Adhyantha Prabhu



A word on the idol

The idol, at Madya Kailas temple Adyar Madras is believed to be 1.25 lakh worth “Panchaloha statue” (made of 5 metals) on the lines of Ardhanareeshwara ( Siva and Parvati) and Sri Sankaranarayana (combination of Siva and narayana).  The word Aadiyantha stands for  ‘beginning to end’ (Aadi – beginning  &  Antha – end). There is a Tamil saying  ‘Begin with Ganesha and end up with Anjaneya’.  And even since, it’s between North Kailash (Kasi) and South Kailash (Rameswaram), so the name “Madhya Kailash”.

The idol “Adhyantha Prabhu”,  has Ganesha on the right side and the left is Hanuman. To add further novelty to the shrine, the sanctum is in oval shape as opposed to regular rectangular shaped sanctums

Many people visit the temple to get blessing of the ‘Twins’   against the influence of Shani.  The importance of the idol is that Sri Vigneswara and Sri Anjaneya are the only two deities who are totally free from any influence over them whatsoever by the Shani. It is believed that, the devotees can and do influence the Navagrahas themselves proportionate to the devoutness with which the devotees address themselves to Sri Aadiyanta Prabhu!

A word on the temple

When the Regional Labour Institute was constructed n 1970s, a Ganesha idol came up as Swayambu and it was worshipped at a platform temple. Later, with the blessings and guidance from Kanchi Periyavar, this temple was built with Anandha Vinayaka as the main deity with all the Arupadai Murugans inside the  shrine. is a recently built, a pleasant white structure striking the eyes, is located on the left at the Taramani turn-off in Adyar. This temple has many specialities. The carvings are more akin to the marble temples of North India than the stone structures of the South. This is the only temple in Tamil Nadu constructed in accordance with the cult of Ganapatyam, one of the five cults mentioned by Adi Shankara.   The 34 Moolagrahas in Madhya Kailas were donated by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.

The main deity here is Ananda Vinayakar, is encircled by temples of Lord Siva, Lord Vishnu, Surya and Goddesss Devi. On Vinayaka Chaturthi day, the rays of the sun fall  directly on the presiding deity, striking an auspicious note.  Since Vinayaka is the form of the first sound “Om”, eight bells have been installed. They represent the seven notes Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, Pa, Da, Ni, with the eighth bell signifying the Sa that follows. People of all castes visit this temple and offer prayers.  The temple offers facilities for those who wish to perform “Pithru Karma” ceremony. Started with the blessings of Sri Paramacharya, the ceremony includes rituals that are simple.

The official website of the temple is here

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