Ashtalakshmi Temple is a highly revered shrine situated in Besant Nagar
, on the shores of Bay of Bengal
. The architecture of the temple is unique, with the deities installed in four levels. The temple enshrines Goddess Lakshmi
and Lord Vishnu
as the principal deities. The temple has separate shrine for the Ashtalakshmi
forms of Goddess Lakshmi.
Ashtalakshmi Temple has a shrine for the Dashavatar (the 10 incarnations) of Lord Vishnu. Other deities worshipped here include Tumbikai Aazhwar (Lord Ganesh), Guruvaayurappan (Lord Krishna), Chakrathaazhwar and Narasimha (on either side of the same idol), Anjaneyar (Lord Hanuman) and Dhanvantri.
Ashtalakshmi Temple is about 16 km from Chennai and around 2 km from Adyar.