Visit to Nanganallur Temples

Visit to Nanganallur Temples

I am sorry for this longest gap between posts so far…

Two of the Blog friends Mr.J.K.Sivan and Mr.Vasu of Nanganallur were inviting me for a trip around Nanganallur temples to write a blog post for the benefit of everyone. Mr.Sivan used to take a group of around 15 of his friends and relatives for frequent pilgrimage tours. They have visited hundreds of temples in Tamilnadu. While I know temples mostly in and around Chennai only, they know the temples all around Tamilnadu. On 15th March, I, along with my family went to his house by 7:45 am. His friends Mr.Vasu (very majestic in his saffron dress with the panja kacham) and Mr.Chandru also joined the party. We had been communicating over phone and mail for a few months but this is the first time we were meeting, well.. it didn’t look so. Right from the moment we stepped into their house, a kind of familiarity of several decades engulfed us. It was a wonderfully architected new house and after a coffee, we started off by 8 AM.

Nanganallur can be called as the ‘Chinna Kanchipuram’ of Chennai due to the numerous temples it has in and around.

The online map of temples in and around Nanaganallur is available here.

Sri Varasiddhi Vinayahar Temple

Our first stop was the Varasiddhi Vinayahar Temple located at Ram Nagar, Nanganallur 2nd main road. This is one of the oldest temples and Kanchi Maha Periyavar used to stay only here whenever he comes to Nanganallur. When we went, the Sandal paste abishekam was in progress and it is always a beauty to see the Lords in abhisheham, isitn’t? Mr.Sivan reminded us that the previous day was the Sankatahara Chathurthi but it continued till the morning of that day. So, in effect we had the Sankatahara chathurthi dharshan at the most sacred place of Vinayagar at Nanganallur but without the usual Sankatahara Chathurthi crowd. What else once could ask for? and what a start!

Varasidhi Vinayagar Temple 2 Varasidhi Vinayagar Temple 1

Sri Lakshmi Hayagreevar Temple

This is very near to the Sri Varasidhi Vinayagar Temple and is one of the very few Hayagreevear temples of Tamilnadu. Hayagreevar is the God of Knowledge.
Sri Hayagreevar Temple Sri Hayagreevar Temple 1

Sri Uthara Guruvayoorappan Temple

This is also very near the above 2 temples. The main deity here is very similar to the Guruvayoor deity. The temple is based on Kerala architecture and the kumbabishekam was performed in 1975.
Sri Bhagavathi amman is giving dharshan in a separate shrine and the idol is a feast to the eyes. Goddess Bhagavathi is ‘Deepa Swaroopam’ and represents the Trinity of Goddesses – Mahalakshmi, Saraswati and Durga. Devotees can offer a garland of bangles as an offering to the Goddess.
There are shrines for Sri Dharmasastha, Sri Prasanna Vinayaka and the Navagrahas. There is also a separate shrine for Lord Venkateswara. There is a huge Peepul tree (அரச மரம்) as the sthalavriksham and an idol of Sankarshana is installed beneath the Peepul tree in a separate enclosure. The arasa pradhakshinam with Sangharshana idol in the morning hours is considered very sacred.
Sriveli, a procession in which the Lord is taken to all the eight quarters of the temple to inspect the neiyvediyams of the Ashtadikpaalakaas is performed in a small chariot everyday at 8 AM and 8 PM. A unique feature of this temple is that the outer walls of the sanctum and sanctorum are fitted with brass lamps like in Guruvayur. During Ekadesi, Pournami, Rohini, Astami and special occasions, the lamps outside every shrine are lit.
Here we had an excellent dharshan. There were many families busy with their ritual activities for their kids. It was nice to see many beautifully dressed up babies/ kids
We had the first temple prasad of hot Pongal here.
Uthara Guruvayoorappan 1 Uthara Guruvayoorappan 2 Uthara Guruvayoorappan 3 Uthara Guruvayoorappan 4

