Sri Chenna Keseva perumal temple, Chennai

About the temple

Originally, Chenna Keseva temple was located at the current location of Madras High Court. The British East India Company demolished the temple and later, due to public outcry they donated some land and money to build the current temple. Manali Muttukrishna Mudaliar built the temple at Devaraja Mudali Street in Sowcarpet  in 1757 and also built the Chenna Malleeswarar temple for Shiva.
It is also believed that Chennai got its name from these twin temples.

The temple has the main shrine dedicated to Chenna Kesavar and His consort Sengamalavalli Thayar Other Sannidhis:- Anjeneya, Vishvaksenar, Garudan, Venugopalan, Rama, Andal and the Azhwars and Acharyas.
At the Chenna Malleeswarar Temple there are shrines for Vinayaka, Subramania, Navagrahas, Somaskandar and Chandikeswarar. The Goddess here is known as Brahmarambikai.All the 64 Saivite saints are enshrined here. So is Lord Dakshinamurthy, God of Learning, who is seated beneath a banyan tree carved in stone. There are shrines for Bhikshandanar, Natarajar and other deities.

How to reach
Temple is situated in the heart of  the old city area sowcarpet .

Temple timings
Daily Poojas :Kaala Pooja 05:00 A.M
Uchchikaala Pooja 12:00 P.M
Saayaratchai Pooja 06:00 P.M
Dharshan Timings :Morning 05:00 A.M to Night 08:00 P.M

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சென்னை கோவில்கள் ,சென்ன கேசவ பெருமாள்  கோவில் ,சென்னை மல்லீஸ்வரா கோவில் 

Sundararaja Perumal Temple, Sithukadu ( Thirumanam)

About the temple

Sundaravalli thayar sametha Sri Sundararaja perumal temple is located in Sithukkadu ( also called sitharkadu or thirumanam). This temple is very near to Sri Dhathriswara temple  ( These two temples are said to be the part of the nakshatra temple for those who are born in “Swathi” Star.


Sundaravalli thayar
Andal  ( Garudak kodi sithar is seen in one of the walls in the mandapam oppposite to andal.
Prayers to him are supposed to cure eye related ailments. Sri  Narasimha in different postures adorn the walls of this mandapa)
Ananda narthana Krishnan

How to reach

The temple is accessible from the newly laid Outer Ring Road Chennai ( Vandalur to Nemilichery).

When moving from poonamalle to nemilichery on the outer ring road, take a left 2-3 kms before nemilichery on seeing the sign board for "Thirumanam" or "Sithukadu"

Temple Timings

Opening time :- 7.30 AM  and 5. 30 PM

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