Friday, February 24, 2012

Neela Varna Perumal Nanmangalam

Pallava Period temple is the Abhimana Sthalam for Neer Vanna Perumal of Thiruneermalai Divya Desam

Parikara Sthala for Raahu Kethu Dosha



Located 1/2km West of Kovilambakkam- Medavakkam main road is the over 1200year old Neela Varna Perumal temple in Nanmangalam. One finds Goddess Lakshmi on the chest of Moolavar Neela Varna Perumal.

Built by early Pallavas around the 9th Century AD, Rajasimha Pallava is said to have visited this temple every time he went to war. This is believed to be the Abhiman Perumal for Neer Vanna Perumal of Thiru Neermalai Divya Desam.

Ignored for many decades, the temple has been renovated over the last decade and now wears a fresh look.

Rajagopalan Bhattar, who earlier performed service at Brindavan temple, is very devoted in rendering service to the Lord and is a reason for devotees returning to this temple for prayers. His performance of the daily poojas is very refreshing.

Anjaneya as Dwarapalakas

Interestingly, at the Eastern entrance, one finds Anjaneya as Dwarapalakas of Neela Varna Perumal.


Inscriptions



Inside the Dashavatara Mandapa, one finds inscriptions that possibly date back to the Pallava period. There are also fish carvings on the upper wall leading to the sanctum that is an indication that there may be a Pandya connection to the temple as well.


Parikara Sthalam



Inside the sanctum, one finds on the upper wall Rahu- Kethu. Hence, this temple is believed to be a Parikara Sthala for Rahu Kethu Dosha.

Belief is that one’s prayers are answered within 90days of invoking the blessings of Neela Varna Perumal at this temple

There are idols of Lakshmi Varaha, Lakshmi Narasimha and Lakshmi Hayagriva at this temple.



Festivals
On the 4th Saturday of Puratasi, Lord Neela Varna Perumal goes out on a Garuda Vahana procession
Navarathri 10day Utsavam
Anna Koodai before Deepavali
Every full moon day, Satyanarayana Pooja

Quick Facts
Moolavar : Neela Varna Perumal East Facing Standing Posture with Sri and Bhoo Devi
Thaayar : Veda Valli Thaayar (Separate Sannidhi)
Temple Time : 8am-11am and 6pm-8pm
Contact : Rajagopalan Bhattar @ 92833 79389

How to reach
Take the Pallavaram- Thoraipakkam 100ft Road. Turn South at the Madipakkam-Medavakkam High Road Junction. At Kovilambakkam (1km from this Junction), turn right into Nanmangalam. Temple is about 1/2km from the Kovilambakkam – Medavakkam Main Road.
Bus numbers: M14, B51.

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