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