A distant view of the Sri Sthalasayana Perumal Temple
A distant view of the Sri Sthalasayana Perumal Temple

Sri Sthalasayana Perumal Temple is also named as ‘Thiru Kadalmallai’ is situated in Mahabalipuram, kanchipuram district of Tamilnadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Sthalasayana Perumal Temple is said to be built by the Pallavas and was later contributed by the Chola dynasties, Vijayanagar Kings and Madurai Nayakars. Sri Sthalasayana Perumal Temple is said to be the birthplace of the saint Bhoothathazhwar.

The mythology says that the sage named Pundarika was performed penance towards Lord Vishnu and he collected 1008 Tamarasa flowers and offered to Lord Vishnu to get the blessings of Lord in His ‘Ksirabdhi’ form, the posture of Lord Vishnu in ‘Thirupaarkadal’. Lord Vishnu is said to appear to the sage Pundarika at this place, in the form of an old sage asking for food. It took some time for the sage Pundarika to acquire food for the old sage, but too while returning back, he found that Lord Vishnu in the form of old sage waiting for his arrival. And Hence Lord Vishnu stood in that place for a long time, He is called as ‘Sthalasayana Perumal’.

Specialty

The presiding deity of this Sthalasayana Perumal Temple is ‘Lord Sri Sthalasayana Perumal’, facing towards the east direction and the Goddess of this temple is ‘Nilamangai Thayaar’. The other main deities of this temple are Lord Narasimha, Lord Ramar, Goddess Andal and the sanctum also houses the image of sage Pundarika. Sri Sthalasayana Perumal Temple is one of the 32 Groups of Monuments at Mahabalipuram which are declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Sri Sthalasayana Perumal Temple is glorified in ‘Nalayira Divya Prabandham’, the Vaishnava canon, and the songs are sung by the saints Thirumangai Azhwar and Bhoothathazhwar. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of this temple is called Pundarika Pushkarani and Garuda Nadhi. The Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of Sri Sthalasayana Perumal Temple is called Thaganakruthi (Aanantha) Vimanam.

Pooja Timings

  • Ushathkalam Pooja – 7 a.m.
  • Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
  • Uchikalam Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
  • Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
  • Irandamkalam Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ardha Jamam Pooja – 10:00 p.m.

Festivals

  • Bhoothathazhwar Avata Utsavam – October or November
  • Navarathiri Festival – September or October
  • Diwali Festival – October or November
By Road

The city of Kanchipuram is well connected with the other part of the states and it is few kms from the Quadrilateral National Highway. There are frequent bus services from Chennai and it takes 2- 3 hours to reach. The Chennai Metropolitan and the state express transport operate the services.


By Train

Kanchipuram is connected with the southern part of the rail network and few trains are running through Kanchipuram. Suburban trains are running between Kanchipuram and Chennai beach on specified intervals.


By Air

Chennai, the nearest international airport, is situated around 75 km away from Kanchipuram. Both public and private transport facilities are available at the airport.

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