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The temple is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, Besant Nagar Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. this is the only temple dedicated to Sri Mahalaksahmi, the Consort of Sriman Narayanan (Sri Mahavishnu), on the east coast in Tamil Nadu. The Vedas and Puranas say that Goddess Lakshmi has emerged out of the oceans when the Devas and Asuras churned the Milky Ocean. Mahavishnu married Her and They both fulfill the desires of the devotees. Goddess Lakshmi is the deity who grants the Eightfold Achievements (Ashtama Siddhis) and Eightfold Wealth( Ashta Iswaryam). As both Mahavishnu and Mahalakshmi(with Her eight forms) reside in this temple it is known as the Ashtalakshmi Temple. It is befitting to have a temple constructed and consecrated on the shores facing the sea for Goddess Lakshmi whose birthplace is the sea. Ashtalakshmi Temple

History

Location:

The temple is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, Besant Nagar Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. this is the only temple dedicated to Sri Mahalaksahmi, the Consort of Sriman Narayanan (Sri Mahavishnu), on the east coast in Tamil Nadu.

Origin:

The Vedas and Puranas say that Goddess Lakshmi has emerged out of the oceans when the Devas and Asuras churned the Milky Ocean. Mahavishnu married Her and They both fulfill the desires of the devotees. Goddess Lakshmi is the deity who grants the Eightfold Achievements (Ashtama Siddhis) and Eightfold Wealth( Ashta Iswaryam). As both Mahavishnu and Mahalakshmi(with Her eight forms) reside in this temple it is known as the Ashtalakshmi Temple. It is befitting to have a temple constructed and consecrated on the shores facing the sea for Goddess Lakshmi whose birthplace is the sea.

Consecration (First Kumbhabhishekam Kudamuzhukku):

The temple was constructed at the efforts taken by the devotees under the leadership of the erudite Scholar Mukkur Srinivasa Vardachariyar and others. The foundation was land in the year 1974.The first Consecration Ceremony.

(Kumbhabhishekam -Kudamuzhukku) was done on 5 th April,1976.The Department of Hindu Religious aND Charitable Endowments,Tamil Nadu,are administering it.An Executive Officer is functioning as the care-taker to look after the day-to-day affairs.

Special Features:

Omkhara(AUM)Shape:

The temple was designed and constructed in the shape of ‘AUM’,the First Vedic Mantra, Pranava. The everlasting roaring waves of the Bay of Bengal reverberate the pranava Sound and remind one that the God and Goddess reside in the pranava Sound. As the temple is in the AUM shape it is well known as the OMKHARAKSHETRA.

Ashtanga Vimana:

As the temple is dedicated to Mahavishnu and Ashta Lakshmis, the construction is on the models of Ashtanga vimana (Eight Parts) style. This is one of the very ancient styles of temple construction. This Ashtanga vimana style is found in Tirukkotiyur Where Sri Ramanuja learnt the meaning of the Ashtakshara mantra at the feet of Tirukkotiyur Nambi, Madurai (Koodalazhagar), Tiruttangal, Kanchi(Vaikuntanathar Temple) and Uttiramerur.

This temple has three floors,the Ground floor,the First floor and the Second floor and steps to each floor.This three tier system is the speciality of the ashtanga vimana style.The three forms of Lord Vishnu – Standing,Sitting and Reclining –are depicted in each floor. in the ground floor Mahavishnu and Mahalakshmi are in the standing posture.In the four corners of each of the other two tires are the shrines for the Eight Lakshmis.

Generally, temples are built on the basic six principles viz.,Adishtanam (Stationary Place -abode),Paadam ( Feet –pedastal),Prastaram(Walls) ,Khandam(Neck),Sikaram(Head) and Stupi(Copula -tower).This is known as Sashtangam (Six Parts or Divisions).In Ashtangavimanam,on Khandam,another floor is constructed with Prastaram (Walls),Khandam (neck),Sikaram(head) and Stupi(tower).

In this temple.below the Stupi,in the Sikaram area, is consecrated the Dhanalakshmi. on the Precincts,are the other shrines for Gajalashmi,Santhanalashmi,Vijayalakshmi and Vidyalakshmi in the Khandam areas.on the Groundfloor,in the Prastara area,are consecrated the three Lakshmis – Adi Lakshmi,Dhanya Lakshmi and Dhairya Lakshmi.

