Lord Vishnu with 4 postures:
91st Divya Desam is here in Chennai (Tiruneermalai). Saint Valmiki planned to have the wedding darshan of Lord Sri Rama and came here, performed penance to achieve his aim. Lord Rama appeared before the saint with Sita and brothers Sri Lakshmana, Sri Bharatha and Sri Satrugna. The saint wished the Lord to stay in the place for the benefit of all devotees. The sage is in a separate temple at the foot of the hill. As the Lord is in a place surrounded by water (Neer -Tamil), He is praised as Neer Vanna Perumal and the place Tiru Neer Malai – meaning mount surrounded by water.
Saint Tirumangai Azhwar came here to worship the Lord. He could not see Perumal as the mount was surrounded by water. Azhwar decided to wait and have the darshan of Lord and stayed in the opposite hill. Though days moved, water level did not recede. He was steadfast in his determination and waited till the water level lowered, had the darshan. Pleased with His devotee, Perumal granted four darshans to Azhwar – Neer Vanna Perumal (standing), Narasimha (sitting), Ranganathar (reclining) and Ulagalanda Perumal in (walking) postures. The devotee can enjoy these darshans in the temple. Lord Neervanna Perumal is at the foot of the hills while Ranganathar, Narasimha and Ulagalanda Perumal are at the hill temple. Though Lord Narasimha is known for his furious appearance, He is smiling and cool here.\
Raja Gopuram, Bali peeta and Kodimaram the flag post are generally in a row in temples. Here, the Bali peeta and flag post are slightly away from the Rajagopuram. As Perumal granted darshan to Saint Valmiki as Neer Vanna Perumal and Sri Rama, they are considered prominent in the temple. Therefore, to emphasize their importance, Rajagopuram is before Sri Rama shrine and the flag post before Neervanna Perumal. Eight Vishnu temples in India are considered very important praised as Swayam Vyaktha Kshetras of which this Tiruneermalai temple is one. Giri valam are observed during new moon days. Brahmotsavams are also been done here for both the god in the hill and down the hill. Annadanam is being offered daily for various people in the temple. The temple is situated near pallavaram. Bus facilities are available to visit the shrine. The god in the hill is same as Ranganathar in Sri Rangam. So we can come here easily to visit the shrine and get blessed by the Lord.
Temple timings: 8.00 am to 12.00 noon and 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm