Kachchaleswarar Temple

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Kachchaleswarar Temple
Front view of Kacchaaleeshwarar Koil, Chennai.jpg
Front view of Kachchaaleeshwarar Koil
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
DistrictChennai
DeityKachchaleswarar (Lord Shiva)
Location
Location77 Armenian Street
StateTamil Nadu
CountryIndia
Geographic coordinates13°02′01″N 80°16′13″E / 13.033634°N 80.270199°E / 13.033634; 80.270199Coordinates: 13°02′01″N 80°16′13″E / 13.033634°N 80.270199°E / 13.033634; 80.270199
Architecture
TypeHindu temple architecture
CreatorKalavai Chetty
Completed1725
Temple(s)1

Kachchaleswarar Temple, also known as the Great Kachali Pagoda, is a Hindu temple located in Armenian Street, in the neighbourhood of Parry's corner (Old: George Town) in Chennai city, Tamil Nadu, India. Constructed on land belonging to dubash Kalavai Chetty in 1725, the temple belonged to the left-hand castes and was the site of the first major conflict between left and right-handed castes in the then Madras city.

The temple is modelled on the Kachaaleshwarar temple at Kancheepuram. Kachaaleshwarar (Lord Shiva) is the main deity and Soundaraambikai, the consort deity.

History[edit]

Facade of the temple
Pillaiyar thoppu (garden) at the temple, near the entrance

The temple was built in 1725 by Kalavai Chetty, a 'dubash' working for the British East India Company, on a land belonging to him. A huge retinue of dancing girls were attached to the temple in the earlier days. These dancing girls resided in a quarter adjoining the temple. A plaque in the temple records the year of the first kumbhaabishekam (consecration) as 1728. Post-Independence, a mahaa-kumbhaabishekam (great consecration) was held on 8 July 1962. A major renovation of the temple began on 20 February 1984 and another great consecration was held on 9 July 1989.

Temple tank during a dry season in September, before monsoon

References[edit]

  • Muthiah, S. (2004). Madras Rediscovered. East West Books (Madras) Pvt Ltd. p. 329. ISBN 81-88661-24-4.