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Vadapalani Murugan Temple – About Deity and History

Dedicated to Hindu God Muruga, Vadapalani Murugan Temple is located at the Vadapalani area in Chennai. History of the temple indicates that the main temple which in the beginning was with a thatched roof was constructed 125 years ago. The popular rajagopuram of the temple was built in 1925.

Vadapalani Murugan Temple History
A Muruga devotee named Annaswami Nayakar used to worship Muruga in a hut here. It was a personal worship. But during his meditation and prayers, he used to be divinely inspired and helped people in the area. All his words happened to be true.

Soon the hut became an important center of worship. The hut slowly gave way to the present temple.

Deities Worshipped in the Temple
Muruga Murti is worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum. He is in standing posture and is similar to the deity worshipped in the famous Palani Muruga Temple. The inner chamber of the temple also has murtis of Dakshinamurti, Chandikeswar and Goddess Lakshmi.

The temple complex has small shrines dedicated to Hanuman, Varasiddhi Vinayaka, Chokkanathar, Goddess Meenakshi, Goddess Kali, Bhairva, Shanmugha form of Muruga with Goddess Devasena and Valli.

The temple is famous in the region for conducting marriages. Annually more than 7000 marriages are held here.

The Rajagopuram (tower) of the temple is adorned with sculptures of deities and scenes from the Skanda Purana. The eastern Rajagopuram is around 40.8 meter tall and is famous for sculptures depicting 108 bharatanatyam dance gestures.

The temple is also famous as a chowa dosha parihara sannidhi.