Infobox Indian Jurisdiction
native_name = Thiruneermalai | type = city | latd = | longd =
state_name = Tamil Nadu
district = Kancheepuram
population_as_of = 2001
population_total = 19,019| population_density =
area_magnitude= sq. km
Thiruneermalai is a
panchayat townin Kancheepuram districtin the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a hill, and the templeon that hill, outside the Indian city of Chennai. It is chiefly known for its extensive use in filming.
As of 2001India census, [GR|India] Thiruneermalai had a population of 19,019. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Thiruneermalai has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 74%. In Thiruneermalai, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
The temple is near Chennai. There are two temples dedicated to Lord
Vishnu. One on the base of the hill and the other on top of the hill. Earlier this hill was surrounded by water when Thirumangai Azhwar visited the shrine. Hence it is called Thiruneermalai. It is one of the Divya desam. People need to climb steps to reach the hill top. It would be around 200 to 300 steps. On top of the mountain one could view the Pallavaram area.
The base Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama also known as Neervanan in a standing posture and temple up the hill has four shrines for Lord Ranganatha (Kidanthaan - in reclining posture), Animamalarmangai Thayaar, Trivikrama (Nadanthaan - in standing posture) and Lord Narasimha (Irundhaan - sitting posture). It is a double prakaram temple. Garuda shrine is present by facing the Lord. There could be around 200 steps to reach the temple top. It would be a wonderful view when reached at the top.
Legend is that when
Valmikiprayed to Lord Ranganatha and Goddess Ranganayaki in the base temple they took the form of Lord Rama and Sita, Sesha, Conch, Chakraas Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatruguna and Garudaas Hanuman. Sage Valmikicould view Lord Ranganatha, Lord Trivikrama and Lord Narasimhain the top temple.
Sri Neervanaswamy Mahatyam
Thiruneermalai is famous for marriages.
Puliyodharai(Tamarind Rice), Dhadhyonam(Curd Rice), Pongal, Chakkarai Pongal, Vada, Adhirasam, Murukku are offered to Lord as Prasadam.
Darshan, Sevas and Festivals
Panguni Uthiram and Chitrai Month are festival months.
Thirumangai Alvar, Bhoothathalvarhave composed beautiful Paasurams on Lord Neervannaswamy. It is one of the compositions in Naalayira Divya Prabandha.
Easy Paasuram to Learn(Tamil)
"Payinrath Arangam Thirukkotti Pannaal"
"Payinrathuvum Vengadame Pannaal Payinra"
"Thanithikazum Solaiya Nineer Malaiye"
"Manithikazum Vanthadakkai Maal."
Travel and Stay
The temple is near Chrompet, which is hardly 10 km from the Chennai Domestic Airport. A lot of Bus facilities are available.
List of Other Temples to Visit
* Marundeeswarar Temple
* Velliswarar Temple
* Thyagaraja Swamy Udanurai
* Udanurai Vadivudaiamman Temple
* Aabathsahayeswarar Temple
* Adi Parasakthi Temple
* Agastheeswarar Temple
* Apparswamy Temple
* Shiva Vishnu Temple
* Srinivasar Temple
* Kesavar Temple
* Madhavar Temple
ThiruvidandaiLakshmi VarahaSwamy Temple
* AshtaLakshmi Temple
Thirukadalmallai, Sthalasayana Perumal
* Ananta Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Bakthavatsala Perumal Temple, Thiruninravur
Thiruevvul, ThiruvallurVeeraraghava Perumal Temple and Sri Viswaroopa Panchamukha Hanuman
Parthasarathy Kovil, Triplicane
* [http://www.indian-heritage.org/tindex.html About Thiruneermalai]
* [http://www.indiantemples.com/Tamilnadu/df061.html About Neelamugilvanna Perumal]
* [http://www.divyadesamonline.com/hindu/temples/chennai/tiruneermaialai-temple.asp DivyaDesam]
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