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Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple, Chennai

     Sri Maruti Bhakta samajan trust, consisting of people with high spiritual beliefs, wished for this temple. with the blessings of Sri Ragavendra swami and Sri Kanchi Paramacharyar entrenched the 32 foot idol of Sri Anjaneyar in 1989 and consummated the Kumbabishekam in 1995. The distinguished factor of the 32 feet idol is that it was molded out of a single rock.

     The main shrine houses Anjaneya inside a Temple Tower 90 feet tall. Anjaneya is facing West and the main entrance is on the West. There is an auxiliary entrance on the southern side used during temple festivals. The main Temple building has path-ways all around the sanctum sanctorum and also a large covered space (Mandapam) for devotees to assemble in front of the Lord for offering worship.

     On the North-West corner, a full-fledged Sannidhi for Sri Rama has been built and here He has taken abode with Seetha and Lakshmana with Anjaneya in attendance. The Gods are facing East. Rama's role as the protector and ruler is signified here as Rama is seen carrying his bow, hence the name "Kothanda Rama" for the Lord here.

     On the South-West, a Sannidhi for Lord Krishna with Rukmani and Satya Bhama, all facing East has been built. Eventhough a Sannidhi for Lord Rama is normally built in Anjaneya temple, rarely a Sannidhi for Lord Krishna is built. Here in our Temple, Krishna Sannidhi is built to remind the devotees that among the Gods it was only Anjaneya who was present in both the indian epics. In Ramayana, as a direct disciple of Rama and in Mahabaratha, in the flag of Arjuna's Chariot as ordained by Lord Krishna to save it from destruction by the opponents.

     In the North-East part of the Temple, on a small platform, "Vinayaka" is housed facing East and to his left on a yet another platform 'Naga' has been installed.

     Saint Raghavendra has taken His abode facing Lord Krishna.

Hanumath Jayanthi: This is the most significant Utsavam of the Temple. This Utsavam goes on for a period of 15-17 days during which "Laksharchana"for Lord Anjaneya is performed. Hanumath Jayanthi normally falls between Dec 15-Jan 14.

Sri Rama Navami: Sri Ramanavami is celebrated for 9 days with Japam, Homam and Abishekam. During the Ramanavami festival, Laksharchana for Lord Rama is also performed. Ramanavami normally falls between Apr 15-May 14.

Gokulashtami: Gokulashtami Celebrations are held for 8 days. The reason for Krishna's birth and the deeds by him as an avatar are highlighted during this festival through Pravachanam on Narayaneeyam and Bhagavatham. Japam, Homam and Abishekam are performed as also the Laksharchana. Gokulashtami normally falls between Aug 15-Sept 14.

Location: Nanganallur is located about 10 Km from the city and 5 Km from the Airport. The Temple is accessible by road and by suburban trains stopping at Pazhavanthangal Railway station.

Temple timings: Morning - 5.00am to 12.00pm
Evening - 4.30pm to 9.00pm

Temple Phone Number: +91-44-22671410, 22671420

Temple Contact Address
No : 1, 8th street Ram Nagar,
Chennai - 600 061.

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