Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Semmanchery – Legends
Sownaka Maharishi prayed to Lord Vishnu for his eternal presence here:
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 Bhudevi, appeared before Sownaka maharishi and blessed him. Sownaka maharishi offered sincere prayers to Lord Vishnu and requested the Lord to be in Serumanancheri village forever along with Sridevi and Bhudevi 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 Semmencheri. Lord Srinivasa, as Kurai Theerkum Govindan in this temple, blesses his devotees, removes their sorrows and fulfills their desires as committed by the Lord himself to Sownaka maharishi.
Narasimha Pallava prayed Vishnu for Rains:
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 fulfills the wishes of all devotes who come here and offer prayers, with sincerity, at this temple.
Pallava King regained his Eye Sight by Praying to the Lord:
It is said that a Pallava king who was ruling this part of the country lost his eye sight, after which he had worshipped Lord Srinivasa Perumal here and got back his eye sight. Many people having problems with their eye sight take bath in this temple pond and worship the Lord here to get recovered.