Ashtalakshmi Temple (Besant Nagar)

16 Mar

Ashtalakshmi Temple

The Chennai Ashtalakshmi temple is situated in Besant Nagar, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal in a very picturesque location.  That stretch of beach is known as the Elliot’s beach.  The temple was constructed on the express wishes of Sri Mahaa Periyavaal of Kanchi Mutt, Sri Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal.

It is a famous temple that the eight forms of Mahalakshmi and hence called Ashtalakshmi. Mahavishnu and his consort Mahalakshmi are the main deities here in the Ashtalakshmi temple in Chennai. Lord in the form of Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathy are the festival deities worshipped here.

The eight forms of Lakshmi in the temple are Dhana Lakshmi, Vidya Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Veera Lakshmi, Sowbhagya Lakshmi, Santhan Lakshmi, Karunya Lakshmi and Mahalakshmi. The Goddess Andal is also there. The Vimanam is the Ashtanga Vimana. A unique feature of this temple is that the sea is considered as the temple tank. There are a flight of steep stairs leading to the different shrines of the temple. The temple is also home to shrines of Ganesha, Ayyappa and Anjaneya.Apart from the above stated forms of Mahalakshmi, there are other forms also found here which include Adhilakshmi, Dhanalakshmi and Vijayalakshmi. The physical appearance of the temple is itself extremely beautiful and glorious. Ashtalakshmi temple is one of the prides of Chennai.

The architecture of the temple is unique, with the deities installed in four levels. It looks different than the other South Indian temples as it a modern construction, less than 25 years old. The temple has separate shrine for the Ashtalakshmi forms of Goddess Lakshmi. Ashtalakshmi Temple has a shrine for the Dasavathars (the 10 incarnations) of Lord Vishnu. Other deities worshipped here include Tumbikai Aazhwar (Lord Ganesha), Guruvaayurappan (Lord Krishna), Chakrathaazhwar and Narasimha (on either side of the same idol), Anjaneyar (Lord Hanuman) and Dhanvantri. Visit to this temple brings the well being for the devotees.

Darshan Timing : 9.30am to 12.30pm & 4.00pm to 8.30pm

Bus Routes :

From Egmore : L23C, S23C

From Central : L6A

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Chennai - Temples


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