Arulmigu Masilamaniswara Temple

Masilamaneeswarar Temple is located in Vada Thirumullaivoyal near Avadi,Chennai. King Tondaimaan built this temple. Masilamaneeswarar Temple is the 22nd of the 32 Tevara Padal Petra Stalams in the Tondainadu region of South India. Saints like Arunagirinadhar, Sundhara, Vallalar and many others has sung songs in this temple. This information can be witnessed in Temple Kalvettu. Devi Kodiyidai Amman is one of the Tri-Shakti. Devi Kodiyidai Amman represents Kriya Shakti (Power of Activity). The other two temples are Melur Thiruvudai Amman Temple representing Iccha Shakti (Power of Will) and Thiruvottiyur Vadivudai Amman Temple representing Jnana Shakti (Power of Knowledge).

There is a scar on the head of the Swayambulinga in the temple. As if to heal the wound, sandal paste is applied on the Linga throughout the year except two days in the month of Chithirai (April-May) covering the Sadayam star day. Lord appears in His true form these days. Worshipping Lord Shiva in this form during these days would relieve the devotee of all sins, it is firmly believed. As no abishek is performed to the Linga, A Padarasa Linga (Mercury Linga) is placed in a separate shrine for Pujas. The Vimana (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) is of Gajabrushta – back side of an elephant – design.

In ancient times, the forest surrounding Thirumullaivoyal was occupied by two Kurumbars named Vanan and Onan. King Thondaiman who was the emperor there tried to end the atrocities by waging a war against them. En route to the war-field, his elephant's leg was surrounded by mullai creepers. The king, while cutting those climbers,found blood oozing out of it and later found that it was the Siva linga from which the blood was oozing. The king was deeply worried; but, according to the Temple History, the Lord appeared before him and pacified the king saying, 'In spite of the blood I am Pure' -- hence the name Masilamani. The king duly defeated the kurumbas and brought with him the two white-erukku pillars from their palace and used them while building the temple for Masilmaninathar. The pillars can be seen in the main sanctum.