Last updated on December 23rd, 2019 at 07:16 am
Located nearby the coastlines of Elliot’s Beach at Besant Nagar, Ashtalakshmi Temple is a spiritual wonder and definitely one of the most visited temples in Chennai. The individuality of the temple is eight avatars of Goddess Laxmi; this temple is mainly devoted to worship of her. The form of each one is representing the brave, victory, offspring, richness, wealthy, courage, food and knowledge. This place is one of the best creatively designed temples using four floors, marvelous constructions, pillars, and complex roof design.
The statue of Aadilakshmi/Mahalakshmi, Dharyalakshmi/ Veeralakshmi and Dhaanyalakshmi placed on the first floor, which the second floor Goddess Mahalakshmi gives blessings with Maha Vishnu. The shrines of Santhalakshmi, Vijayalakshmi/Jayalakshmi, and Gajalakshmi sited on the third floor then the last floor worship of Dhanalakshmi.
History of Ashtalakshmi Temple
The Ashtalakshmi Temple was constructed at the wishes of Sri Chandrasekhara Saraswati Swamigal, the greatest of the Kanchi Monastery. The foundation of the temple complex was laid in 1974 by followers. On 5th April 1976, with the presence of Ahobila Mutt Vedhantha Dhesika Yatheendhra Mahadhesikan Swamy, the ceremony was celebrated. It’s thought that the area where the temple was built facing the Bay of Bengal is the birthplace of Goddess Lakshmi.
As stated by the ancient scriptures, Goddess Lakshmi appeared to the wealth and prosperity of her devotees when the sea was twirled through Samudra Manthan by the Devas and Asuras. It is believed that Mahavishnu married Lakshmi Devi and the eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi and they both are living together in the temple. Hence the term Ashtalakshmi means eight forms of Lakshmi.
Navaratri: Every year, the month of October the festival of Navaratri is celebrated for nine days. Those 9 days are dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Durga.
Pavitra Ursavam: it is a yearly pooja made for 5 days to correct the mistakes in poojas completed on other days. It is regarded as religious and many devotees go to the temple for the period of these five days to look for the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi.
Markazhi month: Markazi is considered a good month for spiritual and religious services. It is celebrated every year from the 14th of December to the 14th of January and the last day of the month is the Makar Sankranti festival which is celebrated by the Hindus on the 14th of January. This month, the temple is open for devotees at 05:00 IST.
Gokulastami: On this day, celebrated as the birth of Lord Krishna, so there is Special poojas are made in the temple on the first and second day; The statue brings out to celebrate childhood memories of Lord Krishna.
Deepawali: This day is celebrated as a more important Hindu Festival. The whole temple complex is with heartwarming lights lit and the idols are given baths that are blessed. The day of Lakshmi Poojan is very significant because it is the day when Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the sea for the duration of the Samudra Manthan. Devotees come to the temple to take part in Sri Lakshmi Kubera Homam and Thirukalyanam for Goddess Mahalakshmi and Lord Vishnu.
Kartigai: On the day of Kartigai, the idols are given oil baths and none of the festivals is celebrated for 48 days. Believer’s lit ghee spotlights and makes poojas on this day.
New Year (1st January): The New Year is celebrated with great fervor as thousands of devotees wish to start their year with the blessings of Goddess Mahalakshmi. The temple is open every year on this day at 3:00 pm.
Daily and Special Pooja Timings
- Suprapadham- 6:30 AM
- Kalasandhi- 8:00 AM
- Noon Pooja, Uchikalam- 12:00 PM
- Evening Pooja, Sayarakcha- 6:00 PM
- Night Pooja, Iravu Pooja- 7:30 PM
- Arthajama Pooja- 9:00 PM
Timing: 6:30 AM-12.00 PM, 4.00 PM-9.00 PM
How to Reach Temple
Location: Besant Nagar
Mode of Transport: Bus or Cab