Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai

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Coordinates: 12°59′33″N 80°16′14″E / 12.9925°N 80.2706°E / 12.9925; 80.2706

Ashtalakshmi Kovil
Temple tower during Diwali

The Ashtalakshmi Kovil is a Hindu temple, which lies on the shorelines near the Elliot's beach, in Chennai, India. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi, and her eight primary forms - the Ashtalakshmi - the giver of all eight forms of wealth, namely, offspring, success, prosperity, wealth, courage, bravery, food, and knowledge. The sanctorums are depicted on a multi-tier complex in such a way that visitors could visit all the shrines without stepping over any of the sanctorums.[1][2] The temple was constructed on the wishes of Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati swamigal of Kanchi Mutt.[1]The foundation was land in the year 1974.

In this temple the Ashtalakshmi are present in four levels. The shrine of Lakshmi and her consort Vishnu is in level two. One starts the worship from here. One can take the stairs and the path leads to third floor which has the shrines of Santhanalakshmi, Vijayalakshmi, Vidyalakshmi and Gajalakshmi. Then again take a few steps and we reach the shrrine of DhanaLakshmi, which is the only shrine on the fourth floor. Exiting the main shrine, in the first level, there are shrines for Aadilakshmi, Dhaanya lakshmi and Dharyalakshmi. The temple also has Dashavatara (avatars of Vishnu), Guruvayoorapan, Ganesha, Dhanwanthari and Anjaneyar deities.

Renovation[edit]

At 2012, the temple was renovated at the cost of INR 7 million. Another INR 1.6 million was spent on conducting the Jeernotharana Ashtabandana mahakumbhabhishekam, a Hindu ceremony. A total of 32 kalasams were newly laid in the temple, including a gold-plated 5.5-foot-high kalasam atop the sanctum sanctorum.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Astakalshmi temple". Indian heritage.com. March 2012. Retrieved 2 Dec 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Ashtalakshmi temple consecrated in Chennai". Deccan Chronicle (Chennai: Deccan Chronicle). 2 June 2012. Retrieved 2 Dec 2012. 

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