Location: 25 km from Chennai (Towards Mahabalipuram)
Travel: Bus or Car from Chennai or Mahabalipuram. Train conveyance is not possible.
If travelling by bus, boarding buses travelling towards Mahabalipuram from Thiruvanmyivur is the ideal choice.
During Thretha Yuga, Bali the son of king Meganathan was ruling the kingdom in a righteous way. Demons Mali, Malyavan and Sumali and others sought the help of Bali to fight against the devas. Bali simply declined to help them. The demons fought alone were defeated by the Devas. They came again to Bali for help which he obliged this time. Bali won the war but was afflicted with Brahmmahati dosha. He came to this place for relief and performed penance on Lord Perumal. Pleased with his penance, Perumal appeared before Bali and granted darshan in Varaha Rupa.
Sage Kuni and his daughter performed penance on Lord Narayana to reach Sorga-Paradise. Kuni alone reached Sorga but not the daughter. Maharshi Narada told the young girl that she could not reach Sorga as she was not married. He requested other sages to marry her. One Kalava Maharshi married her and got 360 female children. He performed penance on Lord Narayana begging Him to marry his daughters. Narayana did not come. A brahmmachari – bachelor came one day there saying that he was on a Divyadesa Yatra. As he was very handsome as Nayarana, the sage requested him to marry his daughters. He agreed and married one each day. On the last day, He showed what He was. He was but Narayana in the form of Varaha. He fused all the daughters into one and had them on His left lap. As Perumal had them together in one form on His Left Lap (left in Tamil is Idam) the place came to be known as Tiruvidavendhai which later changed as Tiruvidandhai.
Of the celebrated 108 Divya Desas of Lord Vishnu, this is the only temple, where the Wedding Festival is celebrated throughout the year – all the 365 days of the year. Men and women facing delays in their wedding are advised to pray to Mother in the temple.
Other divya desams that can be visited having Chennai as the focal point: