Dedicated to the powers of Goddess Kalikambal--oft referred to as Kamakshi (an incarnation of Goddess Parvati) as well as Lord Kamateswarar; this important place of religious significance is a living memoir of the ancient history of Chennai. Kalikambal Temple, Chennai was erected in the year 1678. It was later shifted from its original coastline location to the place at which it stands today. This ornately carved and beautiful temple was earlier dedicated to a fiercer and angrier form of Goddess Kamakshi. Very little is known about the temple’s earlier days and history and it is believed that the more aggressive form of the deity was later replaced by Shanta Swaroopa, a calmer form.
This temple is thronged by visitors and devotees all across the year –more so on the 11 day of the Brahmotsavam festival, when it dons an entirely different level of spiritual and devotional energy. If you time your visit in along with the 9th day of this festival, then you can participate in an extravagant procession, wherein a beautifully dressed idol/image of Goddess Kamakshi is taken out on a good-looking chariot (Sri Chakra Vimaanam ) lined with metal cymbals (also called Kinnitter). Kalikambal temple is considered as the protector of the city and is also the place where Shivaji had paid his reverence in the year 1677. The temple also boasts of a picture and plaque of Emperor Shivaji.
|Visit Duration||30 to 45 minutes|