This is one of the most visited temples in the
vicinity of Chennai especially on Sundays and Fridays. The Kamakshi Amman temple at Maangaadu
is located off of the highway linking Chennai with Poonamallee and is well connected with
Chennai by frequent bus service.
This temple is believed to have been in existence
during the peirod of Aadi Sankaracharya.
The sanctum here enshrines Kamakshi, and a Sri Chakram.
Legend has it that Kamakshi performed severe austerities in a grove of
mango trees. The processional image here is referred to as Raja Rajeswari.
The sanctum and the shrine to the Utsavar
are enclosed within the inner mandapam of the temple which is surrounded by a covered
prakaram, enshrining other deities.
Once in a state of obscurity, the temple became well
known in the 1970s and the 1980s. Much of the current structure is attributed to the
renovation efforts taken in the 1980s and the 1990s.
Kamakshi Amman Temple
Karumari Amman Temple at Tiruverkadu
Kalikambal Temple at Chennai