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Sevilimedu Lakshmi Narasimhar

Sevilimedu is a village near Kancheepuram where a temple dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Perumal stands.

According to local legend, this temple was consecrated during the Pallava times. Kancheepuram was the capital city of the Pallava dynasty who ruled from the 5th to 9th centuries AD.

Sevilimedu is said to have got its name as there was an ancient palace of the Pallava kings here under a mound (medu) and because the sevili flowers grew here.

Presiding deity - Sri Lakshmi Narasimha

Thayar - Sri Soundaryavalli Thayar

Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar is found seated with Goddess Lakshmi on his left lap.

The processional deity of this temple is known as Sri Soundarya Varadar. In front of this main sanctum is a large mandapam with many pillars, datable to the 15–16 century AD, the Vijayanagara era.

To the side of this mandapam is a small shrine with images of Sri Vishwaksena, Ananta, Vaikunthavasan, Poigai Alwar, Nammalvar, Ramanuja and Vedanta Desika.

Leading from this mandapam is another hall – only larger and more ornate. In this pillared hall is a shrine for a large stone image of Garuda, facing Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Perumal.

In the same mandapam, is another small sanctum for Sri Bhakta Anjaneya facing south.

Situated in the vast prakara, to the right of the main shrine and facing east is the shrine for Goddess Lakshmi, worshipped in this temple as Sri Soundaryavalli Thayar.

During every Swati nakshatram, thirumanjanam is performed to the presiding deity.

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