Faces of Chennai – Temple watchman

Vijayakumar, watchman at Agasstheeswarar temple
Vijayakumar, watchman at Agasstheeswarar temple

This pious and mild-looking young man, Mr Vijayakumar, is the night watchman of Sree Agastheewaran temple, Villivakkam. He was introduced to us by the priest of that temple. He added that the duty of the night watchman at the temple is far from the ordinary. There is a shrine of Lord Veerbhadraswamy on the Northern side of the temple. Veerabhdra is a fearsome aspect of Shiva and there are rumours of some scary movements at night which keeps Vijaykumar on the toes. (and may be, shivering!)

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