Sri Valli Deva Sena Sameda Sri Karthikeya Swamy Temple
Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh
Dedicated to Lord Murugan, the Sri Kartikeya Swami Temple was established by the Tamilians in Chandigarh. The temple is located in the 31 D sector of Chandigarh. At first, a small spear or Vel was constructed at the site of the temple on a pedestal and later a temple was built at that place. The Shivacharyas of Kanchipuram performed a Maha kumbhabhishekam at the temple in 1992 and in 2002. Other than Lord Murugan, the temple complex houses a sannidhi for Lord Hanuman and Navagrahas.
During the peak of militancy in Punjab in the 1980s, the Tamils in Chandigarh felt the need for a temple for Lord Muruga to keep their Tamil culture and traditions intact. At first, a small vel (spear) was erected on a pedestal and they started worshiping the vel by chanting Tiruppugazh bhajanam under the cover of darkness. When the entire region was free from militancy by 1990, they decided to built a temple for their Lord and started working to...View more
ards it. Sthapati Rajagopal and his disciple Sthapati Thiagarajan from Chennai drew the blue print for the temple and built the temple following Dravidian temple architecture with a mixture of Chola and Pallava style of gopuram. The idols of Lord Muruga flanked by Valli and Devasena, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Krishna Mariamman along with small idols for the temple praharam (peripheral walls) such as Narthana Ganapati, Dakshina Murti, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga and Chandigeswar were chiseled by sculptors from Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu and brought to the temple. The deity was named as 'Lord Karttikeya Swami' by Maha Swami of Kanchi Sankara Mutt. A Mahakumbhabhishekam (grand consecration) was performed in January 1992 by Shivacharyas from Kanchipuram led by Rajappa Gurukkal along with Viswanatha Gurukkal. The second Kumbhabhishekam was held in April 29, 2002, by the same group of Shivacharyas led by Rajappa Gurukkal.
The Sri Kartikeya Swami Temple was built according to the Dravidian temple architecture with a mixture of Chola and Pallava style of gopuram. The devotees can view the traditional tower and also the idol of the main deity at the same time. All the idols in the temple have been sculpted by artists from Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu.
Timings : In Summer, the temple opens from 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM and 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM.
In Winter, the temple opens from 08:00 AM to 01:00 PM and 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM.
No restriction in dress code. Wear good clothes
Chandigarh has a cosmopolitan culture and right from the early times, the city has attracted people from all over the country. The city is known for its folk songs and dances which are popular all over the country. Bhangra, Giddha, Luddi, Jhumar, Julli, Sammi, Teeyan, Dankara, Gatka, etc. are some of the popular folk dances of the city. Even in the Indian movie industry, these dance forms and folk songs are used widely. Many of the festivals celebrated in the city are accompanied by these performing arts. Some of the important festivals celebrated include Baisakhi in April which marks Punjabi New Year and also the beginning of the harvest season. Lohri is another harvest festival and is celebrated in January.
Sri Karthikeya Swami Temple-Air Force Temple Complex, Sector 31D, Chandigarh 160030
Chandigarh is conveniently connected by an excellent network of roads. The city is accessible by two National Highways, namely, the National Highway 21 en route from Ambala to Kinnaur and the National Highway 22 on Chandigarh-Leh route. There are several other temples and religious sites around Chandigarh, that can be reached by road from Chandigarh.
The railway stop at Chandigarh is connected to various towns and cities across India. From the railway station, visitors can take buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis to reach the temple.
The Chandigarh airport is located about 15 Kms from the bus stand in the city, and has flights connecting to New Delhi. Taxis and car rentals are easily available from the airport to the temple.
Morning pooja and arathi starts from 07:00 AM onwards. Different kinds of sevas to be performed based on calendar.
Astothrama Archana, Sahasranama Archana, Sankalpam, Rahu Kala Pooja, Vilakku Pooja, Nava Graha Pooja, Kumkuma Pooja
Sandhana Kaappu(Face), Vibudhi Alangaram, Manjal Kaappu, Vennai Kaappu, Vadai Maalai
Kaavadi, Paulkudam, Kadhu Kuthal, Kalyanam
Milk Abishekam, Maha Abishekam Main, -Do- Parharam