Ayyappa Shrines in Tamil Nadu (68)

12/01/2012 History of Lord Ayyappa

Chennai:

There are around eight Ayyappa temples in and around Chennai city. The oldest one among them is situated at Mahalingapuram. It was consecrated in 1974 by the Sabarimala Thanthri Sri Thazhaman Kandararu Sankararu. The temple is managed by Sri Ayyappa Bhaktha Sabha. Large number of devotees reach here during the Sabarimala pilgrimage season for worship and for the Kettunira ceremony.

The Ayyappa temple in Annanagar was consecrated in 1984 and it is managed by the organisation Sri Ayyappa Seva Samajam. There are separate shrines for the accompanying Deities, Devi, Ganesha, Subrahmanya, Hanuman, Navagraha-s and Naagaraaja. Pooja-s are conducted daily. Centrally located, Sri Ayyappa shrine and its premises form a distinctive landscape of Annanagar.

Other prominent Ayyappa temples in Chennai are located at Kodambakkam, Santhom, Madippakkam, Poonamalli and Avadi.

Ayyappa temples in Tamilnadu are located in Chennai: Anna Nagar (Opp KHM Hospital, Near Anna Nagar Tower, Anna Nagar West; Avadi: (Bhaktavatchalapuram, HVF,CVD and Air Force); Kodambakkam; KK Nagar; Madipakkam; Mahalingapuram: (18, Sir Madhavan Nair Road, Mahalingapuram, Chennai; Poonamalee Raja Annamalaipuram (Swami Ayyappan Temple Trust,, Raja Anamalapuram, Chennai 600 028); T Nagar; Coimbatore: Siddputhur Ayyappa Temple; Kanyakumari: Within the main temple; Kancheepuram: At the premises of Sree Narayana Sevashram, Kancheepuram-631302. Ramanathapuram; Salurkankayam; Trichy: Near court building, Trichirapalli; Arul Migu Sri Ayyappan Aalayam, Valanadu Kaikatty, Pirampatty; Kovilpatty: Sri Ayyappan Temple, Nr. Govt. Boys hostel, Kovilpatty.

Ramanathapuram The Ayyappa temple of Ramanathapuram was consecrated in 1976 and is managed by Sri Dharma Sastha Bhakthajana Sabha. Trikaala pooja-s are conducted daily. The Bhakthajana Sabha also conducts social service activities like free medical service, etc.

Salur Kankayampalayam This Ayyappa temple has the distinction of facing the western direction which is rare. During the Mandala period a large number of devotees visit the shrine.

Coimbatore Sidhaputhur Ayyappa temple in Coimbatore is often referred to as the Sabarimala of Tamilnadu. The temple was established in 1955 and it is managed by the Ayyappa Seva Sangham of Coimbatore. Large number of devotees from Tamilnadu and other States visit the temple for worship. The temple committee also organises several cultural programmes and engages in various social service activities.

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