet/Crown and Bilva mala for the Bhagwan Shiva
- Pancha logha Pradosha Moorty of Bhagwan Shiva
On-Going/ Future activities:
- Wooden doors for the Sanctum
- Building of concrete Mandapam around the Temple premises for the convenience of devotees visiting.
How to reach this Temple?
Temple is accepting donations to expand and planned future activities for the convenience of devotees visiting.
Interested donors pls contact DM on Twitter: @rsatishinfy or @narayanagl for more information.
Few Pics of the Temple: