Site Type: A unique Hindu temple dedicated to Kubera
Location: Ratnamangalam, near Vandalur, near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights:A rare temple dedicated to Kubera
Nearest Railway Station:Chennai
How to reach:Well connected by road from Chennai
Hotel: Go to Chennai or Tambaram where there are lot of options
Restaurants: Go to Chennai or Tambaram where there are lot of options
Ratnamangalam is a small village located near Vandalur, which is near Chennai city in South India. This locality has a rare temple dedicated to Kubera. Let us explore this temple in this article.
God - Kubera
Goddess - Chitralekha and Lakshmi
A rare temple dedicated to Kubera
16 forms of Ganesha idols
Navagraha with their respective wives and mounts
The idol of laughing Buddha
Brahma along with Saraswati - a rare sight
Adhrushta Devi idol which is unique
The Kubera temple located in Ratnamangalam village near the popular Vandalur Zoological Park in Chennai city is a temple built in the recent times. The temple does not have heritage significance. However, as the deity is related to wealth and as it is common for people to love anything to do with wealth, devotees throng to this temple in large numbers.
In Hinduism, Kubera is considered as the Lord of Wealth, a demi-God, one of the eight Lokapals and the king of Yakshas. He was the step brother of Ravana, the villain of the epic, Ramayana. I am not sure if there is anywhere else a temple dedicated to him. Hence, this temple in Ratnamangalam is considered as unique and important.
This is a small temple but full of so many idols and most of the idols are related to wealth. The real rupee notes and coins are put up on the walls throughout the entire temple which are visible through the transparent glass.
The main shrine houses Kubera along with his consort Chitralekha. Both of them are found in the sitting posture and each has two arms. Behind them the Goddess Lakshmi is found with four arms. As Lakshmi is also found along with Kubera, this temple is called as Lakshmi Kubera temple. Both of them are deities of wealth. Kubera's mount mongoose is found in front of the main shrine. It is different sight to find mongoose as the mount for the devotees who would usually find bull, lion or peacock in the typical Hindu temples. nidhi
The following idols are found in the temple. All of them are located in the single prakara around the main shrine. Many of them are unique which cannot be found anywhere else.
16 forms of Ganesha found in circle
Navagrahas (nine planets) found along with their respective spouses and mounts - the only other temple where the Navagrahas are found along with their spouses is in Karungulam
Lakshmi Ganapati in a separate shrine
China Kubera similar to Laughing Buddha is a separate shrine where devotees offer money
Brahma and Saraswati together in the niche - a very rare form