Buddhist Temple in Chennai
It’s very rare to find a temple for Buddha in Chennai, the gateway of South India. You can even find Jain temples, but not Buddhist temples, as the Buddhist population in Chennai is almost nil. However, there is a Buddhist temple in Chennai. This article explores about that temple.
If you are from South India and wish to visit a Buddhist temple, don’t worry. You don’t need to travel to Sri Lanka or Tibet. You don’t even have to travel to Gaya or Sarnath. In Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state of South India, you can find a temple for Lord Buddha. That too, this temple is located well at the heart of the city. Egmore Railway station is one of the two main railway stations of Chennai city. Buddha temple is located at a small lane named Kenneth lane just opposite to Egmore railway station. It hardly takes five minutes walk from the railway station.
This small temple of Lord Buddha is situated inside the building of the Maha Bodhi Society of India. It belongs to Sri Lankan Buddhists. The Maha Bodhi Society of India was founded by Anagarika Dharmmapala in May 1891 for the purpose of restoring the ancient Buddhist shrines at places such as Gaya and Sarnath. He founded the Soceity’s first center at Buddha Gaya, and in various other cities including the one found at Egmore, Chennai.
The shrine has just a big idol of Lord Buddha. The building is used by the pilgrims as a guest house. When you happen to go to Egmore, visit this small temple of Buddha having a big idol of Buddha.
49* Mahabodhi Society (Madras)
17 Kennet Lane, Egmore, Madras 600 008, Tamil Nadu