The Periaapaalayath Amman temple, dedicated to Goddess Periyapalayathamma, an incarnation of Shakti (Supreme Mother Goddess), is an important religious and tourist place in Chennai. She is depicted in a fierce form but is considered loving and considerate like a mother. The temple comprises shrines of other gods like Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Muruga and many others. Navagrahas (the nine planets of the Solar System) are also worshipped here. Hanuman worship here is special and done in great grandeur. The festival of Shivarathri is celebrated with great zeal in this temple.