The Ashtalaxmi Kovil is a Hindu temple, which lies on the shorelines near the Elliot's beach, in Chennai, India.
The temple is dedicated to the goddess laxmi, and her eight primary forms – the Ashtalaxmi – the giver of all eight forms of wealth, namely, offspring, success, prosperity, wealth, courage, bravery, food, and knowledge.
The sanctorums are depicted on a multi-tier complex in such a way that visitors could visit all the shrines without stepping over any of the sanctorums.
The Vedas and Puranas say that Goddess laxmi has emerged out of the oceans when the Devas and Asuras churned the Milky Ocean. Maha vishnu married Her and They both fulfill the desires of the devotees.
Goddess laxmi is the deity who grants the Eightfold Achievements (Ashtama Siddhis) and Eightfold Wealth( Ashta Iswaryam).
As both Mahavishnu and Mahalaxmi(with Her eight forms) reside in this temple it is known as the Ashtalaxmi Temple.
It is befitting to have a temple constructed and consecrated on the shores facing the sea for Goddess laxmi whose birthplace is the sea.