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Sri Malai Mandala Perumal temple
Moolavar: Malai Mandala Perumal – Girivaradaraja Perumal
  Amman / Thayar: Perundevi
  Thala Virutcham:
  Agamam / Pooja :
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name:
  City: Sathurangapattinam
  District: Chennai
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Vaikunda Ekadasi is grandly celebrated in the temple in December-January.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Sri Garuda Bhagwan appears with 8 serpents – Ashta Nagas – as His ornaments.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Malai Mandala Perumal (Girivardaraja Perumal) temple, Chathuranga Pattinam, Kalpakkam, Chennai.  
 General Information:
  The temple has shrines for Thayar Perundevi separately and for Lords Sri Rama, Mother Sita, Sri Lakshmana, Sri Anjaneya, Mother Durga, Lord Ranganatha and Azhwars.  

Devotess pray here for removal of obstacles in marriage proposals, for child boon and reunion of couples separated due to various reasons. 

Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abisheks to Sri Garuda Bhagwan, light ghee lamps in His shrine offering a pudding called Amirtha Kalasa Kuzhukkattai. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
Sri Garuda Bhagwan in the temple  is praised as Ashta Naga Garuda, wearing 8 serpents – 1 in the head, two as ear rings in each ear, two on the chest as garlands, one on each shoulder and one as a belt around the hip.  It is believed that worshipping Ashta Naga Garuda would relieve the devotee from all doshas caused by serpent planets.  Passing Sri Garuda, Lord Lakshmi Narayana and Mother Mahalashmi bless the devotees in the front mandap.  He was earlier the presiding deity of this temple.  Lord Giri Varada Raja with Sridevi and Bhoodevi found from the ground during the renovation of the temple was installed and consecrated as the presiding deity of the temple later.   

A deepa – lamp in the temple is a treasure with all aesthetic beauty.  The lamp is borne by Gaurdas on the upper sides and parrots at the bottom.  People light this lamp with ghee praying for all auspiciousness in life.  As the divine order had it, this deepa was brought to this temple from the house of a devotee in Chidambaram.  Special pujas are dedicated to this lamp on the Purattasi Shravana - Tiruvonam Star day in September-October. 

Dwarapalakas (securities) are on both sides of the sanctum sanctorum.  As a rare feature, Lord Yoga Narasimha sculpture appears on the step of the entrance side though as a tradition only Mother Gajalakshmi occupies this place in Vishnu temples.  6 feet tall Lord Girivaradaraja Perumal with one step slightly forward as if readying for the Gajendra Moksha appears majestically in the sanctum sanctorum accompanied by Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi.  His discus also is in a ready-to-fly angle.  Procession deities are nearby.  Procession Mother also graces with Perumal.

Mother Mahalaskhmi blesses the devotee from three places – two on both sides of Lord Lakshmi Narayana and as Mother Perundevi.  Sri Anjaneya in the sanctum sanctorum is an idol of Panchaloka (an alloy of five metals) belonging to the Viajyanagara period.  He appears with a bunch of flowers against the tradition of being in worshipping posture with two hands held together. 

Acharya Sri Raghavendra had rendered his services (Kaingarya) to Lord in the temple.  His Mruthika Brindavan is near the temple with his idol also installed here.  The Shrine of Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya is opposite to the Brindavan.
  Temple History:
  The temple is believed to have been built in the year 850 A D has a close link with Vijayanagara history.  The antiquity of the temple could be assessed from an epigraphic detail on a stone at the Gopuram entrance.  That the temple lacks a Rajagopuram is a minus.  The temple is on a higher level and the devotee has to reach the sanctum only through steps.  It is noteworthy that the crown of Lord and the Head of Garuda are on a straight line.  As the temple is on an upper level as a hill, Lord is praised as Malai (hill) Mandala Perumal.  
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Sri Garuda appears with eight serpents as ornaments on Him.
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