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Chennai 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.

Goddess Kalikambal and Lord Kamateswarar are the primary deities presiding in the temple. Goddess Kalikambal (also known as Kamakshi Devi) is worshipped as the family Goddess of the Vishwakarma community, which helped in relocation and development of the temple. This temple has gained popularity among all the other temples of Chennai because of the numerous festivals that it organizes during the year.

A 10 day festival known as the Brahmotsavam is celebrated in all vigor during the months of May and June. This also marks the commencement of the spring festival which is termed as Vasantotsavam. Then there is Vasant Navaratri festival and the Navratri festival that are immense crowd pullers. The whole town is painted in the mood of festivity and it is also a great tourist attraction. Also a splendid and colorful event is the Margazhi festival which is a 10 day affair. A procession of Lord Nataraja is taken in all fan fare and is rejoiced by the young and old equally. Yet another event is the Maasi Makam festival during which the deity is taken to the shore. A number of such festivals and occasions are celebrated all during the year.

Talking of the architectural heights that the temple boasts about is the Kinnitter, also referred to as the Sri Chakra Vimamaanam (the kings’ chariot). This is unique to the temple and is marked by a supremely well crafted chariot which is lined with metal cymbals. The temple premises is very well maintained, even after being exposed to so long time and is worth a visit. Devotees can visit the temple all year round.



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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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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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.
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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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