Saivite Temples, Thiruvallur District
Agastheeswarar facing east, Swayambu Lingam (self occurring)
Anandavalli, facing south
Sidhi Vinayak, Murugan, Navagrahas, Ishtalingam, Ganesh, Dakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga, Chandikeswara, Sage Agastya
On the Kolkatta Highway, just before the Thacchur junction going to Ponneri is Panchesti. Agastheeswarar Panchesti temple is about a kilometer inside on the right side of the highway as you go from Chennai. Take care while turning here or to be safe go to Thachur junction and take a U turn.
The three sons of Suketu, a demon cursed by Lord Muruga, in order to relieve their father of the curse searched the oceans to locate where he was hiding, thus disturbing the sea life. In the meantime his sons were disturbing the world with the boons they received from Parasakthi. the devas and all other gods came to Lord Shiva seeking relief. He appeared with his family and Nandi giving Sage Agastya the necessary power to bring the situation under control. Agastya then just drank the ocean waters and spit a little which fell in Panchesti. The demons were thus inside sage Agastya’s stomach and begged to be let out. They were asked to perform 5 Yagnas (Dheva Yagna, Brahma Yagna, Pithur Yagna, Bootha Yagna and Manuda Yagna) by Sage Agastya here at Agastheeswarar Panchesti and thus the place is called Panchesti (Panch – five, Ishti – yagna).
The Suyambu Lingam here is believed to have been here even before Sage Agastya came and was named so after his worship. The Agastya Theertham here was created on the full moon day on the Tamil month of Vaikasi ( May – June) and it is still considered auspicious to have a dip here on the same day.
On the Kolkatta Highway, just before the Thacchur junction going to Ponneri is Panchesti. The temple is about a kilometer inside on the right side of the highway as you go from Chennai. Take care while turning here or to be safe go to Thachur junction and take a U turn.
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