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108 Dhivya Desam - Thiruninravur

Location :  Thiruninravur near Arakkonam
Perumaal :  Bhaktavatsala Perumaal
Thaayaar :  Sudhaa valli
Theertham : Varuna Pushkarini
Paasuram  : ThirumangaiAzhwar
Vimaanam : Srinivasa Utpala Vimanam
Travel Base : Chennai

Description : This Dhivya Desam is located at Thiruninravur or Thinnanur, near Arakkonam on the Chennai Arakkonam suburban railroad. (The Shivastalam Thiruninravur enshrining Mahalakshmeeswarar  is located in the Chozha country.)

 

Deities: The Moolavar here is Bhaktavatsala Perumaal in a standing posture facing east, while Thaayaar is known as Sudhaavalli and as 'Ennaippetra Thaayaar'.  This temple has two prakarams and a five tiered rajagopuram. There is also a shrine to Rama on the banks of the Varuna pushkarini tank. There are stone inscriptions here dating back to the period of Nandivarma Pallavan and Rajaraja III.

 

Legend has it that Varunan (Samudraraja the father of Mahalakshmi)worshipped Perumaal here. Legend also has it that Perumal visited this village and made it his home; Lakshmi followed him, and stayed here too (hence the name Thiruninra oor); Perumaal then appeared in front of a Pallava ruler, and directed him to build the temple and arrange for the annual Bhramotsavam and Pavitrotsavam.

 

There are legends associated with ThirumangaiAzhwar, who apparently left this shrine without singing a paasuram. It is believed that the deity followed him to Mamallapuram where he sang a paasuram referring to Thiruninravur and then to Thirukkannamangai   (also enshrining Bhaktavatsala Perumaal) where he sang another paasuram referring to Thiruninravur.

 

An imposing tower adorns the entrance to this temple. Two worship services are carried out each day here.