Wedding worship is mainly followed in this temple.. Nandhi the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva appears soft in look, hence there is no nose rope.
Swaathi (in Sanskrit and Tamil)
Chothi (in Malayalam)
Sri Thatheeswarar Temple, (Chithukadu),
South Mada Street, 1/144, Thirumanam Village, Via Pattabhiram,
Vayalanallur Post, Chennai - 600072.
Phone: +91 93643 48700, 93826 84485
The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Sri Panchamurthy procession on Chitra Poornima day in April–May, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August–September, Shivrathri in February–March, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December–January, Tirukarthikai in November–December, Aadi Kruthika in July–August, Thai Kruthika and Thai Poosam in January-February and Panguni Uthiram in March–April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Special abisheks are performed for Lord Muruga on Aadi and Thai Kruthika days and Panguni Uthiram day. On the Karthika festival day, lamps are lit for all the 27 stars with special pujas. 10 day Margazhi festival is grandly celebrated. The wedding festival for Lord Nataraja and Mother Sivakami is celebrated on Margazhi Tiruvadhirai day. Those expecting to be married, worship on this day with all faith.
It is said that two great Siddhas, Padukkai Jadamudi Siddha and Prana Deepika Siddha performed penance in this place. They installed a Shivalinga under a Gooseberry tree and named it Nelliappar. Thathiri in Sanskrit means gooseberry and the Tamil name is Nelli. As the place is fragrant, it is also called Tirumanam-good fragrance. It is called Siddhar Kadu as Siddhas lived here. It is called as Chitukadu now.
A king, while commencing the renovation of the temple, found the idol of Mother, named Her Poonguzhali and erected a shrine. Those facing obstacles in their marriage proposals, perform abishek to Lord with gooseberry powder, juice and seeds and milk to Lord and offer green vastras and bangles to Mother and light ghee lamps.
There are carvings of some Siddhas in the pillars ensuring longevity to devotees. Padukkai Jadamudi Siddha and Prana Deepika Siddhas are in the Nandhi shrine pillars. Those facing heart trouble light ghee lamps in this shrine. This is the temple for Swathi star natives.
The sacred word Swathi has in it the combined graceful powers of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The letter 'Va' is in Namasivaya Mantra. It also contains the sacredness of the seed letters in the names of Vishnu – Sundararajar, Vasudeva and Trivikrama. Swathi star natives are advised to worship in the Chithukadu temple filled with the combined grace of Shiva and Vishnu. They are advised to offer curd rice nivedhana with gooseberry pickle, tamarind rice and offer the same to the poor for a prosperous life.