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Sri Annamalayar temple
Moolavar: Annamalayar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Unnamulai Amman
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Chennai
  District: Chennai
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Karthikai Deepam in November-December, Shivrathri in February-March, Skanda Sashti in October-November and Navarathri in September-October are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The presiding deity installed in the temple is a Banalinga brought from Kasi now Varanasi. While Lord Muruga is on His peacock vahan, His consorts Valli and Deivanai are on an elephant vahan. This is a different feature in this temple.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Annamalayar Temple, Palliappan Street, Elephant Gate, Near Chennai Central, Chennai.  
 General Information:
  There are shrines for Lords Vijaya Ganapathy, Viswanatha with His consort Visalakshi, Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Bhairava and Mothers Durga, Mahishasuramardhini and Sri Hanuman.  
  People pray for wedding and child boons, for prosperity, education and job opportunities. 
Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  Karthikai Deepan festival is celebrated in the temple as in famous Tiruvannamalai.  Though a Shiva temple, with due respect to Vaishnavism, there is a shrine for Lord Varadaraja Perumal with His consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi.  
  Temple History:
  There lived in this place a staunch devotee of Lord Arunachaleswara of Tiruvannamalai.  He never failed to visit the place during the Karthikai Deepam festival and to worship Lord Shiva.  Age began to stop his Tiruvannamalai visit leaving him only to shed tears.  Merciful Lord gave darshan to him as a Jyoti and said through a voice to build a temple with a Shivalinga he may get then.  The aged devotee got a Shivalinga from Kasi through his friend and installed it as Lord Annamalayar in this place.  Since then the Karthikai festival is celebrated in this temple as in Tiruvannamalai.  Devotees worship Lord Shiva in the form of Jyoti.  
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: The presiding deity in the temple is from Kasi. Lord Muruga appears on His peacock vahan while His consorts Valli and Deivanai are on an elephant vahan.
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