Jambukeswarar Sembakkam

Jambukeswarar, Sembakkam

Saivite Temples, Chengalpet Taluk


Jambukeswarar, facing east


Azhagambikai, facing south

Other Deities

Vinayaka, Subramanya with consorts, Shiva Lingam, Nava Veeras, Naalvar with 3 Vinayakas, Navagraha, Surya. Sanctum Niches – Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga Chandikeswara.

Jambukeswarar Sembakkam is a large temple with a large and spacious outer Prakaram. As you enter the sanctum from the south the goddess faces you and there is a holy water well opposite and outside. A pond outside is girdling the temple and the temple had been built in a way that the water enters the sanctum, but not these days as the water levels are low. Jambukeswarar Sembakkam is also considered a temple that represents one of the five elements, Water. Thiruvanaikkaval is the actual temple that represents the same. Vinayaka is in a separate large shrine with its own Mantapam. The idols of Nava Veeras, 9 Warriors who fought alongside Lord Muruga against the demon Sura Padman are installed here. The village has an unusually large number of temples in practically every street and corner – Vinayaka, Bhairava, Amman and Dakshinamurthy being some of them. Varasidhi Vinayaka temple is found just outside the entrance to Jambukeswarar Sembakkam. The Samadhi (Burial Spots) of two Sidhdhars, Ponnambala Swamigal and Chidambara Swamigal, called the twin Sidhdhars, as they were always seen together, are found just outside the temple. There is an Amman temple in the North and on the other side of the Temple Pond.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Ahazhi Theertham (Temple Pond) and Amutha Theertham (Well)

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Naaval (Jamun) (Syzygium cumini)


Jambukeswarar Sembakkam has stone inscriptions in the sanctum outer walls. The temple is said to have been built by Kotchenga Chola, the same king who built the Thiruvanaikaval Temple.


Jambukeswarar Sembakkam is where the Head (Siram) of Soora Padman the demon fell when he was killed by Lord Muruga. Thus the place was called Sirambakkam which later got corrupted to Sembakkam. Even today, the flag hoisting ceremony of Thirupporur Muruga Temple is performed by the people of Sembakkam. Aadhisesha, Vasuki, Naaga Kanyas, Indra and Kotchenga Chola have worshiped in Jambukeswarar Sembakkam. Kotchenga Chola was childless and in his travel he was resting here while the lord appeared in his dream, directing him to build a temple here. He was then blessed with a child. The well (Amutha Theertham) outside the entrance to the Goddess shrine is believed to have been created by herself, holding the powers of millions of Mantras. People believe that Sidhdhars of the ancient past gather here during Full Moon days to pray.


Jambukeswarar Sembakkam is about 7 kilometers in the Thiruporur – Chingleput road. An entrance arch is on the main road where you take a left, cross the Dakshinamurthy Temple and drive on to reach Jambukeswarar Sembakkam on the outskirts of the village. Refer our map below for exact location.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest is Thiruporur or Chingleput.

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