|Description This Divya
Desam is located at Tiruninravur or Tinniyur, near Arakkonam on the Chennai
Arakkonam suburban railroad. (The Shivastalam Tiruninravur
enshrining Mahalakshmeeswarar is located in the Chola country.)
The Moolavar here is Bhaktavatsala Perumaal in a standing posture facing east, while
Taayaar is known as Sudhaavalli and as 'Ennaippetra taayaar'. This temple has two
prakarams and a five tiered rajagopuram. There is also a shrine to Rama on the banks of
the Varuna pushkarini tank. There are stone inscriptions here dating back to the period of
Nandivarma Pallavan and Rajaraja III.
Legend has it that Varunan (Samudraraja the father of
Mahalakshmi)worshipped Vishnu here. Legend also has it that Perumal visited this village
and made it his home; Lakshmi followed him, and stayed here too (hence the name Tiruninra
oor); Vishnu then appeared in front of a Pallava ruler, and directed him to build the
temple and arrange for the annual Bhramotsavam and Pavitrotsavam.
There are legends associated with Tirumangaialwar, who apparently left
this shrine without singing a paasuram. It is believed that the deity followed him to Mamallapuram where he sang a paasuram referring to
Tiruninravur and then to Tirukkannamangai
(also enshrining Bhaktavatsala Perumaal) where he sang another paasuram referring
An imposing tower adorns the entrance to this temple. Two worship services are carried
out each day here.