Ashtalakshmi Temple

 

Overview

Introduction
The Ashtalakshmi Kovil lies on the shorelines of the Bay of Bengal, Besant Nagar Beach (Elliot’s beach) 
 
Besant Nagar, Chennai, This is the only temple dedicated to Sri Mahalaksahmi, the Consort of Sriman 
 
Narayanan (Sri Mahavishnu), on the east coast in Tamil Nadu. The temple was constructed on the wishes of 
 
Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati swamigal of Kanchi Mutt.
About
The Ashtalakshmi – the giver of all eight forms of wealth namely offspring, success, prosperity, wealth, 
 
courage, bravery, food, and knowledge.
In this temple the Ashtalakshmi are present in four levels in such a way that visitors could visit all the 
 
shrines without stepping over any of the sanctorums.
The temple also has Dashavatara (avatars of Vishnu), Guruvayoorapan, Ganesha, Dhanwanthari and 
 
Anjaneyar deities.
 
Temple Specialty
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.
This temple has three floors,can reach by 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.Adhi Lakshmi (the primeval 
 
Lakshmi)
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.By worshipping Adhilakshmi, devotees get wealth, health, prosperity and 
 
longlife.Dhanya Lakshmi (the Lakshmi of the grains)
The shrines on the western prescinct. The Goddess faces west. She is with six hands , three on each side. 
 
By worshipping Her , One may get rich yield from agriculture.Dahirya Lakshmi ( Lakshmi of courage)
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. By worshipping 
 
worshiping Her one gets courage and confidence to overcome the difficulties in life.
Gaja Lakshmi (Lakshmi of the elephants)
The shrines is in the center of the second floor . The Goddess faces East . She has four hands.The Statue is 
 
made of a single stone is full of exquisite artistic beauty.
 
Vidhya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of knowledge)
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
 
Vijayalakshmi (Lakshmi of victory)
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 symbol of purity and perfection. She has eight arms and holds 
 
weapons. She fulfills the whishes of her devotees victoriesly. By worshipping Her one can overcome one’s 
 
fear and with victory
 
Santhana Lakshmi ( The Lakshmi of Progeny)
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). 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.
 
Dhana Lakshmi (Lakshmi of wealth)
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 devotees.
 
History
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
 
 
Temple Timings
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.
Pooja Timing
S.No   Pooja Details                       Timings
1           Suprabadham                   6.30 am
2           Vishvaroopa Dharshan     7.00 am
3           Kaalasandhi                      8.00 am
4           Uchikalam(Noon Pooja)    12 Noon
5           Sayaratcha (Evening)       6.00 pm
6           Iravu Pooja(Night)             7.30 pm
7           Arthajama Pooja               9.00 pm
Tickets & Rates in temple
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) 3.00S.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

 

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Chennai
Location
Besantnagar
Address
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
besent nagar bus stand
Nearest Railway Station
Chennai Egmore (MS)
Nearest Airport
Chennai International Airport
IN
latitude : 12.990005490 longitude :80.169296260
Corporation : Chennai
GPS Code : VOMM

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