Ashtalakshmi TempleCurrently Open [Closes at 09:00 pm]
- Address: Near Beach Seashore, Arulmigu Mahalakshmi Temple, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600090, India
- Timings: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
- Phone: +91-4424466777
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple
Dedicated to the Indian deity of wealth, the AshtalakshmiKovil is a beautiful burst of colour upon the golden sands of Elliot’s Beach. It was the brain child of Sri ChandrashekarendraSaraswatiswamigal of KanchiMut. Whether you want to pray or just enjoy a moment of peach, the temple is the perfect place to spend a few tranquil minutes by the beach. Imagine walking with the sand in between your toes and sun on your back as the winds blows your hair forward and your troubles away. What better way to follow that up than by going to the peaceful Ashtalakshmi temple, to treat your eyes and pay your respects.
The name Ashtalakshmi stems from the Goddess Mahaaakshmi, the Hindu goddess who grants eight forms of wealth to her devotees. These eight forms of wealth are food, bravery, knowledge, success, offspring, prosperity and wealth, all embodied as different idols inside the temple. According to the Vedas, the Goddess emerged out of the oceans so it’s fitting that the Ashtalakshmi temple is situated facing the waves of the Bay of Bengal.
Being the only temple specifically dedicated to this mighty Goddess, there are numerous effigies of her throughout the temple at different levels, each an aesthetic treat. The primary shrine of the Goddess and her husband, Mahaavishni is on the second level, overlooking the sea. On the third level comes her next form, the bestower of success in all ventures, Vijayalakshmi. On the northern side is Vidyaalakshmi, related with wisdom and learning, Gajalakshmi, bestower of holistic prosperity and finally on the fourth level is Dhanalakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.
On the southern part are Aadhi Lakshmi, Dhaanya Lakshmi, the Goddess of food grain and Dhairiya Lakshmi, the Goddess of courage! Each of these idols are stunning in their red, blue-purple and golden splendor. The view of the ocean from the top is breath taking. On top of the sanctum santorum is a gold-plated 5.5-foot-high kalasam. The temple itself is vibrantly coloured in blues, greens, red and gold.
Visiting this temple after spending an evening by the beach will be a sweet experience, like desert after a hearty meal. The pilgrims, who travel far to visit Ashtalakshmi, relax by the shore, creating a happy, peaceful vibe outside the temple. This is definitely a place worth visiting, for worshippers, travelers and tourists alike.
Encompassing all colors of faith, beauty and tranquility, the majestic Ashtalakshmi Temple is a known attraction in Chennai situated upon the white sands of Elliot’s Beach. As with all Indian temples, it is free to access and hence no Ashtalakshmi Temple Tickets or Ashtalakshmi Temple Ticket Prices. You don’t have to Buy Tickets for Ashtalakshmi Temple to enter the place, but it would be wise to take some offerings with you, as per the customs. Do take some time out of your busy schedule to delve into its serene surrounding and introspect.
- Visit the beach after the temple for a great, wholesome experience.
- No dearth of food thanks to the food stalls on the beach.
- The best time to visit is November end to February.
- Avoid going there on the weekends.
- Beware of the plastic strewn on the beach.
- Watch the sunset from atop the temple! It’s a stunning view.
- Entry is free.
- Trains to Chennai Central and Egmore available.
- Be sure to ask local travelers or the bus conductor for more specific details.
- A train stops at ‘Light House’, close to the museum.
- By MRTS station: Thiruvanmiyur MRTS Station
- Classy Restaurant (North Indian, South Indian, Chinese/ 500 INR)
- Chef’s Express (Italian, pizza, American, fast food/ 650 INR)
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76.82% of people who visit Chennai include Ashtalakshmi Temple in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
55.8% of people start their Ashtalakshmi Temple visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Ashtalakshmi Temple
93.63% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ashtalakshmi Temple
Ashtalakshmi Temple, a delightful and soft coloured temple complex, is located in Besant Nagar, in the South Indian state of Chennai. The temple complex is built a few meters away from the Besant beach on the coast of the gorgeous Bay of Bengal. Ashtalakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Knowledge resides here and blesses everyone who visits the temple to offer their prayers with a clean soul. Soak in the divine ambience of the temple on the scenic coast of Bay of Bengal and observe the colourful and intricate tiers on the shrines. The serenity is unquestionable and sure to calm jittery nerves of the pilgrims and devotees. Apart from locals, you can also witness tourists flocking in from different parts of the world to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the temple.
It was a good experience. After years went to the temple unexpectedly and it was a good ambience inside the temple. A must visit for all the tourist who comes to Chennai. The upper view to the seashore gives a pleasant feel where u can enjoy the sea breeze. Don't forget to visit the temple, if you come to Chennai from different locations.
Beware of priests trying to sell you things. Beautiful temple sullied by the priests! As temples go, this is a beautiful temple with 8 shrines for the 8 forms of Mahalakshmi. Unfortunately, on the day I visited, some shrines had no priest to expound the tradition surrounding each form. That was not much of a problem as I've been raised on the traditions so I simply enjoyed in the presence of the Goddess. What got ugly was in a couple of the shrines where the priests were there. They were busy trying to sell something & fleece devotees. One priest actually got so crafty & said that he would place a note of cash at the Goddess' feet & give it back to me & (since the lowest denomination I had was a 100) took it for himself!! Priests were just busy trying to sell some "special" coins to me. I just wanted to be left alone with the deities! Very saddening behaviour.
It took us 2.5hours to worship in the temple on the New year's day. That too using a 100 Rs ticket. No complaints as long as the queue system is honoured. But still could see that many VIPs being allowed to tailgate on the day. This needs to change.
I just loved this temple.... Very calm and really beautiful just beside beach the view from top is just wonderful.... There are many small temples within the temple.. They are also other deity temples... Must visit place if you go to chennai. Simply loved it