Madras Week Special 2012

Aadhikesava Perumal Temple

Aadhikesava Perumal Temple is located near Chitrakulam, in Mylapore.

Presiding deity - Adhi Kesava Perumal

Thayar – Mayuravalli

It is believed that some centuries back, there was a rivulet – neerodai - called Kairavani that bridged Mylapore with Triplicane. The priests sailed in thus neerodai from Mylapore to Triplicane to perform pooja to Lord Parthasarathy. To reiterate the connection that existed between the two localities, Peiazhwar, one of the 12 Vaishnavite saints, who incarnated in Mylapore, visits Lord Parthasarathy every year and propitiates him. This event occurs in September every year.


The Alwar incarnated on a lily on Kairavani Neerodai in the 7th century. Since he incarnated in the neerodai, a part of it has been converted into a well which is preserved till date. This holy well is in Arundale Street, Mylapore. Gardens, houses and other buildings have encroached upon other parts of the neerodai.

Peiazhwar incarnated in the Tamil month of Ayppasi, his birth star is Sadhayam. He is an avatar of Vaal which is one of the Pancha Padai of Mahavishnu.

Peiazhwar was an erudite scholar. He was obsessed with Mahavishnu and was always chanting his name. Since he wandered like a pei – ghostly apparition - talking only about God, he is called Peiazhwar.

Three Azhwars meet at Thirukovilur

The Almighty, in order to instil bhakti and the greatness of Pasurams – Tamil verses penned by the Azhwars, enacted a drama. The first three Azhwars, called Mudhal Azhwar – Poikai, Bhoothathazhwar and Peiazhwar - were brought together by a divine incident. The three Azhwars did not know each other before. They came to Thirukovilur and worshipped the deity - Thrivikraman - separately. They reached a house to rest for the night.

The first to arrive was Poikaiazhwar. Since he was tired, he stretched himself on the bench which was at the entrance of the house. Then the other two Azhwars arrived. Since the space was constricted, all three could not rest together. At this juncture, there was a torrential downpour.

The trio stood close together to keep away from the rain. They felt that another person also joined them. But they could not feel or see him. The Azhwars realised through their gnana drishti that it is the Almighty who had joined them.

Mahavishnu appeared before them and blessed them. They danced with joy and poured out their hearts in lyrical outbursts called Pasurams. Each Azhwar sang 100 Pasurams.

This divine incident is observed every year in the temple during Ayppasi.

Aadhi Kesava Perumal Temple

The rajagopuram has five tiers, facing east. Thumbikai Azhwar faces the presiding deity once we enter the temple. The celestial congregation  consists of Navagrahas, Garudazhwar and Acharyas.

Moolavar Aadhi Kesavan is in a standing posture, facing east. He is endowed with four hands. He poses with chanku, chakra, abhayam and gadi hastham.

Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman are also enshrined in a separate enclosure.

There is also a shrine for Thirumazhisai Azhwar who is a disciple of Peiazhwar. Mayuravalli Thayar is consecrated in a separate enclosure.

Narasimha, Chakrathazhwar and Andal are also a part of the divine congregation.


Brahmotsavam is held during the Tamil month of Panguni.

Every Friday vilva archana is performed to Mayuravalli Thayar as it vouchsafes health wealth and longevity.

Aadhikesava Perumal Temple

Near Chitrakulam, Mylapore, Chennai.

Phone: 24643873

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