Mother Durga in the temple graces with a discus in Her hand. This is a rare form of Mother Durga.
Sri Mangadu Kamakshi (Velleeswarar) Temple, Mangadu–602 101; Kancheepuram district.
Phone no:+91- 44 - 2627 2053,2649 5883,94444 61383.
The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Tirukarthikai in November–December; Arudra Darshan in December–January and Shivrathri in February–March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Mother Parvathi had to land on Earth due to the curse of Lord Shiva as she covered His eyes in playful mood resulting in a standstill of the activities of the world. She came to this place, stood on one leg amidst five types of fire, seeking the grace of Lord to take Her back.
It was at the same time, planet Venus-Shukra too performed penance on Lord Shiva in this place to have his eye back which he lost for blocking the charity offered by Mahabali – 3 feet land – to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu then covered all the worlds in 2 feet and for the third, Mahabali offered his own head to honour his promise to Lord.
When Lord Shiva came to grace Mother Parvathi, He granted His first blessing to Shukra the devotee, establishing the rule that priority goes for devotees than for His own consort. As Shukra was then performing Shiva Puja, Lord could not leave the place to bless Mother Kamakshi. He advised Her by a voice to go to Kancheepuram to continue the penance. Ambica followed Lord's advice, continued penance at Kanchi and joined Her Lord. Lord granting darshan and eye to Shukra–Velli, stayed in the place as Velleeswarar.
Lord Shiva graces the devotees from a square shaped stage-peeta. Velli is another name of planet Venus–Shukra. As the Lord granted darshan to Velli the Shukra, He is praised as Velleeswara. As the name Bhargava also is for Shukra, Lord is also known as Bhargaveswarar.
As Ambica is in the Mangadu temple, there is no Ambica shrine here too as in Kancheepuram temple. Only the feet of Ambica are before the Lord's shrine. People use to light lamps in Lord's shrine in coconut shells.
Lord Vinayaka in the front mandap enjoys special attention. He is holding paddy stalks in His left upper hand and a mango in the lower hand. Farmers offer paddy and mango as nivedhana to Him praying for good farm yields. Another Vinayaka in the goshta has an umbrella and fan-Shamara in hand. There are two Vinayakas in the temple in different forms.