Kamakshi Amman Temple

Kamakshi Amman Temple, Chennai (Madras)

Kamakshi Amman Temple
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5:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Although this temple was built in the 7th century and rebuilt in the 14th, it's not very historical.
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Neighbourhood: Nungambakkam/Marina Beach
Being one of the oldest areas of Chennai, Nugambakkam is not just a commercial hub with various educational institutions, premium hotels and government offices, but the Rutland Gate Road here is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in the city. The shopping here is promising with international retail brands and a variety of Indian designer boutiques lined up in the locality with plenty of cafes and restaurants to give good company. An epicenter of Chennai’s vibrant nightlife, Nungambakkam is the gateway to the city’s most favourite stroll at Marina Beach. The long stretch of the promenade and beach at Marina includes historic monuments and public buildings, reflecting Chennai’s Portuguese, British and Indian heritage and is Chennai’s most popular choice for a relaxed evening.
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Very good

Kingwood, TX85 contributions
Another interesting Hindu temple. Lots of carvingS and statues to photograph. Dedicated in honor of Shiva.
Written 18 January 2020
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3 contributions
Visited this temple during our south india tour. It was remakable and amazing site and one must see this temple once in a life time.
Written 6 December 2019
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Valavanur Natar... K
Chennai (Madras), India571 contributions
The Mangadu Kamakshi Amman Temple in Chennai

This hindu temple beileved to be more than 2000 old .It is built in Chola Architecture and style is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi and Sri Chakram that symbolizes her .

I have a personal connect with this temple near Kundrathur in Mangadu village from late 60's ,when
it was just a quaint dilapidated temple with one Agraharam .

There was hardly anyone visiting this temple in those days .Only a single kala pooja was being performed .

The compound wall used to have vegetation growing on it . I remember when I was young, my family being ardent followers of Guru Kanchi
Mahaperiava , used to go to this temple on weekends, armed with broom, knife, crowbar and spade to deweed the vegetations, sweep the temple main garbha graham and generally clean the temple , under the supervision of the main gurukkal.

Many in late 60's like my family, started to take cognizance of this temple,only after Kanchi Paramacharya camped in this temple and took great interest in trying to improve this ancient temple .

It was due to his efforts that this temple has now become very popular .

Devotees are suggested to pray for one day chosen by them for six weeks continously for grant of boon by Kamakshi ,for the marriage of their children , prosperity , promotion in their jobs or for bearing of child .

The goddess , it appears has granted their boon , if one were to go by the rise in popularity of this temple , after late 70's , which now sports a Rajagopuram with seven tiers filled great sculptures .There was no Gopuram initially.

Once the temple started earning revenue ,the HRCE of TNadu Govt moved in with an office ,to take management control to run it and improve it in all respects .

A family member of mine named
Mr Sunder, a suptd in HRCE , was appointed as executive officer in later years and he worked hard to raise this temple upkeep and maintenance by leaps and bounds , providing new facilities for public and soon came to be revognised as "Mangadu Sundur"
to many .Later as advised by Kanchi Maha Periava he worked untiringly to improve the livelyhood of many archakas and their families in many temples spread across tamil Nad , by getting their rightful pay and pensions
from the HRCE .

He informs that the first Jewelry and the vasthram for the goddess was gifted by Kanchi Maha periava .

The term Mangadu means "Mango Forests or Mango Grooves" and this temple was built in its midst .

This temple is known as "Tapas Kamakshi" for according to purana it is the place where the goddess performed her penance to re-unite in matrimony with Lord Shiva, performing all 32 types of dharmic rituals .

The sthala purana mentions that, when Lord Shiva and Parvati where in Mount Kailash ,Parvathi playfully closed the eyes of the Lord Shiva and that resulted in the whole universe falling into eternal darkness.

So the Lord ordained Parvathi to perform Tapasya.The Goddess came down to this mangrove in Mangadu and performed penance amidst "Panch agni" or five agni kundams .She stood near the central agni kundam keeping her left leg toe in the fire while keeping her right leg on her left thighs .She kept her left hand on her navel, while holding a japa mala in her right hand over her head.She undertook her deep penance with eyes closed to seek the hand of the lord. Lord Shiva satisfied with her tapas, then instructs her to go to Kanchipuram for concluding their marriage.

Soon after the goddess leaves this Mangadu place, the heat of the agni she created created ,became unbearable for everone living in the vicinity .

Adi Sankarar who installed all the Sankara Madams in India ,seeing the plight of the people in his meditation , visited this Mangadu and installed a "Sri Ardhameru Chakram" at the place where shakthi did her penance, to quench the heat of the Agni and at the same time transform the place to a soothing and sacred one for all to pray.

This Sri Chakra he installed has 43 Thrikonas or triangles and is made up of 8 herbals called Astagandams.
The base is of koorma or tortoise design with 3 steps above .Over this base are 16 lotus petals and again over this there are 8 more petals . The top of this petal base is drawn the Sri Chakra , which is the largest among all in temples across tamil Nad . It is usually clad in 9 yards saree.
Daily poojas are conducted to this "Sri Chakram" in the sanctum Sanctorum of the temple and this Chakra is considered to be a Tantric form of the Goddess herself

"This Ardhameru Sri Chakram" is considered as the supreme divinity of this temple and only sandal or Kumkum archana is performed with no abhishekam as it is made up of herbs.On Vijayadasami day of Navarathiri it is provided with a gold kavacham and on other days it has silver kavachams

The Shrine of "Tapas Kamakshi" in this temple was installed at the behest of Kanchi Paramacharya in addition to existing Sun god .

The devotees to this temple offer worship to four Ambikas or goddess in four forms

- The Sri Chakra mentioned above

- The Adhi kamakshi in panchalokha
holds a parrot in her right hand and
the moon crescent on her head

- Lordess kamakshi doing penance
among the five agni kundams

- The lamp near the Adhi Kamakshi
reverred as Ambhika or lordess

The temple also has a shrine for Ganapati to the left of the main entrance .

I conclude my article, that after doing a pooja on fridays for six weeks ,in this temple in 1976 ,I got my first senior corporate job in Pune .

Written 15 November 2019
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Madhavi A
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I have been visiting Mangadu Kamakshi Amman temple since 1979. I go there on a Thursday, when I am in Chennai. Either using a hire car or Ola, it is an easy access and takes around 30 minutes to reach there from Adyar - early in the morning.

