Thiruvanmiyur Marundeeswarar Temple

Marundeeswarar Temple is situated in Thiruvanmiyur neighborhood of Chennai and is a haven for people suffering from illnesses. As per the legends, Lord Marundeeswarar taught sage Agastya about medicinal herbs and plants, after whom the temple is named.

It is even believed that Valmiki, the sage who wrote the Ramayana also visited the Temple to pay his respects. The primary deity in this temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Marundeeswar, but one can find shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Shiva's consort Goddess Thirupurasundari or Parvati and Shiva's various avatars. It can be traced back to the 7th to 8th century and was majorly expanded by the Cholas in the 11the century.

The locals flock to this temple for its prasadam, a mixture of ash, water, milk, which is believed to have healing qualities. The temple is worth a visit during the festivals of Shivratri, Skanda Sashti and Vinayaka Chaturthi, and the festival of Panguni Uttiram during the middle of March.-Timings: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM