Chennai Temple



Ashtalakshmi temple

The Chennai Ashtalakshmi temple is situated in Besant Nagar, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. That stretch of beach is known as the Elliot's beach. The temple was constructed on the express wishes of Sri Mahaa Periyavaal of Kanchi Mutt, Sri Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal. The temple's architecture is unique, with the deities installed in four levels. The shrine of Mahaalakshmi & Mahaavishnu (the principal deities) is in level two. Here one can see the imposing, bigger than life vigrahams facing the eastern horizon overlooking the sea. Walking up the stairs to the third tier, the path leads to the shrine of Santaana Lakshmi (bestower of offspring) facing south. Next we get the darshan of Vijayalakshmi (bestower of success in all ventures, vijaya - success), on the western side on the 3rd tier. Vidyaalakshmi (associated with learning & wisdom) sits facing the northern side & the shrine of Gajalaskhmi (bestower of all round prosperity) is located facing the eastern side on the 3rd tier. A flight of few steps above leads one to the 4th tier, where the Dhanalakshmi (Goddess of wealth) shrine is located facing eastward. Her's is the only shrine on the 4th level. There is a huge hundi for Venkataachalapathi within the complex. There is a sannadhi for the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu, to the left of which is the Madapalli (the kitchen for preparing naivedhiyam for the Gods). There are shrines for Tumbikai Aazhwar (Ganesha), Guruvaayurappan, Chakrathaazhwar & Narasimhar (on either side of the same idol), Aanjaneyar & Dhanvantri.
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.



Ayyappan 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.



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.



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


  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 am. to 12 noon, Evening 5 p.m. to 9 p.m Location : 212, Thambu Chetty St, Cheonai -600 001



Kapaleeswarar temple

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.
Time Morning 6.00 am. to 1.00 p.m. Evening 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004


Maruntheeswarar temple

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




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


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 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


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.



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 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 Narayaa Salai, T.Nagar, Chennai - 600 017



Shirdi sai baba temple in (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.


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 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,



Anderson church

John Anderson arrived in Madras as one of the many Scottish missionaries. He started the John Anderson General Assembly School in 1835, which later was christened the Madras Christian College and School and later was shifted to George Town. It is indeed ironical that this zestful educationalist is now remembered not for what he actually stood for; rather his name was given to the church situated in George Town where once the handsome buildings of the Madras Christian College stood. The church, attractive with its unique, slim, towering steeple reminds us of the fire that burnt in the heart of the enthusiast. Location: Broadway, Chennai - 600 108


Andrew’s Kirk

Described in the British days as the ‘Noblest edifice in Hindustan’, St. Andrew’s Kirk, an almost two-century-old church, as S.Muthaiah, the eminent historian of Madras writes, is perhaps one of the ‘best examples of Georgian architecture in Asia. ‘W.T Munro describes the church in Madras ‘the most splendid church in Madras’. The name itself is suggestive of the Scottish connections the City had, or rather the Madras Presidency of the British days. In 1815 a Scot was even appointed minister in the Presidency of Madras. Considering such an extent of prominence, it was but natural for the Scots to build a church of their Location: Poonamalle High Rd, Egmore, Chennai - 600 008



Avella Theresa Church


This church is the first Bishop House in Chennai. it was here, the first Bishop performed his duties. Later his office was changed to Mylapore. The Holy Mary of this Holy Church is Mother Avella Theresammal. The order of service is conducting by Roman Catholic system. Location: 5, Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai - 600 034.



Chinnamalai (Little Mount) is another church, where, in a cave hewn out of a small mount, the Apostle St. Thomas lived and preached. It was from here that he leaped out through a small opening in order to escape from his assailants. An imprint found on the boulder on the other side of the cave is said to have been left by him. There is also a well with a natural spring gushing out water. During the turn of this century a circular church was constructed in this holy spot. Situated near Saidapet bridge, Saidapet, Chennai - 600 015.



Christ church


Welcome to the Church of Christ Family! The church family is a community of people that has all types of hurts, pains, discouragements, and problems. We come together because God has forgiven our sins and is changing us into something new. As a group of people, we experience Jesus- His love, compassion, and grace. He fills us with His healing Spirit and calls us to follow Him. The Church of Christ Family is a safe place where you too can experience love, acceptance, and forgiveness. If you are searching for a church home, we'd like you to know that there's a special place here just for you! Madarapakkam Church of Christ is made up of people from different religious, and cultural backgrounds, but all claim common ground in their conviction that life to its fullest is experienced through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.


