Dakshinamurthy Temple in Ayapakkam, north Chennai is one of the few temples dedicated to the form of Lord Shiva, as the symbol of Knowledge, a "Gnana Guru", the other two temples being the ones in Alankudi and Thiruvottiyu. r.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To seek blessings before sealing property deals
- To invoke the Lord's blessings to progress in various fields of education
- literature and art
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
6 a.m. to 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays