Maangaadu is a small town just 24 kms from Chennai city and is located off the Chennai Bangalore highway on the way from Poonamallee to Kunrathur. This is one of the most visited temples in the vicinity of Chennai especially on Sundays and Fridays.
Mangadu Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple is believed to have been in existence during the peirod of Aadi Sankaracharya. Sri Aadhi Sankaracharya, during his visit here, installed an Ardhameru Sri Chakra and brought down the heat and ugram of the place. This Sri Chakra is a rare of its kind in the country and not seen anywhere else. Even today, no abhishekams are performed to the Sri Chakra as it contains rare herbs. Only Kumkuma Archana is performed that too only to the Sri Chakra and not the idol, as the powers of Sri Kamakshi Amman has been instilled in the Chakra by Sri Aadhi Sankaracharya.
The idol Sri Aadhi Kamakshiamman made of Panchaloha (5 metals) was installed by Sri Kanchi Paramacharya Swami in the later years.
Six weeks worships are very popular here. The devotee who has some prarthana or wish can choose any one day of the week and to visit the temple along with 2 lemons, of which one will be retained at the temple and the other one has to be taken back home. Again the following week, on the same day, he or she has to carry the old lemon from home along with 2 other fresh lemons. Like wise, if one visits on the same day for six weeks continuously, the Ambaal grants the wishes of the devotee.
Golden Chariot is very popular here which is pulled everyday between 6.30 and 7.30 pm.
There is a temple for Lord Shiva near the Kamakshi Amman temple which is known as Valleswarar temple. There is a temple for Lord Vishnu also known as Vasikunta Perumal Temple near by this Amman temple.
Darshan Timing :
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays – 6.00am to 1.30pm & 3.00pm to 9.30pm
Sunday,Tuesday and Fridays – 5.00am to 10.00pm
Bus Routes :
From Egmore : M53E, M53P
From Central : M53E, 17B, M53P, 54M
From Koyambedu : M17BCT