Posted by: Ramesha JS | May 22, 2008

Visit to Singrikudi, Poovarasankuppam and Parikkal

We had traveled quite long ago to these temples but I am updating in my blog now. Hope this information helps the devotees who are traveling by bus from Chennai. These Three ancient temples can be covered within a day and if had own vehicle some more places can be added in this divine yatra

I had gathered the information about these 3 Lakshmi Narashimar Temple (Singrikudi, Poovarasakuppam and Parikkal) and started devotional journey from Chennai. First catch the bus towards Pondy from Chennai, better start early in the morning.

Sri Lakshmi Narashimha Swami Temple, Singri Koil or Singrikudi – Pondichery.

From Pondy take a bus proceeding towards Madukarai. On the Pondy Cuddalore Road around 20 min journey will reach a junction called Abhishekapakkam and there bus takes right turn. U can check with fellow passengers’ to get down here after 10-15 min. A peaceful calm village, just walk few minutes along the age old houses and u will find this beautiful temple. I don’t have much detail to explain. After having the darshan come back to the same stop where u get down at.

Sri Amirthavalli Nayaki Sametha Sri Lakshminarasimha Swami Temple – Poovarasankuppam

From Singrikudi as there is no direct buses available (very few may be) so buses comming from Pondy both Private and Govt buses get down at next junction Madukari which is 16 kms from here, from there get the bus towards SIRUVANDHADU Junction. As all buses don’t go till Poovarasankuppam, bus comes from Villupuram will go till temple, but timings is the problem. At Siruvandal junction taking this advantage lots of autos are waiting to take devoties. Share Autos are also available. It’s around 3 km inside from this junction. We had a walk till temple, which passes along the paddy field and lake on other side. We had a peaceful darshan being the Sunday crowd was more. The Lakshmi Narasimhar temple here dates back to the 7th century.

This is one the temples which has brought under Nithya Annadana Scheme by the Tamil Nadu Government. Then chief minister Hon Selvi. J. Jayalalitha. Below information about Annadhanam is provided at HRCE site,

(“Those who gave food gave life”)

Our ancient epic “Puranaanooru” insists that those who have provided food for the needy are to be considered having given life to such persons and this exemplary virtue of hospitality is in practice in for the past 2000 years.

“Thirumanthiram” reveals the fact that even a crow while taking food wants to share the food available with other crows and by calling its fellow crows to take part in sharing the available food. From this fact, it is significant that ‘Thirumoolar’ insists that any one who comes with hunger has to be fed.

“Saint Thiruvalluvar” in ‘Thirukkural’ has insisted that providing food to the hungry people is meaningful in possessing wealth by a noble person.

During Twentieth Century, “Ramalinga Swamigal” (“Arutpragasa Vallalar”) has established an institution called “Sathya Gnana Sabai” and started a charity of providing food for all and forever to continue for devotees who visit Vadalur. This charity is being continued here for more than a century without any break. “Ramalinga Swamigal” in his book “Thiruvarutpa” narrates that hunger is a disease.

From Poovarasankuppam we again returned back to Siruvandal Junction and got the bus to Villupuram to visit another Narshimar Temple.

Sri Lakshmi Narashima Swami Temple, Parikkal -Villupuram

From Villupuram Parikkal is about 23 Kms. Here also all buses will not go inside. We need to wait long time to get direct buses. This sacred place is located between two rivers Thenpennai and Gadila, it is considered as holy as Srirangam.

The temple, which has no Rajagopuram, is at the centre of the village. A pilgrim can offer obeisance to Anjaneya at the entrance while the idols of Vinayaka and the Nagars are found in the main Prakaram. After praying at the shrine of Garuda, he can worship the presiding deity, Lakshmi Narasimha with His Consort, seated on His left lap. Said to be a Swayambu Murthi, the idol, according to some scholars, was installed by Vyasaraja. The Anjaneya idol, found inside the sanctum sanctorum, was also installed by him and it is one of the 732 idols installed by the saint all over the south. The other, of course, is the idol in the Nallattoor Temple, near Tiruttani The place gained the name of Parikkal as Goddess Mahalakshmi embraced Lord Narasimha to pacify Him and Her idol is found with Her right hand wrapped around the Lord. The Lord is also found with His left hand around the Goddess.

After having the darshanam and stayed a while and then returned back to Villupuram and there to Chennai.

It was a very pleasant day after having blessing of Three Narashimar.

