April 9, 2011

Chintadripet Adi Kesava Perumal Temple

The twin temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva in Chintadripet area of Chennai city in South India can be considered as the Company shrines of Chennai city. The Chintadripet area was planned and developed as an area for weavers by the then rulers of India, East India Company, in 1734. It was developed by dubash Audiyappa Naicken when George Morton Pitt was the Governor. Later Audiyappa Naicken became the Governor. He started building the twin temples of Adipureeswarar and Adi Kesava Perumal in Chintadripet in 1740s.

Adi Kesava Perumal temple, one of the two temples of Chintadripet built in 1740s, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The presiding deity of the temple named as Adi Kesava is found in the standing posture with his consorts SriDevi and Bhoo Devi on his either sides. The bronze idols of Adi Kesava and his consorts are also found in the sanctum.

The temple, like any other South Indian temples, has bali peeth, dhwajastambha and Garud idol all facing the main shrine. The goddess of the temple is Adi Lakshmi who is found in a separate shrine.

The temple also houses the shrines for other deities such as Ramanujar, Hanuman, Chakrathalwar-Narasimhar, Alwars and Andal. The small idols of Ranganath and Tumbikkai Alwar (Ganesha) are found in one pillar.

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Fast Facts:
Site Name: Adi Kesava Perumal Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Chintadripet, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: An old temple of Vishnu belonging to British period

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 any part 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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  1. Hi

    temple renovations were done in 1700s by Govt.

    but temple is very ancient and above 1400 years old. Vaishnavacharya Sri Ramanuja himself has visited this temple on his way to Tiruvallikeni Parthasarathi Perumal.

    Vaikanasam is the agamam. Chintadripet itself was named as Adhikesavapuram which was changed after britishers period as Chinnatarripet.


    1. Thanks Sheela. Where did you get this information?

  2. Hi

    Thanks for your efforts anyway.

    i am a resident of Chintadripet (Adhikesavapuram)
    sourced thru Priest & Elders. it would have been better as Adhikesavapuram.

    Chinna taripet means Place for small time weavers who were given
    space by Britishers and later it was misprounounced as Chintadripet