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About Madhya Kailash

The Madhya Kailash temple in Chennai makes for an interesting visit due to some unique features of this temple that have made it famous. The key being the unique idol of 'Adhyantha Prabhu', which is a statue carved with Ganesha on the right and Hanuman on the left. It is believed to have been specially created after one of the temple officials had a vision of this form. The main deity of the temple is otherwise the Venkata Ananda Vinayakar, which stands encircled by the shrines of Lord Siva, Vishnu, Surya and Devi. The singular feature of this deity is that on the day of Vinayaka Chaturthi, the rays of the sun fall directly on this deity. This is considered a highly auspicious omen. Also don’t miss the unique eight bells installed in the temple signifying the eight musical notes Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, Pa, Da, Ni and Sa. Few more unique aspects of Madhya Kailash temple are that one can actually light the camphor themselves to this deity which gives a sense of satisfaction to the devout. Further the rites take place every afternoon after the priest has a bath, and while still in his wet clothes he starts the rites. Madhya Kailash is also known as Nadukkayilai in Tamil, and is located at the crossing between Sardar Patel Road, Adyar and Rajiv Gandhi Salai. It lies opposite the Central Leather Research Institute, and is very close to IIT, Chennai.

Pro Tip: If you are in Chennai during Vinayak Chaturthi. Then add this temple to your must-visit list.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Afternoon, Evening, Night
  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets, Footwear
  • Closed On Saturdays and Sundays
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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