May 10, 2016

Ananta Padmanabha Swami Temple - Chennai

Site Name: Ananta Padmanabha Swami Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:   Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A famous temple in Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road 
Hotel: A lot of options across Chennai
Restaurants:  A lot of options across Chennai 

Adyar is a posh area in Chennai city, which is very well known. Let us discuss about a temple called Ananta Padmanabha Swami Temple, which is located in Adyar, at the heart of Chennai city.

The east facing temple was built in 1962 CE. The sanctum enshrines Vishnu in the reclining posture and he is called as Ananta Padmanabha in this temple. Similar to the popular Ananta Padmanabha Swami temple of Trivandrum, in this temple also there are three doors through which we can view the three parts of the deity.

In the sanctum, Padmanabha is found along with his two consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. Also, the sage Bhrigu and Markandeya are found along with. Shiv Linga is found near the right arm of Vishnu. Brahma is found emerged out of navel from Vishnu, who is reclining on the serpent Anata.

Also the 33 Devas and Navagrahas are also found on the walls of the sanctum. The utsav idols are also found in the same shrine.

The other sub-shrines that are found in this temple include Ganesha, Anjaneya, Navagraha, Garud, Ashtabuja Durga, Sudarshan and Lakshmi Narasimha. 

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