Sri Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple is located at ‘Thiru Ida Venthai’ (Thiruvidanthai), South Chennai, state of Tamilnadu and also revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Sri Nithya Kalyana Perumal temple is believed to be built by the Pallavas (period between the 3rd and 9th centuries CE).
The legend says that the sage Gavalaa Maharishi had 360 daughters and he wished to get them married to Lord Vishnu. So the sage prayed to Lord Vishnu at this temple. Pleased by his devotion, Lord Vishnu accepted to marry His daughters. And Lord Vishnu said that He would marry one daughter a day and He married all 360 daughters of the sage in a year. And hence the Lord who reside here is called as Nithya Kalyana Perumal. After marrying all 360 daughters of the sage, Lord Vishnu converted all of them into one and kept the one on His left lap. And hence the place is called by the name Thiruvidandai.
The presiding deity of this Sri Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple is Lord Sri Nithya Kalyana Perumal also called as Lord Sri Lakshmi Varaha Swamy (Lord Vishnu), who stands on an Adisesha. Goddess Komalavalli Nachiyaar, consort of Lord Sri Nithya Kalyana Perumal, is found on the left thigh of Lord Nithya Kalyana Perumal. There is a separate shrine for Goddess Andal. It is believed that the sage Markandeya, an ancient sage from Hindu tradition, and King Mahabali, a benevolent Asura King, and the grandson of Prahlada in Indian scriptures, have visited this temple.
There is ritual followed in this temple for those who pray for marriage. Those who pray to get married, offer two garlands to the deity. After the rituals, the priest gives back one of the garlands. And the offered person has to wear that garland and has to do Pradakshinam (Circumambulation), and it is believed they will get married soon. Sri Nithya Kalyana Perumal temple is popularly considered as Varaha Kshetram and is believed to bestow those who pray for marriages. Sri Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple is built near the seashore. And the Theertham (temple tank) of this temple is called Kalyana Theertham.
The temple remains open from morning 6.00 AM to 12.00 noon and in the evening from 3.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
- Thaipusam – January/February
- Panguni Uthiram – March/April
- Vaikunda Ekadasi – ecember/January
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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