June 9, 2017

Sholinganallur Subramanya Temple

Let me discuss about Subramanya temple located in the most happening Sholinganallur locality of Chennai city in this article. The hustle and bustle of Sholinganallur or the busiest OMR do not affect the serenity of this temple. This well maintained temple, known for its cleanliness and neatness, was built in the late 1990s.

The temple does not have a tower. Instead, there is an arch at the entrance. The sanctum enshrines Subramanya and his two consorts Valli and Devasena. The shrines of Vaidyanatha Linga and Thaiyal Nayaki are located on either sides of the sanctum and all the three shrines face the east direction.

The temple does not follow the typical layout of the South Indian temples. All the three main shrines are located in the middle of a very big mandap. There are many sub-shrines located all over this mandap.

The list of deities found in this mandap include:

  • Pamban Swamigal
  • Chandikeshwara
  • Navagraha
  • Veera Bhagu
  • Sapta Matas
  • Anjaneya
  • Ram-Sita-Lakshman
  • Maha Vishnu
  • Maha Lakshmi
  • Vana Durga with eight arms
  • Saraswati-Lakshmi-Durga
  • Selva Vinayak
The outer prakara is vast and has a lot of trees and plants. A small Shiv Linga called as Vaneeswara, Nagas under the holy tree and a big shrine for Mari Amman along with Shiv Linga are located in this prakara.

Happy travelling. 

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