Goddess Mahalakshmi

Temple History

The famous Ashtalakshmi temple is located near the Besant Nagar Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai. This is the only temple dedicated to Goddess Sri Mahalaksahmi, the Consort of Sriman Narayanan (Sri Mahavishnu), on the east coast in Tamil Nadu.

In the main Sanctum Sanctorum is consecrated the deity of Mahalakshmi with Mahavishnu, as the presiding deity of the Temple. As this temple is considered the abode of the Eight Lakshmis (Ashta Lakshmis),it is well know as AshtaLakshmi Temple at Chennai.

The temple was constructed at the efforts taken by the devotees under the leadership of the erudite Scholar Mukkur Srinivasa Vardachariyar and others. The foundation was land in the year 1974.The first Consecration Ceremony. (Kumbhabhishekam -Kudamuzhukku) was done on 5th April, 1976. The Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments,Tamil Nadu,are administering it. An Executive Officer is functioning as the care-taker to look after the day-to-day affairs.

The temple was designed and constructed in the shape of ‘OUM’,the First Vedic Mantra, Pranava. The everlasting roaring waves of the Bay of Bengal reverberate the pranava Sound and remind one that the God and Goddess reside in the pranava Sound. As the temple is in the OUM shape it is well known as the OMKHARAKSHETRA.

As the temple is dedicated to Mahavishnu and Ashta Lakshmis, the construction is on the models of Ashtanga vimana (Eight Parts) style. This is one of the very ancient styles of temple construction. This Ashtanga vimana style is found in Tirukkotiyur Where Sri Ramanuja learnt the meaning of the Ashtakshara mantra at the feet of Tirukkotiyur Nambi, Madurai (Koodalazhagar), Tiruttangal, Kanchi(Vaikuntanathar Temple) and Uttiramerur.

This temple has three floors,the Ground floor,the First floor and the Second floor and steps to each floor.This three tier system is the speciality of the ashtanga vimana style.The three forms of Lord Vishnu – Standing,Sitting and Reclining –are depicted in each floor. in the ground floor Mahavishnu and Mahalakshmi are in the standing posture.In the four corners of each of the other two tires are the shrines for the Eight Lakshmis.


Additional Information

Chennai is the metropolitan city which has the best budget and star hotels available for the visitors. Buses and private transport is available from all parts of the city.

Devi Navaratri is the major festival celebrated here which attracts the major crowd of devotees every year. Pavitra Ursavam, Markazhi month (Dhanurmasa Pooja), Diwali, Gokulashtami, Kartigai and Pongal are the other festivals celebrated grandly here.

Chennai city is well connected to all the major cities of India by road, rail and airways.

This temple is located in Besant Nagar which is center to Koyambedu main bus stand, Central railway station and Chennai International Airport. City buses, Taxis and Auto's are available from all parts of the Chennai city.

Koyambedu Bus Terminus 21 kms and Chennai Central Railway Station is 18.9 kms from the temple. Neelankarai city bus stop is just 1 km distance to the temple.

Chennai International Airport is just 18.6 kms from the temple.
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  • Contact Person: Executive Officer
  • Contact Number: +91 44 24466777, 24917777