Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Thiruninravur Sri Bhakthavatsala Perumal

Thiruninravur (திருநின்றவூர்) is situated in Thiruvallur District and is about 35 kms Northwest of Chennai. On the road from Chennai to Thiruvallur, one has to take right after Thirumazhisai. From there Thiruninravur is about 4 kms. Thiruninravur can also be reached by Suburban trains from Chennai to Arakkonam, after Pattabiram.

This village has a beautiful temple for Lord Vishnu, called Bhakthavatsala Perumal, situated very near to Sri Hridayaaleeswarar temple for Lord Shiva. This temple is also called Srinivasa Kshethram and is among the Dhivya Dhesams of Lord Vishnu.

It is believed that Samudraraja (Lord Varuna), who is the father of Goddess Lakshmi worshipped Lord Vishnu here. It is also said that the Perumal here is always giving dharshan (ப்ரத்யக்ஷம்) to Lord Varuna. Thiruninravur is considered as the place of Goddess as she settled here first and then Lord came here to Her place. The rarity of this temple is that the Lord Sri Bhakthavatsala Perumal is staying permanently at his in-law’s place (வீட்டோடு மாப்பிள்ளை). As Goddess settled here first, the place itself had got its name after her. In Thamizh, ‘Thiru’ means Sri Lakshmi, ‘Ninra’ means stood, ‘Vur’ means place.

The Goddess of this temple is ‘Ennai Petra Thaayaar’ (என்னைப்பெற்ற தாயார்), also called as Sri Sudhaa Valli.

According to legend, Thirumangai Aazhwaar had visited this temple and left to Thirukkadal Mallai (திருக்கடல் மல்லை - today’s Mahabalipuram)without singing a single Paasuram on the Lord. After he left, Sri Bhakthavatsala Perumal gave Dharshan to him again at Thirukkadal Mallai. It is said that Thirumangai Aazhwaar had God’s dharshan from Mahabalipuram itself, after which he had sung 2 Paasurams on the Lord, admiring the beauty and similarities of the deities in Thirukkadal Mallai, Thiruninravur and Thirukkanna Mangai.

Later days, with the divine instruction of the Lord, a Pallava King had constructed this temple and arranged for Brahmotsavam etc.

The main deity Sri Bhakthavatsala Perumal here gives dharshan in standing posture facing east. Other deities of the temple are Sri Ennai Petra Thaayaar, Sri Aandaal, Sri Chakkarathaazhwar and Sri Aadhiseshan. Paramapatha Vaasal is located on the Northern Praakaaram.

This beautiful temple looks very grand with huge praakaarams and compound walls. There is a stone Mandapam on the outer Praakaaram, meant for Urchavams, with beautiful carvings.

The temple has a nice pond nearby, called Varuna Pushkarani, which is the Theertham for this temple. A beautiful stone Mandapam in front of the sanctum has some wonderful carvings on the pillars.

There are beautiful carvings on the ceiling at the entrance of Rajagopuram also.

There are 2 stone inscriptions on the north east side of the temple, of which one dates back to 1917, where a lady from Chennai had donated her house to the temple, from which the temple shall raise funds to feed the pilgrims visiting the temple.

There is Sri Anjaneyar Shrine opposite the temple, facing west. The beautiful temple chariot is parked there adjacent to Sri Anjaneyar Shrine.

Here are few of the sculptures and carvings in the temple.

Thiruninravur is an excellent place blessed to have both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu taking abode.


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  2. Saravana,

    I have a news about this temple..

    During 10 Days Brahmotsavam in this temple the Periya jeyar along with some of the battachariyas of Tirumala - Tirupathi temple would use to come here and stay for 10 continuous days in this temple.

    Under his guidance the Brahmotsavam would go on.

    i Understand that my information is like Squirill which helped Rama to cross the sea. May u please take this as my small Kaingarya to u.


  3. In this temple we have a trust known as "Thiruninravur diayadesa samrakshana trust" which is formed by HH Thirumalai thiruathi periya koyil kelviappan sri sri rangarmananuja periya jeeyar swamy who is the heriditary trustee of bhakathavatsala perumal temple. we haverenovated the jeeyar mutt and we are collecting contributions for doing uthsavams in the temple for any info contact Seshadri.k 9840661374.

