Holy Pilgrimage –Temples in Tamilnadu (Chennai City) -2

Holy Pilgrimage –Temples in Tamilnadu (Chennai City)

Kachchaleswarar Temple, Chennai


Kachchaleswarar Temple, also known as the Great Kachali Pagoda, is a Hindu temple located in Armenian Street, Chennai, India. Constructed on land belonging to dubash Kalavai Chetty in 1725, the temple belonged to the left-hand castes and was the site of the first major conflict between left and right-handed castes in the then Madras city. A huge retinue of dancing girls were attached to the temple. These dancing girls resided in a quarter adjoining the temple.


Kalikambal Temple, Chennai


The Kalikambal Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Kalikambal (Kamakshi) and Lord Kamateswarar, located in George Town, Chennai, India. The temple is located on Thambu Chetty Street, a prominent financial street running parallel to Rajaji Salai.


The temple was originally located closer to the sea shore and was relocated to the current site at 1640 AD. It was then built in 1678. Shivaji, the Maratha warrior and the founder of the Hindawi-Swarajya in the 17th century, had worshiped in this temple incognito on 3 October 1667. It is believed that a fierce form of Goddess was held in worship earlier and that this form was replaced with the shanta swaroopa (calm posture) form of Goddess Kamakshi.


On every full moon days and on all navarathri days ,sri chandi homam is performed praying for the welfare of the mankind. On every New Moon days special poojas are performed to Lord Viswakarma. On every full moon days evenings special poojas and group worship is performed. On every Tuesdays and Fridays at ragu kalam special poojas by lighting in lemon fruit cups is worth mentioning. The vows of the devotees with this light offering is believed to be heard and answered immediately The turmeric paste got from the abishegams of Sri Moolavar is proved useful in treating ailments and best for those who are having no child for years after their marriage. All are invite to have the blessings of Godess Sri Kalikambal

The Scheme was introduced by the Hon'ble Chief Minister Of Tamil Nadu and the same was inaugurated in this temple on 15.9.2002 feeding poor people of all caste and creed and those came for worship the deity numbering 100 and above daily . To feed 100 people a day have to pay RS 1500 on any day to celebrate the birthday/wedding day etc . To feed 100 people a day in a year throughout the lifetime of a person has to pay RS15000 to celebrate the birthday or wedding day or any specific day he/she wish to celebrate

The Bramhorchovam i.e. the grand annual festival is being taking place at temple during Vaigasi month of tamil year (may-june). The twelve days events used to organized by the temple authorities in a grand and color manner with the support of devotees of temple. In the following vahanams Godess Sri kalikambal will be taken procession in and around the streets on festival days of Bramhorchovam Kamadenu, Poodhagi, Rishabam, simmham, Elephant, Car festival, Horse, Kinni car

Address :
S ri Kaligambal Kamateswarar Devasthanam
212,Thambu Chetty Street,
George Town, Chennai-600 001.
Tamil Nadu , INDIA
Telephone +91 44 25229624


Kamakshi Amman Temple, Saidapet, Chennai


Kamakshi Amman Temple in Chetty Street, Saidapet is a Hindu temple administered by the Vishwakarma community. The presiding deity is the goddess Kamakshi. The temple is located near the Saidapet railway station and is believed to be more than 300 years old. The temple is one of the five holy shrines of the Viswakarma community in Chennai district


Kamaleswarar Temple, Chennai

Kamaleswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located in the neighbourhood of Pudupet in Chennai, India. The temple is popular due to its association with the 18th century dubash, Pachaiyappa Mudaliar.


Kandaswami Temple, Georgetown, Chennai


Kandaswami Temple is a Hindu temple in George Town, Chennai in India dedicated to Murugan. Constructed by the Beri Chetty community in the 1670s, it is considered to be one of the finest in the neighbourhood. The temple is situated in Rasappa Chetty Street, the temple is associated with the life of the Saivite saint Ramalinga Swamigal who composed Deivamanimalai here. The idol of Murugan in the temple was brought from Tiruporur and installed in the 1930s.


Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai


Kapaleeshwarar Temple is a temple of Shiva located in Mylapore, Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The form of Shiva's wife Parvati worshipped at this temple is called Karpagambal (from Tamil, "Goddess of the Wish-Yielding Tree"). The temple was built around the 7th century CE and is a good example of Dravidian architecture.
According to the Puranas, Shakti worshipped Shiva in the form of a peacock, which is why the vernacular name Mylai (Mayilāi) was given to the area that developed around the temple - mayil is Tamil for "peacock"


Lord shiva:The temple's name is derived from the words kapalam (head) and eeshwarar an alias of Shiva. According to the Puranas, during the meeting of Brahma and Shiva at top of Mount Kailash Brahma failed to show the due respect to Shiva. Due to this, Shiva plucked of one of Brahma's heads (kapalams). In an act of penance, Brahma came down to the site of Mylapore and installed a Lingam to please Shiva.This place is known as Sukra puri, Veda puri and has so many other names including “Kailaye Mayilai and Mayilaye Kayilai “which means this place is equal to kailash. Goddess Karpagambal due to a curse became a peacock and did penance here to get back her original personality. Lord Muruga received the spear (Sakthi vel) for Sura Samharam from goddess Parvathi here. Brahma had worshipped here to get rid his ego back his power to create. The four Vedas have Worshipped here. Sukracharya worshiped the Lord here and got back his lost eye. Lord Sri Rama has worshiped here and won the war against Ravana and brought back Sita Devi from SriLanka. The daughter of Sivanesa Chettiar Angam Poompavai got her lost life here by the powers of Tirugnana Sambandar  Vaayilar Nayanar, a saiva saint, attained salvation here and mylapore is also the birth place of Thiruvalluvar who wrote Thirukkural. In Thevaram special mention is made about the beautiful Madaveedhi as “Malgun Mathri Thavazhum Maada Veedhi Mylappil Ullar”. Thiruganana Sambandar, Auunagirinathar have sung the Glory of Karpagambal, Singara Velar. The 10 day festival during March / April is a treat to watch and arubathu Moovar festival is attended by lakhs of devotees every year.


The commonly held view is that the temple was built in the 7th century CE by the ruling Pallavas. This view is based on references to the temple in the hymns of the Nayanmars (which, however, place it by a sea shore).Thirugnanasambandar's 6th song in Poompavaipathikam and Arunagirinathar's 697th song in Thirumylai Thirupugazh, make clear reference to the Kapaleeswarar temple being located on the seashore in Mylapore  The architecture of the temple, however, appears to be 300–400 years old  The scholarly view that accounts for the discrepancies is that the original temple was built on the shore at the location of the current Santhome Church but was destroyed by the Portuguese  and the current temple (which is 1-1.5 km from the shore) was built by the Vijayanagar kings during the 16th century.  There are inscriptions dating back to 12th century inside the temple.  The temple's 120 ft gopuram  (gateway tower) was built during 1906 with stucco figures adorning it.

The Temple


The Kapaleeshwarar temple is of typical Dravidian architectural style, with the gopuram overpowering the street on which the temple sits. This temple is also a testimonial for the vishwakarmas sthapathis. There are two entrances to the temple marked by the gopuram on either side. The east gopuram is about 40 m high, while the smaller western gopuram faces the sacred tank




The vahanas (Sanskrit for "vehicles") at the temple include the bull, Adhikaranandi, elephant, bandicoot, peacock, goat and parrot, while a golden chariot is a recent addition. Statues of the god and the goddess are seated on a vahana, which is brought in a procession around the temple while the temple band plays music. Devotees gather around the vahanas and consider it a privilege to pull / lift the God and the Goddess on the vahana.


During Friday worship, the statue of the goddess Karpagambal is decorated with a kaasu maala, i.e., a garland made of gold coins. The famous Tamil hymns Karunai Deivame Karpagame and Karpagavalli Nin Porpadhangal Pidithen were written by poets in praise of the goddess Karpagambal. There is also a peacock and a peahen caged inside the temple, to symbolize the tradition that Karpagambal had come in the form of peahen to plead to Kapaleeshwarar.


