Durgai Amman koil – Temples at Sembakkam

Do you want to visit one of the oldest Durgaiamman temples in Sembakkam? You have to visit the Arulmigu Sri Ashtathasabuja Mahalakshmi Dhurgambiga temple in Durga Colony.


Established in 1965, it was a small temple under peepal tree by then. It was accompanied by Lord Saneeshwara temple and Lord Vinayagar temples. The present temple was Consecrated in February-1992.

Durga pooja is celebrated grandly in this temple. This is the favourite place for the senior citizen around, to group together and spend their evenings devotionally. This is a good peaceful place for prayer.

The temple also has shrines of Pillayar, Perumal, Ayyappan. Anjaneyar, Bhramma, Navagraham around the main shrine. The peepal tree still exists behind the temple premises.

The main challenges in this temple are, the lack of space in and out of the temple. Minimum 20 people are enough to make the temple look crowded and you wont find space to sit and meditate. On the other hand, there is no sufficient roadside parking space outside. Also, the floor are always oily due to people lighting oil lamps near each shrines around. If these are organised properly, then this temple can become a awesome place to visit.

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Navagraha Vinayagar Koil – Temples in Sembakkam

Is lord Vinayakar is your favourite god and will you start all your works after praying him? Then you must visit the Navagraha Vinayagar Koil at Samraj Nagar.pnavagraha vinayagar temple

Incarnated in 1988, this is one of the oldest temples in Sembakkam. This temple comprises of Navavgraham (9 planet gods) and hence the temple got this name. It is believed that Lord Vinayaka will bless you with success for all the task started by dedicating to him.

This temple also has deities like Subramaniyar, Anjaneyar, Dakshinamoorthy and Durgai Amman in the same premises.

Vinayakar Chathurthi, Navarathri, Chitra  Pournami, Sankatahara Chathurthi are a few festivals grandly celebrated in this temple every year. Devotees flock together to this temple on these occasions.

Address: #1, Hasthinapuram Link road, Samraj Nagar, Sembakkam, Chennai – 600073.

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Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Gowrivakkam – Temples in Sembakkam

Are you a follower of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba? Then you must visit Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple at Gowrivakkam.

Siradi Saibaba Temple-gowriwakkam

Established by Mr.Kulasekara Perumal in the August 2000,  there is a long story about how it is believed that Saibaba himself made the founder to construct the temple.  The devotees visiting this temple are given Annadhanam every day.

As the devotee entering the temple though a small hall, they can find the statue of Sai on their right hand side. A small idol of Vinayaka is there opposite to the main entrance. Beside the statue there is a room known as dwarkamai where Sai is sitting in a special posture.

Sai is dressed up just like a Goddess with all the ornaments like the stud, Maattal (a small chain around the ears with the stud), necklace, long chain with pendant, Kumkum, aaram, anklet and silk saree. It is believed that Sai is a Maharani (Queen).

This temple is at walkable distance from Velacherry road and just 200 meter away from Gowriwakkam bus stop. There is no dedicated parking spaces but you can part on the main and side roads.

Address: #9, Saibaba Temple Street, Gowrivakkam, Chennai – 600073. Landmark: Near Kanni Amman Kovil.

Website: www.srisaiswamiji.in (this site is under construction while I’m posting).

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Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple – Temples in Sembakkam

Is there a place in Sembakkam, where whatever you pray soulfully will happen? If you ask this question to any Sembakkamite, most of them will point to Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple at Gowrivakkam.  gowrivakkam_panchamukha_anjaneyar_temple

Consecrated in April 2003,  this temple’s deity has Lord Hanuman with 5 faces. Sculpted by the sculptors of Mahabalipuram, the five faces of Hanuman are faced forward which is unique in its kind and is very rare to find.

The temple is well-known for the special pooja with “Matta-Thengai” (dry full coconut). Those who has prayers like marriage, buying house, good health, etc. can do this pooja on 5 consecutive Amavasai (no-moon day) and it is believed that it will become success.

The temple also has deities of Sri Varasiddhi Vinayagar, MuruganRamar and Sakkarathazhwar in the same premises. The priests here are very dedicated and helpful. The temple may look cramped on festive and special days and parking may be occupied. So be little early to temple and avoid cars to visit the temple.

For more details contact 9444 410 4579444 042 055 or Landline: 044-2278 2033 or email to panchamukhaaanjaneyar@gmail.com.

Address: No: 11, College Road, Gowrivakkam, Chennai-73.

Website: www.panchamugaanjaneyar.com

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Om Sri Skandasramam – Temples in Sembakkam

Want to stay away from the busy traffic noises and horn sounds for some time and get divine peace. The place you have to go is Om Sri Skandasramam at Mahalakshmi Nagar, Sembakkam.


Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam is located on five acres of land in Tambaram, near the Mahalakshmi Nagar bus stop. It is a serene ashram dedicated to many Hindu deities. Established by the revered Saint Sri Santhananda Swamigal in 24th June 1999, this ashram offers much respite to city dwellers because of its serene and quiet location.

Most of the idols in this temple premises are life-sized or  larger-than-life sized which makes it unique and more divine. Following are the list of deities  enshrined in this ashram.

  • Lord Kamala Siddhi Vinayakar
  • Lord Panchamukha Heramba Ganapathy
  • Lord Dattatreya
  • Lord Panchamukha Hanuman
  • Lord Sanieswara
  • Lord Ayyapan
  • Goddess Ashtadasabhuja Durga Parameswari
  • Srimath Sathguru Santhananda Swamigal
  • Lord Sarabeswara (form of Shiva)
  • Goddess Prathiyankira,
  • Goddess Bhuvaneshwari
  • Lord Swaminathaswamy (Skanda)
  • Lord Sudarshanachakathalwar
  • Lord Lakshmi Narasimhar
  • Lord Maha Sahasralingamurthy (1008 lingams) with Lord Nandikeswarar,
  • Goddess Annapurani
  • Sri Chakra Poorna Maha Meru

It has a very wide parking space for the vehicles. The prasadam offered by the temple during festival days is very tasty.

Timings: Morning 7AM to 12PM. Evening 4PM to 8PM

For more details contact: 044-22290134 or 044-22293388 or email to cossct@rediffmail.com

Website: www.skandasramam.com

Address: 1, Kambar Street, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Selaiyur, Chennai-600073.

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