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Sree Ayyappan – Guruvayurappan Temple

  Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 600 004.
  Open from 5.00 a.m to 12.00 p.m and 4.30 p.m to 8.30 p.m

Sree Ayyappan – Guruvayurappan Temple

About the Temple

Mahalingapuram Sree Ayyappan – Guruvayurappan Temple was built in 30 years ago by Sree Ayyappa Bhaktha Sabha and also the first temple in Chennai. The kumbhabhishekam of Sree Ayyappan temple was performed in 1974.

Lord Ayyappan was the main deity and later in Lord Vinayakar, Lord Subramanian along with Goddess Valli and Deivanai constituted the other deities. The temple is known as a “little Guruvayur” and also marriages are conducted with other ceremonies like choroonu, thulabharam are held. Devotees who prepare for their pilgrimage to Sabrimala during the season

Sree Ayyappan – Guruvayurappan Temple

Temple History

Here the annual Ayyappan Vilakku used to be conducted in the premises of the temple on Melpadi Muthu Naicken Street or in the precincts of Asalathamman Koil, later on North Mada Street in Nungambakkam. During the celebrations in 1967 the organizers, seized of the problems encountered by the devotees undertaking pilgrimage to the Holy Hills, decided to launch an action plan to provide minimum facilities to them. Leading lights including Servasi P.B.Nair, R.S.Kaimal, K.Bhaskaran,C.P.G.Nambiyar, T.M.G.Kurup, V.S.Mani iyer. Etc. were in the forefront.

The plan referred to above, took concrete shape with the registration of SREE AYYAPPA BHAKTHA SABHA, Nungambakkam on April 3, 1968 with Sri P.B.Nair as President, Sri R.S.Kaimal as Secretary and Sri K.Bhaskaran as Joint Secretary. The declared objects of the Sabha were: (a) to spred the cult of Ayyappa by doing selfless socio-religious services, (b) to endeavor to have a premises of its own to perform religious activities as programmed from time to time; (c) to render all possible help to pilgrims who take vow to go to Sabarimala for Mandalam, Makaravilakku and for the Vishu Pooja; (D) to include in its socio-religious services...

To start with, the Sabha functioned from a small room at 34, Village Road, Nungambakkam – belonging to Sri C.P.G.Nambiyar, and later from 21-A, North Mada Street, Nungambakkam. In line with the objectives, the Sabha conducted periodical discourses on Narayaneeyam, Bhagavatham in Malayalam. Tamil and English. The first discourse was conducted in 1968 by Sri T.D.M.Namboodori at the Arya Vaidya Sala premises on Krishnamachari Road, Nungambakkam. This was followed by discourses of Sri Thattayoor Unni Namboodiri.

Inspired by the response to the discourses and to the weekly Bhajans organized by the sabha, the members felt that it was time that they looked for a place of their own to conduct such programmes in more conductive environments. In order to raise funds for this venture, a grand Ganamela was conducted in November 1969 at Rama Rao Kalamandapam, T.Nagar in which several luminaries of the musical world like Sarvasri K.J.Yesudas, Jayachandran,Anto and Smt.P.Leela, S.janaki and Latha took part. Sri.v.Dhakshinamoorthy, the renowned music director, directed the programme and sri.Sekhar led the Orchestra. The net collection at the concert amounted to Rs.15000/-. Sri V.K.ERADI who presided over the function mentioned about the desire of the Sabha to possess a piece of land where they could hold spiritual programmes at will. Lady Mahadevan Nair who was present at the function immediately responded, saying that a plot measuring two and half grounds in Madhavan Nair Colony, Nungambakkam was available and that she could consider donation it to the Sabha provided an assurance was given that a temple for Lord Ayyappa would be constructed there.


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