Semmancheri Sri Srinivasa Perumaal

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By Saravanan Iyer


Semmancheri is located about 25 kms from Chennai on the Old Mahabalipuram Road, just before Sozhinganallur. Semmancheri has a small, but ancient temple for Sri Srinivasa Perumaal. While traveling from Adyar, this small but ancient temple can be on the left side of the road itself.

This age old temple dates back to Pallava period. The presiding deity here is Sri Srinivasa Perumaal and Goddess Sri Alarmel Mangai Thaayaar. It is said that a Pallava king who was ruling this part of the country lost his eye sight, after which he had worshipped Lord Srinivasa Perumaal here and got back his eye sight. Many people having problems with their eye sight take bath in this temple pond and worship the Lord here to get recovered.

The main deity Sri Srinivasa Perumaal here is so beautiful with many ornaments, glittering inside the sanctum. The Lord is seen in the standing posture. A tall and beautiful Dwajasthambham adds beauty to the ambience. Goddess Sri Alarmel Mangai Thaayaar is seen on the south west side of the sanctum. Goddess too is beautifully decorated and seen blessing the devotees with much grace.

There is a separate shrine for Sri Kaalinga Nardhanar where Lord Krishna is seen in a dancing posture on the venomous demon snake ‘Kaalinga’. Sri Kaalinga Nardhanar here is believed to be very powerful. It is said that the childless couples are blessed with a baby by worshipping Sri Kaalinga Nardhanar here for 48 days.

Sri Aandaal shrine is located on the northwest side of the sanctum. Sri Anjaneyar is present in a small shrine at the north east side facing west. The Sthala Viruksham for this temple is ‘Athi Maram’ which is seen inside the temple near Sri Aandaal Shrine. Just near the entrance of the temple, there is a shrine for Sri Navaneetha Krishnar for Lord Vishnu.The pond for this temple is located about 500 meters east of the temple which definitely needs attention. The temple now is in a poor state and few volunteers are helping to bring the temple back to its charm.

Temple Contact :

Sri Srinivasa Perumaal Temple,

OMR, Semmanchery.

Tel : +91 98403 88836 / 98400 69650