An Abode of Diverse Deities in Chennai
One can embark on a spiritual journey to witness divine manifestations in various sacred places like Pandaripuram for the enchanting Panduranga, Pillayarpatti for a unique encounter with Karpaga Vinayaka, and Tirupati to seek blessings from Balaji. However, if one desires to experience the essence of all these deities in a single destination within Chennai, then a visit to the Adampakkam Temple is an absolute must.
This spacious, well-maintained, serene temple, facing east, welcomes devotees with a gracefully adorned entrance tower. The central sanctum is graced by the presence of Karpaga Vinayaka, an exquisite replica of the revered Pillayarpatti Ganesha. Here, one can also find Valampuri Ganesha, seated with two arms, cradling a Shiva Linga in one hand.
Within the temple's prakara, you'll discover the rare form of Medha Dakshinamurti. Anjaneya, with folded hands, resides in a small shrine. The front mandapa is adorned with vibrant stucco images, depicting an array of deities.
A shrine dedicated to Subramanya, flanked by Valli and Devasena, is a common sight, but what sets this temple apart are the large stucco images portraying Arupadai Veedugal, the six abodes of Subramanya, adorning the prakara walls.
A separate section houses Sharada, seated in her distinctive four-armed posture, radiating exceptional beauty.
Another east-facing shrine is an exquisite replica of the Pandaripuram temple, housing the divine Panduranga and Rukmayee. The inner and outer walls of the mandapa are adorned with stucco images of devout followers, predominantly from the Maratha region. The outer shrine walls feature grand depictions of Shiva, Parvati, Nandi, Vishnu with his consorts, and Brahma with his consorts. A small yet beautiful shrine opposite Panduranga is dedicated to Garuda.
On the entrances of the shrine, you'll find tiny metal icons representing Meera, Purandaradasa and Adi Shankara. Even Raghavendra in his human form is found inside the shrine.
In a dedicated hall within the temple premises, you'll encounter a captivating collection of metal idols, including Pandurangan and Rukmayee Ganesha, as well as Subramanya accompanied by Valli and Devasena. The walls of this hall are adorned with imposing stucco images portraying Tirupati Balaji and Padmavati. What truly adds to the allure of this space is a delicate metal sheet depicting Panduranga and Rukmayee, enveloped by the countenances of devoted worshippers.
This remarkable temple, constructed in 2004, stands as a must-visit destination for spiritual seekers in Chennai, offering a harmonious blend of divine energies from various sacred places.