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 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 temple also enshrines s 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.

In the prakara, the sub-shrines of Ayyappa and Ganesh under a holy tree are found. Vishnu, Narasimha and Varaha are found as the niche images.

Although it is a Krishna temple, there is a shrine for Ekambareswarar Shiv Linga and Kamakshi. Nandi is found facing towards the Linga. The sub-shrines of Ganesh and Murugan are found near the shrine of Linga. Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Durga, Ichcha Shakti, Gnana Shakti and Kriya Shakti are found as the niche images.

The temple also has the sub-shrines of Hanuman and Navagraha.

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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