Lord Vishnu has been propitiated by our Alwars in Thirvaimozhi and Nachiar Thirumozhi by various names. One among them is Karumanickam. "Karu" means the stigma of life and also black. Manickaam is a precious stone possessed by snakes. Karumanickam perumal is a manifestation of Lord Krishna.
The Pallavas built a temple for Karumanickam Perumal in Karumbur. Karumbur is a small quiet village filled with greenery. The temple is between a wide lake and green fields. The inscriptions on the rocks prove that the Pallavas built the temple. There is a very strong association between Stala Sayana Perumal in Mahabalipuram and Karumanickam Perumal. In both these temples, Masi Magam is performed with a great grandeur. Annadhanam is done during Masi Magam. The Britishers removed the original temple and moved it besides the lake.
The salient features of this temple are Lord Vishnu is with Sridevi and Bhoodevi in the sanctum. The Lord is seen with his Abhayahastam. The sanctorum is outside the mandapam with granite walls. Sri Ramar Patabishekam, Sri Ranganathar, Sri Ramanujar and 12 Azhwars are sculpted here. Due to natural disasters, the temple remained roofless for many years. The local people later performed kumbabishegam in 1995. This event is mentioned in the ancient manuscripts. Few people from Madurai found these manuscripts and visited the temple.
Location : This small village is situated near Singaperumal kovil in Chengalpattu district. This village is close to Maraimalai Nagar Lake and Ford factory. Every year Lord Narasimha from Singaperumal kovil visits this village for Paarivettai on Vijayadasami. The villagers donated 6 acres of land for Singaperumal for celebrating Paarivettai. Singaperumal comes with pomp and splendor on his return anadhanam is performed.
There is also a Shiva Temple, which is 1000 years old. After performing the kumbabishekam for Karumanickam perumal, the villagers have prospered by doing some cottage industry work. Many of them are involved in embroidery clothes. There are many factories that have come near the village.
In the same village there is another small temple called Yellaiamman temple. This deity is the village guard and she has done many wonders for the local people.
Our request is people who go to Singaperumal temple, should also visit Karumanickam perumal temple. When more people visit, the shrine gets more power to help the poor and needy. We just hope and pray that the lord bestows more on the local people and the village for them prosper and have peace of mind.