January 9, 2011

Villivakkam Sowmya Damodara Temple - Chennai, India

Sowmya Damodara is one of the twelve important names of Lord Vishnu. Even though there are a lot of temples for Lord Vishnu and his incarnations, there is no temple dedicated in the name of Sowmya Damodara. Perhaps the only temple for Vishnu in the name of Sowmya Damodara is located in a Villivakkam in the northern part of Chennai city, the gateway to South India.

Sowmya Damodara Perumal temple is located very near to the Villivakkam local railway station and Villivakkam bus stand. This is one of the important temples in and around Villivakkam area of North Chennai city. The temple, having a big tank, is believed to have been built around 600 years ago. There is a possibility that this temple could have been built by the Pandya kings, though there are no records about the history of the temple found.

As the temple is not very old, there is no legend associated with this temple. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu called Sowmya Damodara who is found along with his two consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi in the standing posture. The goddess of the temple Amritavalli is found in a separate shrine in the corridor of the temple. Garud is found facing towards the sanctum.

The temple also has the shrines of Hanuman, Kannan (Krishna), Rama, Nammalvar, Ramanujar and other Alwars. Ganesh is also found in the niche.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Sowmya Damodara Perumal Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Villivakkam,Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: Only temple for Vishnu in the name of Sowmya Damodara
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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