There are four daily pujas: the early morning puja, the day puja, the pradosha kaala puja, and the night puja.
During the Tamil month of Panguni, the traditional brahmotsavam (annual festival) takes place when the entire neighborhood comes alive with a mela (carnival)-like atmosphere. Since this month corresponds to the mid-March to mid-April duration, the Kapaleeshwarar temple celebrates the nine day-long as Panguni Peruvizha (Spring festival).[7] This festival starts with Dwajarohanam (hoisting flag in the temple), includes the therotsavam, (Tamil, ther, "car/chariot"; utsavam, "festival"), Arupathimoovar festival and concludes with the Tirukkalyanam (Marriage of Kapaleeswarar & Karpagambal).
In Brahmotsavam, the idols of Kapaleeshwarar and Karpagambal are decorated with clothes and jewels, are mounted on a vahana, and then taken around the temple and its water tank in a pradakshinam (a clockwise path when seen from above). This is repeated with different vahanas over the next nine days.
The more important of the individual pradakshinams are the Athigara Nandhi on the third day, the Rishaba Vahanam on the midnight of the fifth day, the ther (about 13 meters in height and pulled by people) on the seventh morning, and the Arupathimoovar festival on the eighth day.
The Arupathimoovar festival is the most important procession.  It is named after the sixty-three Nayanmars who have attained salvation by their love & devotion to the all-compassionate Lord Shiva. All sixty-three Nayanmar idols follow the Kapaleeshwarar idol on this procession. During the car festival, Kapaleeshwarar is depicted holding a bow while seated on a throne, with his wife Karpagambal alongside. Brahma is depicted riding the ther. The chariot is decorated with flowers and statues, and there are huge gatherings of devotees to pull the ther. The car festival of 1968 is documented in the documentary film Phantom India by Louis Malle.

Arupathimoovar festival

This festival is celebrated in order to honor the Saivaite devotees, namely the sixty-three Nayanmars. The procession is celebrated by taking the Nayanmars in a palanquin that is decorated with ornaments and flowers. The Moovar Appar, Sundarar, Thirugyana Sambandar are carried in a separate palanquin. Idols of Kapaleeshwarar and Karpagambal are decorated with colorful and fragrant flowers and carried along the Temple streets.Devotees offer offerings to the Lord in way of fruits,coconut,betel leaves,areca nut,sweets etc.,.Inturn they are are blessed back with the offerings,garlands after offering to the Deity.Prasaad of Vibhuti and kumkum are given to the devotees.
The festival results in a huge gathering of devotees in Mylapore. Lot of sweets, savories, juices and buttermilk are served to the pilgrims. At each stage of the festival an Aarti is performed.

Religious work and saints

There is no reference to the temple in Sangam literature of the 1st to 5th centuries and the earliest mention is found in 6th century Tamil literature. The temple and the deity were immortalized in Tamil poetry in the works of Tevaram by poet saint belonging to the 7th century - Thirugnana Sambanthar has composed te 6th Poompavai pathigam in praise of the temple  Arunagirinathar, the 15th century poet, sings praise of the temple in Tirumayilai Tirupugazh  The 12th century poet, Gunaveera Pandithar sings about Neminathan under Theerthangar neminathar pugazh.  Tirumayilai Prabanthangal is a compilation of four works on the temple and the deity.


Karaneeswarar Temple, Mylapore


The Karaneeswarar Temple is a 12th century Hindu temple in the neighbourhood of Mylapore in Chennai, India. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The main deity is a shivalinga. There are also shrines to Sarvamangala Vinayaka, Dandapani, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi.

