August 20, 2014

Madampakkam Siddhar Temple

Site Name: Siddhar Temple
Site Type: A Hindu temple dedicated to Siddhars
Location:  Madambakkam, near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A unique temple where Siddhas (called as Siddhars in South India) are worshiped as deities
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: 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

Madambakkam is a locality in East Tambaram near Chennai city in South India. There is a unique temple dedicated to 18 Siddhas. It is located near Dhenupureeswarar temple. Let us explore about this site in this article.

  • Main Deity - Maha Meru
  • Each of 18 Siddhas are found in a separate shrine
  • A rare temple dedicated to Siddhas


In Hinduism, the saints and Guru are given equal importance as the Gods. That is the reason why there are temples dedicated not only to the deities but also to saints. The Siddhar temple in Madampakkam is one such temple.

Siddhas (called as Siddhars in South India) are people who are believed to have got divine power through penance. It is also believed that they are still alive and are not visible to everyone. They have invented many medicines which has resulted in a separate domain called 'Siddha medicine'. Although there are hundreds of Siddhas, 18 Siddhas are considered as the most important Siddhas.

Temple Layout:

The temple has vast area. The east facing temple does not have tower. The main shrine enshrines Maha Meru, the great divine mountain. The Goddess Lalita Tripurasundarai is installed within the Meru idol. It is believed that Sadashivam is present in invisible form inside the main shrine.

All the 18 Siddhars are found in separate shrines in the outer prakara. The list of 18 Siddhars is given below:

1. Sivavakkiyar
2. Kailaya Sattai Muni Siddhar
3. Maha Bogar
4. Kaka Bujandar
5. Pulipani Siddhar
6. Sattaimuni Siddhar
7. Agappei Siddhar
8. Azhugani Siddhar
9. Kudambai Siddhar
10. Vallalar
11. Idaikadar
12. Pattinathar
13. Kaduveli Siddhar 
14. Kanchamalai Siddhar
15. Chennimalai Siddhar
16. Kapilar
17. Karuvoorar
18. Pampatti Siddhar

Seshadri Swamigal is present in a prominent shrine near the main shrine.

The idols of Dakshinamurti, Vishnu and Rajakali Amman are found as niche idols around the main shrine.

At the entrance of the main shrine, the idols of Sundara Ganapati and Subramanya are found.

There is a separate shrine for Guruvayurappan. The deity is very beautiful. 

At the entrance of the temple, the shrines of Ram-Lakshman-Sita-Hanuman and Nagaraja with his two consorts are located.

The other shrine that are found in the temple include Nalvar and Ayyappa.

Happy travelling.

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