Legend about Mangadu Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple


Mangadu is a small twon about 24 K.M away from Chennai. Sri Kamakshi Amman temple is one of the famous Sakthi Stalams and is a very ancient temple.

About the Temple: Mangadu Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple is one of the ancient temples in India which is dated back to Adi Sankaracharya’s period. The temple is situated about 24 K.M away from Chennai on the Chennai-Bangalore route between Kundrathur and Poonamallee.

Legend about the temple: Legend associated with this temple is that once in the heavenly abode Sri Parvathi closed the Lord Shiva's eyes just for fun. When she closed the Lord’s eyes the world plunged into darkness and all the beings suffered. The Lord got angry and asked her to get out of the place and suggested that she can join him only after doing severe penance . Accordingly she came to earth and saw a large mangrove (mango forest) and thought that it is the apt place for her to do the penance. She chose a place in the middle of the mangrove and started her tapas in the middle of Panchagni . Panchagni means fire on all four sides and above the head hot rays of sun . The Devi stood on one leg as her right leg folded and her right hand above her head holding the rudraksha beads. Siva pleased with her penance, came down and gave darshan to Devi and married her at Ekambareswar temple in Kancheepuram.

There is a temple for Lord Shiva near the Kamakshi Amman temple which is known as Valleswarar temple. There is a temple for Lord Vishnu also known as Vasikunta Perumal Temple near by this Amman temple.

The heat of the Panchagni and that of the penance of Devi did not subside and hence the people had great sufferings . When once Adi Sankacharya visited this place he realized the situation and installed an Ardhameru Sri Chakra in a small temple and instilled the power prevailing there in it. He gave the necessary instructions of poojas to the Ardhameru Sri Chakra which is very rare of its kind and not seen anywhere else.

Even today the poojas and abhishekams are done to the Sri Chakra. There is an idol of Tapa Kamakshi ( the Devi in her posture of Tapas) on the right side of the main shrine.

Significant vratam performed in this temple is six weeks vrat. You can choose any day of the week for this six week vrat . Suppose you start the vrat on Monday you should reach the temple on Monday with two lelons . One will be kept in the temple and the other will be given to the person who perform vrat. He/she should keep the lemon at home and come to the temple next Monday with the lemon along with two fresh ones. Like this one should visit the temple for six weeks . On the sixth Monday they will perform archana and provide you with prasadams. It is believed that those who perform this six weeks the Devi will fulfill their wishes.

Main Poojas : Main poojas here are Archana, Sahasranama archana, Ashtothara archana and Abhishekam . After performing the archana prasadam will be sent by post within India in 3-4 days, Europe, Asian and Gulf countries within 5-7 days and USA,Canada and Australia within 10-12 days.

How to reach: You can reach the temple by bus auto rickshaw, taxis. Lot of state transport buses and private buses are plying to Mangadu from Chennai . From Chennai airport it is only about 30 minutes journey in bus to this temple if we take a call taxi .


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