February 14, 2011

Gopalapuram Venugopala Swamy Temple - Chennai, South India

Gopalapuram is a popular locality in Chennai city of South India, as the notable Tamil political leader M. Karunanidhi resides there. Diagonally opposite to the residence of Karunanidhi, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The name of the temple is Venugopala Swamy temple.

Gopalapuram Venugopala Swamy temple has a small tower and the temple is neatly maintained. The main shrine has the beautiful idol of Krishna with four arms called as Venugopala. The processional (utsav) idol of Venugopala is also found in the main shrine. The main shrine also houses a lot of other deities on one side such as Murugan with his consorts Valli and Devasena, Ganesha, Rama with Lakshman, Sita, Hanuman, and Adi Shankara.

There is a small corridor and there you can find the shrine of Ayyappa and an idol of Ganesha below the tree. The wall surrounding the main shrine has the small stone images of Vishnu, Narasimha, and Varaha.

The temple also houses the shrine of Ekambareswarar and Kamakshi where Nandi is also found. Near that a small shrine for Ganesha and Murugan is also found. The wall surrounding the shrine of Ekambareswarar (Shiv Linga) has the small images of Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Durga, Ichcha Shakti, Gnana Shakti, and Kriya Shakti. There are shrines for Hanuman and Navagraha too.

This being a Vaishnaivite temple, I am really surprised to find shrines of Shiv Linga, Navagraha, Murugan, Adi Shankarar, and Ayyappa.

A beautiful temple with proper maintenance. Worth visiting...

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Venugopala Swamy Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Gopalapuram, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
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 from the other parts of Chennai
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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