The region has the reputation of being the delivery location of Saint Boodhathazhwar enriching the Vaishnava Nalayira Divya Prapandham literature with his hymns. This is one of the celebrated 108 Divyadesas of Lord Perumal. Procession deity seems with a lotus bud in his hand as though offering it at the feet of Lord. As there were seven temples right here, the region changed into then referred to as Seven Temple City Ezhu Kovil Nagaram in Tamil. All of them had been swallowed via the fury of sea. Pallava king Rajasimhan built three temples then of which two have been prey to sea fury again. The last one is the prevailing Lord Sri Sthala Sayana Perumal temple.
This is also beneath the assault of sea waves. Observing a possible destiny calamity, Vijaya Nagar king Parangusa built a temple in the town of Mamallapuram within the 14th century and mounted Perumal. All pujas are dedicated to this Perumal only now. Perumal in his coaching posture, is retaining his Hand on the chest, known as Upadesa Mudra. It is the notion of the devotees that worshipping Sthala Sayana Perumal way worshipping Perumal in his Vaikundam itself at once. Mamallapuram sea area changed into as soon as dense with forests. Sage Pundareeka changed into acting penance here. He saw lotus vegetation in a tank close by and desired them to be located on the toes of Lord Narayana inside the Milk Ocean-Tiruparkadal. Picking up the plants, he proceeded to Tiruparkadal but the sea obstructed his march.