February 14, 2011

Choolai Angalamman Temple, Chennai, India

Angalamman Temple located in Choolai area of northern Chennai is one of the popular Goddess temples of Chennai. You can always find a big crowd in this temple. Angalamman temple is originally a village temple. However, it should have been extended at later date to include various other Hindu God idols.

Angalamman temple is divided into two main section. In one section, the main shrine houses Angalamman, a red colored big idol, holding a kid. There is a small Angallamman idol before the big idol. The corridor surrounding the shrine of Angallamman has another Goddess idol. The entrance of the shrine has idols of some village Gods and Ganesha. The tank is also found opposite to Angalamman shrine.

The second section of the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva named as Viswanathar in this temple. It is a typical Hindu temple structure. Viswanathar is in the form of a small Shiv Linga idols. A small idol of Visalakshi is found in a separate shrine. The corridor has the idols of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga, and Chandikeswarar. The shrines of Ganesha, Murugan, Sivakami-Nataraj, and Bhairav are also found.

The outer corridor of the temple has the shrines of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Virat Vishva Brahmam and Murugan with Valli and Devasena. Navagraha idols in this temple are unique as they are found along with their respective vahans. In the outer corridor, as this being a village temple, people worship bricks as temple. Snake worship is also found in the temple. Snake hole is found along with snake idols.

The temple is full of stucco images depicting Shiva and Goddess in various forms and their legends.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Angalamman Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Choolai, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: One of the popular village temples of Chennai region
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: Chennai reachable by road, train, and flight; Choolai is well connected by road from the other parts of the city
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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