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Om Shree Dhenupureeswarar Temple

Madambakkam is a panchayat town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It borders Selaiyur, Vengaivasal and Sithalapakkam. The town is well known for its greeneries and the famous centuries old Shree Dhenupureeswarar temple.

Madambakkam is known for its historic Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main deity of the temple is Lord Dhenupureeswarar. The temple is believed to be revamped during the tenure of Kulothunga Chola. The temple itself is said to have built during the period of the Parantaka Chola II (Sundara Chola), around 956-973 A.D. It has got beautiful sculptures and different postures of Shiva. There are more than 18 different temples around this temple, which is formed in an Om shape. The temple is one of the 163 notified areas (megalithic sites) in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The Gajaprishta Vimana temple contains inscriptions ranging from the period of Cholas through Sundara Pandya to Vijayanagara kings. The inscriptions reveal that the original name of Lord Dhenupureeswarar was Sittreri Udaiya Nayanar and that of Goddess Dhenukambal was Nampirattiyar. The passageway through which visitors pass to see the main deity belongs to the Vijayanagara period.

The temple now is under the control of Archeological Society of India.

The temple is situated between Tambaram and Medawakkam near Rajakizhpakkam.

There is also another rare temple nearby, housing 18 Siddhars, Sri Seshadri Swamigal and Maha Meru (Lalitha Parameshwari) which together with Dhenupureeswarar temple gives divinity to the whole village and every visitor entering there.

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