May 15, 2016

Panduranga Temple of Chennai

Site Name: Panduranga Temple 
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:   Triplicane area, Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: Maratha style temple in Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Chennai
Hotel: A lot of options across Chennai
Restaurants:  A lot of options across Chennai 

Tiruvallikkeni or Triplicane is a locality in Chennai which is popular due to Parthasarathy temple. Apart from the famous Parthasarathy temple, there are few more interesting temples in Triplicane. Let us discuss about one such temple with beautiful Panduranga as the main deity.

The Marathas ruled Thanjavur for about 250 years. During their reign, many Marathi families migrated to Tamil Nadu state. The Marathis who migrated to Chennai mostly lived in Triplicane region. They wanted to construct a temple for Vittala in Triplicane. (Lord Krishna is popularly called as Vittala in Maharashtra and his iconography is unique,)

In Subardral street near Tiruvetteeswaran temple, the Vittala temple was constructed in 1939 CE. The temple, though built by the Marathis, has a South Indian style small gopura. 

The sanctum enshrines the black granite idol of Lord Vittal Panduranga. It is one of the most beautiful images of Krishna in and around Chennai. There is a separate shrine for the beautiful Goddess Ramayi. The idols of Garud and Hanuman are found at the entrance of the main shrine.

There are so many murtis found in this temple which include Ganesha, Dattatreya, Eknath, Namdev, Tukaram, Pundalik, Mukta Bai, Chandananeswar, Nivruddhi, Chokamela, Soban, Ramdass and Jana Bai. Most of them are Marathi devotees of Vittala.

There is another sub-shrine that has the utsav idols of Panduranga, Ramayi and Namdev.

Happy travelling.

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