Arul Migu Mylapore Sri.Madhava Perumal Temple

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The temple town of Mylapore abounds in places of worship which are ages old. One such temple is Madhavaperumal temple near Sanskrit college.

The temple is believed to be more than 800 years old and predates many the other temples in the area. Mention about this temple is found in Mayurapuri Mahatmiyam.

Presiding deity - Madhavaperumal

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Thayar - Amirthavalli.

Sthala vriksha -Punnai tree

Holy waters -Santhana pushkarini

Puranic Lore

Sage Brighu who lived in this place, Madhavapuram where the temple now exists was childless for a long time and he prayed to Mahavishnu for a progeny. Mahalakshmi consort of Mahavishnu comes to the hermitage and the sage adopts her as his daughter and names her Amirthavalli. She blossoms into a beautiful damsel. Meanwhile Mahavishnu unable to bear the separation of Mahalakshmi also visits the hermitage and expresses his desire to marry her. He requests the sage to fulfill his desire and the sage complies to his wish. Mahavishnu incarnates as Madhavan.

The celestial wedding

The divine wedding of Mahavishnu with Mahalakshmi takes place on the auspicious Panguni Uthiram day in this holy place.

Santhana Pushkarini

The pond in the ashram of the sage came to be called Santhanapushkarini. There is a popular belief that the Lord will bless the childless with a child if they have a dip in the pushkarini and worship the deities. Madhavaperumal is in a sitting posture with his consort.
The two utsavar icons Periya Madhavan and Siriya Madhavan form a part of the divine set up. Periazhwar, one of the minstrels (Azhwars) is supposed to have incarnated near the temple.

Temple timings : 6.30am- 11am
4.30pm- 9pm


picture source:Sujatha Rana