Saivite Temples, Thiruvallur District
Irudayabaleeswarar, facing east
Maragathambal, facing south
Lakshmi Vinayagar, Suryan, Navagrahas, Dakshinamurthy, Durga, Chandikeswarar, 63 Nayanmar
As per legend the temple was constructed by Narasimha Pallava II who constructed the famous Kailasanadha Temple in Kancheepuram.
Poosalar (one of the Nayanmars), a Shiva devotee and a poor man visualized the lord and his temple in his heart, but did not have the wealth to build the temple. He used to sit under an Iluppai tree in Thirunindravur and meditate all day conceptualizing this temple and building it stone by stone in his mind. Finally it was ready and he invited Lord Shiva himself for the consecration. Parallely King Narasimha Pallava II (also called Rajasimha Pallava) of Kanchi built another temple and wanted to perform the consecration ceremony. The Lord appeared in his dream and said he cannot be present for the ceremony as another temple and devotee required his presence on the said day. Intrigued the king inquired about this to his ministers to no avail. He came to Thirunindravur area and met with the same answer – no one knew of this temple. But they told him about Poosalar. The king visited poosalar, understood his desire and built Irudhayabaleeswarar Thirunindravur.
Adjacent to the 108 Divya Desam Vishnu temple in Thirunindravur, which is before Thiruvallur and is well connected with Chennai by rail and road.