Sri Chennakesava Perumal Temple


Chennakesava Perumal Temple is situated in Sowcarpet in the known place of George Town, Chennai. It is one of the rare temples in India made with the help of the British East India Company also this is a very old temple in India. Initially, the temple was located in the present place of Madras High Court; it was also there in 17th century AD at the location. This is one of the famous temples in Chennai also Sri Ramanuja visited this temple and stayed here for some time.

History of ChennaKesava Perumal Temple

This was the first temple constructed in this locality in the 1700s. It was a division between Fort St. George’s, the British East India Company settlement and the rest of the city. When the original temple was in existence, there were many issues with the attack of the French and Tippu Sultan in Chennai. With public outcry, Manali Muttukrishna Mudaliar, who built the new ChennaKesava Perumal Temple in 1762, he donated land and some money to this temple. Besides with this Lord Vishnu, he also constructs a temple for Lord Shiva – Chenna Malleeswarar, thus giving the name of twin temples in Chennai.

The temple has sculptures of Manali Saravana Mudaliyar and Manali Krishnaswami Mudaliar; to respects, those dedicate their services towards this temple. Also, it has attractive carved pillars and entrances. There is a story behind this temple that the city is named Chennai from “Chenna”.


Pongal: The main harvest festival in Tamil Nadu, it’s celebrated in mid-January. It is a festival of gratefulness to the Sun, Earth, and Cattle. The celebrations continue through the first four days of the Tamil month of Thai (mid-January). The important rituals that take place are the Bhogi Pongal, the Surya Pongal, the Mattu Pongal and the Kannum Pongal. Other major attractions of the festival are bull and bird fights.

Daily and Special Pooja Timings

Daily poojas take place in the temple, three times a day.

  • Kaalasandhi – 5.00 AM
  • Uchikkala – 12.00 PM
  • Saayaraksha – 6.00 PM

Timing: 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM

How to Reach Temple

Location: Sowcarpet

Mode of Transport: Bus or Suburban Train

Distance: 3 KM