Thirunindravur Sri Bhakthavatchala Perumal Temple
This temple is situated in a place called Thirunindravur a small village about 50km from Chennai capital of Tamilnadu in south India
Architecture of the temple
The main gopura is in white with beautiful idols. On entering the temple first is the flagpost. The flagpost is fully gold plated. On turning left and then right is the entrance to the Lords shrine. Here the Lord is in standing posture along with his consorts Seedhevi and Boodhevi. The idols are almost 10 feet tall. The moolavar idol is made of stone and the urchavar idols are made of bronze. There are small idols of Lord Vishnu and lord Krishna made of bronze
On coming out and going right is the shrine of goddess Ennai Petra Thayar. Next are two small shrines for Chakrathalwar and Adhiseshan. Next is the shrine of Andal. Here the Andal idol is quite tall.
Ongoing further down is the shrine for Ramanujan and Narasimha. In front of the Lord is the idol of Karudalwar in praying posture. On stepping out of the Lords shrine is the shrine for Malawian munigal.
History of the temple
Once goddess Lakshmi fought with lord Vishnu for some reason and left Vaikunta and came and stood in this place. Hence it is called Thirunindravur. Thiru means Lakshmi. Lakshmi is the daughter of the ocean. When the devas and asuras churned the ocean for the immortal nectar goddess Lakshmi came from there. So her father came to her and asked her to go back to her husband, but she refused. Hence Samudhra raja then approached lord Vishnu and asked him to call his wife back. The Lord promised him to call her but asked Samudhra raja to call first and later he would join. The Samudra raja did as told and went to his daughter and begged her to go back to Vaikunta. In some time the Lord himself appeared and requested the goddess to come with him. The goddess became calm and went back to God.
Saint Tirumangai Azhwar was passing through many sacred Vaishnava shrines including Tirunindravur but did not sing on this temple. Noticing that Azhwar bypassed this temple, Mother asked Lord to get a hymn from the Azhwar. By the time Lord reached Azhwar, he was in Mamallapuram. Lord demanded a song Azhwar from this place. Excited by the simplicity and grace of the Lord, Azhwar sang meaning as follows:“My Lord, protecting the whole universe, came to me to make known His love for the Bhaktas at this sacred Mamallapuram. He demanded and took a song from me.” Mother Mahalakshmi was not satisfied with one song. She asked the Lord to go back to Azhwar for the remaining 9 songs as he used to sing 10 for all temples. Azhwar has already left Mamallapuram and had reached Tirukkannamangai. He saw Lord with a side look waiting for him and in the Pathigam (10 songs) on Tirukkannamangai Perumal, Azwar included Tirunindravur Perumal also in the hymns
Specialty of the temple
When Kubera lost all his wealth, he prayed to Ennai Petra Thayar – Mother who gave me birth – and got them back, according to scriptures. Mother Goddess is all merciful raining all prosperities to Her devotees and is praised as Vaibhava Lakshmi. Divine serpent Adisesha has a special shrine in the temple. It is the faith of people that worshipping Sri Adisesha on Wednesdays with ghee lamp and offering milk porridge – Paal Payasam – as nivedhana would relieve those affected by snake aspects and from the adverse effects of Rahu-Ketu planets. It also strengthens the benefit of the Mangal Sutra of women.
Coin pooja is famous in this temple. It is said people who perform this pooja is blessed with their wishes by goddess Lakshmi who is standing as Ennai Petra Thayar in this temple
Timing of the temple
The temple is open from 7.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Festivals of the temple
Panguni Tiruvonam in March-April, birth star days of Sri Vaishnava Acharyas and 12 Azhwars, Chitra Poornima in April-May and Wedding festivals, Deepavali in October-November, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January, Masi Magam in February-March, Thai Pongal and Ratha Sapthami in January-February are the festivals celebrated in the temple.