Kandakottam temple, Chennai:

 

History of the Temple

Sri Muthukumaraswamy Devasthanam popularly known as Kandaswamy temple or KandaKottam is one of the celebrated temple in Chennai City. It is just a furlong and half from the Madras Central Railway Station. The very foundation of the temple has a mystic and divine background. In the seventeenth century there were two ardent devotees of Lord Muruga Thiru Mari Chetty and Thiru Kandapandaram, who used to visit Thiruporur Sri Kandaswamy Temple, a famous centre of piety situated on the Madras-Mahabalipuram visit that temple, every month on the Krithigai asterisim day .In 1672 when they reached Thiruporur they were very tired and decided to take rest under a margosa tree near a tank. As they were slumbering, they had a divine dream in which Lord Muruga appeared and informed them that they would find an idol of Himself in an ant-hill on the tank bund, which they could take to Madras City and worship. Accordingly the two devotees discovered the idol and brought it to Madras and Mari Chettiar built a small temple at his own cost and started worship. Later,’when the original structure of this temple fell into desrepair the existing temple was built with stone about 200 years ago. These facts are all recorded in a stone inscription in the temple. Later, the inspiring magnificent temple gopuram was constructed by one Thiru KaliRathna chettiar. Recently extensive renovations were done in the temple and the Mahakumbhabishekam was performed.

Other features of the temple

The area covered by the temple is about eight acres. The moolavar Sri Kandaswamy, which was brought from Thiruporur is two feat high and Sri Valli and Sri Deivayanai are on either side ago this presiding deity. There are also other shrines in the temple. The uthsava moorthi is know as Sri Muthukumaraswamy with consorts Valli and Deivayanai and is enshrined in a separate shrine before a big uthsava mandapam. There is also a separate shrine near the temple tank for Sri Kulakkarai Vinayagar with Siddhi and Buddhi as his consort’s shrine, Near this Vinayagar shrine there is also a separate shrine for Sri Kasi Viswanathar and Goddess Visalakshi.

 

Festivals:

Annual Urchavam of the Temple

During the 12 months of the Tamil calendar year, every month there is a festival in

S.No
Tamil Month Festivals
1.
Chithirai 108 Sangabhishekam, Theppam urchavam
2.
Vaikasi Vasantham urchavam
3.
Aani Aani Festival
4.
Aadi Aadi poram 10 day(ammbal), Aadi krithigai sliver car
5.
Avani Urchavam  maha abhishekam,Vinayaka Chaturthi
6.
Puratasi Navarathri ,Anna abhishekam
7.
Ayppasi Kanda  sashti , Deivayani Thirukalyanam
8.
Karthigai Uthsavari abhishekam, Deepam
9.
Markali Arudhra  Dharsham, Temple founded day (dec 31)
10.
Thai Pongal , Brahmotsavam
11.
Masi Masi magam, Maha shivarathi & Telugu new year
12.
Panguni Panguni uthiram

 

POOJA:

Daily Pooja
Daily Pooja
Timings
Temple open 06:00 am
Kalasandhi pooja 07:00-07:30 am
Uchikkala pooja (Noon pooja) 10:45am-12:15 pm
Temple close 12:30 pm
Temple open 04:00 pm
Maalai pooja  (Evening pooja) 04:30-05:00 pm
Uthsavari pooja 07:30-08:00 pm
Ardhajama pooja (Night pooja) 08:20-08:50 pm
Palliarai pooja 09:00-09:20 pm
Temple close 09:45 pm
Weekly Pooja
ThursdayArutperunjothi Agaval is being sung on every Thursday eveing and Jothi Darshanam will be show
Monthly Pooja

Krithigai

On the Krithigal morning maha abhishekam will be perform to moolavar Sri Kandhaswamy and rose water abhishekam to uthsavari Sri Muthukumaraswamy.On the evening Uthsavari will be taken out in procession along streets.

SashtiOn the Sashti morning maha abhishekam and Subramanya homam will be perform to moolavar Sri Kandhaswamy and Bala Murugan . On the evening Bala Murugan will be taken procession in sliver mayeli vaganam inside the temple.
PournamiOn the Pournami morning special abhishekam and pooja will be perfom to Kumaragurudass Pamban Swamigal and Sri Meenakshi Ambal. On the evening Bala Murugan will be taken out In procession along street.
AmavasaiOn the Amavasai evening Bala Murugan will be taken out In procession along street.
Sankatahara ChaturthiOn the Sankatahara Chaturthi evening special abhishekam and pooja will be perform to Sri Kulakkarai Vinayagar.
PrathoshamOn the Prathosham evening special homan and abhishekam will be perform to Sri Chokkanatha Eswarar and swamy will be taken procession in Sliver Nanthi Vaganam inside the temple
Poojaa Rate
Poojaa Names Rate ( Rs. )
Gho pooja 50.00
Moolavar abhishekam 600.00
Uthsavari rose water abhishegam 501.00
Uthsavari thirukalyanam 1500.00
Gold car (bala murugan) 1000.00
Pali kavadi and abhishegam 1200.00
sandhana kappu and abhishegam 1000.00
Annadhanam(one day in every year) 5000.00
Prasadam 500.00 (onwards)
Annual prasadam 15,000.00