'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Sri Sthalasayana Perumal - Mahabalipuram

Sri Sthalasayana Perumal - Mahabalipuram

Lord Vishnu is addressed by different names - Kesavan, Narayanan, Madhavan, Govindan, Madhusudanan, Vishnu, Thirivikraman, Vaamanan, Sridharan, Rishikesh, Padmanabhan, Damodharan etc. by his devotees with great love for Him. The Lord blesses His devotees from 108 pilgrim spots. Thirupaarkadal and Paramapadham are two spots we cannot visit as they do not exist physically. We can see them only through wisdom. The other 106 sthalas can be visited. Tough the God is omnipresent we can get His blessings by visiting His sthalas only. Azhvars are staunch devotees of Lord Narayana and had His blessings. The sthalas that have been sanctified by them are called 'Divyadesas' and the Pasuras sung by them are glorified as 'Divya prabhandam'.

At the temple at Mahabalipuram, Lord Narayana is portrayed in a reclining posture. Bhuthat Azhvar who has sung in praise of the Lord in his Paasuram was born here. Thirumangai Azhvar has sung 26 Paasurams in praise of the Lord. Srimath Narayana has taken nine avtars thus far. He'll come as Kalki at the end of the Kaliyug. There are still lakhs of years to pass by for the present yug to end. But the Lord blessed Thirumangai Azhvar with a vision of His Kalki avtar, granting the wish of His devotee. The Azhvar has mentioned and described the avtar in his Paasuram.

History says that there existed seven temples at the shore at Mahabalipuram. All the temples had been destroyed by the fury of the sea. The Lord appeared in the dreams of Kanchipuram jeer and the Vijayanagar king Parangusarajan and instructed them to build a new temple at the shore. The present temple was built during the 14th century.

Sri Sthalasayana Perumal - Mahabalipuram

Pundareeka Maharishi was a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu. He was visiting many Vishnu sthalas and when he came to this sthala, he saw a large number of lotus flowers in the tank. When he thought of plucking them to make a garland for the Lord, he heard a voice from the sky telling him to offer the garland to Lord Narayana in Thirupaarkadal. Accordingly, the sage plucked the flowers, made a garland and was eager to offer the same to the Lord in Thirupaarkadal. He started emptying the sea (!) by baling out water with his hands. And, he prayed to the Lord that the garland should remain fresh till he reached Thirupaarkadal. The Lord, pleased with his bhakti, took the form of a Brahmin and asked the sage why he was baling out the water. When the sage told him the purpose the Brahmin requested the sage to fetch some food for him and offered to bale out the water till he returned. When the sage returned he saw the sea fully emptied. Lord Vishnu appeared before him in a reclining posture with the lotus garland on his body. Realizing that it was the Lord who came as the Brahmin, the sage was in a state of ecstasy and prayed to the Lord that all His devotees be blessed to see the Lord in that posture. This is the story behind the particular posture of the Lord at this temple.

The sthala is considered a 'Punyatheertha sthala' and is called 'Arthasethu' due to the belief that the water was baled out by the Lord Himself. Those, who bathe in the sea here, are believed to gain the 'punya' equivalent to that of bathing in the sea in Rameswaram. Also, they are believed to get redemption from their sins and relief from their miseries. And, they get the 'punyam' of 'darshan' of Thirupaarkadal Vaikundanatha. The sufferings of the devotees are alleviated by offering lotus flowers and tulsi leaves to the deity. Delay in marriage is also rectified, the devotees believe.

Sri Nilamangai Thayar - Mahabalipuram

The presiding deity is called Sri Sthalasayana Perumal, urchavamoorthy is called Sri Ulaguyyanindraan and the Goddess Sri Nilamangai Thaayaar. Punnai tree is the sthala vritcha while Pundareeka Pushkarani is the temple tank. Four worship services are held daily. Festival is conducted during all the 12 months of the year. There's a separate sannidhi for Thaayaar. Also there are separate sannidhis for Andal, Lakshminarasimha, Lord Rama, Azhvars and Lord Hanuman.

The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 9 a.m., from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Route: The temple, situated in Kanchipuram district can be reached by bus plying through ECR. The temple is located near the bus stand and is at 50 km distance from Chennai. From Chennai, the temple can be reached in just one hour. Buses ply from Chengalpattu and Puduchery to reach the temple.

The temple is under the jurisdiction of the HR & CE.