Kalikambal Temple

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Coordinates: 13°05′40″N 80°17′21″E / 13.09455°N 80.2891°E / 13.09455; 80.2891

Kalikambal Temple
Entrance of Kalikambal Koil
Entrance of Kalikambal Koil
Location
Country: India
State/province: Tamil Nadu
District: Chennai
Locale: Thambu Chetty Street, George Town, Chennai
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Kalikambal (Goddess Parvathi)
Number of temples: 1
History
Date established: 1640
Date built:
(Current structure)
1678

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.

History[edit]

The main gopuram (tower) of Kalikambal Temple

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1639 A.D. TO 1700 A.D.". History of Chennai. ChennaiBest.com. Retrieved 20 Jan 2013. 
  2. ^ "Chennai High: Where history beckons". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). 27 August 2010. Retrieved 20 Jan 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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