The Adi Kamakshi Temple is located in Kanchipuram and is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi. The Devas, a privileged community in the upper world came to Earth and prayed to Mother Ambika to protect them from the harassment by demons. The God Mother took the form of Mahakali and destroyed the demons and agreed to stay on Earth, as requested by the Devas. As the Mother was furious during her war with the demons, to calm her down the Sri Chakra was installed in the temple. This form of the Mother is named Adi Kamakshi. As the Mother was Kali earlier, the place also has the name Kali Kottam. There are shrines for Madaleeswarar Lingam, saptha kannikas (seven virgins), nagara (snake god), Mahishasuramardhini in the prakara corridor. There is also a sculpture of Mother Annapoorani. Mother Veerya Lakshmi, once in the sanctum sanctorum, is in a separate shrine now.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To hasten delayed marriages
- To reunite separated couples
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.
6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.