Vadapalani Andavar Temple

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A view of the temple

Vadapalani Andavar Temple is located in Vadapalani, Chennai. The temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga.[1] The temple was renovated in 1920s and a Rajagopuram was built during that time. The temple has grown in popularity believed in part due to the patronage of cinema stars.[2]


When we have so many murugan temples in chennai how vadapalani andavar temple along is so famous amongst all? Its because of 1 dedicated devotee sthanikar Shri V.A.Sundara Gurukkal blessed to take charge at his teen age. Sthanikar Shri V.A.Sundara Gurukkal walked through almost entire streets of Chennai through his lifetime single handedly by himself inviting almost each and every one with his arulvakku and relieved so many people including film stars and business people from their several problems and because of the Sincere Service and Dedication of Shri V.A.Sundara Gurukkal, Led to raising of Devotees and Fund for the Renovation of this Now Vadapalani Andavar Temple till 1984 Mahakumbabishekam of the Vadapalani Temple.

Shri V.A.Sundara Gurukkal himself done Mahakumbabishekam to Vadapalani Andavar Temple single handedly 4 times till 1984. And till retirement from the sincere and dedicated service of Shri V.A.Sundara Gurukkal in 1984, he was the one and only Pradhana Sthanikar of Vadapalani Andavar Temple.

His Sincerity and Devotion to Lord Vadapalani Andavar reflects also now in the Kalvettu in the Raja Gopuram Entrance.

Built about 125 years back, this much-hallowed and regularly frequented Lord Muruga sannidhi has emerged from a thatched shed, an unostentatious one enshrining a Murugan picture only, and established for itself a name on par with ancient places of worship. Around 7,000 couples are married here each year.

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Main Entrance to the Temple from the Inner Ring Road

According to the sthalapurana, one Muruga devotee by name Annaswami Nayakar with his limited means built a small thatched hut and kept a Murugan painting for his personal worship primarily. During his meditation and worship, he used to experience some divine power entering his body and inspiring him to utter some mysterious things—whatever he said in his trance was found true. His utterance went by the name of 'arulvakku' ('God blessed statements') and relieved people in several ways, like curing diseases and getting jobs, solemnising marriages, etc.

Sannidhis(Deities) of the Temple[edit]

There are very many sannidhis in the vast courtyards of the temple, like Varasiddhi Vinayaka, Chokkanāthar, Meenakshi Amman, Kāli, Bhairava, Shanmuga with Valli and Devasenā.

The moolavar in standing posture resembles the Palani Muruga in every respect. In the inner prakara, there are many niches housing Dakshina Murti, Chandikeswar, Mahalakshmi, et al. It has a spacious hall used for conducting marriages and religious discourses. It is one of the most-frequented Murugan shrines in the city of Chennai.

The entrance to this temple is crowned with a Rajagopuram adorned with several stucco images depicting legends from the Skanda puranam. In front of the temple is the temple tank. The eastern tower rises to a height of 40.8 metres. The 108 bharata natyam dance gestures can be seen on the eastern tower as well.

Daily Poojas[edit]

Daily pujas:

  • 0500 am: Nadai
  • 0530 am: Palli Arai
  • 0700 am: Milk Abhishekam
  • 1000 am: Vibhuti Abhishekam
  • 1100 am: Santanam Abhishekam
  • 1200 noon: Uchi Kâla Puja
  • 0900 pm: Palli Arai Puja


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Coordinates: 13°03′10″N 80°12′49″E / 13.052742°N 80.213596°E / 13.052742; 80.213596