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Mundaka Kanniamman Temple


Mundaka Kanniamman Temple is a Hindu temple in the neighbourhood of Mylapore in Chennai, India. It is dedicated to Mariamman and used to be famous for animal sacrifices.

About the Temple

Mundaka Kanniamman Temple

The Ambal is swayambu and show up with twin arms and wore with serpent crown. There is a little vimanam built over her, in which are the female doorkeepers. The conventional conviction is that Mundaka Kanniamman holds the force of the Trinity – Siva, Vishnu and Brahma. The Banyan tree is behind Ambal's sanctum. Inside the tree is the snake-bay and adjacent to the tree is the sanctum of Naaga Devathai. Those with serpent-revile, venerate the Naaga Devathai by offering milk, rose-water, turmeric abishekam and by lighting ghee-light. On the left of the Prime sanctum, the parade Ambal graces us situated on the position of authority, flanked in both sides with Simha Vahanam – lion bearers.

History of the Temple

In the past days there was a lotus lake in this place. Under the Banyan tree in the banks of this lake, Ambal showed herself in swayambu frame. Initially, the enthusiasts raised a little hovel as sanctum for Ambal and adored her. Afterward, a detailed temple was organized. Since there has been no authorize from Ambal, the Prime sanctum keeps on being the cottage. It is said that Ambal with a specific end goal to show effortlessness lives in the cottage and graces us. Ambal's swayambu type of this sacred place resembles a lotus bud.


The most vital celebrations incorporate Aadi Pooram, Chitra Pournami, Chithirai 1, Vijaya Dasami and last Friday of Thai Masam. The entire of Aaadi and Thai months celebrations are praised. The 'Porridge appropriation' celebration in the time of Aadi and the 'Pongal offering' in the time of Thai are extremely well known celebrations. The 1008 Flower-wicker container abishekam on the last Friday of Aadi, the 108 Lamp Pooja on the last Friday of Thai and on the Chithira Pournami day, the 1008 Milk-pot abishekam are essential components. On the ninth day of the Navarathiri celebration, Ambal in the pretense of Mahishasuramarthini goes in parade along the boulevards. There is likewise a practice in the midst of the lovers who take promise to her of going round the sanctum wearing neem leaves clothing. Each night Ambal goes in parade in her brilliant chariot.

Prasad and Offering

The main prasaadam in this temple are the neem leaves, lime fruits, turmeric and holy water that are offered to during prayer. When their prayers are fulfilled, the devotees perform abhishekam to Ambal and do ‘angaprathakshinam’ (body-rolling around the sanctum).

Interesting Facts

Generally, only in the Siva temples, the Lord is worshipped performing Annabishekam. Since the Ambal here is an aspect of Parvati Devi, she is worshipped by performing Annaabishekam. To prepare the Pongal offering to her, the temple uses only the dried cowdung. The residue ashes are distributed as prasadam.


Those afflicted with chickenpox, by praying to her gets relief is the stern belief. Devotees who confront impediments in getting married and those affected with eye diseases also pray to her. By lighting 23 lamps, people pray to her to attain rank in studies.

How To Reach Mylapore

The nearest airport is Chennai Airport. Thirumayilai is the nearest metro station on the Chennai Beach-Velachery route. Bus services are available to reach Mylapore from Chennai Koyambedu.

Temple Address

Mundaka Kanniamman Temple,
Kalvi Varu St, Mylapore,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,
Pin Code – 600004.


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Chicken pox cure
  • To overcome obstacles in getting married
  • Relief from eye ailments
  • To attain rank in studies

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.


The temple is open from 06:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 04:00 pm to 09:00 pm.

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