May 21, 2013

Narasingapuram

Site Name: Lakshmi Narasimha Temple  
Site Type: Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha
Location:  Narasingapuram village, near Perumbakkam, 55 kms from Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A Chola period Narasimha temple in a remote peaceful village
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Chennai; public transport is not dependable
Hotel: A lot of options in Chennai city 
Restaurants: Go to Chennai where you can find a lot of options

Narasingapuram is a small village located at a distance of around 55 kms from Chennai, on the national highway connecting Chennai and Sri Perumbudur. The nearest landmark is Perumbakkam town. The village is popular due to its beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha.

Few inscriptions dating the period of Kulotunga Chola I, Vikarama Chola and Vijayanagara kings are found. It is believed that this temple could have been built during the Chola period.

This small beautiful temple is located in a peaceful location. The east facing temple is attractive. The sub shrine of Hanuman is found outside the temple facing the tower.

The main shrine has Lord Narasimha, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, as a Shanta Murti (peaceful posture). He has four arms and has his consort Lakshmi on his left lap. Lakshmi is unusually looking at the devotees instead of facing the God. He is also called as 'Kalyana Lakshmi Narasimhar'.

The idols of Alwars, Ramanujar and Senai Mudali are located at the maha mandapa.

The temple has a single prakara where the sub-shrines of the Goddess Maragadavalli - a beautiful big idols with four arms, Andal, Rama-Lakshman-Sita, Desikar and Chakrathalwar are found. Another highlight of the temple is that eight forms of Lakshmi called as Ashta Lakshmi are found in separate sub-shrines.

The flag post and bali peetha are located facing the main shrine. The Garuda sub-shrine is located nearby. Garudha has 16 serpents coiled in his body here. Hence, it is considered as a special temple to get rid of Naga (snake) dosha.

Happy travelling.





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