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Kalikambal Temple

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Kalikambal is one of Chennai’s most famous temples. It is situated in Thambu Chetty Street in George Town, although previously it was located on the seashore and shifted here in the 17th century during the British Raj. This temple is devoted to Hindu Goddess Kamakshi, a form of Parvati and Lord Kamateswarar and is visited by many locals. One can also find some local deities inside the temple and a shrine dedicated to navagrahas, the nine planets in Hindu mythology.

As per historical records, the Maratha warrior king, Shivaji paid his respects at this temple in the 1600s. The temple is believed to be constructed by the Viswakarma clan. The temple remains very crowded during the month of Vaikasi, or the month of April as per the Tamil calendar and the festivals of Navratri and Vasant Navratri. Apart from this, daily poojas also take place in the temple premises, four times a day.