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Sri Gayatri Amman temple-Chidambaram

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Sri Gayatri Amman temple-Chidambaram

Arulmigu Gayatri Amman Tirukkoil, Chidambaram – 608 001, Cuddalore District.

Ph: +91 4144- 223 450


Temple History:

A certain king went on pilgrimage to assuage his curse. On the way, a Brahmin met him and gave him all the good he received, granted by ‘Gayatri Mantra’. The king got rid off his curse. The happy king gave gifts to the Brahmin, who refused it and requested the king to build a temple for Gayatri. The king accordingly built a separate temple with Gayatri as the Prime Deity.

Greatness Of Temple:

Triple faceted Ambigai: Sage Viswamitra chanted the ‘Gayatri Mantra’ and was bestowed with the status of Brahmarishi. The form that appeared while chanting the mantra was imaged as Gayatri. She sits on a lotus flower and faces west, and has five countenances and ten arms carrying weapons. Near her foot is the ‘Sri Chakram’. The tradition is that she is ‘Gayatri’ in the morning, ‘Savitri’ in the noon and ‘Saraswathi’ in the evening. She represents the triple Lords and their Devis.

Full-moon day worship: Since Gayatri renders power to Sun, festival is conducted to her around the Full-moon day of the Simha month (Aavani) enjoyed by the Sun. On the Full-moon days, ‘Gayatri’ mantra is chanted 1008 times, fire-oblations (homam) are done and special poojas are performed. For the progression of children’s education, she is adorned with red-flower garland and offered vadai and paayasam. During Navarathiri ‘Lakshaarchanai’ and on the Vijayadasami day, ‘Parivettai’ event are celebrated.



The Prime Deity Gayatri seated on a lotus flower faces west, with five countenances and ten arms carrying weapons. She presents herself as the three aspects of Ambal.


Devotees pray for the augmentation of their children’s education.

Temple Timings

The temple is open between 9.00 am and 10.00 am and in the evening between 6’0 clock and 7.30.

Location :
From the Chidambaram Bus-stand, by going to Kanchithotti stop about 1 km distance and then walk half a km. from there, we can reach the temple.

Near By Railway Station :

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