- May 9, 2021
🛕 Ashtalakshmi Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, located in Besant Nagar in the City of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Temple lies on the Bay of Bengal shorelines near the Elliot’s beach, in Chennai. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi, and her eight primary forms – the Ashtalakshmi – the giver of all eight forms of wealth, namely, offspring, success, prosperity, wealth, courage, bravery, food, and knowledge. The sanctums are depicted on a multi-tier complex in such a way that visitors could visit all the shrines without stepping over any of the sanctums.
🛕 Ashta Lakshmis are always depicted and worshipped in a group in temples. The eight forms of the goddess are Aadhi Lakshmi (primary one), Dhanya Lakshmi (grains and agriculture), Dhana Lakshmi (for money and gold), Gaja Lakshmi (with elephants and giver of animal wealth and power), Santana Lakshmi (giver of progeny), Veera Lakshmi (valorous one), Dhairya Lakshmi (bestows courage and strength for overcoming difficulties in life), Vijaya Lakshmi (victorious one) and Vidya Lakshmi (bestows knowledge of arts and sciences).
🛕 The Vedas and Puranas say that Goddess Lakshmi has emerged out of the ocean when the Devas and Asuras churned the Milky Ocean. Mahavishnu married her. Goddess Lakshmi is the deity who grants the eightfold achievements (Ashtama Siddhis) and eightfold wealth (Ashta Ishwaryams). As both Mahavishnu and Mahalakshmi (with her eight forms) reside in this temple it is known as the Ashtalakshmi Temple. It is befitting to have a temple constructed and consecrated on the shores facing the sea for Goddess Lakshmi whose birthplace is the sea.
🛕 The temple was constructed on the wishes of Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal of Kanchi Mutt. The foundation was laid in January 1974 by public participation. The consecration of the temple took place on 5 April 1976 in the presence of the 44th guru of the Ahobila Mutt Vedhantha Desika Yatheendhra Mahadhesikan Swami. In 2012, the temple was renovated at a cost of Rs 7 million. Another Rs 1.6 million was spent on conducting the Jeernotharana Ashtabandhana Mahakumbabishekam, a Hindu ceremony. A total of 32 kalasams were newly laid in the temple, including a gold-plated 5.5-foot-high kalasam atop the sanctum sanctorum.
🛕 Ashtalakshmi Temple is a blend of ancient Dravidian and contemporary styles of temple architecture. The temple is constructed with an Ashtanga Vimanam (eight-sided tower) in the Omkara design. The temple architecture is unique and the deities are installed at four levels. The temple measures 65 ft in length and 45 ft in breath. It is modeled after the Sundararaja Perumal Temple in Uthiramerur. Ashtalakshmis, the eight forms of goddess Lakshmi, are present in four levels in nine separate sanctums in this Temple. Main Shrine (Sanctum) is situated in the second floor.
🛕 One starts the worship from here. Taking the stairs, the path leads to the third floor, which has the shrines of Santhanalakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, Vidya Lakshmi and Gajalakshmi. Further few steps would lead to the shrine of Dhanalakshmi, which is the only shrine on the fourth floor. Exiting the main shrine, in the first level, there are shrines for Aadi Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi and Dhairya Lakshmi. The temple also has Dasavatara (avatars of Vishnu), Guruvayurappan, Ganesha, Dhanavanthri and Anjaneyar Shrines. There is a huge hundi for Venkatachalapathy within the complex.
🛕 The temple was designed and constructed in the shape of ‘AUM’, the First Vedic Mantra, Pranava. As the temple is in the AUM shape it is well known as the Omkhara Kshetra
🛕 As the temple is dedicated to Mahavishnu and Ashta Lakshmis, the construction is on the models of Ashtanga vimana (Eight Parts) style. This is one of the very ancient styles of temple construction. The shadow of the Vimana does not fall on the ground. This Ashtanga vimana style is found in Tirukkotiyur, where Sri Ramanuja learnt the meaning of the Astakshara mantra at the feet of Tirukkotiyur Nambi, Madurai (Koodal Azhagar), Tiruthangal, Kanchi (Vaikuntanatha Temple) and Uthiramerur.
