Jagannath temple Chennai is one of the famous Hindu temple in southern India as "Dakshinakshetra". This shrine is maintained and managed by Sri Jagannath Spiritual Educational Cultural Trust, Chennai, India. It is situated on the seashore of Kanathur Reddykuppam. (Before Mayajaal and after Toll plaza on the ECR) is unique in many respects. This temple was built on 26 January 2001. It is an unique replica of Puri Jagannath temple and is built in oriya architectural style.
This temple's serene and peaceful environment amidst green lawns and flower gardens is already a special attraction for all spiritual seekers. It is a spiritual brotherhood and a registered public and charitable trust engaged actively to serve the society and mankind at large in the fields of spirituality, education, cultural and philanthropic services. The trust seeks cooperation and help from all devotees and like –minded organizations and Philanthropic public. In addition to the daily pujas’ and rituals at the seven shrines of the complex, Annadanam and periodic health camps are also organized for the benefit of the people. Satsang and cultural programmes are regular features in the complex.
The most important festival at the shrine is the Jagannath rath yatra, which is celebrated on the same day as in Puri. The primary deities of the shrine, namely, Lord Jagannath, Devi Subadra and Lord Balabadra, are taken around the Kannathur village during the occasion. Unlike Puri, the rath is a single one made of stainless steel and decorated with wood and cloth. It is claimed that the shrine is the only temple in the world to have a stainless steel rath for Lord Jagannath.
Official Website: jagannathshrinechennai.com
How to reach?
Jagannath temple at Kanathur, Chennai is located off the East Coast
Road; that route is also for Pondicheri. Regular services are there from
Broadway, Madras Transport Corporation (MTC) depot; those play through this
route. Most buses to Kovalam pass through this route.
The lofty granite shrine,
In Orissan architectural style and dedicated to LORD Jagannath, along with
other six shrines (Ganesh, Siva, Lakishmi, Vimala, Navagraha and Yajna
Nursingha) overlooks the sea in awe-inspiring splendour. A marble floored
meditation hall and an open Yajna mandap are added advantages. A unique union
of three auspicious trees ( Neen , Banian and Pipal ) , standing in the middle
of Vahana-mandap next to the Vinayaka Shrine is believed to have divine
sanction as Kalpataru.