Lord Ayyappa temple in the Mahalingapuram area near the famous Kodambakkam bridge, is one of the three popular Ayyappa temples in Chennai. The temple is very popular and a lot of devotees keep visiting this temple daily. Especially during the months of November and December, one can find more number of devotees visiting this temple.
About The Temple
The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Ayyappa. There is another shrine having equal importance in this temple, which is dedicated to Lord Guruvayurappa. There are also small shrines in the temple, dedicated to Manjanamatha, Ganesha, and Subramanya with his two consorts. There is also an idol of Lord Ranganath (Lord Vishnu in the sleeping posture) located in this temple. The temple looks beautiful in the evening as it is lit by natural light majorly.
History of The Temple
In February 1970, Brahmasree Kanippayyur Sankaran Namboodiripad was Invited and a detailed plan was prepared for the temple of Lord Ayyappa with Vigneshwara and Muruga as hIs. By the end of 1971 generous donations from devotees made It possible constructions excepting the temples. In 1972, on Vijayadashmi day construction of the main temple in black granite was started under the supervision of Sri.N.Subramanian Stapathy.
Donations continued to flow in and this aided the completion of the temple of Lord Ayyappi divine Parivarams, The Prathista and Kumbhabhishekam of the temple was performed on March 1974 by the Nigh Priest of Sabarimala Brahamasree Sankararu Kantaru Thantri St with tradition. During the prathishta at the Sree Kovll of Lord Ayyappa to the astonishment Garuda was seen circling three times over the temple.
How to Reach Chennai
Chennai is well-connected by air with all the major cities of the world and most international airlines operate flights from Chennai's Anna International Airport. Chennai is the headquarters of the Southern Railways. Chennai is well connected by five highways to all major cities.
18, Madhavan Nair Road,
Mahalingapuram, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Pincode – 600034.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To attain prosperity in life
- To get married
- To pray for child boon
- For good health
- Excellence in art
Om Bootha Nathaya Vidhmahe Bava Nandhanaya Dheemahe Tanno Sastha Prachodayaath
Meaning -We worship Lord Shiva's son, Ayyappa. Salutations to Saastha (Ayyappa). May Ayyappa encourage our creativity.
Mattha Mathanga Gamanam Karunyamrutha Pooritham Sarva Vigna Haram Devam Sastharam Pranamamyaham
Meaning -I salute Lord Ayyappa, who has an elephant's gait, who is compassionate and who destroys all obstacles.
Loka Veeryam Mahaa Poojyam Sarva Rakshaakaram Vibhum Parvathee Hirdya Anandham Saasthaaram Pranamaamyaham
Meaning -I bend down to Lord Shastha, who defends Dharma and Sastra and who brings happiness to Parvathi's heart, the fearless warrior that protects all, who has great glory and who warrants great admiration and devoted worship.
Bhoothanatha, Sadananda, Sarva Bhootha Daya Para, Raksha Raksha Maha Baho, Sasthre Thubham Namo Nama
Meaning -I offer my salutations to Lord Sastha, the master of all beings, who is infinitely every happy, who is merciful towards everyone, I pray, protect me great hero.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.