This temple in Chennai which is close to 1200 years old is located near New Gummidipoondi and is likely to steal the thunder from the Padmanabhaswamy temple in God's own country, Kerala.
Rumours were doing the rounds of the existence of a secret chamber that holds treasures from the bygone years. The matter has raised the curiosity of devotees and temple authorities. After this, the officials from the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department have decided to open the six-foot wide, 15-foot-long secret tunnel that is believed to have the stunning treasures. The HR&CE controls the temple. The vault is most likely to be opened on Nov 16.
The temple is an architectural and historic marvel dating back to centuries. It also has stone inscriptions from long back as 1033 A.D and has the shrines of Lord Shiva and Ambal Deivanayagi, as well as Vinayaka, and Muruga with both his consorts. The temple has some examples of classic craftsmanship from the Pandya and Chola architectural styles.
On the possible treasure trove, Assistant commissioner at the HR&CE department, Padmanabhan said, "The suspicion arose when the renovation work in view of the temple"s kumbhabhishekam, slated for December 1, was taken up at the temple." A retired official Chinnarajan came across the stone room near the Murugan shrine and intimated the matter to the Tahsildar who later alerted the HR&CE officials.