Srimad Raghavendra swami temple

This is located very near the Anjaneyar temple and is known as the Dhakshina Manthralayam. The sacred spot houses the Mithrika brindhavan of Sri Raghavendhra Swamy. The meditation hall just opposite across the road has His huge image that gives immense peace for the heart and mind of the devotees.
Sri Raghavendhra Mutt Sri Raghavendhra Mutt - Meditation Hall

Sri Anjaneyar Temple

This is the most popular temple of Nanganallur and the Nanganallur town is very much identified with this temple.
The barricades installed within the temple first take us to the Vinayakar and Nagar installed on separate platforms. Then we are guided to the Kothanda Ramar shrine. Shri Rama, Lakshmana and Seetha were in captivating alankarams facing east. I don’t find words to express my feeling and the beauty of the Lords and it took me a while before I moved further. Sri Sivan’s tour notes also expressed the very same sentiments.
After that we enter the main shrine of Adhivyadhihara Bhaktha Anjaneyar. Adhivyadhihara means, “the extinguisher of the first disease of man” namely “Karma” and the diseases which the man goes through because of that Karma. The Anjaneyar facing West is of 32 feet high carved out of a single rock, i.e., monolithic. This is an ever haunting place for devotees especially on Sundays but the crowd doesn’t matter really because we can easily get the dharshan of the 32 feet Anjaneyar from any distance, from anywhere inside the temple.
On coming out of Anjaneyar shrine, we come to the shrine of Lord Krishna with Rukmani and Satya Bhama, all facing East. A ‘thulam’ (weighing balance) has been erected for offering ‘thulabaram’. A Sannidhi for Lord Krishna is rarely seen in Anjaneya temples. A temple of Krishna here reminds us that among the Gods it was only Anjaneya who was present in both the Indian epics, i.e., in Ramayana, as a direct disciple of Rama and in Mahabaratha, in the flag of Arjuna’s Chariot as ordained by Lord Krishna to save it from destruction by the opponents.
The temple work was started in 1989 with the blessings of Sri Ragavendra swami and Sri Kanchi Paramacharyar. The great Paramacharya took the stone on his head to offer his blessings. and the Kumbabishekam was consummated in 1995.
The temple is always buzzing with the activities of homams, archanas and sevas by bhakthas and volunteers at different corners of the temple. The very unique feature of this temple is the continuous distribution of Prasadam during the temple hours, which changes hourly according to the offering given to the Lord.
We had the hot ghee Pongal, the second one of that morning.
More details on the Chennai Anjaneyar temples here.
Sri Anjaneyar Temple 1 Anjaneyar Temple 2 Anjaneyar Temple 4 (backside) Anjaneyar Temple 3

Sri Ayyappan Temple

Sabarigirisan temple just behind Anjaneya temple is a typical Kerala sampradaya temple for Ayyappan. The idol in sanctum sanctorum could be comfortably viewed on the mirror from both sides of the sannidhi during crowded hours.
Ayyappan Temple

Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple (New)

Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar on the first floor of the temple in 24th Street of Thillaiganga nagar is the recent addition to the list of temples in Nanganallur. The Lord blesses here with His Consort, in santha roopam under the umbrella of the five headed snake. We were just in time to have the last few minutes of the Thirumanjanam. It was really nice to have the dharshan of the beautiful Lord and the Goddess during Thirumanjanam. There is also Lord Dhanvandhri in a separate shrine here.
We had the Panagam and Curd rice as prasad here, the third of the morning.
Contact: Ph – 22329099
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple (New) 1 Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple (New) SriLakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple and Devi Karumariamman Temple
In the meanwhile Mr.Sivan already received 2-3 phone calls from his wife since the breakfast was waiting for us. The original plan was to visit temple till 9AM, go for breakfast and then continue but with the prasads in 3 temples we were very much full already and so decided to skip the breakfast.

