Kandaswamy Pookkadai

Kandaswamy Pookkadai

Others Temples, Chennai District


with Valli and Devayanai

Other Deities

Ganesha, Kulakkarai Vinayakar, Kasi Viswanathar and Kasi Visalakshi, Nataraja, Navagraha, 63 Nayanmar, Sarva Sidhdhi Vinayaka, Meenakshi Sundareswara, Idumban, Ramalinga Swamigal, Pamban Swamigal

Kandaswamy Pookkadai is located in a very lively and busy part of Parry’s area. But you will be surprised once you go in through the 5 tiered north facing Rajagopuram to see a large and spacious temple with a beautiful rain harvested holy water tank inside. The temple is called ‘Kandha Kottam’. Kandaswamy Pookkadai has a Mantapa called Parivedan Mantapa, an Artha Mantapa and a Mukha Mantapa. A large Temple Car is present for the annual processions.

Holy Water – Saravana Poigai

Holy Tree – Magizham (Mimusops elengi)


Built in 1672 by two devotees as a small temple, Kandaswamy Pookkadai is east facing with a 5 tier Rajagopuram in the north and temple tank to the west of campus. Later when the original structure of this temple fell into disrepair the existing temple was built with stone about 200 years ago. These facts are all recorded in a stone inscription in the temple. Later, the Rajagopuram was constructed by one Kali Rathna Chettiar. Extensive renovations have been done in recent times. Kandaswamy Pookkadai is associated with the life of the well known Saivite Saint Ramalinga Swamigal (1823 – 1874) who lived in this area and composed his Deivamanimalai here.


In the seventeenth century there were two ardent devotees of Lord Muruga Mari Chetty and Kandapandaram, who used to visit Thiruporur Sri Kandaswamy Temple, a famous centre situated on the Madras- Mahabalipuram Road. Once when they reached Thiruporur they were very tired and decided to take rest under a neem tree near a tank. They had a divine dream in which Lord Muruga appeared and informed them that they would find an idol of Himself in an ant-hill on the tank bund, which they could take to Madras City and worship. Accordingly the two devotees discovered the idol and brought it to Madras and a person called Mari Chettiar built Kandaswamy Pookkadai temple.


Kandaswamy Pookkadai is in Rasappa Chetty street in flower bazaar area of Parry’s and is well known as Kandaswamy Kovil.

Stay and Food

There are some old and famous restaurants around, but they are scattered and you need to travel around in a cycle rickshaw. Agarwal Bhavan, Ramakrishna Lunch Home, Shankar Cafe, Saravana Bhavan, Hot Chips restaurant and a host of road side shops too. Staying in this locality is not advisable unless you really want to experience the crowd, dirt and noise.

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