Ashtalakshmi Temple, ChennaiCurrently Open
- 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
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
About Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai
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.
Ashtalakshmi Temple Information
- 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.
Ashtalakshmi Temple Ticket Prices
- Entry is free.
How To reach Ashtalakshmi Temple by Public Transport
- 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
Restaurants Near Ashtalakshmi Temple
- Classy Restaurant (North Indian, South Indian, Chinese/ 500 INR)
- Chef’s Express (Italian, pizza, American, fast food/ 650 INR)
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Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai Reviews
All avatars of Laxmi. Great to location. Near to beach and they let climb the Gopuram which is special. Loved the experience.
Calm and serene, Astalakshmi temple is good. 20rs special darshan is fast. Free Parking space is available, we can park next road to temple in case if beach parking is full. Prasadams are available in shops inside temple. Good view of beach from 2nd floor of the temple.
Beautiful temple on the shore of Bay of Bengal, well designed, attracted by more people all over the nation and the world.
Damaged by tsunami but reconstructed better... But must visit place in chennai...
The way they built the temple was just amazing.. near the beach is so cool..