Sri Devi Karumari Amman temple

This is just the adjoining temple to Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar. Lord Srinivasar (Balaji) gives beautiful dharshan in a separate shrine at the entrance itself. We could not have the dharshan of the Karumari Amman since the screens were on after the abhishegam. The temple faces the new highway laid recently for connecting Velacheri with the GST road at the Thillaiganganagar point.
Sri Devi Karumariamman Temple 1 Sri Devi Karumariamman Temple 3 Sri Devi Karumariamman Temple 2

Sri Raja Rajeswari and Sri Lakshmi Sametha Sathyanarayana Perumal temple

Located at ThillaiGanga Nagar, this very powerful, ancient, beautiful and popular temple unfortunately is located in a typical 2 tiered house in a narrow street. If you go by car, better park it in main road and do a little walk. Additionally, when we went, road repairs were going on and it was a real struggle to reach the temple.
Sri Lakshmi sametha Sathyanarayana Perumal temple is on the ground floor of the Raja Rajeswari temple. Those who are unable to do Sathyanarayana Pooja at home can participate in the pooja here to get the benefit. Sri Lakshmi normally seen by the side of Perumal is present here at the chest of Perumal who is in a standing posture facing west. Navagrahas, normally not seen in Perumal temples are seen here in a straight line which is unique. Panchamuga anjaneyar is also present here.
Because of the presence of Raja Rajeswari temple, this place was called Nangai Nallur once and later became Nanganallur. It is said that the main deity here came up from a Homa kundam. The devotees should go around the temple only in anti-clockwise direction. 43 Yantras of Shakti deities are installed in the temple and there are 16 steps to this sanctum sanctorum each signifying a special meaning. Sanganidhi and Padmanidhi bless the devotees at the entrance of the steps.
Sri Raja Rajeswari and Sathyanarayana Perumal Temple 1 Sri Raja Rajeswari and Sathyanarayana Perumal Temple 3 Sri Raja Rajeswari and Sathyanarayana Perumal Temple 4
The best thing about this temple and the other Keralite temples here – Sri Guruvayoorappan and Sri Ayyappan temple – were the absence of the artificial lights in the sanctum sanctorum. Lot of kuthuvilakku deepams are lit so that the devotees can have a comfortable and well lit dharshan of the Lords. I always hate to see the Lords under focus lights and so enjoyed the dharshan in all these temples, especially here, since we can have a very close dharshan of Sri Rajarajeswari amman and also She was dressed up very beautifully.
(It is appropriate to mention here my experience at the Vaidheeswaran temple near Kumbakonam. The garbagraham there had neither artificial lights nor sufficiently lit deepams. Additionally we had to see the Lord from quite a distance. So literally we could see only the outline of the Lord and nothing more. In spite of the temple being so popular and so crowded, even the basic requirement of showing the Lord in good lighting was not understood by the concerned people. Whereas, being a parihara sthalam, you can see many gurukkals engaged in buzzing activities of various parihara poojas at various places of the temple. It was a very disappointing dharshan of the Lord there, totally contradicting to the one we had here at Nanganallur.)

Sri Ardhanareeswarar and Sri Ashtabhuja Durgai Temples

It is located near the Pazhavanthangal railway station in the 4th Main Road. One has to be very careful while crossing this bazaar road of Nanganallur as this is the main artery but narrow and encroached by shops on either side. Added to it, the fast moving undisciplined road users in four wheelers and two wheelers, not to speak of the cows and bulls.
In the 1960s, the Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam discovered this ancient temple when he was performing a morning puja at the abandoned temple tank here. He spotted an ancient Lingam in the tank as “Ardhanareeswarar”. Since then the temple was functioning in thatched sheds and the Kumbaabhegam took place in March 2004. This temple is also a “Kethu sthalam”.
When we went, the temple tank has been deepened, compounded and maintained giving an excellent view.
A life-size idol of Sri Ashtabhuja Shanthi Durga, said to be bigger than that of ancient Patteeswaram temple near Kumbakonam is installed in a separate shrine just at the rear of the Ardhanareeswarar temple. The well sculpted durga is a please to the eyes of the devotees and is well known as sarvabhishta pala nayaki.

