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Srinivasa Perumal Temple Semmanchery Kanchipuram

Srinivasa Perumal Temple Semmanchery Kanchipuram

Srinivasa Perumal Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu located at Semmanchery in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. This is one of the most ancient temples in Chennai suburbs. It is very easily accessible through the IT expressway-Rajiv Gandhi Salai. The presiding deity is Srinivasa perumal and gives Darshanam in standing posture. The lord looks stunning with all the decorations. It is a Prarthana Sthalam for the 'unmarried' and 'childless couples'.

Belief is that one can regain lost vision by offering sincere prayers at this temple. The Temple is located about 30 kms South of Madras on the Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) just after Infosys campus and Sathyabama University. This Temple has been recently renovated and wears a new look. Moolavar is Srinivasa Perumal East Facing Standing Posture with Sri and Bhoo Devi and Thayar is Alarmel Mangai Thaayar.

Srinivasa Perumal Temple Semmanchery Kanchipuram Legends

Sownaka Maharishi prayed to Lord Vishnu for his eternal presence here

As per Karna Parampara, there lived a maharishi called Sownakar who was also a staunch devotee of Lord Maha Vishnu. On his way to worship Sthala Sayana Perumal in Thiru Kadal Mallai Divya Desam (now known as Mahabalipuram), Sownaka maharishi reached a village called Serumanancheri, surrounded by beautiful water streams and fertile paddy fields. After completing his daily poojas and rituals with great devotion,

Sownaka maharishi wanted to visit Perumal Kovil (temple) and offer prayers. He enquired the villagers about the existence of Perumal Kovil in Serumanancheri. Villagers responded that there was no Perumal Kovil in Serumanancheri. On hearing this, Sownaka maharishi felt very sad and started to do tapas, in a mango farm in the village, towards Lord Maha Vishu. Impressed with the supreme devotion and divine tapas, 

Lord Maha Vishnu, along with Sridevi and Bhudevi, appeared before Sownaka maharishi and blessed him. Sownaka maharishi offered sincere prayers to Lord Vishnu and requested the Lord to be in Serumanancheri village forever along with Sridevi and Bhudevi so as to remove the sorrows of his devotees.

Lord Maha Vishnu obliged the wish of Sownaka maharishi and continued his presence in Serumanancheri village. This Serumanancheri village is now called as Semmencheri. Lord Srinivasa, as Kurai Theerkum Govindan in this temple, blesses his devotees, removes their sorrows and fulfills their desires as committed by the Lord himself to Sownaka maharishi.

Narasimha Pallava prayed Vishnu for Rains

The story goes that once upon a time, there was famine at this place and the Pallava king, Narasimha Pallava, prayed and obtained the blessings of Srinivasa Perumal to help relieve the pains of the people. Pleased with his prayers, Lord Srinivasa is said to have appeared before the king and brought rains to this region. As a result, the belief is that the Lord fulfills the wishes of all devotes who come here and offer prayers, with sincerity, at this temple.

Pallava King regained his Eye Sight by Praying to the Lord

It is said that a Pallava king who was ruling this part of the country lost his eye sight, after which he had worshipped Lord Srinivasa Perumal here and got back his eye sight. Many people having problems with their eye sight take bath in this temple pond and worship the Lord here to get recovered.

Srinivasa Perumal Temple Semmanchery Kanchipuram History

Semmencheri was part of Thondaimandalam which comprised of erstwhile North Arcot, South Arcot and Chengalpet districts of Tamilnadu state along with some parts of Andhra Pradesh state. Thondaimandalam was ruled by Pallavas with their headquarters as Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram as Port City. Belief is that the temple may be over 1500 years old and may have been built by the Pallavas, who were also responsible for the construction of several Divya Desams in this region including Thiru Kadal Mallai at Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram).

Later on, renovation work at this temple is said to have been undertaken by Nayak Kings and Chettiars. The experts from Archeological Survey of India (ASI) believe that the temple in its current form and structure may be about 500 years old. According to them, this temple should have been constructed between 1500 AD and 1600 AD and its structure is in the pattern of Udupi Renaissance. The Temple was in such a dilapidated condition till 2007 & has been renovated with excellent support from devotees and philanthropists.

Srinivasa Perumal Temple Semmanchery Kanchipuram Opening Time

  • All days except Saturdays: 7.00 AM to 10.00 AM & 5 PM to 8 PM 
  • Saturdays: 6.30 AM to 11.30 AM & 5 PM to 8.30 PM 

Srinivasa Perumal Temple Semmanchery Kanchipuram Festivals

  • Puratasi Utsavam 
  • Margazhi Utsavam
  • Sri Rama Navami
  • Sri Krishna Jayanthi
  • Hanuman Jayanthi
  • Aadi Pooram
  • Fridays in Tamil months Aadi and Thai 

Apart from the above, Thirumanjam for all Deities in the temple can be arranged for Devotees on days requested by them. Devotees can seek the blessings of God by performing Thirumanjanam on important days like birthday, wedding day etc.

Srinivasa Perumal Temple Semmanchery Kanchipuram Prayers

This temple is the Prarthana Sthalam for unmarried persons and childless couples. There is a tank half a km east of the temple. Those (with eye problems) who take bath in the sacred tank and offer sincere prayers to Srinivasa Perumal are said to regain their (lost) eye sight. 

How to Reach Srinivasa Perumal Temple Semmanchery Kanchipuram?
The Temple is located in Semmencheri in Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) which is also known as Rajiv Gandhi Salai. Semmencheri is located between Sholinganallur and Siruseri in OMR. Srinivasa Temple Gopuram can be seen on the left side of OMR when you are proceeding towards Siruseri from Sholinganallur. Rajagopuram and other Sannidhi Gopuram can be clearly seen from OMR itself. 

A clearly visible temple name board is mounted on the Prahara walls of temple and this can be clearly seen from OMR thereby facilitating devotees to easily identify the temple. In fact, this is the only Vaishnavite temple on the all-important IT corridor over a 20 Square Kms radius - a sacred and ancient place of worship in a modern setting.

This place is well connected to Chennai by Bus (Parrys Corner (21H), T.Nagar (119G) and Saidapet (19G). There is a Bus Stop situated close to the temple (called Semmencheri Perumal Kovil Stop).
Private taxis from Thiruvanmiyur will charge about INR 500 to INR 600 for to and fro. Nearest Railway station is Thiruvanmiyur MRTS station. One can combine a visit to this temple with Nithya Kalyana Perumal (Divya Desam) on ECR (East Coast Road) and Thiru Kadal Mallai (Mamallapuram Divya Desam).

Srinivasa Perumal Temple Semmanchery Kanchipuram Address

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple,
OMR, Semmanchery,
Kanchipuram District
Mobile: +91 98403 88836 / 98400 69650 / 9840273832
Mobile: +91 97908 79760 / 98415 66481.

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