February 14, 2011

Vadapalani Adimoolanatha Perumal Temple - Chennai, South India

Vadapalani is one of the most happening areas of Chennai city, the gateway to South India. Vadapalani is mainly famous for its Murugan temple. There is a small but beautiful temple dedicated for Lord Vishnu opposite to Vadapalani Murugan temple, which remains unknown to the most of Chennai people.

Vishnu is named as Adi Moolanatha Perumal in this small old temple. Vadapalani Adimoolanatha Perumal temple, located opposite to Vadapalani Murugan temple, seems to be comparatively older; however, nothing is known about its history or legend.

The main shrine has the big idol of Adimoolanatha Perumal along with Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. The deity is in the sitting posture. Garud is found in a small shrine facing towards the main shrine. The utsav idols of Adimoolanatha Perumal with his two consorts and Andal are also found in the main shrine.

Adi Lakshmi, the Goddess of the temple, is found in a separate shrine in the corridor. The idol of Adi Lakshmi looks very attractive.

When you visit the famous Vadapalani Murugan temple, ensure you visit this small but beautiful Adimoolanatha Perumal temple too.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Adi Moolanatha Perumal Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Vadapalani, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: An ancient, unknown but beautiful temple of Lord Vishnu
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 is easily reachable by road, train, and flight; Vadapalani can be reached by road from the other parts of the city; Adi Moolanath temple is located next to the popular Vadapalani Murugan temple
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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  1. hello, this is a nice article and seems to be the only article in the entire WWW about Adhi moola natha perumal temple. its great that you could put this together. So when i finally landed in chennai i had even made it a point to visit this temple since i always make a visit to the vadapalani murugan temple. but i was met with utter disappointment when i heard the temple has been closed for past few months & no poojas were being performed there! why is this so? anyways - i had to content myself with inspecting the temple from whatever is seen from outside the locked gate! would be awesome if you cud post pictures of this temple inside view!

    1. Hi thanvi,

      Even i'm curious to know about why the temple remains in such a neglected state. Can you provide some details as to when you visited the temple recently? And do the local people about who performs pooja at these temple, their details etc. Many times, i feel it's our responsibility to show care towards such temples. So any info you could provide will be of great help.

    2. Hi, I visited the temple 2 years ago. Whenever I go to Vadapalani, I try to visit this temple. Poojas are performed both the times and even the temple remains open for about one hour in the morning and evening.

  2. HI All,

    This temple as been reopened for darshan. It was closed due to some family dispute for last one year, by who Owns the temple. Timing as vadapalani murgan temple. People are started to come regularly.


  3. I visited the temple (04/06/2016) and it is in Good shape and every wednesday there is thirumanjanam at 6 pm in the evening and they do Sahasranam archana.. PRiest serve the devotees well.

    Wonderful temple and must to visit

  4. I visited the temple (04/06/2016) and it is in Good shape and every wednesday there is thirumanjanam at 6 pm in the evening and they do Sahasranam archana.. PRiest serve the devotees well.

    Wonderful temple and must to visit

  5. The goddess Lakshmi is adorned here in a very beautiful and appreciable manner. Meanwhile those who visit the murugan temple also visit the nearby Sidhar Samadhi. Its just a 2minute walk.

  6. I visited this temple today( 15/4/18). There were archkas in both the sannadhi. I will be glad if someone shares the historic details of this temple.

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