Courtesy : Adityan

@ Parikkal Teample

Battacharya – Sri Ramani Battar: mobile number 9943876272.

Rest House : Sri Haridasa Bajanamandali – very hospitable – contact 954146 223838.

Courtesy : Bharath

Seva Timing:

Singirikudi: 7:00 AM — 12:00 Noon & 4:30 PM — 9:00 PM

Poovarasankuppam: 8:00 AM — 12:30 PM & 4:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Parikkal: 6:00 AM — 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Travel Note:

  • Chennai to Pondicherry get early morning buses. At Pondy bus stand get the buses going towards Madukarai via Abshekapakkam on Pondy – Cuddalore High way. Get down at Singrikoil or Singrikudi.
  • From Singrikoil as direct buses not available to Poovarasakuppam, in continuation direction get down at Madukarai junction’ and get another bus till ‘SIRUVANDHADU’ junction and either walk or auto till Poovarasakuppam.
  • Singrikudi -> 13 kms_Madhukari Junction ->3 kms  SIRUVANDHADU -> 3kms Poovarasankuppam -> 3kms  SIRUVANDHADU -> 18kms Villupuram.
  • From Villupuram check the buses which stop at GADILA.- 23 Kms from Villupuram (Most buses stops here) on the Tirchy National Highway. From Gadila to Parikkal 3 Kms, Autos available to reach Temple.  
  • Come back to Villupuram and board the buses to Chennai.

–(c)By Ramesha JS




  1. I had a best information regarding three narasimhas thanks for these information

  2. very very good information. thanks

  3. Thanks alot for this valuable information:)

  4. These temples are in a straight line towards East andifa person visits this three temples on ammavasai day will gain plentiful in punya.

  5. Hi… I found your article regarding these 3 Narasimhas very very usefull. We are planning to visit and just I was searching the net for further details. When I read this article, I felt as if I had the dharshan of these dieties. Thank you very much… (VM Sundaram, Mumbai…)

  6. it is very useful for about the darshana timing keep doing this

  7. Excellent information and it is a real boon, as I heard about the Singri narasimha swami temple but had no clue to reach the temple. No words to thank you as two more narasimha swami temple details are given. It is a great source of information to all devotees who strive to go to such old temples with great sancticity.

    Thanks again Sir.

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  12. Hi, it is very useful information. yesterday I have visited Singari temple. Temple location is Pondy to kadalur road .You have to take right turn in the Thavalakuppam Junction After that you travel via small furlong road within 2 km place of temple next to Abishapakkam. —Manikandan

  13. I often read your blog admin try to discover it very fascinating. Thought it was about time i show you , Sustain the truly fantastic work

  14. i wish to visit parikkal temple by the train route from chennai. pl give sime useful info.

  15. Dear Sri Ramesh,
    Thank you for a very good posting. I plan to visit these 3 temples sometime this year during Swathi star which also happens to be my janma nakshatram. I have heard that there is a certain order to be followed in visiting these temples. Can you or anyone in this blog advice the particular order in visiting these 3 temples? Like which temple we should start with and end with?

    N Sankar

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  17. thanks for giving a detailed information.

  18. Hi,

    Thanks for the detailed travel instructions for Parikkal,Poovarasankuppam and Singirikudi. I had visited these temples on 24th Sep and found your blog very useful.

  19. Can any devotee advise me the exact point where I have to take a turn to go to Parikkal Temple, if I am driving down from Chennai, please?

  20. Nive post. Very informative. Is there any package tour available for these places from chennai?

  21. Thanks for the input.

    I’m planning to visit all these 3 temples on this (coming) weekend Aug 28, 2010 from Chennai @ early hours (5am).


  22. thank you

  23. very very thank you

  24. sir,
    very good work with proper dirction and proper bus route and seva time very usful.
    Junction village near Povarasankuppam called SIRUVANDHADU inst. of siruvadal.

  25. very thankful to your detailed posting.
    only one correction the junction village nr. Povarsankuppam is SIRVANDHADU not siruvadal.

  26. Dear Ramesh Sir
    Thanks for your help. I am planning to go this week. I think the seva timings would not have changed.Your blog update is nothing but another way of perumal kaingariyam.

  27. good work

  28. Execellent please keep posting of the temples & the details,timings,routes if possible contact numbers.

  29. I am very greatful to you for the information about the 3 narasimhar temple . This detailed information will be useful.
    Can You Add New Temple YOGANANDA NARASIMA PERUMAL temple is situated at Serndanur, a small village about 18kms from Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu, India. The residing deity is YOGANANDA NARASIMA PERUMAL and his consort, Amirthavalli Nayaki Thayar. The Temple is also popularly known as “South Ahobilam”.