We could see lot of well maintained cows inside the temple.
Sri Ardhanareeswarar Temple 1 Sri Ardhanareeswarar Temple - Sri Ashtabuja Duragai amman shrine behind Sri Ardhanareeswarar shrine Sri Ardhanareeswarar Temple 2 Sri Ardhanareeswarar Temple tank

Sri Dharmalingeswarar Sempon Kovil

Semponkoil Dhanmeesar (Dharmalingeswar temple) in south Nanganallur is an ancient temple of Pallava times that dates back about 1000 years. There is a stone edict declaring this temple having been constructed by a district chief under the Pallava King. The temple was unearthed during the digging up for a house construction.
The principal deity is Lord Shiva in the form of Dhanmeesar. The temple has a three tiered gopuram. There is a separate shrine for Goddess Sarvamangalambikai. The Navagrahas, Bairvar and Anjaneyar are seen in the inner prakaram and Vinayagar is enshrined in the outer prakaram.
Rajagopuram on other side is under construction.
Sri Dharmalingeswarar Temple 1 Sri Dharmalingeswarar Temple Entrance Sri Dharmalingeswarar Temple 2 Sri Dharmalingeswarar Temple 3 Sri Dharmalingeswarar Temple Inscription

Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple (Old)

This is located in the Sarva mangala nagar.
As the historical researches have revealed, the small place of Nanganallur had existed even during the 8th century A.D., It was also chosen by the Pallava monarchs of Kanchipuram as a site for a number of sprawling Vishnu temples. Several artifacts had been excavated that include a beautiful stone image of Lord Narayana, about five and a half feet in height portrayed in a typical Pallava style. An image of Goddess Bhudevi, with a bell, a plate and a lamp is extremely captivating. The metal bell found here with the imposing image of Goddess Bhudevi is a unique one, since the top of the handle contains the images of Sudarsana (the discus of Lord Vishnu) and Panchajanya (His conch) one inlaid within the other. Normally they are found on either side of the top portion of a bell. An inscription in Tamil datable to the 10th century A.D. discovered at this ancient place has the detailed description of the registration of the gifted land for meeting the expenses of lighting two lamps everyday.
The main sanctum, facing east enshrines the imposing image of the principal Deity, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha. The other murtis, which adorned the beautiful main sanctum are those of Lord Pradosha Narasimha, for whom special worship is performed during every pradosha and Sri Chakrattazhvar (Sudarsana). Also seen here are images of Sri Vishvaksena, Svami Nammazhvar, Sri Ramanuja and Sri Vedanta Desika. An interesting and rare architectural feature of this sanctum is a circular shaped pillar which resembles a stambha from which Lord Narisimha emerged to protect His child-devotee Prahlada.
The shrine housing the image of Lord Sri Sudarshana with Lord Narasimhar at the back is designed like a chariot, circular in shape. The vimana is one of the chief interests about the temple and is known as Veda chakra Vimana. Interestingly, the “prayoga chakra` (the discus held by Lord Narayana just prior to release) of an old Pallava Vishnu image which was earlier excavated here, has been installed in front of the Chakrattazhvar shrine, which has enhanced the traditional grandeur of the temple. This exceptional Vishnu image is properly mounted on a small structure, enabling devotees to actually touch it and pray for their wishes.
Apart from the above mentioned sub shrines, there is another significant sanctum stationed in this temple, which is dedicated to Lord Navaneeta Krishna. Here, the main image holds a ball of butter in His right hand while His left hand holds the conch (சங்கு). Lord Navaneedha krishnar magnetises the devotees with his teasing smile. It is interesting to note that the shrine for Lord Krishna is octagonal (eight-sided) in shape. The myths and legends associated with the temple reveal that the octagonal design of the temple has a special significance. According to these stories since He was the eighth child of Vasudev and Devaki, the shrine dedicated to the Lord is octagonal in design.
Also erected in this temple is a separate sanctum for Lord Srinivasa, whose image is guarded with the tall dvajastambha. It is venerated as the gift from the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.
