Chennai Vadapalani Andavar Temple


Vadapalani Andavar Temple is a Hindu temple that is dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is located in Vadapalani, Chennai. It was renovated in the 1920s and a Rajagopuram was built during that time.

The word ‘Vadapalani’ literally means North Palani, a region in Chennai. Located at the heart of the city, the temple is a renowned place of utmost faith as well as an important tourists’ destination.

The prime deity of the Vadapalani Temple is Lord Velayudha (Muruga); however, deities of other demigods including Ganapathi, Kaliamman, Kuthuvar, Meenakshi Amman, Vinayaga, Virabhadra and Visalakshmi etc are also present in the temple.

The daily rituals of offering prayers to the almighty begin early in the morning at 5:00 AM while the last puja of the day takes place at 9:00 PM.

The temple is embraced with various sannidhis in a large number of courtyards.

  • The doorway warmly welcomes its visitors with a rajagopuram on which the image exhibiting the legends of Skanda Purana is embossed.
  • There is a large tank, called the Temple Tank just in front of the temple. The eastern wall of the temple rising to the height of 40.8 metres adorns 108 splendid gestures of Bharatnatyam, the classical dance form of Tamil Nadu.
  • The temple has a large hall used for conducting marriage ceremonies before the Muruga deity on the pious land of the temple.
  • This is another reason for the popularity of the temple among the inhabitants of the city. The place of utmost faith, this temple is emerging as a premier place for performing the rituals of marriages.
  • Interestingly, the temple witnesses as much as seven thousand marriages a year.
  • Other than marriages, the complex is also a point for the celebration of the Skanda Sashti and Panguni Utthiram.

Contact Number & Address For Arulmigu Vadapalani Andavar Thirukoil

  • Address: Arulmigu Vadapalani Andavar Thirukoil, Vadapalani, Palani Andavar Koil Street, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600026
  • Phone: 044 2483 6903
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