Kilpauk Ayyappan Temple is a sacred shrine situated on the Landon's Road pavement, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is regarded as the first Ayyappa temple to have been built in Chennai. The temple enshrines Lord Ayyappa as the presiding deity.
History of The Temple
The first pooja mahotsavam at the temple was performed in December, 1967, in a small thatched shed. With generous contributions from local residents, the shed made way for a brick-and-mortar structure in 1971. The temple was extended in 1995. Under the management of a nine-member registered society (Om Sri Maha Dharma Sastha Ayyappa Seva Sangham), poojas have been performed since the early 1970s by brothers K. Venkateswaran and K. Narayanan Kutty, priests from Chandanakkavu, which is near Allepey in Kerala.
Poojas and Festivals
Thousands of devotees visit the shrine every year during the Mandalam - Makaravilakku season for the ‘kettunira’ - the holy ghee for the Lord's abhisheks in Sabarimala Temple. The annual festival is celebrated here during December – January amid much pomp and splendour. Trikala pooja takes place here every day and so does feeding. There are special poojas, deeparadhana and bhajanas during Vishu, Vijayadashami and the Ayyappan season. During the annual temple festival in December-end, laksharchana, navagraha shanties and alankara pooja are performed. On the last day of the festival, the deity is taken out in a grand procession, followed by maha annadaanam.
How To Reach
The Chennai Airport is about 18 km from Kilpauk.
Chennai Egmore Railway Station is the closest major railway station.
Koyambedu Bus Stand is closest major bus stand.
Kilpauk Ayyappan Temple,
Landmark Near Pizza Hut, 41/62, Taylors Rd,
Telecom Quarters, Kilpauk,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu,
Pincode - 600010.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Bring consciousness
- Free from ego
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 6 A.M to 9 P.M