February 14, 2011

Theenda Thirumeni Perumal Temple - Siruvapuri, South India

Siruvapuri, a small village near Chennai in South India, is believed to be the site where Lord Rama fought with his sons Luv and Kush. The village is mainly famous for its Subramanya temple. Siruvapuri also has  a temple for Lord Vishnu.

The temple of Lord Vishnu in Siruvapuri is named as Uragathan temple or Theenda Thirumeni Perumal temple. Even today, the priest doesn't touch the presiding deity with his hands. This temple, even though, appears to be ancient, is very small in size. Lord Vishnu appears in three forms in this temple. The main deity is Varadaraja Perumal who is in the standing posture and found along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. There is a small idol of Garud in the shrine facing the presiding deity.

There is a shrine where Lakshmi and Narayana along with Vishwaksena are found. Here, Vishnu (Narayana) is in the sitting posture and this shrine is called as Lakshmi Narayana shrine.

There is another shrine in this temple where the idol is made up of maragadam (granite) - Srinivasa Perumal shrine, where the Lord is found along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. All the metal idols (utsav idols) are found in the shrine of Varadarajar. Near the shrine of Srinivasa Perumal, there is an attractive idol of  Krishna along with Rukmini. Alwars are also found in the Srinivasa Perumal's shrine.

The corridor houses the shrines of Hanuman and Andal. The goddess of the temple Perundevi is also found in a separate shrine in the temple corridor.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Theenda Thirumeni Perumal Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Siruvapuri,near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: The idol which is not touched even by the priest
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 from Chennai; however, local transportation is difficult
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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