Nandhambakkam Sri Kothandaramar

Nandhambakkam Sri Kothandaramar

Nandhambakkam is located on the Mount Poonamallee Road just about 2 kms from Guindy Kathipara junction. This temple is located just on the opposite side of Chennai Trade Center.

Mulavar: Kodhanda Ramar, Srinivasa Perumal

Posture : Nindra Kolam , Standing Posture (Srinivasa Perumal)

Theertham: Bringi Maharishi Theertham

Kshethram: Brindaanya Kshethram

Vimanam: Nalinaga Vimanam


According to Legends its known to be Bringi Maharishi' s Ashram. Lord Rama on his way to Ramewaram was requested by Saint Bringi to stay in his ashram for some time. In the Nandavanam near the Ashram Lord Rama stayed for some time. The place came to be known as Nandhavanam itself, which later changed as Nandhambakkam. The place to Nandhambakkam is Ramapuram as lord Rama stayed here.

About the temple:

The descendants of Vijayanagar rulers constructed a temple for Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, around 750 years ago, in the place where Lord Rama stayed. The original idols that the sage worshipped were installed in this temple.


  • Rama here is seen along with Lakshmana, Bharatha and Sathrukna ( Facing South)

  • Sita Devi is seen sitting on Sri Rama’s lap ( Facing South)

  • Anjaneyar (( Facing North)

  • Srinivasa Perumal ( Facing East)

  • Alarmelmangai Thayar

  • Nandavana Kannan

  • Anjaneyar ( In the praakaaram)

  • Azhwars and Acharyas

  • chakrathalwar temple & Narasimhar

Temple Timing: 7.00 am to 10.30 am and 6.00 pm to 8.15 pm

Unique Features:

The temple is south facing

Kodhanda Ramar holding Sita in His lap

Temples in Proximity:

Sri Ramalingeswarar ( Nandambakkam)

Sri Ramanadeswarar Temple at Porur (Chennai Navagraha Sthalam – Guru)

Hridayaaleeswarar Temple , Thiruninravur

Hridayaaleeswarar Temple , Thiruninravur

Hridhayaaleeswarar Temple is about 300m from Sri Bakthavatsalam Temple, Thiruninravur. This temple was built in 7th century .
The story of this temple dates back to 7th century. There lived a Shiva devotee called Poosalaar. Poosalaar was determined to build a temple for Lord Shiva at this place within his lifetime. He sought for help with many rich people who can fund him to raise a temple. But hardly anyone helped him.
Knowing that he won’t get any help, Poosalaar finally decided to build a temple for the Lord by himself, at his heart itself. As he knew all the Aagama Vidhis and nuances to build a temple, he wanted to start building the temple.
Poosalaar marked an auspicious day to commence the holy work. The temple started growing up in his mind. It is said that Poosalaar actually took the same time which will be needed to construct an actual temple.Finally, he also fixed an auspicious date for Kumbhabishegam of the temple. He prayed to Lord Shiva to be present for the consecration and offer His blessings.
During the same period, a king called Rajasimma Pallava was ruling this part. He was also was a ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and was building a huge beautiful temple for the Lord, at Kaanchi. He also named the God as Kailasanathar and the temple as Rajasimmeswaram.
The king also marked the same date which poosalaar had chooses for consecration. One day after visiting the progress of the temple work, he came back tiresome to bed. Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and told him that He cannot make it to the consecration, as He had to be present for consecration of another temple built by Poosalaar of Thiruninravur.
The king woke up shockingly and couldn’t believe himself He wanted to know about the temple which God informed him of. He immediately set off to see Poosalaar’s temple at Thiruninravur.
He came to Thiruninravur the next day and enquired with many people about a new Shiva temple built by Poosalaar. Nobody knew anything about the temple but directed the king to the place where Poosalaar was meditating under the Iruppai tree.
King went and asked Poosalaar himself about the temple. Poosalaar, on hearing the king explaining about his dream, was overwhelmed to realize the mercy shown to him by Lord Shiva. Poosalaar explained the king that he had been constructing the temple in his heart and had fixed a date for consecration.
Rajasimma was amazed to see the devotion and sincerity of Poosalaar. The king himself took all the specifications of the temple and constructed a temple for the Lord here. Hence his temple is also called Manakkoil.
As Poosalaar originally built the temple for the Lord in his Heart, the Lord here is known as Hridhayaaleeswarar.

About the Temple:
There are 2 entrances to this temple, one on east and the other to the west, the Lord here faces east here. The sanctum is built in Gajabrishta or Thoongaanai Maadam shape.

