The Ashtalakshmi Temple is situated at Basant Nagar, Chennai. It is nearer to the Elliot's Beach which is one of the most famous beaches of Chennai. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and her 8 different forms.
History of the temple
The temple was built in the year 1976. This is one of the few temples that describe the eight different forms of the Goddess. The eight forms are as follows;
1. Aadi Lakshmi- Goddess of health,
2. Dhanya Lakshmi- Goddess of food,
3. Dhairya Lakshmi- Goddess of patience,
4. Gaja Lakshmi- Goddess of luck,
5. Santhana Lakshmi- Goddess of children,
6. Dhana Lakshmi- Goddess of wealth,
7. Vijaya Lakshmi- Goddess of victory,
8. Vidya Lakshmi- Goddess of education.
The Architecture of the temple is very unique and different. The deities in the temple are located in different places. To see all the deities, you need to walk up in the stairs. To give you a better idea of the temple, let me explain it step by step. At the entrance Lakshmi and Vishnu statue are there. When you just finish "Darshan" of these statues, a stair will take you to the next level where the statue of "Aadi Lakshmi is there and then in the same floor two other statues can be visited which are Dhairya Lakshmi and Dhanya Lakshmi, in other two sides of the main temple. Further you have to walk up in the stairs to visit Santana Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi and Vidya Lakshmi.
From the top of the temple, we can have grand view of the beautiful Elliot's beach. This is a must watch scene from the top of the temple during the evening time.
During your next trip to Chennai, make sure that you won't miss to pay visiting this temple.