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Pon Vilaintha Kalathur Perumal

There are many interesting stories linked to the name of the village, Pon Vilaintha Kalathur, and the temple found there.

Puranic lore

Several deities at Thiru Kadal Mallai Divya Desams, now known as Mamallapuram, were on the verge of being washed away by floods. Fearing the loss of the Narasimha idol, it is believed that the utsava deity was taken away to a safer place from Thiru Kadal Mallai.

Garuda was given the job of identifying the place where the Lakshmi Narasimha utsava deity was to be consecrated. It is said almost 900 years ago, Garuda came above the temple in Pon Vilaintha Kalathur and circled the vimanam thrice.

Taking this as Garuda’s sign that it was the right place to instal the Lord, it is said the Lakshmi Narasimha utsava deity was installed at Pon Vilaintha Kalathur. Surprisingly, the temple whose presiding deity is Vaikunta Vaasa Perumal, actually came to be called by the name of the utsava deity.

Presiding deity: Vaikunta Vaasa Perumal
Thayar: Ahobila Valli Thayar
Utsavar: Lakshmi Narasimha

Why Pon Vilaintha Kalathur?

Vedanta Desikar is said to have stayed here for a day on his way from Kancheepuram to Thiru Vahindrapuram. On the evening of his stay, Desikar wanted to serve food for his favourite Lord, Hayagriva of Thiru Vahindrapuram, and went around the village seeking alms. However, with the night having set in and the lights having been lit, the villagers refused to pass on the food.

Given this scenario, Desikar performed the evening pooja with sacred water (theertham) and put his favourite Lord to sleep (sayanam).

It is believed that that night a white horse went around destroying the fields much to the anger of the villagers, who brought this to the notice of Desikar the next morning.

Hearing this, Desikar came out on to the field to see what had happened. To the surprise of everyone, they found that the field where the horse had placed its feet had turned into gold. Desikar knew it was the work of his favourite deity Hayagriva (whom the villagers had allowed to sleep hungry the previous night).

Hence, this place came to be called Pon Vilaintha Kalathur.

The Lakshmi Narasimha Temple in Pon Vilaintha Kalathur is 15 km south of Chengalpattu. There are local buses every half-an-hour (during morning and evening) between Chengalpattu and Pon Vilaintha Kalathur.

Temple timings:

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
5 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.

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