Vengeeswarar Vadapalani

Vengeeswarar Vadapalani

Saivite Temples, Chennai District


Vengeeswarar, facing east


Santhanayagi, facing south

Other Gods

Ganesha, Muruga with consorts, Navagraha, Veerabadhra, Muneeswara, Chandran, Surya

Vengeeswarar Vadapalani beckons you with a tall and magnificent 7 tiered Rajagopuram on the eastern side. There are smaller one tiered gopurams at the northern and southern entrances and a 3 tiered gopuram at the western entrance. All except the main entrance are kept closed. the temple has a large and beautiful outer Prakaram once you enter the Rajagopuram. Alankara and Vasantha Mantapas are present. The Shrine of the main deity is in the form of Gajaprastham (sitting elephant). Vengeeswarar Vadapalani was under threat during the expansion of the ring road on the western side, but luckily it did not suffer and is today nicely renovated, maintained and throngs with people from all over. The temple car follows a route around the temple during the annual car festival crossing the ring road and along the busy Arcot road.

Holy water (Theertham) – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


This area was once called Puliyoor (Puli – Tiger), a reference to Sage Vyagrapadar who was cat footed. Vengeeswarar Vadapalani temple is more than 1000 years old and the constructions date back to the Chola Period.


Sage Vyagrapadhar and his disciple sage Pathanjali are believed to have stayed here for sometime and worshiped the Lord  Vengeeswarar Vadapalani.


Vengeeswarar Vadapalani is easily accessible from the Ring Road and Arcot Road. However parking is a problem.

Stay and Food

Chennai has many excellent restaurants and hotels to stay. Saravana Bhavan, near the Vadapalani Murugan Temple and a smaller restaurant Ganesh Bhavan on Arcot Road are advisable. But there are many other restaurants around according to your requirement.

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