New sanctum for the Lord
Lord Koteeswara is the presiding deity of the Koteeswara Swami temple at Kannan Kottai village in Gummudipoondi taluk, Tiruvallur district. The temple is easily accessible from Sathyavedu. The journey from Chennai city to this temple takes only 90 minutes by bus.
The present swayambu lingam was found by a zamindar from a snake pit during the British rule. The then villagers had decided to build a maha mandapam for the Lord which was called off at the masonry stage itself.
Since this place was inhabited by the ironsmith community called `Kannar,' it came to be known as `Kannar Kottai,' and now it is adored as `Kannan Kottai'. Rajarameswara Rao, an elderly man and a devotee of the Lord, had been taking care of the temple, and one Dandayutha Pillai performed the pujas.
Later, the place looked deserted and the villagers were not able to perform even a single kaala puja. Also, the lingam, surrounded by the snake pit, deterred the villagers from visiting the temple. But a village priest from the neighbouring village has now started performing pujas and abishekam is being performed on the lingam every Monday. Every year, during the Tamil month of Karthigai, a special lamp is lit in the temple.
The villagers have decided to construct a temple for the Lord, who has been lying in the open yard till now. The temple will be built with a garbha graham, artha mandapam and a maha mandapam in accordance with the Agama Sastra. This will include a prakaram. On April 8, the deities were moved to the `Balalayam'. For successful construction of the temple, contributions are invited from devotees in the form of cash or cheque/DD (payable at Chennai), which may be drawn in favour of `Koteeswara Swamy Temple Trust' and sent to P. V. Subramaniam, Managing Trustee, Old No.5, New No.10, First Circular Road, Jawahar Nagar, Chennai - 600 082 (Ph: 2670 5922/ 98408-49272).
Send this article to Friends by
Chennai and Tamil Nadu