Ashtalakshmi Temple :
The name Ashtalakshmi is
obtained because it is dedicated to Eight
Manifestations of Goddess Mahalakshmi. The
festival season is between the month of
September and October. The Navararthri Festival
is celebrated in a grand manner, Devotees from
all over the city flock to this temple to attend
this festival and also to take a cool breeze in
the beach with family members. This is located
at Elliots Beach. Time : Morning 6.30 a.m. to
12.00 p.m. Evening 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Elliots Beach, Chennai - 600090. Ph : 24466777,
Ayyappan Temple (Mahalinga puram) :
This is the first Ayyappan Temple in Chennai.
Special Poojas take place during Oct-Jan. The
devotees on pilgrimage make it a point to visit
this temple as well. This temple is situated in
Mahalingapuram. Location : 18, Madhavan Nair st,
Mahalingapuram, Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600 034.
Time : Morning 4.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.; Evening
5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Ph : 28171197.
Ayyappan Temple :
As in Mahalingapuram this
is yet another Ayyappan Temple at Raja
Annamalaipuram built on the same line and
attracts devotees in large numbers. Lord Ayyappa
of Sabari Malai in Kerala is the presiding Diety
here as well. Like the original one this also
has 18 steps. Time : Morning 6 a.m. to 11 noon.
Evening 5.30p.m. to 9 p.m. R.A.Puram, Chennai -
600 028. Ph : 24938239.
Hare Rama Hare Krishna :
founded by Swami Bakthi Vedantha Prabu Padha
believes in worshipping Lord Krishna in joyful
bliss. It has devotees all over the world and
this centre acts as a connecting link. Time :
4.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 4p.m. to 8 p.m This
functions in Chennai at East Coast Road, Uthandi.
Ph : 24530923.
||Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar : "Kapalam" means bowl of
skull. Lord Siva or Easwara is standing with
ascetic’s bowl of skull in his hand. At the time of
yuga pralaya (dissolution of cosmos) nothing remains
except Lord Easwara with bowl of skull. He starts
creation of new YUGA from this Kapalam i.e. the
ascetic bowl of skull. Lord SIVA is therefore called
||Arulmigu Karpagambal : Karpagam is the name of
holy tree in Heaven. It gives whatever one wants
from it. Goddess UMA blesses her sincere devotees
with all as they pray for like Karpaga tree. The
Goddess of the temple is therefore called “Karpagambal”.
||Daily Services :
||KalaSandhi - Morning Pooja
UchiSandhi - Mid-day Pooja
Sayankala Sandhi - Evening Pooja
Arthajama Sandhi - Late Night Pooja
Sayankala sandhi is the elaborate and picturesque of
shodasa - upashars ie 16 propitiations with waving
of lights are spectacular.
Brahmothsavam : celebrated in the month of Mar.-Apr.
Float Festival : in Jan - Feb. Vasanta Utsavam : in
May - June. Navarathiri Festival : 9 days festival
in Aug - Sept.
||Timinings : 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m.
to 8.00 p.m.
||Located at Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. Ph :
Kali Bari :
Kali Bari at Chennai is a great
Spiritual Institution. Kali Bari means “The
House of Goddess Kali”. It is a unique temple on
the lines of Dakshineswar Kali Temple in
Calcutta. It has a peaceful Meditation Hall
where occasionally Bhajans are conducted and
discourses on various spiritual topics are
given. Durga Pooja at Navarathri and Kali Pooja
at Deepavali are celebrated in a grand manner.
It is conveniently located within the city at
32, Umapathy Extension, West Mambalam. Time :
Morning 6 a.m. to 12 noon. & 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
32, Umapathy St, Chennai-33. Ph : 24837170.
Kaligambal Temple :
The deity is Kaligambal. The
other form of Parasakthi is Kali. She took this
form to eradicate evil. With angry look this
female deity by destroying evil is stead fast to
truth. She is a deity whom people worship with
fear. Time : Morning 6.30 a.m. to 12 noon,
Evening 5 p.m. to 9 p.m Location : 212, Thambu
Chetty St, Chennai -600 001. Ph : 25229624.
This is also called as
‘Nadukailai’ Lord Ganesh sits right in the
centre of Parameshwar, Ambikai, Adityan, and
Thirumal. Here there are ‘Sannidhis’ for
Anjaneyar and Bairavar besides the ‘Nava-Grahas’.