There is a sanctum dedicated to Lord Kothandarama with Sita Devi, Lakshmana and Hanuman. Directly in front of Lord Rama`s shrine and inside the prayer-hall is erected a small image of Hanuman called Bhaktakoti Anjaneya. The devotees are permitted to offer and apply dabs of butter on the image, while praying for the fulfillment of their wishes. So, the Anjaneyar here is seen always with butter alankaram. Just outside the prayer-hall and facing the shrine of Lord Rama is the sacred sanctum dedicated to Sanjeevi Anjaneya with His right hand held aloft.
A significant feature of the temple is that there is also a separate sanctum for Azhwars with exclusive cubicle for each Azhwar in a neat row.
Lakshmi Narasimha Navaneetha Krishna Temple has many antique sculptural pieces which enhanced the scenic beauty of the temple precincts. There is a beautiful circular chamber of mirrors (கண்ணாடி அறை) with a beautiful and unusual gopuram that adds a charming view to the temple. The decorated images of the Lord are taken on special occasions near these mirrors. Inside the chamber there are erected four pillars carrying the image of Lord Narasimha. Throughout the entire length of the wall there are a series of mirrors reflecting the images. Apart from these, pictures of the deities of 108 Divya Desams adorn the walls. The paintings of the walls are outstanding and depicting the thirty pasurams of the Tiruppavai. Pictures of some Divya Desams are found on the external wall, thus making the chamber really a `House of Art`. The inner chamber is fitted with strategically placed, large-sized mirrors, which give the viewer a multi-reflection of the images of the deities placed within.
Sri Lakshmi Nrisimha Navaneeta temple apart from being a sacrosanct is also the specimen of the architectural skill of the contemporary artists. As a whole the temple is a symbol of antiquity.
The day we went was the day of once-a-year Annakkoodai annual festival (Masi Chithirai) at the Lakshmi Narasimhar shrine. When we went, here again, the Thirumanjanam was taking place and we had a wonderful dharshan.
Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 1 Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 10 Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 12 Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 11 Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 9 Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 7 Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 2 Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 3 Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 4 Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 8 Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 5 Sri Navaneetha Krishnan Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple 6

Madipakkam Oppliappan Temple

We then rushed to Madipakkam to visit the Oppiliappan temple enroute to Kaiveli on the Madipakkam-Velacheri road. Again, in this temple also, the abhishekam and aradhanai was in progress. We had the dharshan of the main deity. Sri Ramar in Pattabhisheka kolam is in the adjacent shrine.
The official website of the temple is here.
Madipakkam Sri Oppiliappan Temple 2 Madipakkam Sri Oppiliappan Temple 1

Sri Aurobindho and The Mother Meditation Centre and Gayathri Temple at Madipakkam

Next to the Petrol bunk on the Madipakkam-Velacheri main road and alongside the Puzhuthivakkam lake, in Madipakkam, is the small and beautiful Dhyana mandapam of The Mother of Pondicherry. The fragrance of the various flowers, the silence of the environment and the enchanting smell of the incence in the mandapam add to the vibration one gets in the presence of the eyes of the Mother looking at you. Unlike the other meditation centres in the city, significantly here, a Samadhi is present like that of Pondicherry Ashram. A few minutes of meditation is enough for one to recharge himself.
Within the same complex, a Gayathri Devi temple is also present with two small shrines one for Vinayagar and the other for Gayathri Devi.
Madipakkam Sri Aurobindho and The Mother Meditation  Centre Madipakkam Sri Aurobindho and The Mother Meditation  Centre 1 Madipakkam Sri Gayathri Temple adjacent to  Sri Aurobindho and The Mother Meditation  Centre
Of course, there are plenty more temples in and around Nanganallur but by the time we could complete all the above temples, it was already 12 noon and so we returned to Mr.Sivan’s house for the breakfast(!). Thanks to Mrs.Sivan, we had nice idlis with chutney and delicious onion vadas. We then went to our relative’s house at Adambakkam and had lunch at 3 PM(!).
Thanks to Sivan Sir and Vasu Sir for this wonderful arrangement. What a wonderful and useful Sunday morning it was!
Sri Chandru, Sri Vasu and Sri Sivan
Left to Right: Sri.Chandru, Sri Vasu ( and Sri Sivan (