  4. Excellent and useful work you have done. We did not know a famous temple is there. We will visit the temple some other time. thank you.

  5. excellent information,I will visit this place

  6. hey this s my native place i have gone there 4 several times. this temple s famous 4 movie shootings& also 4mega serial. and if u had time u come and visit this place

  7. thanks for this wonderful service. god bless you...

  8. i liked to know about ennai petra thayar. i came to know that if we do pooja in our home our desire will be fullfilled. will u please tell us the method

  9. we are living in guduvancheri we are interested and seeing this koil. but we dont know the phone number and address about this koil anybody giving the phone number and address with this koil we have thanks to say them.

    1. Hey just goto central and catch suburban train goes to Thiruvallur or Arakonnam. Get down in Thiruninravur station. It take around 1 hr to reach central to Thiruninravur. From there you can take a auto or walk to the temple. I think no god has phone number and address.

  10. Info Update about the temple.

    Last month Brahmotsavam at Bhakthavatsala perumal temple got over. All the pics will be uploaded in Picassa shortly. Once it is done I will publish the address.

    Here, Lord Bhakthasala perumal likes the Alwar's Naalayira Divya Prabhandham very much. That's y he went to Thirukadalmallai and Thirukkannamangai to see Thirumangai alwar and get the pasuram as per Thaayar's wish. Two paasuram's sung by Thirumangai alwar one at each place mentioned above.

    Most of the temples out of 108 divyadesam's doesn'nt have the Divya prabhndham sevai(singing the Alwar paasuram's), that is not the case with this temple because here lord is hearing the Divya Prabhandham sevai daily.

    Thanks to Srimath.Paramahamsethyathi. Thirumalai Thirupathi Thiruninravur Sri Sri Sadagopa Ramanuja Periya Jeeyar Swami who is the hereditary trustee of the temple and all the Athyabagar swami's in the temple who are doing this Kainkaryam.

    For any info about the temple Please call me at 9840661374. Seshadri.

  11. Please browse through the below link to view the Thiruninravur Brahmotsavam 2010 Photos.

    - Seshadri.k (9840661374)

  12. Uthsavams in Sri Mathsavithri Nayeka (Ennai Petra Thaayar) Sametha Sri Bhakthavatsala perumal Temple - Thiruninravur

    Friday Ennai Petra Thaayar Uthsavam :

    1. Thirumanjanam for Enaipetra Thaayar
    2. oonjal and Pathiulaathal sevai

    Every Friday at 4pm to 8pm. Rs:1000/-. (Provided
    If there is no other uthsavam in the temple on friday)

    We are doing this uthsavam for the Past 6 years.

    Pls contact Seshadri.k(Vaikundan) - 9840661374. (

  13. sir,
    pl inform me through my e mail i.d. that no money is staying with me, for stay money with me what prarthana can i do to ennai pettra thayar

  14. I was searching for info on these two temples - as I reside in Tiruninravur (Jayaram Nagar) and run a very popular blog on spirituality - called

    These two are very ancient and very sacred temples - and need much more visibility, more travel facilities and of course, some upgradation of the temples.

  15. Dear Saravana,

    As usual good piece of information about the temple told by you in a crisp manner.

    Keep posting.

    Best wishes.
    Veerakumar- Tirunelveli

  16. may god bless you sir tanks a lot for your website

  17. your site make me in spritual feeling nice sir

  18. Hello Sir ,

    Could you please tell us the method of doing the ennai petra thayar yantra puja at home . i came to know that if we do pooja in our home our desire will be fulfilled.

  19. we visited this temple its very nice place and nearby there is 8ft rama temple which is also so good to see, but these temples needs people help to support as they dont have enough lighting or proper roads

  20. why don't u come to our place and visit our temples NAVATHIRUPATHI.Its beautiful. A very nice temples saravanan. You gave excellent information i like it.

  21. why don't u come to our place and visit our temple Navathirupathi

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