• Murugan

Vadapalani Andavar Temple


Vadapalani Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple that is devoted to Lord Muruga. It is situated in Vadapalani, Chennai. The main deity is Vadapalani Andavar.

About the temple

The Vast courtyard and Rajagopuram where built during the renovation of the temple in 1920s. The Gopuram has images that depict the Scenes from Skanda puranam. In front of the temple is the temple tank. The eastern tower is 40.8 metres tall. The 108 bharata natyam dance gestures can be seen on the eastern tower. It has a spacious hall used for marriages and religious discourse. There is a golden car (rath) for the temple. The holy tree of this temple is Athi tree.

About The Deity

The moolavar is in the standing posture resembling the Palani Muruga. Lord Muruga graces with His Padukas-chappals. As Lord Muruga is the deity for planet Mars, there is a special shrine for the planet in the temple. The inner prakara, has shrines for Dakshina Murti, Chandikeswar, Mahalakshmi, and others. There are other shrines including Varasiddhi Vinayaka, Chokkanathar, Meenakshi Amman, Kali, Bhairava, Shanmuga with Valli and Devasena.

Legend and Stories

According to the sthalapurana, Muruga devotee Annaswami Nayakar built the shed and kept a Murugan painting there for his personal worship. During his worship, he experienced divine power entering his body and inspiring him to speak surprising things later found to be true. His utterances were labeled 'arul vakku' ('God blessed statements') and could cure diseases, provide jobs, solemnize marriages and more.

Legend and Stories

1. Palliyarai Pooja – 05:30 am
2. Kala Shanthi Pooja – 06:30 am
3. Uchi kaala Pooja – 12:00 pm
4. Sayaraksha Pooja – 05:00 pm
5. Arthajama Pooja – 09:00 pm


Chithirai Tamil New Year Day falling almost on April 14, a day before or after occasionally, Chithirai Poornima-full moon day in April-May, 11 day procession festival in connection with Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, also in the months of Aani, Aadi and Avani Tamil months covering June to September, 6 day Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November, Panguni Kruthika Laksharchana in March-April with 3 day float festival are grandly celebrated in the temple.

How to Reach


The nearest airport is Chennai Airport.


Mambalam Railway Station and Kodambakam Railway Station are the nearby railway stations to Vadapalani. However Chennai Central Railway Station is major railway station 13 km near to Vadapalani. Chennai metro rail also passes through Vadapalani.


Vadapalani Jn. Bus Station, Vadapalani P.S Bus Station, Jn.Of P.T.R Rd/Kamaraj Rd Bus Station, Vadapalani B.S Bus Station, Jn Of Iii And 1st Ave Bus Station are the nearby by Local Bus Stops to Vadapalani. However Koyambedu Bus Stand is major bus station in Chennai.

Temple Address

Arulmigu Vadapalani Andavar Temple,
Palani Andavar Koil Street,
Vadapalani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu,
Pincode – 600026.


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

  • For remedies for diseases
  • To pray for weddings

Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye

Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.

Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham

Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.

Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam

Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.

Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney

Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.


5:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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