  1. Sir, just happened to go through this blog on Nanganallur temples. You were on the dot when you mentioned the lighting in the Garba Gruha of Vaideeswaran kovil. I too had the same experience. The temple administration just sees our temples are money-minting places and have scant regard for the spiritual expectations an ordinary devotee may be entertaining. Well lighted sanctums (not artificial lights) are the basics which are sadly neglected. The Adheenam maintained temples like Vaideeswaran kovil are no better than the HRCE maintained ones. Very sad.
    Karpagambal shrine in Mylapore is a pleasant exception. There are several others.

  2. HI AM NANGANULLUR. there is no information about shridi sai baba temple which is near by raja rajeswari temple

    s krishnmoorthy

  3. What an excellent blog you have developed. You are really great. Me and Mr. J.K. Sivan are good friends. But he never told me about this site. Where are you staying and what is your e-mail ID. I am not computer savvy. At the age of 65 I know only receive and send e-mails and browse through the websites. That is how I got you today. I am planning to start a website exclusively for NANGANALLUR for its further development. Govt. and Corporation authorities are taking us granted which I do not want to allow. I am planning to start an Association for Nanganallur exclusively as or org or in with my e-mail ID or with domain name which should contain each and every minute details of Nanganallur as the wikipedia is short of informations. I can even depoloy a person and make him to visit to each and every street of Nanganallur and its colonies within Nanganallur and collect all datas like, Temples, Hospitals, Clinics, ENT, EYE, DENTAL, physiotherapy clinics, retail shops, departmental stores, jewelleries, cloth merchants, Pizza shops, fast food shops, Automobile showrooms and Mechanic Shops, Medical Shops etc. all with the names and addresses and phone numbers of each shop in each street, so that any person opening Nanganallur Website should be able to find the details they need on finger tips. I also want to categorise members to be joined in the association as 21 to 40, 41 to 60, and 61 onwards. I will give an advertisement in local weekly paper like Nanganallur Talk, Moondram Pirai, Nanganallur Times and call for enrollment of members in a specific format so that for Street Agitations, I will use the first segment of age group, for signing the joint memorandums to Govt. bodies by the second segment of age group of members and for THINK TANK, and last segment of people which they can do by sitting at home out of their own experience. I am M.A. Politicial Science and PG Diploma in Public Relations. Though I am 65 now I am hale and healthy and agile. I can meet any top leaders or officials in the Govt. offices to claim our rights for the development of Nanganallur. I know the knack of talking to the people as per their mindset and draw them nearer to me. I can convince any kind of harnut people easily. Kill their egos. All that I focus only on the RESULT nothing but NET RESULT.
    Having worked as Hon’y Stenographer to Late Morarji Desai in 1971 when he was Congress (O) MP at his Mumbai residence and with my experience in various Corporate Bodies and its workshops and Mines in places like CALCUTTA, NAGPUR (My place of Birth), GOA, MUMBAI, and with 34 years of experience in SYNDICATE BANK in DELHI, CHANDIGARH, JULLUNDER,
    LUDHIYANA, AGRA, MEERUT, AHMEDABAD, BANGALORE, BELLARY and CHENNAI, I have varied experience which I do not want it to go waste. After this age of 65 every year is a Bonus year given by GOD ALMIGHTY. Assuming that I might live for another 10 to 15 years, I want to utilise it fully for the social cause. Though many opportunities came to me knocking the door to join politics from different political parties, I never joined because I felt that Politics is a dirty place and I can do social work without joining Politics. That is why I am before you now. I do not have any savings but I do live with my pension only. No commitment. Only two daughters and they are married and well settled (1 in USA and another was in Dubai and now in Coimbatore). I have 4 grandchildren. What my GURU taught me “Do Service to the Society” and “follow the path of Dharma and Ahimsa” “Never aspire to earn money and do not run after earning money but earn Dharma”.
    I have dealt entirly with my details and you can help me in whatever way you can. I simply want a help from you to develop a enthralling website for Nanganallur. That is all.
    You can go through my other websites 1) and 2)

  4. Thank you for your wonderful description of temple city of Nanganallur. We visited the Anjanayer temple yesterday. It was exciting to see the 32′ tall idol. I am just curious to know how do they perform abishekam and how often.

  5. offering lotus archanai to mahalaxmi every friday and panakam to narashimar on tuesday,pradosham and swathi nakshathram gives wealth.Ticket for panakam should be paid 1 day earlier.This is not for people with naga dosham or sani dosham.But once period is over you can offer worship to her.For promotion one can offer ghee lamp to sai baba on thursday

  6. Hi. Very proud to reside in such a place midst the temples. But why haven’t you visited thirumal marugan temple which is very near to sivan sir’s house.

  7. Hello Mr.Raju,
    Could you please update the new Narasimhar temple near Karumari Amman temple. The temple is really very very impressive and the perumal is wow

      • Thank you. Yes. Sri karumarinamman temple is going to have KUMBABHISHEGAM on 2nd February 2015. Nearby Lakshminarasimhar temple is too good in a small space.

        Sent from my iPad T. V. Ramaswamy 9840986638


  8. Oh, what a great of Nanga Naloor ( It may be Chennai Nachiar Koil – Nagai Nallor). Plenty of temples. I am going to publish a weekly ‘Chennai Alayangal’. Will any one work as representative of all these temples? Good salary will be given. They can work as part time also.
    Contact Publisher, Chennai Alyangal
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  9. Dear Mr.Raju,
    Your blog of Naganallur Temples is just excellent, I never knew that they were some many temples in and around Lord Anjaneyar Temple. Thanks for the detailed information and the photographs.

    God bless you, we plan to visit today.

  10. i am proud to be stay here at my temple city .please all visit ouir temple city and enjoy the new experiance of our place.i stay just as the proverb don’t stay where there is no temple but i stay centre of the temple.

  11. Hi Raju, I need an information. I am in lookout for Varahi amman temple/sannidhi in nanganallur/adamakkam. Can you please let me know if you know of any?

  12. Hi,good work.I live in Bangalore and want to go to Raj Rajeshwari temple in Nanganallur let me know how should I go,do I need to go to Chennai or there is some other place by train where I can go and get a bus easily.

  13. Hi All,

    Nice to see this temple visit through the site. I was searching old temple in nanganallur and i found many info. thanks all three for your efforts.

    Premkumar g.

  14. Dear All,

    Going through the information and photographs by Mr. Raju, I really donot know this much temple are there, in Nanganullur. One can assume , Nanganullur is another temple city ,next to Kanchipuram. I only visit Rajarajeswari Temple for personal prathana, which almost fulfil at the right time. This temple is said to be only kind of TEMPLE as of whole in the world built as per ” AGGAMA VITHIGAL” ( AS PER THE SCRIPT WRITTEN HOW A TEMPLE SHOULD BE BUILT ) . Poojiya Shri Rajagopla swamiji says : ” when you visit other temples you collect Punya ; but when you visit this temple you will be relived from ALL THOZHA . What you believe and waht you don’t believe is up to each individual’s mind set. I have faith in this GODESS RAJA RAJAESWARI, and I experienced her blessings. I wish those who are faith in GOD , can visit and get the bessings/ kirupa of Godess RAJARAJESWARI.

