April 6, 2016

Padi Pidari Amman Temple

Site Name: Pidari Amman Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Padi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: Little known village temple of 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: Chennai city is reachable by road, train, and flight; Padi can be reached by road from the other parts of Chennai
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

Padi is an area in the central part of Chennai city in Tamil Nadu state of India. This place has a very prominent temple called Tiruvalleeswarar Temple. Near that temple, a small village temple for Pidari Amman Temple is located. Let us discuss about this temple in this article.

Pidari Amman Temple is a little known village temple located hardly 50 meters from the famous Tiruvalidayam a.k.a. Tiruvalleeswarar temple in Padi. 

The temple is very small with just one shrine. Looking at the architecture of the Vimana of this temple, it appears to be of Chola period. There is a high possibility that this temple must have been part of Tiruvalleeswarar temple originally.

The temple enshrines Pidari Amman. The other village deities that are found in the temple include Sapta Matas and Annamars. The names of these seven brothers who are worshiped as village deities are Krithivandhan, Sudheshnan, Mitrasenan, Ruchu, Samantan, Pathrakkan and Shankarshanan. Interestingly, it is very rare to find the idol of Annanmars in Chennai based temple.

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