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Sthalasayana Perumal Temple



Sthalasayana Perumal Temple is at Mahabalipuram. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th - 9th centuries AD.

It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Sthalasayana Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Nilamangai Thayar.

The temple is believed to have been built by Pallavas, with later contributions fromMedieval Cholas, Vijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayaks.

The temple is believed to be the birthplace of the Vaishnava Azhwar saint Bhoothathalvar. Sthalasayana Perumal is believed to have appeared to sage Pundarika.

The temple is open from 6 am to 12 pm and 3pm to 8:30 pm and Six daily rituals and a dozen yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Bhoothatazhwar Avata festival, celebrated during the Tamil month of Aipasi.

This is one among the Divyadesas of Lord Vishnu and Avatar land of Saint Boodhathazhwar. Procession deity is holding a lotus bud. Lord, in a teaching posture, has His hand on His chest.



This is one of the shore temples in Mahabalipuram located near the bus terminus. The main deity worshiped here is Lord Vishnu. The Sthalasayana Perumal Temple is dedicated to Sri Vishnu as Sthalasayana Perumal and Divine Mother Shakti as Nilamangai Thayar. The temple has a special shrine for Bhootathalvar who was born in Mamallapuram.

The temple stands on the shore and it was built along with the other sculptures.  It is a small temple with two major Shrines for Lord Sthalasayana Perumal and Nilamangai Thayaar. This is believed to be the birthplace of Bhoothathazhwar, the 2nd Azhwar.

There is also a separate shrine for Lord Narasimha. The architecture depicts the pallava style. This shrine was built by Pallava kings. Bhoothathazhwar was found in a tank that is opposite to the temple.

The sthala is considered a 'Punyatheertha sthala' and is called 'Arthasethu' due to the belief that the water was baled out by the Lord Himself. Those, who bathe in the sea here, are believed to gain the 'punya' equivalent to that of bathing in the sea in Rameswaram. Also, they are believed to get redemption from their sins and relief from their miseries.

And, they get the 'punyam' of 'darshan' of Thirupaarkadal Vaikundanatha. The sufferings of the devotees are alleviated by offering lotus flowers and tulsi leaves to the deity. Delay in marriage is also rectified, the devotees believe.

Moolavar    :  Sthalasayana Perumal

Urchavar    :   Ulaguyya Nindran

 Amman / Thayar: Nilamangai Thayar

Thala Virutcham :  Punnai

Theertham :    Pundareeka Pushkarani

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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