In the main Sanctum Sanctorum is consecrated the deity of Mahalakshmi with Mahavishnu, as the presiding deity of the Temple.

As this temple is considered the abode of the Eight Lakshmis (Ashta Lakshmis),it is well know as AshtaLakshmi Temple at Chennai.

Under one Vimanam (Turret) , eight shrines are constructed sideways and above on the two tiers.

ADHI LAKSHMI SHRINES

In the ground floor, is the Sannathi(shrine) for Adhilakshmi. She is in the sitting posture , facing south. She is the seed of all activities. At Her feet on the sitting pedestal are the beautiful carved the eight items – Poornakumbam (Pot filled with holy water to the brim), Mirror, Samaram(fly-flopper), Dwajam(flag)Rishabam(Ox), Berigai(Drum), Lamp and swastik. By worshipping Adhilakshmi, devotees get wealth, health , prosperity and longlife.

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ADHI LAKSHMI STHOTHIRAM

Adhi Lakshmi (the primeval Lakshmi)

Sumanasa vandhitha , madhavi

Chandra sahodhari hemamaye,

Munigana manditha , moksha pradhayini ,

manjula bhashini , veda nuthe,

Pankaja vasini deva supoojitha

sadguna varshani , santhiyuthe,

Jaya jaya hey madhusoodhana kamini

Adhilakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Adhi lakshmi

Oh, darling of the killer of Madhu,

Who is worshipped by all good people,

Who is pretty and sister of the moon,,

Who looks as if she is made of gold,

Who is saluted by all groups of sages,

Who grants salvation,

Who talks sweet words,

Who is praised by Vedas,

Who lives on the Lotus flower,

Who is worshipped by all devas,

Who showers good qualities on people,

And who is the personification of peace,

Please protect me always.

DHANYALAKSHMI SHRINES

The shrines on the western prescinct. The Goddess faces west. She is with six hands , three on each side . On the right side She holds arrow, Ear of grain, varada Mudra(bestowing blessing); on the left side , She holds a sugarcane , bow and Abhaya Hasta (Giving Protection). On Her pedestal is the carved image of an elephant. By worshipping Her , One may get rich yield from agriculture.

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DHANYA LAKSHMI STHOTHIRAM

Dhanya Lakshmi (the Lakshmi of the grains)

Ayio kali kalmasha nasini, kamini,

Vaidhika roopini, veda maye,

Ksheera samudhbhava mangala roopini,

Manthra nivasini, manthranuthe,

Mangala dhayini, ambuja vasini,

deva ganarchitha padayuthe,

Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini

Dhanyalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Danyalakshmi

Oh darling of the killer of Madhu,

Who destroys bad effects of kali yuga,

Who is most desirable god,

Who is personification of Vedas,

Who is pervaded by the Vedas,

Who arose out of milk,

Who is the form of all that is good,

Who lives in the sacred chants,

Who lives on the lotus flower,

And whose feet is worshipped by devas,

Please protect me always

DAHIRYA LAKSHMI SHRINES

The Shrines is one of the western prescient. The Goddess faces north. Courage is necessary to bear and overcome the obstacles in life.She is the remover of all fears in man.She has eight hands. On the right side , She holds Abhaya Mudra, Soolam(Trident), arrow and Chakra(Disc) ; On the left side ,She holds Sankham(Coach) , bow and Varada Hasta.By worshipping worshiping Her one gets courage and confidence to overcome the difficulties in life.

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DAHIRYA LAKSHMI STHOTHIRAM

Dahirya Lakshmi ( Lakshmi of courage)

