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Kanda Kottam
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Travel Base: Chennai

This is one of the most important temples in the sprawling Chennai meteropolis and is located in the heart of the business district in Park Town. It is a well endowed temple rich in tradition, patronage and festivals. It has been hailed by the poems of Ramalinga Adigalar who stayed here in residence.

This temple was built by devotees of the Tirupporur Murugan temple in the 17th century, enshrining an image of Skanda discovered in an ant hill near Tirupporur. The temple was renovated in the 19th century.

The sanctum enshrines Subramanyar with his consorts Valli and Deivayanai. The jewelry adorning the images of Skanda are of great beauty. The entrance to the temple is crowned with a Rajagopuram and there is a tank within the temple premises.

Four worship services are offered each day here. The annual Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the month of Thai. The day following the Thai Poosam festival, witnesses a procession of Subramanyar to the Kachabeswarar temple in George Town, for the float festival (celebrated during times of plenty).

Vasanta Utsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi. Arudra Darisanam is celebrated in the month of Margazhi where the processional image of Nataraja is taken out in a grand procession through an exceptionally long processional route.