A database of everything you need to know about Kovil Prasadam in Chennai (the When, the Where, the What)

Chennai has no dearth of temples and our temples churn out some of the most delicious food, which could give even star hotels a run for their money.

Like us, our gods also have their favorite dishes and oh boy, aren’t we glad about it! Because, depending on the deity worshiped, different temples offer different dishes from puliyodarai to sarkarai pongal to brownies and the taste of kovil prasadam can make even an atheist run to the temples.

We did some holy research and what came up, blew our mind. It will blow yours too.

Remember Senthil and his diary in Boys movie? We thought that was a great idea to compile a list of temples and their offerings. Well, that’s precisely what Mr.Ramesh Kumar has done.

Ramesh Kumar, a foodie himself, started compiling his list in 2015 when he landed on a thread discussing kovil prasadam in Where Chennai Eats facebook group. He painstakingly compiled all the information spread across various threads in the group over the years and came up with this database.

Now, that’s what we call dedication and we’re forever indebted!


Here is a list of the most sought after temple offerings in Chennai. Try not to miss out on these !

Singaperumal Koil

What: Pepper Dosa served with Spicy podi at Rs.25, sold inside the temple premises. Available on weekends

Image Source: Rajesh Gnanaskandan

Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane

What: Puliyodharai, Sarkarai Pongal, adirasam, sojji appam and thenkuzhaal

Image Source: Karthik Setty

Nanganallur Anjaneyar temple

What: The free prasadam offered here include Ven pongal, Sarkarai pongal, Puliyodarai, Milagu Vadai on Saturday Mornings

Nanganallur koil prasadam. Image Source: Raamesh Keerthi 

Kapaleeshwar Temple, Mylapore

What: Sundal, Thiruvathirai kalee(Only during Margazhi Month), Sarkarai Pongal, Puliyodarai, Athirasam available daily.

Image Source: Urban_Sanyaseee

Jaya Durga Peetham temple, Padappai

What: Brownies (Yes, you read it right!)

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Sri Sathya Saibaba Temple, Mylapore

What – Sambhar Rice, Curd rice and sweet on Thursdays

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Murugan Temple, Vadapalani

What – Panchamirtham, Athirasam

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Think we have missed some temples? Let us know in the comments! Let’s keep the database updated, Chennai! 🙂

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33 thoughts on “A database of everything you need to know about Kovil Prasadam in Chennai (the When, the Where, the What)”

  1. Rathnagireeswarar kovil at Besant Nagar offers excellent prasadam the evenings between 530 and 6 30

  2. In Ayyappa temple in kknagar, people daily get free prasadam around 10am. Different varieties of rice, like, sakkarai pongal, puli rice, vegetable rice etc.

  3. Very informative. In the same way, if it is possible, provide the details all over Tamil Nadu Temples, like Sriragam, Madurai, kancheepuram, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur, etc.

  4. In Korattur Anhaneyar temple daily Sundal and Milagu dosai in the evening 7.00 pm. And most of the days Variety rice along with Sundal.

  5. Ashok Nagar Anjaneyar temple also offers prasadams on a daily basis.

  6. Besant Nagar Rathnagireeswar Temple is conspicuously missing in the list of Temples covered. Venpongal Thayir sadham on the days of pradosham and daily prasadham special to each day are of admirably superb quality and quantity.

  7. Great information. Why don’t we just create mob app with compact database which is upgradable and Integrated GPS.

  8. Nandalala Krishna Temple at Dr.Ranga Road offers excellent prasadam. Prasadam during Krishna Jayanthi event at the temple is a treat.

  9. In venkateshwara temple of golden george mogappair east, you will get any one of these items in dhonni as prasadam every day and if you want a second or third serving you will get. Puliyodarai, curd rice, sarkkarai pongal, lemon rice are the items.

  10. West Mambalam Sankara madam daily at 12 noon Annadhanam available.
    West Mambalam Sai baba Temple daily prsadam in the afternoon.

  11. velachery-tambaram road – gowrivakkam panchamuga aanjaneyar temple. Every saturday annadhanam from 10am.

  12. At Panchavati, Anjaneyar temple(near Pondicherry) lunch is provided every day. Excellent food. 40 ft tall Anjaneyar is awesome. Worth a visit. You will get Pongal as prasadam in the mornings.

  13. DailyKee Pongal Prasadam morning at 9am will be given Lord Ayyappan temple west kknagar chennai 600078 free

  14. Panchavadi Anjaneyar temple they are giving prasadam for all more than 10 years… full day they give prasadam to all people, whoever visits there. Temple located at Tindivanam – Pondycherry Highways… u can see the Board & left turn bye lane.

    Very innovative collection. Congratulations to all.

    1. Maybe the author is referring to Sundaram? But that would technically be RA Puram…Given the prasadams mentioned, it could be Shirdi Sai Baba temple, Mylapore.

  15. Daily sundal prasadam at thiruvengadamudayan temple around 7pm and all Saturday’s Pongal,uppuma around 7pm at chitlapakkam

  16. In Skandashramam at Selaiyur, Mahalakshmi Nagar, daily annadhanam at 12.30 noon and Daily homam and prasadam distribution

  17. Mandaveli Vallalar Koil missing, daily they provide different like, upma, kasari, sambar rice, curd rise, poori, masala vadai, ulundha vadai, Veg puzhav, kichadi etc., Daily they serve one item in the above list with sambar & chutney

  18. Good compilation the best I came to know the list of temples to visit .thanks good job

  19. In most temples there are two sets of places where you can get prasadams. One is a place called Madapalli from where the prasadams are prepared and offered to God as neivedyam. You have to go-to office pay and receive direct from Madapalli. The quality will be very good
    The other place is the shop.whete we generally buy and tenders are called or auctioned to contractors who prepare and sell. The quality will be so so because the contractor has to make a profit. This is the reality and you can decide for yourselves

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