07th January 2017.
Our next destination was to Thiruneeremalai Vishnu temples where we had seen Perumals 4 postures. Standing posture at the base temple as Sri Neer Vanna Perumal and the three other postures are at the top of the hill. This is the 108, Thirumangai alwars mangalasasanam petra Vaishnava temple.
SRI NEERVANNA PERUMAL TEMPLE, THIRUNEERMALAI
Dr. Padma Sugavan has sung the pasuram of this temple in front of Thayar’s sannadhi mandapam. Really it was very nice to hear from her.
Moolavar : Sri Neer Vanna Perumal
Thayar : Sri Animaamalar Mangai
This temple is facing east with a 3 tier Rajagopuram with a palipedam and Dwajasthambam. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, arthamandapam and a Maha mandapam. Moolavar is in standing posture and urchavars are in mandapam. It was interesting to note that the Urchavar is not belongs to this temple. The story goes like this… During muslim invasion the Chennakesavaperumal Temple of Chennai was brought here for safety reasons and kept along with this temple’s urchavars. While taking back they had taken the Neervanna Perumal’s urchavars and the existing might belongs to Sri Chenna kesava Perumal Temple.
The entrance to the sanctum is from south with steps. Separate sannadhi for Thayar and Ramar under the mandapam facing east. There is a Hanuman stucco statue in the outer prakaram. The temple is more than 1000 years old with Rajaraja Chozha period inscriptions on the wall.
When Thirumangai alwar came for worship Perumal the place was completely surrounded by water and he waited till the water recede in the other hill to have the dharshan of Perumal, hence perumal is called as Neervanna Perumal.
The temple will be opened between 08.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs and 16.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs
The land line and mobile numbers are +91- 44-2238 5484,98405 95374,94440 20820.
HOW TO REACH:
Thiruneermalai is very near to Pallavaram and Chrompet and Town buses are available.
SRI RANGANATHAR , SRI NARASIMHAR AND SRI ULAGALANTHA PERUMAL TEMPLE, AT THIRUNEERMALAI.
Moolavar : Sri Ranganathar
Thayar : Sri Ranganayaki
After dharshan of Sri Neervanna Perumal temple, climbed up the hill. It took us almost 5 minutes to reach the hill top. The Kalki mandapam at the end of the steps serves as the entrance of the temple. Sri Ranganathar sannadhi is facing south. Sri Ranganathar is in reclining posture, resting his head on Thayar’s lap under the 5 headed hood of Adhisheshan. The sanctum is facing south. The Thayar Sri Ranganayagi is one level below the moolavar on the left side of the entrance.
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Sri Narashimhar (is in a peace mood) also called as Bala Narasimhar, and Ulakagantha Perumal are on the back side of Sri Ranganathar Sannadhi. Both are facing east. Rajaraja and Kulothunga period inscriptions are there on the south side wall of Sri Narasimhar Sannadhi, which are not legible to read due to painting.
Bala narashimhar or Shantha Narasimhar
The Chozha inscriptions
It was told that many famous personalities marriages were held here which include MSV. It was a awesome view of the base temple with the big tank from the top of the hill.
… to be continued ( Sri Rajagopalaswamy Temple, Manimangalam )
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