January 31, 2011

Tiruparkadal Srinivasa Perumal Temple

You can find thousands of Shiva temples and thousands of Vishnu temples in India, the country where you cannot find even a village without a temple. In fact, you can even find some temples where Lord Shiva as well as Lord Vishnu are found. However, I am going to introduce you to a rare temple in South India, where Lord Vishnu is found standing on Lord Shiva.

Tiruparkadal is small village full of green paddy fields near Kaveripakkam junction near Kanchipuram. It is located on the Chennai-Bangalore high road. This small village of Tiruparkadal has two important temples of Lord Vishnu located adjacent to each other. One of those twin temples is dedicated to Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal, in which Lord Vishnu is found standing on Shiv Linga.

As per the legend, the sage Pundareeka Maharishi, an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu, visited the adjacent temple of Lord Ranganath. When he passed over this temple, he noticed Nandi idol in front of the temple. As he didn't want to visit Shiva temple, he skipped the temple. However, Lord Vishnu appeared as an old man and told the saint that the temple was dedicated to Lord Vishnu. When the sage entered into the temple, he found Vishnu idol on top of Shiv Linga. The sage realized his mistake of differentiating between two Gods.

Apart from the eight feet long Srinivasa Perumal idol in the main shrine, this small temple also houses the shrines of Andal and Padmavati, the goddess of the temple. There is a small shrine for Garud facing the sanctum. The beautiful utsav idols of Srinivasa Perumal with Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi and Padmavati are also found in the temple.

There are people who consider these twin temples as equivalent to the 107th Divya Desam.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Tiruparkadal,near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: Considered as equivalent to the 107th Divya Desam; rare temple having Vishnu standing on top of Shiv Linga
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, train, and flight
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

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