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#4 of 25 Places To Visit in Mahabalipuram
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Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
timings
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

about thirukadalmallai

Known to its devotees as Sthalasayana Perumal Temple, Thirukadalmallai is one of the 108 Divya Desams (108 Vishnu temples that find reference in the literary works of Tamil saints, Azhvars) dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his Sthalasayana Perumal avatar as well as in his epic avatar, that of Lord Narasimha, and Mother Shakti in her Nilamangai Thayaar avatar. Yet another Pallavan architectural marvel, Thiruadalmallai has two separate shrines, one dedicated to Lord Sthalasayana Perumal and Nilamangai Thayaar and the other to Lord Narasimha.

Standing on Mahabalipuram shore against the sparkling blue backdrop of the Bay of Bengal, Thiurkadalmallai is also the birthplace of Bhoothathazhwar, 2nd of the Azhwars, Tamil saints. Soul of Sri Thirumangai Alvar’s, (last of the 12 Azhwars) pasurams (hymn compositions), Thirukadalmallai finds reference in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a collection of tamil verses, 4000 in total, composed by the 12 Azhwars well before the 8th century.

With its foundation threaded in mythological lores and tales of devotional zeal, Thirukadalmallai is mesmerizingly beautiful. Surrounded by a canopy of evergreen shrubs and trees, casuarinas, there are a number of tiny villages settled near the temple where you can pick up unique handicrafts and antiques.

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