June 19, 2011

Nandala Temple - Chennai, India

Compared to North India, South India has a lot of ancient temples. In South India, the state of Tamil Nadu is considered as the state of Hindu temples. The capital city of Tamil Nadu, even though a  metropolitan city with a lot of companies and factories, has many temples. Mylapore area in Chennai is considered as an area in the entire city which represents the old tradition. The famous temple of Kapaleeswarar and a lot of rare and ancient temples are located in Mylapore area. Nandalala temple is a new entrant in Mylapore.

Nandalala is another name of Lord Krishna. Nandalala temple, located at Dr. Ranga Road near Mylapore MRTS station, is a private temple. This well maintained temple, built few years back, is becoming popular due to Navaratri Golu functions and various other religious functions.

The main deity of the temple Nandalala's beautiful black colored idol is made of touchstone, the stone used to test the quality of gold. The idol is extremely beautiful and Krishna is found with a flute in his hands and a cow standing behind him.

The temple also has an attractive idol of Ganesha. There is a shrine where Krishna is found along with his two consorts - Rukmini and Bhama. Ram-Lakshman-Sita-Hanuman are found in the form of utsav idols (bronze idols) in this temple.

The temple is very peaceful and neatly maintained.

When you go to Myalpore, ensure that you visit this new temple along with the other ancient temples in the area.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Nandalala Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Mylapore, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: Beautiful touchstone idol of Krishna - rare to find such idol in Chennai

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; local train facility is also available in Mylapore
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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