History and Legend

This temple is the abode of Lord Sri Karaneeswara and Mother Porkodi Amman. The temple is located at Bazaar road in the middle stretch of the popular Kutcheri road in Mylapore. It is about half a kilometer from the famous Kapaleeswarar temple. From Sanskrit language, Karana means cause. Karana + Iswara (Lord) = Karaneeswara, the Lord who is the Cause. The general belief is - He is the primordial cause of this universe which is His very form. He is also the Lord who can teach us the causality behind all events.
Lord Karaneeswara is more than happy to grant material boons as well. The worship of Sri Karaneeswara and Mother Porkodi blesses one with a happy family life; there will be much amicability amongst all members of the family. Mix coconut oil, sesame oil (gingelly) and castor oil in equal parts and use this mixture to light oil lamps in multiples of six (6, 12, 18, 24 and so on) in this temple. Pradakshinam (circling the temple) is also very important here. The temple is worth visiting for its calm environment.
Another Legend goes like this -
Karaneeswara temple is one of the Sapta Sthana Shiva temples in Mylapore (one of the seven sacred Shiva temples in Mylapore). As per the legend, there used to be a young Brahmin in Mylapore who used to perform poojas to Shiv Linga. Through his penance, the young Brahmin found out that Lord Shiva was the cause of creation, protection and destruction of this universe. Thereafter, the Shiv Linga (the main deity of this temple) was called as Karaneeswara. (Karaneeswara means one who has causes). Even though there is no solid proof, it is widely believed that this temple might belong to 12th centuary AD.
The main deities of the temples are Karaneeswara (Shiva) and his consort Porkodi Amman. Both the deities are found in two separate shrines. The temple has a small tower and as per the tradition followed in all old South Indian temples, this temple also has bali peeth, flag staff and Nandi idol facing the main shrine. The entrance of the main shrine has the idols of Ganesha and Dhandayudhapani (Subramanya).
The following shrines are also found in this temple: 1) Natraj with Sivakami 2) Hanuman 3) Bhairav 4) Arunachaleswarar in the form of big Linga with Unnamulai 5) Subramanya-Valli-Devasena 6) Ganesha with his consorts Siddhi and Buddhi 7) Saneeswarar 8) Navagraha
The following idols are additionally found in this temple: 1) Ganesha 2) Nalvar - the four great devotees of Shiva 3) Sekkilar 4) Surya 5) 3-4 Shiv Lingas under the tree
The belief is that a visit to this temple would cure you from all your diseases.


Karaneeswarar Temple, Saidapet, Chennai


Karaneeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located in the neighbourhood of Saidapet in Chennai, India. It is dedicated to the god Shiva.


This temple is located next to the Saidapet Railway station. This temple has a 7-storied Gopuram with two prakarams(closed precincts of a temple). The main deity is Lord Karaneeswara (Shiva) and Goddess Swarnaambikai (Sakthi). This temple has a beautiful tank. The temple is heavily crowded on Pradhosham days. Annual ten day Brahmotsavam takes place in the Tamil month of Chithirai. During Chitirai thirvizha, people visit the temple in huge numbers and there will be a daily spiritual talk on Thiruvasagam about Lord shiva. On the "Shiv Rathri" occasion the temple is attractively decorated this temple has nandavanam.It has a separate Sannidhi.
The Formula namely KARANEESWAR NUMEROLOGICAL FORMULA is very famous for numerological calculation and invented by God Shiva and formula distributed to our human being by Siddhas in old ancient era. These details were updated in ancient numerological history and now that details were destroyed and it is unknown to our human being.


• Used for calculation of sum of numerical digits of a number

• KARANEESWAR = 2+1+2+1+5+5+5+2+6+1+2 =5 (water, sand, wind, sky, light).
English Alphabets and Corresponding Numbers
A I J Q Y 1
B K R 2
C G L S 3
D M T 4
H E N X 5
U V W 6
O Z 7
P F 8
No Alphabet 9

• KARANEESWAR is a god Shiva, so the sum of numerical digits of this word is equal to 5.

• Number 5 represent Pancha Bootha’s.
• God is everything and this particular god will remove the unwanted and unknown egoism present in the God’s creation.
• Used for quick calculation to sum up the digits in a number like Phone number fancy number quickest calculation, date of birth number calculation.
• If a human being has 9 ( Navagraghas or Planets) no. of aesthetical things in his characters, character of that human being is normal without any issues ( 9 =0).

9 =0, 0= 9 ;
Mathematical table of Number 9 also the part of this Formula.
9 x 1 =9 = 0 in numerological
9 x 2 = 18 = 1+8 =9 = 0 in numerological
9 x 3 = 27 =2+7= 9 = 0
9 x 4 =36 =3+6=9=0
9 x 5 = 45=4+5=9 and so on…………………………

Calculation for sum of the digits
72 9999 8011
7299998011 = 1
This is a quick calculation…......
Example: If number is 99999, then it is zero ( 9=0 as per KARANEESWAR Formula)
So some of digit is 9 finally.
Also if any two or more digits of a particular number having sum as "9" and we need to remove that digits from a number for sum calculation 9841046710 = 8414671 ( 9 =0, remove 0 )
Then remove 8 and 1 = 8+1 =9
The number is 44671, then remove 4,4,1, since these digits equals to 9
Then final number is 67 = 6+7= 13= 1+3 =4
So Sum of digits in this 9841046710 is 4. Done

Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection )


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