Santhome Cathedral basilica

Santhome Cathedral Basilica is ideally located at the southern part of the Marina beach. The Basilica is dedicated to one of Jesus Christ's apostle - St.Thomas, who is supposed to have visited India during 52 A.D. It is thought that the apostle was killed on St. Thomas Mount on the outskirts of the city in 78 AD and his vestiges were interred at the Santhome beach. Later on a church was built on the spot. Many years later, another beautiful church was built, this one a little more inland and the apostle's mortal remains were removed here.



Seventh- Day Adventist church


The seventh I, day Adventist the worldwide organisation. It’s order of the service is entirely different from the other churches like CSI and Roman Catholic etc. This church is conducting services on every Saturday, so its called as 7th Day. A Higher Secondary school is currently functioning under this church’s control. This school also link with worldwide network of ‘Seventh Day Adventist’. Location: Ritherdon Road, Vepery, Chennai - 600 007.


St. George’s cathedral

This Cathedral which is 188 years old is remarkable for its splendid architectural beauty. Built in 1815 with a 45m spire and elegant Ionic columns of brick and chunam, it is of special historic interest for the several fine memorial tablets remembering such outstanding men as Bishop Caldwell the eminent philologist, Bishop Heber, ardent missionary, Dr. Corrie, first Anglican bishop of Chennai, Dr. Anderson, the famous doctor who introduced silk manufacture in Chennai and William Parry and John Binny, merchant entrepreneurs whose names are still remembered in the city’s oldest business establishments. Unusual too, is the adjacent graveyard with its unique guard rail made up of musket barrels, bayonets and spikes taken at the capture of Srirangapatnam in 1799. Location: 224, Cathedral Road, Chennai-600 086.



St. Mary’s Church-Fort St. George

The elegant St. Mary's Church happens to be the oldest Anglican Church in India and was built way back in 1680. This magnificent church of Chennai is the most popular place of Christian congregation. The graveyards in the church's courtyard are amongst the oldest British graveyards in India. The church was the venue for two much hyped about wedding ceremonies. One was of Robert Clive while the other was Governor Elihu who went on to establish the esteemed Yale University in the U.S.A.


Velankanni church

This church is dedicated to our lady of Health, the Madonna of Velankanni. Though much smaller than the original church at Velankanni, this church at Elliot’s Beach still attracts swarms of pilgrims who have implicit faith in the miraculous healing of the Madonna. Besant Nagar,



Makka masjid

Makka Masjid is one of he important mosques in Chennai city. Hundreds of worshippers can be accommodated in this mosque at a time. This mosque is situated behind Baha Hasarth Syed Moosa Hadari Darga, 822 Anna Salai, Chennai – 600002.


Masjid mamoor


This is a mosque sacred to Muslims living in Mannady area in Chennai. It was first built in 18th century. Later it was reconstructed in granite by the Nawab of Arcot’s family in the late 19th century. Recent architectural additions are the unique two-pillar supports and the outer walls. Over five thousand worshippers can be accommodated in this mosque at a time. Location at Angappan Naicken Street, Muthialpet, Chennai - 600001.



The Grand mosque


This Grand Mosque in Red Stone was built by Nawab Wallajah - Mohamed Au, Grand Father of the present incumbent of Ansir Mahal and the Prince if Arcot. In surrounding area maximum number of Muslim peoples were living here. This is supposed to be bigger than Delhi Juma Masjid and is situated in Triplicane, Chennai - 600 005.


Thousand lights mosque

This Mosque is situated in the heart of city and facing with heavy traffic and busiest place in chennai. This is a beautiful cream-colored, multi-domed mosque with walls bearing recently- painted sayings from the Holy Koran. It stands at the junction of Mount Road and Peters Road in an area known as Ayiramvilakku, which derives its name from the ancient practice of profusely lighting this triangular wedge of hallowed Muslim buildings. The original mosque was constructed here by Nawab Umdat-ul-Umrah in 1800 for lie assemblage of Shias during Muharram mourning. Sydenhams Rd, Chennai - 600 006.



Lord shanthinath jain temple


The Apostles of Jabs sect is called “Theet thankaras” the 18th on the line was Mahaveer. He preached non-violence and urged his disciples to possess noble ideals the symbol of this sect is swastik. This temple l is situated in G.N.Chetty Rd, T.Nagar Chennai-600 017


Anna salai dargah


Around 450 years hack here lived a Muslim Saint known as Baba Hazrath Seyed Moosa Kadiri who preached Universal Brother-hood. His final resting place at Anna Salai, Chennai attracts people of all faith from all walks of life.



