Ashta Lakshmi temple in Chennai is dedicated to eight Hindu Goddesses who are all believed to be the secondary manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. The Goddess is also the consort of Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi looks after the different forms of wealth in our lives; health, knowledge, progeny, power and strength. The Ashtalakshmi Goddesses should always be worshipped together in a group.
The temple lies on the shores of the Besant Nagar Beach and has four levels. The idols of the eight Goddesses have been placed at different levels at the temple. The worship of the Goddesses starts from level two where shrines of Goddess Mahalakshmi and Mahavishnu are established. On the third floor is the shrine of Santha Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi and Gajalakshmi. The fourth floor has only one shrine, that of Goddess Dhanalakshmi. The first floor houses the shrines of Aadilakshmi, Dharyalakshmi and Dhaanya lakashmi.