Sri Maragathambigai samedha Chandra Chudeswarar temple in Hosur is maintaining a strong presence in the spiritual world.
The main deities of the temple are Shiva depicted as Sri Chandra Chudeswarar and the Goddess Parvati depicted as ‘Maragathambal’.
‘Chandra Choodeswarar’ means the Eshwara who wears the Moon (Chandra in Tamil language) as an ornament on his crest or tuft of hair on top of the head.
Shiva’s consort Parvathi is worshiped here as Maragathambal. ‘Maragatham’ means precious green stone and ‘Ambal’ means mother. This is in reference to the green plants and trees (Photosynthesis), which provide sustenance to all living beings.
Wayback in 10th century, Hosur was known as Chevidapadi, and in the 13th century, Hosur was known as Murasunadu, from 16th century onwards, this place has been christened as Hosur.
The exact history of the temple is said to be not clearly documented.
Considering that the Hosur region is mentioned in ancient Hindu texts like the ‘Padmagiri Mahathyamam’, a part of ‘Bramanda Puranam’, a shrine for Shiva is deemed to have existed here since many centuries from ancient times.
The temple has grown during the periods of Cholas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagara emperors. The Chandra Choodeshwara Temple structure may have been built by the Hoysala king, Thirupuvanamalla Barvatharaja Anthiyazhvar, in the year 1260.
The 13th-century inscription found during Chandra Choodeshwara temple patronage. Perumal Temple in Hosur and Bangalore Shiva Temple inscriptions reveal the details of donations to Chandra Choodeshwarar temple.
There are also inscriptions of Rajendra Chola on old ancient temple. The temple was renovated by Azhakiya Perumal Aathimoolam.
Situated on a small hillock on the eastern side of Hosur City is the Maraghathambigai Chandrachoodeshwara temple, about 39 Kms from Bangalore. It is one of the oldest and the among the famous temples of Krishangiri district.
Inside this temple, idols of Ganesha, Valli Devayanai sametha Murugar, Shiva Linga, Maragathambigai, Surya, Chandra, Gajalakshmi, Kashi Vishwanatha, Chowdeswarar, and Panchalinga are present as well.
In a separate shrine, Goddess Parvathi gives darshan to people as Maraghathambal. A Linga is present at the entrance of this shrine and is known by the name ‘Jalakantheswara’. During the dry season, this shrine is filled with water and rituals are conducted to praise Jalakanteshwara in the hope of good rains.
The temple is now under the maintenance of the Tamil Nadu Government Endowment Board. Pooja is conducted thrice a day. Mondays and Fridays are considered as special days in this temple. During the Tamil Maasi month, a 13-day Rathothsava is held. Shashti, Pradhosha, Ruthrabhisheka are considered as special events in this temple. The Car festival of Sri Chandra Chudeswarar temple is very famous in India.