January 8, 2011

Panchamukha Anjaneya Swamy Temple - Tiruvallur, Chennai, India

Sri Viswaroopa Panchamukha Anjaneya Swamy temple in Tiruvallur near Chennai city has one of the biggest five faced Hanuman idol.

Chennai, which is considered as the gateway to South India, has a lot of interesting tourist sites and ancient temples in and around. Tiruvallur is a small town located at a distance of around 45 kms from Chennai city. Tiruvallur is famous for its ancient and magnificent Veeraraghava Perumal temple. In addition to that, Tiruvallur has another temple for the past 20+ years (this article is being written in the year of 2010). That is Sri Viswaroopa Panchamukha Anjaneya Swamy temple.

Sri Viswaroopa Panchamukha Anjaneya Swamy temple was built and being administered by an Ashram. This temple was built in 1990s. This temple is very small and it has only one idol - the 40 feet monolithic idol of Hanuman. There are a lot of temples where you can find big idols of Lord Hanuman. However, the uniqueness of the temple is that the idol of the temple has five faces. I am not sure if there is a temple with such a big idol of five-faced Hanuman anywhere else.

A lot of Hindu Gods and Goddesses have more than one face. The uniqueness of Lord Hanuman is that each face represents different deity. The five faces of Hanuman represent Hanuman, Hayagreeva, Narasimha, Garuda and Varaha.

The temple also enshrines the utsav (procession/metal) idol of Panchamukha Hanuman. As the temple is undergoing construction currently, poojas are performed only to the utsav (procession/metal) idol.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Sri Viswaroopa Panchamukha Anjaneya Swamy Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Tiruvallur, Near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: 40 feet gigantic idol of Hanuman with five faces and each face depicting different Gods
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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