Built by a charitable trust is a temple in Tamil Nadu called Panchmukh Aanjanayar. This temple is located at a distance of 45 km from Chennai in a suburb called Tiruvallur. It is dedicated to Lord Viswaroopa Panchamukha Hanuman and comprises of an idol about 40 feet tall and made up green granite. Apparently poojas are conducted six times a day at this temple. Additionally, the “murti” i.e. idol of Lord Hanuman at this temple is considered to be “one of the tallest in the world”.
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a. Best time to visit the Panchmukha Aanjanayar Temple
The best time to visit this city is in between September to March during which the climate is extremely pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 29 degree Celsius to a minimum of 19 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Panchmukha Aanjanayar Temple
Panchamukha Aanjanayar Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this temple is in Tiruvallur itself. The Tiruvallur Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, and Vizag.
- Via Chennai:
There is one route from Chennai to this temple, and it is via Velacherry Road.
- Via Bangalore:
There is one route from Bangalore to this temple, and it is via NH48.
- Via Coimbatore:
There is one route from Coimbatore to this temple, and it is via NH79.
- Via Madurai:
There is one route from Madurail to this temple, and it is via NH38.
- Via Vizag:
There is one from Vizag to this temple, and it is via NH16 and Chennai-Srikakulam Highway/Guntur-Chennai Highway.
3. By air:
The nearest airport is located in Chennai. The Chennai Airport is well connected to major cities around the country.
c. Religious significance of the Panchamukha Aanjanayar Temple
According to popular legend while Lord Hanuman was carrying Sanjeeva Parvatha to Sri Lanka he is supposed to have stopped at the site of this temple so as to watch Sage Agastya worshipping the Shiva Linga. In addition, the site at which this temple was built on was referred to as “Rudra Vanam” and was home to many sages and Siddha Purushas. Furthermore, it is said that the idol/murti of Lord Hanuman made up green granite stone and weighing approximately 220 tonnes was installed into the site of this temple using specific “mantra shastras”.