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 63(1 am, to 12.00 pm. Evening 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Elliots Beach, Chennai - 600 090 . Ph: 24911763.
Ayyappa Temple (Mahalingapuram)
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 am. To 11.00 am.; 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 am. to linoon. Evening 530p.m. to 9 p.m. Raja Annamalaipuram, Chennai - 600 028. Ph 26490013
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 am. To 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This functions in Chennai at East Coast Road, Uthandi. Kali Ban Kali Ban at Chennai is a great Spiritual Institution. Kali Ban means “The House of Goddess Kali”. It is a unique temple on the lines of Dakshineswar Kali Temple in Calcutta. It is conveniently located within the city at 32, Umapathy Extension, West Mambalam. Itl 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 Decpavali are celebrated in a grand manner. Time: 6 a.m. to 12a.m. Evening 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 32, Umapathy St, Chennai - 600 033. Ph: 24837170.
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 am. to 12 noon, Evening 5 p.m. to 9 p.m Location : 212, Thambu Chetty St, Cheonai -600 001. Ph 25229624.
Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore
is dedicated to Lord Siva . The intricate designs and sculptures
on the “Gopuram” of this temple attract every one. The
legend says that Goddess Parvathi worshipped Lord Siva in the form
of a peacock- “Mayil” in Tamil - that to ti ‘
t of the city. According to another legend, Saint Thirugnana Sambandar
brought back a dead girl to life upon composing and chanting a L
hymn on the presiding deity. This temple celebrates its yearly festival
in March-April every year for ten days. The Arupathumoovar (the
sixty-three) festival on the tenth day is one of the highlights
of this festival, which attracts pilgrims from far and near.
Building of this temple dates back to 11th century. People believe Saint Valmigi the author of he Epic Ramayana had visited this temple. This temple also bears ample testimony to our ancient Art and Culture. Time: Morning 6 am. to 12.30 p.m. Evening 4 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. This is Situate in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai - 600 041. Ph: 24410477
This is also called as ‘Nadukailai’ Lord Ganesh sits right in the ‘ Centre of Parameshwar, Ambikai, A 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 5.30 am, 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 Temple
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 km. drive from Chennai. Time Morning 6 am. to 1 p.m. Evening 3 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 am, to 1.00 p.m. Evening 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.Triplicane, Chennai - 600 005. Ph: 28442462.
Sri Vadapalani Andavar Temple
This renowned temple, a little over a century old, is of great beauty and grandeur. Dedicated to Sri Palani Andavar, it has an exquisite 4 feet sculpture of the presiding deity. Time: 6.00 am. To 1.00 p.m. Evening 3.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Located at Chennai-600 026, Ph : 24836903.
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 St, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004.
Tirumala, Tirupathi Devasthanam
Tirumatai Tirupathi Devasthanam
situated in Andhra Pradesh is one of the important temples of India.
The Information centre for this temple is ‘Uirumalai 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 devasthana will be closed every month
2nd Monday all Tuesdays and other national holidays . Time : Morning
9.00 am, to 1.00 p.m. Evening 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Location Tirupathi
Devasthanam Information Centre, 50, Venkata
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple (Mylapore)
Known as All India Sai Baba Samaj. This temple was built to coinmomerate 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 am, 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
Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna
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 oil traditional Dravidian architecture. The shrine is not for any particular set and is meant or all people seeking ‘knowledge of the self. Time: Morning 5 am, to 1.30, Evening 3.30 p.m. to 8.30p.m Situated at R.K Mutt Road, Chennai - 4. Ph 24941959.
Shree Narayana Guru Temple
Hunter’s Road in Vepery,
formerly called Hunter’s Street, was renamed in memory of
Shree Narayana Guru and now called as Shree Narayana Guru Road.
Shree Narayana Guru was a great social reformer of Kerala.
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