Visited on: 17th July, 2016 and 23rd November, 2016
Thiruvenpakkam (Poondi) is situated at a distance of about 12 kms from Thiruvallur on the Thiruvallur to Neyveli Kuttu road en route Oothukottai. From the Neyveli Kuttu road the temple is about one kilometre away. The temple is very near to the Poondi dam. From Koyambedu, Thiruvallur is about 40 kms.
Other Paadal Petra Shivasthalams near Poondi are – Ilambaiyangkottor (35 kms), Thiruvirkolam (32 kms), Thakkolam (38 kms) and Thirupachur (14 kms).
|Moolavar||Sri Oontreeswarar, Sri Venpakkanathar|
|Ambal||Sri Minnoliyammai, Sri Kanivaimozhi Nayaki|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Kailaya Theertham, Kusashthalai river|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Ilanthai|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Sundaramurthy Nayanar (Sundarar)|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 17th Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu.
- This is an east facing temple and has no main tower (Rajagopuram) but has arches on South and East sides. This temple has two corridors.
- Consecration ceremony was performed on 14th September, 2016 after renovation.
- This temple is constructed like a madakkoil with steps. Madakkoils are temples that are built at an elevation and have a few steps to be climbed to see the Lord.
- Lord Shiva gave Sundararamurthy Nayanar a walking stick (Oontrukol), hence the lord here is named “Oontreeswarar”.
History of the Temple
Earlier this Shiva temple was situated on the banks of river Kusashthalai in a village called Thiruvulampudur. During the year 1942, Tamil Nadu Government acquired and took over many villages including Thiruvulampudur for construction of the Poondi water dam. The Government provided alternative land at Thiruvenpakkam (Poondi) for construction of a new temple in place of the old one at Thiruvalampudur. The idols of deities except the moolavar, pillars and sculptures were removed from the old temple of Thiruvulampudur and reinstated at the new location. For this new temple, the consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 5th July, 1968.
It is said that the idol of the main deity is newly created as the original one had already been installed at Sri Gangadareswarar temple at Purasapakkam, Chennai.
It is further said that some portion of the old temple’s main tower can still be seen from the banks of the Poondi Lake.