Ancient temples, small or big have always been a blend of history and legend. Sri Thollayiram Kaatha Vinayakar at Nandiambakkam village, located 25 km north of Chennai in Tiruvallur district, is no exception.
Invaded by the army of the Nawab, 900 inhabitants of the village took refuge in the bushes behind the Ganesa temple and were saved. Thus the deity got the rather unusual name. This history dates back several centuries and the temple is now in a dilapidated condition although people have been worshipping the deity.
Sri Thollayiram Kaatha Vinayakar Bhakta Jana Sabha has taken up renovation of the temple. Support in the form of money, material and labour has been steadily coming and in construction has progressed. Shrines are getting ready for other deities including the linga form of Gnanapuriswara (said to be a combination of Brahma, Rudra and Vishnu), Sri Gnanambigai, Sri Subramanya, Sri Lakshminarayana (with Prayoga Chakra), Navagraha and so on. Funds are now needed to complete the task and set a date for consecration.
The Sabha also has taken up the construction of a temple for Sri Abhirami samedha Sri Amirthagateswarar. The Lingam has been a part of the Vinayaka temple. For details contact N.C. Dharmalingam (9884853625).