Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple

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  • Address: S Mada St, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
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  • Timings: 06:30 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +91-9444081142
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins

Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple - Review

The Pallava King constructed 3 temples dedicated to the Lord Perumal. However, two of those temples were destroyed by the sea. The one temple that survived for centuries is the Sthalasayana Perumal Temple which was moved from the sea shore to its current location in 14th century by Vijayanagar king Parankusa.

Story goes that Sage Pundareeka wanted to offer a Lotus flower to Lord Perumal in the Milk Ocean but the water of the sea obstructed him to do so. He began draining the water with great devotion and many years passed away. Tired after years, the Sage prayed to his lord to help him dry out the sea. Lord Perumal appeared as an old man and asked the sage to fetch him food. The sage left the flowers with the old man and when he came back, he saw Lord Perumal adorned with the flowers in his divine form. This temple celebrates the story of the sage and his devotion and has a statue of the lord in his reclining form. The place also has a separate shrine for Lord Narsimha. There is also documentation that speaks of the temple being one of the Divyadesam- 108 Vishnu temples mentioned in ancient scriptures.  The place is also considered to be the birth place of the Azhwa saint Bhoothath Azhwar who is known for being related to the Vaishnava tradition.

The architecture of the temple is stunning to say the least and even today the temple has elaborate ceremonies and “Poojas” or prayer services where people from all around the city come to offer their prayers and respect.

How To reach Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple by Public Transport

  • By Bus: at Mamallapuram
  • By Auto-Rickshaw
  • By renting a Bike
  • On foot

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  • Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple Address: S Mada St, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
  • Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple Contact Number: +91-9444081142
  • Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple Timing: 06:30 am - 08:00 pm
  • Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple(preferred time): 07:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Time required to visit Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple: 00:30 Mins
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Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple, Mahabalipuram Reviews

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  • Sriman Narayanan is parapbrammam. Annam is parapbrammam, feeding the hungry and parama bhagawat blesses us with divine thoughts.

  • Wonderful temple. Located at Mahabalipuram. Very old and famous temple.

  • Must to visit temple in Mahabalipuram. One of the Diya Desa temples. This temple has a history which goes around 1400 years ago..

  • It is said that Mahabali Chakravarthy ruled this sthalam and as per the varam he got from Vamaanar, one of the Incarnations (Avathaaram) taken by Sriman Narayanan, this sthalam is named as "Mahabalipuram". It is one of the said story about this sthalam. Pundareeka Maharisi started and maintained a big nandavanam (Flower park) here and wanted to dedicate all the Lotus flowers which flowers in this nandhavam to the divine feet of Emperumaan. Once, he plucked all those Lotus flowers and put them in a basket and started walking to Paramapadhanadhan in Thiruppaarkadal. But, he could not walk cross the sea, because of the huge waves of the sea. To make the sea dry, he started to clear the water through his hands. But, actually he could not do that and it is impossible for an ordinary person to do so. At that time, Emperumaan came there as an old man and told him he is hungry and he wants some food to eat. Perumal said if he gives the food, he can also help him to make the water dry. Hearing this, Pundareekar kept the basket which is full of Lotus at that place and went back to his house to get some food for the Perumal, who has come as an old man. When he came along with the food, he could not find the old man and found that there is not water in the sea. At the same time, he could find Emperumaan, wearing the Lotus flowers all along his body shoulders and giving the Kidantha Kolam facing east direction in the empty floor. As the Prarthanai (asking our needs to Perumal) of Pundareeka Maharishi, Emperumaan gave him the seva in this sthalam as seen in Paarkadal. Near Moolavar, Pundareekar is present near the Lotus feet of the Lord (Thiruvadi of the Perumal.) Near to this sthalam, on travelling along the west direction of the light house, we can find Aadhivaraga Murthy temple - Thiru Ida Vendhai. Mahabalipuram is famous for its stone carved statues and sea shore. The speciality of the statues are shown to the world by all Pallava kings and the stone carved statues tell how their thinking is. The Krishna Mandapam where we can find a 8 feet Krishnar and the Gopalan (Krishnan) getting the milk from cow. Statue which explains the tapas done by Arjunan. Two big rocks in which full of shapes of Cat to Elephant, Devas, Munivas, Lord Shiva giving Pasupa Astharam, and cat in the Kolam of doing tapas and rats around it. These are the shapes which are beautifully seen in these two big rocks. Panja Pandavar Mandapam, Govardhana Mandapam, Panja Pandavas Ratham (Chariot) and all done in one rock and lots more can be seen. Specials: This is the Avathara Sthalam of Bhoodathalwar. This Sthalam is full of Artistic work temple it is also called as "Artha Sethu". This place is governed by Mahabali. According to the boon (Varam) got by Mahabali by Lord Vaamanar, the place is called as " Mahabali Puram" - This is one of the old story said about this sthalam. Chitra Kara Puli - Mahendravarman's Son Narasima Varma Pallavan was populary named as "Mamallan". Lots of the monumental and artistic works that are found are done by him and becasue of this, the place is called as "Mamallapuram".

  • One of the 108 Divya desam temples. Small area overall. The main priest is kind enough to explain on seeing non locals. Lord Vishnu is in the reclining posture, however a notable difference is the absence of Adisesha, the serpent on whom he is typically shown resting. Here he is resting directly on land hence the name Sthala (land) Sayana (sleeping) Perumal (Lord Vishnu).

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