Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Padalathri Temple (Narasimhar Temple), Singaperumalkoil, Kanchipuram

Padalathri Temple (Narasimhar Temple), Singaperumalkoil, Kanchipuram
Padalathri Temple or Narasimhar Temple or Singaperumalkoil Temple is dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu located in SingaperumalkoilKanchipuram district, in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu. It was constructed in the Rock-cut architecture, dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Narasimhar and his consort Lakshmi as Ahobilavalli. The temple is built by the Pallavas during the 8th century.


The temple is open from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m and has four daily rituals at various times of the day. Various festivals are celebrated in the temple, with the Chittirai Brahmotsavam during April - May, Narasimha Jayanthi, Pavithra Utsavam during Aani (June - July) and Maasi float festival during February - March being the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu.


The village itself is named after the deity of this temple. The main deity here is Lord Narasimhar. This is a beautiful rock cut temple. The temple and even the deity are carved out of a small hillock. Here the Lord is known as Sri Paatalaadri Narasimhar. In Sanskrit Paatalaadri means a reddish hill. The original name of this place itself is Paatalaadripuram. The 1500 year old temple near Madras is believed to be one of the several cave temples built by the Pallavas.


It is located about 50 kms South of Chennai is the cave temple of Padalathri Narasimha at Singapperumal Koil that finds a mention in the Brahmmanda Purana. A rock carving at this temple refers to a donation given to this temple around 500 century AD. Hence, this temple can be said to be at least 1500 years old and can be called as a Purana Sthalam. Pallava King Mahendra Varma (580-630AD) had built about ten cave temples during his time.


Sri Narasimhar gives his Seva as "Ugra Narasimhar" with the Yoga Posture. The Perumal here shows his Third Eye on his forehead and can be witnessed during the Mangala Aarthi. Separate Sannadhi for Goddess Lakshmi known as "Ahobila Valli" is also found.


Legends
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History
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Temple Speciality
Going around the hill on Poornima (full moon) day is an important event in the temple. Rays of Sun fall on Lord Narasimha’s feet in Margazhi (December-January) and Thai (January-February) months and on the Rathasapthami day occurring during January-February day. Generally Lord Narasimha graces sitting with his left leg folded and the right leg down. Sri Padalathri Narasimhaswamy in Singaperumalkoil graces with his right leg folded and left down. The idol is big in size.


The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Worship Practices & Festivals
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Prayers
For relief from debt burden, success in litigations, those under adverse aspect of Mars affecting their marriage, those born of Swathi and Tiruvadirai stars, those undergoing Rahu Period (dragon’s tail) and those suffering from Saturn aspects pray to Lord Padalathri Narasimha for relief.  There is a tree called Azhinjal behind the temple with powerful effects.  Those awaiting marriage, seeking child boon and excellence in education pray on this tree applying sandal and kumkum and light lamps with ghee.
Sooner their prayers are granted, devotees perform Thirumanjanam to the Lord on Pradosham days (13th day either from new moon or full moon day) and offer Vastras.
Contact
Sri Padalathri Narasimhaswamy Temple,
Singapperumal koil, Kancheepuram – 603 202
Phone: +91- 44-2746 4325, 2746 4441
Mobile: +91 - 93801 14686
Connectivity
Singaperumalkoil is 8 km from Chengalpet on the Chennai route. The temple is in the heart of the city. Singapperumal Koil is about 25 kms from Tambaram and the temple is just 100 meters off the GST Road. Nearest Railway Station is located at Chengalpet.
All Sub-Urban Trains from Chennai Beach – Chengalpet stop at Singapperumal Koil Station. (Trains once every hour).Autos charge Rs. 30 from Station to the temple (a distance of less than a km).
New Deluxe buses have been introduced between Chennai city and Chengalpet. Buses Stop in front of the Temple. These buses are quite comfortable to travel in.

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