Mangadu Kamakshi Temple, Chennai

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Mangadu Kamakshi Temple is in the Mangadu suburb of Chennai and is located very close to the Mangadu bus stop. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi Amman who is worshipped here in the form of Shakti or Power.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati were playing on Mount Kailash when the Devi placed her hands over the eyes of Shiva. This put the entire world into darkness. The Devi realized her mistake and sought forgiveness from Shiva. Lord Shiva asked her to perform penance on the earth.

Devi Parvati came down to earth and started her penance on the Panchagni in Mangadu. She stood on her left foot and raised her left hand over her head. She held a rosary in her left hand. This is the position which has been eternalized in the idol at the temple. Lord Shiva was impressed with the Devi, and they got married at Kanchipuram.

The Mangadu Kamakshi Temple is dedicated to the remorseful form of Goddess Parvati.

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