January 3, 2011

Chenna Kesava Perumal Temple - Chennai, India

Chenna Kesava Perumal temple, located at Devaraja Mudali Street in Sowcarpet area of Chennai city, India, is one of the few tempels built with the aid from the British East India Company.

Chenna Kesava Perumal temple is very old. The original Chenna Kesava temple was located even in the 17th century AD in the location where the Madras High Court is currently located. The British East India Company demolished this temple in 1757 AD. Due to public outcry, they donated land and some money to Manali Muttukrishna Mudaliar, who built the new Chenna Kesava Perumal temple in the year of 1762. Along with this Vishnu temple, he also built a temple for Shiva - Chenna Malleeswarar temple, thus Chennai got twin temples. There is a theory that the city Chennai was named after the Chenna Kesava Perumal temple.

When the original temple was present, there were a lot of problems in Chennai such as invasion by French and Tipu Sultan. The priests of the temple took the idols of Chenna Kesava to Tiruneermalai temple near Chennai. When the new temple was built, instead of taking back the Chenna Kesava idols, the idols of Tiruneermalai were taken and they are still there in Chenna Kesava temple.

The Chenna Kesava Perumal temple is a big temple and there is also a passage from the nearby Chenna Malleeswarar temple to reach this temple.The main deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu, called as Chenna Kesava in this temple. The temple also houses a lot of shrines for other Vaishnaivite Gods and Goddesses such as Chakrathalwar with Narasimha behind, Kothanda Rama along with Lakshmana and Sita, Kannan (Krishna), Andal, Hanuman, Ramanujar, and various Alwars.The goddess of the temple is Chenkamalavalli who is present in a separate shrine in the corridor of the temple. There is also Ramar Padham (foot prints of Lord Rama) found in this temple.

Don't miss to visit this heritage Hindu temple of British period.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Chenna Kesava temple -
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Sowcarpet, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: One of the twin temples of Chennai; The temple constructed with the fund from the British
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, train, and flight
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

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