Hazrat baba dargah


This Muslim Saint Hazarat Baba’s real name was Hazrath Dastageer Sahib Baba . It is nearly 300 years since his demise. He had fore seen his death and had told his disciples not to conduct the Janaza (Funeral) prayers under any other Imam. Baffled disciples were much delighted when the Baba himself appeared and dis-appeared after conducting his own Janaza prayer. Located at 83, Dr. Natesan Road. Chennai 600 005.


Mohammed ismail sahib


Reverently called by all the people as Quaid-E-Millath was Born on 5-6-1896 at Pettai. Tirunelveli Dist. Lie became the Madras Presidency President of Indian Union Muslim League in 1945 and rose to the level of All India President in 1948. He made his mark as an excellent Parliamentarian first as the member of the Legislative Assembly and later as member of Parliament He died on 5-4-1972 and was laid to rest in the Triplicane Grand Mosque Campus.



Lord shanthinath jain temple


The Apostles of Jabs sect is called “Theet thankaras” the 18th on the line was Mahaveer. He preached non-violence and urged his disciples to possess noble ideals the symbol of this sect is swastik. This temple l is situated in G.N.Chetty Rd, T.Nagar Chennai-600 017.


Moti baba dargah


Popularly known as Moti Baba Darga’ This is the final resting place of Muslim Saint Khaja Qutub Seyed Gulam Dasthagir Moti Baba, A Hymn composed in his honour says he was bom in Yemen brought up in Nagapattinam, became a friend of Qazi and breathed his last in Chennai in 1959. Location : 422, Pantheon Salai, Egmore, Chennai - 600 008.



Quadri baba dargah


An inscription in this Darga says ‘Seyed Baba Quadri Sha 1793 - Hazaraj Rabbani Baba Shah Quadri - 1793 Maqam’ except this there isn’t much information about this much revered Muslim saint fondly called by people a Quadri Baba. Simple and small this darga under the shady trunks of an old tree attracts people from all walks of life. Location Tamilnadu Bharath Scouts Complex, Vencock Park, Triplicane, Chennai - 600 005.


Thameem ansari baba darga


A devoted follower of the words and deeds of Prophet. Mohamed was born in Medina. Soon after his demise, and as per his last wish, his mortal remains were put in a coffin and immersed in the sea. However, it reached the shores of Kovalam beach. Thus came into being the holy shrine of the muslim Saint Thameem Ansari Baha. The first Thursday after full moon clay is observed as a day of devotion. The Durgah is open from 5.00 a.m to 10.00 p.m.



Jain guru mandhir


This architectural marvel hu with marble stone is the latest addition to a chain of jam temples in Chennai. This Gurudhuwar is situated in Luz Church Road Mylapore. Chennai - 600 004


Shri vijaya shanthi shri swamiji guru mandh


Yet another Jain Temple built mainly for their worship and to propagate noble ideals of Saint Mahaveer. This is situated at 68, Arunachalant Street, Chintadaripet, Near Chintadripet Coovum river budge Chennai - 600 002.



Shree jain prarthana mandir


Shree Jain Prarthana Mandir is a monumental replica in Art & Architecture comparable to the famous Jain Temple at Dilwara (Mt. Ahu-Rajasthan) and thus a masterpiece marble creation in South India. This Swetamber Jain Temple is a two-tier structure with a beautiful sprawling campus. It was , consecrated in 1994 and the chief deities are Shree Parshwanath Bhagwan (23rd Jain Teerthankar on the first floor in all 4 directions (Chowmukhi) and Guruder Yogiraj Shantisureeshwarji on the ground floor and mainly constructed to promote devotion in the young students of Jain Vidyalaya & women’s college run by the same founders and in the same campus. Worship by visitors on all week days from 10 am, to 12.30 p.m. & 5 p.m to 9 p.m. In holidays from 8.30 am, to 12.30 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. However, Photography is not allowed within this temple. Location: 96. Vepery High Road, Chennai - 7


Buddhavihar mahabodhi society

Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha who later became Gautoma Buddha, He renounced worldly tics at the age ol’ 30 and attained heavenly abode at the age of 82. This Buddha Vihar is situated at 12, Kennet Lane in Egmore, Opp. to Egmore Railway Station. Chennai - 600 008.




The chief among Sikh Gurus was Guru Govind Singh. His preachings stress on temperance and silence as natural methods to see God. The Sikhs holy pilgrimage is the golden temple situated at Amritsar in Punjab. The Sikh Gurudwar is located in G.N. Chetty Rd. T.Nagar, Chennai - 17.


Anna salai dargah


Around 450 years hack here lived a Muslim Saint known as Baba Hazrath Seyed Moosa Kadiri who preached Universal Brother-hood. His final resting place at Anna Salai, Chennai attracts people of all faith from all walks of life.




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