Thiru Nindravur Sri Bhakthavatsala Perumal

Thiru Nindravur is approx 34 kilometers from Chennai Central . One can reach this place through Chennai-Arakonam rail route (electric train ) and this temple is about 2 kilometers from Thiru Nindravur railway station. Thru means Goddess Lakshmi . According to mythology, this place got the name since Goddess Lakshmi once ascended here from her heavenly abode due to some misunderstanding with Lord Vishnu and did penance here which was previously known as Thulasivanam. Samudrarajan (Lord of Ocean) made a visit to Vaikuntam when the Goddess was not there and found Lord Vishnu in a sad mood. When enquired he was told by the Lord that Lakshmi had left the place . Then Samudrarajan promised the Lord that he will find out the whereabouts of his daughter (Lakshmi emerged from the milky ocean when it was churned for ambrosia and hence she is known as Samudrathanaya –daughter of Samudraraja). He searched for her in heaven and earth and at least came to Thulasivanam and found her in a meditative posture. In his over enthusiasm he called out to her “Ennai Pettra Thaye” and saluted the Goddess. As promised Samudrarajan united the Goddess with Lord Vishnu. Later in this place this temple of Sri Bhakthavatsala Perumal was constructed . Rjagopuram is facing east. Here the main deity is Sri Bhakthavatsala perumal (along with Sridevi and Bhudevi). Utsavar is known as Bhaktharavi Perumal . Goddess is known as Sudhavalli as also Ennai Petra Thayar since she was called in this name by Samudrarajan. It is believed that Kubera regained all his wealth and prominence after meditating on
Ennai Petra Thayar here. Many people come to this temple and meditate on the Goddess for fulfillment of their wishes. The procedure is as follows:

Beginning on a Friday one should come to the temple and get Kubera Yantra(available here) . In this Yantra one has to place one coin each on the 9 boxes of the Yantra. This should be repeated for 9 days –each day fresh coins to be used- and the 9th day all the 81 coins to be put in the bhandar in front of the sannidhi of Thayar and pray . It is also believed that if one worships the Goddess here for 9 days after lighting a ghee lamp in front of her one will get all his wishes fulfilled like good marriage, progeny, health and wealth etc.

There are other deities also in this temple like – Chakrath Azhavar with 16 hands carrying 16 types of weapons in each hand. The 16 weapons are symbolically stands for the sixteen virtues of life. Sri Yoga Narasimhar carrying four different types of Chakras denoting the four Vedas. Sri Adiseshan - Here Sri Adisheshan giving darshan with five hoods. Sri Andal sannidhi is on the left side of Sri Bhaktavatsala perumal sannidhi. Adi Pooram is celebrated here . During the month of Margazhi utsavam celebrated for Sri Andal. It is believed that if one worships Sri Andal during the month of Margazhi and meditate her , all problems with regard to delay in marriage will be solved by the Goddess. Opposite to Sri Andal sannidhi senai Mudali (Dwarapalakas) and sannidhi for Azhavars. Thru Mankai Azhavar had described Sri Bhakthavatsala perumal in his poems. This perumal temple is said to be the 58th in importance among the 108 Divya Desam.

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