Kalikambal Temple

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Kālikāmbāl Temple
Kāligāmbāl Temple's Gopuram (Gateway tower) entrance.
Kāligāmbāl Temple's Gopuram (Gateway tower) entrance.
Kālikāmbāl Temple is located in Chennai
Kālikāmbāl Temple
Kālikāmbāl Temple
Location in Chennai
Coordinates 13°05′40″N 80°17′21″E / 13.09455°N 80.2891°E / 13.09455; 80.2891Coordinates: 13°05′40″N 80°17′21″E / 13.09455°N 80.2891°E / 13.09455; 80.2891
Country India
State/province Tamil Nadu
District Chennai
Locale Thambu Chetty Street, Parry's corner (Old: George Town), Chennai
Primary deity Kāligāmbāl (Goddess Pārvathi)
Architectural styles Hindu temple architecture
Number of temples 1
History and governance
Date established 1640
Date built 1678

The Kālikāmbal Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shri Kāligāmbāl (Kāmākshi) and Lord Kamadeswarar, located in Parry's corner (Old: George Town) locality of the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is located in Thambu Chetty Street, a prominent financial street running parallel to Rajaji Salai.


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.

The main Gopuram (tower) of Kālikāmbāl Temple


  1. ^ "1639 A.D. TO 1700 A.D.". History of Chennai. ChennaiBest.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-09. 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. 

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