Visited on: 16th July, 2016
Thiruvalithayam (Padi) is located at a distance of about 7 kms from the Koyambedu Bus Terminus on the Chennai to Thiruvallur route. It is about 12 kms from the Chennai Central railway station. The railway station nearest to Thiruvalithayam is Kurattur on the Chennai Central to Arakkonam route and this temple is about 2 kms away from it.
Thiruvalithayam is near the Paadi main junction and just opposite to the Lucas TVS Factory.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva sthalams near this temple are – Thiruvotriyur, Thirumullaivayil, Thiruverkadu, Mylapore and Thiruvanmiyur.
|Moolavar||Sri Valithaya Nathar, Sri Valleeswarar|
|Ambal||Sri Jagadhambal, Sri Thayammai|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Baradwaja Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Padhiri tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 21st Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu.
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This east facing temple has a 3-tiered main tower (Rajagopuram) and it has two corridors.
- Lord Vinayakar’s wedding with Kamalai and Valli took place here.
- The Vimanam (roof tower) of the sanctum sanctorum has been constructed according to the Gaja Brishtam style of architecture.
- This temple is famous as a Parihara Sthalam for Lord Guru (planet Jupiter).
- The last Consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 29-01-2012.
History of the Temple
This ancient temple is believed to have been constructed by Chola kings. The historical name of this place is Thiruvalithayam but it is now known as Paadi.