Worship Temples

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, 24917777.

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 :

This movement 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 “Kapaleeswarar”.
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.
Festivals :
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 : 044-24641670

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.

Mathyakailash :

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 : 22350859.

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 :

This 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 3.00

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in (Mylapore) :

Known 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 :

Tirumalai 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 : 24343535.

thiruvallur_templeThiruvalluvar 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 :

The 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.


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