Jaya vara varnani, vaishnavi,

Bhargavi, manthra swaroopini, manthra maye,

Suragana poojitha seegra phala pradha ,

Jnana vikasini, sasthranuthe,

Bhava bhaya harini, papa vimochini,

Sadu janarchitha pada yuthe,

Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini

Dairyalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Dairyalakshmi

Oh, darling of the killer of Madhu,

Who is described by victorious and blessed,

Who is the shakthi which came out of Vishnu,

Who is the daughter of sage Bhargava,

Whose form is that of sacred chants,

Who is pervaded by sacred chants,

Who is worshipped by all devas,

Who gives results fast,

Who improves knowledge,

Who is worshipped by shastras,

Who destroys fear ,

Who gives redemption from sins,

And whose feet is worshipped by holy people,

Who lives on the lotus flower,

Please protect me always

GAJALAKSHMI SHRINES

The shrines is in the center of the second floor . The Goddess faces East . She has four hands. She holds Lotus flowers in Her two varada Mudras . on either side of her , stand two elephants waving Samaran (fly-flopper) . There is probhai (aureole) around the head of the statue . The Statue is made of a single stone is full of exquisite artistic beauty.

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GAJALAKSHMI STHOTHIRAM

Gaja Lakshmi (Lakshmi of the elephants)

Jaya jaya durgathi nasini kamini,

Sarva phala pradha sastra maye,

Rathha gaja thuraga padathi samavrutha,

Parijana manditha lokanuthe,

Harihara brahma supoojitha sevitha ,

Thapa nivarini pada yuthe,

Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini

Gajalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Gajalakshmi

Oh darling of the killer of Madhu,

Victory and victory to you,

Who removes bad fate,

Who is desirable God,

Who is the personification of shastras,

Which bless one with all that is asked,

Who is surrounded by an army of elephants,

Chariots, horses and cavalry,

Who is worshipped and served by,

Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma,

And whose feet provides relief from suffering,

Please protect me always

VIDYA LAKSHMI SHRINES

The Shrine is in the northern precinct in the first floor of the temple. The goddess faces north . She Is the Bestower of all Knowledge , one among the eight treasures (Ashta Ishwaryams) . She is the symbol of knowledge and wisdom . Haragreeva (Horse of god) is worshiped for knowledge and wisdom.

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VIDYA LAKSHMI STHOTHIRAM

Vidhya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of knowledge)

Pranatha sureswari , bharathi , bhargavi

shoka vinasini, rathna maye,

Mani maya bhooshitha karma vibhooshana,

Santhi samavrutha hasyamukhe,

Nava nidhi dhayini kalimala harini,

Kamitha phalapradha hasthayuthe,

Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini

Vidhyalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Vidhyalakshmi

Oh, darling of the killer of Madhu,

Who is the pleased goddess of devas,

Who is he goddess of Bharatha,

Who is the daughter of sage Bhargava,

Who removes all sorrows,

Who is fully ornamented by precious stones,

Who wears several gem studded ornaments,

Whose ear is decorated,

Who is the abode of peace,

Who has a smiling face,

Who blesses us with nine types of wealth,

Who steals away bad effects of kali,

And whose hands blesses us,

For fulfillment of our wish,

Please protect me always

VIJAYALAKSHMI SHRINES

The Shrines is in the western precinct in the first floor of the temple . She face west . She is mounted on Hama’s (White Swan) back. Swan is the simple of purity and perfection . She has eight arms and holds weapon s. She fulfills the whishes of her devotees victoriesly. She is the giver of Victory in all shapere of life. By worshipping Her one can overcome one’s fear and with victory.

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VIJAYALAKSHMI STHOTHIRAM

Vijayalakshmi (Lakshmi of victory)

Jaya kamalasini , sadgathi dayini,

jnana vikasini ganamaye,

Anudina marchitha kumkuma dhoosara

bhooshitha vaasitha vadhyanuthe,

Kanakadhara sthuthi vaibhava

vanditha shankara desika manyapathe,

Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini

 

Vijayalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Vijayalakshmi

The darling of the killer of Madhu,

Victory to she who sits on the lotus,

Who blesses us with salvation,

Who spreads our knowledge,

Who is pervaded with music,

Who is coated with the saffron powder,

Which is daily used to worship her,

Who is worshipped by playing of musical instruments,

And who was pleased by the prayer,

Of the golden rain by the great Sankara,

Please protect me always.

SANTHANA LAKSHMI SHRINES

The Shrine is in the southern precinct of the temple . It is in the first floor. The goddess faces south . She is the Bestower of the santhanam (children) . She is in the sitting posture . She holds Sword and shield and varada and Abahya Hasta Mudras. To Kanyagaladies are in the padasrine showers all her motherly love and affection towards the devotees . One who worships Her will get married and will have children and prosperity. All doshas (evils) – disharmony in married life and lack of progress and prosperity to children –will wither away if one worships Her sincerely.

