August 23, 2009

A unknown ancient temple - Mangadu Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Chennai

Site Name: Vaikuntha Perumal Temple
Site Type: Ancient Hindu Temple
Location:  Mangadu, Near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
A little known ancient temple near Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India

Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road 
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

In my two previous posts, I wrote about the temples of Kamakshi Amman and Velleeswarar of Mangadu. There is another temple in Mangadu, the suburb of Chennai, which is as old as the other two temples (around 14th century CE). This temple is dedicated to Vaikuntha Perumal (Lord Vishnu). If you visit Mangadu, you can get blessings of Shiva (Velleeswarar), Shakti (Kamakshi) and Vishnu (Vaikuntha Perumal) on the same day.

You can visit my post on Mangadu Kamakshi Amman temple to know how to reach Mangadu from Chennai.

The temple is very small and located in a calm atmosphere. The temple enshrines Vaikuntha Perumal along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. All three of them are in the sitting posture. Perumal is holding conch and discus in his upper arms. He is also seen sporting a ring which he was planning to present to his sister Kamakshi. The sage Markandeya is found in the sitting posture worshiping the deity inside the sanctum. As per the legend, he along with his consorts came to Mangadu to get his sister married to Shiva. However, as the marriage did not happen in Mangadu, he had to return.

The temple also enshrines the following sub-shrines or idols:

  • Tirukatchi Nambi
  • Ramanuja
  • Chakrathalwar
  • Hanuman
There are two shrines in the prakara, namely Kanaka Valli Thayar and Andal.

Please note that Mangadu does not have good hotels or restaurants. Please ensure that you pack your food with you while visiting this place.

I wish people who visit Kamakshi temple should also visit this beautiful temple.

Happy travelling.

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