Kandhazheeswarar temple, Kundrathur
As soon as we reached Kundrathur bus stand, we noticed this temple and the Thiruvooraga Perumal temple next to each other.
We were under the impression that this Sivan temple is the Rahu Sthalam of the Navagraha sthalams in Chennai and were very keen to visit it. We entered the temple and first saw the board Nagaimuga Valli sametha Kandhazheeswarar Thirukovil.(நகைமுக வல்லி சமேத கந்தழீஸ்வரர் திருக்கோவில்) I liked the name Nagaimuga Valli - smiling faced Valli - very much. We could see the Ambal directly in front of us. We went further inside and the Siva lingam was on the left side. It is a very huge lingam but the alangaram was minimal with just a flower on top and a veshti on aavudayar. (ஆவுடையார்)
We asked the kurukkal about the history and he said that this temple is also 1100 years old and built by Kulothungan. Karikala chozhan is also said to have done a lot for this temple. He showed us the carvings of the symbols of Cheras, Chozhas, Pandyas namely, bow & arrow, tiger and fish on the ceiling indicating that all of them have contributed to this temple. The kurukkal also clarified that this is not the Rahu Sthalam temple and that was elsewhere in the same area.
On either side of the Siva lingam, we could see Ganapathy and Valli Deivanai Sametha Murugan. On the left side of the Siva lingam was the Nagai muga Valli Ambal. Again, Ambal had very little alangaram with just a single flower on her crown and wearing a simple red sari but with a smiling face just as her name suggests. The Nandhi in front of the Lord was looking very cute with a metallic bell around his neck.
Usually at Sivan temples we can see the Lingam from the entrance whereas at this temple in front of the Lingam there is a wall with a small hole in it. When we came out and completed our pradakshinam, we noticed that there was another slightly bigger Nandhi in front of the bali peedam facing the Siva lingam beyond the wall and we had a glimpse of the Lingam again through the hole. The other sannidhis in this temple were only Dakshinamoorthy and Durgai and we were surprised to notice that there was no Navagraha sannidhi here.