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SANTHANA LAKSHMI STHOTHIRAM

Santhana Lakshmi ( The Lakshmi of Progeny)

Ayi kagha vahini, mohini, chakrini,

raga vivrdhni , jnanamaye,

Gunagana varidhi , loka hithaishini ,

Swara saptha bhooshitha gana nuthe,

Sakala surasura deva muneeswara ,

Manhava vandhitha padayuthe,

Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini

Santhanaalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Santhanalakshmi

Oh, darling of the killer of Madhu,

Who rides on the bird,

Who is an enchantress,

Who is the consort of he who holds the chakra,

Who pacifies emotions,

Who is pervaded by knowledge,

Who is ocean of good qualities,

Who has her mind in the good of all the world,

Who is worshipped by the music of seven swaras,

And who is worshipped by all devas, asuras,

Sages and all humans,

Please protect me always.

DHANALAKSHMI SHRINES

Wealth is a must to life . Dhanam means wealth . The shrines is in the Second floor. The Goddess faces east . Dhana Lakshmi grants wealth and prosperity to Her. She holds Sanga and paduma Nidhies (Two Treasures) She Has eight arms and holds sankham Chakram Bow , arrow, poornakumbam, betal leaf, lotus,and Varada Hastam. She is in the sitting posture.

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DHANALAKSHMI STHOTHIRAM

Dhana Lakshmi (Lakshmi of wealth)

Dhimidhimi dhindhimi dhindhimi dhindhimi,

dundubhi nada supoornamaye,

Ghumaghuma ghumaghuma ghumaghuma,

Sankha ninadha suvadhyanoothe,

Veda puranethihasa supoojitha,

Vaidhika marga pradarsayuthe,

Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini

Danalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Danalakshmi

Hey, darling of the killer of Madhu,

Who is fully complete with ,

Dimidimi sounds of the drum,

And the majestic sound of conch,

Gumguma, ghummkuma , gunguma,

Who is worshipped by Vedas and puranas,

And who shows the path of religious discipline,

Please protect me always

OTHER SHRINES

Beside the Shrines mentioned earlier , there are other Shrines also in this temple.

DHASAVATHARA SANNADHI

A Separate Southestern corner within the temple precincts in allotted for the Dhasavathara sannathi . The idols of the ten Incarnations of Vishnu are consecrated and worshipped there. These idols face North. There is also a processional deity of Sri Nigamantha Mahadesikan , one of the celebrated vaishnavite acharyas , here in this quadrant . The idol face east . There is also a Shrines for vishvskshenar (senai mudaliar) , the commander of the divine army . this shrine as the coustemery usage of the divine army . This shrine as the customery usage of worship to relive from the disturbance of Navagraha Doshas.

GURUVAYURAPPAN SANNADHI

On the South east a shrine is dedicated to Guruvayurappan . the deity faces east . In the presence of the deity , the babies after the completion of one year are given sugar rice for the first time . This is Known as Annapraqchanam.

KAMALA VINAYAGAR SANNADHI

On the south west side is the kamal vinayagar sannadhi . The Deity is seated on a lotus and hence know kamal vinayagar . He faces east. His trunk is tuned towards right side and so He is known as valampuri vinayagar. He is Beneath the peepal tree.

CHAKKARATALVAR AND YOGA NARASIMHAR SANNADHI

On the western side of the temple , a shrine is dedicated to chakkaratalvar and yoga Narasimhar . Both deities are carved exquisitely on a single stone . Chakkaratalvar faces east and Narasimha faces west.

ANJANEYAR SANNADHI

On the north-west side a sannathi is dedicated to anjaneya (Hanujman) . The deity faces east . He is known as Abhaya Anjaneya (Anjaneya in whome one find refguee) . Devotees worship in various ways . They offer Him Betal leaves Garlands. There is a separate Processional Anjaneyar idol(utsavamoorthi) is also worshipping in this sannadhi.

