May 23, 2017

Velachery Pidari Temple

Pidari Amman Temple in the most happening Velachery of Chennai city is not a roadside temple. Not many of the residents know that this is one of the oldest temples of Sapta Matrikas in entire Tamil Nadu.

Sapta Matas worship is a very old tradition. In Tamil Nadu, we could find hundreds of temples of Sapta Matas in the name of Pidari Amman or Chelli Amman. However, this particular temple of Sapta Matrikas in Velachery is very special. It had the stone inscriptions of Parthivendra Varman dated 966 CE. (This person is believed to have beheaded Vira Pandya; it is also believed that he belonged to the ancient Pallava dynasty). Another inscription dated 967 CE belonged to the period of Aditya Karikalan. The temple is completely renovated now and the inscriptions seem to be missing.

It is such an unfortunate thing. An ancient and historic temple of a Grama devta in Chennai city has lost its identity in the name of renovation.

The temple is located at a distance of around 200 meters from Dandeeswarar temple in Velachery. The small temple has a tower, which is completely painted as part of renovation. The sanctum enshrines Sapta Matas, namely Brahmi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani and Chamunda. Out of these seven divine females, Chamunda is considered as Pidari or Chelli Amman (also written wrongly as Selli Amman by many writers). All these images are Chola period sculptures. The utsav icon of Pidari and the stone idols of Ganesh and Veerabhadra are also found inside the sanctum.

In the prakara, the recent time idols of Dakshinamurti and Navagrahas are there. Seven bricks, a very old tradition of representing Sapta Matas, are also found in this temple.

Happy travelling.


  1. In fact this temple is older than the Vedhasreny temple across the road.

  2. Wow ! As Gopu also pointed out in other thread , laymen like mr don't even realise the impact of real losses all around us :(

  3. There is such SaptaMaataa statues in Mahabalipuram also no ?

  4. Mahabalipuram is promoted as auto fill by Googleaandavar !

  5. Are inscription stones also valued in international collectors market ? It must have actually been very easy to snuggle inscription stones :(

  6. Hi
    how did you come to know that it had inscriptions and it is missing now?

  7. Hi,
    How did you came to know that it had ancient inscriptions?

    1. The inscriptions are documented.

      I could not find them when I visited the temple.