Vadapalani iis a neighbourhood in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India. It is known for its film studios and the Vadapalani Andavar Temple, which is an important pilgrimage centre. Situated in the western part of Chennai, Vadapalani is an important bus terminus on Arcot Road.
Built about 125 years back, this much-hallowed and regularly frequented Lord Muruga sannidhi has emerged from a thatched shed, an unostentatious one enshrining a Murugan picture only, and established for itself a name on par with ancient places of worship. Around 7,000 couples are married here each year. According to the sthalapurana, one Muruga devotee by name Annaswami Nayakar with his limited means built a small thatched hut and kept a Murugan painting for his personal worship primarily. During his meditation and worship, he used to experience some divine power entering his body and inspiring him to utter some mysterious things-whatever he said in his trance was found true. His utterance went by the name of 'arulvakku' ('God blessed statements') and relieved people in several ways, like curing diseases and getting jobs, solemnising marriages, etc.
There are very many sannidhis in the vast courtyards of the temple, like Varasiddhi Vinayaka, Chokkanāthar, Meenakshi Amman, Kāli, Bhairava, Shanmuga with Valli and Devasenā. The moolavar in standing posture resembles the Palani Muruga in every respect. In the inner prakara, there are many niches housing Dakshina Murti, Chandikeswar, Mahalakshmi, et al. It has a spacious hall used for conducting marriages and religious discourses. It is one of the most-frequented Murugan shrines in the city of Chennai. The entrance to this temple is crowned with a rajagopuram adorned with several stucco images depicting legends from the Skanda puranam. In front of the temple is the temple tank. The eastern tower rises to a height of 40.8 metres. The 108 bharata natyam dance gestures can be seen on the eastern tower as well.
HCL Technologies and MCCI Interconnect Solutions are some of the software companies located in Vadapalani. The huge Tata Consultancy Services Office has now been acquired and used by SRM University.
The Vijaya-Vauhini Studios, Vikram Studios are in Vadapalani, whereas the Prasad Colour Lab and Studios, Efx Studios,and AVM Studio are in Saligramam. There are many actors and actresses living in Vadapalani. Not so famous film personalities working as stunt artistes, dancers, supporting actos and television artistes can be spotted regularly in Vadapalani.
- 0500 am: Nadai
- 0530 am: Palli Arai
- 0700 am: Milk Abhishekam
- 1000 am: Vibhuti Abhishekam
- 1100 am: Santanam Abhishekam
- 1200 noon: Uchi Kâla Puja
- 0900 pm: Palli Arai Puja
- Location: Andavar Koil Street, Vadapalani, Chennai
- Main Deity: Palani Andavar
- Other Deities: Arunagirinathar, Chokkanatha, Ganapathi, Kaliamman, Kasi Viswanatha, Kuthuvar, Manikkavachakar, Meenakshi Amman, Six-faced Muruga with Valli and Devanai, Vairavar, Varasiddhi Vinayaga, Virabagudevar, Virabhadra, Visalakshi
- Festivals: Skanda Sashti is celebrated here in the month of Aippasi. Other festivals celebrated here include Panguni Uttiram. The Karttikai asterism in each month attracts large crowds to the temple.