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Pazhaya Seevaram Perumal

The Lakshmi Narasimha Perumal Temple in Pazhaya Seevaram, on the Kancheepuram-Chengalpattu state highway in Tamil Nadu, has a hoary past. The temple on the Padmagiri hillocks has its birth in the penance of a sage in north India.

Presiding deity - Lord Lakshmi Narasimha

Thayar - Lakshmi

Wanting a darshan of Lord Narasimha, sage Aathri Anusaya was undertaking penance at Naimisaaranyam in north India. With his prayers not being answered there, the sage intensified his penance.

One day, he heard an oracle asking him to move southwards to the foothill of Padmagiri hills where there is a confluence of three rivers.

He is said to have to come to this place and undertaken penance again, facing east, on the banks of the three rivers - Palar, Cheyyar and Vegavathi - that meet here.

Lord Lakshmi Narasimha is said to have appeared before him and provided darshan facing west. Bowing to the wish of the sage, Lord Narasimha remained here and is seen in a grand sitting posture, facing west, with Goddess Lakshmi on his lap.

One finds reference to this episode in chapter 17 of Brahmaanda Puranam relating to Padmagiri Mahaatyam.

The temple is located about 20 km east of Varadaraja Perumal temple in Kancheepuram on the Kancheepuram-Chengalpattu state highway in Pazhaya Seevaram.

Temple timings

6 a.m. – 11 a.m.

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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