It happened to be the last Saturday of Purattasi month. I wanted to pray Aappoor Perumal as usual, but a thought came, why should not we go to the Vishnu temple on a hill, which is visible from the Porur – Tambaram Toll highway, when we reach near Tambaram. Only thing I had known about that temple was the name, Thiru-Neer-Malai. So went there, and was a lot surprised to see the sthala puranam. Details are given below.
This temple is more than 2000 years old by construction. And this sthalam dates to Dwapara yuga. Sriman Narayana is present here in 4 of His Divya roopams, “Nindraan”, “Irundhaan”, “Kidanthaan”, “Nadanthaan” (Standing, Sitting, Sleeping (laying, actually said), walking). Sri Neervanna Perumal for “Nindraan” kolam, Sri Nrisimhar for “Irundhaan”, Sri Renganatha Perumal for “Kidanthaan”, and Sri Thrivikramar for “Nadanthaan” are present to bless the devotees.
If one prays here in Thiruneermalai, he/she gets the benefit of praying in Naachiyar koil, Thiruvaali, Thiru-Kudanthai, and Thirukoilur divya desams, says “Thirumangai Azhwar”. Benefits of praying in Srirangam and Tirupathi are bestowed on devotees, says “Boothath azhwar”. Purana also says, that being happy on tapas done by Rishis like Brighu, Markandeya, and Vaalmiki, Lord Mahavishnu appeared in this kshethram to bless them. Brahmanda purana has references to this place. In Dwapara yuga, only two hills, Ahobilam and this one were present. After the pralayam, Arjuna did an Ashwamedha Yaagam here, on which Narasimha gave him darshan, since He was pleased. Much more than what I could have asked on a precious saturday 🙂
Actually there are 2 temples in this Divya desam, one on hill, and other on the normal terrain. Lets go to the hill temple first and later have darshan of the other one.
Sri Renganatha Perumal Temple:
We have to climb a total of 205 steps to reach the top. Trust me, I counted on each step 🙂 But I felt it not so difficult as Aappoor steps to climb.
Once we reach and enter the temple premise, on the left we have Sri Adhiseshan Sannidhi. Very rare to have one separate sannidhi. I don’t remember much seeing a separate shrine for Him in any other temple.
Just in front of the main shrine, we have Shri Garuda Bhagavan.
We need to climb a short 10-15 steps, to reach the moolavar complex. It was a bit crowded on the day I went, but people were murmuring being Purattasi saturday, there were crowds. Enter and you will have Moolavar, Shri Renganatha perumal shrine. To your left, you will have Mahalakshmi shrine, ” Sri Aranga Naayaki Thaayar”.
Once done, we need to walk through the inner praharam, where you have Narasimhar, and also Thrivikramar shrines. Once we pray and come out, we are in the outer praharam, where there are no more shrines to pray.
The praharam is done, and we end up in prasadham stall. To add, Puliyodharai and Milagu-vadai sold there were very tasty 🙂
I finally prayed near Dwajasthambam and left!
On the way down, I went to the Anjaneyar Sannidhi, though no priest were there to witness Harathi. Climb down, and we are done with this hill temple. We have seen 3 beautiful kolams, of “Irundhaan”, “Kidanthaan”, “Nadanthaan”. To add, the breeze was very good on the temple, and you can have a very scenic view of surrounding areas from there. I was really surprised seeing the amount of greenery from there.
From here we walk 10 steps to reach the other temple.
Sri Neervanna Perumal Temple:
Once we enter the temple, we have the Perumal Shrine to our right.
Have a darshan, come out, and on the left, we have Hanuman Shrine. Just to follow tradition, I left Him behind, went to the complex just opposite, which houses Sri Rama sannidhi, and Thaayar Sannidhi. The name of Thayaar was very captivating. “Sri Animaa malar” was the holy name of the goddess here.
After praying Her, came out, prayed Sri Hanuman, and surprise, they distributed Puliyodharai again 🙂 Very tasty too.
How to Reach:
This temple is around 7 Kms from Kundrathur bus stand, and 6 kms from Pallavaram. I went through the Kundrathur bus stand, Anakaputhur route to this temple. Its advisable to stop, inquire and proceed at every junction. Normal timings as well.