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Chennai Mangadu Kamakshi Temple
 



 



     The literal meaning of the word “Mangadu” is mangrove. The temple of Lordess Kamakshi (a form of Goddess Parvati) has brought fame to this small place that is hidden in the suburbs of city of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu. The image of the Goddess Kamakshi placed in the sanctorum is eye catching and fills your heart with intense devotion and complete surrender to the divinity.

This place has a mythological significance of the Goddess Kamakshi who is believed to have performed severe penance in the midst of sacred fire called Panch-Agni. The idol of the deity is shown in a posture such as resting on Agni on the left leg, with the right leg remains folded. The lady God is symbolic of Shakti or the female power that creates the world. She is believed to have faced severe hardships to get married to the Lord Ekambareswar at Kanchipuram.

The people of the place believe that if unmarried girls worship the Lordess Kamakshi with purity and devotion, then the Goddess blesses them with marriage. Though the temple is located around 20 km from the city, yet young girls along with their parents throng here all throughout the season for the blessings of the deity. Fridays are the auspicious days in the temple.

Apart from the principal deity, which is the Goddess Kamakshi, there are shrines of several other Gods that are present all around the temple such as the Vinaygar, Sooryan, Nava Kannigal etc. There are several prayers that are organized on all important dates of the Dravidian calendar. With the shrinking world, it is also possible to get the puja performed on one’s behalf by ordering online and one can even receive the Prasadam, which is delivered at the doorsteps of the person.

The temple also bears its presence during the time of Adi Shankaracharya, who is said to have to visited the temple and establish the Sri Chakra, which is seen in very few temples of Indian heritage and is one of its kinds. The temple is very well maintained and strengthens the devotion and the belief that the people of Chennai have for the creator of the Universe.



Ashtalakshmi Temple
     The Ashtalakshmi Temple as the name suggests, is the embodiment of eight forms of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The temple is located on the serene and beautiful Elliot’s beach, in the capital city of Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. In fact the temple is one of its kinds and is a splendid amalgamation of contemporary and Dravidian architecture. It was constructed some 30 odd years ago and portrays octal manifestations of the deity, in various levels.
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Kalikambal Temple
     The Kalikambal temple is one of the ancient temples that is thronged by devotees from in and around India. It is famous both for its architectural marvel and its ancestral lineage with the great Indian Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji, who along with his entourage is said to have visited this temple during his trip to south of India. Kalikambal temple is located in George Town area of Chennai. Originally, it is believed that the temple was constructed closer to the sea shores but then was moved to the current location during the British rule in India. The temple dates back to 1640.
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Kapaleeswarar Temple
     The Kapaleeswarar temple is located in the Mylapore region of Chennai, the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu. The temple has a long historical significance. The Mylapore region itself is treated as a very holistic place because of the great literary scholars Tiruvalluvar and Peyalwar who had made it their residing place at some point of time.
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Kriyaa Sakthi - Kodiyidai Amman
     Women power or the Shakti has been worshipped in India from ages. Infact almost every temple in India has some or the other form of female deity. The Kriyaa Sakthi temple is one such example among the three marvels of architecture located in Chennai. The three forms of Shakti are Ichchaa Sakthi (Thiruvudai Amman), Gnaana Sakthi (Vadivudai Amman) and the Kriyaa Sakthi (Kodiyidai Amman).
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Kundrathur Temple
     The Kundrathur temple is unique in its architecture among all the Murugan temples that are found in Chennai. The temple is distinguished from the rest because the deity here is placed facing the North. On the northern side of it lies Thanigai. The temple is located in a small place known as Kundrathur which is around 28 km from the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Though Kundrathur is a small area interestingly placed between Porur, Poonamalee and Pallavaram but it has a cluster of seven temples within its boundaries.
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Marundeeswarar Temple
     Among all the cities in the southern part of India, Chennai seems to have been the most blessed by the divine power. It is in the true sense of the word, an abode of the God and Goddesses who are present reside in the various temples that the city spawns within its boundaries. One such temple that is both famous for its architectural designs and the grandeur that it spells, is the Marundeeswarar temple.
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Parthasarathy Temple
     It is hard to conceive the fact that Chennai used to host a conservative population no more than a few decades ago. Truly enough, the burgeoning modern metropolis sprawling with a tech-savvy population is truly impressive, especially in terms of the extent of the transformation. The numerous ancient temples in Chennai stand as living proofs of its rich cultural and architectural heritage. The most noteworthy eminent temples among these are at least one millennium old today.
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Thiruverkadu Mariamman Temple
     Thiruverkadu is a small place in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This place is well known among the people for its Sri KarumariammanTemple which is believed to be a Goddess of procreation and remover of all human ailments. Thiruverkadu by itself is an abode of a number of herbs and plants that have high medicinal value.
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Tyagarajar Temple
     To perceive Chennai as a township that had its roots in technology and advancement would be a fatal error. In fact, Chennai is one of the few cities to host one of the oldest temples in India. The most noteworthy of these temples had been constructed as early as a millennium ago.
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Vadapalani Dandayudhapani Temple
     Development and progress have not tarnished the immense cultural heritage and tradition that the people of Chennai, formerly known as Madras, harbored and still harbor. In fact, one of the most striking aspects about the people of Chennai is their extent of awareness regarding spiritual matters, especially Hinduism.
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