August 21, 2009

Mangadu Kamakshi Amman Temple, Chennai


Site Name: Kamakshi Amman Temple
Site Type: Ancient Hindu Temple
Location:  Mangadu, Near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: 
A very important temple in and around Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India

Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road 
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

In this post, I am going to introduce you to one of the most popular temples near Chennai - Mangadu Kamakshi Amman temple. This is one of the Shakti Peeth/Sthalams (important sites of Shakti, the Goddess) in India. This is one of the most visited sites in and around Chennai.

Mangadu is a small village situated at a distance of around 20 kms from Chennai on Chennai - Bangalore high way. You can reach this place easily through public transport or on your own transportation.

Legend:

As per the legend, Shakti playfully closed the eyes of Lord Shiva in Mount Kailash, due to which the entire creation went into darkness. Shiva got angry and Shakti came to Mangadu and started performing penance by resting the left leg on the Panchagni (holy fire) and folding the right leg.Her left arm is raised above her head and she holds Japamala in this arm. This posture is called as Tapas Kamakshi and the Goddess is found in this posture in this temple.

 Lord Shiva appeared and promised to marry her. Their wedding took place in the nearby Kanchipuram city. Kamakshi left the place without extinguishing the fire and the whole area suffered from the unbearable heat for a long time. Sri Adi Shankara came here and installed Ardhameru Chakra and thus extinguished the fire.

Temple Layout:

The temple is big; however, only very few idols are found apart from Tapas Kamakshi Amman and Meru Chakra in this temple.

The idols of Ganesh, Nava Kanyas and festival (utsava) idols are some of the other deities found in the temple.

When you happen to be in Chennai, go and visit this temple.

Happy travelling.

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