Presiding Deity: Sri Hridhayaleswarar
Thaayar: Sri Maragadambigai
Maha Vishnu
Subramanyar with Valli and Devasena
Sivagama Sundari
Kala Bairavar
Stala Virutchagam: Vilvam
Uniqueness of this temple
1. Parihaar stala for all heart ailments.
2. Sage Poosalaar built same replica in his mind and the same has been built by Rajasimma Pallavan physically. Hence the name Sri Hridhayaleswarar
3. The architecture of Garba Graha is similar to sleeping elephant like most of the temples in orissa sarvajan sukhino bhavanthu

4. The temple also has the statue of Rajasimma Pallavan

Temples in Proximity

  1. Bhakthavatsala Perumal - 108 Divya desam
  2. Eri Kaatha Ramar

Eri Katha Ramar Temple, Thiruninravur

Eri Katha Ramar Temple, Thiruninravur

Thiruninravur is a village in Thiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu. It is situated at around 32KM from Chennai.

It is famous for Bakthavatsala Perumal Temple which is one of the 108 Divyadesams. Hridayaleeswarar Temple constructed 1500 years ago dedicated to Shiva is also located at Thiruninravur. Both built during the Pallava era. But there is another temple named "Eri Katha Ramar" which is also quite famous in thiruninravur.

How to reach:

The place is well connected by both bus and rail from Chennai.

Buses connecting Thiruninravur:

71E --> Thiruninravur to Parrys T16 --> Avadi to Tiruvallur via. Thiruninravur. M71E, 65C --> Ambattur Ind. Estate to Thiruninravur. 572> Ambattur Estate - Thiruvallur. 54A --> Poonamallee to Thiruninravur.


Trains bound to Tiruvallur, Arakkonam, Kadambathur, Tiruvalangadu, Tirutani and Tirupathi starting from Chennai will halt at Thiruninravur.

The Temple:

This temple is just 50 mtrs away from Bakthavatsala Perumal Temple. Its lies opposite to Bakthavatsala Perumal Temple on the banks of the Thiruninravur lake.


1. Presiding deity: Rama & his consort Sita & Lakshmana , Sri Sita Sametha Sri Rama

2. Two Anjeneyas

3. Krishna

Posture: Nindra Kolam , Standing posture

About the deity:

Lord Rama along with his consort sita & lakshmana gives us darshna in standing posture. The moolavar is huge & beautiful. Lord Rama is not found with his bow & arrow but with a stick (Eri Katha rama).


Sri Anjaneya is Carrying Sri Rama &  Lakshmana on his Shoulder, the only other temple which has the similar idol is Naimisaranyam (U.P).

Temples in Proximity:

1. Bakthavatsala Perumal Temple (108 Divya desam temple)

2. Hridayaleeswarar Temple ( Pariharra Sthala for Heart Ailments)

Nithya Kalyana Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal

Nithya Kalyana Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal

When we hear the name Nithya Kalyana  Perumal , we generally get tuned to the temple in ECR ThiruVidanthai Nithya Kalyana Perumal  built by the pallavas. But this Nithya Kalyana  Perumal  is much unheard to many. I would like to bring in to light about this unique less know temple.

Place: Aappur

Near by place: Singaperumal Kovil , Aappur is 5 km from Singaperumal Kovil

How to Reach: About Aappur: Aappur is a small hamlet near Singaperumal Kovil. Aappur has very less buses frequency. If you are travelling from chennai by bus then you need to board a bus from tambaram which goes via Oragadam. Alternative route would be via Singaperumal Kovil , from Singaperumal Kovil alot of share autos.

This temple is located on top of a hill known as oushadagiri ( Oushada- Medicinal , Giri - Hill ). we need to climb 500 stairs to  get the darshan of  Nithya Kalyana perumal. The temple is erected in conformity with agama shilpa shaastras.


  1. Nithya Kalyana Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal
  2. Garuda

Presiding deity - Nithya Kalyana Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal
Posture: Nindra Kolam , Standing posture

Uniqueness :
  1. Only Vaishnavite temple where Agasthiaya is said to have abserved penance.
  2. Only temple where Perumal is found to be wearing Saree.

About the Deity:  

Nithya Kalyana Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal is said to have his consort in his heart, hence there is no seperate sannadi for Thayar & hence the deity is worn a saree.

As the Name it self signifies Nithya Kalyana. Its a parriharra stala for Marraiage and  prosperity.

Temples in Proximity:
  1. Vallakkotai Murugan Kovil
  2. Singaperumal Kovil
  3. Chettipunniyam  Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple