Alwarpet Hanuman Temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Veera Anjaneya Swami Temple located at Alwarpet in Chennai in Tamil Nadu is a popular shrine dedicated to Hanuman. The shrine is popularly known as Luz Anjaneya Temple and is one of the oldest Hanuman Temples in Chennai. Offering Vada Malai on New Years’ day (January 1) is an important ritual here.

It is believed that Shettys who ran away from Mysore to escape Muslim persecution established the Alwarpet Hanuman Temple around 350 years ago.

The murti of Hanuman faces west and is depicted as walking towards southern direction. His eyes are adorned with earrings. The two-armed murti holds mace in the left hand and the right hand is in Abhaya Mudra. The eyes of the murti have a bright color. He wears armlets known as keuura, bangles known as kankana and anklet known as Thandai. The long tail of the murti is raised above the head and is pointing towards South.

The sanctum sanctorum also has an utsava murti or procession idol of Hanuman. A Panchaloha Venugopla Swamy too is found in the sanctum.

It is said that Sri Rajagopalachari had placed the manuscript of his Ramayana Retold at the temple before publishing it.