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Kandakottam Kandaswami Temple

Kandakottam Kandaswami Temple is located at Parrys corner in Chennai. Built by Mari Chettiyar and his friend Kandapachari, two devotees of the Tirupporur Murugan temple in the 17th century, the temple has a Rajagopuram and many prakarams adorned with sculptures and carvings. The temple deity is Lord Muruga known by the name as Selva Muthu Kumaraswamy, guarded by the two brave warriors. The consorts of the idol (Valli and Devayani) are enshrined on both sides of the main sanctum. The specialty of this temple is the Panchaloha image of Thirumuruga Kripanandha Variyar.

At the entrance of the temple, there is a hall called Parivedan mandapam. Sculptured image of Vezhmugathu Vinayakar in sitting and standing postitions are kept on either side of the mandapam. To the front of the Artha mandapam, there is a dwajasthambam (Flag Staff). The Mukha mandapam is where the idols of Sarva Siddhi Vinayakar, Meenakshi Sundareswarar, Idumban, Sri Vallalar, and Pamban Swamigal are found along with the image of Mari Chettiyar.

The main festivals celebrated here are Skanda Shashti, Thaipusam and Vaikasi Visakam.

Updated on 3rd August, 2015
District: Chennai
Location: Chennai    


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