Pataladri, commonly known as Singaperumal Koil is a very famous


Narasimha Kshetra situated in Chengalpattu District, Tamilnadu.
This place houses a beautiful rock-cut Narasimha temple, which is situated on a small hill. The name of the place, ‘PATalAdri’ also gives a similar expression, as in Sanskrit “Patal” means red and “adri” means hill.
This Narasimha Swamy temple is constructed on the hill; rather it appears as if the hill by itself is the temple. It was originally a cave temple, which was later extended by Gopuras and Mandapams.


According to temple sources, the Pataladri Narasimha Kshetra has been referred in the Brahmanda Puranam.
As per the well known legend, Lord srimanNarayana took the fierce Narasimha form and killed the demon Hiranyakshipu. At the time of Narasimha Avataar, this place was surrounded by dense forests. A Sage by name Japali was performing vigorous penance at this place, aspiring to get the Divya Darsanam of the Lord’s Ugra Narasimha form. Being pleased with Japali Maharishi, the Lord appeared in the very form of Ugra Narasimha Swamy, as wished by the Sage.


Moolavar –
The Garbhagriha of this temple is a cave. The Moolavar (main deity) Pataladri of this Temple is Ugra Narasimha Swamy (gigantic deity) in a sitting posture with Abhaya Hastha, holding the Paanchajanya (conch) and Sudharsana Chakra .
A unique feature here is that, in this temple devotees can worship the third eye of Ugra Narasimha Swamy. It is a very thrilling experience to witness the priest lifting the Naamam on the forehead of the Lord, beneath which the third eye is seen. It is said that if one gets to worship the third eye of the Lord, all miseries get destroyed.
The Garbhagriha is a cave and the Moolavar is part of the hillock itself. Hence, devotees who want to do Pradakshina (circumambulation), have to go around the entire small hillock. Hence, Giri Pradhakshinam is very popular here.

Thaayaar – Ahobila Valli Thaayaar

Utsavar – Prahlada Varadhar

Theertham – Suddha Pushkarini

Sthala Vruksham – ParijAtam


  • While walking around the temple, one can spot an Azhinjal tree. This tree is considered most sacred and is said to have been mentioned in the ‘Naachiyaar Thirumozhi’ composed by Aandaal. Devotees praying for marriage or children tie a small piece of thread from their clothes on the branches of this tree. By doing this with a wish, it is believed that their wishes are granted.
  • Devotees light Ghee lamps for the Lord sriAnjaneya worshipped on a pillar adjacent to the Dwajastambha.

How To Reach

PataladriThis temple is located about 25 kms from Tambaram and is just 100 meters off the GST Road.

  • Train Route – Beach to Chengalpattu or Tambaram to Chengalpattu trains will ply via Singaperumal Koil; get down @ Singaperumal Koil station. Temple is situated just 5 minutes walk from the station.
  • Bus Route – Most of the buses that ply towards Chengalpet will stops (other than express and point to point) in Singapermal Koil, several city buses are there from Tambaram. Temple is situated just 2 minutes walk from the main road.
  • By Road – Take straight road from Tambaram, after cross the Ford Company – Maraimalai Nagar, one can easily identified the Singaperumal Koil name board. Take left from main road, temple is situated just 2 minutes drive from the main road.

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