  30. very good and userful information for visiting the famous three Sri narasimha swamy temples. Thank you very much

  31. Seva Timing:

    Singirikudi: 7:00 AM — 12:00 Noon & 4:30 PM — 9:00 PM

    Poovarasankuppam: 8:00 AM — 12:30 PM & 4:00 PM — 8:00 PM

    Parikkal: 6:00 AM — 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM — 8:00 PM

  32. I am strong belever of god, Sri Ragothamasawmi of Tirukoilur, off-late I am becoming strong devotee of Lord Narasmhar, Often, he appear in my dream and without my knowldge, I am chanting Narasimha Slokas.

    I wish to visit almost all the Narsimahr temples in i\India in my life time.

    I pray god, to give me a strength and opportunity to fulfill my wishes.

  33. Dear Sir,

    Kindly help me about the darshan timing also which will be useful for the devotees proceeding to this tour.

    Thanks & Regards,


  34. Can anyone guide me to go to parikkal through train route from chennai ?

  35. Very helpful information. Thanks very lot.

  36. Do you have the mailing address for the Lakshni Narasimhar temple in Poovarasankuppam?
    If so, plez let me know. Thanx.
    My e-mail adddress is :

  37. After reading and the routing suggested,we visited Singiri kudi,puvarasamkuppam,and parikkal Lakshmi Narasimhars on 25 april 2009.We got rejuvenated..On Akshyatrithi Day we had darsan at Nachiar Kovil,Oppilliappan Kovil,Parimala Rangar Of Indalur(Mayavaram),..We were blessed to have Darsan of 12 Perumals on Garuda Vagana at Bigstreet,Kumbakonam on that day from 11am to 1PM..We thank you a lot for your guidance..please do keep posting such write ups

  38. Extremely nice..we plan to have Darsan of Parimalarangar ,mayavaram..Oppilliappan of kumbakonam..plan to drive to kumbakonam from chennai..After reading your visit note, we are interested in having Darsan of Narasimhas of Parikal,singirikudi,and Puvarasankuppam enroute to Kumbakonam..Can we do that without touching Pondicherry..What will be the best route for us to drive covering 3 narasimha temples..Can you guide us..thank you so much

  39. very powerfull deity. LordSri Lakshinarasimha swamy gives peace of mind after worshipping Him.Have faith on Him.

  40. sir,
    it is usefull n by this we tend to grow our spiritualality.. pl update any other temples too..

  41. Sir I am very greatful to you for the information about the 3 narasimhar temple . This detailed information will be useful for the devotees, especially those who are in the crisis. The Narasimha avathram is very special one comparing to all avataras because this avatara was not connected with the garbhavasam. Thank you very much sir. Mangalani bhavanthu.

  42. Your synopsis makes interesting reading. Information -particularly directions – is very useful to any devotee planning a visit on his/her own. I visited Parikkal on 9.11.2008. I looked for a contact number of the Archaka or temple official but could not find it in various web posts.
    I have now obtained the same and am posting it for use of divotees visting in the future:
    At Parikkal>
    Battacharya – Sri Ramani Battar: mobile number 9943876272. We took rest at Sri Haridasa Bajanamandali – very hospitable – contact 954146 223838.

  43. Dear Sir, I liked your writing. I am also a blog writer and a frequent temple visitor. Infact, I am much into Railways, since I liked the railways. I would be happy if you visit my blog, however, I write everything in detail which might irritate you, but I think it’s worth reading. Please get back to me with comments.

    I have noted down your details. I will be making this trip shortly.

    -Krishna Kumar.S

  44. I am indeed very thankful for the very detailed directions given by you for visiting the three Sri Narasimhar temples.

    These directions will greatly help me and my family to take
    a trip to have darshan of the Lord.

    Thanks again

  45. Dear Sri Ramesh 20/7/08

    Nice to have a look in your website blogs. Good and proper
    guidance to reach 3 LaxmiNarasimhar temples at Singirikudi,
    Poovarasankuppan, and Parikkal.
    Also saw your visit to Avaniapuram Nrusimhar temple.
    Any package tour from Chennai?
    Thanks and regards.

    Venkatakrishnan, R.

  46. Hi , A very useful article. Would you be having the contact numbers of archakas of these temples ?

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