Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Melvenpakkam

Lakshmi Narayana Perumal, Melvenpakkam

Vaishnavite Temples, Vellore District


Lakshmi Narayana Perumal, facing north


Sree Swatantra Lakshmi Thaayar, facing north, along with the main deity

Other Deities

Garudan, Kotandarama with Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman, Chakrathazhwar, Rukmani Pandurangar, Dhanvantri, Ramanujar, Desikar, Yoga Anjaneya, Azhwars, Sundara Vinayakar

Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Melvenpakkam is a small north-facing temple. There are two doors one from the west past a beautiful Go-Shala (Cow shelter) where about 20 cows are kept and one in the north in front of the main deity. The doorway in the north is considered Sorga Vasal (door to heaven) in Vishnu Temples and is open only on specific auspicious days and times. The presence of a permanent doorway in the north here is considered very special. The main deity is made of Salagrams Stone usually collected from the bed of Gandaki River in Nepal. Another unique feature about the main deity is the goddess seated on his lap. The alignment of the faces of the Lord and his consort are in the same line, unlike other such idols where there will be a gap. Inside the small mandapam around the small sanctum sanctorum are all the deities mentioned above. The processional deities are Kalyana Govindaraja Perumal with consorts and Mangala Lakshmi Thaayar.

Holy Water (Theertham) – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Melvenpakkam is an old temple that has been renovated in recent times. The historical information is not available as of now.


Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Melvenpakkam is believed to have transcended Yugas (see our glossary section for information). During the first Satya(Krita) Yuga the deity here was 11 feet tall, in the Thretha Yuga 9 feet tall, 6 feet in the Dwapara Yuga, and 2.5 feet in the present Kali Yuga. It is believed that several great sages including Athri, Brighu, Gutsa, Vasishta, Gautama, Kashyapa, Angirasa are said to be worshiping the Lord and his consort from different directions over the Yugas. The main deity here is also called Yuga Narayana Perumal. The priests here believe that when the doors of the sanctum are opened in the morning they get the feeling that someone has already performed pooja rituals to the lord and that a Sidhdhar worshiping the lord sitting below with his followers performs pooja first.


Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Melvenpakkam is about 15 kilometers northwest of the Kancheepuram entry point in the Chennai – Bangalore highway. After Kancheepuram and Dhamal take a right towards the north and another right towards the east after about 650 meters. Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Melvenpakkam is about 3.5 kilometers from here. Refer to our map below for the exact location. Signboards are present at junctions to guide visitors.

Stay and Food

None locally. The closest is the Chennai-Bangalore highway.

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