March 26, 2011

Mylapore Madhava Perumal Temple -Chennai, South India

Mylapore area can be considered as the heritage area of Chennai city, one of the mour main cities of India. The most famous temple of Chennai, Kapaleeswarar temple is located in Mylapore locality. Apart from Kapaleeswarar temple, a lot of other important and ancient temples are located in Mylapore area. Madhava Perumal Temple is one such important temple which is located in Mylapore.

Madhava Perumal temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located near the famous Mundakakanni Amman temple near Luz corner of Mylapore locality. As per the Brahmanda Purana, the Goddess Lakshmi was born to the sage Bhrigu in this temple's tank. Even Lord Vishnu pointed out this site as the appropriate site for performing penance to the sage Vyasa. This site was called as Madhavapuram and Mayapuri in those days.

It is not known who built the current temple and when it was built. However, it is obvious that Madhava Perumal temple is an ancient temple for sure. Even the birth place of Peyalwar, one of the pouplar Vishnu deities and one of the twelve Alwars, is also located near this temple.

The temple has a beautiful tower. Similar to other typical South Indian Hindu temples, this temple also has the dhwajastamba and bali peeth in front of the main shrine. The main shrine has the idol of main deity Madhava Perumal (Maha Vishnu) in sitting posture. He is found with two hands along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi on either sides. The bronze (utsav) idols of Lakshmi-Varaha and Madhava Perumal-Sri Devi-Bhoo Devi are also available in the main shrine. Garud is located in a small shrine in front of the main sanctum sanctorum. On the left side of the main shrine, there are shrines of Peyalvar, Alwars, Senai Mudai and Ramanuj-Manavala Muni-Poigai Alwar-Bhoodat Alwar. All these shrines have their corresponding bronze idols.

There are separate shrines for Krishna and Ram-Lakshman-Sita. The corridor surrounding the main shrine has the shrine of Amruddha Valli, the main Goddess of the temple. The temple tank where the Goddess was born is present near the shrine of Amruddha Valli. There is a separate shrine for Andal. Hanuman shrine and Bhoo Varaha shrine are also present in this temple.

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Fast Facts:
Site Name: Madhava Perumal Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Near Luz corner, Mylapore area, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: The birthplace of Maha Lakshmi

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
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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