March 25, 2016

Ponmar Perumal Temple

Site Name: Perumal Temple
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Ponmar, Near Tambaram and Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: Unknown ancient temple
Nearest Railway Station: Tambaram
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Tambaram and Chennai
Hotel: A lot of options across Chennai
Restaurants:  A lot of options across Chennai and Tambaram

Ponmar is a village located on the Medavakkam - Mambakkam High Road at a distance of around 15 kms from Tambaram. In Ponmar, at a distance of around 0.5 kms from the Main Road, an unknown temple is situated. Let us explore about this temple in this article.



The historical name of Ponmar is Tyaga Vinoda Nallur. The village was called in this name when it was under the Vijayanagara period. 

Near the little known Satyapureeswarar temple in Ponmar, an unknown temple of Vishnu is located. The temple is completely in ruins and there is absolutely no protection of this monument. Looking at the layout, I am sure this temple must have been a beautiful temple in those days.

As the village and the nearby Satyapureeswarar temple are dated to Vijayanagara period, there is a possibility that this Vishnu temple could have also been built during the Vijayanagara period. The name of the deity is not known and even the deity is not found in this temple which is in dilapidated state.

Based on the relief image of Garud above the temple entrance, it is considered as Vishnu temple. Locally it is called as Perumal temple.

This temple stands as one of the thousands of examples across India for our carelessness and ignorance about our heritage.

Happy travelling. 


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