Mangadu (forest of Mango trees)is a small town situated 24km from Chennai between Kundrathur and Poonamallee.When Lord Siva and Devi were in their garden in Mount Kailash, Devi playfully covered the eyes of Lord Siva. Immediately the whole universe was engulfed in darkness. The Goddess sought Siva's pardon and he directed her to perform severe penance on earth. She came to earth and started her penance on the Panchagni in Mangadu.
The Goddess performed the penance resting her left leg on the Panchagni with her left hand raised above her head, holding a jabs mala. This image is seen at the temple where she is known as Tapas Kamakshiamman.Lord Siva, satisfied with he devotion,appeared before her and married her at Kancheepuram where the Sri Ekambareshwar temple is now situated. Hence it is believed that unmarried girls who worship Sri Kamakshi here get married as all obstacles that delay their marriage will be removed. People also worship the Goddess for begetting children when they offer miniature cradles here.
When Goddess left after completing her penance without extinguishing the fire the whole area suffered from the unbearable heat for a long time. Sri AdiSankara of Kaladi came here and installed the SRI ARDHAMERU CHAKRAM to extinguish the fire and the Sri Chakra is considered very divine and powerful.
Abhishegam is performed on Mondays, Wednesdays,Thursdays and Saturdays between 11 AM to 1 PM.The temple is open on Monday,Wednesday,Thursday and Saturdays between 6 AM and 1.30 PM and then again from 3 PM to 9.30 PM. On Sunday,Tuesday and Friday the temple is open from 5 AM to 10 PM.