🛕 Adhi Lakshmi Shrine is situated in the first floor. She is in the sitting posture, facing south. Poorna Kumbam (Pot filled with holy water to the brim), Mirror, Samaram (fly-flopper), Dwaja (flag), Rishabam(Ox), Berigai (Drum), Lamp and Swastika are carved at her feet on the sitting pedestal. Devotees get wealth, health, prosperity and long life by worshipping Adhilakshmi.
🛕 Dhanya Lakshmi Shrine is situated in the first floor on the western precinct. The Goddess faces west. She is with six hands, three on each side. She holds arrow, ear of grain, Varada Mudra (bestowing blessing) on right hands and she holds a sugarcane, bow and Abhaya Hasta (Giving Protection) on her left hands. There is a carved image of an elephant on her pedestal. Devotees may get rich yield from agriculture by worshipping her.
🛕 Dhanya Lakshmi Shrine is situated in the first floor on the western precinct. The Goddess faces north. She has eight hands. She holds Abhaya Mudra, Soolam (Trident), arrow and Chakra (Disc) on her right hands and she holds Sankham (Conch), bow and Varada Hasta on her left hands. Devotees gets courage and confidence to overcome the difficulties in life. by worshipping her.
🛕 Gaja Lakshmi Shrine is situated in the center of the third floor. The Goddess faces East. She has four hands. She holds Lotus flowers and shows Varada Mudras in her both hands. Idol of two elephants can be seen standing on each side waving Samaram to Goddess. There is a prabhai (aureole) around the head of the statue. The Statue is made of a single stone is full of exquisite artistic beauty.
🛕 Vidya Lakshmi Shrine is situated in the northern precinct in the third floor of the temple. The goddess faces north. Devotees will be bestowed with knowledge and wisdom by worshipping her.
🛕 Vijaya Lakshmi Shrine is situated in the western precinct in the third floor of the temple. She faces west. She is mounted on Hamsa’s (White Swan) back. She has eight arms and holds weapons. Devotees can overcome fear and can achieve success in all their endeavors by worshipping her.
🛕 Santhana Lakshmi Shrine is situated in the southern precinct of the temple. It is in the third floor. The goddess faces south. She is in the sitting posture. She holds sword, shield and Varada and Abhaya Hasta Mudras. Devotees worship her for getting married and Child Boon. All doshas – disharmony in married life, lack of progress and prosperity to children –will wither away if one worships her sincerely.
🛕 Dhana Lakshmi Shrine is situated in the fourth floor. She has eight arms and holds Sankham, Chakram, Bow, Arrow, Poorna Kumbam, beetal leaf, lotus and Varada Hastham. She is in the sitting posture. She has Sanga and Paduma Nidhis as her gate keepers. She bestows devotees with wealth and prosperity.
🛕 Dasavathara Shrine is situated in the South-East corner of the Temple. Idols of all ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu are consecrated and worshipped there. These idols face North. There is also a processional deity of Sri Nigamantha Maha Desikan, one of the celebrated Vaishnavite acharyas, in this Shrine. This Idol face east. There is also a shrine for Vishvaksena, the commander of Lord Vishnu Army. Devotees pray here to get relief from Navagraha Doshas.
🛕 Madapalli (the kitchen for preparing neivedhyam for the Gods) is situated to the left of Dasavathara Shrine.
🛕 Guruvayurappan Shrine is situated in the South-East direction inside the Temple premises. of the Temple. The deity faces east. Annaprasanam (ritual of feeding new born babies with rice) is a famous ritual performed in this shrine.
🛕 Kamala Vinayagar Shrine is situated in the South-West direction inside the Temple premises. The Deity is seated on a lotus and hence came to be called as Kamala Vinayagar. He faces east. His trunk is tuned towards right side and he is also known as valampuri Vinayagar. He is Beneath the peepal tree.
🛕 Chakkarathalwar & Yoga Narasimha Shrine is situated on the western side of the Temple. Both the deities are carved beautifully on a single stone. Chakkarathalwar faces east and Narasimha faces west.
🛕 Anjaneyar Shrine is situated on the north-west side of the Temple. The deity faces east. He is known as Abhaya Anjaneya (Anjaneya in whom one finds refugee). There is also a separate Processional Anjaneyar idol (Utsava Moorthi) in this shrine. Devotees worship him by offering Beetal leaves Garlands.
