Mundakanni Amman temple [முண்டகக்கண்ணி அம்மன்] is situated towards the north side of Mylapore Kapaleeswarar temple and near to Madhava Permal Kovil. The temple is about 1300 years old and still attracts many and people in mylapore and also from all corners of Chennai, start their family occasion after performing special prayers to Mundakanni Amman. Though the temple is small in size, the miracles of the Amman are countless. In the month of Aadi, the temple is busy through out that month, as people, from far and near come to worship the Amman and to perform special prayers[rituals to Her.
Mundakanni Amman is said to be a form of Saraswathi who blesses people to excel in thier fine arts. Amman is also known to relive Naaga Dhosham, as the temple is the residing place of snake anthill along with banyan tree behind the sanctum sanctorum of amman, and it is belived and true to say, that naagam[snake] still worships amman everyday.
On entering the temple via the main entrance, make sure that you buy a packet of milk and/or an egg for worshiping naagam and arali flowers which is the used for the worship of the amman. Then once you enter the temple,you can worship amman,the statue is said to be formed naturally- "swayambu"[not carved by man]the moolavar or the main deity resembles a lotus bud and beneath which you can see soolam engraved on it. Above this you can see a silver roof with amman's face on it[donated by music director ilayaraja]. Abishegam is done to amman from morning till noon. The main shrine [moolasthanam] is built naturally with thatched roof as amman loves to be surrounded by nature and also to remain cool, so as to take all the pain within her, and thereby relieve those who come to her for cure from sickness, pain and hardship.
|View of Temple|
|Gopuram of the Temple|
The imporatnt festivals in the temple includes Aadipuram, chitra Pournami, New Year, Vijaya Dhasami and the last friday of thai masam [janurary-february] . Women from all parts of Chennai participate in the festivities were they carry 1008 milk pots or flower baskets to worship amman and pray for their well being. Apart from these, lighting deepaam in lemon using ghee as fuel and with cotton wick,distributing food to the poor will please amman and grant wishes for which people visit the temple
I personally can say that MundaKanni Amman is all powerful. Do visit this sacred temple whenever you find time.