Location of the temple
Mangadu Sri Kamakshi amman temple is situated at Mangadu, which is about nearly 20 kms from Chennai between Poonamalle and Kundrathur. Bus facilites are available from Chennai to Mangadu.
Legend of the temple
Once in Kailasam, Goddess Parvathi closed the eyes of Lord Shiva for fun. Then the whole universe became dark and the living beings suffocated. When Lord Shiva removed her hands from his eyes, the universe got its light and the living beings began to respire. Lord Shiva told godddess Parvathi to go to the earth and do penance as a remedy for her action. Thus Goddess Parvathi came to the earth and started her penance in Mangadu (the place covered with mango trees).
Her penance was very severe in the middle of five fires named as Panchagni. She touched the fire with Her toe in the left leg and folded the right leg upto Her stomach. She held the Japamala in Her right hand above the head and kept the left hand below the chest in Chinmuthra position. Moved by Her penance, Lord Shiva told Her to go Kancheepuram, where He would come to marry Her.
When She left Mangadu, the fire was not extinguished. So there was severe famine. When Jagathguru Sri Adisankaracharyar visited here, he found that the unextinguished fire was the reason for the sufferings of the people in that place. So he established a Shri Chakram named Arthamehru, made of eight herbals before the idol of Thapas Kamakshi, in the temple.
Eventhough the severity of the fire was reduced by Shri Chakra, people feared about the power of Thapas Kamakshi idol. Later Shri Kanchi Chandrasekarendra Swamigal shifted that idol to a place in the left side of the temple. Also he placed an idol named Adi Kamakshi in the sanctum sanctorum. Adi Kamakshi is in standing posture, with a parrot in her right hand and a sugarcane in her left hand. Nowadays devotees come in large number to worship here.
Arthamehru Shri Chakram
In this temple, Arthamehru Shri Chakram is the most important divinity. It is a Rajayanthram, with a tortoise shaped base and three steps above it. On the top, Shri Chakra yantram is found on the shape of a lotus with sixteen petals. It has 43 triangles to represent 43 devathas.
Since this Shri Chakram is made of eight herbals, no abishegam is performed for it. Only Sandal and other perfumes are placed over it. Pooja is performed with Kumkum.
Famous Six weeks worship
In this temple, six weeks worship is very famous and performed by the devotees. Every week in the same day, one has to worship at this temple. This has to be performed for seven times to complete six weeks worship. First time two lemons have to be offered, of which one would be given back. This lemon has to be worshipped for that week in the home. In the succeeding weeks, the lemon worshipped at home and two new lemons are to be offered in the temple. It is experienced by the devotees that their problems and sufferings are removed by this six weeks worship.
Festivals of the Sri Mangadu Kamakshi Amman Temple
•Thai poosam - Jan/Feb
•Sivarathiri and Masi magam - Feb/Mar
•Panguni Uthiram - Mar/Apr
•Tamil new year and Chitra Pournami - Apr/May
•Vaigasi Visakam - May/Jun
•Thirumanjanam - Jun/Jul
•Adi pooram - Jul/Aug
•Navarathiri and Niraimani katchi - Sep/Oct
•Annabishegam - Oct/Nov
•Thirukarthigai Deepam - Nov/Dec
•Arudhra Darisanam - Dec/Jan
Timings for Darshan and Abishegam in the temple
On Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, the temple will remain open from 5.00 AM to 10.00 PM.
On other days of the week, it will remain open from 6.30AM to 1.30PM and 3.00PM to 9.30PM. On these days, Abishegam to Sri Adi Kamakshi takes place from 11.00AM to 12.45PM.