Srinivasa perumal temple, Chemmenchery

About the temple

This is one of the most ancient temples in Chennai. It is very easily accessible through the IT expressway-Rajiv Gandhi salai. The presiding deity is Srinivasa perumal and gives darshanam in standing posture. The lord looks stunning with all the decorations. There are small sannadhis in the praharam.

How to reach

Buses plying on the OMR (Old mahabalipuram road) to Kelambakkam pass through the temple. The temple is on the left side while coming from Adyar after Satyabama University and before Navalur.


Srinivasa perumal
Alarmel mangai thayar
Kalyana Srinivasar (on the back wall of the main sannadhi)
Kalinga Nardhanar
Naveetha Krishna (outside the temple)

Specialty of the temple

The temple is said to be a prarthana sthalam for unmarried people and childless couples. Also it is said that if one offers sincere prayers at this temple, they can get back their lost vision.

Temple timings

The temple is open from 7am-11am in the mornings and 4pm-8pm in the evenings.

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chitra said...

Informative. shall visit during my visit to Chennai.

Sanctified Spaces said...

so peaceful ...away from the hustle and bustle..

bhavapriya87 said...

hi can any one help to find out chemmenchery munishwarn temple

EC said...

@ visit, its a nice temple

@ Kamakshi .. Yes, a must visit temple in Chn

@ bhava..sorry no idea

Karthik said...

I visited this temple yesterday with family. The temple is 1800 years old as per the archagar mama's words. Samroshanam has been performed for this temple in the year 2009. It is a must visit place for all Vishnu devotees.

Menaga B said...

I have visited this temple today.So peaceful.Happy to have such a oldest temple nearby.If anyone knows the history of the Temple please share.

Ananth said...

As per Karna Parampara, there lived a maharishi called Sownakar who was also a staunch devotee of Lord Maha Vishnu. On his way to worship Sthala Sayana Perumal in Thiru Kadal Mallai Divya Desam (now known as Mahabalipuram), Sownaka maharishi reached a village called Serumanancheri, surrounded by beautiful water streams and fertile paddy fields. After completing his daily poojas and rituals with great devotion, Sownaka maharishi wanted to visit Perumal Kovil (temple) and offer prayers. He enquired the villagers about the existence of Perumal Kovil in Serumanancheri. Villagers responded that there was no Perumal Kovil in Serumanancheri. On hearing this, Sownaka maharishi felt very sad and started to do tapas, in a mango farm in the village, towards Lord Maha Vishu. Impressed with the supreme devotion and divine tapas, Lord Maha Vishnu, along with Sridevi and Budevi, appeared before Sownaka maharishi and blessed him. Sownaka maharishi offered sincere prayers to Lord Maha Vishnu and requested the Lord to be in Serumanancheri village for ever along with Sridevi and Budevi so as to remove the sorrows of his devotees. Lord Maha Vishnu obliged the wish of Sownaka maharishi and continued his presence in Serumanancheri village. This Serumanancheri village is now called as Semmancheri. Lord Srinivasa, as Kurai Theerkum Govindan in this temple, blesses his devotees, removes their sorrows and fulfils their desires as committed by the Lord himself to Sownaka maharishi.

As per Indian History, Semmancheri was part of Tondaimandalam which comprised of erstwhile North Archot, South Arcot and Chengelpet districts of Tamilndau state along with some parts of Andhra Pradesh state. Tondaimandalam was ruled by Pallavas with their headquarters as Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram as Port City. This temple is believed to have been constructed by Pallavas with renovation undertaken by Nayak Kings and Chettiars. Archeological experts say that the temple in its current form and structure may be 500 years old.

The story goes that once upon a time, there was famine at this place and the Pallava king, Narasimha Pallava, prayed and obtained the blessings of Srinivasa Perumal to help relieve the pains of the people. Pleased with his prayers, Lord Srinivasa is said to have appeared before the king and brought rains to this region. As a result, the belief is that the Lord fulfils the wishes of all devotes who come here and offer prayers, with sincerity, at this temple.

According to archeological experts, this temple should have been constructed between 1500 AD and 1600 AD and its structure is in the pattern of Udupi Renanissance.

Venky J Venkatesh said...

@ananth, Thx for the information . Can you elaborate on Udupi Renassaince or direct me to some link .

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