it is a beautiful temple arranged in a traditional way - but I believe it gets crowded on special days with separate queues. I usually go there when it is quiet and am able to appreciate the inner sanctum sanctorum and the outer areas (to walk around). I am especially enamored by the Brass metal figurine of Amman standing on one leg and conducting penance. She signifies strength, perseverance and determination to me.
Written 16 May 2019
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Aarav K
389 contributions
My friend and me had reached this temple around 2 in the afternoon, so we had to wait here because the temple opens at noon after 4 pm. The people there said that the morning is open from 6 a.m. to 12 o'clock, but when we were late, we had to wait till 4:00. After waiting for a few hours, the beauty of this temple has forgotten the watches of waiting. We were happy to receive blessings here, this is a very unique temple.
Written 24 February 2019
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Chennai (Madras), India479 contributions
The temple is dedicated to goddess parvathi worshipped as kamakshi and famous among the locals due to the second power and kind blessings of the amman.the place is always crowded.
Written 13 February 2019
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Karthik V
Chennai374 contributions
Dedicated to Kamakshi Amman this temple is one of the famous and powerful temples around Chennai. It was a family visit and we had a good darshan of the deity.
Written 26 December 2018
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Mumbai, India1,510 contributions
Went on a Tuesday and it took more than 90 minutes with 50 rupees entry ticket.
But the crowd was orderly and darshan was peaceful. People get married if they observe visits on particular number of days.
Close to Kundrathur on the Kundrathur main road itself
Written 25 December 2018
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Chennai (Madras), India75 contributions
Mangadu Temple
Mangadu Kamakshi amman temple is a 2000 year old temple located in Mangadu, about 24 kms from Chennai city close to Kundrathur. It has a beautiful seven tiered gopuram and a divine idol of mother Kamakshi in the sanctum sanctorum along with a very rare Maha meru Chakra believed to have been installed by Adi Shankara himself. The temple sees a constant inflow of devotees as the goddess is believed to bless unmarried people who visit her with a suitable partner at an early date. The temple is also associated with the planet Venus and is therefore called a Sukra sthalam in tamil. Open from 6am to 1.30pm and 3.30pm to 9.30pm thereafter, the temple remains open throughout the day on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. It is a common sight to see wedding parties bring in the sacred wedding coconut and mangalsutra to be blessed by the goddess before having the mangalsutra tied around the bride’s neck by the groom in the temple premises . The wedding group then partakes of lunch in a nearby hotel after this simple, cost-saving and effective ceremony before dispersing.
There are special tickets for entry, priced at Rs.50/- and Rs.20/- respectively, in addition to free darshan queues. The narrow doorways are divided into three lanes using ropes for these three separate lines, and there seems to be no special entry offered to the elderly and disabled. Avoid Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, along with other auspicious muhurtham days when visiting the temple in order to avoid long lines. Alternately, plan a visit very early in the morning around 6.30am if you need to visit on an auspicious day.
The first impression one gets of the temple itself is that it needs better management and could be cleaner, particularly in view of the huge crowds that visit and the large hundi collections. The temple tank is dry and rampantly overgrown with weeds, while the large platform abutting it is unkept and messy. It could be a wonderful resting place for weary pilgrims with the right facilities, and scenic looking if the tank is maintained well with trees and plants around . There are no proper seating areas for the elderly and disabled. The area around the temple also could be better maintained, as parking is unruly and haphazard and vendors and litter are found everywhere. Moreover stall vendors and the temple staff manning entry into the lines also collude to allow visitors entry on the payment of a small gratification outside the temple, denying the temple its just revenues. As with most temples in India, there are plenty of favoured visitors who are ushered in by staff and priests, bypassing queues and walking confidently upto the sanctum sanctorum, while the rest of us curse under our breath while standing in line.
Do look out for the niche Subramanya enroute to the sanctum sanctorum, the Adi Shankara idol and the tapasvi Kamakshi on your way out, along with the beautiful Kalabairavar and the idol of Lord Surya. Mangadu was a mangrove forest originally, and hence the name, where Goddess Parvathi undertook rigorous penance before marrying Lord Shiva in Kancheepuram, according to the temple legend.
Mangadu temple can be visited along with other temples in the vicinity such as the Kundrathur Murugan temple, the Thiruverkadu Mariamman temple which is about 7 kms away, and the Vedapureeswarar temple, in about half a day. The roads leading to these temples are pot-holed and traffic-ridden, and you need to factor in extra travel time when planning a visit. Google maps are very helpful during navigation. Carry water and snacks with you, as there are no proper eateries along the route. A small vegetarian hotel on the Mangadu temple main street , Balaji Bhavan, serves tiffin and beverages .
Written 25 November 2018
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yy m
London, UK113 contributions
Visited this temple for the first time last week with elderly parent and a small child.
My experience : Poor guidance from temple employees about where to find the free darshan entrance.We were asked to go through the whole loop of queuing area even though there were hardly anybody ,approximately 10 people
2) When asked to accept the Saree and perform archana for the deity ,the priest were very rude asking me to Ho back and get the coconuts broken before entering the sanctum Santorum or moolavar.
3) All the while the priest kept muttering abuse how people don't know the procedures....
The Saree was finally taken and draped on the mahameru.As I said even though there were less than 10 devotees we were ushered out in seconds.I came round twice to get proper and satisfactory darshan of Ambal .
If you are like me living in virtual reality it was a wake up call as to the prevalence of caste discrimination in front of parabrahmam ,in this day and age.I can see why Dravidian movement is still active in Tamilnadu and can also see how it took root.
Nothing wrong with the god per se,but an unpleasant experience overall.
Written 26 October 2018
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Kamakshi Amman Temple is open:
  • Sun - Sat 5:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sun - Sat 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM