Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sri Veera Anjaneyar Temple, Puthuppakkam

Last Thursday my father suddenly decided to visit the Thiruporur Murugan temple and by afternoon, along with my uncle’s family we head to the temple. And btw my uncle suggested checking the Anjaneyar temple on top of a small hill near Kelambakkam – about 35 km south of Chennai, which my parents and others wanted to do for a long time.

In front of the temple, from left: parents with uncle and aunt 
Sri Veera Anjaneyar Temple in the village of Puthuppakkam is 5 km from Kelambakkam, on the road towards Vandaloor, is the beautiful small temple situated atop a hill called Gajagiri hills. We know this temple from a very long time and those days it can be reached only by steps, that too in pathetic condition, never gave us a thought to  try  although we have passed this hillock many times.

View from Veera Anjaneyar Temple
A view from hilltop towards east... stretching across OMR and ECR and  far end with sea. 
My cousin who visited this temple few years back comes to discover a road has been built up to the hill top. And from that time onwards, I wanted to go to this temple to get some views around the area from the hill top, with SIPCOT IT Park as its backyard. So taking this as a wonderful opportunity, I also find it little exciting take the small road up the hill with couple of hairpin bends! It was cool and breezy, and awesome with views once atop.

The temple is told to have a strong connection with the Nithiyakalyana Perumal Temple in Thiruvadanthai, next to Kovalam in ECR. It seems, every year they set/said to follow a custom of carrying certain things as procession from the Anjaneyar Temple to Nithiyakalyana Perumal Temple in times of festival.  Thiruvadanthai being my grandmother’s native village, my mom used to indicate it always when coming across the temple.

Sri Veera Anjaneyar Temple, Pudupakkam
As soon we reached the foothill, I was amazed, not just looking at the two big colorful statues of Hanuman and Karudazvar that stands upright on the either sides of the footsteps leading to the top. It was the place only recently I saw in a Tamil movie, where an action scene took place. There are 108 steps to reach the temple if one decides to take by foot, while enjoying the nature.

The temple believed to be 500-1000 years old, is also said to be that while carrying the Sanjeevi Hill to save Sri Lakshmana, Sri Anjaneyar stopped here for a while to perform Surya Namaskar. So he become so powerful at this place to named Veera Anjaneyar. The temple was quite calm and clean when we visited, but I couldn’t take more photos as I left my camera at home. Here are photos shot from my sister’s mobile. 
Temple Torch of Sri Veera Anjaneyar Temple
Temple torch on top of the hill, which is suppose to lit during special occasion


TexWisGirl said...

so glad they put in a road to make it more accessible to you!

Uppal said...

Great images of temple and surrounding areas. Glad that finally, you've settled down at the new place. Beat wishes!

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Jeevan,
Glad you got to visit such an old temple! Such temples are minimally of huge historical value, and for some religious and spiritual value.
The statues are beautiful and your sister has done a good job of photographing them.
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Pooja Mittal said...

temple is beautiful, looks so calm and peaceful
keep in touch

Twilight Man said...

What a nice view from the hill top. I always enjoyed visiting temples in China which were on top high mountains too.

Destination Infinity said...

The Anjenayar statue is sporting a bold green color :) Will try to visit it sometime...

Destination Infinity

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What a beautiful temple. Looks like an amazing place to visit, Jeevan!!

Anonymous said...

What a huge temple torch! And nice shots.

Ankita said...

Thanks a lot for sharing the b'ful pics! I love South Indian styled temples :D

Sandhya said...

I have heard of this temple but never knew the details. I have to visit this soon. Thank you, Jeevan!

Pictures are beautiful!

Rajesh said...

Great coverage of the temple.

L. D. said...

There is a lot of color to see.

venkat ns said...

Very good temple. Thanks for the information.
We went up the hill by walk. Steps are not steep. We have landing space at every 4 or 5 steps. The temple is open from 7.30 am to 11.30am and 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm (as per the temple board). Safe side you can go at 8.00am or at 4.00 pm. We can also go by car as the road is broad enough. At the top it is calm and peaceful and view is excellent.
Thulasi malai and flowers are available at the base.
Venkatraman. N.S

Raghuram Prasad G said...

Does anyone know/ have the contact number of Veera Anjaneyar temple at pudhupakkam. If anyone have please share it.

Hari Prasad said...

Its Ariel doom. Belongs to India. Army. Opp to hill small Indian army signals post is there.