Karunakara Perumal Temple, Paiyanoor, Kanchipuram
Karunakara Perumal Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu located at Paiyanoor Village in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. This Temple is located next to the Etteeswarar Temple. As the name suggests, he is in a merciful form in Abhaya Hasta posture and is seen with both his Consorts. Along the walls of the Garbha Graham are idols of Vinayagar, Lakshmi Narasimhar, Lakshmi Narayanar and Hayagrivar. There is a separate shrine for Anjaneyar.
The temple is being maintained by the locals and being looked after by a person who was with ISKCON, Injambakkam. The temple has a flower orchard and a Tulsi garden. There are plans to install a Krishna Idol at the centre of the Tulsi garden. The Lord’s idol belongs to pre-Pallava period and was found in the nearby pond. It got disfigured due to aging and another idol was sculpted and consecrated. The disfigured idols are kept in the temple.
A well containing a Shiva Lingam was also discovered. Both the Vishnu and Shiva Temples have two big ponds as their source of water supply. The locals there are doing their best to restore the temples to its past glory. Villagers planned to build Rajagopuram in near future.
Karunakara Perumal Temple
Paiyanoor, Chengalpet Taluk,
Mobile: +91 90922 70404
Paiyanoor is 52 km from Chennai South, 8 km south of (OMR) Tirupporur on the Chennai – Mahabalipuram Road, 5 km north of Mahabalipuram and 22 km far from Chengalpet. Bus facility is available from Chennai, Chengalpet and Mamallapuram. The visitor should get down at Rice Mill bus stop if travelling by bus running via Paiyanoor from Koyambedu, Tambaram and Broadway.
On OMR towards Mahabalipuram after crossing Arupadai Veedu Engineering College, at Paiyanoor junction turn right and travel for about 400 meters. Both the Shiva and Perumal temples are adjacent to each other. Nearest Railway Station is located at Chengalpet and Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.