Thiruneermalai is situated on the Chennai Tambaram rail route, about 3 1/2 miles from the Pallavaram station which is about 7km from Chennai. Thiruneermalai Temple is a famous temple in Chennai and it has a hill and temple on that hill. This is one of the 108 Divaya Desas of Vaishnava shrines.
There are two temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. One temple is on the base of the hill and the other temple is on top of the hill. The Lord appears in four poses representing three of his incarnations. In the temple at the foothill, Neervannaperumal appears as giving Darshan to Sage Valmiki. In the temple at the top, he appears as Ranganatha, Trivikrama and Shanthanarasimha. According to the Vaishnava tradition, in the two temples, the Lord appears in standing, sitting, lying and walking positions. Long ago, this hill was surrounded by water when Thirumangai Azhwar visited the shrine. Hence it is called Thiruneermalai. People need to climb steps to reach the hill top. It would be around 200 to 300 steps. From the top of the mountain, one can view the entire Pallavaram area.
It is believed that a sage called Valmiki reached the top of this temple & worshipped Lord Narayanan in three forms – Ranganatha in reclining posture, Narasimha in sitting posture and Thiruvikrama is waling style. Valmiki was not happy with his prayers so he landed down the foothill to continue his prayers … to his astonishment his favorite ‘Kalyana Raman giving him darshan as ‘Neervannan’ with Sita, Lakshmana, Sathrungna Bharatha, Hanuman and others.
Thiruneermalai is famous for conducting marriages.
Thiruneermalai is 4 kms from Chennai Pallavaram. Buses are available from Tambaram bus stand. Also one can reach Thiruneermalai by electric train from Egmore to Pallavaram and continue by bus. Nearest Railway station is Pallavaram and airport Chennai Meenambakkam.
Darshan Timing : 8.00am to 12.00pm & 4.00pm to 7.30pm