Marundeeswarar Temple -Thiruvanmiyur
Marundeeswarar Temple -Thiruvanmiyur

Marundeeswarar Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai. The temple was widely expanded in the 11th century by the Chola kings. The temple has two entrances, one from East Coast Road and the other from West Tank Street both adorned by Five-tiered gopuram.The temple has smaller Shrines for Ganesha, Murugan, there is ashire for 3 ganeshas who control all there time periods adajecent to this a vedagama padasalai is situated . The West Tank Street gateway has three entrances, the gateway to the East Coast Road. The temple is located on an acre of about 1 acre. The temple decorated with adorn the pillars. While stucco figures adorn the gopurams.The mandapam (hall) housing the Somaskanda form of Shiva has 36 massive pillars adorned with carvings.

The Marundeeswarar temple has been a place of worship for people with diseases and various problems with their health. Valmiki, who wrote the Ramayana, is said to come to the temple to worship the Lord.  Valmiki sage is said to be blessed here. After this incident, this place is known as Thiruvalmikiyur, after a long time, the name was gradually changed to Thirumanamur.


According to mythology, the sage Vasishtha made a great penance to get the blessings of Lord Shiva. His devotion Happily, Indira, the King of God, sent the divine cow Kamadhenu to be with Sage. Daily It was once a cow in the milk offering to the puja. The angry sage cursed the ordinary cow, thus it lost its divine status. Then he apologized for Kamdhenu. The Sage went to this place and requested to worship Lord Shiva under the Vanni tree. Then he apologized for Kamdan. Sage He went to this place and requested to worship Lord Shiva under the Vanni tree. That’s what Kamedan did he made milk and worshiped the Linga and returned to its original deity. So, here the deity is also known as Bawarna Natar (Tamil: ‘milk’ milk ‘vanna’ – color). So, here is also known as Paalvanna Nather (Tamil: ‘paal’ – milk ‘vanna’ – color).

There is another story about Valmiki’s visit to the Marudeeshwarar temple to worship Lord Shiva. Kamadhenu ran in fear and accidentally stamped the shivalinga. This scar is still visible on the presiding deity.


The Vimana (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of the presiding deity is of Chaturvastam design.

Opening time

Moring 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m.

Evening 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.


  • Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March – April
  • Shivrathri in February-March
  • Vinayaka Chaturti
  • Skanda Sashti in October-November
  • Full moon days
  • Kruthika star days.

By Bus     

Sri Marundeeswarar temple about 22.6km from Tambaram East Bus Stand.  Direct bus is available from Chennai to Thiruvanmiyur.

By Train

Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore are the main railway stations in the city receiving regular trains from various major cities of Tamil Nadu and India. Sri Marundeeswarar temple about 14.1km from chennai central railway station.

By Air

The Nearest Airport is Chennai International Airport in Chennai. Chennai international airport is 7 kilometres away from the Chennai city.

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