July 14, 2017

Gowrivakkam Panchamukha Anjaneya Temple

Gowrivakkam is a small locality near Tambaram in the outskirts of Chennai city in South India. This article focuses about Panchamukha Anjaneya Temple in this area.

The east facing temple has a small tower. It was built in the 1990s. Panchamukha Anjaneya is the presiding deity of the temple.

The five headed Hanuman has the faces of Hanuman, Garud, Hayagreeva, Varaha and Narasimha. Usually, the faces depicting Narasimha and Hayagreeva would face top and back side. However, in this temple the idol is sculpted such that all the five faces face towards the front side in a single row. This is not very usual. Hanuman has ten arms and he carries varieties of weapons in his arms.

The utsav idol of Panchamukha Hanuman is also found in the sanctum.

A tiny sub-shrine of Chakrathalvar and Ram-Sita-Lakshman are found in this temple.

There is another section of the temple where a shrine of Vara Siddhi Vinayaka is located. The utsav murtis of Subramanya-Valli-Devasena are also found in a separate sub-shrine.

Happy travelling.





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