Kariya Manikka Perumal Temple, Pondavakkam, Thiruvallur
Kariya Manikka Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Pondavakkam Village in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Kariya Manikka Perumal and Mother is called Kamalavalli Nayaki.
The village was originally called as "Puguntha Vakkam" (In Tamil "Puguntha" means entered). As Brahmins entered this village, the village name was called as "Puguntha Vakkam". And as the years passed, the village now is called as "Pondavakkam".
This Temple was built by Krishna Devaraya for the Brahmin priests of Nagalapuram Temple.
There is no Raja gopuram for this temple. The Dwajasthambam is 36 Feet height made of original Teak wood. Presiding Deity is called as Kariya Manikka Perumal. He is found in Nindra Thirukolam (Standing Posture). The Vimaanam above the garbhagraham is big and Dasavathara sculptures are made on that. Mother is called Kamalavalli Nayaki. There are shrines for Alwars, Garuda and Hanuman in the Temple premises. The Madapalli is in the south east of praharam.
During Panguni month on 5th, 6th and 7th (i.e March 19th – 21st) Soorya Bhagavan worships the Perumal with his rays in the morning between 6:15 am and 6:25 am. During these days, sun rays directly falls on Kariamanicka Perumal (Moolavar) feet. The temple structure is designed in such a way that the sun rays directly enters temple Karpagraha and falls on Perumal feet only during 3 days of the entire year.
10 days Brahmotsavam in the Tamil month of Vaikasi, Pavitrotsavam, Laksharchanas and Hanuman Jayanthi are being celebrated with customary fervency and dedication.
Kariya Manikka Perumal Temple,
Pondavakkam Village, Uthukottai Taluk,
Thiruvallur District – 602 026
Phone: +91 44 2763 0187
Mobile: +91 94444 64963 / 98407 68978
Mobile: +91 90437 92415 / 72990 36463
The Temple is located at about 750 meters from Pondavakkam Bus Stop, 4 Kms from Uthukottai, 23 Kms from Thiruvallur, 26 Kms from Thiruvallur Railway Station, 60 Kms from Chennai and 69 Kms from Chennai Airport. Devotees must travel from Thiruvallur to Uthukottai and all the buses stops at Pondavakkam village.