Situated at Adayar on the way to Taramani this
beautiful temple in white marble is the delight
of connoisseur. Timing : 4.30 a.m. to 12.00
noon. 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Location : Sardar
Patel Road, Adayar, Chennai - 600 020, Ph :
Pamban Swamigal :
Pamban Swamigal was born in
1850 in Pamban near Rameswaram, was one of the
Siddhas of Later Tamil tradition. He attained
salvation in 1929. His Samadhi temple was found
in Mayurapuram north of Thiruvanmiyur, 13 k.m.
drive from Chennai. Time : Morning 7 a.m. to 1
p.m. Evening 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ph : 24521866.
Parthasarathy Swamy Temple :
It is one of the
most reputed temples for the followers of
Vaishnavism, a sub-sect of Hinduism. Located in
Triplicane, this is also an excellent specimen
of ancient South Indian temple architecture.
This is where you can see the different
’Avatars’ (incarnations) of Lord Mahavishnu. You
could also see here an elephant taking part in
the temple’s daily rituals. Time : Morning 6.30
a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Evening 3.00 p.m. to 8.00
p.m. Triplicane, Chennai - 600 005. Ph :
28442462, Fax : 28447042.
Sri Vadapalani Andavar Temple :
enshrines Vadapalani Andavar in a manner similar
to the Palani temple. Other shrines here include
those to Meenakshi, Sundareswarar. This temple
is of fairly recent origin. Although Lord Muruga
in this temple has become very popular among the
devotees, this temple is a full-fledged Siva
temple with “Sanctum Sanctorums” for Lord Shiva,
Goddess Parvathi, Lord Ganesh, in addition to
Lord Muruga. Another God who is more popular in
this temple is Lord Anjaneya, whose figure is
sculpted on a pillar. The entrance to this
temple is crowned with a rajagopuram adorned
with several stucco images depicting legends
from the kanda puranam. In front of the temple
is the temple tank. This temple became popular
more because of the patronage of the
film-industry as most of the activities are
concentrated in and around Kodambakkam and
Vadapalani. Timing 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m, and
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in (Mylapore) :
as All India Sai Baba Samaj. This temple was
built to commomerate the memory of Shirdi Sai
Baba. This Saint born in Shirdi as a Hindu was
brought by a muslim Fakir (Devotee) and became
an exponent of Sufism. He too performed “Sithu”
(Miracles) like his mentor. Part of the jothi
(Flame) lit by him in Shirdi is here as well. On
Sundays Agni Pooja is performed. Working hours :
Morning 5.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Evening 4 p.m.
to 9.00 p.m. Location : All India Sai Samaj, 15,
Venketesa Agraharam, Mylapore, Chennai - 600
004. Ph : 24640784. p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Located at
Vadapalani, Chennai-600 026, Ph : 24836903.
Tirumala, Tirupathi Devasthanam :
Tirupathi Devasthanam situated in Andhra Pradesh
is one of the important temples of India. The
Information centre for this temple is Tirumalai
Tirupathi Devasthanam. People who like to
commute to Tirupathi from Chennai can receive
all information from here. This office functions
on Saturdays and Sundays. This devasthanam will
be closed every month 2nd Monday all Tuesdays
and other national holidays . Time : 9.00 a.m.
to 1.00 p.m. & 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Location :
Tirupathi Devasthanam Information Centre, 50,
Venkata Narayan Salai, T.Nagar, Chennai - 7. Ph
Thiruvalluvar Temple :
This is a memorial
built 400 years earlier in memory of
Thiruvalluvar. But people considered
Thiruvalluvar as God and performed poojas and
changed the memorial in to a temple. Hence, it
is called Thiruvalluvar Temple. Location :
Thiruvalluvar Koil Street, Mylapore, Chennai -
600 004. Ph : 24981893.
Universal Temple of Sri Rama- krishna :
Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna located
within the premises of the Ramakrishna Mutt in
Mylapore is a standing monument dedicated to Sri
Ramakrishna, a symbol of Universal Religion. The
temple’s architecture blends with the
traditional South Indian Temple architecture. At
the centre of the shrine is a 7 feet tall statue
of Sri Ramakrishna. Carved out of pure marble,
it depicts the image of Sri Ramakrishna, seated
on a marble lotus. It also houses shrines for
Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. The main
entrance presents a magnificent view with its
structure built on traditional Dravidian
architecture. Time : Morning 5 a.m. to 1.30p.m,
and 3.30 to 8.30 pm Place at RK Mutt Road,
Chennai - 600004. Ph : 24621110.