Singaperumal Koil Narasimha
Ugra Narasimha inside
The 1500 year old temple
near Madras is believed to be one of the several cave temples built by the Pallavas
Located about 50kms South of
Madras is the cave temple of Paadalathri Narasimha at Singaperumal Koil that finds a mention in the Brahmmanda Puranam.
The temple is said to be one among the several cave temples built by the Pallavas.
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 Puraana Sthalam.
(Pallava King Mahendra Varma (580-630AD) had built
about ten cave temples during his time)
During the Narasimha Avataaram time, this place was said to be a
big forest. It is believed that Japali Rishi undertook penance at this place and had darshan of the Lord, after the killing
of Hiranyakashipu. Given the timing, the Lord here is seen in an angry posture as Ugra Narasimha.
To the North East of the main deity is the Lakshmi Narasimha Sannidhi, who
is said to cool the ‘Ugra Narasimha’. Every Pradhosham, special poojas are conducted for the Pradhosha deity.
The temple tank, found east of the temple, is said to be full through the year.
While Azhvaars have not praised
this temple, the Goddess here is the same as the one in Ahobilam (Ahobila Valli).
Thirumangai Azhvaar had 10 verses
of praise of the Lord(Narasimha) there…says…
‘Anganyalamanj Angoraalariyaai, Avunan
PongavaagamVallookiraal Pozhntha Punithanidam
Kondu Pathimayaal, Adikeezhch
Senganaaliyittirainjum Singavel Kundramey’…
Moolavar : Paadalathri (Ugra) Narasimha Sitting Posture East Facing with Goddess Lakshmi in his chest
Goddess : Ahobila Valli Thaayar
Utsavar : Prahalada Varadar with a maze
in his left hand
Temple Time : 7am-12noon and 4pm-830pm
: V. Gopalakrishna Bhattar @93801 14686
Contact : 044 2746 4441
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How to reach Singaperumal Koil
All Sub-Urban Trains
from Chennai Beach –Chengalpet stop at Singaperumal 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
Buses Stop in front of the Temple.These buses are quite comfortable to travel in.