A closeup view of the Nanganallur Sri Anjaneyar Temple
A closeup view of the Nanganallur Sri Anjaneyar Temple

Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple, also named as Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple is located at Nanganallur in chennai of Tamilnadu state, dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Who is also named as ‘Lord Anjaneyar’. The presiding deity of this Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple was believed to be installed in the year 1989 and was declared sacred in the year 1995 with the blessings of Sri Ragavendra swami and Sri Kanchi Paramacharyar. This temple has some special features in which the temple building contain a Madapalli (offering hall) with full-fledged facilities for offering Annadhanam (offering of food).

Enchanting flower ornamentation presented to Lord Hanuman at Nanganallur Lord Anjaneyar Temple.
Enchanting flower ornamentation presented to Lord Hanuman at Nanganallur Lord Anjaneyar Temple.

Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple also houses sheds for cows and calves, maintained by the temple administrators, which are used to provide milk for the deities for daily rituals. It is said that among all the gods, Lord Anjaneyar was exists in both the sacred Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabaratha. Unlike the other temples, the entrance and the main shrine of this temple faces towards the west direction. The main building of this temple contains pathway for all around the shrines in the temple.

A view from the street towards the temple tower at Nanganallur Lord Anjaneyar Temple.
A view from the street towards the temple tower at Nanganallur Lord Anjaneyar Temple.

Specialty

The presiding deity of Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple is Lord Anjaneyar (Lord Hanuman), facing towards the west direction. The presiding deity was made from a single piece of granite which stands at a height of 32 feet. The most attractive thing in this temple is offering of “Vadamala” to Lord Anjaneyar. A huge Vadamala will be garlanded around the neck of Lord Anjaneyar which touches the full length of the deity. And quite a short Vadamala will be adorned around His folded hands. The vada is provided as Prasadam (offering) for all the devotees.

‘Vadamala (Garland of Vada) is one of the important naivedyam objects offered to Lord Hanuman.Naivedyam means, a food offered to a Hindu deity as part of a worship ritual, before eating it. Vada is a necessary part of the menu in Hindu festivals. Garlands of Vada (Vadamala) offered to Lord Hanuman on auspicious days in South Indian Temples. According to the Hindu epic ‘Ramayana’,after the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana,Lord Rama decided to celebrate the victory with coronation ceremony.

Meritorious decoration with flowers presented to Lord Hanuman at Nanganallur Lord Anjaneyar Temple.
Meritorious decoration with flowers presented to Lord Hanuman at Nanganallur Lord Anjaneyar Temple.

In that ceremony, Lord Rama said that Lord Anjaneya would ever remain with Him always. Also Goddess Sita made a vadamala and garlanded it around the neck of Lord Anjaneya. By remembering this myth,offering vadamala to Lord Anjaneya is followed by the devotees during the auspicious days. And it is believed that people offering vadamala to Lord Anjaneya will be blessed by Him for peaceful and happy life. Other some important naivedyam food items are Butter, Curd Rice , Aval (Beaten Rice), Kesari (Suji Halwa), Pongal, Panakam (Jaggery Mixed in Water) and Fruits and Nuts.

The one more different kind of offering offered to Lord Hanuman in this Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple is the Vennai Kappu (Butter Guard). According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, when Lord Anjaneya on search of Sanjeevani herb in Parvat hill to save the life of Lord Lakshmana, He brought the entire hill to get the Sanjeevani herb. To be protected from the bacteria and to smoothen His body, butter was applied on His body. And to recognize that act, offering of Vennai Kappu is also followed in this temple as an appeasement to Lord Anjaneya.

An aerial view of temple tower at Nanganallur Lord Anjaneyar Temple.
An aerial view of temple tower at Nanganallur Lord Anjaneyar Temple.

The Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of the main shrine is 90 feet high. There is a huge mandapam, worshiping hall in the front of the main shrine to offer worship peacefully. Lord Sri Rama has a separate Sannidhi with Goddess Sita and Lakshmana, along with the presence of Lord Anjaneya. Lord Rama is seen here with a bow which signifies Lord Rama, the ruler and the protector. And hence Lord Rama is called as ‘Kothanda Rama’.

The unique feature of this Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple is that the temple contains a separate Sannidhi for Lord Krishna, which cannot be found in other Anjaneya temples. And there is also a shrine for saint Raghavendra, who faces the shrine of Lord Krishna. The other deities of this temple are Lord Vinayaka, Lord Krishna, Goddess Rukmani and Goddess Sathya Bhama, facing towards the east direction.

Velli Kavasam Silver Shield presented to Lord Hanuman at Nanganallur Lord Anjaneyar Temple.
Velli Kavasam Silver Shield presented to Lord Hanuman at Nanganallur Lord Anjaneyar Temple.

Pooja Timings

The temple remains open from morning 05.00 AM to 12.00 PM and in the evening from 04.30 PM to 09.00 PM.

Festivals

  • Sri Rama navami – March or April
  • Sri Krishna Jayanthi – September
  • Navarathiri Festival – September or October
  • Sri Hanuman Jayanthi – March or April
  • Gokulashtami – August
By Road

Bus facilities are available from Chennai. Large number of Government and Private Buses are plying between Chennai and other major cities.


By Train

The nearest railway station to Anjaneya Temple is mambalam railway station which is 7 KM away from Anjaneya Temple.


By Air

The nearest airport to Anjaneya Temple is chennai international airport, chennai which is 2 KM away from Anjaneya Temple.

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