Mangadu Kamakshi Amman Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati near Chennai. It is believed that Goddess Parvati performed a penance here by standing on Panchagni. The place was then surrounded by mango trees and therefore the area got the name Mangadu. The Sri Chakra that is worshiped in the temple is a very rare one and was installed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya.
Story of Mangadu Kamakshi Amman Temple
Legend has it that Goddess Parvati once closed the eyes of Shiva and this plunged the universe into darkness. All living beings suffered.
For her mistake, Goddess Parvati decided to do penance. She arrived on earth at Mangadu. Here she created fire and performed the penance. She stood one legged on the fire. The right leg was folded. She held her right hand above the head and it was holding a Japamala. This murti of Mother Goddess can be seen in the Mangadu Temple.
Shiva was pleased with the penance and came down to meet Mother Goddess. The temple associated with the arrival of Shiva is the Sri Velleeswarar Temple at Mangadu.
Ardhameru Sri Chakra
The fire that was built by Mother Goddess burned even after Her departure. It caused intense heat in the region. Adi Shankaracharya then installed the Ardhameru Sri Chakra to extinguish the fire. This is a very rare Sri Chakra in India.
The main worship in the temple is offered to the Ardhameru Sri Chakra. No abhishekam is performed to the Sri Chakra. Only kumkuma archana is performed as the Sri Chakra is made up of herbs.
There is also a later murti of Adi Kamakshi Amman in the temple.
Special Six Week Worship
There is a special six week worship performed in temple with lemons. Devotee can choose any one day in a week for worship. Repeat the worship on the same day next week for seven times. Every time two fresh lemon fruits are to be offered. One lemon is taken home and kept in the puja room. This lemon is returned next week to the temple and two fresh lemon is brought.
This worship is performed for fulfillment of desires and for relief from health issues.
Mangadu Temple Darshan Timings
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays: 6 AM – 1:30 PM and from 3 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, Tuesday and Fridays: 5 AM to 10 PM (Without Break).
Mangadu Sri Kamakshi Amman & Sri Vaigunda Perumal Vagayara Devasthanam
Chennai – 600 122
Mangadu is around 24 kms from Chennai city. The temple is located off the Chennai – Bangalore Highway on the way from Poonamallee to Kunrathur.