May 26, 2017

Lakshmi Balaji Temple - Chennai

Kamakoti Nagar is a new locality in Velachery in Chennai city, which was developed as a residential area in the last 20+ years. In this area, there is a lesser known temple of Lakshmi Balaji.

Balaji is the name of Tirupati Venkatachalapati. In this temple, which was built around two decades ago, the deity is named as Lakshmi Balaji. He is more than seven feet high and looks gigantic. The unique feature of the idol is that Balaji has the icon of Lakshmi in his lower half of his body. As Shiva and his consort appear in single form as Ardhanareeswara, in this temple, Balaji along with his consort appear in single form like this.

Alarmel Mangai a.k.a. Alamelu Manga is found next to Balaji in the sanctum.

The temple also enshrines the bronze idols of Ramanuja, Hanuman, Andal, Sudarshan and Lakshmi Narasimha.

Garud is found facing towards the sanctum. There is no tower for this temple. The flag staff and bali peetha are there. There is a separate shrine for Hanuman.

Happy travelling.

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