Tiruvallur is the Headquarters of a Taluk in Chingleput District in Madras State. There is a ailway Station on the Madras - Arkonam line of the Southern Railway at a distance of 20 miles to he west of Madras City. The place is glorified by the location of a famous Vaishnavite temple edicated to Lord Veeraraghava. The Goddess is known as Kanakavalli or Vasumati.
The legend connected with the origin of this temple shows that once upon a time, in Krita Yuga, sage by name Purupunyar lived with his wife Satyavathi in Badarikashram. They had no children. urupanyar performed a Sali Yajna. (Putrakameshti Yaga) with great fervor and devotion. The Sage ffered 1000 Ahutis (oblations of ghee to the sacrificial fire after chanting the mantra each ime) every day, for one full year. 'On the last day, when Purnahuti (the final offering) was erformed, Lord Narayana was pleased with the austerity of the ritualistic observances of the age, and appeared in the sacrificial fire in a blissful mood to offer boons. The Sage prayed for a noble son.
Author : Shri R. K. Das