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Sri Kalikambal

The Kalikambal temple is in the heart of Chennai, in George Town. This temple enshrines Kalikambal (Kamakshi) and Kamateswarar and a host of other devatas.

Kalikambal Temple
The history of the temple goes back to a few hundred years. It is said that the original location of this temple was closer to the sea shore and that it was relocated to its present location in 1640 AD during the period of British rule. The temple is said to have been built by the Viswakarma clan and they are said to be closely associated even to this date.

In front of the Sanctum Sanctorum

To the east of the dwajastambam is the main shrine where Kalikambal sits in an artha padmasana pose holding pasa and angusam, facing west, which is a specialty of this temple. At her foot is the Ardhameru said to have been consecrated by Sri Adi Sankara. In the south western direction Siddhi Vinayaka shrine is situated. In the western side of the sanctum sanctorum there are Kodi Maram, Tirusoolam , Dwara Palaka who pave way for the devotees.


Chatrapathi Sivaji's visit


Chatrapathi Sivaji worshipped Kalikambal when he visited Chennai on October 3rd 1677. He returned to his kingdom and won a battle. It is interesting to note that he came to be called as Chatrapathi after worshipping the deity.

There are also icons of Ahora Veerabhadra Swamy and Mahakali. Icons of Karthikeyan with his consorts Valli and Devasena are also part of the celestial congregation. There are shrines dedicated to Nagaraja, Virat Viswa ParaBrahma. Gayathri Devi, Durga inside the temple. In the South western part of the temple Lord Annamalayar poses with his divine consort Unnamalayar. There is a separate enclosure for navagrahas. A shrine dedicated to Veera brahma Sankarar who is the kula guru -head of the Viswakarmar is present in the temple. There is also a shrine dedicated to Lord Kamateswarar. Other deities like Mahavishnu, Kala Bhairavar, Dakshinamurthi, Chandra and Surya are also seen in the temple. When the great Tamil poet,Subramanya Bharathiar used to work in the Swadesamithran magazine he made a ritualistic visit to the temple. He is supposed to have sung many songs here. Yathumakininrai kali is one such fine song.

 The 'Kinni ther' a chariot lined with metal cymbals is unique to this temple, and the kinnitter procession in the month of Vaikasi attracts large crowds. The Navaratri and the Vasanta Navaratri festivals are also of a unique nature here


Temple location Thambu Chetty Street, George Town, Chennai 600001

Temple Timings The temple is open from 5:00 AM till 12 noon and from 4:00 pm till 9:00 pm

How to reach?
George Town is in the heart of the Chennai city well connected with Metro bus services, Suburban train terminates at the Beach station which just a kilometer away from the temple. There are plenty of cycle rickshaws,auto rickshaws and taxis available near the temple.
Where to Stay? There are several budget hotels in George Town area to super deluxe five star hotelsa a few kilometers away.
Other interesting places around George Town; The high court is nearby, Burma bazar where you can get foreign goods, bazars dedicated to metals,hardware,stationery,pharma,electricals, garments are sold here at whole sale price.The famous Marina beach and the Chennai harbour is just a mile away from here.
Useful data
State: Tamil Nadu
District: Chennai
Famous for: Pilgrimage,shopping,industries,Port, higher education
Languages: English,Tamil, Telugu
Best Season: Throughout the year. Summer( from May to July) could be very sultry when the mercury shoots to 40 degree celsius.
Weather: Summer 33-42°C, Winter 16-28°C
Altitude: Sea level

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