Sri Neervanna Perumal Temple is situated in the town of Thiruneermalai, Chennai, Tamilnadu. It is located on the hillock. Sri Neervanna Perumal Temple is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also named as ‘Thiruneermalai Kshetram’. The presiding deity of this Neervanna Perumal Temple is Lord Neervanna Perumal (Lord Vishnu), found in a standing posture. The presiding deity (Lord Vishnu) blesses the devotees in four different postures:
- Lord Neervanna Perumal – Nindra Thirukkolam
- Lord Narasimhar – Irundha Thirukkolam
- Lord Ranganatha – Kidantha Thirukkolam
- Lord Trivikrama – Nadantha Thirukkolam
The other deities of this temple are Goddess Animamalar Mangai thayar, Lord Kalyana Ramar, Goddess Ranganayaki, Goddess Andal and Garuda, the mount of Lord Vishnu. It is said that Thirumangai Azhwar, the last of the 12 Azhwar saints of south India, who are known for their affiliation to Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, have visited this temple. Sri Neervanna Perumal temple is revered in Naalayira Divya Prabhandham, a great Tamil canon, and the hymns was sang by Thirumangai Azhwar and Bhoothathazhwar.
The legend says that once Valmiki, the harbinger-poet in Sanskrit literature, prayed to Lord Ranganatha and Goddess Ranganayaki, they said to have took the form of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, and Sesha, Conch, and Chakra as Lakshmana, Bharata, Shatruguna and Garuda as Lord Hanuman. Valmiki got the blessings of Lord Ranganatha, Lord Trivikrama and Lord Narasimha in the hillock.
One has to climb about 300 steps to reach the temple on the hillock and the temple is very famous for conducting marriages. The Prasadam (food offering) offered in this temple are Puliyodharai (Tamarind Rice), Dhadhyonam (Curd Rice), Pongal, Chakkarai Pongal, Vada, Adhirasam and Murukku. The Theerthams (temple tanks) of this Neervanna Perumal Temple are Siddha theertham, Swarna theertham, and Karunya theertham.
The temple remains open from morning 8.00 AM to 12.00 noon and in the evening from 4.00 PM to 7.30 PM.
- Annual Brahmmotsavam – April/May
- Vasanthotsavam – May/June
- Summer festival – June/July
- Sani Pavithra Utsavam – September/October
Tiruneermalai is 10 km far from Tambaram, Chennai. Bus facility is available from Pallavaram and other importatnt cities. The temple is just 5 km from Pallavaram.
Nearest Railway Station to reach Sri Neervanna Perumal Temple is Pallavaram Railway Station, Egmore.
Nearest Airport to reach Sri Neervanna Perumal Temple is Chennai Meenambakkam airport.
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