Ashtalakshmi TempleCurrently Closed
- 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, Family And Kids
Ashtalakshmi Temple - Review
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Ashtalakshmi Temple
95% of people who visit Chennai include Ashtalakshmi Temple in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
58.5% of people start their Ashtalakshmi Temple visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Ashtalakshmi Temple
94.44% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ashtalakshmi Temple
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Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai Reviews
Nice beach side temple in Besant Nagar. Has all 8 forms of goddess Lakshmi within this temple. The temple can get crowded easily on Fridays. Very pleasant and religious site. Easily accessible from all places in Chennai. A good evening visit for a religious weekend. The view from the top of the temple is amazing.
A popular temple in the shore of Chennai beach. Even though the temple is recent, intricate structures depicting all eight faculties of goddess Lakshmi. It's one important tourist spot in religious touring in Chennai.
The temple is really well maintained and beautiful. The temple contains 8 avatars of goddess Lakshmi. There is also a church close to the temple. The lane towards the temple from the church is very narrow and stinks a bit so just bear for couple of minutes. After a visit to the temple, you can head towards the besant nagar beach and have a great time.
One of the oldest temple in Chennai. Excellent location for family trip. Very peaceful and breezy environment. For excellent environment should go before 9am or after 5pm to avoid the hot sun as it's too hot since I went on summer season. Cons: Small shops near by temple were bit costly and they used tell price based the person's look. Vehicle parking is not sufficient and not secured.
The temple is having a good atmosphere. The view from top of the temple is awesome. The breeze is refreshing and there is a lot of place to sit and meditate.