January 5, 2011

Senkunda Kottam - Saidapet, Chennai, India

Senkunda Kottam is one of the famous Murugan temples in Chennai city. Let us explore more details about this temple.

This temple is located near the famous Karaneeswarar temple in Saidapet area of Chennai.

Senkunda Kottam temple has two temple towers which are visible from the road- one big tower for the main temple, and the small adjacent tower for Lord Ganesha's shrine.

Lord Ganesha is named as Senkuda Ganapati.

The sanctum enshrines Siva Subramanya in the standing posture along with his consorts Valli and Devasena.

At the entrance, the idols of Ganesh and Murugan are located.

Ganesh, Skanda Guru, Murugan and Vishnu Durga are found as the niche deities on the wall of the sanctum.

The temple has so many idols and sub-shrines. Some of them are listed below.

  • Kumaraguru Swamigal
  • Ramalinga Swamigal
  • Chidambaram Swamigal
  • Angarak
  • Arunagiri Nathar
  • Ayyappa
  • Idumban
  • Kadamban
  • Surya
  • Palani Andavan
  • Chandikeshwara
  • Nataraj and Sivakami
  • Singaravelan (utsav)
  • Shanmukha-Valli-Devasena (utsav)
  • Pradosa Nayak
  • Aranagiri and Nalvar (utsav)
  • Nalvar
  • Ganesh
  • Shaneeswara
  • Hanuman
  • Lakshmi, Saraswati and Parvati
  • Navagraha
  • Nagaraja
Valli and Devasena are found in two separate shrines. Elephant is found as the vaahan facing the sanctum and not peacock. 

There is a separate shrine for Vishwanatha and Vishalakshi. Vishwanatha is found in the form of Linga, behind Linga the personified form of Shiv and Parvati are also seen. Ganesh, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are the niche idols. Chandikeshwara is also found.

There is a shrine dedicated to Shanmukha (the six headed Murugan) along with his consorts Valli and Devasena. The prakara surrounding the shrine has the niche idols of Ganesha, Skanda Guru, Murugan and Vishnu, Durga. Here also another Chandikeshwara is found.

It is not known who built this temple. However, it seems that the temple is 400 years old and it is one of the most important temples in Saidapet area. Apart from Thiruporur, Kanda Kottam and Vadapalani temple, this temple is also one of the most important Murugan temples located in Chennai city. Even though this temple is not huge, there are a lot of idols and small shrines found in this temple.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Senkunda Kottam Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Saidapet, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: One of the popular Murugan temples of 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, 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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