🛕 Dhanavanthri Shrine is situated in the northwest corner of the temple. Dhanavanthri is considered as God of medicine. Devotees will get rid off their illness by worshipping him.
🛕 Garudalvar Shrine can be found in front of the main shrine facing the sanctum.
🛕 The Main shrine is situated in the second floor. It houses Maha Lakshmi and Maha Vishnu. Both the deities are in standing from. The main deities are 7 feet high. Both of them face the Bay of Bengal on the east. They stand on lotus pedestal. Both of them holds Lotus and show Abaya Varada Mudras in their hands. It also houses a processional (Utsava) deity made of bronze. All ritual ablutions are done only to the processional deity. They shower all their grace and blessings to those who worship them sincerely. Thirumanjanam (Holy Bath) and archana may be performed. Nine yards silk sarees and three yards Dhotis and two yards upper cloth (Angavastram) may also be offered to the divine couples.
🛕 Sthala Vriksham associated with this Temple is Vilvam. It is unique in the sense that the goddess Sri Mahalakshmi resides in Vilva leaves.
🛕 As the temple is on the sea shore it has no special tank dedicated to it. Bay of Bengal, itself considered as sacred temple tank for the temple.
🛕 The Temple remains open from 6.30 a.m to 12 Noon and 4.00 p.m to 8.30 p.m. Morning Hours will be extended up to 12.30 p.m on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.
🛕 It is noteworthy that the Aarukala Puja system (six pujas a day) is strictly followed in the temple as per Vedic rules. Only ghee is used for lighting lamps.
|S. No||Pooja Details||Timings|
|2||Vishwaroopa Dharshan||7.00 a.m|
|4||Uchikalam (Noon Pooja)||12 Noon|
|5||Sayaratchai (Evening)||6.00 p.m|
|6||Iravu Pooja (Night)||7.30 p.m|
|7||Arthajama Pooja||8.30 p.m|
🛕 Navaratri, Pavitra Utsavam, Dhanur Masa Pooja, Gokulastami, Deepavali, karthigai Deepam, English New Year, Pongal, Tamil New year are the festivals celebrated here. 10 days of Navaratri festival in Purattasi (September-October) is celebrated in a grand manner and draws huge crowds of devotees. The images of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi are decorated with different Alankaras (adornments) on each day. Deepavali Lakshmi Puja (October-November) is an auspicious day for devotees to come to this temple and pray for prosperity. Lakshmi Puja is an important part of the Diwali celebrations, especially for North Indians and businessmen. Special pujas are performed on Thai Fridays (January-February) and Aadi Fridays (July-August) that are dedicated to goddesses and women.
🛕 Mother Mahalakshmi ensures a happy and prosperous life to her devotees. Each Lakshmi has her own special blessings. Mother Adi Lakshmi grants health, Dhanya Lakshmi freedom from hunger, Dhairya Lakshmi courage and self-confidence, Gajalakshmi all prosperities, Santhana Lakshmi Child boon, Vijaya Lakshmi victory in all endeavors, Vidya Lakshmi knowledge and wisdom and Dhanalakshmi wealth. Devotees perform abishek, offer vastras to Lord and Mother and distribute Nivedhanas to other devotees visiting the temple.
🛕 The Temple is located at about 600 meters from Arupadai Veedu Murugan Temple, 700 meters from Besant Nagar Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Pamban Swamigal Jeeva Samadhi, 3 Kms from Indira Nagar Railway Station, 3.5 Kms from Thiruvanmiyur Railway Station, 7 Kms from Little Mount Metro Station, 14 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 14 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 17 Kms from Koyambedu Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus and 16 Kms from Chennai Airport. Besant Nagar is well connected to all parts of Chennai by all means of Transport. While going from Besant Nagar Bus Stop to Kalakshetra Colony, turn left at the police booth and then turn left (the opposite right turn leads to Arupadai Veedu Murugan Temple). Autos are available from bus terminus to reach this Temple.
Chennai – 600 090,
Phone: +91 44 2491 7777 / 2446 6777 / 2491 1763,