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Chenna Kesava Perumal temple, located at Devaraja Mudali Street in Sowcarpet area of Chennai city, India, is one of the few tempels built with the aid from the British East India Company.

Chenna Kesava Perumal temple is very old. The original Chenna Kesava temple was located even in the 17th century AD in the location where the Madras High Court is currently located.

The British East India Company demolished this temple in 1757 AD. Due to public outcry, they donated land and some money to Manali Muttukrishna Mudaliar, who built the new Chenna Kesava Perumal temple in the year of 1762.

Along with this Vishnu temple, he also built a temple for Shiva - Chenna Malleeswarar temple, thus Chennai got twin temples.

There is a theory that the city Chennai was named after the Chenna Kesava Perumal temple. When the original temple was present, there were a lot of problems in Chennai such as invasion by French and Tipu Sultan.

The priests of the temple took the idols of Chenna Kesava to Tiruneermalai temple near Chennai.

Chennakesava Perumal Temple  is a Hindu temple situated in the city of Chennai, India. Dedicated to Chennakesava Perumal, a manifestation of the Hindu God Vishnu and the patron deity of Chennai, the temple is the first to be built since the construction of Madras city by the British East India Company.

Chennapattanam was named after the Chenna Kesava Perumal Temple; the word chenni in Tamil means face, and the temple was regarded as the face of the city

Chenna kesava perumal temple is also called as patnam perumal temple. The Town temple [Pattnam kovil]  perhaps was the first temple to be built in the town of Chennapatnam, just across from the northern walls of Madraspatnam yet it would not have been a smooth affair.

Besides the grant of the Council, Manali Muthukrishna Mudaliyar contributed 5,202 pagodas, and subscriptions from the congregation amounted to 15,652 pagodas.

With this the work on the Chennakesava Perumal temple began in 1767, was completed in 1780.

The city's regional name "Chennai" is said to have been derived from these temples.The Chennakesava Perumal Temple was constructed in 1646.


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.