Srinivasa Perumal Temple (Vedanta Desikar Temple), Mylapore, Chennai
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Address:||Srinivasa Perumal Temple (Vedanta Desikar Temple),
No. 4, K.P. Sannidhi Street,Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
|Phone||+91 98410 47064 / 9444 576601 / 94443 98347|
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.30 am to 11. am in the mornings and 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm in the evenings.
This is a very active and vibrant temple with Urchavams all through the year like Thiru Aadi Pooram & Neerattu Uthsavam (10 days) for Andal; Utsavams commemorating the Thiru Nakshatrams of Azhwars and Acharyas; Sri Bhashayakarar Uthsavam (10 days) culminating in the Satrumurai on Chithirai Thiruvadirai; 10-day Uthsavam for Peyazhwar concluding on Aippasi Sathayam, the Azhwar’s Avathara day; Sri Rama Navami Uthsavam for 10 days etc., Hayagriva Aradhanai celebrated in a grand manner on the seventh day of Desikan Uthsavam is very special.
Legend / Local stories
Although the age of the temple is not clear the Idols of Vedanta Desikar and Lakshmi Hayagriva has been in existence here for more than 350 years. Idols of Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Alarmelmangai were installed much later in 1924. The temple, however, continues to be known by the name of the acharya. The temple has been notified as one of historic importance by the Government of India in the year 1973.
Vedanta Desikar, Incarnation of the Thirupathi Divine Bell:
Vedanta Desikar, one of the most important Acharyas of the Vaishnava tradition was born to the devout couple Ananthasuri and Thotharamba. Instructed by the Venkatamudayan, the couple went on a pilgrimage to Thirumalai. The Lord appeared in the couple’s dream as a Vaishnava youth and handed over a golden bell which Thotharamba swallowed. The following morning, they were astonished to find that both of them had dreamt the same sequence of events.
When the Archaka opened the doors of the Sanctum Sanctorum, he found the bell missing. During an investigation ordered into the loss of the bell, the Lord appeared by Avesa (spiritual trance) on Tirumalai Nambi and told that he had himself presented the bell to the Ananthasuri couple and thereafter, the small hand-bell need not be used in the Tiruvaradhana in the temple. Hence, Swami Vedanta Desikar is considered as the incarnation of the Divine Bell.
Vedanta Desikar as prime deity here:
Azhwars and Acharyas travelled throughout the country extolling the beauty and grace of Narayana. However, in the case of Mylapore, the Supreme Lord and the Acharyan switched roles. Lord Srinivasa and Alarmel Mangai Thayar willed to grace the abode of the Acharyan (Swami Desikan) and relish his company.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located very near to Chitrakulam in Mylapore and adjacent to Adhi Kesava Perumal Temple. The Temple is located at about 850 meters from Mylapore Bus Stop, 800 meters from Kutchery Road and 1 Km from Mylapore Railway Station. Mylapore is located a few kilometers to the south of the British-built Chennai city. It lies between Triplicane and Teynampet in the west then across to the coast in the east. It is bounded by Royapettah to the north.
Its southern frontier corresponds roughly with that of the River Adyar. It extends for around 4 km from north to south and 2 km from east to west. Mylapore is in the heart of Chennai city and is linked with local trains and bus facilities. Mylapore is located at about 5 Kms from Triplicane, 3 Kms from Teynampet, 2.5 Kms from Royapettah, 6 Kms from Adyar, 6 Kms from T Nagar, 3 Kms from Marina Beach, 3 Kms from Santhome, 3 Kms from Alwarpet, 5 Kms from Nungambakkam and 7 Kms from Kodambakkam.
Mylapore is connected to other parts of the city by MTC buses, with connections including Chennai Central, T. Nagar, Tambaram, Broadway. Mylapore is located at about 10 Kms from Koyambedu Bus Terminus.
List of MTC bus routes covers through in and out of Mylapore;
|1||Thiruvottriyur||Thiruvanmiyur||Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar|
|1A||Thiruvottriyur||Thiruvanmiyur||Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar|
|1C||Ennore||Thiruvanmiyur||Thiruvottriyur, Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar|
|1D||Ennore||Thiruvanmiyur||Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar|
|5B||T. Nagar||Mylapore||Mandaveli, Adyar, Saidapet|
|12B||Foreshore Estate||Vadapalani||Santhome, Kutchery Road, Luz, Alwarpet, Pondy Bazar, Kodambakkam|
|12C||Saligramam||Mylapore||Vadapalani, Rangarajapuram, Panagal park, Adyar Gate, Mandaveli|
|M15||Tambaram East||Mylapore||Mandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools, Velachery, Pallikaranai|
|M15xt||East Tambaram||Mylapore||Mandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools, Velachery, Pallikaranai, Medavakkam, Camp road|
|21||Mandaveli||Broadway||Mylapore, Royapettah, Central RS|
|21B||Adyar||Parrys||Andhra Mahila Sabha, Music College, Foreshore Estate, Santhome, Chepauk, Madras University, Secretariat, RBI|
|21C||Kannagi nagar||Central (RS)||Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools,|
|21G||Broadway||Tambaram||Chepauk, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Kotturpuram, Gandhi Mandapam, Guindy, Kathipara, Meenambakkam, Pallavaram, Tambaram|
|29C||Besant Nagar||Perambur||Adyar, Mandaveli, Mylapore, Stella Mary’s College, Nungambakkam, Chetpet|
|45G||Guindy||Anna Square||Saidapet West, Mettupalayam, Srinivasa Theater, CIT nagar, Adyar Gate, Mandaveli, Mylapore, V. house|
Thirumayilai Railway Station, on the Mass Rapid Transit System network, connects Mylapore to Chennai Beach to the north and Velachery on the south. Mylapore is located at about 9 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station and 6 Kms from Egmore Railway Station.
Nearest Airport is Chennai International Airport located at about 17 Kms from Mylapore.
Srinivasa Perumal Temple (Vedanta Desikar Temple),
No. 4, K.P. Sannidhi Street,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Phone: +91 44 24953799
Mobile: +91 98410 47064 / 9444 576601 / 94443 98347
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]