Ettampadai Temple

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Basic information
Location Thiruvallikkeni
Geographic coordinates 13°03′05″N 80°16′30″E / 13.051514°N 80.275124°E / 13.051514; 80.275124
Deity Ettampadai Thiruvallikkeni Thirumurugan (Murugan)
District Chennai
State Tamil Nadu
Country India

The Ettampadai - எட்டாம்படை is a temple of Murugan in India which is located in the town of Triplicane (Thiruvallikkeni), of Chennai.


The idol of Lord Muruga of this temple is placed in the Kandhaswamy temple and Thiruporoor Murugan Temple. In the early days pilgrims carrying the Kavadi.

The land for the temple construction was donated by Ms. Pachayammal and maintained by Dharmakartha Mr.K.S.Kathirvel Pillai and Mr.K.Subramaniyam. To restructure this temple, Thiruvallikkeni Thirumuruganadiyargal, the local devotees of Lord Muruga, started a devotional musical organization called "Bhajaneshwara" in 1978.From the remuneration they received, the initial structure of this temple was restructured.

The Temple[edit]

The Ettampadai temple is the eighth Padaiveedu of Lord Muruga. In the first inner prakāram are the shrines of Pillayar, Kumbeshwara, Ambigai, and Sri Kanaga Durga. The Navagraha Sannidhi is beside the Ancient Pillar of Lord Muruga.


Besides regular services, days sacred to the god Subrahmanyan are celebrated with pomp and splendour every year, and are attended by throngs of devotees from all over South India. Some of these festivals are the Thai-Poosam, the Vaikhashi-Vishakham and the Soora-Samharam.

Panguni Utthiram பங்குனி உத்திரம் festival is the most famous festival at "Ettampadai Murugan temple, Triplicane". The six-day celebration includes homams ஹோமம், devotional music இறை பாடல்கள், nadhaswara concert நாதஸ்வரம், kavadiattam காவடியாட்டம், special abhishekam அபிஷேகஹம் and annadhanam அன்னதானம் on the festival of Panguni Utthiram.

Pilgrims after first having taken a strict vow of abstinence, come barefoot, by walk, from distant towns and villages. Many pilgrims also bring a litter of wood, called a Kāvadi, borne on their shoulders, in commemoration of the act of the demon Hidumba who is credited by legend with bringing the two hills of Palani to their present location, slung upon his shoulders in a similar fashion. Others bring pots of sanctified water, known as theertha-kāvadi, for the priests to conduct the abhishekam on the holy day.


Darshan hours are from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00p.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.00. p.m. On festival days the temple opens at 4.30 a.m. till 10.30 p.m.

Annual festivals[edit]

  • Kandha Shashti
  • Vaigaasi Visagam
  • Seshadri Swaamigal Jayanthi
  • Panguni Utthira Peru Vizhaa - 25th Year Celebration (28–31 March 2010)


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