DHANVANTARI SHRINE

In the northwest corner of the temple there is a shrine for Dhanvantari (The God of medicine) . It is a shrine for Dahnvantari came from the milky ocean when churned by Devas and asuras. He brought with Him amrit kalash (pot of nectar) . he is considered the Vedic Physician who curse the diseases when sincerely prayed.

MAIN SANNADHI

The principal sannadhi is Mahalakshmi Maha Vishnu Sannadhi . Both the deities are in standing from.. They face the mighty ocean on the east. They stand on lotus pedestal . Abaya varada Mudras and Lotus flower in the Hands may be seen. There is a processional deity , utsavar bronze. All festive and celebrations are done only to the processional deity . The Divine Couple bestow and shower all deity . The Divine Couple bestow and shower all their Grace and blessings to those who worship them sincerely. Thirumanjanam (Holy Bath) and archana may be performed . Nice yards silk sarees and three yards Dhotis and two yards upper cloth (Angavasthiram) may also be offered to get the Grace of the Divine couple.

GARUDALVAR SANNATHI

Garudalvar,as usual has his sannadhi in front of the Main Deity in the temple.

STALA VRIKSHA(SACRED TREE)

Every hindu Temple and pilogrim Centre Has a Sacred Tree known as Tala Viruksha (Tree of place). Here in this Shrine it is the Vilva tree that is thala vriksha.It is apt and unique in the sense that the goddess Sri Mahalakshmi resides in Vilva leaves.

PUSKARANI (HOLY TANK)

As the temple is on the sea shore it has no special tank Dedicated to it. On the other hand , the Great Ocean itself is considerd the sacred tank for this temple. Indeed it is apt in the sense that goddess Mahalakshmi came out of the Milky Ocean . Hence the Ocean is the Mother’s home for the goddess.

Pooja Timings

DARSHAN TIMINGS ON ORDINARY DAYS

Mornings 6.30a.m to 12 Noon
Evenings 4.00p.m to 9.00 p.m
Friday and Sundays : Morning Hours extended up to 1.00 p.m
Timings for worship may change according to Temple festivals and Occasional days.

DETAILS OF POOJA TIMING

S.No
Pooja Details
Timings
1 Suprabadham 6.30 a.m.
2 Vishvaroopa Dharshan 7.00 a.m
3 Kaalasandhi 8.00a.m
4 Uchikalam(Noon Pooja) 12 Noon
5 Sayaratcha (Evening) 6.00 p.m
6 Iravu Pooja(Night) 7.30 p.m
7 Arthajama Pooja 9.00p.m

Fee Structure:

S.No
Details
Amount(Rs)
1 Annathana Kattalai 25000.00
2 Nithiya Pooja Kattalai 10001.00
3 Sri Suktha Homam 3501.00
4 Thirukalyana Urchavam 3001.00
5 Nei Deepam Kattalai 2001.00
6 One day Annathana Kattanam 20000.00
7 Pushpa Alangaram 1501.00
8 Moolavar Thirumanjanam 1001.00
9 Moolavar Thanisannathi Thirumanjanam 501.00
10 Marriage Fees 351.00
11 Anjeneya Vadamalai 351.00
12 Thalikai Kattanam 225.00
13 Four wheeler Pooja 201.00
14 Two wheeler Pooja 101.00
15 Thayar (Mahalakshmi) Sagaskara Archanai 101.00
16 Perumal Sahasranama Archanai 101.00
17 Special Entries (1 Person) 20.00
18 Single Lakshmi Archanai 25.00
19 Special V.I.P Entries (1 Person) 100.00
20 Thirumamagal History Book 10.00
21 Astrothira Archanai (With kungumam Prasatham) 3.00

Prasadam – Fee Structure:

S.No
Prasadam Name
Weight
Amount(Rs)
1 Sakkarai Pongal 120 Gram 5.00
2 Puliyodharai 120 Gram 5.00
3 Sojji Appam 50 Gram 5.00
4 Ladu 50 Gram 5.00
5 Milagu Vadai 25 Gram 2.50
6 Thenkuzhal 50 Gram 5.00
7 Athirasam 50 Gram 5.00
8 Kalkandu 50 Gram 5.00
9 Vilakku Mavu 50 Gram 3.50
10 Panjamirtham 500 Gram 20.00
11 Manjal &Manjal Kayiru 1 Packet 5.00