Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple13 Votes Currently Open
- Address: S Mada St, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
- Timings: 06:30 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Phone: +91-9444081142
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
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 Bus: at Mamallapuram
- By Auto-Rickshaw
- By renting a Bike
- On foot
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