Kalikambal Temple

Last updated on October 19th, 2019 at 01:06 pm


Kalikambal Temple is also on the list of famous temples in Chennai. It is located on Thampu Chetty Street in Georgetown and was formerly situated on the beach but was converted here during the British Raj in the 17th century. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kamakshi, an avatar of Parvati and Kamadeswara and is visited by many people who lived in Chennai. Inside the temple you will find some local idols and a shrine dedicated to the nine planets of Navagraha in Hindu mythology.

History of Kalikambal Temple

This temple devoted to Kaligambal and Kamateswarar, initially it’s located near the sea coast and relocated to its present place in the year of 1640. The original worshipping deity was God in his fierce shape, which was changed by Shanta swaroopa or peaceful and composed type of Goddess Kamakshi, in later decades. Chhatrapati Shivaji went to Chennai on October 3rd, 1677; he goes to this temple and worships Kalikambal. After reach to his kingdom, he won the war. One interesting thing to notice that, he was called Chhatrapati after worshipping god.

In this temple, have shrines devoted to the idols of Ahora Veerabhadra Swamy, Lord Kamateswarar, Mahakali, Nagaraja, and Virat Viswa ParaBrahma. The Lord Karthikeyan gives the blessing with his wives of Valli and Devasena. Also, the Godness of Gayathri Devi and Durga Devi part of this temple. In the southwest corner of the temple, Annamalayar is posture with his divine wife, Unnamalayar. A separate place assigned for Navagrahas in this temple. Apart from this, the temple has a shrine devoted to Veera Brahma Sankara, he is Kula Guru of Viswakarma. Other than these deities, there are many gods shrine devoted in this temple Lord Vishnu, a severe manifestation of Lord Shiva is Kala Bhairavar, Dakshinamurthy, Chandra (Moon) and Surya (Sun).  The great Tamil poet Subramanya Bharatiyar visited the temple on a ceremonial visit while working on the Swadeshamitran magazine. Here, He was sung several songs.  One of the famous songs is Yathumakininrai kali.


  • The main uniqueness of this temple is ‘Kinnitheer’ a chariot lined with metallic cymbals.
  • According to the Tamil calendar, the Kinnitheer procession conducted in the month of Vaikasi(or April) also this temple has a unique nature function of Navratri and Vasant Navratri festivals.

Daily and Special Pooja Timings

Daily poojas also take place in the temple premises, four times a day.

  • Kalaisandhi : 6.00 AM to 7.30 AM
  • Uchikalam : 12.00 PM
  • Sayaratchai : 5.30 PM to 6.00 PM
  • Arthajamam : 9.00 PM

Timing: 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

How to Reach Temple

Location: George Town

Mode of Transport: Metro Bus Services and Suburban Trains

Distance: 3.3KM