Sri Renganathar Devadanam

Sri Renganathar Devadanam

Vaishnavite Temples, Thiruvallur District


Sri Renganathar, facing east


Renganayaki, facing east

Other Deities

 Aandal, Chakrathalwar, Anjaneyar, Yoganarasimhar

Sri Renganathar Devadanam is an east facing temple. A newly built 3 tier entrance gopuram welcomes you. The idol is a Sudhai (lime and plaster) sculpture made of many Salagrama stones which are considered very sacred for worship. The Lord has a perfectly chiseled face with flaring nostrils. The sanctum sanctorum is very small, just enough to accommodate the Perumal, the utsava idols and the priest. Since the idol is a Sudhai sculpture, no ablution is being performed and only herbal oil (Thailakappu) is being applied to it once a year. The Utsava idol takes on the ablution ritual. The lord in reclining posture measures 18 ft long with a measuring vessel (Padi) as his pillow with his right hand placed over it, reclining on the bed of Aadhi Seshan the five headed snake as umbrella. Adhisesha forms a 5.5 feet high 3 layer bed to him. Brahma is seen on a lotus coming out from the navel of the Lord. Sridevi and Bhoodevi are present near his feet. Sage Thumburu and Anjaneya are present around him praying.

Holy Water (Theertham) – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Parijatham (Nyctanthes arbor-tristis)


Sri Renganathar Devadanam is said to have been built 1000 years back by a Chalukya King.


Legend has it that the lord is resting here at Sri Renganathar Devadanam after getting tired by giving away the grains in the measuring vessel to feed the world during the harvest season. This area was gifted (danam) to Devas by Indhra and so is called Devadanam.


Reach Ponneri. From Ponneri take the Minjur road. After about 3 kilometers take a left, cross the railway gate and go on for about 5 kms to reach Sri Renganathar Devadanam. Sri Renganathar Devadanam is about 3 kms from Anupampattu Railway Station in the Chennai – Vijayawada line.

Stay and Food

None available locally. Closest is Ponneri for food.

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