June 19, 2011

Patala Ponni Amman Temple - Chennai

Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state in India, has a lot of important temples. Patala Ponniamman Temple located at Millers Road in Kilpauk area is one of the important temples for Mother Goddess located in Chennai city.

Ponni Amman is a grama devata (village deity) and this temple is a kind of village-type temple. The presiding deity of the temple is Ponni Amman (another name for Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva). The small idol is found in the sitting posture with four arms. As the idol is found in the pit dug out for a well around 300 years ago, the Goddess got the name 'Patala' Ponni Amman.

Although the temple is very spacious there aren't many idols in this temple. Apart from Ponni Amman shrine, there are other shrines such as Ganesha, Murugan with Valli-Devasena, Navagraha,two Shiv Lingas and Sapta Veeras. Another rare shrine found in this temple is Annanmar shrine. Under a tree the idols of Mariamman and Ganesha are kept. Few idols of Nagas (snake God) are also found under another tree.

The wall surrounding the main shrine has the niche images of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Narayani, Brahmi and Durga.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Pathala Ponni Amman Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Kilpauk, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: A famous temple for mother Goddess 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; 
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 comment:

  1. Kilpauk area could have been a sleepy village long long ago.