March 26, 2011

The birth place of Peyalwar

There were twelve important devotees of Lord Vishnu during Bhakti movement period in South India. They are called as Alwars. You can find the idols of Alwars in most of the Vishnu temples in South India.

Peyalwar the third Alwar, who was believed to be born in the 7th century AD. As he was mad on Lord Vishnu, he probably got the name 'Pei' Alwar (Pei means ghost in Tamil language). Peyalwar was believed to be born on a red allilly flower (sevvalli) in a well. The birthplace of Peyalwar, who was believed to be the incarnation of Nandakam - the divine sword of Vishnu, is located near Madhava Perumal temple in Arundale street at Mylapore localitiy in Chennai city, South India.

It is unfortunate that this divine place remains unknown in spite of Mylapore locality being one of the busiest areas of Chennai city. The site is poorly maintained today and encroached by people. The site has the well where Peyalwar was born and a mandap with a small idol of Peyalwar.

When you go to Mylapore area, ensure that you visit this divine site and pay homage to the great saint.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Peyalwar Avatara Sthalam
Site Type: Religious
Location:  Arundale Street, Mylapore, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: The birth place of Peyalwar

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 as this is centrally located in the city; local train facility is also available in Mylapore area
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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1 comment:

  1. i have spent my child hood days in this famous sthalam. in fact, we were taught sankrit by our aravamudham teacher