Among the many rare gems hidden inside of Chennai this temple ranks on top and I was lucky to visit it today.The perumal opens his eyes when Nerkundram is performed so wonderful is the sculptors work. The sculptures are unquestionably ancient but the temple is very modern
Here is a link to the video of the phenomenon I saw on you tube
I had heard many years ago from my daughters school friend that this temple was in nerkundram today morning I located it and visited
HOW TO REACH:
On Poonamalle high road after proceeding from Koyambedu , before reaching the MGR engineering college signal on the left look for Dayasadan street turn in and take the narrow lane on the left adjoining the mosque then take the first right and you will be in front of the temple. The roads are all narrow and I was able to negotiate with my zen, It will be prudent to park in the mosque street and walk down
LEGEND OF THE TEMPLE:
The legend here is related to the Gajendra moksham episode of Vishnupuranam where Gajendra’s foot is caught by a gandharva in crocodile form and the merciful Lord gives moksha to both at this place. The temple is a few thousand years old said the hereditary bhattar.
Once you see these sannidhis you are in front of the main sannidhi with the Garudalwar in front. This sannidhi is air conditioned and has glass doors.
The perumal is flanked by Sridevi and Bhoodevi . He stands with the Varada hasta left pointing to his feet the right hand has the Gada the posterior hands have the chakra and Conch, He also has a simha muka on his abdomen.
It is the belief here that he is the lord of the navagrahas. All prayers are fulfilled in 9 days or 9 months(child birth) and thanks giving is done then with in 9 weeks.