Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pidari Chelliamman Temple, Velachery, Chennai

Pidari Chelliamman Temple, Velachery, Chennai
Pidari Chelliamman Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Chelliamman located at Velachery, well-known locality of Chennai City in Tamil Nadu. This Temple is one of the oldest temple in the locality. The small temple is one among the famous Amman temples of Velachery, which also includes Orandiamman and Draupadi Amman temples. The Sapta Mathrikas Temple is normally constructed to guard a water body and this temple was constructed to protect the huge Velachery Lake. This Temple is one of the oldest temples of Sapta Mathrikas in entire Tamil Nadu. This Temple is situated just opposite to Dandeeswarar Temple.

The Temple was constructed during the Pallava regime and dates back to 6th Century AD. This Temple is as old as the other famous temples of the locality – the Dandeeswarar and the Yoga Narasimhar Temples. Sapta Matas Worship is a very old tradition. Hundreds of temples of Sapta Matas in the name of Pidari Amman or Chelli Amman can be found in every nook and corner in Tamilnadu. However, this particular temple of Sapta Matrikas in Velachery is very special. It had the inscriptions of Parthivendra Varman dated 966 CE.

Parthivendra Varman is believed to have beheaded Vira Pandya; it is also believed that he belonged to the ancient Pallava dynasty. Another inscription dated 967 CE belonged to the period of Aditya Karikalan. The temple is completely renovated now and the inscriptions seem to be missing. It is such an unfortunate thing. An ancient and historic temple of a Grama Devta in Chennai city has lost its identity in the name of renovation.
The Temple
The small temple has a tower, which is completely painted as part of renovation. Presiding Deity is called as Pidari Chelliamman. The sanctum enshrines Sapta Matas, namely Brahmi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani and Chamundi. Out of these seven divine females, Chamundi is considered as Pidari or Chelli Amman. All these images are Pallava period sculptures.

The Utsava icon of Pidari and the stone idols of Ganesha and Veerabhadra are also found inside the sanctum. Old Saptha Mathas or Saptha Kanniyars in the form of stone bricks, a very old tradition of representing Sapta Matas are kept in the west wall and new Navagraha shrine was added during renovation. Lord Dhakshinamoorthy can be seen in the niche behind the sanctum.

Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 06.00 AM to 09.00 AM and 05.00 PM to 08.30 PM.
Pidari Chelliamman Temple,
Velachery, Chennai – 600 042
Phone: +91 44 22264337
Mobile: +91 98419 41819 / 94441 32926
The Temple is located at about 150 meters from Dhandeeswaram Tank / Gandhi Road Bus Stop, 200 meters from Dandeeswarar Temple, 250 meters from Dhandeeswaram Bus Stop, 1 Km from Vijayanagar Bus Stand, 5 Kms from Guindy Railway Station, 6 Kms from Thiruvanmiyur, 18 Kms from Tambaram Railway Station, 2 Kms from Velachery Railway Station, 5 Kms from Alandur Metro Station, 5 Kms from St. Thomas Mount Metro Station, 17 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 15 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 17 Kms from Koyambedu Bus Terminus, 6 Kms from Nangainallur, 6 Kms from Adyar and 12 Kms from Chennai Airport.
The Temple is located in Velachery, Chennai on the way from Saidapet towards Pallikaranai. Lot of Town buses available from various parts of Chennai City to Velachery and the bus stop is Gandhi Road or Dhandeeswaram bus stop between Gurunanak College and Vijaya Nagar Bus Terminus. The temple is located in the Rajbhavan-Vijayanagar Bus stand road, about 1.5 Kms from the Vijayanagar Bus Stand. Those coming from southern district may get down either at Tambaram or Guindy stations. There are bus facilities from these places to the temple. Nearest Airport is Chennai Airport.