    K.S.MANIAN 09840503566

  15. i haven’t visited nanganallur guruvayoorapan temple. nice to see the temple. i want to give thulabaram for my child in ur temple. pls send me the details of thulabaram. i need the phone number of the office of guruvayoorapan temple.please mail me with in this saturday.thanks

  16. really very useful of visiting dis page as im new 2 chennai.. you did an excellent job.. good service.. keep going..

  17. Thank you Sir for the excellent write ups. May Almighty give you more power and health to carryout such good services. I have been visiting Nanganellur for past 6-7 years for the Hanuman Jayanthi conducted by Sri Vikraman Swamiji in Nanganellur. If you wish to know more about him kindly visit
    Babu Sadanand

  18. Dear Sir

    Your service is excellent. I want the details about the Kalahastheeswarar Temple in Prlayambakkam near Ponneri.

  19. I could visit 10 temples from the above list of temples in Nanganallur. I planned the trip to take my mother for visiting some temples and your guide on the nanganallur temples was so useful, that I could cover about 10 temples and had great satisfaction.Thanks for the great service you are doing. May god bless you.

  20. some of the information given on the Nanganallur temples and the place itself is very interesting and enchanting for people who wants to spend some time away from the city and to be with their own Gods.
    Although Iam yet to visit this place,the way description of the place and temples are given, giving me avery religeous and serene feeling.

    I am very much excited and planning to visit the place today itself.

  21. Very good post. We saw your website today and we are very impressed. I am a resident of Pazhavanthangal near Rajeswari temple and I regularly visit Rajeswari temple. Currently I am in the US visiting my son and family. Seeing your website gave a wonderful feeling and felt as though we are out there at Nanganallur at the temples.

    I would also like to mention here that there are a few more old temples near pazhavanhangal railway station. 1. Vembuli amman temple 2. Ellai Muththu amman temple. 3. Vidya Rajeswari temple. When you get a chance do visit these temples too.

    Once again, very happy to read your website.

  22. Very good post. But you failed to talk about amman temples in nanganullur. Muthumari amman, vempuliamman, and so many temples.

  23. You have missed out a temple right near St thomas Mount station whish could also be a gate way to nanganallur temples ,The Nandiswarr temple kindly include the same .As the whole of St thomas mt called parangi malai indeed is the palce where Sage Bringi performed pennance !!

  24. Very Fortunate to visit Nanganallut Temples thru’ Raju’s Temple Visits.
    Excellent information provided in the above website.
    Basically, i am a Sahithyakarthya followed by footsteps of my father and so far written around 200 Songs for various deities. After reading your web site, my intiution power increases and tempting to write more songs.
    With your blessings always
    Kavinaya Selvar Mannai Pasanthy
    Mannargudi Parthasarathy Santhanam
    10, Malligai Apartments, Parthiban Street,
    Ullagaram, Chennai 600 091
    You may reach me Ph: 22421148 / 98844 24192

  25. sir, it is really interesting to know about these temples. I heard that sri hayagriva temple is famous for knowledge, i want to send money for that temple to perform some pooja in my children name. can u please send the address and contact number and person’s name of this sri hayagriva temple nanganallur to my email address please sir, (we are in karnataka)


  26. An excellent site. Nicely brought out the entire temples in and around nanganallur. Thanks a lot. Had a feeling of visited these temples in person.

  27. Hi im stayin in Nanganallur… every saturday i use to go all these temples which is located in Nanganallur… wat a wonderfull site.. Thank u so much… could u send me the photo’s of these temples to my mail id… If possible pls kindly do me the Needfull…

  28. What a site…thanks a lot to give an excellent report on so many temples in Nanganallur and around!!
    A very informative web site. Once agin thank you so much.

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